Greetings Dear Ladies,
The days fly by and although I have been incredibly busy, there are very few things in a finished stage that I want to post. For today, I will share some bliss of the season.
I used to look at these flat baskets and wonder what their purpose was, but today when I was trying to find the best container for collecting cut flowers from the garden, I found this to be the perfect carry-all, as it allows the stems to lay flat and be removed easily without mangling the flowers. Because the basket never proved to be of any use otherwise (nothing could be carried or displayed in it effectively, I concluded it must be for holding flowers in this manner). I include a couple of paintings, below, depicting the old fashioned use of this container.
The paintings are by an artist named James Himsworth, from the 1980's, and are embroidery and paint-by-number kits, which of course, due to constant demands of daily life, plus losing the projects a couple of times, I haven't finished! I always found it hard to sit still when there was housework to be done, and that is why these were not finished!
This one, above, is called "Romance for Roses" and I think the one below is called "A Summer Stroll."
This is not of any eternal consequence regarding homemaking, but I thought it was interesting. I like the dresses, too; do you? To make these for home, I would shorten them and take in some of the fullness.
Above: Preparing to cut some flowers to put in jars for the ladies class today. The freshly cut flowers domt get broken or damaged when being transported from the garden to the house in this flat basket.
Below: Cut flowers in jars and bottles. The best bouquet is picked by a child because a child will include all types and colors and sizes and it will be a perfect mix.
Thank you to you who are waiting for the centerpiece post I promised to write---one of the the things I haven't quite completed! I do have all the containers collected, so at least I am thinking about it :-)
The cherries are on, and I am in a hurry to get them picked before the birds get them.
Another project not finished: I will have to make unfinished projects into special art-forms.
Since it is so hard to find a lady for a model, I stage the pictures for the paintings I want, and paint different faces on them.
So far, the cherries haven't made it into a pie. My husband thinks if he brings in a bowl of cherries from that tree outside, that it no time, a pie will appear. Each one of these tiny fruit morsels must be cut in half and the pit removed, which is something he has volunteered to do, in anticipation of that pie.
Right now the yard work and housework seem endless, and there isn't time for much else, but I did finish a dress for someone, which I started last year. It goes nicely with the cherries :-)
There is a coordinating little girl dress in the works.
Below: In anticipation of the Ladies Bible Class this morning.
I will put a verse from the chapter the ladies class here is going to be sifting through today:
"For God is not unrighteousness to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward His name..." (Read the rest in Hebrews 6:10-11)
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Some of you may like to know that the blossoms of chives are just as good as chopped chives. If you have let your chives grow hard, the onion stem is not as soft to chop or pleasant to the taste. They then they begin to blossom, but the blossoms can be crumbled if they have dried, or clipped into tiny bits with kitchen scissors, (available at the dollar store), and mixed with your sandwich fillings. I sprinkled them on the butters bread in preparation for tea sandwiches today, but chive blossoms are great mixed in soft butter, called chive butter.
For the ladies Bible class I use the Robert Young Analytical concordance, for word meanings. I find the analytical concordance valuable because it gives the Koine Greek, Aramic amd Hebrew meanings. That way, when you read a word, like "taste", you see that it does not always mean the same thing. The word "taste" in today's chapter, means "experience."
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Cherry print fabric from JoannFabrics.com.