Monday, October 12, 2015


It was another fun-filled and productive weekend here at Ashton House. I was delighted to finish a project I've been working on for Quilt Market, which takes place later this month. Riley Blake Fabrics is releasing their new wool line this fall, and they sent me some pieces to fashion into a project for their booth.

I decided to make my Florabunda project with their pretty palette of wools. The wool pieces are glued to the backdrop. They are in the process of drying and will be ready to ship out this Wednesday.

My weekend actually started a little early since my friend Anne was visiting from out of town on Friday. I had promised to take her to the local vintage clothing shops since she shares my love of vintage 1960s fashion. Somehow when I am with her, I end up coming home with more than I bargained for! We both found a vintage dress and I also found a vintage crocheted cardigan that looks like those granny-square afghans. Speaking of vintage clothing, I took advantage of the end-of-summer sales last month and scored this cute pink 1960s dress for $10 (marked down from $40). It was the zig-zag collar that really attracted me to it. I was wishing it was a solid white, though, since it would stand out more. 

I like to pair it with vintage 1960s brooches like this strawberry or floral one. Yesterday we had some unseasonably warm weather (in the 80s), so I was able to get some more wear out of the dress. I am not fond of 80-degree weather, so I was delighted to hear it would be cooler today—in the 70s. The 60s would be even better!

On Saturday morning, I headed over to the local Vintage and Made Fair but forgot my camera. My hubby took this pic of their vintage thermos display with his phone. How fun is that?!

I did not find as much there as I do at the spring version but I still enjoyed seeing all the vintage goodies. This small vintage milk glass hen nesting dish did go home with me. I've seen a lot of large ones but none as small this one (about 3 inches long). She now sits on the shelf in one of my kitchen window wells.

Later that afternoon, my friend MJ came over and we went to the Covered Bridges Festival in nearby Winterset. We enjoyed perusing the many vendor booths on the square. I loved the freshly-picked bouquets in this one and found a few cockscomb stems to harvest seeds for next year's garden.

Several booths boasted yummy-looking baked goods. I was intrigued by the Snickerdoodle fudge and bread that this booth was selling and I bought a loaf for the hubby.

I spotted this cool antique Pfaff sewing machine in one of the booths. I didn't realize the Pfaff company went back that far!

On Saturday evening the local vintage shops were hosting a shop hop and tour of homes, so my hubby and I decided to check those out and didn't get home until after 9 p.m. It all made for a fun but busy weekend! Now it is back to work. Need to make a lot of progress at it this week! Hope you all have a great week!


  1. Your wool flower picture is gorgeous, Kimber. I love your new dress. That was a great buy. Looks like you had a wonderful time. Hugs, Christine

  2. I loved seeing this. Fairs, shows, markets - they all thrill my heart if homemade things are there. Farmers markets are wonderful too. Thanks for sharing.

  3. You know how I enjoy your blog, your photos and your passions. Lots of nostalgia when I saw this little milk glass hen. My parents had five children and each had their chicken of a different color, they measured 10 cm or 4 inches. Mine was green water. They were in the vitreous of dresser dining and Easter, they were filled with small chocolate eggs.
    Thanks to you

  4. Kimber, I always enjoy reading your blog. I love your pink/white dress, I am sure it will look so cute on you. I also love your wool project-you are so creative. Thanks for making my day.

  5. You could add a tiny bit of white lace or piping to that pink dress. I'm impressed that you fit into the vintage clothing!


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