Thursday, September 30, 2010

Vintage Miniature Girl Figure

One of the little treasures in my collection of miniatures is this vintage girl who stands about 3.75 inches tall. She has suffered damage and been repaired, giving her even more appeal in my book. I featured her in a little stop-motion video in a post two days ago. As I document my miniatures, they will grace these pages. Enjoy!
Vintage Miniature Girl Figure (4)
Vintage Miniature Girl Figure (2)
Collage of Vintage Miniature Girl Figure

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

New Yarn for the Stash

A visit to The Black Sheep in Encinitas, California, yielded this group of new yarns for my stash. Clockwise from upper left: two skeins of worsted cotton/nylon yarn (Cotton Twirl in "Lake Trail" colorway from Crystal Palace Yarns), bulky weight blue-green cotton skein hand-dyed in Chile (Patagonia Nature Cotton by Araucania Yarns), and a skein of sport weight aqua linen (Euroflax by Louet). Now to plan a few fall knitting projects....

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Toy Figures from My Collection of Miniatures

Included here are three figures: a Holztiger mushroom, an Ostheimer girl, and a vintage composition girl that I found at a local antique mall.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Ragamuffin Unspun & Freshly Handspun Rag Yarn

I had a mini-retreat/working vacation for a few days in Los Angeles recently. Luckily, my handspinning is extremely portable and meditative.

Here is a bit of my handspun harvest from earlier this week. The skeins were handspun in a local cafe in the San Pedro area, Sacred Grounds on 6th, in the arts, culture, and entertainment center of the city.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Khadi Being Handspun on Charkas and Woven in India

Marvel at the beauty of people handspinning cotton to weave into khadi (handwoven cotton cloth) in India....

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Antiques Shed at the Country Loft

Every August, one of my favorite quilt shops has an outdoor quilt show and open house. My sister and I dropped by two weeks ago and had a great time viewing the quilts and the interior of the Country Loft, a treat in itself. We always come away with some little treasures--fat quarters, patterns, threads....

I happened upon this quote from Iris Murdoch last night:

"One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats."

There's no better place to seek out lovely small treats than The Country Loft.

Interior of the Country Loft

Kitchen Cupboard at the Country Loft

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Sweet Niece in Smocked Pink Linen Dress

This is a recent scan of a picture I took in August of 1990. My sisters and I and my 13-month-old niece went to afternoon tea at the Horton Grand Hotel in San Diego.

My sister made the hand-smocked pale pink linen dress that my niece is wearing. Her floral pilot cap is by Hanna Andersson. It's hard to believe that my niece just turned 21 in July....