Saturday, October 10, 2009

Vintage Sewing Room Inspiration

"Mrs. Hamilton went up to her sewing-room and closed the door. There was a nice little fire in the grate and it was very cozy in there with the radio playing softly, big snowflakes drifting down past the window and no sounds of quarreling from downstairs."

--Betty MacDonald, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Magic

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

We love Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and "The Egg and I" by Betty McDonald.(The Egg and I is not exactly family reading, but it is very funny).
Amy F.

Martha A. said...

WE can all dream!!

June Bostick said...

Try "Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch" bittersweet and realistic

Quiltin' Jenny said...

Where is that sewing room? I want to go THERE!

willowcaroline said...

That phrase has long been a favorite of mine.. ever since a little girl when I first read the book, I always knew I wanted a sewing room like that. I have been fortunate to have always had a sewing space.. never upstairs.. but in my new house, it is the palest shade of pink, and right next to the kitchen.. I cannot wait to move into it.

Kathryn said...

I feel I've missed out by not reading Mrs. Piggle-WIggle because I would so love that phrase floating through my head at particularly rough moments during the day!

Sarah said...

I love that book...so many inspiring glimpses into another era.

Melinda said...

I am decorating my sewing room this coming week. Now I am even more inspired. I love your blog by the way.

Kate said...

Ahhhhh.....now I can sit back, relax, close my eyes and think of that snippet you just posted and let the pictures form in my mind.

An Adventurer in the World said...

so many of your recent posts have resonated.

Love love Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. One of our favorite pleasures was reading the descriptions of breakfast and after-school snacks. O Cornelia Wingsproggle!

deb meyers

Keren said...

I have always liked Mrs. piggle-wiggle, but I don't believe I have read that one. That just sounds soo cozy and comfortable.

Carol said...

Anna,

Have you read Betty MacDonald's book, Nancy and Plum ? I think you might just enjoy that one. It's my all time favorite. :) I was raised on the island where Betty wrote a few of her books. Such lasting memories. ;)

Carol

Regan Family Farm said...

"No sound of quarreling"???? Hmmmmm

Heather said...

I am just longing for a quiet space to sew and time to do it - I hope one day soon to learn to order my days to make room for more joyful productive activities, as you have!

MommaMindy said...

I wanna know how come no sounds of quarreling were coming from downstairs. Was it because she had imaginary kids, had those novel-type well-behaved kids or because she SHUT the door? If it's the door, then I need a door. A big, solid, wooden door, I don't care if there is a sewing machine on my side or not! Maybe I should read the book?? Thanks for the inspiration....it gives me hope....

silly lilly's said...

I love that book and just read about "The Heedless Breaker" to my 2 boys last night! Ah,what great memories.

Rebekah said...

What a lovely image! I wish I had that room in my house. :)

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