Sunday, April 14, 2013

A change in plans........

I have been doing a lot of knitting. It is hard to write a blog and knit.

I would like to finish this jacket before we go to Maine although there were a few days in Florida that I could have used it!

Jack saw some quilted table runners at a local quilt shop and suggested that it might be a nice gesture to make one for his house. I suggested that it might be a nice gesture if he ran the vacuum for me - and a deal was struck! I shall finish it tomorrow and then off to the long arm quilter.

I had forgotten how much I loved batiks and sewing.

Some new linens and ranunculus at Trader Joe's prompted a tablescape. 

There is something wonderful about white ironstone and white flowers.

We had planned a day out in downtown Sarasota but thought better of it and changed our plans. From time to time I have seen doll houses made out of metal like the one I had as a child. They have not been in good condition. But yesterday tucked away in a corner was the exact doll house of my childhood in excellent condition. It followed me home. The doll houses were made by Louis Marx in the 40's and 50's and the furniture was made by Renwal.

Notice the sewing machine in the window!

I shall have to find some outdoor furniture. 

And the living room is a little bare. But the fun will be finding furniture in miniature. 
It was a good day!

Now I shall go back to my knitting and listen to a book.

I hope you have a wonderful day and good week. Thank you for stopping by.


Vee said...

Oh I hope that you can enjoy Florida for another week, two or three. This Maine weather is nothing to write home about! ☺

Sweet dollhouse! Oh my and the sewing machine in the window, too. Perfection.

All of your many projects are getting finished and then you'll start a lot more and the beat will go on!

Sue McPeak said...

I so enjoyed catching up on your knitting, piecing, and doings. Love that sweater/jacket pattern and yarn. The doll house brought back memories of one I had as a child, too. How neat that you found one in such great condition with a SEWING MACHINE. Perfect!!!

I'm doing the AtoZ Blog Challenge this month. My Theme is one I think you'll enjoy reading. Stop by when you need a break from knitting.

Sue CollectInTexasGal
AtoZ LoneStar Quilting Bee

Shirley said...

Good Morning Carol, Your post really brought back memories this morning with the doll house. I don't remember what happen to it, but I remember playing with it. We have warmer weather, but the wind is strong. Have a wonderful day. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend.

Mac n' Janet said...

My sister and I had a dollhouse like that too.

Rettabug said...

Heck, I'd vacuum AND dust, if you'd make such gorgeous batik tablerunners for me!! They are beautiful!

I can't believe you have found the same little doll house from your was meant to be yours.
Every time I remove one of those white plastic lifts from the center of a delivered pizza, I think what a cute little table it would make for a miniature doll house! LOL

Your knitting is looking scrumptious. It seems like you just got down there to FL & soon you'll have to head back. *sigh*
Maybe next year we'll be down for awhile & we can get together for lunch & shopping again.


Snap said...

Oh my! I had a house like that! I haven't thought about it in years. Enjoy your knitting and book!

Jackie Manning said...

Great bargain with Jack!! Great to see your post, the dolls house is beautiful. I love white in the house it is such a clean bright fresh colour. Thank you for your comment on Facebook, we had a lovely day. If you remember my brother lost his wife earlier in the year, so I like to keep and eye on him.

Have a good week, Jackie in Surrey, UK.x

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Carol, I'm glad you came up for air because your knitting is gorgeous. I adore the colors.

And I had a dollhouse very similar to that from the 1950's. I'm so glad you found it. Mine is loooong gone, but I think of all of things with love.



A Garden of Threads said...

I love the colours of the sweater Carol, hope you get it finished.

Maggie Bryant said...

Love your little doll's house, Carol, you'll have fun furnishing it I'm sure.
Looking forward to seeing the quilted table runner (the beautiful quilted mug mat that you made for me is sitting right here next to my PC) and to hearing about Maine life (Maine,the way life should be!).

Sheila said...

I think that must be the same doll house that my sisters and i shared. Our elderly neighbours simply and gently put things over our shared fence when they were clearing out their things before moving and that's how we acquired the dollhouse. My sister and I had Sunbonnet Sue Quilts that magically appeared by the fence one day. i wish I could remember the neighbours! I like the runner you're making for Jack's house!

Rettabug said...

I was thinking of you today & wondering if you were back in Maine by now.

Warm hugs, wherever you are...just wanted you to know you crossed my mind.


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