Friday, January 22, 2021

Friday Musings

It's been a whirlwind of a week, and luckily no more drama in Washington. It's going to be a cold weekend so nice time to stay indoors.  NFL playoffs. Check. Netflix.  Check. Stitch.  Check.

Love these new needlepoint canvases, ornaments possibly:

Love this vintage needlepoint rug runner on Etsy:

Want Leontine Linens without the big price tag?   Try these also from Etsy:

And don't forget to watch The Pegasus Cup Saturday starting at 4:30 pm EST on NBC Sports.  It's one of the richest horse races in the world and I am pulling for this boy, Code of Honor:

Monday, January 18, 2021

Make Mine Citrus

 In the deep cold days of winter we all need a little brightness. Since a trip to a warmer climate isn't in the cards this year for so many reasons, we can make our own abodes a bit more cheerful. Citrus - the colors, the scents, the visual......

Love this Schumacher collection for Matouk and the citrus color is divine. These would add a little warmth and color to the bed immediately:

Love this Citrus Candle from Juliska:

Add some bright color to your bookshelf with these bright citrus books:

Love this Citrus Celebration Salad Bowl from Kate Spade:

And this citrus bookshelf screams Palm Beach to me.  Love this!

Brighten your linens with these Pine Cone Hill napkins:

And if all else fails, add a tree:

Sunday, January 17, 2021

My Dirty Little Shopping Secret - Target

I've shopped at Target for years but it wasn't until 2020 that I really starting "shopping" at Target.  As Covid hit online shopping became my norm (and still is and likely will remain) as I quit going to stores routinely.  Target offers free shipping a 5 percent discount to Red Card holders and my orders usually come within two or three days (and I am still getting my post office mail from mid-December). You can't beat the prices either, did I mention that? And you can return to stores so you don't have to pay return shipping.

Love this seat cushion:

Need a new garden bench for less than $200?

How about this bistro patio set?

Or this rag rug perfect for the kitchen or mud room:

Or this 20-piece Laguiole flatware set:

Or the wood version which will go with everything:

  Love this indoor outdoor pillow:

Or these fun napkins that come in many colors.  Love the green ones and aqua ones.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Alfie's Accident

2021 has not started well at the farm.  On January 5th, Alfie came in very lame.  He's a pretty sound guy and he's never had an abcess so I was a bit worried and rightfully so.  His athletic antics in the field finally got the best of him and he's now on stall rest, and will be officially retired barring some small miracle.  While he's not a youngster, this is a serious injury. He's being surprisingly good on stall rest, for now.  Hug your horses!

Sunday, January 3, 2021

A 2021 Goal - Cooking and Baking

It wasn't difficult to kiss 2020 good-by although the first quarter and even half of 2021 may be grim based on what we are seeing in the US right now.  But hoping that there is light at the end of the tunnel and at some point in 2021 we can return to a modified normal life again.

Baking and Cooking/Because we don't dine out, cooking at home has become the new normal for us and that's not a bad thing.  We visited the Red Truck Bakery in Warrenton, VA this past week and what a treat.   We could not go in, but we ordered a sandwich and brought home the Country Ham Quiche. I purchased the cookbook in 2020 and had planned to start baking.   Treat yourself please to the cookbook, make a visit to Warrenton or to Marshall, VA and you will be converted.  You can also mail order once they recover from the holiday onslaught.  The world has discovered this gem.

One of my Christmas presents is on back order and I can't wait for it to arrive.   Let the baking begin!

We also visited Ian Boden's Staunton Grocery which sits right beside his famous Shack Restaurant.   You can buy the products he uses to make his incredible food and we even met the famous chef.  A visit to The Shack is one of the first places I am headed post-pandemic. But visit his tiny grocery in Staunton and stock up on great things to cook with.  His sandwiches are almost as good as his dinners.

Another cookbook to add to my growing library:

Hoping I have inspired a little cooking and baking or even a few socially-distanced road trips!

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Needlepoint was Popular in 2020

2020 is a year many would like to forget - between the pandemic, the election from hell and job losses - I could go on........but we all know those affected by the tragic events this year.   Let's try to put it behind us and hope that the vaccine will be rolled out, that social distancing can eventually go away and that our country will again be governed by adults. 2021 has to be better than 2020.

I looked back and was not surprised that the most popular posts were those about needlepoint.  2020 was a very good year to stitch and many had much more free time to do so than ever thought possible.   

Needlepoint Thread Storage Organization 101

This was by far the most popular post for 2020.   And I'll add that my organization project has worked well so far. Using Ziploc bags and rings for my thread has helped me buy less thread and I realized how much I really had.  If yours needs a good organizational overhaul this is a good time to put it in motion.

All my Etsy posts were popular, especially the vintage needlepoint finds. It's getting harder to find good vintage canvases (the secret is out) but Etsy is a great source also for needlepoint books like this one:

I hope that you have discovered many new sources for stitching (a good needlepoint store, for example), new designers, fun new ways to finish your pieces, and an appreciation for an art that has been discovered by many for the first time.  And stores like Lycette have done more for this lifelong hobby than words can express. Thank you!

And I love supporting small business, the heartbeat of America, like this Etsy store. Love this canvas!

Hoping that 2021 brings you many happy hours of stitching. More to come in 2021.  Stay safe!

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Another Refresh - Home Office

 Refresh is in the air, well, maybe. You may recall a post a few months back about a bedroom refresh.  After being in the house 10 years, some areas are starting to look a bit tired and because we are spending so much time these days at home, a little updating here and there is in order. No painting, no major overhauls, but just a little replacing. And I'll report back on that bedroom refresh in January.

The room is dark and the rugs are difficult to keep clean and I spend so much time in this room. I want it to be more comfortable and brighter.  I need two rugs, 5 x 7 or 6 x 8.   I have one window, with a shade that I made and I can easily make a new one. So I don't need more than two yards of fabric. There is one chair for decoration that I plan to move to the library and recover (and have the fabric for that). I want to replace that with a more updated look. My office chair is the big mystery. I am not sure I need a real office chair but would like something else.

So I started looking at rugs and found some that I liked a lot but then remembered the ones I was looking at did not fit the bill of easy to clean. And then I remembered that I prefer to start with the fabric first.  And then I remembered how I strongly lean to certain brands - Lee Jofa, Jane Churchill, Cowtan & Tout and Clarence House. And there is the animal thing -  I love fabric with animals. And I want color, vibrant color and I have to work around my tan walls and a dark brown shade over my french door to my upper deck (it keeps the direct sun out in winter).  And then there is the shopping off the Internet.  I am not going out if I don't have to right now.

This is a fabric I am considering, from Clarence House. Animal.Check.  Vibrant.Check. It will go with the brown shade.  It will work with my current wall color. It's bright. I can buy it off the Internet by the yard at a reasonable price.

Possible rug options.....

Rugs must be easy to clean (no jute type, soft to the feet, something Truman can't claw and preference for wool or cotton or a blend. And cannot break my budget.  And nothing too dark (no dark brown, for example, as my wood floors are dark already and I want to lighten them up). Your opinions...

This is more money than I want to spend but it is very good quality and will last forever. Wool. Cats can't claw it. 

This is a MUCH cheaper option...

This is not inexpensive but not as pricey as the first one but will be harder to keep clean.

Your thoughts????

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