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Jam and Lace

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imageI┬áhave spent hours washing and starching lace doilies. I reckon that I’m the only person who uses starch these days. You do get a lovely stiff finish however.

At the last count I had ironed 47 doilies and 6 table cloths! This is for our new venture “Nanna Amy’s Vintage Tea Party” whose launch party gets ever closer!

With the party in mind I have made Blackberry jam. Imagine freshly baked scones, clotted cream and Blackberry jam. Heaven on a plate! All served on vintage place settings.

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Nanna Amys Vintage Tea Party is a hire service for very vintage China and freshly laundered (and starched) table linen. We’ve got lace, embroidery and crochet cloths to compliment beautiful mix and match vintage tea sets. It’s great fun. Perfect for a very special very vintage party. Go to nannaamysvintageteaparty on Facebook, Instagram or web page.

Candles and Crafts

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More candles! I’ve made a large batch of candles in tea and coffee cups for the launch event of Nanna Amy’s Vintage Tea Party. I use Soy wax, no paraffin, vintage China tea and coffee cups and a Baby Lavender perfume. Soy wax is great as it provides a slow, clean burn leaving no residue. I keep saying that I won’t make anymore then someone asks me or I have spare cups or I need to use the last bit of wax. Actually it is a simple and relaxing craft to do.

The really good news is that apart from our launch party, we have two further bookings for our Vintage China and linen hire business. Hopefully it will work out well and if not we’ve had fun. I’ve bought yet more bits and pieces but the main cost is now spent. The hardest set up is done so go Nanna Amy go!

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Nanna Amy’s Vintage Tea Party

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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!

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These items were acquired today and almost complete the initial purchasing of China for our start up.

Crinoline Ladies

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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!

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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.

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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.

Nanna Amy’s Curtains

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I make no excuse for the fact that I have blogged about these curtains before on a previous blog because I adore them. They were made by my Nanna (grandmother) in the late 1940s early 1950s. Despite having lost three fingers from her left hand in an industrial accident in approximately 1918 Amy Kennedy went on to be a proficient needle woman.

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These curtains are embroidered around three sides (you can’t see the hem) with detailed solid stitches. Nanna used linen to sew on and the curtains are also self lined. I am lucky enough to have two identical pairs of these curtains which suit my small cottage windows perfectly. They wash well but need to be treated with great respect if they are to serve another generation.

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Nanna left a mini stash of embroidery which I love dearly. It is fantastic to use these items as it makes me feel as if she is still with me in some way.

Nanna Amy’s other claim to fame is that she was an active member of St Johns Ambulance Brigade. Following her life altering accident as a young woman, the wire factory gave her a job in the “Ambulance Room”(factory first aid room) where she worked for the rest of her life as a nurse. Her role as a volunteer “nurse” with St Johns took her to Liverpool during the bombing of the docks of World War 2. Here she stayed for the worst days helping the injured with emergency first aid. What a woman!

I am so proud of my Grandmothers achievements that I am thinking of her today on Mothering Sunday here in the UK. With this thought may all women, mothers or otherwise, have an exceptionally good day today.

Craft Classes

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As as I mentioned a few blog posts ago I am going to run a couple of craft classes demonstrating how to make vintage bunting. The courses have now “gone public” and it will be interesting to see what the uptake is-hopefully good. I’m in a win win situation, happy if I do and happy if I done! Mind you it would be nice to have some candidates!

I have been constantly been sorting through my stash of vintage linens which is fun. I have more than enough for these courses. My head is full of exciting ideas on how to use these textiles. I have thought of linen aprons, upcycled bags, rag dolls made from beautiful old linens and possibly book covers. Trawling though Pinterest provides a constant source of inspiration. The BIG problem is that there is a danger of spending more time thinking about what to make than actually making anything.

Back to reality (Whatever that is!)

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Let me start by apologising to anyone who follows this blog because of its so called craft, vintage content! It’s not easy to be very creative in a campervan and we’ve no space for many vintage finds. Damnvan1, Hubs, Benji and I have arrived back home after three glorious weeks in Devon and Cornwall. The washing is done and Damnvan1 put to bed in the barn, for now.
The picture is of my new work in progress. I vow that it will not remain unfinished for long as I am prone to do. There WILL be a picture of the finished project next week.

Since returning I have been overwhelmed with the desire to Spring clean. This doesn’t happen too often fortunately. This morning I decided to wash some embroidered cushion covers that I had bought from IKEA some time ago. I forgot that they are feather filled and when I took the covers off there was a feather storm all over my recently cleaned lounge. Still it was clean mess not like the mess from black leading the fire stove yesterday. Happy days!gallery]

By the way does anyone know how to remove black mould from vintage linen and indeed can you remove it?

Vintage Textile Stash

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Vintage Textile Stash

The sort through my stash of vintage (and not so vintage) textiles continues. My collection mainly consists of old lace and linens. I have numerous doilies, cloths, cushion covers and tablecloths. Today I carefully ironed this lovely, truly vintage tray cloth to sit on my new vintage pine box. It is quite fragile with a very worn centre. Best of all there is a laundry number embroidered in the corner in red. Just imagine the days that this was necessary! This is living history and I’m delighted to use and love such a gorgeous item.