Sunday, January 29, 2017

Sew Crazy in Love

Week two of my "Romantic" Vignette posts using antique items. Thank you for your comments and requests to see more of my collections. Sometimes I feel like this is all a waste of time. So thank you for letting me know how much you enjoy them. It will keep me going a little longer. :)

I am going to set the stage in my son's room on his bed where I have my antique crazy quilt. It is draped over his comforter so when he comes home from college on weekends I can take it off real quick! I have a gorgeous table cloth that I have folded up at the end, it was so pretty but too big for my table so this is where it resides for now.

Before I tell you about the quilt and tablecloth I wanted to first mention the 3 piece burled walnut bedroom suite. I got it at Victorian Home estate auction several years ago, it was original to that house. Patent date of 1878. Consists of a bed, washstand and through the mirror of the washstand you'll see the dresser. I love this suite but when I brought it home all my son said was "I didn't even ask for this." He wants a bunk bed, I told him he could get a bunk bed when he gets his own house! Aren't I nice? 
So anyway, back to the quilt, I bought it at one of our estate sales last Fall for $40!

I do not believe it dates back to the 1800's, most likely after 1900 because of all the cotton materials used. The earlier Crazy Quilts used silk and velvet materials and a wider variety of different stitches. Some Crazy Quilts have the dates stitched on them, but not this one. It just has initials here and there...

and this cute lone flower...

And let me add one more antique quilt (just got today at a sale for 17.00!)It most likely dates back to the late 1800's.

Not sure what pattern it is called, reminds me of the Log Cabin pattern but don't think that is it. So if you know, please tell me. It is made of velvet and silk material. I like the little flag that was sewn in there.

I don't know if I will leave this quilt on the bed, it is pretty fragile, but for now I'll drape it over the foot of the bed like this.

For the vignette I brought out the sewing baskets, notions, lace, tatting and buttons.

Inside the large basket are lace, black bead trims, and tatting

Inside the small basket are mother of pearl, glass, and brass buttons

these four are my favorite, I bought them as they are, cut right off of a burgundy velvet jacket or dress

Inside the box are black glass buttons, and behind them in the pressed glass dish are mother of pearl buttons.

Guess what this cute little birdie on its nest is, besides a pin cushion...

a thimble holder! A reproduction it is.

And I have a few sewing related advertising trade cards. A singer sewing machine with 100 examples of Crazy Patchwork stitches on the back.

And these three cards are advertising cotton threads. Clark's and Merrick's.

And a back view...

Well that's all folks! I hope you enjoyed my sewing post, as always thank you so much for visiting and for the comments. Have a blessed week!

I am joining the following linky parties for this post...
VINTAGE CHARM with Cecilia, Kathleen, Sharon and Diana

Monday, January 23, 2017

The Romance of Shell Art

January is quickly passing us by and February will be here very soon. With February comes Valentine's Day, and romance! A perfect month to show romantic vignettes. Since I am a lover of all things Victorian it is perfect. So I will be posting a series of Romantic Vignettes using Victorian antiques. 
I am feeling the romance a little early, so here we go...

What says romance more then seashells, lace and cameos?!
I bought this antique seashell box at one of my favorite antique malls in St. Louis, and this was the condition of it when I bought it, lots of missing shells.

But lucky for me the missing shells were inside the box.

The inside of the shell filled lid is a mirror, that I should have cleaned before photographing it! :)

So with a little patience and a little glue here is the end result. Although it still has a few missing shells, but that's okay.

the side...

and the back...

For the vignette I used a painted cream colored hat stand with a lace handkerchief draped over it. And more lace to rest the shell box upon.

A Victorian lady scrap piece, and a pressed glass pin tray filled with cameos!

The pink cameo was my great grandma's and the others I just bought this past week at an estate sale I was working. The black one looks to be an August birthstone on the necklace. The other pieces are unmounted, but I thought they were still romantic!

I have several antique shell art pieces that I keep in the powder room. It is really hard for me to pass them up when I see them. 
The one pictured below, in the front was my very first one. Once upon a time it had a pincushion on it and now all that is left is the freyed silk. The horseshoe shaped shell piece is a souvenir from the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

And a few more inside the wall cabinet

The piece in the front looks like a dresser. These boxes are much smaller then the box I showed in the vignette. 

The porcelain blue lady is a German ring box, and the seashell box behind it is two separate bottoms and one lid that fits them both. Found at totally different places and different years!

So anyway, that is my Victorian shell art collection. Thanks for visiting and I would love to hear from you! Enjoy your last week of January 2017!

I am linking to the following blog parties...
VINTAGE CHARM with Cecilia, Sharon, Kathleen and Diana