Tag Archives: Antique

Dust If You Must

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My home is a small stone cottage in the Clwydian Hills of North Wales. Last week our central heating boiler died, so this week it is being replaced. Not a problem you might think! Well……

The cottage is something in excess of 100 years old. It is built from stone and then White rendered. In fact it’s an up and down sort of a building full of odd steps, nooks and crannys, but we love it. Anyhow, I digress, the boiler has arrived all shiny and new. The plumbers have arrived and needed to drill a hole through the outside wall.

The wall is 22 inches thick and made of Granite!! They’ve just broken through to the outside so I suspect that the job might take a little longer than planned. You wouldn’t believe the level of dust within the house, or how far it spreads. I thought of the following poem with a rye smile because dust I must!

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I will show you the “after” pictures when it is eventually done!

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Victorian Nursing Chair

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imageHi there! Here is the nursing chair that lives in my bedroom. It is a typical Victorian nursing chair with no arms and sat quite low. They were designed for nursing mothers ( or Nannys ) when holding an infant. This particular one is still in its original fabric as it has been protected with a loose cover for many years. Nursing chairs were usually found in more wealthy homes and have traditional cabriole legs with brass castors. This chair  is padded with horse hair and quite comfortable especially if you were feeding a baby.

imageHere is the same chair complete with its loose covers. My Mum made these particular covers in the 1970s complete with piping and pleating. The cover fits perfectly and is fastened on with hidden Velcro. I removed the cover today as I am Spring cleaning! Yes REALLY! One day I will make a new cover for this much loved chair. I’m not sure if I could do as good a job as my Mum did. All that piping and fitting. Anyway maybe one day! For now I will just wash and refit.

Wordsmith Wednesday-Vintage vs Retro

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Vintage vs Retro

There are many definitions of vintage and retro but I think that the following is the simplest.

1) Too old to be considered modern, but not old enough to be considered antique. Often used to describe items for sale online such as ebay auctions or craigslist posts though may also be found in printed listings such as classified ads. Can also be a euphemism for “heavily used” items.

2) Retro, recently out of style with potential to make a comeback

I describe myself as vintage but was thinking of myself has maturing like a fine wine!  Vintage was originally a word prefixing the year of a bottle of fine wine but has become a word used to describe older items frequently offered for sale. I’m not so sure of applying the euphemism suggested above! But it’s all good fun! Perhaps I’m more retro than vintage?

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Victorian Bed Cover

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Victorian Bed Cover
This bed cover is hand-made with squares of embroidery sewn together using machine-made lace. It has a delightful border of flowers embroidered in mainly chain stitch. The bed cover is large enough for a double bed. I suspect it was made more as a cover for dust? As it is made from linen and certainly offers no warmth. Whilst I am not certain of its history I do know something of its provenance. It came from a house in Southsea near Portsmouth Hampshire about thirty years ago.I am reasonably certain that it was made in the very early 1900s
There is a larger central square embroidered with the initials “CMJ” or is it “CMT”? I can’t find the name of the femail who made this lovely article, but I will keep searching.
If anyone can shed anymore light on this cover I would be delighted to hear from you.

Serendipity

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Serendipity happens to be my favourite word in the English dictionary. Well yesterday I had a truly serendipitous moment! (If there is such a word)🍀

I was visiting a great craft emporium called “Lady Heyes” found at http://www.ladyheyes.co.uk and as usual chatting away. I had bought a powder compact to add to my growing collection, and my friend asked me what had attracted me to these Stratton powder compacts in the first place? We were giggling as I explained that my first real boyfriend had bought me a beautiful red one for my seventeenth birthday. Now that is more than a couple of years ago and it had been broken and lost during one of my multiple house moves.

At this point we both turned to look into a glass display cabinet and there was my vintage red Stratton compact! Needless to say I had to buy the second (and best) compact of the day. Now THAT is serendipity🌹