I have just gotten some heavy oatmeal color linen to make an 18thc. petticoat. This will be for day or 'camp' wear, and I plan to wear it with my brown print jacket, shown in these photos. I have a few other items I can wear it with as well. I just needed a nice, serviceable petticoat in a solid neutral color.
I may start it tomorrow, but I also want to get the house and especially the kitchen cleaned since the new wide board floors are done, and I haven't even been able to use the kitchen much, or appreciate the floors yet. Of course, they'll look better in a few months when they show more "beat up wear".
We plan to take new photos of some of the rooms of our house for the TOUR page of our website and get them up in September.
|The new oatmeal linen petticoat I am making will look great with this simple jacket with it's natural Dutch linen ties in front.|
Today I got all my inventory antiques home and back up into the attic. I am no longer in the group shop in Maine. Despite the wonderful period house location, it is in a rather quiet out-of-the-way town that doesn't get a lot of traffic.
I had my own shop for 10 years, and honestly have sold much more on our website since we've had it, so that is what I am going to continue to do. I had enough of a shop when I had my own, and the website is much more convenient and attracts the customers looking for the kind of antiques I sell. (When I had a shop, I wish I had a nickle for everyone who came in asking for "depression glass" and "beanie babies"!)
Specializing in early, New England, "real" antiques, it's nice to have people who find the website and contact me, genuinely interested in those things. It was a lot of work to haul all that stuff into the van, drive home and haul it all out and up into the attic again---reminds me of when I used to do all the big antique shows for years...alone, and with almost all big furniture!
The neighbors across the street are having work done by a man who salvages very old houses here in New Hampshire---one of those loveable and independent 'Yankees'. I made a deal with him after moseying over there to see his efforts building a charming primitive little farm shop in their yard for them.
He has some old hand hewn beams that are only an inch or 2 thick, and I bartered with him---I am selling a few of his antique finds for him, and he is giving me a beam for my low, saltbox shaped kitchen ceiling. I hope he brings it over soon---I can't wait to screw it up there and see how nice it looks!
I got some long put off ironing done and made a dinner that is sure to thrill Adam. I made a honey BBQ sauce and poured it over chicken wings and will bake them. They come out nice and "crusty/barbequed" on the outside and juicy on the inside, and Adam lives for this stuff, which we don't have often. The farm stand down the road has the last blast of fresh sweet corn, so I got a few ears to have with it.
For dessert I have fresh blueberry crisp (my recipe is in a past post) baking in the oven right now, using the blueberries we picked, and it smells divine. I am making a simple and easy but yummy 'clotted cream' that my friend makes at her tea house, to serve over it---Just combine soft cream cheese, sour cream, some sugar---and a tiny hint of vanilla.
After a chilly night, it's a gorgeous sunny day here, low humidity, and those crickets chirping outside nonstop. I cut some lazy susans from the yard and put them on my old table in an old pewter pitcher...
I finished making the Jacobean print bed curtains for our 1686 tester bed. I had one more panel to go because I bought the fabric as inexpensive remnants online, and had to wait for a last 2 yard piece to come up for sale. They are finished, and look amazing! I'll have photos on the TOUR page of our website next month...