Monday, November 25, 2013

half a moonday

November's calendar moon cloth is coming along. Those trims are from the 1970's when my mom worked at a fabric and sewing machine store called Designer's Fabric Center in Dickinson, North Dakota. It was the place to go for high-quality fabric and Viking sewing machines and she loved working there. When the store closed, she bought what seemed like half the inventory, more than she could use during her lifetime, including a big steel pattern cabinet with those huge drawers. I sure wish I had that right now. After my mom passed, my sister and I took turns choosing fabric, patterns, buttons, trims galore -- what we could pack in suitcases or seemed worth shipping -- and still ended up leaving a bunch that went to auction. Anyway, I think the orange and gold pompom trim might work on the moon cloth, a 70's vibe for sure.

Just some other things I've been doing -- it seems a person can grow English holly here in Colorado and even get those beautiful red berries if the plant is placed in a spot with heavy shade. We grow Oregon holly here, no problem, but I didn't know we could grow English holly. Keeping Ms. Holly alive in the house until spring is the challenge for now. A red squirrel nutcracker was fun to wrap for a holiday party last week. Can anyone look at that squirrel without smiling?

It's planting time for the paperwhites -- various containers, gravel, planting mix and moss. Nice to get my fingernails dirty again. Winter weather has set in here -- by the time these bulbs bloom, we'll be craving all things green.

Today is a waning moonday in Virgo. Fittingly, to go with the half-moon cloth, it is also a half-moon day. Waning moon energy helps us to take care of the business at hand, tie up loose ends, and let go of the unnecessary or the unachievable -- while Virgo enhances problem-solving, practical decision-making, and a mighty work ethic. These are qualities that I will need over the next few days.

Wishing you a nice week.


kikisArt said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderfull things! warm greatings from switzerland kiki

Nat Palaskas said...

Lovely reading your post. I love hearing about your mom working in that designer's fabric center! She would have had so much pleasured collecting all the beautiful sewing stuff even though she couldn't used them in her life time! I want to grow English holly, must investigate ! - Hugs Nat

Jeannie said...

We did like color back int the day, didn't we? :) Your lovely November moon cloth just makes me smile. It captures the beautiful colors of the season. I love the squirrel! What a great idea for a hostess gift. I bought my paperwhites and another amarylis this weekend. I also started growing some wheat grass for the fur children. I never appreciated the green-ness of Seattle until I moved here to the land of beige. I have holly from Gram's yard. No berries, though. I don't know if they get hit by a late freeze or if I have two male plants. Regardless, they remind me of home. If you have no luck with the English holly, try Japanese holly. It has berries all year and is very hardy. It doesn't grow as tall. Have a fabulous week and thank you for always inspiring me.

Nancy said...

Such a lovely wrapped will surely bring a smile. Love the 70's vibe, very cheery :) And I love those old cans.

Peggy said...

Kiki, thank you! Sending you some warm back! ;)

Thanks, Nat! Yes, the fun is in the collecting, isn't it?

Jeannie, thank you for mentioning the male/female thing with the holly, I had no idea! So this one is a female, I wonder if I'll need to plant a male, too, to get berries in the future. Something to explore! I'm finding I like the 70's colors more now than I did then!

Thanks, Nancy, I planted the bulbs in jars that slip inside of the old cans. Even though they're in surprisingly good shape -- from Wyoming, I think it says on them. The honey one is for sure -- Worland, Wyoming!

Kathy -MIQuilter said...

Another beautiful moon cloth, love all the 70's colors.
I'm glad you posted about paper whites, I need to find some bulbs and get them planted. Nothing more beautiful them paper whites blooming in the winter.