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redwork

“During the last quarter of the nineteenth century, decorative surface embroidery on practical household linens came into vogue in America.” From the book Red & White American Redwork Quilts by Deborah Harding My hubby gave me a boxed set of redwork books for Valentine’s Day a few years back. I’ve been interested in embroidery and…

Staycation-Day 4

“The dearest spot on Earth to me is home, sweet home.” ~W.T. Wrighton Today we… had jelly doughnuts and rosepetal tea for breakfast went for a walk with Andie and Madeline May did some reading and writing and I watched Husband make barbecue magic happen in our kitchen and listened to the bees buzz and…

Armchair Travel-My Favorite Travel Memoirs

“Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.” Hazel Rochman I love to travel to new places. It’s one of my favorite things to do. But, sometimes we just take a vacation at home, which is lovely in it’s own way. When…

My Favorite Steampunk Movie

I should say…this is my favorite steampunk movie because of how it looks. I am not a fan of Phil Pullman, or his philosophy. There are so many beautiful steampunk details in the movie based on his book, The Golden Compass, that I do have to watch it every now and then. And OH MY…the…

Cooking With the French Impressionists

“I was thrilled to sit at one of the tables where the master had eaten his lunch and dinner. I was aware that he had been everywhere in this room.” ~Alexandra Stoddard Gracious Living in a New World This is one of my favorite cookbooks. I love using recipes from books that add meaning to…

The Magic of Candle Light

“A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.”~James Keller Today I’m writing about the magic of candle light! One of these days I’ll get some spectacular photos of my candle chandeliers. For now these will have to do. You can see my dining room chandelier on my post “Paris Party 2″… and my porch chandelier…

Armchair Travel & Caribbean Fare

“The market ladies sell spice necklaces–garlands of cloves, cinnamon bark, bay leaves, cocoa beans, mace and nutmeg–that are irresistible. I now have them hanging all around the boat, making it smell spicy and delicious. Mangoes are in season, and literally falling off the trees–an embarrassment of mangoes, to someone from the north. We feel duty…

Here Comes the Sun

photograph by Melissa Placzek My brain is overflowing with ideas today and wouldn’t let my body sleep in. The idea of a French press got me to my feet at about 5:00 AM. Is there any better motivator than coffee? It’s suppose to get up to 70 degrees here in Minnesota today. I’m figuring if…

Geocaching: High-Tech Treasure Hunting

photograph by Melissa Placzek “A sense of curiosity is nature’s original school of education.” ~Smiley Blanton Have you ever wanted to search for hidden treasure? We heard about a sort of ‘high-tech’ treasure hunting sport some years back, called geocaching. We’re hooked. It’s really not hard at all once you get the hang of it,…