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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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We have been in California for about six years now, three up north, three in SoCal. It was as recent as our move from Vermont, that we disposed of our 20-year-old TVs. You know, the big old bulky ones. We... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2017 at Linens and Laurel
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This is our refrigerator, but not our food. In ours, the larger area outlined can hold food. Actually, since the meat/cheese drawer and produce drawers are always full of meat, cheese and produce, the smaller oval shows exactly how much... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at Linens and Laurel
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Handy Meal Planner with Tear Off Grocery List I'm not sure if the cure for boredom is a boring task, but that's what is being done on the home front. The goal is to know what we have and by... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Linens and Laurel
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Bourbon Glazed Salmon Recipe with Asparagus I really think it is going to be this simple. Salmon and asparagus. I have everything I need to make the meal. For dessert, I am considering a family favorite, Brownie Pudding: Brownie Pudding... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at Linens and Laurel
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Yarn Bee Hint of Silk - Purl Soho Broken Garter Scarf Pattern There seems to be nothing of interest on television lately. I told my husband I think the frenetic coverage of the election has ruined us for now. How... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Linens and Laurel
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This lovely peignoir set by Tula Narco was found locally. My research shows it was probably manufactured around the time our little Spanish colonial was built. The glamorous touches on both, consistent with the era, make it easy to see... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Linens and Laurel
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1989 Sunset Down a Country Road My husband and I have had a virus for about 3 weeks now. We are in need of comfort. It seems the world has changed also, too much. Although more to our liking, any... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at Linens and Laurel
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The mountains are majestic in the background as we go about our weekend errands. However, January was just too much! Hallelujah! February has begun with a fresh start for 2017. Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Linens and Laurel
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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 Jan 13, 2017 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 Jan 12, 2017 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 Jan 11, 2017 at Linens and Laurel
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today. It will be missed along with The Mission Inn Festival of Lights. Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 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 Jan 9, 2017 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