Saturday, August 21, 2021

19th century hooked rugs

 Another trip to one of my favourite places, Kings Landing, NB Canada.

My friend canceled at the last so it was just me. So this time I went to homes that I hadn’t visited in a while. These hooked rugs (and a couple quilts) are from the 1800s, according to KL.

The patterns are charming, some of the colours don’t do a thing for me. But sometimes I forget that the rugs were primarily for use and secondarily for beauty.

And this is what historical actors are working on today, chair pads!

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Candles, Rugs, and Kraut

Well! Just when Fall makes days crisp around the edges, summer re-enters the room!

 It is muggy muggy and warm warm. 31C, that’s about 88f to you Yankees. And if you’re scoffing at that, remember many of us in Eastern Canada have no ac. 

My first experience with sauerkraut making was unsuccessful. Somehow little fruit flies entered the canister and bred. Perhaps they were already in the cabbage though. I’ll spare you the photos and I’ll try again.      

My rug by The Woolen Memories is coming along.



I’ve changed up Sandy’s pattern a bit, replacing the pears with apples, a pumpkin where a basket was and adding a moon. I may change the bush in the lower left corner to a cornstalk.
So, a daytime summer scene has been made into a night time Fall scene. I’m not liking the dark around the door so I will change it.

My passion for scented candles with cozy cabin-like scents has outgrown my budget.
I do so love scent to create atmosphere and affect mood.
I can’t find what I want here in Canada and shipping across the border-and even within the US- is now too exorbitant.
Being a crafter by nature, I’ve ordered soy wax and candle oils and will make them myself! So watch this space while I experiment with scents and conjure up candles with names like “Hearth Dried Apples” and “Gingerbread Lemon Loaf.”
Happy Thursday 

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Kings Landing

 Kings Landing, New Brunswick, another lovely visit. Not too busy today and there was perfect strolling weather. Friend Lisa and I took an embroidery lesson then toured the gardens and homes. They’re all set in 1800s historical time periods.

Inordinate number of varmints this year made these necessary 

The latest Early American Life has an article on the elaborate and simple door hardware from the 1700s forward. The horseshoe hinges tickled me. 

Pregnant Onion in the clay pot; it looks much better than mine!

Friend Mike works here and plays a mean guitar

Can you make out the butterfly?
So many lovely collections of items….

And their food was wonderful— we had chowders with the fresh baked brown bread and apple ciders. I couldn’t resist taking home cinnamon rolls and a full loaf of their bread. Kinda puts me in an autumnal frame of mind ♥️