My home: four walls of an ugly and old-fashioned farmhouse. A group of buildings in need of paint and repairs. A scraggly grove of trees that has suffered from the drought and a lawn invaded by thistles.
My home: It
is all of these, but oh! so much more. It is a shelter from the
elements, from the heat of summer and the snow and cold of winter. It is
a refuge from the unkind world. It is a sure haven in this time of
home: It is sweet to hear my children laugh and play. There is still
the romance in waiting for Daddy to come in from the field. There is
deep content in having someone to quarrel with, to love, to take care
of, to scold, and to forgive. There is still joy in a freshly-scrubbed
floor, the smell of a freshly-baked apple pie, the crackle of the fire
in the funny old heating stove.
It is the best place on earth to me--my home.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The evolution of craft patterns in The Farmer's Wife magazine is quite interesting. The 1920s saw almost exclusively crochet patterns until the very late 1920s. In the 1930s, many of you will not be surprised to know that quilting became much more popular, and the magazine published at least four separate quilt pattern booklets during that time. What did surprise me though, was the quilting patterns that were published in the 1910s. The first set of pictures below are of patterns published in 1913, all in black and white. At the bottom of this post are patterns printed in color in 1934. Sometime in the future, I will post some pages from the 1930s Farmer's Wife quilt booklets.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Four years ago my husband was an office man, holding a position that to us seemed as solid as the rock of Gibraltar itself. The "rock" was sandstone, I guess, for when the waters of the depression ran steadily over it, it wore gradually to nothingness.