Friday, June 25, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
I won the 52 Flea giveaway awhile back and I'm just now getting around to posting about it! What a treasure, indeed! Laura is a most generous person! I opened the box and inside was decorative box filled with all sorts of vintage goodies. She knew that I like sewing emphemera and my treasures did not disappoint. My photos do not do these justice! I unwrapped an assortment of laces and trims, a vintage pincushion ~complete with old needles, pins and threads still attached, a lovely handmade bow, vintage seed packets, a little quilting book, two vintage photos, some cute little handmade ornaments, an assortment of fabrics, a wonderful blue burlap and lace placemat, a little tin box (which is beautiful) filled with a vintage wooden farm animal/buildings set - I love the chickens. She even enclosed a copy of Jeanne de' Arc Living - a totally wonderful gift! Did I miss something? There were so many wonderful things. I couldn't be happier! Thank you, Laura. You are an inspiration!
Friday, June 18, 2010
My studio/creative space changes often. I create at the dining table, laying in bed, at the cabin by the lake - on the deck in the backyard - just about anyplace! Many times I like to stand so I like having a tall counter! I am really into vintage fabrics/laces right now, but my studio is not really reflective of that. I really like bright colors and light as well - this is how it looks at the moment, but I see a major change in the near future! To see many more creative studios please go to the Where Bloggers Create blog and have a tour of hundreds of wonderful spaces!
Saturday, June 12, 2010
My parents were town today selling old stuff at my brother's garage sale. My dad brought to me a small box of goodies from their house ~ lovely old bottles, cool old beer can, my grandma's tea pot, a bunch of vintage door knobs and a few rusty nails! Lucky me!
I got this idea from Tif at Dottie Angel... not sure how she did it but I figured out a way myself. Lace doilies turned into bowls - "granny chic" at its best. I think for the next batch I will add fabric and ribbon. Aren't they adorable? Not super strong but I can put threads, candy, etc. in them! I'm addicted!
Addendum - Do you know the history of a doily? I didn't - so Wikipedia says "A doily (or doilie) is an ornamental mat, originally the name of a fabric made by Doiley, a 17th-century London draper.
Yet another website gives the following history, which I like better - "Robert D'Oilly (Great Britain) was given his Barony on condition that he gave the king three shillings' worth of linen table-cloths per year. Since lace making was one of the specialities of the region, and because Robert wanted to show off, these table-cloths were beautifully embroidered by the D'Oilly ladies, and were reserved by the king's household for great occasions. They were known as "D'Oilly's linen. But, by the nineteenth century, these "doilies" had shrunk to fussy plate-sized circles of lace. Three bob didn't go as far as the old days".
Friday, June 11, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Dropped in to Second Hand Rose for a quick visit, where I found vintage pillowcases, doilies (why do I like doilies so much?) and a lovely old tablecloth. I then found some red/white/blue fabric at the quilt shop for a project I'm doing for JunkFest! Only about a week away - I better get busy!