19 December 2014

from Isabel and Barbara

My good friend Barbara Muir, an artist and teacher, surprised me at the end of a market day by bringing me a huge bag of scarves that belonged to her mother.  Isabel died last year and I know how stressful it is to 'get rid' of things.

Included was this very interesting old silk cravat from Vera...seems to be from 1947 - early 50s judging by the label.

Also 8 ( yes, eight!!) Liberty scarves, some groovy ones from the 1970s

and this one, again 70s, that I have never seen before.

Barbara also gave me Isabel's chic 1950s Persian Lamb jacket. I hung it on the side of the van as I was just packing up.....to our surprise  it sold within minutes. I thought Barbara was going to cry seeing her mums embroidered  initials walking out on a lovely, very happy young woman, I know I was near tears.
I never met Isabel but she obviously was a very snappy dresser and a woman after my own heart.


14 December 2014


Checked the magic numbers last night and found I had reached  700 sales in my etsy shop foulardfantastique

Hooray...will blog  and crow in the morning.

 It has not taken me too long from the previous magic number post, or the one before that.

The morning bought another sale.....701.....

777 here I come.
I suspect that will take me quite some time.

10 December 2014

95 cents well spent

Marja, my old friend, had mentioned that her local thrift store was having a sale of vintage needlework items. I paid her a visit in the east end of the city. I overshot two turnoffs  on my way out there and got lost on the way home!

This thrift store knows what they are doing.... Alas,  the special display  of old needle craft had been up for two weeks and, of course, completely picked over.

But I found some patterns that I have not got, the booklet has the cover and center pages missing, and about 25 grams of old 3 ply wool.

I spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying  reading the patterns and plotting  my next project. Cheaper than a movie or a coffee at Starbucks!

 95 cents well spent.

05 December 2014


The quince jelly was late this year.  As usual I received a basket of fruit from my friend Sandy that she pinches from her neighbor.

But this year our own quince bush produced  six huge quince.....the first time it has fruited and it is 15 years old!

Also put up are 5 - 6 jars of quince chutney, from a recipe by Lucy Waverman in The Globe and Mail.  Have not tasted it yet but it was dead simple.
Unfortunately I took the jelly off the boil a few minutes too soon and the first couple of jars have not set that well.
There is nothing like a few jars of preserves to give one a sense of satisfaction.

30 November 2014

Scarf for November

Its the end of the month and I still have not posted my scarf for November.

Here it is.   The Festival of Britain souvenir.1951.

Not only do I love the strong graphics

but I have been looking for this scarf for ever!!!  I found it last week.

Unfortunately there is a wear/tear area over Oxford University so I am not sure whether it is sell-able  ( or is that saleable) or not. In fact, I am not sure whether I want to sell it at all.


28 November 2014

Thrifting today

A day out at the local thrift stores. I had not been for a couple of months and was having withdrawal symptoms.

The back of my van revealed the days loot. Up front a Horn Brothers emerald green blanket.

An unusual applique,  depression era quilt that is rather dirty so it is now soaking in Oxyclean.

A nice length of romantic barkcloth.

 A picnic blanket or car rug from Cape Breton. I never knew they had their own tartan. This pic will be put in my blanket label collection.

A crazy quilt top, foundation pieced from the 1940s.....perfect, never used condition.

 Dresden Plate,  just needs a couple of small seams fixed. Actually it is bright yellow, don't know what happened to this photo, it was a very grey day.

Some embroidered tablecloths that I need like a hole in the head! Only one has a stain. Into the soak with it as soon as applique  quilt comes out.

A lovely piece of needlepoint.

Of course, there were some scarves, but they will have their own post.

24 November 2014

A quandary

What to do?  This is a  perfectly nice working mans  wool quilt from about 1940 or earlier, just needs a couple of seam separations fixed.

The underside has a largish tear revealing a much older 19th century, turkey red quilt inside.

Should I take the whole thing apart and retrieve the older quilt or not?  Wool quilts are a hard sell and I have several. Perhaps I would be better off selling the  antique cutter quilt and a vintage  wool quilt top.

I hesitate to put the ' as is'  quilt up in my etsy shop as it is so darn heavy the postage would be

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