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Friday, September 21, 2012


Hello...My dear blogging friends!

I have been stitching away on some old fashioned vintage bonnets. Over the past few years, I've made these sweet prairie bonnets for several of the little girls in my life. They remind me of the young pioneer girls that trudged alongside the covered wagons. My great grandmother was six years old when she traveled with her parents across the plains in the covered wagon from Tecumseh, Kansas to the Oregon Territory. I have lovingly dedicated these bonnets to her...Evaleena Benson Newman.

Don't you think  Laura Ingalls Wilder  would have loved wearing this sunbonnet?
1. As an Apron with a nice pocket in front.
2. As a Sunbonnet to shade one's sweet face from the hot sun
3. As an extra spacious Clothespin Apron when folded up and buttoned
(see button and buttonhole placement in a photo below)
M. L. Attwell

I made my own coordinating binding for this one.
 I think it added a bit of extra charm.
My favorite collection of fabric is Aunt Grace's 1930 reproduction prints.
I have been collecting these prints for nearly 20 years.
I also love feedsack prints and have a few original ones.
For Clothespin Apron pouch

**Tie apron around child's waist
**Attach lower right corner buttonhole to upper right button.
**Then, attach lower left buttonhole to upper left button.
There you have it...
A handy pouch for gathering posies, holding clothespins..
and if you're very very careful
a few farm fresh eggs.
My prairie bonnets and their sewing pattern are being featured at a local quilt shop in the town where I live.
I will be selling the pattern on Etsy in the near future.
I received an order from a shop in Sisters, Oregon.  These are some that I've made for their shop.
I used reproduction prints from the 1930s, 40s and 50s.
You might recognize some American Jane...Dick and Jane prints.
These are a few of my favorite things....
How I love the soft colors and old fashioned conversation prints!
Many Hands Make Light Work!

Thank you for visiting me, my dear friends!
I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Carolynn xoxo

"Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it."
Proverbs 22:6


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Monday, September 17, 2012

No Place Like Home...

Hello My dear friends...I'm so glad you stopped by!
Is your kitchen beginning to smell like hot apple cider, maple syrup and fruit pies fresh from the oven?. 
How I love this season of the year. It is truly my favorite. There's the sweet scent of Fall in the air. 

A Bowl Full of Autumn Wishes!

What a beautiful time of year the Fall is with it's rich warm hues of orange, red, green and gold.
I enjoy the long awaited cooler temperatures, nice breezes and vivid colors.


I had fun stitching up these sweet little quilted pillows to add a homespun touch.
 One of my very favorite quilt shops is "Little Quilts" in Marrietta, Georgia.  The patterns for these little pillows are found in their book "Little Quilts Around The House".
 I have visited their shop and fondly remember their warm and friendly staff.

Autumn in the Country

I designed and made this Fall "WELCOME"  quilted table runner.
Each year I look forward to displaying it on my antique Singer Treadle Sewing Machine cabinet.
I like using a wide variety of textures in my seasonal vignettes.
Isn't this a delightful Harvest Image?
It was a free graphic from
"Mom On Time Out"  blog.

"Chenille Cottage"

Thank you for visiting my blog and my home.
I have enjoyed visiting your blogs so very much.
So many of you have shared your cozy homes, richly displayed with artful
Fall arrangements, handmade creations and delicious Autumn dishes.

I pray you have a bountiful week just brimming with God's richest blessings!

Carolynn xoxo

"Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done."
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Sunday, September 9, 2012

"Very Cherry 1940s Apron"

Hello....My sweet blogging friends!
     In my post I'd like to share some of the bright red cherries that are sprinkled throughout my home.  From cotton aprons trimmed with old fashioned red rick rack to cozy quilts....They are all such a lovely addition to any country cottage decor!

    Each year my sister, Sherry, blesses me with lots and lots of cherries. I like to dehydrate and then freeze them. They are delicious in homemade ice cream, nut breads and homemade granola bars!

I've been busy in my sewing room this past week making up this
sweet little 1940s vintage apron.
I found this wonderful vintage pattern then
modified it a bit for this apron.

Pardon my camera exposure...The apron looks blue, but it's black with tiny little cherries
and cherry red rick rack.
Aprons always look so sweet garnished with rick rack.
 The original 1940s vintage pattern incorporated lots and lots of it.

I was thrilled to find this 1940s Vintage Apron pattern.
When I have an etsy shop I will be stitching up
these darling aprons for sale.
I the back of this apron.
If you look closely there is a band between the shoulders to
prevent the straps from slipping off your shoulders.
I attached the straps at the waistband
 with buttonholes and shiny black buttons.
 The finishing touch!

                         MORE CHERRIES!

The table runner with the bright red cherries was lovingly made by my sister, Patti, for my birthday.
Doesn't it look pretty snugged in with the vintage quilt and red pillows?
(I "TWEAKED" this sadly worn antique settee...It's in dire need of a
new upholstering. All the soft textiles offer a simple disguise!)

 So many of my blogging friends have a penchant for cherries.
And, so do I!


This is a closeup of a large tole painted glass jar
that I store my twill tape that I use for my
"Chenille Cottage" labels.
Isn't she lovely! My darling adopted daughter, Paula, from
"Rose Fairie Cottage" made this sweet little quilted portrait
for me for Mother's Day. 

(This is the fabric I used to recover my ironing board.)
Thank you my sweet friends for stopping by for a visit.

How I would love to share a slice of freshly baked cherry walnut bread
and a hot cup of tea with each one of you!

Have a wonderful week!
Carolynn  xoxo

"Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him."
Psalm 34:8


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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Little Red Rocker

I love cute little children's chairs...and, especially, red ones!
This little rocking chair was thrifted. I only paid five dollars for it.
I scrubbed it clean and, then, began brainstorming about how I could add a little bit of personality to it.

Redwork embroidery is my favorite needlework.
 I enjoy taking my stitching along on car trips and on camping vacations.
It is so relaxing!
I used leftover fabric scraps for the entire pillow.
Redwork embroidery stitched on muslin.
Bright red corduroy
Red plaid cotton fabric
(scraps from a Christmas dress I made in the 70s)

I really love the added softness this small pillow adds
to an already sweet child's rocking chair.

Side by Side
Just a little pillowed cushion to add a bit more comfort
for our next grandchild.

We found out a few weeks ago that our youngest son and his wife are having a BOY!
This is their firstborn.
We are so very happy with the news!

This is a photo of baby at just 10 weeks along...
He is now 22 weeks along.
He weighs approximately one pound
and is about 11 inches long.
Baby is due in early January.

One of our dreams as Grammy and Papa
 is to see him happily rocking away in this petite red rocking chair
 clutching a story book in his chubby little hands.
Thank you for coming by and for your kind comments.
Each one of you are very special to me.

Carolynn  xoxo

"Children are a heritage from the Lord,
offspring a reward from Him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are children born in one's youth.
Blessed is the "parent and grandparent" whose quiver is full of them."
Psalm 127:3-5

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