Tuesday, November 13, 2012

SUMMER BRIGHTS

 
The love affair with orange continues ...
I found an orange porcelain frame at the local pharmacy - $12.00! 
Bargain ....
 
 
and I still love pink ..
tiny pink tree bought for $2 in the post-Christmas sales in January,
 festooned with silvery white birds given to me by my friend L!
 
 
Christmas teapot: 50c. in a charity shop in England ..
 
 
Gifted coffee mug, vintage finds, and milk glass comport from my mother ..
 
 
Red cardinal mug purchased last year in Canada,
and more local vintage treasures ..
 
 
 
Put it all together and:
 
 
 
Voila, the hutch is Christmassed!
 
 
Of course I have a Red Cardinal tree - but you knew that, didn't you?
 
 
In other news, I am as slow as the proverbial wet week,
but at last I finished Vogue 8805 ....
a very comfortable linen dress for summer.
The only alteration to the pattern in the insertion of a zip down the back instead of the short top opening in the original pattern.  Much easier to keep the linen crisp by stepping into the dress, and not be dragging it over the head!
 
Hope you week is going well ...
 
xxx
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

14 comments:

  1. Your dress looks very elegant. All your Xmas nicknacks are so cute.. but I'm just wondering what it was that started your passion for red cardinal birds?

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    1. I always loved birds, especially brightly coloured birds. When red Christmas birds began to appear in the shops, I bought the first one I saw, then the next one, and so on, until there was a collection. Somewhere in all this my daughter moved to Canada, and that brought an added link to the red birds of North America. I still hope to see one in real life some day!

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  2. What a flattering dress! And beautifully made by you! I like your Christmas tea sets. I am so in love with Christmas dishes and always glad to see other peoples collections. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks Beryl, glad you like the dress. Christmas dishes are great fun - time to start drinking coffee from my special mugs!

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  3. Hello Patricia,
    You look very lovely in your new dress. You are very talented with your sewing.
    I love your knick nack christmas shelf..
    Have you got your decorations up already!
    val

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    1. Thanks Val, I wore the new dress to work today and it felt very comfortable.
      I do have some decorations up already, but now will stop for a couple of weeks, then I'll do more! x

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  4. I do love a Christmas theme and I love your red Cardinal tree. You make some beautiful clothing for yourself, and that dress is lovely. Great job.

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    1. Thanks Sulky. Christmas decor appeals to we who love lots of colour and sparkle! The dress took me a long time, but I was pleased with the end result.

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  5. You must have been thrilled when you saw that red cardinal mug in the shop! Your dress is beautiful, well done !xx

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    1. Gravitated directly towards that mug, SB! It was calling to me ....
      Glad you like the dress xx

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  6. What a lovely dress. I like all of your decorating goodies but my eyes immediately went to the milk glass. I have a small collection, most pieces found ages ago in thrift shops.

    Darla

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    1. Milk glass is beautiful, Darla. I hope you show your collection on your blog some time. Must be time I searched out an addition to my very tiny group.

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  7. Wow, I love that dress and you look so very good wearing it! Other colors come and go at Christmastime, but nothing does it quite like red! Your collections are very nice and I am glad you are already enjoying them in the lead up to Christmas. Do you celebrate a Thanksgiving in Australia? If so, when? Have a great day and week!

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    1. Thanks Sanda. Red is key for Christmas, and I do like to get my things out early to maximise the enjoyment factor. No Thanksgiving feast in Australia, which is a pity because I like the concept, not to mention the turkey. The closest thing we have would be Australia Day on 26th January, at the height of summer heat, which tends to be celebrated with a barbeque.

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