Friday, 24 February 2012

Lovely bits...

I found the item above at a charity shop at the beginning of the year and bought it because I loved the fabric and the price wasn't bad either. I was thrilled to bits when I saw the midwives wearing them on "Call the Midwife". I've particularly enjoyed looking and seeing all the things that made me say - I've got one of those! Mirrors, tins, radio etc, etc.

Some of you will remember that I took on a vintage cabinet before Christmas on a trial basis. Well I'm happy to report that things have been going so well I have taken on a unit and things are now going even better. Almost too well - I can't keep up with the sourcing of new items to sell! Perhaps I'm too cheap! I have to spend my weekends runining around antiques fairs, auctions and car boots! My idea of heaven! Always on the look out for for barkcloth and lovely old linens ...

Recently found this fella at a car boot - can't decide whether he is cute or nasty! He spends his days just hanging around amongst the pinnies. Do you like the green one with the black smocking? I love it - beauty in a pinny. I just can't decide what would possess anyone to smock a pinny. Life's just too short!

Oh and I thought I would share my birthday present from Niobe - (a bit late I know). A gorgeous Marshall and Snelgrove hat box. Why don't our boxes and tins look as lovely as this today? This week I have thrown away a dozen chocolate tins at the office. I would have liked to have thought twice about these as the possible collectables of the future but they weren't attractive. Quality Street and Roses used to be in such pretty tins (that will be another post!) but I couldn't bring myself to hang onto those we get today for another 50 years!

I'm sure some of our young designers would relish the opportunity to design for the big companies to bring some life and interest into today's packaging but I suppose they (the companies) are too wedded to their branding!

Have a great weekend!

Love Wend


  1. Niobe has great taste - I can see that it runs in the family! Hope you had a wonderful birthday Wend xxx

  2. Glad to hear is going well with you ;-)) dee x

  3. I am so glad to hear things are going well Wend. When you need to employ sourcing agents around the country give me shout, although our boot sales never yield the delights you are able to find. As for that 'Call the Midwife' reference, I am desolate that it is over already. Roll on Series Two!

  4. Lovely, lovely things. That fabric from Niobe is beautiful.
    I do love a bit of smocking, but, like you say, a lot of work for a pinny. Maybe it was an exam piece or something?
    Chuffed to hear the unit is going well. Jolly good way to spend the weekends...'for work'!
    Happy hunting!
    Z xx

  5. A little late to the party Wend! Lovely items and glad that your unit is going so well - let me know if you need supplies ho, ho. Fickle finger of fate but I also bought one of those clown type things the other day (from the 'shop that sometimes opens') - it was only 20p and I wanted to use the 'puffs' for some brooches. I hope that you are well and we will meet up again soon. Love Jenny

  6. Loving the smocking on that pinny! LOVING IT!

    The barkcloth fabrics are gorgeous too. Glad to hear all is selling well.

  7. I have a little baby dress that my mother smocked.It's very precious.Love the hat box...your daughter knows what you like! I've toyed with the idea of a unit but I worry maybe I wouldn't sell enough to pay the rent each week AND make a profit.Glad you are selling so well.
    Have a lovely Sunday! :0)

  8. Wend, have you still got the white floral barkcloth in the third pic? Could you let me know through F/B, it's size & how much it is please ( If you still have it, cross fingers!!)
    Gl;ad the unit is going well, and my friend Lindsay wants 2 fat quarter packs from you, but I will get those when you come to Northampton
    : )

    Sharon xx

  9. Just come across your lovely blog! Love the hat box! I made one of those puff clowns when I was at Brownies many, many years ago! I wonder where it is now!

  10. Hi Wend, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris