So let me show you some of my treasures.
Over at Crazy Quilting International, this month's Challenge (as I mentioned a couple posts ago) is Velvet. It was natural, then, that these vintage velvet fruits caught my eye. I would estimate them to be from the forties or so, and they feel like silk velvet. I don't know if they're supposed to be apples or what, but I love them! And the collar is a fifties satin collar with goldwork. Since our December Challenge will be goldwork, and I'll be joining in a goldwork round robin later this summer, I felt that $2 to purchase and study the goldwork on this collar was a good deal. Both of these came from the estate sale.
The pierced-edge cherries plate (sooo fifties!) and the two cute berry bowls with gold trim were purchased at the antique mall. Tonight we used the bowls to eat apricots (canned), since there's not a berry in the house in February! I wish there had been more than two. And the plate will sit up on the shelves in the kitchen where I display my cookie jars and other assorted pottery. Someday I'll have to take pictures of that.....
The little rose vase had no chips, so I thought it would look cute in my frou-frou guest room. The little jar on the right was actually something I picked up at a thrift store last month for $1. I plan to make a pincushion in it. The battenburg lace collar was "thrown in" at no cost from the estate sale dealers today (they're the ones I bought the Singer treadle sewing machine and vintage mirror from last summer).
And you know me and vintage aprons..... I couldn't pass this vintage apron of pink tulle, silver rick rack and pink satin ribbons! Obviously, this was a hostess/cocktail apron and not utilitarian! It looks like something Glenda the Good Witch would wear.
More hankies, vintage baby booties, an embroidered pillowcase (a cutter) and some vintage crocheting. The crocheting is done in four separate panels, sewn together. I'm going to separate them and use the individual pieces in crazy quilting - those are just perfect pansy colors, don't you think?
The pink and black embroidered piece will look good incorporated into some vintage-inspired artsy apron. The crocheted potholder is just something, like the baby booties in the previous picture and the vintage baby sweater in this one, that I'm apparently collecting. I guess when I have at least a half dozen of something (why am I so fascinated with odd things like this?) it becomes a collection. And the Vogart transfer. I've been collecting vintage transfers thanks to the wayward influences (LOL) of my friend Pam Kellogg of Kitty and Me Designs. Actually, I had three large envelopes of Italian transfers that I bought at a yard sale about ten years ago (and have used), but between Pam's influence and my love of embroidered linens (kitchen linens and pillowcases) from the thirties, forties and fifties, well, things just evolved.
Some day I'll have to show you some of my collections. Like my hankies; I swear, they multiply on their own when I close the drawers they're in, LOL. Cookie jars, paperweights, vintage lace, vintage floral postcards..... it's a good thing DH really loves me! But then, you ought to see his crap collections of resistors, capacitors, wires, tools, etc. in his "la-BOR-atory". We're definitely a match made in heaven!