Monday, January 16, 2012

For the Love of Pot Holders

Dear Friends,

We were asked to help tidy the linen section of our favorite thrift store the other day, when we came across a lovely collection of hand-made potholders. Needless to say, we fell in love at first sight! There is such a special feeling to something made by a loving hand, which was used to make a house a home. We thought that each of these was such a work of art, all speaking of a love of whimsy and fun.


Speaking of whimsy and fun, we are following along with our blog twin Lynn as she reads and decorates an "Alice in Wonderland Tree." So far we've only made a few characters out of clay, which are waiting to be finished. Tasha has been repurposing all sorts of things to make her own characters with dolls she already has (pictures forthcoming)!

We finished the bonnet we had been working on, using hot glue instead of needle and thread, which would be gummed up by all that duct tape! :)

We are also working on a "balloon hat," made from a straw gardening hat and pouf of blue velvet. It will be very dreamy upon completion!

The sunsets have been very beautiful here lately; each bit of sunshine is a real treasure when the days are so short this time of year.

The little thyme on our windowsill seems symbolic of our spirits, reaching out to the light and warmth of the sun!
We pray that you have a wonderful week this week, and find something whimsical and wonderful, too!




"Kind hearts are the gardens,
Kind thoughts are the roots,
Kind words are the flowers,
Kind deeds are the fruits.

Take care of the gardens,
And keep them from the weeds.
Fill, fill them with flowers,
Kind words and kind deeds."

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


  1. I love the potholders! Please tell me that you rescued them and gave them a loving home!

    The sunsets are lovely! We are in a hollar so we don't see them as you do... the sun kind of slips away behind the mountains!

    The hats are marvelous! You are so clever and creative!

    Are you enjoying your book??

    Have a fantastic week!

  2. What lovely potholders...I love to come across vintage homemade potholders and use them in decorating and for their original purpose too!


  3. A lovely post....that bonnet turned out beautiful....I have plans on making myself one. Love the potholders...they are all very sweet...blessings to you all.

  4. What fun little finds! Nothing like a little treasure to brighten the day. Love your hats. Very Kate Greenway! Enjoy your sunsets! They're getting later in the day. As Martha says "It's a good thing!"

  5. Dear Marqueta, the little bun-bun is so cute! And I LOVE the hat! Very pretty indeed! I find myself reaching toward the sun these days too!


  6. Marqueta
    Thanks for visiting the silliness at Rattus Scribus. Love the potholders and love the poem by Longfellow. Great advice there.
    All the best

  7. GOOD MORNING SWEET ONE!!! Everything, I MEAN EVERYTHING HERE is as sweet as love. The little unicorn is adorable!!! Thank you for visiting me, and leaving such kind words. YOU HAVE A BLUE PIANO? HOW FUN IS THAT!!!!!!!! Enjoy a day of smiles and love. Anita

  8. How sweet your thyme is growing. We have had such a warm winter, that I still have some on my outside planter :-)

    What a beauty to have such creative inventive young ladies living with you my friend!

    Have a blessed day mi amiga :-)


  9. Hi Marqueta, I was fascinated by your pot holders. There are some real beauties in your country and I love your recent finds. I don't see them much over in the UK so maybe I should rekindle what must have been a popular item in days gone by. Love your sunshine. Is it for sale? We could do with a bucketful!
    Eli x

  10. They are beautiful! I crochet myself and have made a few over the years but your photos brought back happy memories of my grandmother, who taught me to crochet. Have a wonderful day!

  11. A wonderful find indeed!! I love your hats, perfect for a tea party xox Clarice

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