Maple Season

We traveled to upstate, as in the real upstate NewYork, to Rodman to spend a week on our friends’ maple farm, Spring Hill Maple Farm, during sugaring season. It was great fun for me. I didn’t really do much to help outside other than walk back and forth to the sugar bush to see how full the tanks were. ConIMG_0659tributing to the cooking and cleaning up isn’t really work to me and that was what I did when I wasn’t just hanging out. Naturally I had to make something with maple syrup, so I tried a maple scone recipe and it was very tasty.

Maple Scones

Maple Scones


Who knew that people were still viewing this blog? Obviously, not me. Thankfully the reasons I had abandoned this blog were not tragic. Do you ever hope when you see an abandoned blog that nothing bad happened? I do. In our case it is just a case of so many things changing in our lives over the past few years. These have been good changes and maybe more of the story will come out.

I’m not going to promise what will happen here. I don’t really know. If it starts to look sad again, I can always delete it. For the time being I don’t want to. IMG_0241

Letterpress Pyrex casserole

I’ve been sorting a huge collection of Letterpress blocks for months now.  When I got the collection I had no idea that many of the pieces would overlap with so many other things that I love.

Pyrex Red Autumn Band

Did I buy these buttons to use on something myself or did I buy them to sell?  There are a bunch of sewing projects rumbling around in my brain, but I don’t think buttons figure much in them. Was I holding onto the memories through the buttons? But wouldn’t it be fabulous if someone actually used them in some way, even if it was in a sweet little vignette? I’ve added them to my Etsy Shop.

The Last Bouquet

Last Bouquet

Last Bouquet

Marc put these together on Sunday. This will be the last Bouquet of the year.  So I think my summer hiatus must officially be over.

e7748 Yes, I’m still here. The Letterpress project continues. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been out there buying.

Last night there were loads of tools to sit through and I only bought a couple of things. There were two lots of hankies, about a hundred in each lot. But they were all folded up, or more accurately put, scrunched into tiny balls and tightly stuffed into plastic grocery bags. So I really could not tell too well what they would turn out to be like. A quick search has turned up a Nursery Rhyme, and astrology wheel and a scottie dog. Not to be greedy, but after they go through my little laundry I am hoping for more good ones.

There are also a number of mens’ hankies in there. I actually love a hanky with a nice plaid around the outside edge. In fact, that is the kind I like to take running with me. (Have a mentioned that I’ve taken up running again?) I was thinking that some clever person who loves a more retro look has probably come up with some fabulous way of using these. If someone has a picture of anything made with those I’d love to share it here.

And then I bought a mailbox. I am embarassed to say that my shop mailbox has been broken for about two months at least. The door came off. Last night for $5.00  I got a great one in white that just needs to be cleaned off a little. I’m also going to stencil a number on there too.

But now for the bad news. The auction was nowhere near over when the building started to flood. No kidding. I felt so badly. The water seemed to be pouring in as the water came down in sheets outside. The runoff was incredible. Most people started to help move things…but to where.  Their building is always so chock full of stuff. I am afraid that today they have a terrible mess on their hands.  Hopefully, their loses won’t be too great.