The House with Nobody in It

I'm joining Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday ...   When I was 10 years old, my Grandma gave me a book of poetry entitled All the Silver Pennies.  I remembered it recently when my husband and I visited Half Moon Bay, CA. I looked out the window of our B&B and saw this ...   The House with Nobody in It by Joyce Kilmer   Whenever I walk to Suffern along the Erie track I go by a poor old farmhouse with its shingles broken and black. I suppose I've passed it a hundred times, but I always stop for a minute And look at the house, the tragic house, the house with nobody in it.   I never have seen a haunted house, but I hear there are such things; That they hold the talk of spirits, their ... Keep Reading...

Table for Two: quick & simple

I recently picked up an old round wicker table at auction and put it on my front porch. I've wanted a round wicker table on my front porch for a long time ...  It needs to be painted, but I don't have a lot of time this week so all it got is a pretty tablecloth! It works for a quick and simple romantic table for two, don't you think?     You may recognize these Dollar Tree ceramic pumpkins from last week's tablescape...   Red glassware is a year-round favorite ...     Dried beans surround the candle ... and are sprinkled like confetti across the tabletop   A small doily and wooden napkin rings add texture ...   Mikasa "Italian Countryside" dinner plate paired with an unmarked ... Keep Reading...

Ironing Vintage Linens

I once received an email from a blog reader who asked this question: If I may ask, what iron do you use?  My iron doesn't seem to work very well for getting the wrinkles out of linen. Maybe it doesn't get hot enough?   When I'm ironing just a few small pieces at a time, I use a Rowenta PowerGlide2 steam iron that I've had for years.  When I have a lot of ironing - or large tablecloths - I use a 1940s Ironrite ironer. Source I suspected, however, that the iron really wasn't my blog friend's problem.  Let me show you the basic steps I take when ironing linens. Start with a clean iron!  That may seem obvious, but you just might be surprised ...  Your iron needs to be clean both inside and out. ... Keep Reading...