I'm hand-sewing another Edwardian skirt, but it has taken me longer than expected! It's almost finished though. I'm using the "oversewing stitch" for the bottom hem, plus, I want it to fasten with buttons, not a zipper...
The material is a smoky dark grey w/ a hint of plaid. It's a heavy wool/cotton blend..much more authentic than my last one! I bought it from the secondhand store in a bundle for $3.00--I think it's about 4-5 yds of fabric.
When I recently helped out at a Historical Museum, I brought my skirt pieces along to sew as the tourists went through. It was a great opportunity to show the tourists an old-fashioned hand craft..it was nice to get some sewing done while interacting and answering questions of those who were interested!
A snapshot of my garden area...it's 1/4 acre. My dad drove a huge trailer filled w/ year old manure up to the area, and I emptied the load myself...It was about 3,000 lbs! lol! It took me two days, but now all the beds are covered w/ about 3-4 inches.
(The grassy area is for the melons/pumpkins to spread)
We all worked together to get my Mother's herb garden ready too.
Her kitchen garden will host a few vegetables as well...
I did an experiment and sprouted some garlic for a few weeks, so a few days ago I put them in the garden...hopefully they'll make it!
I thought I'd show you how I organize my seeds! Well, I'll share a little history...
When I was in my pre-teens, I was really into the craze of collecting trading cards w/ my friends--I bought special clear pages to store all my cards in. When I recently came across these again, I thought this would be a great way to store seeds!
Each "card sleeve" holds a few packs of seeds, so it's much easier to visually find what I'm looking for. I keep the binder in a dark, cool place. I have both heirloom and traditional seeds.
I've had luck finding brooms lately! The one on the left is completely hand woven on the handle! It's 3' tall and I paid $0.25 for it! The one on the right is a few inches shorter, and I paid $0.50 for it. These are really helpful to keep in the corners of my bedroom to actually use, and as decor!
I bought this oil lamp for $1.00. The handle is like an old-fashioned key, and it is in great condition! It was dusty in the corner of the store, and needed a home!!
My sister shelling soybeans for lunch...
The tall grass in the back is our 2nd area for picking dewberries in the summer :)
"By the breath of God ice is given,
And the broad waters are frozen" Job 37:10
My Dad and sister in the kitchen,
adding fun ingredients to cookie dough..
My Mother reading by candlelight...
A new friend recently shared this verse with me:
'Tis the gift to be simple,
'tis the gift to be free,
'tis the gift to come down where you ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
It will be in the valley of love and delight.