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!
Hello Dear Friends! Having blogged about counted cross stitch last week I remembered my first ever cross stitch attempt. This sampler was purchased as a kit, where the pattern was printed onto the fabric. Actually aod way to learn cross stitch.
The sampler was worked in 1985 as you can see. In those days I worked as a Radiographer in a busy A and E department. ( Accident and Emergency, ER -but no George Clooney). Now when I say busy we had quite a lot of down time as I worked mainly evenings. During these quiet moments I used to stitch away. Cross stitch was perfect as I could drop it at anytime. I am certain that in more recent times crafting at work would not be possible! But this was in another era. Can anyone else work at crafts at work these days?
This particular sampler has a very worthy saying which, incidentally I didn’t choose!
“Virtue is the Chiefest Beauty of the mind
The Noblest Ornament of Humankind
Happy days and Happy Ways! (Perhaps I could embroider that onto a sampler)
I have been sorting through my stash of vintage textiles (again) and I REALLY need to sort out and move some on. Space in our tiny cottage is at a premium and the situation is getting serious! With this in mind I have been sorting out vintage tray cloths and re-modeling as cushions. I chose two cloths of similar size,stitched them together and stuffed with filling and hey presto a cushion! I used white blanket stitch along the right side to join the cloths.
During my sorting I came across a pair of chair backs which my Grandmother embroidered over sixty years ago. These chair backs were made to protect the back of chairs from a gentlemans hair oil! This hair dressing was Macassar oil and the chair backs were known as Anti macassars. Here endeth the history lesson💚 These Antimassars now adorn chairs in my home -so I do use my vintage collection as it was intended.
All this sorting out has resulted in two tray cloths less and one cushion which I hope to sell at a village craft fair in a few weeks. More about that later.
I finished the cowl that I mentioned on the previous post. It is warm and snuggly but there is something not perfect about it. I think it’s the yarn that I chose and the colour. It somehow looks a bit “immature” and amateurish ( which it is!) Ah well, lesson learned. I will now attempt a more sophisticated cowl perhaps more chunky and cables and clever twists!
Gorgeous dog Benji is making me move. I was out walking him at 7.30 this morning. It was beautiful on the country lanes so autumnal and brisk. Benji is settling in well and feels part of the family. I have now got him pet insured, and food adjusted. He loves to lick the yogurt pot, run fast off the lead and sit on our knees!
We are continuing to work on the house and do all the odd jobs that got missed because we’ve been away so much this year. I need to work on some crafts for the craft fair I’m doing in a few week. I’ve made tea cup candles and was thinking about putting some candle making kits together as well. I must stop buying tea cups,wax,vintage lace etc etc…….
Watch this spot as I am off to a vintage fair and might just find more vintage treasures!
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🌹
Inspecting a mini Tear Drop caravan which contained a double bed and a TV! The kitchen was on the end and served a vintage pop up tea shop. Fab!
Sampling a Bison Burger.
Wow! What a week-end, two fairs in one-great! The first was on Saturday and the Cheshire Food Festival at Arley Hall,Northwich. The location was gorgeous in the grounds of a stately home. The weather was beautiful and I went “en famille” which was a delight. Two of my Grand children went with their parents and we had a lazy, foodie afternoon. The children were happy as there were some fairground rides and the adults were happy as there was lots of tastings of local produce- cheese, chutneys, jams, wine, beer etc.
One hungry Grandson enjoyed a Bison Burger which I must admit smelled delicious. One son in law entered the “Man vs Food” challenge where he had to consume Chilli Gin, 12 inch Chilli sausage and Chilli jam as fast as possible. He didn’t win but had a good hot lunch!
The Cheshire Food Festival was sponsored by http://www.onionring.com which is a review web site for restaurants and hotels in the North of England and Wales. It was really well run, had a wide variety of exhibitors and a great day out. I am looking forward to the Christmas event.
The second event I went to was a Vintage Fair. This was billed as ” the Largest Vintage Fashion Fair in the UK” and it was! It was stuffed to the rafters with stalls selling all manner of vintage paraphernalia.There were fur coats, hats, jewellery, lace everything and best of all sewing stuff! I do like stuff!
I managed to purchase some vintage lace, a brooch, embroidery hoop and some tat! I have now smuggled home all of the above including the tat and secreted it away before husband returns home! What I need now is some ideas with what to create with it all! All ideas gratefully considered. I went to this fair with a girl friend and we had a great day out mooching around the stalls having first got lost around Manchester. I often get lost!
This fair was organised by http://www.decorativefairs.com
I had a busy but great weekend. I now need to find some creative time so I am off to my Craft Group!