25 July 2014

on the line


Now that my fractured shoulder is on the mend I am able to chuck old  quilts over the line again.


At the market.....


 In the side drive......


 and at the cabin.


  Some are terrific, some not.


 Some are even sold already. ....as the above on its first time out.


 Its a good way to assess what needs to be done. Like the one above that will have to go as a 'cutter'.
Perhaps Tim Latimer could do something with it......my new favorite blog to read.











21 July 2014

Saturday market



My usual Saturday morning market at the old Brickworks site in Toronto


 I throw some quilts over the fence surrounding parts of ancient industrial engines.
Not that it helped sell the couple of "Tall Ships"  quilts  - circa 1900, left and 1960s right- or the vintage wool blankets  - a 50s Hudson Bay, a Horn Bros from Lindsay, Ontario, and a 1960s blue blanket from Blythe, Ont.
They will be out with me again next week.



I did, however, say goodbye to the depression era ' butterfly' quilt, made of colorful feed or sugar sacks and the 1930s 'grandmothers garden'  you see peeking out at the top.



A potential customer sizes up her favorites, you are never too young to start collecting.



A small suitcase of vintage baby items always appeals and a few things sold from here too.





18 July 2014

600 scarves


600 scarves have been sold from my etsy scarf shop.....Foulardfantastique!!


The last 100 have been more of a struggle as etsy does not seem to know whether it is coming or going.




Months of frustrating testing, algorithm changes, search engine malfunction,  invasion of cheap manufactured crap  ( which they can't decide if they want or not) etc.


But I plod on, as I really have no other good ideas for an on-line selling platform. I really do not like ebay.


The thrill of the hunt drives me forward.





11 July 2014

Scarf for July




Here is my pick for July from my personal collection.


  A Dior silk scarf with a 1950s vibe ( though I think it is more 80s ). The  pink and black colour scheme with the etched roses is very retro and the chair in the corner adds a touch of whimsy.


As I wear mostly black ...so much easier......it has had quite a few outings this year.



06 July 2014

good to be back



Its good to be back at the Brickworks Farmers Market, ( Saturdays 8 - 1 )


 I have my old spot, down by the quarry and was welcomed by old customers and vendors alike.



Mind you, I was exhausted by 10.30!!



Warren, my buddy from Boxit had a splendid new banner made for me.



Whilst he was about it he had one made for himself......handsome eh?


edit...get with the program Warren and get a website soon so I can link you.



01 July 2014

To the bar.....



On the way to Roy Thomson Hall for a special occation, I was separated  from my husband on the subway .


Fortunately, I was pretty sure if I followed this fellow I would get out at the right stop and I was right.


Our youngest daughter was being called to the bar.
That her, 5th ( or is it 6th ) row, 3 in from the center aisle on the right.!


A more culturally diverse bunch you could't find.  Young ( and not so young, I saw a lot of bald heads) from every background and ethnic mix.....so very Toronto.


 Unfortunately I did not realize she had to rent her barristers  robes, her permanent, made to measure ones will not be ready till the autumn, so the above is the only picture I have of her gowned.



She went back to law school as a mature student, not the easiest route and has worked her but off.
She will be a splendid lawyer. Well done Louise.




26 June 2014

scarf of the month, June


Every thing a souvenir scarf should be.


It is.....

 * colorful
* playful
* has a map
* heavy rayon
* one side is selvedge
* 1950s - 60s
* sense of time and place


Lots more souvenir scarves here



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