Hello and happy First Week of the Year! I hope you are all weathering the crazy cold in a cozy spot. We have been staying warm inside, and staying busy posting new vintage finds in our Etsy shop. (I am having a really hard time not sneaking the two sets of juice glasses into our own cabinets). I will be putting up new listings this week, so stay indoors and keep checking back for fresh treasures!
We have been looking for a large-scale something to hang on the wall behind our sofa. We are really bad about putting things up around the house. We’ve been here for two years now and have a list of things to be framed and hung, but still have a lot of open white walls. A version of this Airstream print from Hatch Show Print is on our Want list. (They had a beautiful red one at the shop when we visited in the spring and said they would print a custom order for us). Chris found this vintage classroom map of the United States in the back corner of an antique shop. It was a good price, although we weren’t sure where in our house it would fit at the time. Perhaps I was inspired yesterday by listening to Martin Luther King Jr.’s beautiful I Have a Dream speech. Perhaps I was feeling patriotic when I decided to hang the giant map up in the living room. I copied the hanging technique from some friends and removed the map’s heavy roller case. I tied strong twine around the two ends of the rollers at the top of the map and hung the string on two nails at the top of our wall. The map seems much larger on our wall than it had in the cavernous antique shop ,but I think it works. Ada is excited to point to the states she knows (albeit while standing on the couch). I am excited by the map’s large scale and vibrant colors – and maybe a little excited about a refresher geography lesson.
I have been trying to escape our habit of keeping a Brita pitcher on the counter. It makes our water taste better, but the unattractive plastic container hurts my eyes. I came across this Kishu Binchotan Charcoal at Dry Goods in Brooklyn last weekend. (See my post about my new favorite store Dry Goods here). This charcoal is actually just a piece of ceramic-like burned wood, charred at super high temperatures. The charcoal absorbs impurities in the water and makes it taste much better. The Brita and many other filters use the same charcoal technology. But these Binchotan sticks look better and don’t come ground up and housed in disposable plastic. (Technically NYC water is safe to drink without a filter, and we had ours tested to be sure there is no lead in our old pipes. But I grew up with well water and I like ours to have that similar taste). I boiled the Binchotan Charcoal for ten minutes per the directions, dropped it into my vintage ice tea pitcher and let it sit for a couple of hours. I was thrilled to find that the taste is as clean, and even better than water from the Brita. This glass pitcher is a welcome addition to our countertop. Ebay has a great number of inexpensive vintage glass pitchers here if you want one of your own. Cheers!
We made these wool felt coasters from some square lace doilies we found at the flea market. They are a simple cut and stitch project which requires very minimal sewing skills. Round doilies could be substituted if you have those. The simple X stitching we used will work for any shape, and a larger set of doilies would be great as trivets. To make the coasters you will need:
*Wool Felt (This is our favorite)
*Thread to Match Doilies
1. Cut felt into squares to match doilies using pinking shears. (Our squares are 3 1/4″).
2. Iron doilies if needed.
3. Center each doily on top of a felt square and pin in place.
4. Using a zig-zag stitch, sew an X through each coaster as sewn. Be careful to remove pins as you stitch and to not let the fabrics buckle.
5. Tie the stitch ends on the underside of felt and trim.
6. Make some cocktails!