Monday, 29 March 2010
Thursday, 25 March 2010
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
Sunday, 21 March 2010
I bought this yesterday and baulked at the idea of buying the piles of others for £2 (was I mad!) - however, I chose this one carefully because I thought that it had the best cover (though there is another delicious one that I am thinking of sneaking back to get..)
I poured over this with my children and was amazed by the talents of these women - very much the emphasis on healthy living.....
Saturday, 20 March 2010
Well as the days are now getting a tinsy bit longer I am more inclined to get on with sewing - I hate sewing in a fag end light (as my mother would say) ditto that low in the sky glaring light of winter. It will soon be the perfect light so the table is spread with fabrics all of varieties. Yesterday I ran up some cheerful bunting for the front of the house - made from bag of 1970 Laura Ashley scraps that I found. Also took some pictures of one or two of my vintage tins - can you have too many tins? Aren't they just the most useful item for squirrling away bits and bobs. I particularly like the detail on the vintage bunny tin - as the bunny family are baking the sides are peppered with images of kitchenalia!
Well I made another Spring bag today - this was made from an old embroidered tea cosy, so not too large. I love the embroidery on this as it has all the right Spring colours (not that it is Spring like here - the fog horn was going out at sea all night long last night!). I did make this bag to sell but (like so many other things) I have taken a liking to it so I shall keep it for now. I shall tra la la along the High Street with it and pick daffodils along the way ! To compensate I routled around and found another Crinoline Lady bag that I had made some time ago and have not used - I am trying to instigate a one in one out policy...
Wednesday, 17 March 2010
Just as at Christmas so Easter is a time when I can routle around my cupboards and, 'ta dah' rustle up some vintage Easter bits and bobs. Of course there is vintage bunting to be found and delicious vintage tins - with an Easter type theme. These are dispersed around the house in that Country Living fashion. I am busy making Easter Egg Hunt bags - all from vintage hand embroidered fabric (otherwise rendered useless due to some sort of damage) - I then force them into use by making by children tra la la around the garden looking for eggs (eggs which I could have simply handed to them in the morning (they are of that age when the hunt bit is not so charming as it once was!). Anyway here are a selection of vintage Easter delicacies!
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
I had a very pleasant Mothering Sunday - making bags and bunting from a selection of vintage hand embroidered fabrics. Bags and bunting are the easiest things to create and add charm and olde worldiness (!) to any room... sometimes they go a bit wrong, namely because I hate to measure anything and most of my sewing is done by eye. Add to this the fact that I am also spinning many other plates at the same time and there is plenty of scope for it all to go wrong!
Sunday, 7 March 2010
Gosh my very first bit of blogging - well now that I am here I am not too sure what to write! Blast!! I was so full of hope and promise! Anyway just like many hundreds, if not thousands of women I dream of that little tea shop, with vintage china, home baked cakes and crisp linen and there I am tra la la'ing around smiling at customers! Never to be I'm afraid so this is my virtual little world where I can live out in that vintage world of cosiness and loveliness. Of course I would like to share all of the lovely bits and bobs that I have aquired over the years and share also my love of things old and not so new.
My main likes are making 'stuff' out of vintage fabrics and hand embroidered fabric - this results in a house having an awful lot of vintage bunting (this is changed with the seasons, of course!) and far, far too many bags. The range of 'stuff' covers pretty most of the last hundred years! That means things from the Arts and Crafts Movement, through to the 1940's (excellent for Crinoline Ladies!), the wacky 1950's and on to the 1960's. I sadly can produce a teaset from each decade and then co-ordinate it with a tablecloth.....I have many failings. I shall list those failings (in no particular order): old books, tablecloths, vintage china and fabrics (and a few others... chairs, clocks...)