Saturday, September 18, 2010

Sky Bent

Sky bent,
Like Gulls,
But possessing no wings,
I walk the sidewalk,
My head tilted toward sky-things.
But the earth only holds
My indifferent feet.
My soul inside
Must struggle and beat
'Til it's out and up,
Up through the trees.
Up, up, up, with
The singing breeze.
'Til it's mingled with clouds
And birds and mist.
Oh, my soul's a searching,
Insatiable thing.
It is well that I am earthbound
And lacking wings.
Else the unending sky
Would never be high
Enough to try my wings.

Ruth Ruddy Shurilla
poet • artist • singer
best mother-in-law ever
no longer earthbound
August 4, 1920 - September 15, 2010

We love you and will miss you so much
until we meet again.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

June Would Be Proud

No, I admit I'm no June Cleaver, but there's just something about an apron.  I always fancy myself sporting one while I cook and bake, but I never actually do.  I even have cute vintage examples hanging on a hook in my kitchen, but if I was honest I'd have to admit they're more for decoration.  

In my fabric stash, I must have 50 vintage aprons - mostly bought for the fabric and usually in various stages of wear.  Recently though, I found two aprons in absolute mint condition that I couldn't possibly cut into.

They go over-the-head, almost like dresses.

Pristine and starched 50s era beauties.  Never used.

The best part are the details like rick rack trim and the stitched twice over top stitching.  Even as cute as they are, I tell myself that I'm a believer in form following function so I'm determined to overcome past practice and wear the apple one, get it dirty, wash it, use it.  Channel June.  Think June.  BE JUNE!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

70s! Far Out!

This summer I found many yards of vintage fabric
on a roll at St. Vincent DePaul thrift store.  

Not just any fabric, a 70s fabric -- quintessentially 70s.  
Danish modern, earthtones, layered lines - all the earmarks.

And there was proof on the selvage.

Remember 1976?  We drove cars like this...

 ...and went to movies like this...

...and high school juniors looked like this.
Can you guess which one is my husband and which is me?

Flashy interiors looked like this.

This retro t-shirt perfectly captures that 70s design style - available from ISO50.

Definitely a Danish influence to my 70s fabric.

This vintage 70s wallpaper is available through Secondhand Rose.

One of the many 70s fabrics available through Classic Modern Textiles of the UK.

Can you dig it?  Right on, baby!
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