Sunday, September 21, 2008
The first day of fall.
It's not my favorite time of year. I'm more of a spring type. I get excited when I spot flowers peeking out of the ground, hear the birds chirping, see the days are getting longer and life seems to be waking up.
Yes, fall does have its merits. Apple picking, apple pie, pumpkin's, lovely walks on a quiet beach, sitting by a warm fire. It brings us back into our homes, to settle in and nest.
With a chill in the air, it is time to put away the summer weight blankets and take out the warm comfy ones.
My favorite ones are striped vintage wool blankets. Hudson Bay blankets, dating back to the early 1800's, are probably the best known. They have small vertical black stripes or tick lines at one edge indicating the size of the blanket. Others well known are Beacon and Pendleton. But don't pass up the many wonderful ones which were homespun in homes though out the country. Each one unique to the makers taste and colors available to them.
I have one posted on my etsy shop at http://solsticehome.etsy.com
The simplicity of these blankets blend perfectly with today's decorating trend of a more casual atmosphere. Even the ones with blemishes can be used. Try a pillow cover, cover a headboard, warm up a chair by reupholstering it.
Have a favorite ottoman that is a bit worn?...It's the perfect candidate for a blanket cover up.