Thursday, 24 February 2011

Meet The New Resident At The Corner House

Anyone who knows me well will know how much I have wanted one of these little chaps. I have endlessly watched them on ebay and never felt able to justify the high prices. I knew that one day I would find one when I was least expecting it. That's exactly what happened a few days ago. I was dashing past a second hand shop when out of the corner of my eye through the window I spotted him standing on the counter. I ran in heart racing, thinking he was on the counter because someone was paying for him. Unbelievably he was on the counter because he had just been brought in for sale ! I knew it was my lucky day when the owner agreed to let me have him for a very reasonable price.

Josh isn't too sure what to make of him and has given him a good sniff.

My lovely girl is very fond of him too which is a bit of a surprise as I thought she would probably groan when I walked through the door with him.

This little fella also arrived this week and has moved in to the old W.I. cabinet with some friends.

I have a a few days off now this week and Mr C and I found these pretty Lloyd Loom style shelves today. They are a little dusty and I found the old photo of the couple wedged down the back. There is also a matching chair and linen basket, I am planning on re-covering the chair in some vintage fabric. I will have to decide whether to sell the little shelves or find a space somewhere for them. I already have a similar set in a faded sea green, and I love them.

Mr C and my lovely girl had a day out together in London earlier in the week and Mr C returned with some lovely pieces of Liberty fabric for me. I am not sure how they will be used yet but I love the dark pink roses print.

I am off for a couple of days now with my lovely girl on our usual half term jaunt. So far the week has been dominated by AS mock revision and preparations for the Northampton Vintage Fair in March. We have also found a wonderful new venue in the pretty market town of Olney and have booked another two dates for further fairs. It will be nice to have some time to relax before things get really busy for all of us. I am sure I will be back with some photos of our trip to share.

Monday, 14 February 2011

Happy Valentines Day

I thought I would share a few of my favourite vintage American Valentine cards. I recently bought a large quantity of these but picked a few out to keep myself. Most of them date from the 1920s and 30s and many have ingenious moveable parts. I think these are really sweet and I prefer them to some of the earlier more traditional hearts and flowers cards.

This cheeky chap has to be one of my favourites.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Box Full Of Dollies

Yesterday I was lucky enough to find this whole box of assorted dolls for just a couple of pounds. I had spied a few interesting looking dollies amongst the bags of mainly 50s and 60s costume dolls.

The felt faced costume dolls are quite sweet with lovely painted faces.

This has to be the best find in the bottom of the box, an original Norah Wellings sailor doll with label stitched to his foot. His face is a little damaged but generally he is in excellent condition.

These are a cute pair of vintage pipe cleaner dolls.

This little lady I am guessing was perhaps to be used to stitch to a skirt for a nightdress case or similar. I really don't know though so any suggestions would be welcome.

This is a rather elegant moulded head I guess from the 1920s. Inside it is stamped 'Made In France' so I am guessing it was perhaps intended for a French boudoir doll.

My lovely girl took a few arty close ups for me.

Mr C and I also found this old wooden and brass till. Inside there is writing in the lid from various shop staff including a heart dated Valentines Day 1947 and some names. It has the loveliest 'ding' when you pull the drawer open. This is destined for the door at the Northampton Vintage Fair.

Finally as requested following my previous post here is another picture of my newly painted cupboard , full once again of my vintage books.