So, just to prove I've really not been idly sitting
around eating bon bons and sipping on
(which, btw, have both been banned after an ill-fated
climb onto the bathroom scales this morning!!)....
As a little aside - the cradle itself is made of oak. My dad was helping out at the local auction house at the time and in the process of moving a very old organ from a house to the auction it fell off the back of the truck and shattered into pieces. Ooops. Dad had nothing to do with its demise, but he lucked out and got the pieces, which were turned into the cradle.
I was given a pair of pillowcases that, unfortunately, had been stored for many years in a plastic bag. Not a good idea! The fabric is now covered with little brown-ish spots (if you embiggen the picture, hopefully you can see what I mean). Now my dilemma is how to remove them without losing the wonderful stamped cross stitch pattern. Bleach is obviously not an option. The lesson here? Do not, under any circumstances, store your valued linens in any form of plastic!!
The quote today is from Ralph Waldo Emerson... "Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we will not find it"