Saturday, 4 February 2012
Otto Retro, Exeter...
is under new ownership.
What a very pleasing environment to be in!
Extremely colourful too!
It's well worth the walk down Fore Street!
I spoke to the owner but didn't get her name...anyway...
here's hoping that she has a very happy time there!
Saturday, February 04, 2012
Thursday, 2 February 2012
Vintage Children's Fabrics
I don't sell many vintage children's fabrics simply because they
are generally way out of my league, price wise!
But, recently, I did find the next best thing!
Vintage Children's Fabrics
She's been a collector for years and has now produced this lovely book.
She doesn't profess to be an expert and she states that she has no
knowledge of the designers or the textile mills (in the USA) that produced the fabric.
Her lovely book is arranged in themed chapters ...so here goes:
Chapter 1.School and Nursery Rhymes
Fabrics with letters of the alphabet on them were very popular
as were nursery rhyme themed fabric.
. Kids and Parties
(I hate, loathe and detest the word 'kids'
but that's what the book says so I have to go with it!)
Fabrics depicting images of sweet children, were very popular
and are still very much sought after.
Chapter 3. Leisure and Play
The theme of dancing is prominent on many vintage fabrics of the 1930s/40s
Chapter 4. Farmlife
Many farm scenes were depicted, appropriately, on feedsack fabric.
Chapter 5 Kittens and Puppies
The Scottie Dog became very popular during President Roosevelt's presidency,
simply because he owned one.
Chapter 6. Forest and Jungle
This seems a bit of a strange theme but there are many fabrics
which depict these scenes.
Chapter 7. Trains,Planes and Automobiles
Another popular theme!
Chapter 8 The Wild West
This has always been a popular theme!
Chapter 9 - Swatches
This chapter shows many of the small pieces
which the author has discovered over the years
Just a few snippets!
The book is packed full of the most lovely pictures!
Thursday, February 02, 2012
Vintage Children's fabrics
Tuesday, 31 January 2012
News from the craft room! ;-)
All sorts has been going on in the craft room, just lately!
I decided to have a go at making a few brooches, from some
scraps of vintage fabric and a new jumper belonging to Mr S, which I accidentally
washed, dried, shrunk and felted!
I'm still working on those brooches. Meanwhile..
there are the fab four hippie puppets...
Groovy man...yeah,yeah,yeah! ;-)
I have to admit that they needed er umm..a little modifying as one
or two 'resembled Hitler'...so I was told!
Anyway...they are all ready to be added to this crew!
Swiftly moving on... to 'Liquid Pearls'...
I've always loved using these and I discovered last week that
they have added some new, lush colours to their range:
There was another reason for needing more of these....
someone has been raiding my craft room!
My daughter's craft mojo has returned...beginning with rubber stamping
and card making:
I must fly...I have some more new fabrics to label,
for the Tavistock fair on 11th Feb...
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
crafting ; vintage fabric
Sunday, 29 January 2012
Vintage Notions ...and a winner! ;-)
I've found the loveliest book!! ;-)
And it really is a true inspiration!
It's the loveliest book I've seen in a long time;
I'm bowled over by its charm!
It's written by Mary Barickman, a lady very much inspired by
another lady, Mary Brooks Picken, a talented dressmaker and founder
of 'The Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences', in Scranton, California.
Each lovely chapter of this book represents a month of the year
because as Amy says:
'' Our lives are keenly connected to the change of seasons,
from the food we eat to the clothes we wear''
Each chapter starts with a lovely quote for the month.
And each season has a storage pocket to stash away your own precious clippings,
fabric swatches, recipes etc.
Join with me in sharing a few of the delights of this lovely book.
I hope you enjoyed those 'Snippets'
The winner of my giveaway!
Thank you everyone for all of your
I've put all the names in a hat and the winner is...
(Please email me your address!)
Sunday, January 29, 2012