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Crochet Envy

I don’t know how to crochet, but that doesn’t stop me from appreciating the artistry and technique of this craft.  Many of the vintage garments I collect come embellished with a touch of crochet or tatted lace, adding to their allure and loveliness.  And so, when I happened upon these vintage how-to booklets […]

Vintage Crinoline Heaven (and a few little gifties!)

The vintage crinolines from last week’s auction adventure are all washed – final count 53!! Totally amazing. Here’s what they looked like all nice and clean – piled on the guest room bed. Sort of puts into one’s mind the Princess and the Pea story, only instead of mattresses I have a pile of frothy […]

Frothy Fabulousness

I’ve been auctioning again….

The auctioneer decided to sell all these beauties as one lot.

How could I possibly say no?

I am spending the day washing up this frothy fabulousness.

My daughter is enthusiastically assisting (she has her eye on some […]

A Good Day

I finally got to an auction today, and had the pleasure of sharing the fun with sweet Hope, who had never been to one.  We couldn’t have asked for a prettier day – blue skies, lots of sun.  Folks gathered on the property, a lovely farm with several well-tended outbuildings that had been in the […]


I  am very much drawn to the textures of different materials and objects.  I love the way old fabrics, trims,  papers and jewelry feel.  You can really sense their histories by touching and imagining who else may have held them.  Here are some of the textures surrounding me in my studio today…..

Three Bags Full – an Auction Adventure!

Yesterday I went to an auction, but not one of the laid-back country auctions I normally haunt.  This was a fancy estate auction down near Washington D.C. , complete with a full color catalog. It was to be a way to pass the day with some family members, do some serious people-watching, and perhaps become […]