A bit of 1948 gold!

"Johnny how did you get in here"  

This video from Simplicity in 1948 is full of great one liners and clever rhyming. Johnny's a bit insulting but it's of it's time as they say!  

Love that zippers were once called slide fasteners and that they did a running stitch down the centre front to see if the dress hangs straight! 

They did so many extra details like tacking, stay stitching and basting back then. Details that seem to be lost to the new generation
 of patterns and sewers! 

 I need to make myself a cute wrist pin 
cushion like Betty's!

I just picked up a chalk hem marker at the op shop last week! I can't wait to try it out!

laura x


Canadian Vintage

We have taken a little break in our travels to spend time with my family in Canada. 

I have been enjoying getting reacquainted with my Canadian wardrobe and having a blast looking though old photos, my Mom's closets and jewellery boxes for vintage treasures! 

Family heirlooms I will hold dear forever.

How will I get all these goodies home with me???
I will pray to the packing goddesses for assistance
 of course!

Some of my finds...

My mother Jeannie's first beau was in the army and sent this fantastic compact (little comb, lipstick holder, power, puff and mirror) to her from overseas where he was stationed. She had kept his love letter folded up inside.

My grandmother Wilhelmina's wedding band. 
Inside is engraved "Stan to Billy  June 15 - 35"
My grandmother had quite a few nicknames besides Mina, Billy was another popular one.

My grandfather Jack's tie pin.

My grandmother Viola's beautiful turquoise pin.

And the vintage score of the century... 
a vintage Elsa Schiaparelli hat!

laura x


Kitty Love

They are lovely where ever you go!

Croatian kitties...

French kitty..

 Italian kitties...


laura x


Crochet Edgings 1850

Traveling has not stopped my op-shop habit! 

And I'm glad it hasn't or I would not have found this amazing crochet edgings book.

Inscribed to Fanny from her sister 
Harriett July 22nd 1850!

I can't wait to try these patterns out!

laura x


The Cloth Shop

The Cloth Shop was a great find in Dublin. A beautiful range of fabric types, prints and other habby. 

I'm always a fan of Liberty prints and loved the animal one! 

If you are not near Dublin any time soon you can buy online. The lovely lady mentioned she has lots of Australian customers!

laura x
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