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Linens and Laurel
Riverside, CA
New Yorker, writing from SoCal about home arts and family history.
Interests: I live in So-Cal and sell vintage items and supplies.Follow our blog to see what is happening in the 1935 bungalow renovation.
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I really wanted to purchase the French General "French Embroidery Hoop". Just because it is so cool. However! I have several vintage wooden and metal hoops in my stash, and even at a discount of $25, it doesn't make sense... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Linens and Laurel
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We are thankful for friends and family that made our holiday season delightful! It began with a cross-country trip by our next door neighbors from Florida who traveled long hours to visit for a week here in Riverside. They brought... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Linens and Laurel
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I started a book club! We have been in our new home for a little over two years. Although the neighborhood touts itself as "the friendliest in Riverside", and truly, everyone does say hello and chat briefly, I have only... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Linens and Laurel
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today. It will be missed along with The Mission Inn Festival of Lights. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Linens and Laurel
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today ... following Friday's birthday dinner for my husband. In the end, I had help. Two chef friends prepared the chicken piccata and garlic sauced pasta. I am beyond grateful! It rarely rained here in the past couple of years.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Linens and Laurel
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Here's one recipe. There are many. Oh, my! I have what I would call a small dinner party for 20 tonight here. Those around me are more concerned about the logistics than I am. That concern is making me take... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at Linens and Laurel
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...I'm done with it! The stress became too much quite frankly. There was no end I could see in the process. I did learn to make it part of my normal day's routine, like cooking and cleaning which you do... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at Linens and Laurel
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Vintage white on white from a family member Lately, embroidery has been beckoning. I have a large stash of vintage transfers, prestamped cloths, blanks and floss to be worked. It would be more fun in a group which I am... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at Linens and Laurel
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your friend is searching through the Christmas clearance section at Walmart looking for the other letters of the alphabet. And the first thought you have yourself is "how odd that they only have the J". Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at Linens and Laurel
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Too chilly to eat out here! I'm a day late already on my New Year's post. We had an impromptu dinner party with my sister who is visiting from Waco, Texas, and local friends from my husband's home city, Rome,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at Linens and Laurel
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Although the good news is the war is over, sadly Theodore Roosevelt passes away in January of 1919. The Treaty of Versailles, also signed this month, brings World War I to an official end. In the United States women still do not have the right to vote. However, suffrage is available to women in Germany and Luxembourg this year. Nancy Astor, an American born Viscountess takes her seat in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, the first woman to do so. Late in the year Emma Goldman, who fights for rights for women, among other issues, is deported... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at Ancestry
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While the world is at war, countries and factions fighting for power, the Spanish flu hits the United States for the first time in Kansas. The virus becomes pandemic, aided by the movement of troops during World War I, and ultimately takes the lives of more people than the war itself. Time zones are established in the US and Daylight Savings Time is observed for the first time on March 31st. Technology marches on, too. The Hewitt-Sperry Automatic Airplane becomes the first pilotless drone. On manned flights, the US Postal Service begins airmail between New York City, Philadelphia and Washington,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at Ancestry
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While the world is at war, countries and factions fighting for power, the Spanish flu hits the United States for the first time in Kansas. The virus becomes pandemic, aided by the movement of troops during World War I, and ultimately takes the lives of more people than the war itself. Time zones are established in the US and Daylight Savings Time is observed for the first time on March 31st. Technology marches on, too. The Hewitt-Sperry Automatic Airplane becomes the first pilotless drone. On manned flights, the US Postal Service begins airmail between New York City, Philadelphia and Washington,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at Ancestry
1917 begins and the United States finds itself embroiled in the First World War. Although no lives are lost, the Kingsland Explosion in New Jersey cause is assumed to be sabotage by the Germans. Amid calls for war as a result, Woodrow Wilson instead pursues "peace without victory" in Germany. However, the Zimmermann Telegram, the Germans' offer to give the US southwest back to Mexico, if they cooperate in declaring war on the United States, is the final straw. On April 6th, the United States declares war on Germany. Dallas Love Field is opened to train pilots for aerial combat.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at Ancestry
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Emily turns nineteen this year. The world is embroiled in warfare. The British are trounced by the Ottoman Empire at Gallipoli. The United States sends troops to Mexico and the Dominican Republic, but has not yet joined the fight in Europe. This is in full swing, even Paris is bombed by the Germans using a zeppelin for that purpose for the first time. Women do not have the vote in the United States; however, Emma Goldman and Margaret Sanger are fighting for birth control by giving lectures and opening the first birth control clinic in America. In the midst of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at Ancestry
In 1911, airplanes are commercially produced making the first combat aerial bombing of Libya during the Italo-Turkish War a reality. The world celebrates International Women's Day, a respectful observance of working women. It is the same year, that the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City claims the lives of 146 workers. The doors on the 8th, 9th and 10th floors are locked forcing women to jump in an attempt to save themselves from the furnace burning inside. The Binghamton Street Railway, in addition to electric trolleys, makes county travel available to all. A popular destination is the Ross... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at Ancestry
The same year Halley's Comet is seen streaking across the sky, Raymonde de Laroche, receives her pilot's license from the Federation Aeronautique Internationale. She is the first woman authorized to fly an airplane. Henry Ford sells 10,000 automobiles to for those looking to travel on land. The Barber family now lives at 23 Cedar Street. Emily attends Sunday School at the Main Street Church which is less than a 10 minute walk away. September brings a party for Emily's Golden Links Sunday school class. The Binghamton Press September 1910 Party in Honor of Mrs. Craine Last Thursday evening the Golden... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2016 at Ancestry
In the United States, the Woman Suffrage Party is founded after more than fifty years of organizing for this moment. In Binghamton, Emily attends a Christmas program in which her six-year-old cousin, Leoria, and Leoria's thirteen year old cousin, Pearl Millham, perform recitations. The Binghamton Press, 1909 At Boulevard Church The following program will be rendered tomorrow night at the Boulevard M. E. Church by the Sunday School. The program will be followed by distribution of gifts from two trees by Santa Claus and his assistants. The program to be followed is: "Bethlehem Star": chorus. "The Glory of the Star,"... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2016 at Ancestry
Following the passage of universal suffrage in Finland the previous year, women candidates in Finland run for office and nineteen are elected to positions within the government. In September, the RMS Lusitania sets off from Liverpool, England to New York City on its maiden voyage. Another crossing of the Atlantic Ocean of note in 1907 is Marconi's first commercial transatlantic radio communication from Clifden Ireland to Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. The radio age begins. Autochrome Lumière, developed in France in 1903, becomes the first commercially available color photography process. Technology marches on under a Progressive President Theodore Roosevelt. Of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at Ancestry
Finland grants universal suffrage in a move that also allows women to stand as candidates when it adopts universal suffrage. They are the first country to do so. Although Theodore Roosevelt wins the Nobel Prize for Peace for his role in resolving conflicts between Russia and Japan, there is a diplomatic crisis with when San Francisco public schools want to racially segregate Japanese. 1906 is also the year of The Great San Francisco Earthquake toppling much of the city buildings and claiming the lives of 3,000 or more residents. Up to 300,000 people are homeless. In New York State, Chenango... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Ancestry
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In Queensland, Australia, women, excluding the aboriginals, win voting rights and the ability to practice law. Unrest in Russia is moving towards revolution when the Imperial Army opens fire on demonstrators killing 73. Theodore Roosevelt begins his four year term as President following his win of the 1904 election. The Brooklyn Public Library bans Mark Twain's books, Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, with the explanation that they set a "bad example." The Barber family now lives at 1 Berlin Street and Daniel and Miranda Tripp reside with their son-in-law and daughter, Carrie. Emily and Archie have aging and unwell grandparents... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Ancestry
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After almost two years of negotiations the United States Army engineers begin their work on the Panama Canal. Theodore Roosevelt wins the election for President. In New York City, the first underground subway line opens. Human rights activist Anna Ruling makes a speech to the Scientific-Humanitarian Committee in Berlin presenting the social and legal persecutions experienced by lesbians. In New York, Emily's Aunt Lovina and Uncle Stephen adopt their deceased daughter's baby, also named Leoria Carolyn. Although Emily is now seven and brother Archie is 3, the sisters Lovina and Carrie both have young children. Memorial Day, Emily joins others... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2016 at Ancestry
Following the Pan-American Exposition, the United States ratifies a treaty with Colombia to build the Panama Canal although the Colombian senate rejects it. Panama declares its independence from Colombia which makes it possible to begin a project that provides a shorter route from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. North, in the southern state of North Carolina, Orville Wright makes the first successful flight at Kitty Hawk. And, farther north in Binghamton, New York, the first part of the year is uneventful for the Barber family. And, then... 1903 brings the death of her cousin, Leon, 14, in a September... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at Ancestry
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Suffrage is a worldwide struggle in 1902. In Belgian, riots claim the lives of several protestors as they strike for equality of the vote. The Socialist party with a voice now that reform was enacted in 1893 organizes the disenfranchised since the new rules still give more votes to the wealthy and landowners. Initially, women's suffrage is included in their list of demands but dropped to increase the chances of change. They all lose. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1848 Elizabeth Cady Stanton dies in New York City at 86. Her Declaration of Sentiments in 1848 at the Seneca Falls Convention in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at Ancestry
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Aerial view print of Pan-American Exposition, 1901 The United States has its own world's fair in the year following the Paris exposition. The Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, celebrates "commercial well-being and good understanding among the American Republics." On September 6th, President William McKinley is shot in the Temple of Music on the fairgrounds by anarchist Leon Czolgosz. New York's former governor, Theodore Roosevelt, who spoke at the Binghamton WCTU meeting in 1899, succeeds McKinley to the presidency. In Binghamton, Emily is now an older sister. Archie James Barber is born in 1901. Carmel Grove residents at their cottage,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at Ancestry