Tuesday, August 16, 2011
The bustle of summer is abating. There's no longer the urgency to get everything done before the heat makes chores unbearable. We have waved the white flag to the weeds and the garden still produces, even if you have to untangle the vegetables from the binderweed. Now is the time we start to turn our attention to making the home a home again, rather than a holding station for garden and canning tools. We consider hanging new wallpaper in the dining room, or maybe just paint the walls? The antique tea table get a good paste wax finish, rather than a swipe with the dust rag. The dining table is set properly. We feel civilized again.
One thing I've been doing is washing all the linens and hanging them out to dry. For decades, I've purchased pretty crocheted and tatted linens at tag and estate sales. Rarely do I pay more for a dollar, usually twenty-five cents is the going price around here. I love to think that some dear lady made these treasure to beautify her home and now I am doing the same. Because I have a dollar limit on what I'll pay, often times they are not perfect. I will darn or patch the holes and wash and starch. If an item is beyond repair, I'll cut it down and use the good remnants for pillows or patchwork. Or maybe a pretty pocket on a child's dress? Or an apron? Often times they are yellowed. After trying all the experts advice about soaking in one concoction or the other, I've discovered that the best way to remedy this is to give the a good soak in a very liberally laced bleach solution. Maybe you wouldn't want to do this with Granny's Edwardian christening gown, but for these treasures it works fine. If something has a stain that doesn't come out with that, I'll use Rit's color remover. Also have had some luck with Fels Naptha soap, takes a bit of elbow work, but usually gets the job done! Simple days. Simple joys!