Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wordy Wednesday - Threads of Feeling

I belong to a local Textile History group. We often have guest speakers, but it's also a platform for many of our members to give presentations on topics of interest and/or research. I gave a presentation last night! I had read about a textile exhibition in London from the London Foundling Hospital's archives. It's a fascinating story. The exhibit was curated by John Styles. There is a fabulous online slideshow, and also a short news clip from the BBC that tells about this wonderful archive of 18th century textiles. This blog is a great source of information as well! I was also able to purchase a companion book that was written about the exhibit - entitled Threads of Feeling. Go here for ordering information!

From the back cover... "When mother's left babies at London's Foundling Hospital in the mid-eighteenth century, the Hospital often retained a small token as a means of identification, usually a piece of fabric. These swatches of fabric now form Britain's largest collection of everyday textiles from the eighteenth century. They include the whole range of fabrics worn by ordinary women, along with ribbons, embroidery and even some baby clothes. Both beautiful and poignant, each scrap of material reflects the life of a single infant child and that of its absent parent. The enthralling stories the fabrics tell about textiles, fashion, women's skills, infant clothing and maternal emotion are the material of Threads of Feeling."

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Studio Sunday - Paint & Stitch


tiny antique pin-keep
 notice the awesome felt background. I found it in the craft felt section at Michael's 

tin ceiling tile - i love this! 

Today I finished up a little project with my 'word' of 2012 - luminous! I got the idea from Jenny Doh of Crescendoh (though I can't seem to find the photo on her blog...) ~ I also found this dainty little pin-keep at the antique store - and a photo of a recent purchase at a local antique sale at the fairgrounds. I love the design of this tin ceiling tile!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wordy Wednesday - Rediscovered Treasures & Magazines

Dawn from The Feathered Nest had recommended this book in a recent blog post so I ordered a copy for myself! I really love this book. It was originally published in Norway by Ellen Dyrop and Hanna Kristinsdottir. Lots of great ideas to re-purpose vintage things! Visit Ellen's and Hanna's blogs here ~

I also went on a magazine-buying spree. I noticed the recent copy of Flea Market Style has listed our local Junk Fest as one of the top Flea Markets/Shows to attend! Very exciting!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tuesday Theme - Love

I spent the weekend making wax paper/melted crayon hearts! Brought me back to my childhood. I love making these! Speaking of childhood - I scanned a few photos of me as a kid! Lotsa love there!  Have a great Valentine's Day!
wax paper/melted crayon hearts!

3 years old!
My mom (always hiding from photos) and me! 
Me on a horse - my dad walking beside me! 

Friday, February 10, 2012

Friday FYI - mini wheelbarrow!

This isn't really an FYI - but this little wheelbarrow is so cute that I just thought you needed to know about it! It's only about 15" long, 9" wide. So shabby and adorable, huh? I got it at the antique store where I work!

Friday, February 03, 2012

Friday FYI - Ella Violet Giveaway

I'm neglecting my blog again...but checking in for the Friday FYI to let you know about a great giveaway. My friend Eva from Ella Violet Antiques is having her first giveaway. Visit her blog to find out more info! Isn't this great?

photo courtesy of Ella Violet Antiques