When I awoke this morning I noticed I had received an e-mail from my Uncle. He sent me a copy of a letter my Grandmother Lola had written when she owned her Cafe in small town America back in the forty's.
The letter emphasizes on how tight money was back then, and I know my Grandmother struggled to keep her restaurant afloat.
I find it interesting too, the few paragraphs my Uncle sent attached to my Grandma's letter.
Both letters help to keep things in economic perspective for me.
Insert from my Uncle:
It is hard to realize today how really poor we were, but didn't know it. $30 was a lot of money in those days, just before the war, when we were still coming out of the depression. At least we didn't suffer for lack of food, but our clothes were tattered and torn. I remember the holes in my shoes, the outhouse, the pee pot, those old wood stoves that would not hold fire overnight, water frozen in the bucket when we got up to go to school and taking a bath once a week, if that often, in a galvanized wash tub.
I'm hoping to have them shopping cart ready within the next few days, but if you see one you like just drop me a line and I'll send you an invoice. If you need help placing the banner on your blog I'll assist you with that too, for a small fee.
Oh and if you would like me to design a banner just for you, again, drop me a line..
This was my spot for most of Sunday evening, just sitting and watching the little wren that has chosen to set up housekeeping and take care of her new family in the little wren house.
She went back and forth at least twenty times to feed them and each time the little babies showed their excitement by chirping. I can't believe the sound decimals that comes out of those baby wren bodies, Amazing! Gosh, if I were a singer in a band, I would ask for wren back up singers!
I love the summer mostly because of the green grass and the flowers everywhere. I guess it's easier to like too because we are experiencing very mild days, almost Fall like. I don't like Hot summers when I'm shut inside in the air conditioning. I prefer the fresh outdoors. I have my kitchen window open and there is a lovely cool north breeze whispering by me. It really is encouraging me to think about Autumn, and I always look forward to those thoughts.
We're working on our home. Installing new trim and molding around the windows and putting in new storm windows. It's very important to have good storms because Missouri winters can sometime be brutal, but again, I like those too! Not the cold, just the snow. Luckily and most thankfully, Lennis has the knowledge to do all that and more, love that too!
I have so many things going at once, and I can't wait to share some of them with you later.
Don't you love the way the French turn their words around? I do.
I've been making some lavande douce sachets for the upcoming NVM Market show. The show is themed, "Visions of Paris." I have been working on the postcard and posters for the event and already have designed for Chapter 3 too.
I'm excited about creating a "Vintage Journal", or small newspaper for the event. You can find out more at NVM blog. What do you think, don't you agree it's a wonderful idea. The picture on the blog was taken from the old Kansas City Journal pages I told you about awhile back.
Oh, why I was designing the paper I also finished the vintage newsprint soap packaging. Do you like it?
While we're on that hot topic, I have a vintage word for you too. One used throughout the faded tattered pages of the old journal. MARVEL! Taken for this caption in the newspaper. "You can easily have a marvel of a complexion."
You know it's funny, matter of speaking, how I prepare for a showing of my items, products. I run around here, back and forth ideas floating here and there, even waking me up at night, the thoughts of designing and prepping and preparing.
I'm working on some new product tags and really into the old-time look at the moment and thinking to myself how much my designs reflect some of my favorite periods. Sometimes I dream I'm living during those times and looking through a crystal ball only to see more modern approaches to those days gone by hand-made Bittersweets.
Yeah, I guess that's usually how I design. I'm influenced by old designs and making them new!
Don't you just love the old photo?
I wanted a large tag for the Sassafras, something that shouts out sassy!
A little Summer Surprise awaited me this morning in the garden, sweet and tender so simple but yet so very beautiful.
One of my favorite parts of Summer is the picking of my huge hydrangea blossoms. I usually don't pluck too many blossoms because I'd rather wait and use the large blooms for drying. As you can see, one blossom is truly a treat for the eyes.
I've mentioned before how to cut hydrangeas for drying, but thought I'd discuss it again for those of you that missed it or aren't' familiar with the process. It is a process, but an easy one.
Firstly, don't pick the blossoms for drying when they first appear. They will shrivel to nothing if you do. You want to wait until after the bloom has been on the plant for awhile and the bloom begins to turn greenish with ribbons of color throughout and the blossom itself becomes hard and heavy. That's when you cut the bloom!
I don't do anything fancy after that, just cut stem to size and stick inside a vase or container of choice. The dried blooms will last forever and you can add new dried blossoms to your already assortment if you wish.
Oh, and if you're cutting fresh bouquets you want to make sure to flatten the stems. I use a case knife and work my way up the stem about two inches or so. If you don't flatten the stems the flower probably won' t make it through the day, but if flattened, the bloom will last for a week or longer, thirsty plants!
How often have you been handed a business card and thought to yourself , "h'm I really like the design and fonts they chose for this card.?"
I've always had a passion for business cards. I guess mostly because of their handy size and the fact that they convey and reference so much information on a petite sized card. I feel the same about match books, and have always thought it to be a clever idea to advertise on something small and useful.
I've been designing some business cards for Bittersweet Design. A mix of cottage and vintage, hopefully ones that stand out and fit my customers business card wants. I'm having a blast with all the designs and ideas that float through my head.
If you're interested in one of the designs the pricing is on the web site, then drop me a line and tell me your business details. Or maybe you just want a card with your name and blog address, that's a cool idea, or maybe simply say "thank you", I like that too. Oh my, the sky's the limit!
Orders are getting filled today and it's rainy out, a welcome surprise since it was suppose to get really hot, and I have one more market bag almost completed!
I need to order more soap supplies so that I can make more soap, but enjoying the mix up of making other things and the designing of those cards.