I enjoyed a lovely pre birthday lunch with my eldest child. He gave me these vintage pinking shears as a surprise ( not a birthday present) He said that he found them when trawling through charity shops.I was delighted with the thought and the gift. They are truly vintage, perfect condition and in their original box. They made me think of other vintage sewing items that I have. More about them later!
I wasn’t going to buy anymore vintage powder compacts! Ha ha! I couldn’t resist this one that was for sale at this weekends show. I only payed £3 and it’s so pretty. These days I’m much more decerning over what I buy. My rules for collecting these gorgeous compacts are:
1) price. I check out on the internet what they are worth and how much I’m prepared to pay.
2) Make or manufacturer. I only buy “Stratton” compacts these days.
3) Condition. Many are unused and have never seen powder in their lives.
4) I do limit the design to floral these days. ( I do have others but only buy if exceptionally nice)
So, I have built up a small collection. They are ideal to collect as they are small, pretty and increasing in price.
What is it with all these Crinoline Ladies on my vintage linens? They were very popular in the 30s and 40s embroidery. They are often pictured under romantic flower bowers or carrying a parasol. Our American friends call them Sun Bonnet Sue or Southern Belle.
My Nanna (Grandmother) who inspired me to embroider, continued into her 80s as a competant stitch woman. In her later years she attended a City and Guilds embroidery class at her local art school. I remember her teacher saying that she was not to embroider anymore Crinoline Ladies as they were old fashioned! What a shame! Nanna didn’t care if she was old fashioned ( which of course she was). All she wanted to do was to embroider Crinoline Ladies!
Today I have found a tea pot with a Crinoline Lady on. How cool is that? OK maybe it’s my turn to be old fashioned.
I have have been increasing my stash of Vintage China and linens as I am starting a Vintage hire business in the near future. More about that soon.
Today I added to my burgeoning stash of China cups and saucers. I bought this…
This delightful China cup and saucer is marked “Laura Ashley” and has a quirky handle placed at an angle and is gloriously pink.
I also bought this……
These are just simply elegant.
I don’t quite know what is going on with this collecting lark! Perhaps something happened in my childhood leaving me with the need to hoard and not throw away. Actually I enjoy the searching, and sometimes finding exactly what I need (and certainly can’t live without!)
Charity shop hunting is a great hobby, doesn’t hurt anyone- except Hubs when he trips over my stuff. It also supports charitable causes.
Whilst cruising through Pinterest I came across a beautiful quilt made from vintage handkerchiefs. What a good idea! Something new, small and cheap to collect (handkerchiefs not quilts!) I could do this and when I’ve got lots of handkerchiefs perhaps I will make a quilt.
We are currently away in Damnvan1 for the weekend. We arrived in Buxton, Derbyshire yesterday and what a lovely town. It is a Georgean spa town with the most beautiful Pavillion and gardens. There are some good shops and, great joy, LOADS of charity shops. I made one small purchase, an embroidered tray cloth and a vintage handkerchief.
Now I have the start of my collection of handkerchiefs. Only one but its a start!
The previous post didn’t appear to have the text attached to it! Sorry! Why do WordPress alter the template for the blogging? I suppose it is to try and keep it up to date but for us non techies it does make life difficult!
These brooches are my small, very small collection of china brooches. One came in a satin lined box with the words “Capi-di- Monte Porcelain Jewellery handmade in Italy” on the inside. I now own three of these pretty brooches and tend to wear them all at the same time.
It is rare to find them un damaged as the ends of the petals and flowers tend to get chipped. But hey! I like them! I have picked these up for a few pence in charity shops but I suspect that they are not worth much more. I am sort of collecting them with the vague idea that if I had quite a few they might make an unusual trim or adornment of some kind. Who knows? I will just carry on wearing them on my jacket for now.
You can also find the same china flowers in tiny vases. Maybe this could be something else to collect……