Sunday, 12 August 2012

Hello again! I've missed you!

Well its been a very long time since I last posted due to the fact that I thought I had broken Blogger! Not good with technology it's taken Niobe's return from uni to get me back up and running again.  I've missed you all but life has been flying by so fast I've been finding it difficult to keep up! Today I decided I have to be kind to myself and allow myself time to write a post. As I'm now off work for a couple of weeks I hope to catch up with your blogs too. I've been very busy with my Ticking Stripes business and am constantly on the look out for new treasures. One of my latest obsessions is vintage hankies. I've been picking them up whenever I see them at the right price...    

 I was really pleased when \i found this book on Amazon. It is handkerchief sized as well as the same shape and is full of gorgeous photos of old hankies. Last time I was in London I managed to find this lovely old hankie box which I couldn't resist.

I keep dropping the hankies into an old basket which is now almost full! I spotted the green and the purrple ones at a fair recently and was told that they are called sweetheart hankies - given in war time. The green one has Royal Army Service Corps embroidered around the motif.

On the back of the hankie in one of the corners is a little flap and behind that is a powder puff. This one as you can see still has a little colour on it! 

I'd been wondering what to do with all these hankies when I read Selina Lake's book "Homespun Style". When I saw her picture of hankie bunting I was inspired. No sew bunting - got to be worth a go! Just fold in half and knot together! I won't be leaving these out  but did think that this would be lovely at a vintage wedding.

Back to the book - there doesn't seem to be that much to say about the humble hankie but what it lacks in history it makes up for in the myriad of designs and colours. I've yet to find any swaps!

The book is sheer eye candy with colour themed spreads of different designs. Definitely one for the bedside table and a lovely gift if you know of anyone with the same obsession!

Here's hoping it won't be so long before the next post!

Love Wend


  1. Hello Wend - I've been MIA in blogland and fairland too .. missing all you guys. Love your new collection of hankies and hope to see you all soon x

  2. Missed you too Wend. Love the hankies and I love what you did witth them. xxxxxxx

  3. Good to see you back. Enjoy your time off work. Pretty hankies - I have a few somewhere but certainly not enough to make bunting!!

  4. Love the hankie bunting what a great idea, we'll all be on the lookout for hankies now. So glad you're back, Lucey x

  5. I love the bunting idea! Glad you're back,was wondering where you had got to. :0)

  6. I haven't posted for a while either,thought I'd just enjoy a reading catch up. Great collection there Wend.Linda xx

  7. We used to have a handkerchief drawer. I even recall a special pocket for hankies sewn onto school knickers!

  8. Wend, I realised it had been a while but I just thought you were busy making that vintage business work for you and I'm glad to see I was partially right. There was a hankie article in Homes and Antiques last month or the month before and it reminded me I have a Coronation hankie somewhere that I could use but I don't think I can start a line of bunting with just one! Good to hear things are well with you.

  9. Hi Wendy,
    I love vintage hankies - I have all my grandmas and believe it or not I use them as hankies. Love the compact one. Just so feminine - tissues in a packet aren't quite the same! The bunting looks so beautiful - what a really lovely idea. Hope to see you at a fair soon. Love Nostalgic Vicky xx

  10. How wonderful to see you back and what a fantastic selection of hankies!

  11. Lovely to hear from you again Wend - I hope all is going well for you. Delicious hankies also - a local vintage shop has some but priced at £10 each!! Not something to blow your nose in at that price. I had some on flickr but I was not aware that people with certain predilections also had a fondness for them so removed the photos sadly!
    Hope to meet up again one day
    Best wishes

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  13. Oh my everything is way too lovely for me to stand...I want to come shop!!! Love vintage hankies. Happy mid week to you.