Monday, March 30, 2015


I made these mini spoolies using some Easter tree decorations I found at a thrift store last year, 3/4-inch tall spools, and some poker chips and counting disks for the bases. They're so darn cute - not sure if I'm going to keep them or sell 'em!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


I love crocheted doilies! Who doesn't? They're so colorful! Here's a sample of some I've picked up over the years.

Does anyone know what this piece is intended for? I got this at a thrift shop. It measures 56" x 4". Obviously too skinny for a table runner, and not shaped right for a bell pull.

Thursday, March 19, 2015


I decided not to put all my eggs in one basket!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


 I was excited to see this idea in the Feb/Mar issue of Cottages & Bungalows magazine. I live in the Boston suburbs, so these pictures are of special interest to me.

In Boston, we ride the "T", short for MBTA - Massachusetts Bay Transportation Area.

While Boston is the birthplace of American liberty, it is also the birthplace of American mass transportation. The Hub's transit system is the oldest in the nation (1631), having a history longer than that of American independence. It is interesting to note that the principle of the articulated or bending (in the middle) streetcar originated right here in Boston during the 1912-1913 era. Bostonians of the time dubbed this new type of equipment "two rooms and a bath".

If you are interested in more of the history of Boston's public transportation system, you can read about it HERE.

Remember the 1959 Kingston Trio folk song, "Charlie on the MTA"? That song was originally recorded in 1949 as a Boston mayoral campaign song for candidate Walter A. O'Brien, Jr., and was meant to call attention to O'Brien's opposition to the recent fare increase.

When I was in my 20's I lived in the Boston neighborhoods of Revere Beach, Everett, and Cambridge with my girlfriend and rode the T every day from our apartment(s) to work in downtown Boston in the financial district/waterfront. My office building on the waterfront overlooked the Boston Tea Party ship, the Beaver!