Flea Market Find

What an awesome find I had today!

I was shopping at my friendly neighborhood flea market, and I saw this little notebook. It was too darn cute, so I brought it over to the junk lady to inquire about it before I had even looked inside. It’s one of those giveaways that local businesses have, except this was a really really old giveaway- look! 1921-1922! Inside, there are a few pages full of tips such as these:

From ‘Facts Worth Knowing’- “A tablespoon of turpentine boiled with your white clothes will aid in the whitening process.”

From ‘First Aid to the Injured’- “Bruises- Apply tincture of arnica and wormwood or hamamelis; keep well covered and warm.”

From ‘Banking Proverbs’- Large wages all spent do not represent as good a condition as a smaller income and part of it saved.”

In addition, there’s also a Wedding Anniversary gift guide, a list of Notable New York Buildings, and a Men’s Dress and Fashion Chart for Autumn and Winter 1921-1922. How cool! And since I was buying a chair as well, the junk lady threw the notebook in for free!

As for HomeSweet, I’ve been working on boring stuff lately, like web page design and cutting out pattern pieces for Christmas presents, so I didn’t have anything especially exciting to write on that front. But I do want to give a big, fat “Thank You” to Jesse for being the first to feature me in her blog!

Mixing Colors

I’ve been a busy, busy girl! Thank goodness that mixing paint isn’t strenuous, as I’m just recovering from my icky sinus infection. Yuck. But boy is it tedious! Start with a color, add a bit of another color. Mix, make a stripe on my fabric, record what I’ve done, wash everything off. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat…

You get the idea. So after, I dunno, 50? 75? repeats, at least I have some nice colors to show for it. Of course, as soon as I declared myself officially definitely done for the day, I looked at my catalog of colors and thought, “You know, it would be awesome to have a nice Chinese Red in here… Oh well.