Thursday, November 26, 2009

Treasures from Grandma's Attic~ Around the House

For this , the fifth, installment of "Treasures from Grandma's Attic", I'm showing some of the wonderful items I see and use on a regular basis around the house. I feel very fortunate to have these daily reminders of my grandmother and her interesting life.

The most prominent item is no doubt the large armoire in the living room. Although Gram did have a couple of furniture pieces that may have been considered "nice antiques", it was the more rustic/shabby/cottage/quirky items that lived in the attic that I was drawn to.

This particular piece was in a corner of the attic with a broken door and painted three different colors...but I could see it fitting right in at my house. :-) It did eventually receive some additional crown moldings and a coat of cottage white paint.On the inside of the door are scribbles made by my dad and his brother when they were youngsters, this just made it all the more special.

On to the dining room... In here I have a fun old kitchen cabinet that houses my cookbooks, wine glasses and serving pieces. Extreme care is needed when moving this piece as the top and bottom appear to be attached by only a thick coat of paint. LOL

And in the bedroom...

Atop the vintage dresser sits a lovely baby picture of Gram tinted the most beautiful robin's egg blue. And in front, an antique bisque baby doll. Gram had quite an impressive antique doll collection. Although I'm not really a "doll person" (even as a kid, their fragile nature made me nervous), I do like this sweet little girl. Thankfully, the majority of that collection is being curated by other family members.

I also have a fun trio of vintage alarm clocks on the mantel headboard.I'm not sure if Gram kept these because she knew of their potential collectibility or if in her frugal nature she thought someone might fix them to use. Either way, I'm glad she did! :-)

Thanks for sharing another walk down memory lane with me!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Vintage Fabric Gift Tags ~ Put Scraps to Work

I know I've mentioned before about my inability to throw away even the smallest pieces of vintage fabric. Because of this, I'm always looking for ways to use these little scraps in projects.
Recently I've started using my tiny pieces for gift tags. With just a pack of blank tags or a few sheets of card stock, a hole punch, and some fabric glue, they are super easy to make! First I pinked the edges of a variety of fabrics. Then used a small paint brush to spread a bit of fabric glue on the back, focusing on the edges.
Then just center the fabrics on the cards and tags. I punched a hole in the top of the folded cards and added string. I chose to keep mine simple and just let those pretty fabrics shine. :-)
I've also been using these as little "extras" to slip into fabric orders .

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Vintage Inspiration ~ Sewing Patterns

I definitely spend more time sewing in the winter months. Once the gardening work is over for the season and inclement weather forces me inside, I start looking through my vintage goodies for project inspiration.Today I'm showing my collection of vintage sewing patterns. Although most of mine are skirts and dresses, I glean wonderful ideas for other smaller projects from the decorative details.

Like this stunning Vogue pattern with an asymmetrical neckline...
Or the pretty rick rack and ribbon trim used on these Butterick skirts...
And I'm trying to find a way to translate this sheer over solid window effect into an evening bag....

This one is so sweet as a toddler dress, but it might also inspire an idea for a frilly lamp shade cover...
And of course, some are just wonderful vintage eye-candy. :-)

Looking for vintage sewing patterns to add to your collection? Be sure to check out these websites...

Mom's Patterns

Fuzzy Lizzie

So Vintage Patterns

Also, take a look at the selection on Etsy. Here are just a few of the sellers that I found ...


Nana's Sewing Basket

Glass of Fashion

Sew Vintage Ladies

Friday, November 6, 2009

New and Vintage Fabric Destash Sale

Help! My shelves are over-flowing with fabric. I'm trying hard to reduce inventory before the end of the year. Lots of newer quilting and decorator weight fabrics are being listed in my Etsy shop this month. Also look for many vintage fabrics to be listed in the Sale Items and Clearance sections of the website.