~ Alda Ellis, The Gentle Art of Hospitality
Spring is in the air and once again we find ourselves with another monthly newsletter in which we chat about books read, things watched, homemaking projects and any other ponderings which really don't fit into its own post! It is simply some old-fashioned, womanly chit-chat. Do brew a pot of coffee or tea and relax for a few minutes...
Another homemaking hobby I have been enjoying is creating country-style gift baskets! Here is what I put into one such hostess gift for a special family member:
-- 3 handmade un-paper towels in vintage flannel
-- a lace embellished flour-sack towel (tutorial here)
-- quart jar of home-canned chicken stock
-- small jar of lemon 🍋 honey jam (recipe here)
-- recycled jar filled with a bouquet 💐 of roses from our garden
-- wooden spool 🧵 of green/beige baker’s twine (I needed to fill in a gap and thought this would be a fun, crafty addition. I bought a huge spool of it at a thrift shop and “decanted” some of it onto smaller spools for mini-gifts.)
-- 2 beeswax 🐝 tapers (purchased in bulk)
-- wooden spoon (purchased)
-- thrifted basket 🧺 (scrubbed down with a Castile soap & water solution and smelling oh-so-fresh ✨)
I tried to go with a happy, spring, yellow theme. Hopefully she liked it 💛
As you may have noticed, I've also been on a bit of a sewing and repurposing spree! Do you remember those snip and rip dinner napkins I made with this thrifted twin sheet? Well, I had leftover fabric and prepared a few more projects with it. I will share them in a separate post HERE. There is so much we can glean from one twin sheet!