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Contemporary laundry and sewing rooms can still learn some lessons in serviceable beauty and sweet bits of bliss from the functions and fittings of yesterday. Laundry rooms and sewing rooms still make great companions where space allows, but even in small spaces adapted to one activity or the other, some beckoning charm can still be ushered in while accommodating all the very welcome advances in convenience. We explore some ideas here for marrying the old to the new into “a modest life of usefulness and happiness.”
While fashion in clothing and decor seem to be ever more disposable in quality and life span, some pieces are still deserving of by-gone mending attention. Many a handmade sweater, a vintage frock, a set of antique linens, or even a favorite stuffed animal could be saved from an untimely death by simple mending skills.
Purportedly, cheese, bread, and wine are the only foods that start with earthy ingredients and then are literally transmuted into some other wholly unique food far greater (as Aristotle might justifiably point out) than the sum of their parts. Nowhere is this magic more basic than in bread baking. The alchemy becomes complete when the most beggared-and-basic components of water, yeast, flour, and salt are transformed into a marvel that can make a Marshalsea pauper feel like a member of the royal family. Featured recipes include: Provincial Cheese, Classic Peasant Bread, Ciabatta (Slipper Bread), Confectioner's Bread, and Rosemary Walnut Bread.
Grapes are one of the most ancient and ubiquitous of fruits, and though the greatest percentage of them end up as a glass of wine, they come to the table in a long parade of forms. This installment of The Garden surveys something of the history, varieties, cultivation, and simple delights of the ubiquitous grape. A recipe for Tarte aux Lavaux is also provide.
Common, perhaps, but never commonplace, there is a magic about a balcony that never fails to transfix and transport our minds to beautiful scenes and fond memories. Since we knew that a balcony reaching out into the great outdoors would never work with our home’s exterior design, we looked for a means of having one indoors and found it. By extending the wall of our master bedroom out into the 20-ft. high ceiling of the studio below, we found that we could eke out a niche in the sky without losing any light or studio space or spaciousness.
In an earlier letter, Merrinand asked her father what was the best question he encountered during his stay at the College. Seymore begins his response by describing his disappointment while at the College, upon finding that the community of scholars sought "neither knowledge nor truth, but merely wished to prolong discussion because to do so would give them occupation and, eventually, money and influence as they ventured forth into the marketplace of ideas." He also talks about his love of genuine questions and some of his childhood experiences with questions. In conclusion, he comments on the profound influence that the approach to questions can have upon home and family.
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By Al R. Young The Little Dorrit issue of The Storybook Home Journal is now available from Al Young Studios. This issue features these regular sections:Decorating - Usefulness and Happiness (5 pages)Hearth - Learning Needlework (1 page)Kitchen - The Mystery Of Alchemists (6 pages)Garden - This Gorgeous Abundance (4 pages)Workshops - Her Favourite Station (4 pages)Garret - The Answers We Live In (2 pages)Little Dorrit is the 84th issue of the Journal, published bi-monthly since November 2000... Read more »