Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Whatever could it be?, it's not a big knitted Altoid!

It isn't a knitted Oreo cookie either...but that gives me an idea!

It is food though! Actually, that seems to be a theme in my recent knitting...which explains the tight pants...

Get your veggies!

I wish I could claim credit for this clever craftiness, but I just provided the labor. The design credit all goes to Anna Hrachovec and her wonderful Mochimochi Land (click here)! This website is chockablock with clever cuteness - and I'm hooked.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Antique Valentines

I love old postcards, greeting cards, recipe booklets, and other ephemera. There is something very charming about finding a pretty, old postcard with writing on the back! It makes you think of a time when people wrote much more than we do now. I have some postcards that simply say "Hi" on the back, and others with affectionate and sometimes smart-alecky notes.

Lulu once gave me a little album of valentine cards she had found over in Stephentown, NY (I think). Here are two cards I recently found on a trip home, possibly at Nancy Dole Books & Ephemera in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. I love Nancy's second floor book shop -- small and cozy, lots of classic craft and knitting books that my sister and I race each other to, and a collection of well organized ephemera. I do wish I could go through the doors of that charming shop someday without a budget! Sigh.

This cute card has a mechanism that makes for a sweet surprise!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

He is very nice!

Charlie did something very special for me on Valentine's Day -- he took the afternoon off from work and we went to tea in Tupelo! A newish antique shop, His and Hers, has opened Tea for T'Arts in the rear of the shop. Tips that are earned at tea are given to several arts organizations in Tupelo (ballet, symphony, etc.) Finger sandwiches were delicious; no scones but a pretty bowl of sweet potato chips; and little tiny tarts.

Our cards and presents to each other, Hoops & YoYo's and chocolate, of course. There is a chocolate shop in Memphis, Dinstuhls, which is conveniently close to a good bookstore, Booksellers at Laurelwood.

Mmmmm, here it comes!

Just me at the tea room.

A Tupelo bonus event! While stopped at a CVS, a fast train crossed this busy intersection. Five different engines!