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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.
Recent Activity
This evening my husband is flying to Charles de Gaulle airport for a connecting flight to Munich. It is usual for him to take a direct flight to Germany, but this time the cost differential was enormous. Air France it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2015 at Linens and Laurel
Shades of Pink Ticker Tape Hat Today I finish up a very scary listing of my handmade items for the first time. I have been practicing knitting and crocheting techniques while deciding which hand craft to pursue more seriously.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2015 at Linens and Laurel
Hand Knit Seed Stitch Cowl I am a lifelong lover of handmade textiles, their history, their possibility, their preservation. At one of my jobs, the owner told me I was the original Annie Hall. Even during a respectable foray in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at Linens and Laurel
those "About Me" pages. Another one of the easier said than done things in my life. I do like Eight Hour Day as an example. We shall see. They are certainly a cute and young couple which looks...well...cute and young.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at Linens and Laurel
In 1954, Bali was considered fun. My "About Me" pages look about as entertaining as those faded vintage cards. The blog, eBay and etsy sites and both Facebook pages need a little sprucing to entice readers and shoppers. I am... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2015 at Linens and Laurel
An intricate coloring book was one of the main characters of my weekend. The quest itself was quite entertaining. Imagine causing a ruckus at Costco while searching for an "adult coloring book", to the utter humiliation of my niece who... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2015 at Linens and Laurel
This morning, my husband brought me the first yellow Key Lime from the tree that sits up against the wall separating a 1920s house from our 1935 new build. Fences made of wood, and then composite, are rare in our... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2015 at Linens and Laurel
Christmas Lights Sequin Appliques It is time to start creating for the holidays. These little bulbs are one of my fave supplies to use. I am selling the last of them now along with the end of the other sequin... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2015 at Linens and Laurel
1950 Pattern for a Braided Rug I want to make one of these rugs, along with the kazillion other things on my "wouldn't that be fun" list. It does seem like a great way to recycle all the clothes that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2015 at Linens and Laurel
Very Old Plastic Buttons in Matchbox After a little more than a week of online selling again, I need an office space to organize inventory. Options: Take down the beds in the second and only other bedroom. Right now there... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2015 at Linens and Laurel
Embroidery Lesson Chart While I was sorting through the embroidery transfer patterns from the 1930s, several pieces of ephemera seemed too precious to toss. This one is the perfect blue green for farmhouse decor. The color was difficult to capture,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2015 at Linens and Laurel
Hallmark Hello Note Cards - 1970s? It's about 4:45 a.m. I was awakened for the day by one of those dreams that are too tangible and leave you wondering which world is legit. Consequently, I'm writing a very early morning... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2015 at Linens and Laurel
Vintage Banana Republic Wool Felt Hat In the physical world of my life, I have been struggling with three specific areas this year. Generate income Clear space Downsize Although time was spent deciding which items we can live without, there... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2015 at Linens and Laurel
The Morris Moskowitz black satin, pale pink satin lined, rhinestone clasp purse, vintage 1950s, has a tiny role in today's post and provides the obligatory picture. In addition to daily writing, it is part of one of the things I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2015 at Linens and Laurel
I phoned in my "resignation" from my work at the Thrift Store. This isn't how I planned my volunteer journey in Riverside. The truth is, as I heard both times I was there, they desperately need strong young people to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2015 at Linens and Laurel
Headphones apparently are fair game in this house. I should hide mine, but that inevitably leads to me not remembering where they are located. It ends up the same, no head phones for my walk. I didn't find the ones... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2015 at Linens and Laurel
This is a special occasion favorite of my husband, a staple from the Florentine bakery in Utica, NY during his childhood. There is a recipe that claims to be theirs HERE. Since I cook from scratch, that is just a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2015 at Linens and Laurel
In fourth grade, Mrs. Pomilio had me stay after school to write "surprise" one hundred times. I missed it on the spelling test. It sure sounded like sU-prise in our home. The extra "r" stumps me to this day. As... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2015 at Linens and Laurel
I went back this week as planned. It is clear I will not be changing the world while volunteering at the thrift store. That means "world changing contribution" remains high on my bucket list and Tuesdays will be spent rearranging... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2015 at Linens and Laurel
I have been searching for an opportunity to volunteer since being in Riverside. When my neighbor told me about the recently opened Operation SafeHouse Thrift Store, it seemed like a reasonable fit. In my mind, I would be straightening shelves.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2015 at Linens and Laurel
Ear Warmer and Scarf This past week was eventful. Diagnosis, misdiagnosis and a two day hospital stay for my husband which was a scene out of any advertisement begging for money for a third world country. Crochet is my drug... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2015 at Linens and Laurel
It's still hot hot hot here. Just doing some preemptive scouting before next summer. Skills and traits: Hardworking with skills in many disciplines from sewing to inventory control to counseling to social media Witty, New York sense of humor Well-read,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2015 at Linens and Laurel