Liberty and Wool Projects

The Purl Bee has a couple of fabulous projects using Liberty fabric and wool.  One is a simple blanket using wool and Liberty print bias tape.  You can also back it with Liberty fabric if you choose.  The other is a Liberty and wool lap duvet.  It uses just one yard of wool and one yard of Liberty cotton.  I normally buy small pieces of Liberty, so I'll have to start saving for some yardage!


Timber Valley

I know it's not the time to be thinking about it, but I found some fabric that I think would be fun for Christmas stockings!  Timber Valley from Brambleberry Ridge by Violet Craft is lovely in grey.


Books at K. Hall

We were in St. Louis again last weekend and visited my favorite shop at Plaza Frontenac: K. Hall Designs.  I noticed a couple of fun books there.  One is called Sparkle and Splash and contains recipes for fun sodas.  The other is Preserving by the Pint and has recipes for canning in small batches.  What a great idea!


Domestic Domestic

An item in a recent edition of Sunset magazine introduced me to Domestic Domestic - a great web site selling household goods made in America.  These brightly-colored Field Notes journals are $10 for a set of 3.  I thought that this Sailormade bracelet was so interesting.  And they offer everyday free shipping!


Land Girls

I've been taking a break from blogging since the passing of my dad.  Things that normally appear on my blog seemed a lot less important as I spent time with family.  Thank you to everyone for the well wishes.  I'm going to continue looking for the good and lovely things in this world.

One thing I stumbled across recently was the BBC One show from a few years ago called Land Girls.  (It's on Netflix.)  It's about the girls who worked the farms in Britain during World War II.  I especially like the lovely floral prints of the girls' blouses and dresses.


Chai-Spiced Milk Chocolate Ice Cream

Remember when I posted about this cookbook I got at Williams-Sonoma?  Well this weekend I attempted my second ice cream recipe from it.  I made chai-spiced milk chocolate ice cream!  You have to steep the milk and cream with star anise, whole cloves, cardamom pods, peppercorns, and cinnamon sticks.  You also have to chop chocolate to use (I used Ghirardelli).  It turned out to be quite a tasty treat!  I think that the spices made it seem more like a winter treat than a summer one (which was perfect because we're still buried in snow...).


The Secret Garden Collection

Liberty Art Fabrics Interiors has introduced a new collection based on the much-loved book, The Secret GardenThe collection of fabrics and wallpapers is so beautiful.  I have really fallen in love with floral prints (especially from Liberty), and I think that they should overrun everyone's home.


Barr-Co. Hand Cream

Time for a new tube!  Barr-Co. hand cream in the original scent is the greatest thing ever (if you live in a bitterly-cold climate, like I do).


Thomas Cole's "The Voyage of Life"

Last weekend we made one of our 24-hour trips to St. Louis.  While we were there, we visited the St. Louis Art Museum, which is really great.  It's housed in one of the permanent buildings from the 1904 World's Fair and is free to visit.  Right now they have a special exhibit featuring all four original paintings from Thomas Cole's "The Voyage of Life" series.  (A second set hangs in the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., and we saw them last spring.)  The paintings are visually typical of the Hudson River School, and I like the allegory of man traveling the river of life.  This is the first, titled Childhood.  The Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Instituted in Utica, New York, owns all four pieces.


Bodum Electric Kettle

One of the really handy things that we've found recently is this electric kettle by Bodum.  Hotel rooms in England typically have kettles like this, and we used them to make instant oatmeal (or porridge, as they call it).  They're also great for hot chocolate, or anything that calls for boiling water!