Thursday, March 13, 2008

more love letters of home

I adore this early mirror. It belonged to a wonderful old friend
who spent her life collecting early things.
She lived her love of early.
Everything she did was connected to another time.
The first time I visited her, I was put to work washing lambs wool
in an old trough. She was busy making mead that day.
My chalk ware lamb is precious,
Netty made her for me a long time ago.
early morning light falling on my favorite
linen toile pillow.
I have had this lovely old brown linen toile
in my home since we first came to
Deerfield's all in pastoral farming scenes.
I do love it.
Notice the young man ....
in every vignette
he is lazing about while the ladye works hard
at harvesting the wheat, tending her lambs,
turkies & hens and milking the cow.
I can't help but laugh at the look she gives
I'm quite sure he's imagining the wonderful supper she's going to be
making for him .... just as soon as her
chores are all done, of course.
what was the old broom closet at the end of the hallway.
I took the door off
and fitted it with shelves
and painted it all a creamy white
to display some of my old white ironstone.


Dixie Redmond said...

How beautiful. And lovely new banner as well! Sending spring thoughts!

Becky said...

Christine dear, it looks like we both also collect Ironstone, I just bought a new piece today. I love the stuff.
Love the peek inside.

have a sunny day,

Miss Maddie's said...

How gentle and soothing your surroundings are.Little wonder how it influences your creative beauties.If each of your ladyes is a reflection of the life you live I can see why they are so captivating.
XO Susan

Katie said...

Everything looks so fresh and pretty! I've seen home a billion times, but through your eyes and words I see it a whole new way. It looks like a magazine article waiting to happen! Beautiful pictures ma.

Stacey said...

Thank you Christe` for sharing your heart. Oh how I love the pillow! Toile tells such a story of a time and place, it blends well with furniture that tells a story with every layered chip of paint or indentation. It is such simple things of home and family that are the most important in life!

Storybook Woods said...

Dear Christine, you have such a beautiful home. Very soulful. It reminds me of Tasha Tudor. I love it and I see how your doll must feel at home in your house. Blessings Clarice

Sea Angels said...

How beautiful is the fall of light across your pillow, a picture of a thousand thoughts you must of had sitting in that chair, it is so peaceful to bide a while.
I rather like the cupboard idea....mmmmmm...think I could be inspired by that...just the project for the Easter break,I cannot fill it with such wonderful china though, yours looks lovely.
Hugs Lynn xx

Nina Mason said...

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Kingfisher Farm said...

I love the mittens above the dish cupboard too! Pam

Christine LeFever said...

It is all so sweet and pretty, Christe'. I envy your Empire mirror. At least I think it's an Empire; please correct me if I'm wrong.


Ulla said...

Dreamy and just as I imagine it... Have you decorated for Easter? Every visit here is so calming and lovely...

Miss.Maddie's said...

There was a little bunny that hopped along the way,
And when he got to your house
He decided he would stay.
For you see that little bunny
Was as smart as he could be,
For he could tell that love lived here
And his spirit could be free!
May you and yours enjoy a blessed Easter and have a Happy Spring!
XO Susan