30 October 2014

Hermes alert

The first Hermes scarf to come my way since January, it seemed longer.

'Le Bois de Boulogne' in a blue and yellow colorway. Not in very good condition with stains and two holes. I don't even like it very much.

But Hey! its an Hermes ! and it will join my collection
. Better than a poke in  the eye with a pointy stick.

25 October 2014

Scarf for October

What an unusual silk scarf.

  Moody and somewhat depressing.  Signed Maggy Rouff. from the 50s I think.

Printed with a rather grim harbour scene, I can't make out the artists signature, wish I knew.
Dramatic, it would be super framed.

Listed in my shop on etsy.       I can't keep everything!

21 October 2014


It's autumn at the Brickworks Farmers Market.

 My stand is down by the quarry, so I get this lovely view.

My fall stock is out, Tartan wool blankets,

vintage wool scarves,

and toasty old wool work shirts.

I dress warmly. Silk long johns and undershirt, cashmere sweater and sometimes I will model a vintage fur coat that is  for sale. As I am 5 feet and no longer 98 lbs I don't think I encourage the punters to buy.

I like selling outside in the winter, it suits my stock.

12 October 2014

Families For Children

A week or so ago a lovely lady approached me at my Saturday morning market and asked me whether I wanted some vintage baby clothes, Well, what do you think I answered?
The following week she lugged in a huge sack full of textiles, so heavy she could barely carry it. 

It included some late 19th century dresses and a shawl belonging to her grandfather when he was an infant in Britain.
Sweet knitting from the 20s - 40s from her aunts in rural Manitoba,

dresses and hats from the 50s- 60s from Toronto and much more.

 Tons of fabulous tablecloths,stacks of 1940s doilies and lots of other surprises.

 I am always amazed at the kindness of strangers. What a truly good person.

Susan Dutton spends two weeks,  twice a year , volunteering at an orphanage in India.  Please take a moment and peek at their web page here and consider a donation, I know I will.

06 October 2014

Four and twenty

A surprise buy at a thrift store out of town.

24 vintage gentleman's wool ties, shoved  in a plastic bag, for little more than 2 regular ties.

They all have terrific, interesting labels and obviously came from the same gentleman. 
Of the two dozen items only 2 had minor damage.
I think they will look good in a basket at my market stall this time of year,  then they will go in my etsy shop.

                                                    I shall call them my Barrie ties.

01 October 2014

My first and only

The only polyester quilt I have ever bought.

I could not resist the folk art quality, specially the " lights" in the school house. The green patterned 'grass' is neat too.

This was its first outing to The Brickworks farmers market, where I sell on Saturday mornings.
It did not sit on the railing for long.......so I am glad I took a photograph.
School House is one of my favorite blocks, along with Ocean Waves,

21 September 2014

chilly week

The summer is coming to an end. We are making the best of our cabin in the Georgian Bay.

 The nights are drawing in

and the temperature dips so that we have to have a fire unless the sunshine is poring in.

But there is reading to be done, most of the books live above the windows.

Lots of knitting is planned and in progress. I use  vintage patterns and try to give them a new twist with yarn from my vast stash.

  Many quilt are  still to be mended. This pretty 1930 - 1940s  number has bold rectangular quilting which sets the random design off nicely.

The weather looks promising for next week so we plan to go.

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