Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Faded Synthetic Dyes Stars and Memory Lane

Here are my interpretations of Faded Synthetic Dyes Stars. These were a bit of a challenge as I don't have a huge assortment of solid fabrics, especially taupes and khakis which are what I could have used to make the stars. So I pulled the solids that once belonged to my mother. We're talking vintage--50 years ago!


I went with the look of faded green and red. You'll have to use your imagination :)

Bright red with a faded bright green. What do you think?

Same red with a another green fading toward gray-blue.  Yes? No?

Gray-blue again--once a bright green?  

How about a bright red fading to peach like the example on Barbara B's blog?

Down Memory Lane

Monday we spent the day with a friend at his cabin on Lake Owassa in northern NJ. What made it so special was that he lives next door to the house where my grandparents once lived so in a way it was like "going home."

My grandparents (Ralph and Maud Davis) bought this little house on the lake about 1954. Oh, how I loved that screened-in porch!  

The house as it looks today. Not much has changed except the porch was enclosed to enlarge the living / dining area.

A c. 1964 photo I took from the back yard. The house was sold in 1967 when my grandparents moved to Florida to live with their daughter, a huge change for them, I'm sure. My dad always regretted not being able to buy the house and keep it in the family. 

A view from the main road. My grandfather had a 1940s Ford Wood Panel Station Wagon which he kept in that garage. It was his baby. He only took it out when they made the trip to the store every two weeks or so.   

The house is currently for sale and although it was always a dream of mine to one day own it--reality set in. At least I know we can visit next door :)

Copyright 2015, Barbara Schaffer


  1. Lovely stars as usual Barbara !! I must make mine this week !!
    I don't know if I all understood the story of the house close to the lake, but I felt a little bit of sadness thru your words.......
    Hugs !

  2. wow -your stars have just the right faded looking fabrics.
    Love the photos of your lake house - What a wonderful place for your family.