Tuesday, August 6, 2013


For many years, my grandma has saved seeds from her hollyhocks and shared them with family members. Her hollyhocks are not the ordinary kind that you can find at garden centers. They're old-fashioned varieties that have bloomed for decades on her farm. They have survived the years because generous gardeners like her pass them on to others so that they can grace more gardens. Isn't it a joy to share your bounty with others? That is an important lesson I've learned from my grandma. I just had to share a photo of this beautiful hollyhock from Grandma's garden with you. It was in full bloom when I visited her last week.

And just look at this pale pink beauty! It was enough to make my heart go pitter patter!

I also enjoyed seeing the many vibrant rose hips, which mingled prettily with the hollyhocks.

My hope is that these photos will brighten your day just as they did mine. I'll be back soon with pics from my visit to the flea market.

Thursday, August 1, 2013


For the past several months I've been editing a fascinating new quilt book dedicated to some unsung heroes of the Civil War. While soldiers fought bravely on the battlefield, nurses were waging their own war behind the scenes against the poor medical care and inadequate resources that their patients received—not to mention their own hostile work environment from doctors who often did not want them there despite their many positive contributions. Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith, the dynamic design duo behind Homestead Hearth, celebrate the legacy of these devoted caregivers with a classic collection of eight quilts and one patriotic pillow. Pieced together from historical records and diaries, profiles of nine nurses, including Clara Barton, reveal a glimpse of these extraordinary women and the many challenges they experienced. Watch for this book in September! We're putting the finishing touches on it as I write this post!

In other publishing news, my article on San Francisco's Period George shop—a treasure trove of fine tableware that celebrates the pleasures of dining—is out in the current issue of Victoria magazine, the special antiques issue (July/August)!

The magazine won't be on newsstands much longer, so be sure to check it out if you want. The shop owner has a keen eye for unique items and I enjoyed discovering how he melds pieces of the past and present into a delightful whole.