Monday, 25 April 2011

ditsy dizzy deco daisies

I love Liberty prints ... I love Art Deco ... above some of my attempts at combining the two by cutting a deco-style flower template, adapted from a vintage corsage, then blanket stitching round the petal edges and backing in toning felt, and trimming with lace, beads and ribbons from my vintage sewing cupboard (yeah, I know, some people have a sewing box or basket - with me it is a huge Victorian pine housemaid's cupboard!)

Have found a wonderful blog this weekend - The Vintage Traveler -
Full of all the things I love.  Have been very busy sewing in readiness for the Festival of Vintage at York racecourse next Saturday 30 April, but will be checking this lovely blog out more fully when I have time

A little picture of some more of my jewellery made by upcycling old jewellery and scraps of fabric and trims:

Do you like the cute little portrait to the right?  I printed off a photo of a postcard onto some textile, backed it in felt and then stitched it into this vintage diamante belt buckle.  Will definitely try that again with other buckles.  I love the antique paisley cotton in the large flower.  I was lucky enough to buy a huge length a few years ago on ebay and have been happily stitching my way through it ever since.  The paisley is backed with antique French ecru linen.

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Busy like a bee

Have been busy today assembling the kits I will be taking along to the Festival of Vintage at York Racecourse next Saturday 30 April - I will be a participant in the "Mend & Make Do" corner showing how to make bracelets from your unworn brooches, broken beads and unloved buttons.

Hope to see you there


Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Recipe for Happiness

Just add a little bit of April sunshine to the above recipe on a vintage 70s tea towl and all will be right with your world.

Monday, 18 April 2011

Manic Monday Madness

Maybe I am just an internet dunce but I never realised it would be so difficult to add the Paypal button to the website I am building at ... think I got there finally!!

Saturday, 9 April 2011

How do you know when you are well and truly vintage?

When sewing patterns you used to make clothing back in the 70s and 80s are being listed on ebay as "vintage" ....

Friday, 8 April 2011

Kerry Taylor Vintage Fashion Auction

Love vintage fashion?

Make sure you don't miss the Kerry Taylor vintage fashion auction on 11 April

The online catalogue alone is fantastic viewing and helps develop your vintage fashion knowledge

If I win the lottery this weekend, I might go along to bid .... otherwise, will just be bidding in my dreams

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Blind Lemon Vintage Fairs

Having been a vintage fan for what sometimes feels like a hundred years, thought I would start listing the fairs and shops I like best

One of my favourite fair organisers is Blind Lemon Vintage

Not only are the fairs absolutely great, but Edwin sends out a regular newsletter - The Myopic Citrus - with tons of facts about vintage, listings of vintage shops, links etc - one email that really is great to find in your inbox!

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Festival of Vintage

So looking forward to the Festival of Vintage at York racecourse on Saturday 30 April

Busy planning my vintage outfit for the day!

Will it be my own example of "Mend & Make Do" and a waistcoat I made from a 1960s grey wool coat using a 1930s pattern and decorated with 1930s style applique and embroidery?

Or my Frida Kahlo-esque skirt, kitten heels, chunky 50s cherry red pearls and a 50s brown lace fronted blouse?

Or will I have time to sew a tunic from a 1970s pattern I  bought recently on Etsy?
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