Friday, October 8

reassuring to know...


1: book week will resume next week with 3 more to show and 1 of them up for grabs
(yes indeedy, a give away!)

2: despite waking fretful this morning worrying about the safety of a certain squirrel, recalling my days of being a 'tufty member' (gosh that sounds a little dodgy), i am delighted to report Tufty Squirrel is indeed live and well, 57 years of age and not looking a day over 3!
(i wonder what his secret for eternal youth is)
i fear i have failed my children by not introducing them to Tufty and his pals Willy Weasel and Minnie Mole. i plan to rectify the failure of my mothering skills and today after school we will sit down and become well versed in the ways of Tufty and his wise words.
i will also be sending Our #1 the link so she may swot up on road safety across the pond. just thinking of her living in an urban setting with parked cars lining the streets adds another thing to my list of 'things to worry about Our #1 living in the big world without me'.

3. how wonderful to know folks are taking a stand when it comes to laundry lines in some neighborhoods.



they are campaigning for basic rights to hang out their grundies and such in their own back yards.
i am so excited by this revolution, for indeed i felt the constraints of such rules in our last abode. i am overcome with the urge, despite the low temps, to hang our undies out in support, showing my solidarity for their cause

4. my latest predicament being how to leave the shed and continue my need to crochet little woolly coats for glass jars! can i just say, this predicament has not caused me sleepless nights, perhaps a little pondering before dropping off but not actually tossing and turning, fretting as to how my little jars and moi can continue our bonding on the move.
so thrift store grandness being what it is, i found the perfect solution, vintage Tupperware in all it's granny green glory! gosh just looking at vintage Tupperware washes a wave a nostalgia over me.
my handy dandy little find is perfectly shaped for a few balls of yarn, Mr Hook and a couple of jars on the go. it sits nicely on the seat next to me as i drive where ever i happen to be driving.


when parked it allows me to access my yarn and jar easily without worries or concerns as to my jars safety (gosh this could be one for the Tufty club rules i'm thinking) and best of all i can carry it around in public without random passing strangers thinking me odd.
actually scratch that last bit, anyone seen carrying a Tupperware box full of glass jars and yarn will look odd, but i am thinking it will be 'odd with a bit of granny chic charm' and that my dearest readers is good enough for moi.


she is wishing you the peachiest weekend with perhaps a trip outdoors with some Tupperware yourselves ~ Tif

35 comments:

silverpebble said...

You could squirrel away a scone in there too, for a scooby snack later.

Anonymous said...

I live in Italy and I have never had a dryer!

HannahB. said...

I *love* everything about this post, but the last point especially makes me want to go straight home and do a little crafting to make things more warm & cozy now that it's cooling off! Thank you for the inspiration :)

bricolosdulundi said...

Thanks a lot for your blog, I like so much the humour, the atmosphere and all the things you make ...
I follow regularly the adventure of all your companions ... and always smile.

Many thanks for this little sunshine at every post.
Claire, from France

Sarppu said...

Beautiful pics again, have a nice weekend :)

Ashley said...

I just adore your posts! Always refreshing and such a delight, Have a grand day! xoxoxo www.1942charm.blogspot.com

Brina said...

I LOVE your "granny green" Tupperware. Such a pretty shade, and so practical.

I've never heard of the clothesline ban. If I had a yard, I would start line drying my clothes too! (Poor, sad, little apartment patio. *sigh*)

Sharon said...

thank you so very kindly dear dottie angel for introducing me to tufty the squirrel. i knew him not, though he reminded me, not so much in looks as in occupation, of smokey the bear...forest fires being his mission. a trip down memory lane. i am loving your jar jackets and wonder if it is a simple crochet stitch you are using or something much too complicated to be attempted by those like myself whose hooking techniques begin and end with single crochet. would love to hear...have a delightful weekend, and go ahead, brave the nip in the air and hang out those drawers.....

Anonymous said...

Oh yes, I remember it well. Complete with grid and lid it kept celery nice and crisp. When mum got a posher fridge we used it for picnics for years. Your blog brings my childhood flooding back. I love it. Thanks. Julie

Flaming Nora said...

Well now imagine my joy and glee a few years back when I discovered a pile of Tufty club handkerchiefs at a christmas sale at my son's pre school. I bought the lot and have had them secretly stashed away for about 4 years. What one?

Clara said...

Lovely post and it should teach us all to embrace our individual and unique selves and appreciate others for the same.

Arthur Ransome said...

Crumbs, Tif, I'd no idea that some of the customs on your side of the ocean are so weird. I love to see clothes drying on a line and, from various conversations in pubs over the years, it would appear to be a Normal Human Reaction to just love to see laundry. Personally, I don't even own a tumble dryer. In the winter I have to hang my clothes on the upstairs banisters, a trick which I see you too favour. As well as the sight of laundry being so uplifting, the smell of line-dried clothes is unbeatable (no Lenor in my house!) A friend of mine stops short at putting her undies on view but I must say I just hang them up on our communal back green and damn the consequences. I particularly like it when my neighbour hangs out her big knickers which she proudly pegs at each side of the waist to show their largeness (and largesse) to all and sundry. I could pontificate further, but will restrain myself. Love - Arthur PegsaLot

the textured leaf said...

Theres nothing like hanging your undies in the sunlight! Thanks for sharing. :)

jenandbrett8 said...

Good Grief, I didn't know there was such laws as forbidding hanging out the washing! Being an Aussie most of us, apart from the city dwellers in high rises hang out our washing, for those with objection to seeing others 'smalls' that is why we have the 'Hills Hoist' it is sort of like the skeleton of an umbrella without the shade, it is square and the lines go around concentrically. Nana's here will tell you that you must hang your undies etc on the inner lines to avoid the gaze of the neighbours. We have a drier and it is only used on wet days and here we are encouraged to line dry to reduce carbon footprints and money on power bills.
Can't wait to meet this Tufty fellow is he anything like my all time hero Basil?

Robyn said...

I love the jars :)

I'm also delighted to read that people are liberating their grundies with time outdoors.... very important, I think.

I too wish you a wonderful weekend driving about with your jars in tupperware ;)

janjan said...

I cruised through your blog this morning on a trip of nostalgia.....I really, really disliked 60's and early 70's stuff, not too keen on 50's stuff but its all growing on me. I recognise wall paper and fabric and my tummy is doing butterflies, some good memories and a few bad ones have been dredged up.
Where in the world are you, why can't people hang out their washing.

My extra extra large 'smalls' are flapping away in the breeze as I write. Nothing like line dried washing and think of the power bill. Theres no knicker police round here.

Tufty......I'd forgotten all about him, I was a member of the Tufty club back in the UK many moons ago.
I think kids here in Oz have Giddy Goanna now. Wasn't there a tufty comic book. Didn't do me much good - I got hit by a car when I was six, running out from parked cars into the road, didn't learn my lesson the first time so I went back and did it a second time once I got the plaster cast off. I was probably one of those rebel kids that thought Tufty was for the goody two shoes.

Michele Pacey said...

a trip outside with some tupperware. perfectly normal and very smart too!

Francesca said...

can you sell those jam jar jackets in your shop please. i am sick of using mugs to hold my pens and whatnot. x

blue corduroy said...

you are awesome! (maybe especially because you carry jars in green tupperware about town)

Jo Archer said...

I had no idea there was a ban on line drying in the US! As a firm believer in the letting the breeze blow through my britches here in the UK, I'm glad you're bucking the ban! That's very odd.

I must admit to a certain curiosity as to what other people have hanging on their lines. It certainly brightens up my journey on the bus!

meandering pearl said...

i love your photos & your wonderful challenge!!! i've admired your photos on flickr & only just realized that you have a blog, this is so exciting!!! lovely thoughts

chris, milatos said...

Nothing beats the smell of washing when it comes in from the outside long live the washing line

dottie angel said...

haha heehee, i knew the laundry issue would seem most odd for some. indeed when i moved here stateside i was aghast that i could not hang our undies out to bake. not everywhere is like that, but some housing developements have homeowner associations (can't spell it and darren dictionary has gone missing in action) anyhow within the laws it says 'no washing to be hung outside'... some days i would get my granny's old standing rack out and pop it out the back. i felt like a criminal breaking the law and fretted my undies would be held up at the next homeowners meeting as evidence of anarchy in the ranks.

we even needed permission to paint our own front door a different color. i painted ours pink and added butterflies. on arriving back from one trip across the pond, i had a letter waiting, saying i was disturbing the harmony of the neighborhood and had one week to change it out to brown.
now perhaps you can see why mossy shed has liberated me and i have found myself again!

have a peachy weekend my dears :)

Flaming Nora said...

what I actually meant to say re the tufty club hankies was want one? not what one. Happy to send you a little reminder of our early road safety education!

Greedy Nan said...

I used to be a Tupperware 'lady' and you had to buy the pieces to put in your kit as it sold easier if customers could see it. This means I have stacks of the stuff and it NEVER wears out. The other major disadvantage is odours from food leaches into the plastic and it's hard to get rid of the smell.

dottie angel said...

oh flaming nora! you are so kind :)
i actually have one squirreled away that my aunt gave me a few years back! i do appreciate your kindness though, truly i do :)

and greedy nan, yes indeedy! the first thing i do when finding them in the thrift store is pop the lid and sniff!!

Kimmie said...

I have one of those lovely celery keepers myself, and since I despise celery in every shape and form, I use it instead in my pantry to neatly hold bottles and boxes of Kraft Mac 'n cheese in place. I think it is the perfect "keeping" size and glad you enjoy it too!

Kimmie

nina said...

Hi Tif,

I just saw you full-page in the Dutch Flow magazine, did you already see it yourself? It looked really lovely! I assume they sent you a copy, but if not I'd be happy to send you one!

cheers, Nina

katie bee said...

my in-laws have been hanging their laundry indoors for years, despite having the perfect deck with loads of space for hanging things...I wonder if this is why? my husband and I continue the tradition, but we'd hang things outside if we only had an outside to hang things in! someday, we'll have a balcony, I'm sure, but not yet...

dottie angel said...

oh my goodness! i did not know it was a celery keeper, that would explain the natty little sievy thing it came with. i now have that on my knook table holding the potholder coasters and cruet set! ha! one learns something new every day, thank you kimmie!

nina, i cannot wait to see it! but alas, if they did send a copy it has not arrived, i am thinking some one else is enjoying it, for it has been quite some weeks. i shall have to follow up and see if they will send another copy! thanks for asking me :)

britt said...

are you serious about people not being allowed to hang out their clothes? i have never heard of such a thing. of course, i live in the country about 45 minutes from the nearest city of any size, so i have no concerns about anyone seeing anything. but man, it's your property you should be able to do with it what you want. poor city people.

Kristy said...

I have vintage Tufty road safety board game waiting to go in the shop you just reminded me!
I want to crochet jam jar covers too. My next thing to learn I think after I have overcome my granny square addiction that is.

A Bun Can Dance said...

Dear Tif
Thank you for popping by :-)
Miss Fern is quite giddy with all the admiration she's receiving. Not least, her young-spirit-in-an-old-body has been sent aflutter by the admiration of your very well trained teenage fellow...
The washing line debacle is really something isn't it? Oh can you imagine the washing-line-stallwarts of old Blighty taking kindly to housing associations banning the hanging of knickers outdoors?? Good Golly ! I look forward reading more about your washing-line rebellion and send you the best of British Bulldog spirit for your crusade.
Yours (having hung out the first load on this grey sky day)
Denise x

turquoisetepidteadrop said...

Being from Germany I never heard of this drying thing. Here you are going against your house rules if you are drying your laundry in your house because the humidity can cause mildew etc. Aren't those house owners afraid that the wood and the wallpaper might get damaged if people do hang their wet clothes inside and do not use a dryer?
We often put fake washing out if we are away for a couple of days to make potential burglars think there might be someone home. Not the planning and checking several times kind, but the spontaneous burglar.

y. said...

those look like shoes i could live with...info please...(ill mention your name when purchasing:)