Originally posted by missmorganslee.
This photo was taken in 1942 – it’s my great grandmother assessing hail damage in the cotton fields after a big storm. It was just three years after the Great Depression and our country was still struggling to recover from a more than 25 percent rise in unemployment. Farming and rural areas had been hit hard and were hanging on by hope as their crop prices that had dropped by nearly 60 percent.
My great grandmother was a tough-love kind of gal. Widowed twice and known for her penny-pinching, she was a woman of contradictions. In a time when women didn’t call the shots, she rolled up her sleeves and fought her way through to keep the farm alive, kicking and screaming. She was a devout Christian woman who cursed freely and loudly in the front yard of the church after the sermon. She was the type of woman I always imaged slinging a shotgun in her right arm while balancing a baby on her left.
She had a houseful of help – a cook, two maids and a caretaker for her second husband, all in freshly pressed black and white uniform dresses (that I would pretty much give my crooked right pinkie to have and be able to wear on Halloween nowadays). I used to sit on the countertop and watch the staff cook up a storm. Maybe my mom wasn’t a short-order cook, but great grandmother sure had one, and I liked to take full advantage of mid-day snack requests. In her pantry she had a never-ending supply of the most delicious homemade crisp, yet chewy, chocolate chip cookies that I have, to this day, ever tasted. She kept them in a stained plastic container on a shelf next to three-years-expired peas and canned peaches, and stacks of nicely folded empty Rainbow Bread bags that she saved and reused. And reused. And reused.
She’s in one of my favorite memories of growing up on the farm, and also in one of my worst…
How cute are these?! My girlfriends and I have been getting crafty, using something as simple as a placemat to create these darling clutches…
All you need are:
- duct tape (it comes in lots of fun colors now – try Target or Wal-Mart)
- a hot glue gun
- and flowers, ribbons, and any other pretty stuff to make it fab!
- Take the placemat and hold vertically so that the length is running up and down. Make one fold up from the bottom and one fold from the top, and adjust until you get the sized clutch you want (remember to account room for the fold-over side).
- Glue the sides together slowly to seal the edges. **Warning, if you’re using placemats like the type pictured above where the fabric or fibers have small spaces in between, wear gloves to protect your fingers while hot glueing. Small amounts of glue will seap through those small spaces and they’re hot, hot, hot!
- Use colored duct tape to decorate the visible edge of the fold-over flap.
- Embellish with silk flowers, ribbons, buttons, or any other fun sparkly stuff that will make your clutch creation perfectly unique.
Good luck making your placemat clutch! Hope you have as much fun with these as we did!
Meet Chloe and Karmi. They’re the loves of my life, so you’ll be seeing a lot of them on here.
They both just turned 8 this summer. I’ve had Chloe since she could fit in my backpack in college, and adopted Karmi two years later from a hound rescue. There’s never a dull moment with these two snuggle bugs.
I pray that I come back as one of my dogs in my next life.
Who says this doesn’t count as a meal?!
Until recently New York City had always rubbed me the wrong way. Too crowded, too dirty, too rude, too rushed. That all changed a couple of months ago when I spent two weeks there.
A few highlights:
Louis Vuitton window display, below. If only I had known about High End Fashion New York City Window Display Maker as a career possibility when I was 6, I tell you what…
Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum was incredible. I stood in line for an hour and a half and I’d do it again to see his genius-slash-psychotic-episode-induced creations all over again.