A friend in Craft Group lent me a book that she thought I’d like. She was right! I liked it so much that I didn’t read it. It’s a lovely book. OK I confess. I didn’t read it or even take too much of a peak. I bought my own copy immediately. I put my friend’s book to one side and shall return it as soon as possible! How mad is that? My own copy has arrived and I shall take it away with me next week to study in peace. Whoo Hoo!
Another project “in the bag” for when we go on our crafty cruise in January. K and I are working hard at putting the ideas, examples, and textiles together. We aim for all this to be done prior to Christmas so that we can sit back and relax. The preparation is hampered by the fact that we both have other cruises booked with our husbands in December. How lucky are we?
The latest project is a cover for coat hangers using upcycled vintage textiles. Many of these vintage cloths have beautiful embroidery and have lace on them. Many are damaged with wear and tear so this is a good way to re purpose these lovely old textiles. The project is worked using hand stitching, lots of imagination and is great fun. Hopefully this project will appeal to people who can sew and people who can’t as part of the delight of demonstrating these items is helping them to finish an item. And enjoy the result.
Each coat hanger cover includes a pocket in which I have put a perfumed piece of linen or could be used to hide jewellery. Neat!
Just two more projects to go so watch this space……
On my recent trip to Madeira, Portugal I was intrigued to see beautiful samples of the lace and embroidery worked locally.
The work is very fine and mostly done by hand. The cheaper items such as tea towels and cheaper cloths are machine made. It was lovely to see the demonstrations at the Spring flower festival. I didn’t buy any on this occasion as I have so much linen I could ( in fact might!) open my own shop.
I have a huge stash of lace, buttons, threads and trims. I have rather a lot of ribbons which I have collected over many years. All those ribbons in the shoulders of dresses and sweaters that are meant to hook onto coat hangers but are so annoying. I have cut them out and just know that they will be really useful one day!
I also have a massive pile of postcards that I have collected on my extensive travels. I used some (not important) postcards to wind ribbon and lace onto in some resemblance of order. The question now is what to do with the remaining cards?
As mentioned in my earlier blog I recently celebrated a Vintage birthday( Don’t ask!) with a Vintage Tea Party. Here are a few more pictures to show you the beautiful embroidered linens and a small selection of the Vintage China that we have available for hire. This is from Nanna Amy’s Vintage Tea Party.
We have beautiful China and lovely lace cloths. Nanna Amy’s Vintage Tea Party offers a bespoke vintage service tailored to your requirements. You can hire all the vintage table settings that you need for your special event.
We also offer bespoke vintage bunting and hand poured candles in vintage China cups. Call for information Nanna Amy’s Vintage Tea Party on 01352 740631
I have mentioned Our latest venture a few times but now we are about to go more public.
We have a marketing strategy, launch date and our first real booking.
We have collected China, starched linen and made vintage bunting.
We need to solve transport of precious vintage China, delivery prices and advertising stationery.
Most of all IT IS GOOD FUN!
Our new venture is named “Nanna Amy’s Vintage Tea Party” and is the hire of beautiful vintage China and freshly laundered vintage linen and lace. We also have items for staging the party or event. We will deliver set up and collect after the event and all things are very Vintage.
Watch this space for further information!
These items were acquired today and almost complete the initial purchasing of China for our start up.
Yesterday’s blog was Super Sunday and the afternoon tea party was, I suppose, technically part two as I had a Super Sunday (morning) which must have been part one. Anyhow,never one to confuse…..
On Super Sunday morning Darling Daughter and I went to the Chester Vintage Fair. This was fab with more than fifty stalls all purveyors of vintage treasures. We browsed and bought and browsed again and bought again. I didn’t spend a huge stash of money but enjoyed my little hoard of treasures. I purchased some old lace, both a Doiley and some meters of narrow trim. It needs a good wash but will look good in my crafting stash. I also found a huge bag of pearl buttons for only £4-bargain! I’m sure they will come in useful.
I bought a couple of ceramic flower brooches to add to my collection. These are very attractive and reasonably priced. It is difficult to find them with no damage but yesterday my luck was in. I told you it was super Sunday!
I also found a delightful Laura Ashley China cup and saucer. It’s really cute with an off set handle at an angle. I love this cup and saucer and only payed a few pounds for it. The lace on which it is photographed is the doiley that I found for £1. Just imagine all that work and only worth £1!! The actual cup and saucer are probably destined to be filled with soy wax and sold on as a candle at some point in the future when I can bare to part with them.
So a very good day all round. I am looking forward to more Super Sunday’s!
This chair was upcycled by my daughter in law. She painted it a heritage grey and distressed it beautifully. The chair was further enhanced by creating the rose linen seat cover in toning shades, isn’t it lovely? Daughter in law is very talented and has upcycled dozens of items for herself and on commission. The super good thing about this chair is that it was a gift to myself as a surprise. The really super thing about this chair is that it originally belong to my Nanna (Grandmother) and was found in her attic when we cleared her loft after she died. Son laid claim to the chair and had it for many years before presenting it to me in its upcycled, new style.
The lace tablecloth was given to me by a friend. It is hand crocheted and from circa 1950. It is currently living in my linen stash which grows daily! This linen stash is intended, destined, to be upcycled but the thought of cutting it is impossible. Time will tell as to what projects I come up with. All ideas duly considered so watch this space!
The table is an old pub table that I bought in the early 1980’s. It is perfect as an occasional kitchen table. It is extremely heavy due to its cast iron base. I have had many cups of tea and quiet reading moments at this table and certainly hope to have many more. Oh and this is where I normally blog so happy days.
The shawl mentioned in the previous post was a great sucess on Christmas Day. My Mum was very pleased, even if I’m not sure that she will remember to wear it! Christmas was good in my part of the World and I hope that it was in yours also.
I can now show you the cushion that I made for my little Sis. The fabric was purchased from a craft show and I was advised to wash it before sewing because of potential shrinkage. I was amazed at the amount of dressing or starch that did come out of it when washed. It was purchased as “shabby chic” fabric and indeed ended up as very “shabby chic” if not just “shabby rag”! Because of this I chose to quilt the cushion using a backing of quality batting. This worked and I am pleased with the end result.
I made two nine patch quilts to which I appliqued hearts and flowers. I used contrast threads to give the cushion a country, simple look. I machine quilted in the ditch and a little around each patch to give it some body.I also attatched a border of a contrasting lace frill using a tiny red Cross stitch which is very effective. I also added pretty buttons to the flower centres. Over all, after a disappointing start, I am very pleased with the outcome, and more importantly so is Sis
You do meet nice people at craft fairs! At a recent Christmas Craft Fair I met a lady who has just renovated a property, converting it to a venue for craft workshops. These workshops are about to get up and running and she has asked me to run a workshop making my up cycled bunting. This is pictured above and I use worn out or damaged embroidered lace doilies, tray cloths and table cloths. So if anyone has spare vintage embroidery or lace you know where it will find a good home! The bunting I had made was not for sale but just used to dress up my candle stall but maybe next time!
The workshops are to be held in a near by village called Caerwys, check out http://www.coachhousecaerwys.co.uk This is a beautiful location and an original “coach house” fabulous.
Whilst cruising through Pinterest I spotted the recycled tote bag as pictured above. Maybe just maybe, this could be the inspiration for another workshop. Perhaps I could use recycled beads? I could incorporate quilting, embroidery, buttons. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! The list is endless!