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Saturday, 25 February 2012

Car Booty

Happiness is... a car boot sale on a Saturday morning. Here's my haul!

 Never judge a book by it's cover...
inside this one there's loads of fascinating stuff...
...lots of 1930's maps to cover furniture, notebooks, etc...

Fab-u-lous French comics - "Lisette" from 1950 - not sure what to do with them yet..
A Lasso game - might make something with this I think...maybe a clock...I love the graphics
 A jigsaw - (!)
There's also a couple of embroideries that will look lovely in a quilt 

An unused house-hunting game from the thirties I think
a vintage valentine card (for next year)

a box of vintage sewing bits and bobs

and a great, vintage photo!

AND the rain stopped and the sun came out - heaven!

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Vintage Fabrics and a bit of Embroidery

I've finished the first part of my machine embroidery project based on Kandinsky - Hurrah! I used the Moscow picture as my inspiration

and made a Brighton version of it. 

I'm quite pleased with it but I'm going to try another one with a different, flatter paint effect.

I'm working on a stuffed toy now - based on a later painting.

The rest of my time has been spent doing all my stocktaking and finishing off my accounts ..................

Not really!
I haven't done any of that at all. Instead I have been ferreting about and buying vintage fabrics. Here's what I've found to date.
I am constantly drawn to children's prints - I started off loving the nostalgia of Rupert...
 and Noddy...
... but I've broadened my horizons, so to speak, and will now consider anything if it's a bit of a classic theme.

Noddy and Rupert are still top of my list - with the Thelwell Ponies up there too...

but I'm also loving Paddington
 and The Magic Roundabout

and I was quite pleased when I found Curious George
 and Thunderbirds

Whilst I was rummaging for all of these I also bought a beautiful 1930's cot quilt
  and some lovely 1940's woven cotton.

I've washed and ironed all of them and am gradually getting them on the website - slightly slowed down by half term! Although I did go and see the new Muppet Movie -
  - I wouldn't mind some Muppet fabric now I come to think of it. The film was fab by the way - the chickens and the Swedish chef stole the show for me.