Good morning to you, wherever you are! We are enjoying a beautiful, diamond-studded day here in Idaho. But boy, is it cold! While hanging out the laundry, we felt sympathy with all our pioneer forbears, "freeze-drying" their laundry all winter long~~ But the freshness that that laundry brings into the home is well worth the price, we think. In fact, here is an article from December 1892's "Ladies' World" Magazine, that we should heed:
"We cannot too often tell our readers how important it is to air bedding, bed-clothes and the clothes that are in use, every day that it is possible. Everyone knows what freshness wool and cotton materials gather when exposed to the sunshine and the winds of a wintry morning. When they are brought in they fill the room with absolute fragrance, a sense of purity which makes its presence felt in the impure and heated atmosphere of our apartments in a most remarkable manner. Try it every clear day, and don't forget that the mattresses and feather beds, bolsters and pillows will part with their peculiar body odors, and bring in an abundance of oxygen and vivifying ozone, if you will only hang them out of the window for a couple of hours in windy weather every few days."
The next paragraph I'm not sure if we'll heed or not!
"It is said that the juice of fresh onions rubbed into the scalp at the parting where the hair is growing thin will cause a wonderful renewal of hair growth."
We have been busier than a two-headed chicken in a pill bug patch (For those of you without chickens, that means REALLY busy!) these past couple of days, getting the house into order (We even stopped to wallpaper the hall, which really needed it),
We were blessed to find just enough wallpaper for $3 at a thrift store.
making door knob ornaments for the local nursing home,
writing Christmas cards, and working on presents.
I finished this pillow with Victoria's picture on it, for my in-laws yesterday. It was very easily made with a second-hand pillow as the base. I printed off Victoria's picture onto special printer fabric (I've heard you can make your own, too), fray-checked the edges, then sewed the trim all around the picture, attaching it to the pillow. You don't even have to sew, either. I've used fabric glue before, and it worked really well.
Oh yes, and my new winter church hats (Of course we didn't need THESE until watching Wives and Daughters!;-) ). Custom-making your own hats is really easy, if you can find some old straw hats with "good bones" at a thrift store (Or if your children like to smash your gardening hats!).
A hat AND a hug is just too much!
Thank you for stopping by, and may you have a beautiful day!