Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Vintage Inspiration



Inspiration comes to me when I envision pretty, little objects like vintage sewing notions, lace, buttons and embroidery thread. Put them together with an old photograph, artfully arranged in a shadow box, and Voila. I can sit on a beach all day picking shells, or sift through a tin filled with old buttons. Not many like to iron, but I love it... only vintage linens though. There's nothing like restoring an antique tablecloth, a lace handkerchief or a chenille bedspread back to its original splendor. I find inspiration admiring skilled, Madeira embroidery just as much as a dresser scarf embroidered from a kit. Handmade, crochet lace, as with all of these old textiles has become a lost art. I lovingly collect all of these things, preserving them for my collections and restoring them for someone else to enjoy for years to come.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Vintage Linens on Etsy

Friday, July 8, 2011

Antique Sewing Machine and Lamp


This photograph was taken in the guest room of my home. Over many years I've collected vintage treasures to decorate this room. This is a few of the items I've collected. As you can see, there is a wonderful, antique sewing machine I've utilized as a display for my gorgeous lamp and linens. On the left you see a antique damask towel with turkey red embroidery of a brush and comb. Beside it, I've placed a silver plated comb, brush and mirror to match the linen. There is an art deco style mirror embroidered on the back side of the towel. Believe it or not, the lace piece on the right is a vest! It's filet lace with fringe and a monogrammed M. I also have pearl hair combs and a perfume bottle my Mom gave to me. The little sewing machine displayed on the treadle holds vintage spools of thread. How adorable! I found the lamp at a local yard sale for only $10.00. All of these items were wonderful finds.