Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Wishing You

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Monday, December 24, 2012


A small tree in my studio space in the basement. 
We had snow fall on Friday. 
 Stacked wood looks so cozy--those lovely fires in the woodstove.
A house waiting for spring. 
We are snug in our beds awaiting Christmas morning!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Tis' the Season

Yikes are these things delicious! There is a holiday fest in our little town and this is one of the booths.
Is everyone thinking that Christmas is rushing in really fast?

Monday, December 3, 2012

Follow me.......

I've joined the crowd over at Pinterest! It is a ball, I hope you can join in. You can find me by clicking on the button on my sidebar or searching for Gingerbread Cottage within Pinterest.
(image credit: Laura of 52 Flea blog)

Monday, October 1, 2012

One More Tin

I'll bet you didn't think I would post again so soon!
This tin came into my hands this summer.
While on vacation and strolling through an antique mall, I spotted this tin from across the room and almost mowed down a couple of people to get to it. 
Love, love this pattern and are you ready for the ironic part?
It is made by the very same company as the tin I showed you yesterday.
I looked through Etsy listings for tins and for specifically Daher and there are a lot of tins listed so these aren't rare by any means but golly I love this pattern! 
And a bonus!!! This tin came with sewing odds and ends. I am totally a sucker for these odd bits.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

One Tin Box

 There was an estate sale near our house yesterday. I found this tin and was curious about who had made it. It is marked "Made in Belgium" so I assumed it might be a chocolate box.
 I found out that it was made by a company named Daher in England which is now The Tin Box Company in NY. Love this tin and you will see in my next post that it is an ironic find.
 In a small box at the same estate sale I found a bunch of quilt squares. SCORE!! I am loving the fabric. A real mix of mostly older cotton with graphic or floral prints. I've tucked it into my new tin box for now.
Here is some "cheater" fabric made to look like quilt squares probably from the 1970's cause it looks like Holly Hobbie style prints and colorways. :-)

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Before Frost

Our fench line has really blossomed this year.
I'm glad that I was convinced to add a coral bells plant.

Monday, September 10, 2012


We are sad, like this tree to have to cut it down. 
This massive pine had to go as well.
It was killed in the terrible storm at the end of June this summer.
The wind twisted it so much that it tore the bark and inner parts that lead the sap up.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Garden Visitor

A garden spider is gracing my flowers.
The ladder on her web beneath her is elegantly wrought, don't you think?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Dibs and Dabs

Some lovely threads and yarn gathered up yesterday. 
My mom was cleaning out her stash and allowed us to make away with some really pretty yarn and threads. Hoarders galore in this family!!

Sunday, May 13, 2012


A gorgeous early-blooming daylily from my mom's garden.
A start that she gave me last year.
 just like her!
Happy Mother's Day!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Granny Stitch Cowl

I finally finished something crafty!
I made a warm wooly cowl--now that we are having summer-like temps I thought I would finish this for my winter wardrobe--ummm--just a little out of step with the season I think? :-) 
I love the colors in this yarn.
It is Liberty Wool, color #7865 from Classic Elite Yarns.
The technique for this cowl is from Meg, HERE and Attic24, HERE.
The stitch is from Attic24's Granny Stitch blanket and the cowl idea is Meg's.
It is long enough to go around my neck twice to be snuggly warm. 
Geranium Cranesbill "Johnson's Blue"

Thursday, April 26, 2012


The promise of fresh flowerbuds...... 
We had thunder that woke us at 4am. 
Everything is fresh and dewy after the rain.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Rhody Love

Pretty rhody flowers that take forever to open up all the way
--but so worth the wait!! 
I love the dark pink edges to each petal.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Caine's Arcade

Have you seen this super creative kid?
He made a bunch of arcade games out of cardboard in the front of his dads car parts store in East LA.
HERE is a link to the youtube video that tells his story.
I remember making a wall of cardboard in my room when I was a kid. My sister and I shared a room and we wanted our own rooms so we erected a homemade cardboard wall, complete with door and a window that closed. I think we taped it in place--thank you Mom and Dad--to the ceiling and floor. I don't remember how long we kept it up, but I always draw on this memory when my own girls have wanted to do some crazy, messy project.
Great job Caine!

Friday, April 13, 2012


Just sit for awhile with me.
Enjoy the spring,
forget that the grass needs mowing yet again!
Notice the color of the leaves on the trees just unfolding,
the bright sun not yet subdued by shade from those trees.
Have a lovely weekend!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

The Hunt's Afoot

A sunny day and so pretty!
Happy Easter everyone!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Fresh Faces

Despite the very cold morning temperatures the past several mornings
there are cheerful pansy faces to grace the porch.
I spent this lovely sunny day visiting my mom,
in which I nearly wore her out with my genealogy finds.
I was a real genealogy fiend several years ago and have become interested again.
Did you know that the 1940 census has just been released this past Monday?
It is a bit cumbersome to look through but I couldn't resist. :-)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


The crab apple in our front yard is just starting to open it's blooms.
It has been a very early spring, yet so beautiful.
Both girls school breaks are over--very restful.
I'm kind of stalled out with craft projects lately 
while I've been enjoying planning the little front garden along my fence.
These are geraniums that were in the garden last summer.
J wintered them over for me and I got them started in pots recently.
This is the first time we've tried this and it has worked splendidly so far. 

Friday, March 23, 2012

Spring Break

A little spring break going on around here.
Sorry to have been gone without saying why.
Be back soon.
PS: the illustration above is by Harrison Cady. He wrote and/or illustrated a whole bunch of books. I love his little animals all dressed in their finery.
HERE is a link to a book he illustrated.
(forgive me if I have linked to it before) {;-)

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Ta Da!

The forsythia are putting on a show!
It has been so warm here and that has brought out the lovely blossoms.
Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Spring Sweater

I've sort of jumped the gun here by knitting up the little sweater that goes with the March issue of Mollie Makes mice, which grace the cover.
I love mini doll clothes but they are so fiddley to make sometimes.
This pattern was very easy.
The pattern for the sweater can be found HERE.
I changed the bottom edge of the sweater to make a wee ribbing.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Little iris bulbs in the sunshine! 
Gorgeous blue-purple and yellow throat! 
My favorite weekend of the year is coming!
I love daylight savings weekend in the spring.
I can't help but be excited to have more daylight at the end of the day.
There will be time for a walks around town admiring all the erupting bulbs.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Lemon Curd

I have finally made lemon curd!
It is something I have collected recipes for and never followed through with making it.
It turned out all lovely and curded. :-)
It has the freshest of lemon tastes. 
Some of my family doesn't care for the tartness of lemon
--I don't understand this--:-)
but Em helped me make a few strawberry jam tarts as well.
The lemon curd recipe I used is from the Glorious Treats Blog-HERE.
The teeny tiny tart shells are made in France for Clearbrook Farms-HERE.
The shells are a bit pricey on the website--yikes.
I bought them locally and not such a high price.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Oooo, today seems like a good day to fill a few of these cups with some cake.
I can't because my oven's heating element caught fire over the weekend.
Luckily it was just the element that was damaged--I was nearby and suddenly became aware of a very bright light in the oven as it preheated.
These cupcake liners are cheapo ones that are just paper and will turn brown when they are used. I guess you have to bake in a plain color and slip this on after the cake is cooled if you want to display a pretty liner. Who knew?? :-) 
They are pretty in the glass jar--just to look at.
The floral and strawberry ones are from Michaels in a dollar bin.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Boy, I wish I could say I knit this, but alas I can not. :-)
It is beautiful and just what I was wishing for.
Warm enough for the rest of the chilly winter. 
Closely textured stitches!