Here is a view from my dining room into the living room. If you look over to the left you can see some baskets on the dry sink….I have sewing supplies and fabric stashed in them. Looking towards the window in the living room there are more baskets on top of the radiator.
My latest basket…purchased for 5.00 at the thrift store, is in the middle.
Whenever I stop in there, I check the area where they have baskets hoping to find one that is nice and large and can handle a good amount of books and magazines and one day, they had ‘my’ basket.
What is peeking out of the top ? This :
I was returning a library book and they had a sale going on. Perusing the books, I came across this old, falling apart book by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I could not resist. I think that it was one dollar.
Quite old, from 1947…a second edition . It is in the basket because I started reading it. It’s been a long time since I read ” Little House on the Prairie” and some of the earlier books as a child, though I do recall reading “Farmer Boy ” to my boys. How about you ? Want a snippet ? : )
” The fresh, starched white curtains moved softly in the wind, at the open window. The scrubbed board walls and the floor were a soft yellow-gray. A bouquet of grass flowers and windflowers that Carrie had picked and put in the blue bowl on the table, seemed to bring springtime in. In the corner the varnished brown whatnot stood stylish and handsome.
The afternoon light made plain the gilded titles of the books on the whatnot’s lower shelf, and glittered in the three glass boxes on the shelf above, each with tiny flowers painted on it. Above them, on the next shelf, the gilt flowers shone on the glass face of the clock and its brass pendulum glinted, swinging to and fro. Higher still, on the very top shelf, was Laura’s white china jewel box with the wee gold cup and saucer on its lid, and beside it, watching over it, sat Carrie’s brown and white china dog.”
Later on I became enthralled at the section where they are sewing Mary’s clothes prior to going away to college. Page after page of incredible detail in regards to sewing dresses and petticoats and lace inserts and whalebone stays, etc. There was much concern about hoops. Someone had heard that they were coming back in style, but no one could acquire nor access the latest issue of Godey’s Lady’s Book to decide the question. All of the skirts and petticoats had to be made wide enough to work with hoops, just in case.
” They had made four new petticoats for Mary, two of unbleached muslin, one of bleached muslin, and one of fine white cambric. Around the bottom of the fine cambric one, Laura had sewed with careful, tiny stitches the six yards of knitted lace that she had given Mary for Christmas. ”
No sewing machines yet…everything made by hand. And what had to be made was complicated, quite complicated.
This book about the girls as they are older now seemed a bit more detailed than the earlier books. I found an interesting article on the Net ; not the standard sort of biography ; at the Ideas section of the Boston Globe, titled Little Libertarians on the Prairie about Laura and her daughter Rose.