Thursday, November 21, 2013

AS TIME GOES BY



 I ventured forth to Brisbane's own Paddington Antique Centre ..


admired the green depression glass 


and birds 


and came home with a little bit of kitsch:


Two bird plates, and four metres of fine vintage crepe de chine, in a delicate powder blue not done justice by photography -
(cool summer nightdress coming up - I hate hot nights)

Meanwhile, I had another delightful catch-up with a fellow blogger:
Michelle Ridgway who designs charming stitching projects, under the name Rag-Tag Stitchin'.  Pop on over to her blog to see her cute and whimsical collection of characters..
I knew Michelle back in the day when we met at a Quilting Group. 
It was lovely to see her again and hear about her work - especially how she has developed her business.
Her designs are published in all the best creative craft magazines!



The lovely Michelle, generous always, gave me one of her excellent project patterns, and the sweetest pink 'n white felt Christmas tree decoration,
 made just for me.

Uncannily, it so happens that I am conjuring up a pink/white/silver theme for this year's decorating - how did she know?




Enjoying the Christmas edition of Country Style?
Me too..
especially the instructions for making Christmas bunting from vintage lace doileys:



Fun and quick to do - but I am unsure how to use it now ...
could look like washing on the clothesline - hmmmm
(note my white agapanthus blooming out there)


And so, today, remembering the day the changed the modern world -



I bought this pen-on-a-rope at the Texas Book Depository, back in 1999 -
It is difficult to to believe it's been 50 years ...

Peace and Blessings
XXX





30 comments:

  1. Michelle's designs are lovely. What talent! That Bunting is so cute - maybe if you think it looks like a clothesline, you could accent it with some of those tiny clothespins painted in pink and silver. I just love mini-clothespins and have no idea why.

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    1. Beryl, I love where your mind goes :)

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  2. I love the colour theme for your Christmas this year.

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    1. Thank you Greenthumb, I am having fun with it!

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  3. It was so lovely to spend time together yesterday. Love your bunting...so pretty. I am glad the little tree ornament will match your decorating.


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    1. Little tree is very happy, and sends its love Michelle!

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  4. I simply adore your crepe de chine, it's gorgeous. Love the Christmas decorations too, very pretty.
    Patricia x

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    1. Thank you Patricia, I am hunting around for a vintage nightgown pattern which is buried somewhere in the sewing den. I do a little more decorating each day; it is very addictive!

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  5. Dear Patricia - I do not have any friends who blog, and most of them look at me rather blankly when I mention that I do.
    Now why would Michelle give you of all people a PINK tree ornament!!!
    I can't believe that it was 50 years ago - half a century - that definitely makes me feel old.

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    1. Rosemary, that usually happens to me too. I hadn't seen Michelle for years, met up by chance at the Art Gallery a while ago, and we were quite excited to discover we each had a blog. Otherwise, the only bloggers around me are Mr Cardinal and one of my brothers. Obviously my penchant for pink has not gone unnoticed - the ornament is of course Perfect. 50 years makes me feel old also.

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  6. That vintage material looks lovely, perfect for a nightie or two. Pink/white/silver looks so calming and pretty - very stylish!

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    1. Thank you Sulky, I am thinking I can get 2 items out of it, too. It is very delicate old-fashioned fabric, and I naturally fell in love with it! Glad you think the decorations look stylish: I am having fun with it.. x

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  7. Love that green Depression glass Patricia, what treasures. Wishing you a blessed weekend ahead. Shell - A Darlings Nest

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    1. My collection of green glass is much smaller than that, Shell, but I do like it. Maybe I should show it some time. Happy weekend!

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  8. just near my old bus stop!!!!! Cannot way to buy that magazine xxx

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    1. Hi FF, I wish my bus stop was near an Antique Centre! then again, might be too tempting ... the mag is full of Christmas inspiration xxx

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  9. Your color scheme sounds so pretty. Love silver at Christmas. Your garden view outside the window looks quite charming!

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    1. Thanks Sanda, garden should be lush with tropical foliage, but alas is struggling due to lack of rain since June. However, a few storms this week might get it on the right track...

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  10. You certainly are in the Christmas Spirit, the colour scheme you have picked for this year looks lovely and fresh! Will pop over to Michelle's blog for a peek around ... J

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    1. Hi Judith, It is well-known that I am a Christmas tragic. Some people even make excuses to come and have a look :)

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  11. Would enjoy wandering the antique mall I think. Your fabric looks so feminine. I like the colors you are using for Christmas, do show us more as you add pieces.

    Darla

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    1. I think you would enjoy the antique mall too Darla. The fabric is really fine and delicate, quite old-fashioned. Love it! You won't escape my obsession with Christmas...

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  12. I have the same question as you about bunting. I bought a Fair isle knitted bunting when I was in Shetland and have no idea what to do with it. :-)

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    1. Oooh, love the idea of Fair Isle bunting; I think it would look good in the vicinity of the Tree! I am experimenting with temporary stick-on picture hooks.

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  13. i think the bunting looks lovely looped against a wall or window. I'm not even thinking about Christmas decorations yet and won't do many as we're always away for the festivities. I would have run mad in the antique centre as I love old glass and would have looked longingly at the crepe de chine, but not known what to do with it. :-)

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    1. Glad you like the bunting, Perpetua; it was fun to do. I'll loop it around the room a bit more. We are having festivities including Little Aussie here for Christmas, so of course that only encourages me! Yes, you would love the antique centre, it has so much to offer :-)

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  14. Patricia,
    Oh a pink, white, and silver theme for Christmas - how pretty! This will look so nice. I am going with the red, white, and silver décor. I really like the tree with the pink balls, and the green glass is such a unique color.

    Have a nice Sunday decorating.

    Love,
    ~Sheri

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    1. Your decor will look fantastic Sheri; looking forward to seeing it. My green glass may play a part in the Christmas kitchen festivities!

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  15. Hello Patricia, I'm visiting via Valerie in Sydney's blog. How nice to hear a fellow Queenslander. I agree with you about the sad state of affairs regarding fabric stores in Brisbane. Once upon a time, we were spoiled for choice. I'm enjoying your blog and especially your photography - the bird shots are just lovely. All the best.

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    1. Hello Barb, thank you for dropping by my blog. I did enjoy visiting Valerie in Sydney, and of course purchasing lovely fabric. I remember those wonderful days when there was excellent fabric in every suburb of Brisbane. Sadly those days are over. Glad you enjoy the birds and the photos! Happy sewing..

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