Monday, September 26, 2011

My Boot Camp Goals

So . . .  I joined Etsy Holiday Boot Camp.  Here's what I'm hoping to accomplish this holiday season:

List lots of really great vintage items that will make wonderful gifts.

Provide excellent customer service, including fast shipping and good communication with my customers.

Create an atmosphere of friendly comfort and service within my little vintage shops.

Staying organized and maximizing my time while still enjoying the holiday season with my family is at the top of my goal list!

So those are my goals.  What are yours?

Thursday, September 8, 2011

A Tribute to Home Canning

I love canning, harvesting and preserving. I can remember my mom and grandmother canning together every Summer and Fall. I always loved it because the kitchen smelled so good and they made the work fun.

Now I like to can because it makes me feel connected to all those past generations of women who canned every year. It was a necessity, preserving the bounty of the garden to feed their family though the Winter. It's a tradition, a pleasure, green living and a connection to the past. Not to mention that it all tastes sooo much better than anything you can buy!

Do you have memories of your mother or grandmother canning? Do you can? Share your stories, I'd love to hear them!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Washing Day! How I clean vintage linens.

  Victorian Whites

I hand wash and line dry all the vintage linens I purchase before I sell them.  I also try to remove any stains or spots.  

First I soak them in laundry detergent with a little oxygen booster added.  After a few hours I check them to see if there are any spots left.  If there are I dry them in the sun and then put lemon juice and salt on the stained areas and hang in the sun for several hours.  If the stains are gone I rinse thoroughly and line dry again.  

If stains remain my next step is non-chlorine bleach added to the soaking water.  I try to stay away from chlorine bleach as it can break down the fragile fibers of the linens and cause little holes to appear in the worn areas.  

When you have finally removed all the stains (some stains just won't come out) and your linens are dry, it is time to iron them.  I starch and iron all my linens to give them a nice smooth, crisp feeling.  Now they are ready to sell (or add to my linen closet, if I just can't part with them)!  
 Gorgeous tucking on this Victorian slip!