Monday, 23 August 2010

My thrifty weekend (I like cups!!)

Over the gate in Warkton village
If there are two cups above gate pic - there was a slight technical hitch. Please say if the link doesn't work!

Spent a lovely Saturday morning at Deanne and Michelle's first craft market at Warkton, a lovely village close to Kettering in Northants.  Splashed out on some new dangly earrings made by Michelle and a felt leaf keyring made by Deanne.  How nice to wander round with no kids (or husband! asking "can we go now?" ) and buy something that someone else has created.  Other stalls included American cookie kits, mixed media art and lovely hand-knitted lacy scarves from home-dyed wool. Thought I might have a go at selling some of my cushions and housey accessories on a stall there sometime soon - need to build up a bit of a stash first though

Did a few essential bits at home and then on Sunday off to my local car boot sale at Saddington.  Met up with a friend and did some joint bargain-hunting.  Found these lovely vintage cups and saucers and snapped them up - because you can never have enough! Picked up a great table - French inspired? for a fiver.  Took it home and gave it a coat of Briwax. Will look good near my authentic French dresser which I'll tell you about next time ...


Friday, 13 August 2010

The Trixie Dress!

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Thought I'd start by telling you about the dress that I came across when clearing out an elderly relative's attic last year.  Sadly Trixie died and had no immediate family, so it was left to me to sort out her lifetime's possessions - and when I say a 'lifetime' I mean 90 year's worth of family treasures and memorabilia. Up in the attic I found a family photo album from the 1890s and have taken home for safekeeping!  This has wonderful photos of Victorian and Edwardian lifestyles.  Anyway, back to the dress, which was handmade by Trixie in the 1950s.  I decided to sell it on E-bay and it was bought by Julie from BeachBygones - see - Julie was featured wearing the dress in Homes & Antiques magazine's August issue! I was so pleased to see the dress being worn again that I contacted Julie and sent her some original photos of its owner, which you can see on her blog.

Other finds included a stash of vintage linen, all handmade, some of which I have sold.  I also have a huge bag of 40s/50s fabrics which I want to re-invent into something useful, not decided on projects yet though and am looking for inspiration! Trixie and her family lived in a lifetime when nothing was thrown away - her kitchen cupboards were heaving with homemade jams and pickles from the 1980s! yuk ...