Saturday, December 11, 2010


Don't you just love the vintage images so popular these days. This winter scene gives hints of the influences and inspiration common to the first quarter of the 20th century: look in the background to see Lombardy Poplars and a mountain which curiously resembles Mount Fuji - reflecting the japanese
influence to be seen in all decorative elements at that time, from textiles to architecture. 

The above is an image of one of a set of three children's books I own which were published in the 1920's and which clearly shows the keen interest in things japanese at that time. This was my favourite book as a small child and I rediscovered the woodcuts and traditional 17 syllable haiku verse at university some years later.

I want to remind you that I am hosting a very attractive GIVEAWAY leading up to Christmas. Go to  and leave a comment and become a follower if you aren't already. You can have your choice of one of 5 items if you win and one of those items is illustrated below.

Anchors Aweigh, a 40x54 wholecloth quilt kit by Holice Turnbow for Benartex. This kit has everything you need except for thread and batting and would make a lovely statement in your beach-themed home. A hard-to-find item these days.
Easy and fun to make!

Keep watching my blog as I add a vintage postcard Christmas Greeting each day.

Friday, December 10, 2010


                                      another vintage postcard from my collection

It snowed yesterday and we now have about 6 inches of light, fluffy and white frosting  blanketing the ground. A good time to stay home close to the woodstove and drink tea while working on a crazy quilt restoration and listening to festive music.
Yesterday I was thinking of what to post on a client's blog for the pre-christmas week - I have come up with a great idea and have the blog owner's go-ahead to do it, so will post a link to it when it is published.
Meanwhile a picture of my favourite feather tree, which I'm hoping to get up soon on my kitchen table, with one of my "Star" series small quilts acting as a tree skirt.

Also I need to remind you of the pre-Christmas giveaway with a choice of wonderful prizes. Enter at: and get busy chalking up extra entries for yourself by displaying my FunkyBabyMine button and getting your friends to enter for the giveaway. Entries close at midnight on Christmas Eve - hope you win!!

                                              my home in winter.......

Thursday, December 9, 2010


                                            16 days until Christmas!

I have some lovely images of vintage Christmas postcards saved in my computer, and I thought I'd head my post with one each day.

The sentiments of the little poem are appropriate for my giveaway which runs right up until midnight of December 24th.

Go to and enter - to enter you just need to make a comment and become a follower - if you already follow, just tell me.
There are also fun ways to increase your chances of winning.

I think the prizes are really good - you have your choice of 5 different possibilities: a 45x60 Benartex wholecloth kit designed by Holice Turnbow; a dozen fat quarters in quilt shop quality repro fabrics, either civil war or depression era; a large  cross stitch kit ready to complete; a wool penny rug kit or a vintage handmade textile from my sister site http://www.; Pretty special, eh?

Good luck to all my new friends!
And Merry Christmas from Hall's Harbour,
Nova Scotia, where the snow is softly sifting down.

Monday, December 6, 2010

My Christmas Giveaway

I want to tell you about my wonderful giveaway which will run until midnight on Christmas Eve.
I've been thinking of ways to make the prize desirable to my large cross section of readers, who are not just quilters. I think I've come up with a good solution: I am going to offer your choice of a prize drawn from the wide cross section of needle arts I pursue. For my home decor readers, how about a nice item from ?

First up: a selection of twelve (12) fat quarters in your choice of either assorted quilt shop quality 19th century repro fabric or Depression Feedsack style cuties. Sorry, I tend not to go for the retro 50's and brights, so they won't be featured.

Or: a Benartex Holice Turnbow wholecloth quilt kit called "Anchors Aweigh" this quilt kit contains backing, top and binding material - just add a batt and some thread! Size 40x54, wouldn't that look great in your beach-themed room?

A complete cross stitch kit - floss, pattern material - let me select a good sized one from my collection of quilt themed or landscape and seascape patterns.

And finally: a wool applique project kit, everything included - penny rug anyone?

How To Enter:
Leave me a comment and mention if you are already a follower - if you aren't yet, then join to follow. You're in!

Now: if you'd like more entries tell your friends - keep track - as each one leaves a comment and becomes a follower, then keep track and leave me a note before I hold the draw as to how many friends have signed up. You'll get an extra entry for each one! Make sure your friends know they can do that too!
Taking my FunkyBabyMine button will win you 5 more entries, seperately from all the above - tell me if you already display the button....

I'm looking forward to all the comments I'll be reading - keep them coming!

And I'll show you pictures of your possible prizes when the weather improves enough to take some decent pictures. Also when the power stops going out - hard to post today!