Saturday, 19 April 2014

Happy Easter

I apologise for neglecting my blog but it has been rather hectic lately & so I have been taking lots of photos but not getting to upload them or write up a post.

A Palm Sunday cross seen in a church in Ludlow this past week


A few Easter things on our sideboard at home

A special bunny plate gift I received last year from Ms M that I love


Egg time on the sideboard


However, I just want to wish everyone a very peaceful & blessed Easter - from my home to yours ...


This cross appeared in our local suburb today - placed by a local church as a reminder of what Easter is all about. I really love it ...


Have a fabulous family Easter & thanks for stopping by

Dee ~♥~

Friday, 4 April 2014

Before Pinterest there was ....

We are now spoilt for idea choice with the fabulous Pinterest making it so easy to browse & collate ideas for projects, home décor suggestions & much more.

It was not always so; many will remember the mood boards we created from cut out magazine bits for inspiration whenever we wanted to create something else.

I was gifted a fabulous vintage sewing basket for my birthday this week & amongst the things in the basket was a selection of fabrics, all pinned together.

 
It seemed to have an order to it & Ms M & I looked through them & tried to decide on the choices which were made not too long ago.

We both decided that the fabrics are definitely 1960's / 1970's ....

 
 The whole pinned selection is shown on the top, then 3 very bold swatches were at the end (bedrooms perhaps?) with complementary colours gracing the first few samples.

We thought the orange / yellow / green stripes were curtaining with the striped fabric for dining chairs & the bold red furnishings with the gold patterned fabric for curtains in a living room ...

The heavy pink velvet had us stumped - lounge? Dining room ....

What do you make of the colour choices?  Do you think we guessed some of them correctly or how would you have used them? A random find that reminded us that Pinterest has not always been the platform of choice.

Thanks for stopping by, I look forward to your opinions on the choices
Dee ~♥~

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

A vintage sewing basket

Hello to all, hope Spring has sprung & you too have a Spring in your step. Our clocks went forward this weekend which means I lost an hour of sleep but the promise of longer days makes it worthwhile.

I was once again down south cheering up an aging relative of 90 who needs a bit of a distraction & my babbling news seems to provide something else to talk about. The upside is that I get browse my favourite markets more often.


I shared my last trip & the stallsThe joys of hand sewing and the lovely items we found on the stalls. Take a look at the card on the bottom left  ....
 
I also mentioned on my blog that I regretted passing up a lovely vintage sewing basket. You all know that feeling ...

This visit, I thought it might still be on the stalls so I hurried down eagerly on Saturday morning & to where I had seen it .... and it was not there!!!!

'Serves you right', I chided myself, 'for being indecisive' & 'now it is gone, one of a kind, gone to someone else.'  'Oh well', I consoled myself - 'at least I took a photo' ...


Ms M, my dear sister in law by chance, close friend by choice gave me a beautifully wrapped birthday present with a stunning card she had bought & the gift felt .... like a basket - surely not; I was afraid to get my hopes up.


In the evening, over supper & a drink, I asked to open it early .....

Ms M reads my blog & she had returned to the Saturday stalls the week after my visit but the stall holder was not there, then the following week she made a special trip & couldn't  see it so she asked if it was sold. The stall holder unpacked several things in his van till he found it ....


How special is that to go to so much trouble for a special gift? The basket has little pockets inside, a drawstring & it still had some items left in it.


Ms M & I unpacked the vintage items in the basket. We both love history & vintage items so we speculated on the previous owner whose sewing items still grace it's interior. A sample fabric piece shows her practising her stitches with large running stitiches, some uneven blanket stitch & very neat darned patch ...

 
Her brightly coloured unfinished embroidery was still as vibrant as when it was done - neat stitches but incomplete with the back not tidied up yet. Had time got the better of her? We can all empathise with that ....

I have not seen another basket like this so am soooooo very pleased with my thoughtful gift as it will be perfect for my renewed interest in hand sewing. It looks like a 1970s version - what do you think?


I know that my next hand sewing Gentlework project will be to use some of the fabulous things that were found in my basket - to give a nod to their history ...



I am not sure what form it will take yet, but the cloths are being soaked & washed, ready to inspire me ....

I hope you have enjoyed this lovely gift with me & will look back in to see how the sewing basket Gentlework progresses ...
Dee ~♥~

Hello April

Hello my lovely friends & followers

I can hardly believe it is April already but time waits for no one so here we are ....

I hope your day is as lovely and colourful as this photo I took on the weekend.

Look in tomorrow - I have a lovely update of a surprise I had on the weekend down in Dorset ....




Thanks for stopping by & welcoming April - have a fabulous day,
Dee ~♥~

Friday, 28 March 2014

A monogrammed leather book

Do you get as excited as I do when I am faced with a beautiful book? As much as I love  the convenience of reading on a Kindle or such likes, there is something really enduring about holding a beautiful old book in your hands & appreciating it for the history it represents.

While browsing in the pretty Shropshire town of Ludlow, we found a real gem in an antique shop.

My friend saw a monogrammed leather book on a shelf with her initials on it [E H] and we both knew that it was going home with her.


On opening the cover, there was a note in the front about Copperplate poems that had been copied.

As a teacher, I have taught hundreds of students to write so can appreciate the tremendous effort required for handwriting of such beauty.

The slant & pressure is so beautiful - I could visualise a young lady working on this with none of the distractions we have today! Many took great pride in learning to write so beautifully, as a mark of accomplishment.



1824 - so much history has passed since then …..


The pages are all on beautiful watermarked paper which was later bound into this leather book.


How absolutely beautiful is this precise writing with its beautiful slant ….


Tranquillity indeed ….



I admit to doing full cursive handwriting when unhurried & I do my D the same way ...


 There are several different handwritings / hands in this collection of poems & notes & it is interesting to see the different styles of work


May 1859 - neat & elegant handwriting


1862 .... of the International Exhibition ...


Some German poems


Beautiful firm writing with good upstrokes ....


To love our enemies ...


Yet another hand ... not as bold as before with long strokes & beautiful curves


To the Mocking Bird ….


The binders where the notes were bound into their tooled leather book ...


 It is hard not to be envious of such beautiful handwriting & such a lovely book. It is a rare find to have a monogrammed book of such age & I am still on the lookout for one with my initials D S, in the meantime I continue to appreciate & enjoy my many leather books, appreciating their workmanship & beauty. They take pride of place on my bookshelves ...

Please tell me I am not the only book hoarder about? Do you still buy new books or own beautiful old ones?

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have enjoyed this book as much as I have. Leave a comment so I know you have visited.

Dee ~♥~