The First Days of Spring

1812 House
Silo, Papa and Pup
1812 House
1812 House
On Sunday I went on a great hike with my parents. We explored around an old farmstead up in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area. About a year ago, someone was living there, but it is now vacant. A plaque on the side of the house dates it at 1812 but it looks like a summer kitchen was added on later. Unfortunately, all the windows on the lower level were boarded up, otherwise I would have loved to have seen inside. I find myself often drifting off into daydreams about living there—so far away from everything, tucked in a perfect little location, plenty of room for a big garden, and barns for animals.

I want to thank you all for your sweet comments, emails and well wishes. You’ve helped me decide that I do want to continue blogging (I thought about giving it up.) I’m doing better than I was, I feel like I’m getting my footing—Spring is always so promising, isn’t it? Warm sunshine and hikes (like the one above), plenty of good music, stacks of books, big plans (seen here if you’re not a ravelry member.) I’m focusing on taking things one day at a time.

In case you are wondering, I’ve officially closed up my shop. I was going to let it peter out, waiting for things to sell. But instead I just offered things to family, which resulted in a little tug of war over one bag—I promised my mother I’d make her a new one in her choice of fabric someday. I just hope that someday is soon. See, I am in the worst sewing slump I’ve ever been in. I haven’t been in my studio in over a month. Today’s plan is to go in there, close the door, turn on some good tunes, assess and organize. I’m not making any plans other than that. If I end up inspired to pick up scissors or pass a needle through fabric, all the better.

Instead, I have been cooking and baking like mad. As I mentioned in my last post, I have a handful of food photos and some great recipes to recommend.

I hope you’ve all been well. Is Spring on your doorstep yet? (Or Fall, if you’re a southern-hemispherian?)


  1. Reply
    Elizabeth March 16, 2012

    So glad to see you and that you’re not giving up the blog. i love reading your stuff. I really am so glad I found your space. xoxo

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    Teresa March 16, 2012

    What a nice outing!

    Have a lovely day!

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    Annie March 16, 2012

    You’re back!! Yippee!! I love reading your blog & seeing all your gorgeous pictures, too! I’d hate to lose you as a blogger :] Welcome back!!

    I’d say not to stress too much about your sewing slump, it’ll pick up when you’re ready (I went through one with my yarn for a few months before our wedding). I’m glad you didn’t give up the blogging & you know, I’m sure many of us would love to see and hear about your cooking & baking……… *bats eyelashes* :]

    I’m on the same boat with you about the homesteading, etc :)

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    Genevieve March 16, 2012

    Beautiful as always. That buttercup pattern is so lovely!!

    I go through season of crafting in my life. :) I wont sew for ages but I’ll knit or crochet or draw then I’ll get the itch to sew and I’ll sew. I’ve had to learn not to fight it but do what my hands find to do.

    Enjoy your beautiful weather! Ours is quite iffy here on the West Coast. :)


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    Jeanette March 16, 2012

    I am so glad you decided to keep blogging. I enjoy your blog. I don’t often comment but I look to see what you are up to. Your clump will rise again :) That is a charming house.

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    niki March 16, 2012

    It’s so good to see you back! I really missed you.

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    Debbie March 16, 2012

    I’m glad you will continue blogging. I enjoy reading your posts, your photography and I’ve been having fun with your mini quilt blocks.

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    maxensian March 17, 2012

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    Louise March 17, 2012

    Even though I don’t comment very often I really love reading your blog and looking at your absolutely beautiful photographs. I’m glad you have decided to keep blogging, and that Spring really lifts your spirits.
    We are starting Autumn here, my favorite season, nearly time to start wearing my boots again!

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    Casey March 17, 2012

    I’m really glad to see you back here! That building looks so beautiful, it’s too bad the windows are boarded up.

    It’s spring here now, we had a huge dump of snow that was almost like a blizzard a week ago but it’s all gone now and we’re wearing light jackets.

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    Cass March 18, 2012

    Hi! Glad to hear from you. Looks like a gorgeous house to explore. :)

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    meeksiemum March 19, 2012

    Lovely photographs!

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    allison March 21, 2012

    Hi Liesl. It’s so good to see you back here in this space and to read your words. I definitely missed you.

    There’s a lot of light in these photos and in your writing in this post. I think that’s definitely a good sign. I hope spring will bring you wonderful things.

    I’ll visit again soon. It makes me happy to spend time here with you!

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