Friday, July 13, 2012

July at the Oh So Charming Cottage

 I Scream - You Scream - We all Scream for Ice Cream

 This room at the Oh So Charming Cottage is full of ice cream treasures and great 1950's kitch.

 I love this old framed photo from the 1920's.

 The main room is decorated in beach cottage style. Lots of fun stuff there too.

Beautiful daisies outside the cottage.

And what treasures did I find to take home for myself - you ask?  This old book with page after page of wonderful botanical illustrations to inspire my artistic endeavors. And...this cute little wall pocket vase for my kitchen.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Little Kitten

 I call this one - My Little Kitten.

The vintage hanky that I made this from is very unique and possibly handmade. Usually women purchased plain linen hankies and and added the fancy edges. The stitching on the machine hem looks like a slightly longer stitch...that is why I think that the hanky may have been hand made as well.
The background fabric reads, "Busy bee at play all day."
It is framed in a refurbished sturdy wooden frame that has been altered to give it more of a shadow box effect.
This sweet little hanky was hand embroidered and finished with a pretty pink crocheted edge.

I chose three classic vintage buttons from my stash to accent the dress.

Perfectly vintage and so very unique!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

July Market Day - Part 2

And .... what would a Paris Street Market be without people and poodles and pretty girls in vintage dresses!

These hand crafted birdhouses were created by Artist Jeanne Goplin of The Woodcutter's Wife. Her reverse intaglio paintings are simply wonderful.  You can visit her website here:

Here is a collection of items from vendor "Lorraine's Basket" located out of Fort Collins, Colorado. I thought she had some lovely painted furniture items.

Monday, July 9, 2012

July Market Day - Part 1

Saturday's Paris Street Market turned out to be a real treat. I found several noteworthy and creative items. So many, in fact, that I am going to split up this event into more than one segment because I have so much to show you.  Today's post is about the vintage hanky treasures I found! Pictured here is, Pat, the best linens vendor at the market. She has tablecloths, aprons, doilies, hankies, dresser cloths, runners, antique items and quilts. And...Pat expertly launders and presses each and every one.

Just a sampling of her tablecloths. Notice the tables of linens in the background.

Here are three silk beauties from Pat.Yes - I said silk...and she told me that you can carefully wash these silk hankies. I have had another for quite some time that I was afraid to wash for fear it would fall apart.

 Here is a composite picture of the lovely white hankies I found. Among them are many different types of lace and hand work. You can click on the picture to zoom in for a closer look.

And last, but not least, here is a group shot of the colored hankies I chose. There is Christmas and Valentines, Paris and Scotland, crocheted and tatted edges, plaids and flowers, plain and polka dotted; and even a round one with cherries. I can't wait to create some of the cutest dresses I've made yet.

Part 2 from the Paris coming soon!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Patriotic Vintage Hankies

Katie Dix, from the Story of Vintage Hankies, had the following to say about collecting Fourth of July hankies. 

Be on the lookout for Fourth of July hankies while you are antiquing and flea market shopping. Handkerchiefs actually printed with “Fourth of July” or “Independence Day” are extremely rare and therefore very collectible. Hankies with a patriotic theme are fun to find and more available. Watch for Know Your Presidents, Democratic Party, Republican Party, The Star-Spangled Banner, Early American Historical Events and others from the 1950s - the Golden Age of Hankies. Expect to pay $25 to $30 for handkerchiefs with patriotic themes in very good condition.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Fourth of July Hanky Bouquet

Here is a simple way to display your hankies and give a quiet corner of your home a little spark of color.

Did I mention…that I also collect vases! You are going to find out that I enjoy collecting way too many things.