Subscribe: Miss Maddie's
http://missmaddies.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
Added By: Feedage Forager Feedage Grade B rated
Language: English
Tags:
beauty  day  days  enjoy  find  flowers  garden  great  hand  hope  knitting  march  nature  new  past  pink  spring  week  wonderful 
Rate this Feed
Rate this feedRate this feedRate this feedRate this feedRate this feed
Rate this feed 1 starRate this feed 2 starRate this feed 3 starRate this feed 4 starRate this feed 5 star

Comments (0)

Feed Details and Statistics Feed Statistics
Preview: Miss Maddie's

Miss Maddie's



I am a vintage textile appraiser and collector living in historic Niagara. Surrounded by the Great lakes, lush farmlands, and endless generational homes, this region is rich with antique textiles and pieces from the past. I am privileged to be able to tou



Updated: 2016-09-08T00:35:52.413-04:00

 



Journeys

2012-01-01T14:01:38.933-05:00

(image)
Every journey has a beginning and an end... every story a tale to tell...

Miss Maddies is embarking on just that; a new journey, a captivating tale...

Thank you so much for sharing this one...

(image)
(image) Please visit me at my new blog LingLing and LuLu.



Challenges

2011-09-06T09:47:40.710-04:00

(image)
Even though it is much easier to travel a well-trodden path adventure and fulfillment can be found by climbing a wall or passing through a gate...

Life is laden with challenges, but alas strength comes from confronting them as overwhelming as they may seem... to find the velvet lining that lingers beneath.

(image)
As the month of September brings the final harvests closer to their climax, the Autumn rains begin to fall and the temptations of savory soups please our pallet may you find a moment or two to enjoy its splendor...



Cozy

2011-08-18T10:04:10.296-04:00



(image)
With our obsession for large, audacious places, it is refreshing to find that some still seek small and cozy as a much more tranquil choice...

(image)
This Lilliputian chapel along the Niagara Parkway has witnessed many a country wedding...

(image)
A tiny clapboard cottage with its inviting front door beckons one to visit within and enjoy a comfortable chair by the fire...

(image)
Even a simple stone home,

(image)
with the path leading to the side door and right into the kitchen encourages a weary soul to rest a spell...

(image)
Hope you too are enjoying these simple days of Summer and finding a place that's cozy...




Gifts From Nature

2011-08-08T18:50:59.402-04:00


(image)
The hydrangeas are beginning to wane and the sharp, shrill call of a new family of bluejays echoes throughout the treetops...

(image)
It had been a dry, hot July, but August has renewed the garden with frequent raindrops, cooler nights and a bounty of goodies.

(image)
The aroma of fresh basil lingers in the air as you brush by to pick the tomatoes...

(image)
Jam making, the canning of pickles, relish, salsa and pasta sauce occupy my days right now...
Some might question the intense labour involved but when I open a fresh jar of wild blueberry jam with honey on a cold December morn to spread on a warm baked scone... the effort is worth its weight in gold.

Enjoy the yields of fellow farmers by visiting a local market or roadside stand... the freshness of field to table is heavenly.

(image)
There's even some new knitting on the needles, a cowl in Malabrigo Rasta yarn.

(image)
Archangel is the colour... reflects the beauty of the blossoms wouldn't you say?




Tantalizing Reflections

2011-07-28T09:38:08.241-04:00

(image)
Windows are like mirrors to the beauty of the great outdoors...
Depending on the time of day, the season or the angle of light, reflections dance across an outside windowpane...


(image)
Be it vintage textiles airing on the line amidst a cloudy day...

(image)
Or a country field captured by the village church window...

(image)
The ability of the wavy glass to refract the vision before it is amazing...

(image)
August is upon us... enjoy the dog days of Summer!



Solitude and Serenity

2011-07-12T10:36:18.533-04:00

(image)
In this sometimes obligatory world in which we dwell it is an indulgence to seek solitude and serenity...

As I come upon the stillness of a country cemetery, blessed with tranquil surroundings and soul stirring statues I find the moments I treasure...

(image)
Sometimes slumbering on the caressing folds of a much loved eiderdown quilt, good book or glossy magazine in hand... the time passes at an easy and gentle pace...

(image)
Even strolling amongst the pathways of the garden where bright candyfloss pink hydrangea beckon a passing butterfly ...

(image)
the fragile petals of the mop-cap variety appear like tiny elfin parasols and the first petite florets
begin to unfold on the gooseneck flowers I drink in the beauty that abounds...

(image)
Hope you're enjoying your Summertime splendor too!



Tidbits

2011-06-17T10:00:54.184-04:00

(image)
Almost two months ago when our area endured relentless high winds for a day much damage followed...

Trees fell and the outcome was devastating. In one tree a nest of baby squirrels barely three weeks old, cold, eyes unopened and orphaned were discovered by my neighbour walking her dog. Knowing I had a soft spot for critters and having rescued several in the past she came to me and I set out to save them.

With feedings of puppy formula round the clock, they soon flourished.

(image)
Almost eight weeks later the two boys and one girl are now in the process of returning to Nature...

(image)
The peonies are at their peak in the garden right now. Sarah Barnhart's are my favourite. Their huge flowers and delicate scent fill my little cottage with unsurpassed beauty...
The aroma of yesterday's batch of rhubarb fig jam deliciously lingers in the kitchen...

(image)
I'd also like to send this special bouquet to June at 'Laughing With Angels' with the wish of a speedy recovery...

Have a wonderful weekend!



Illusions

2011-06-06T13:08:01.488-04:00

(image)
Though most of my gardening is devoted to growing organic fruits, vegetables and herbs the small plots of soil set aside for flowers seems somehow a reflection of my favourite colours...

(image)
Early June finds a passion for pinks and mauves from the azalea to clematis.

(image)
Even the first bloom of the David Austen old rose hidden well beneath the foliage seeking shelter from the hot afternoon sun is the palest of pink...

A soft new Japanese Noro King yarn is on the needles too...

(image)
gentle earth tones with a touch of delicate pink, it is the beginnings of an early Autumn cowl for a friend's upcoming birthday...

Have a great week.



A Magical Place

2011-05-26T11:11:16.199-04:00


(image)
When all is wrong in the world it is hard to imagine such, within the tranquility of the woods...

(image)
As you meander down the well-trodden paths venturing deeper into this magical place with the high pitched shrill of the meadowlark above it is easy to get lost in time and place...

(image)
Perhaps the forest fairies rest beneath a generous toadstool...

(image)
Or listening for the echoes of our ancestors seeking to find the huge oak burls that were once hand-carved into batter bowls...

(image)
Or a little pixie dancing amongst the decadent wildflowers...

(image)
Although Nature has her darker side with the beauty that lies before us all is quickly forgiven...



Recipes With Memories

2011-05-20T15:58:06.587-04:00

(image)
There are ever present links to our past that follow us through the days of our lives...

(image)
As the rhubarb ripens and the tattered, spattered pages from my great-grandmother's recipes are readied, I find the recollections of her most vivid as I prepare to make her rhubarb marmalade.
Amidst the washing, the chopping and stirring, the aroma that fills the kitchen takes me back in time...

(image)

(image)
The violets are ready for harvest too. Each blossom picked, infused and yielding the most delicious shade of purple-pink jelly... connecting me to the women in my family, long passed but whose memories I share with their recipes.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend!



Blossom Fever

2011-05-10T09:08:12.886-04:00

(image)
Living in a vast fruit belt affords one the chance to prosper twice in a season...


(image)
Once from the beauty of the blooms that paint the orchards endless shades of pinks and whites and again later in the Summer when the luscious cherries and peaches droop from the branches...

(image)
I am not the only one smitten by all this blossoming, French, Austrian and Prussian china makers

(image)
once hand-painted their delicate porcelain wares in similar adoring motifs...

(image)
Alas Spring in all her glory...


(image)



The Perils of Nature

2011-05-04T05:31:55.434-04:00

(image)
When the perils of Nature strike it is often the inconvenience and suffering to humans that is felt most...
But trees, forests and wildlife also succumb to her wrath.
This past Thursday the winds throughout the peninsula reached 95+ km . (75m.) per hour and continued for the entire day... when all was said and done a path of devastation was left in its wake.

(image)
The mighty maple that stood at the top of our country lane, where once I waited as a child for the school bus lay victim to the gusts.

(image)
I gathered nests from the ground strewn willy nilly across the lawns... each a sanctuary but now no longer able to hold the eggs that were soon to be laid.
We may have had no power for 4 days measured by the stillness in the household but perhaps it was an asset, creating one to indulge in hand sewing, knitting, campstove cooking and reflection...

(image)
Strangely enough though the devastation was predominate in areas, beauty still dotted the landscape...

(image)
holding the promise of flowers and fruits yet to come...



Lilliputian Lovelies

2011-04-25T14:29:11.565-04:00

(image)
' Beauty can not be measured in size...
for it is simply a reflection of the loveliness within.'

SMM

(image)
I am always amazed how Nature has endowed such tiny little flowers with the visual impact of those 10 times their size and the enveloping heavenly fragrance worthy of great stature...

(image)
From these miniature daffodils to the violets and lily of the valley that will soon follow in my cottage garden I feel assured that finally Spring has arrived...

(image)
(image)

And for those of you that love the Lilly of the Valley and the colour pink I have discovered that the two are now available together. How yummy!

* Link for the pink Lilly of the Valley.



Daydreaming

2011-04-14T22:25:19.133-04:00

(image)

I sent this antique late 19th century jar to a dear blog friend and it has arrived safely into her hands...


Its aqua hues always stirred memories of collecting water polished pieces of glass along the beach as a child... daydreaming that they were jewels from a mermaid's necklace.
The tiny bubbles so delicately suspended in it's making were captivating...
Whatever garden delights it once held it has been passed on to another to enjoy.

(image)

Maddie is upon a rock looking out across the water... with her keen sense of hearing perhaps she can distinguish that very mermaid singing... calling out for all to find her treasured jewels.

(image)



Hope

2011-04-07T09:47:23.680-04:00

(image)
Yesterday marked a significant milestone for me...
A series of tests conducted over the past several weeks and a final examination by my specialist yesterday has concluded I am at last after 10 years cancer free...

Not wishing to dwell on the specifics of my disease I must admit even in the darkest hour I never lost hope...

(image)
(image)
On a lighter note I have been playing with a ball or two of Noro's latest Spring coloured sock yarn. With its rich cotton, silk blend around here we're knitting light-weight cowls for cool days and evenings. (after all this is Canada and there are still a few flakes flying about)

(image)
I bid you adieu and will close with the words of my favourite poet, Emily Dickinson...

' Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune -- without the words,
And never stops at all....'


* Painting 'Girl With Doves' by Charles Chaplin French Painter 1825-91
* Image 'Girl With Birds' Author - Kaycee as seen in ISSUE 55



Perhaps

2011-03-28T14:56:11.020-04:00

(image)
With a 2°C reading on the thermometer just outside the door, perhaps Spring is hiding beneath a thermal blanket and having a bit of a lie-in...

(image)
But we shall not despair... with Victoria magazine's newest publication in hand, 'Gardens of Bliss'

(image)
and a proper place to daydream (if only in my imagination) I shall indulge and savour every page...

(image)
As warm sunshine reflects off my sewing table and a sampling of French General's 'Pom Pom de Paris' fabric is calling out, I have chosen a fun project...

(image)
This Tilda booklet is bursting with cute and quick delights to create.

(image)
And with this wonderful antique ironstone soup tureen I captured at the auction, I'll plant crocus and hyacinth for a table top display... just so I can play in the dirt.

(image)
Have a great week!

* Pic of chairs amongst the flowers taken during my visit to the greenhouse last week.



Delightful

2011-03-21T11:53:57.929-04:00

(image)
Across our vast country there are still pockets of Winter, but here in Southern Ontario Spring has finally arrived...

(image)
The breathtaking beauty of a flower garden in full bloom is still months away but for a quick reminder of what's to come a trip to the local greenhouse tempts the senses...

(image)
Pansies whose sweet flowers look like smiling pixies have a spicy fragrance that is captivating en masse.

(image)
The delicate petals of the ranunculus are tipped in the palest of pink...

(image)
Row after row of frilly flowered African violets create a carpet of visual delight...

(image)
And the wonderful thing about a visit to the greenhouse is next week if one comes again there's always something new and fascinating to see...

(image)
Happy Spring everyone!



Vast

2011-03-15T15:04:52.113-04:00

(image)
As sunlight paints her way across the morning sky reflecting its pale pink glow off the jet streams in the atmosphere another day is dawning...

(image)
The air is rich in birdsong... each male heralding a mate with his saturating lullaby.

(image)
I've placed little mesh bags of yarn snippets gathered over the Winter and hung them from branches and hooks. I call them nesting bags.
Hopefully they will attract the busy builders to use them for their nests. I do hope my colour choices will match their decor..,.

(image)
A bright cotton market bag is on the needles. Doesn't that yarn just sing Spring...

(image)
Miss Maddie seems oblivious to the excitement... she's waiting for it to warm up enough to dig in the garden.

Have a wonderful week...



As The Crow Flies

2011-03-08T11:00:02.794-05:00

(image)
The sun is shining brightly on this brisk March morning. The birds are chirping and the laundry on the line is swaying in the breeze.
There is a vocal character cawing above me. I think she is stating her pleasure with the glorious day...


Projects have been simple knitted cotton bags for Easter gift giving.


Although I must confess I shall reserve a few for stashing my ongoing knitting.


Digging through piles of vintage fabrics, for remnants to make pillows for the front porch.

Alas Spring is on the way... I just hope its on the fast track... ' as the crow flies.'





Welcome March

2011-03-01T09:15:27.106-05:00

(image)
As we open the gate to the month of March and even though the snow drifts still lie heavy in the fields, I am most thankful it has not arrived like a lion...

(image)
The first signs of Spring initiate many auctions that keep me working regularly but I still find a chance to play...

(image)
Making buntings from vintage scraps fills my sewing table.

(image)
And inspiration has stirred with knitting swatches to felt... amazingly in harvest colours.

There is a distinct chirping of a Robin outside.
Enjoy your first week of March!


* Pic of gate and lion statue taken at the historic Queenston Heights in much warmer weather.



Interlude

2011-02-21T12:04:59.333-05:00

(image)
With only a week to go in February, we anxiously await the arrival of March...
Will she appear gentle as a lamb or wild as a lion?

(image)
Either way March will be welcomed...

(image)
Projects turn to using more Spring-like themes and hues.

(image)
And remember those snowdrops I'm so longing for under the pile of snow...

(image)
alas with the bright sunshine and warmer temperatures we were blessed with over the weekend they have begun to make an appearance.

Champagne anyone?



What's In A Name?

2011-02-14T09:58:35.302-05:00

I've often wondered how the names we gift upon our pets come to be...My dear sweet Maddie (this blog's namesake) proper name is Madelaine Grace, joined our home almost 10 years ago and has added to the harmony and chaos ever since.My daughter's dog Kai that lives in Alberta was a rescue puppy she took into her home and her heart.My two cats LingLing (Empress Ling) and LuLu (Tallulah when scolded) are a lovely pair of Siamese. Vocal and mischievous they add a dimension of adventure, conversation and humour to the household.As I journey around my favourite blogs and new ones I encounter, I seem drawn to those that share a critter or two (or more) in their lives...Perhaps it is simply that these devoted pet lovers have a common bond in their hearts too...So hug your partner, cuddle your children and on this special day we call Valentine's don't forget the furry, feathered and smooth skinned ones as well...And you lucky Gals in the UK with the wonderful photos of your coveted snowdrops , mine are out there too, just under that snowpile that should be melted by June...[...]



Creativity

2011-02-07T12:57:20.068-05:00

So when the wind is howling and the snow is falling, what does one do to distract from the weather?Well you dig through a pile of antique hand-woven blankets that have seen better days and been loved for a century...Or you sort through a stash of vintage velvets...Gather the jars of treasured buttons...Rummage up a few spools of old thread...And hand sew a silly rabbit of course.Featured in Maggie Bonanomi's book, ' Nature's Offerings' its a perfect way to pass the afternoon...[...]



Memories

2011-01-30T16:49:33.175-05:00

(image)
As the short month of February begins and anticipating the first signs of Spring, it is a bit of nostalgia I find myself reminiscing about...

The picture was taken back in September showing the beautiful blue sky and fluffy clouds. The remnants of the wharf in the distance is where once the ships docked bringing tourists to the infamous Crystal Beach Amusement Park along the shores of Lake Erie. ( if you would like to read more about it's history click here.)

Park goers came by ship or train, horse carriage and automobile... to spend the day, weekend or Summer riding the roller coasters, swimming at the beach and walking the promenade.

(image)
The other photo taken on the weekend, where neither the lake, the sky or the horizon are separated, except for the remnants of the wharf where once the tourists disembarked... Perhaps if it wasn't for the howling wind, one may be able to hear the ghostly voices of the fun seekers that came and went.

(image)
Meanwhile I've discovered the little pixie hats knit up quick and are a perfect opportunity to use some beautiful handspuns...

Enjoy the week!



Wisdom

2011-01-24T12:52:58.899-05:00

A wise owl once said ' if it is frigid outside, stay cozy indoors...'

(image)
A magnificent Snowy owl surveying his kingdom...

It has been bitterly cold here in the Great Lakes region these past few days. Heeding the owl's wisdom it is by the fireside I have remained.

(image)
Indulging in a few knitting projects, such as this darling toddler pixie hat in the most luxurious handspun South African wool top and blue- faced Leicester yarn. There is a hint of sparkle spun in making it perfect for a special gift...

(image)
Perhaps he too is thinking Spring... alas my kingdom for a Princess as he takes flight.