Something old, something new, something borrowed and blue skies

March 12, 2014

Does anyone feel like spring cleaning? Oh boy, oh boy, do I ever. I feel like sorting everything out and giving so much away.

So today I started with some stored boxes of material. I don’t know why I keep all this material. I suppose I always plan on that quilt…you know, the one we all plan to make one day.

In the boxes I found a pile of beautiful vintage napkins and brand new French linen tea towels.

Lovely surprise. It’s amazing the stuff I stash away. πŸ˜€

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So first a pile of material I no longer love.

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I think I’ll put it on Craigslist.

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Clover found a large amount of glazed chintz and fell in love with it and is trying to persuade me to change all the fabrics in the living room.

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Morgan found the keeping it box.

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Then Morgan found the give away pile. She’s so helpful. πŸ˜€

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Then a pile of bright, cheery cottons. I’ve decided to use them to make long ropes of bunting and hang them across the garden for Art in the Garden. Wouldn’t that look so lovely and festive? And, after all, I made all that heart bunting, so how hard can triangles be?

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I know they’re all so different, but, to me, somehow they all work together.

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While C was dreaming of a life with glazed chintz, I remembered that I bought Robert a wonderful leather jacket at a car boot sale…

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…and remembered that I forgot to tell Robbie about it, so I requisitioned C to model it for a few photos.

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Lol, he loved it…and the photos made him laugh.

And for something borrowed, I borrowed Walt’s silversmithing supplies at his lapidary club to learn how to do the lost wax method of casting silver. Nothing to write home about yet, and I have to wait till next week to see how it all turns out, but I’m so excited for this. I’m making two silver sea shells, a branch with lichen on it and a ring form.

Not sure what I’ll end up making with the finished silver pieces, (except for the ring…which will be…er…a ring), but I’m so excited! I’m thinking a pendant out of the branch, but not sure what else.

Hope it all works out!

PS. Sent some of the photos to R who sent back “Ooooh , we could make steam punk switches for medusa…. like little medusa heads !!!!” (Medusa being his new amazing bespoke car he’s building with twin Jag engines and a five foot long bonnet) Lol, he’s always thinking. πŸ˜€

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  • Reply Felicity March 12, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Hi Veronica,
    Thank you for your visit and your welcoming words on my come back post.
    Are you living in UK now?
    What about your daughter’s plan of going to Japan for her exchange?

    Nice reading your blog.
    I am thinking of purchasing a quilt. Your fabrics look nice.
    Are you going to use them for your project?

    Take care,

    • Reply Veronica March 13, 2014 at 7:28 am

      Hi Felicity, I’m still back and forth. Right now I’m in Vancouver, most of winter was in England, summer will be too. Chloe has to do an internship to finish her degree and wait for her boyfriend to graduate and they still plan on Japan. Bryson has been studying Japanese and, as Chloe helps him, she’s picking up quite a bit. πŸ™‚

      I love quilts. I have a collection of them; mostly old and antique ones, but one day I’ll make one myself. There is a third box…lol…of creamy coloured fabrics, which I hope to turn into a “crazy quilt”. Seems pretty easy and fun.

      Hope your week is bumping along nicely Felicity. πŸ˜€

  • Reply Mascha March 12, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    I also often amazed at what I find everything … and had forgotten….
    But therein lies the appeal. And then still find a use – good luck!

    The photos are lovely with the light.

    • Reply Veronica March 13, 2014 at 7:22 am

      Thank you very much Mascha. I know what you mean. I love collecting things and then put them into a drawer or box and find them again eventually…lol. No, really I tend to use them. This happened probably because I bought this house and packed up to move and am only now figuring everything out. πŸ˜€

  • Reply Kathy March 13, 2014 at 4:38 am

    Don’t you just love shopping in your own home? πŸ™‚

    • Reply Veronica March 13, 2014 at 7:19 am

      Hey, I never thought of it like that Kathy, but I love that idea…lol Thanks for that thought. πŸ˜€

  • Reply forestpoppy March 13, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Some lovely happy photos here! Your bunting will look so cheery in the garden – and, having just made some for the first time, I know you’ll find triangles very simple and straightforward! Juliex

    • Reply Veronica March 13, 2014 at 7:18 am

      Did you really Julie? How long did you make them. I’m thinking some pretty significant lengths to make an impact. I’m thinking twenty ft…gulp. Some of the ladies in Northmoor got together and made some beautiful bunting for the front of the village hall for our fruit and flower show last summer and I loved the look. I hope you take some photos, (please), so I can see. πŸ™‚ I think this will be easy too.

  • Reply Ruth W. March 13, 2014 at 5:11 am

    Goodness, that’s a reminder for me about my fabric stash. Needs a cleanout too. So glad you have Clover & Morgan as assistants…She is lovely and he is…helpful…like my Tinker. My husband was an English 6 yr apprentice trained diamond setter and jeweller for 40 years before retiring, and your casting photos brought back memories too…sprews and all. Hope things turned out beautifully!

    • Reply Veronica March 13, 2014 at 7:12 am

      Oh no…not you too Ruth…lol. Oh wow, do you have some fabulous jewellery? I’m fairly in love with the whole silversmithing thing. I hope it turns out too, but right now it’s a wonderful exploration, so it’s not that critical. πŸ˜€

  • Reply Christine March 13, 2014 at 5:19 am

    Beautiful fabrics and beautiful photos and model! I have been cleaning in the yard, not inside the house…Christine

    • Reply Veronica March 13, 2014 at 7:09 am

      Oh me too Christine! It’s a lot easier for me to hang out in the garden where things aren’t such a cluttered mess. πŸ˜€

  • Reply paulabuenosaires March 13, 2014 at 6:10 am

    The thing about hanging out with people on the other side of the Equator is that I want to do spring cleaning at the “wrong” time. πŸ˜€
    I gave away my fabrics and keep only paper. That being said, I have some that I was “saving for the perfect project” that now look outdated and I donΒ΄t want any more. *slaps forehead*
    Your girl is gorgeous and fun. πŸ™‚

    • Reply Veronica March 13, 2014 at 7:07 am

      I do know what that’s like Paula, especially in the dead of winter and I’m seeing fresh plums on trees and roses. πŸ™‚ I know about the fabric too. No idea why I ever wanted the brown flannels…lol.

  • Reply Ida P. Krause March 14, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Ah spring cleaning….we seriously need to do that here. Loved the kitty in the box and your model looked to be having a great time.

  • Reply Jennifer J. Chow March 15, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    My mom used to keep a box with extra fabric, and I loved looking through it as a little girl. Thanks for bringing back lovely memories πŸ™‚ (I, however, am not as diligent with spring cleaning. Here’s hoping I get some clutter sorted out soon.)

  • Reply Hello from Sunday night | March 16, 2014 at 8:07 pm

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  • Reply daryledelstein March 17, 2014 at 5:52 am

    i love that you have all this squirreled away and got to use it … i put off spring cleaning as long as possible .. tho i may need – i hope – to begin by reboxing all the boots and bringing out all the sandals …

    • Reply Veronica March 17, 2014 at 7:30 am

      Oh heaven! I can’t wait for polished toes and sandals. Unfortunately, that comes after the spring cleaning. At least there’s a reward. πŸ™‚

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