Such a busy time of year! It's hard to step back and pick a place to blog from. Because I haven't had the camera out, there isn't anything to show you really. Except this corner of a project I've been working on for a bigger project to tell you about soon.
That scrap of linen with the red flower printed on it has a little story behind it. I went to a house sale a few weeks ago. I never do that anymore. Things need to go out, not come in, but a friend called and tipped me off, saying I must go. This unusual sale was the kind junkers dream about. Hoarders of quality stuff for 50 years in an old funky house that was a 3 story warren of packed rooms. I went on the second day and found a trunk of old textiles that no one had opened yet. Inside there were drapes and curtains and quilt-making beginnings from somewhere in the very dusty, distant past. One 4 panel set of drapes was made from a gorgeous imported, handprinted linen. Big love! I picked out the best two and bought them. When I got home and spread them out in the yard to really look at them, I thought about what would happen in the wash. What if that ruined the fabric or faded the print?
So, I did what any crazed junker would do. I went back to the sale and bee-lined upstairs to the trunk. Everything was still there including the panel in the worst condition with sun damage. The room-tender (my new friend) told me I could just have it. It wasn't even worth 50 cents.
Home again, I cut out the damaged parts and threw the best of it into the wash. Success!
Lesson learned. Buy it all the first time.