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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Piano Makeover: Before

 We're painting our 1900 Baldwin piano! This is the before...a very red mahogany. Before the before it was painted avocado green and orange by my grandma in the 1970s! I love to play it opened up and see the mechanism moving. Also on the inside are little treasures like a pencil note saying it was fixed up on February 16th, 1921. What colour might it be for its next phase of life?
Stay tuned...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Pretty Lady

I found this edition of 1918 novel The Pretty Lady by Arnold Bennett (1867-1931) at a book sale for a song. I admit...I bought it purely for the title and the glamorous gilded pattern on the black cover!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Soldier's Service Dictionary

This pocket-sized dictionary is 100 years old. It was printed in 1917 by Funk & Wagnalls Company in New York. Then it was presumably used in WWI, and about 70 years later my mom picked it up at a book sale. I wonder if in between it was picked up and used in WWII.
The interior translates common military terms into French for practical use by the "Belgian, British, and French armies." It even translates geographical terms in a pictographic way.
Quite the fascinating read!

Monday, November 06, 2017

Liberty Apparel

Whenever I am thrifting I keep an eye out for Liberty clothes! The calico cottons are unmistakable. My latest acquisition is the William Morris Strawberry Thief shirt. These florals make my heart sing!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Reformed Floral

In reading about the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation (which is today!) I stumbled across this issue of Tabletalk and the cover caught my eye. The surface pattern design was created in 1617-9 by Italian artist Jacopo Ligozzi (1547-1627), who designed for pietra dura and embroidered textiles.

Friday, October 27, 2017

A Tangled Web

 Lucy Maud Montgomery's A Tangled Web, published 1931, is a novel about two intertwined founding families, and the drama of inheritance and romance. It is full of Montgomery's witty, descriptive observations.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Old Lace

I love the intricacy of lace and doilies. They are elegant, ethereal, and versatile. They can be used as a myriad of embellishments...patches on jeans, sewed into a tablecloth, starched into a pendant fixture...the list goes on...

Monday, October 16, 2017

Dundee Marmalade Jars

These marmalade jars have a talent for popping up in décor magazine vignettes, and it just so happens that I have a few on hand from thrifting jaunts. Judging by this article, the jar on the left is from the 1860s and the jar on the right is post-1960. The striking black logo on the stoneware makes them pretty storage containers.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Urn It

I've been playing around with this collection of thrifted urns; I love the variety of materials and textures. It makes me chuckle that an urn gives the displayed item a little bit of elegant pomp.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Steadfast Thanksgiving

I'm off to a Thanksgiving meal and am so grateful for God's steadfastness! "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. 'The Lord is my portion,' says my soul, 'therefore I will hope in Him.'" --Lamentations 3: 22-24

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Almonte Antiquing

If you're looking for a place to go antiquing this weekend, head out to Almonte, Ontario for a visit! It is packed with antique stores, adorable boutiques, intriguing architecture, and is centered around a waterfall! Mill Street is the historic downtown in which every door leads to something quaint.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

October Garden

I love gardens in October. The bees become dazed, and the twigs get crispy, but there are still a few defiantly peachy roses hidden in the brambles. Frost wilts the nasturtiums but makes the apples sweeter.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Sketchbook

This is a week of observing, reading, pondering, and doodling. 
1897 Art Nouveau book cover of Sketchbook by Washington Irving, 1820.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Equinox

Rust, peach, mustard...I love the colour combinations of this season. This oil painting was thrifted for $3.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Vintage Floral Apron

This sweet Value Village find is from the 1930s or '40s. I love the cheery checkered floral on the airy cotton.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Canadian Feed Bag Book

I have some fascinating reading to do! Check out this awesome book I found at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum. It is full of domestic history, photos of different feed bags and companies, photos of quilts and crafts made with the vintage fabrics, and the memories behind it all. What a heartwarming and insightful resource.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Feed Bags from Fibrefest

Behold my Fibrefest find! I found this lot of feed bags for $5 at one of the vendor booths. I've been hoping to come across a few of these for a long time, and am pleased because these are specifically for products that I like, clover and oats. I love the the bold logos, the typography, the faded ink, the hole clean through the clover seed bag, the name Gold Standard, and reading the Ontario place names. 

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Fibrefest 2017

The textile town of Almonte, Ontario, Canada, is decked out in buntings for this weekend's annual Fibrefest!
 Tomorrow the fibre fun continues from 10am to 4pm at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum and the Almonte Arena with vendors, workshops, a raffle and more!
Here are a few snapshots of some of the unique vendor items.
This thrill has begun! I have stumbled across my surface pattern designs being used by creative people making neat products...retro-inspired products no less!
Glorious floral and a pun
Fluffy sheepies!

Monday, September 04, 2017

MATS Home Décor: Wood

This fifth and final week of Make Art That Sells: Creating Collections for Home Décor is about creating art for wood products. Feel free to check out the product designs I create here and the rest of my portfolio here!

Monday, August 28, 2017

MATS Home Décor: Ceramics

This fourth week of Make Art That Sells: Creating Collections for Home Décor is about creating art for ceramic products. Feel free to check out the product designs I create here and the rest of my portfolio here!

Monday, August 21, 2017

MATS Home Décor: Glass

This third week of Make Art That Sells: Creating Collections for Home Décor is about creating art for glass products. Feel free to check out the product designs I create here and the rest of my portfolio here!

Monday, August 14, 2017

MATS Home Décor: Fabric

This second week of Make Art That Sells: Creating Collections for Home Décor is about creating art for fabric products. Feel free to check out the product designs I create here and the rest of my portfolio here!

Monday, August 07, 2017

MATS Home Décor: Metal

For the next 5 weeks I am going to be delightfully preoccupied with taking the online course Make Art That Sells: Creating Collections for Home Décor! This first week is about creating art for metal products.

Monday, July 31, 2017

L.M. Montgomery Journals

I found these delightful diaries at a used book store for a total of $15. The first volume begins with entries from Mongomery at age 15, and chronicles her friendships, school adventures, career development, and maturing introspection. She certainly had plenty of men falling head over heels for her! The journal entries are charming, witty, honest, and absolutely enthralling, and I can't get my hands on the next 3 volumes fast enough!
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