My blanket solution for fuzzy thinking

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This vintage twin-size Esmond Slumberest blanket has been languishing in my “mend it” pile for three years now.

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Its nicest feature? It’s Canada-mint pink on one side, and Wedgwood blue on the other. (My camera is having trouble getting the colors right! It’s really pink. Not peach.) The two layers of color are meshed together through the entire fabric, not just sewn together at the edges. I’m not quite sure how they did that!

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It’s wool, I think. Perhaps very slightly shrunken wool, to judge from the way the label doesn’t lie flat. Maybe part wool and part rayon? The label doesn’t say. But not a modern acrylic for sure. I believe Esmond got bought out by Bates sometime in the ’40s, before acrylic blankets were a thing. Don’t quote me on that!

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Alas, the original blanket binding is long gone. You can see the pinked edges there, and the stitching holes where the binding used to be.

And why has this lusciously fuzzy and warm blanket been languishing forlornly in my mending pile for three cold New England winters in a row?

I’m embarrassed to tell you, but here goes.


No one love’s me . . . and my grammar’s bad, too.

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Like a lot of dealers, I have furniture pieces that need a little work before they’re sellable.

This simple pine table has been in my “Must Do Something With It” pile for five years. Maybe six. It was the turned legs and the pretty molding details on the apron that caught my eye.

In January I finally figured out what to do.

Yes, indeed, there’s more!


Thousands were without power but I built a table

This past week we’ve had two major winter storms. One brought over a foot of snow, the other brought enough rain and ice to knock out power to 650,000+ people. I couldn’t go to work. I got to build a table on my unplanned day off.

Last summer I rescued a weird industrial sort of “tabletop” from my dad’s hoard of stuff.

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One of the weird things we found in my father’s basement hoard. It appears as though something once covered the middle area because it’s cleaner and lighter. Mysteries!

Why was it partially painted? What was it originally used for? Yep, there’s more!


Cake-cover make-over!

I am a sucker for vintage aluminum. I love its soft sheen. To me, it’s so much nicer than chrome.

My kitchen has aluminum canisters, aluminum trays, aluminum spice jars, aluminum ladles, an aluminum butter dish. . .  You name it, I’ve probably got it.

So I was delighted to pick up this aluminum cake dome for free last summer.

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The guy who gave it to me didn’t think it was worth even one thin dime. It’s dented in several places from being dropped and bumped. It’s got a couple paint splatters. It’s missing its base plate.

Worst of all, it has no knob on top. Read the rest of this entry »


Cookie sheet memo board

My parents couldn’t afford cookie sheets when they first married, so my dad made one out of a piece of aluminum. It was a failure. The flimsy pan bends under the weight of dough and the cookies slide onto the floor. This humiliating piece of baking equipment got sent to the basement and forgotten for nearly 60 years.

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I decided to put it back in the kitchen with a ten minute makeover. Read the rest of this entry »