Sunday, January 31, 2010

Its Vintage Sunday!

This week I am awaiting delivery of my new Dinette. I love that word (we don't have it in England) It conjures up images of 1950s housewives, with big hair & prim aprons serving a meat & two veg dinner to a husband in a sharp grey tweed suit on a check tablecloth with cutesy Japanese imported condiment servers. Ok, so mine is just a simple small dining table with 4 chairs to fit in our small kitchen to help improve my cooking/dirtypots/clean drying washing up 2 ft square worktop area but hey! So I was looking at quirky cute vintage salt & pepper shakers to furnish this new dining set with a hint of my imaginary 50’s housewife.
Possibly the funniest kitsch find, a big ole turkey on some scales, perfect for Thanksgiving.

And they come apart for the individual shakers.
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A shiny toaster, where the shakers are the slices of bread.
And depressing the lever actually POPS the toast!
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Perfect miniature coffee pots on glowing red burners.
Although wouldn't they be better as sugar & creamer?
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And now for the super kitsch all-in-one everything you would ever need, and all set in a picnic bench!
From Thegoodgranny

Friday, January 29, 2010

A little something I couldn't resist….

I’ve been lusting after this hat for a few weeks now & although it maybe half an inch too small, I bought it anyway. Well, what else are hat stretchers for??

Its just the redness & the height of the crown & the cute short brim – yummy!
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The last picture shows Julie from ScottieinaCanoe model the fabulous little hat in her etsy store.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

It’s Bridal Season Baby!

It is…no really! This week has blown up with requests for custom orders & quotes throughout both stores, and its only January! People are starting early this year, and they are looking for a sweet deal. In this downturn market people are turning to handmade for quality & to have their dream realised by someone with the tools, rather than run to the big bridal stores & just make do with the readymade stock that they have.

I’m currently working on a large order for some Gold & Ivory silk roses (as well as several others)
Here is where I was up to first thing this morning with the gold roses a.k.a layer 1.
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Roses are red….

Since the sinamay Calla Lilies, I’ve been working flat out, but I have managed to develop some more faux flowers.

First off are Roses using two different construction methods, both are proving popular.
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Handfolded & twisted Silk dupion rose head, have been bought & used by fellow milliners.

Whilst these roses formed with heat tools from individually cut petals are popular with bouquet makers.
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Meanwhile I have put some of the sinamay lilies to good use
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