Back from vacation! I've been busy this week getting back to work on the vintage, so I'm just finding time this morning to post a post-vacation post. So this is a multi-topic post.
First, to the left here is a fantastic 10ft sandcastle that was built out on the beach by a sandcastle artist. I was walking out there before sunset one night, and ran home to get my camera before high tide came in and washed it away. Check out the cannonballs blasted into the side of it!
Next, there is daily pandemonium at the little window birdfeeder that I have on my kitchen window at the vacation spot. They squeeze in 3 at a time and line up on the roof waiting to get in to eat. It's like Uncle Bill's Pancake House, which always has a line on the weekends. Thing is, some of those little birds are messy and spill the seeds into my flowerbox which is directly below it. So now the birds stomp around on my flowers eating the seeds out of there. They are cute though - shake your tail feathers!
I can't relax too much while I'm on vacation, I have to have some projects. I took some vintage clothing with me to soak and mend, I recovered a few of my pillows, re-read the Half Blood Prince (how many more days until the last book???) and I painted the bathroom, finally deciding on a color after 3 years. I did it a pale blue-green and painted the wood trim white. It looks nice and crisp. The photos aren't very impressive because the room is small, but it does look nice. I also repainted a wicker table and rearranged the livingroom furniture, yet again.
My hydrangeas (tired of hearing about those yet?) are still looking very pretty and I treated myself with a new bouquet of them every few days. The town's little 4th of July Parade was great as usual. For a quiet little seashore town, we always get a great turnout of rescue and fire vehicles, parade participants and watchers. It goes down one street, over an block and then back up the other street. So when it finishes on the first street, you run over to the other street and watch it again! It's that good. I took 100 photos on that link above, if you'd like to torture yourself and see photos of a parade from a town that you know nothing about!
Finally, grab a copy of the September issue of Threads magazine. A new customer Karen L. let me know that my website was mentioned in the sewing magazine (page 39) The mag has several vintage clothing related stories. I just got my copy and haven't read it yet, but some interesting looking stories are about working with vintage patterns, making vintage style aprons, rejuvenating vintage clothing including doing repairs and deciding if you should or should not alter a vintage item, refashioning vintage clothing, an interesting story about the construction of vintage clothing where they turn the dresses inside out a describe the sewing details, using vintage sewing details in modern sewing, and a little story about barkcloth too. Very interesting for those who love vintage and sewing. There are parts of the issue online - http://www.taunton.com/threads/index.asp