18 April 2015

New Liberty scarves

The sewn in label is my favorite kind. The above was so filthy  I barely knew what it was going to look like, the dirt pored out.  ( so satisfying)  Not clean yet, possibly I will not get the stains out. 
I wish I knew when these labels were retired, this blogger does not know either.

Pretty, soft, traditional colors in this little neckerchief.
Must have a count up of my collection soon, over 800 I know,perhaps about 850.

14 April 2015


A few years ago  ( make that months) I would never have considered buying 1970s polyester knit quilts or quilt tops.

Only pure cotton or wool for me. But, somehow, my mood has changed and I am drawn towards the vivid exuberance and almost folk art quality of this era of quilting.

The makers felt liberated, no need for matching seams and fiddly bits, no unraveling of the fabric. Strong and bold was the order of the day.

But, as usual,  it seems I am late to the party.......see here also.

PS...above all in my etsy shop

09 April 2015

Late again.

Late again, this is my scarf for March.  

Chosen because it is a Canadiana , made in Toronto.
 Out of the thousands of scarves that have passed through my hands in the last few years, I have only had about 4 Canadiana scarves......wish I had kept them.

One had the tag ' proudly made in Port Credit ' now just a part of the GTA. 

The last of my years ' scarf of the month' series,  I did wonder, last April if I would remember to keep it up.

You know me, I am sure there will still be countless occasions to show you old scarves

05 April 2015

Kerikeri oranges

The  St Lawrence Seaway  opened earlier this week,  so you would think that spring might be on its way.
But no......it is  below freezing , the wind is howling and there is a fresh layer of icy snow..

So, I dug up these photos, from my trip to the Northland of  NZ couple of months ago , of Kerikeri oranges.

They may be pock marked, pitted,  bruised, spotty and bashed up,

 but, quite frankly they are the best  oranges I have ever eaten.
Bar none.

Back to textiles next week.

31 March 2015

Hermes alert

Its been a while since I had  an Hermes day at the thrift shops,

and this one, which I found last week  is a cracker. As vivid and joyful and 'in your face' as can be, in perfect condition!

Just right for spring and my collection.

###### EDIT...I realize now this is NOT an Hermes. Guess I was so excited to find it for $3.00 that I lost my mind. But it is a very good fake.

27 March 2015

Tra la la

The big time..... Tra la la........ I have just sold a vintage slip  ( not this one) from my etsy shop Boutiquefantastique to

the costume department at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
  Will they be doing a production of A Streetcar Named Desire, in some form,  I wonder?  Wish I could have swapped it for a couple of free tickets.

A year or so ago  a gentlemens opera scarf that was listed in one of my other shop, Foulardfantastique  sold to The Metropolitan Opera costume department......I hope they used it in a performance of Tosca.

24 March 2015

Tana Lawn

An amazing find today at my local Sally Ann.

 About 4 yards plus of Liberty Tana Lawn. 

All the more amazing as this shop is usually packed with just about every professional picker in Toronto. I often don't even bother to go inside.

Oh....it was $3.99.

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