Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Elderflowers, Bunnies and Morticias Dressing Screen!

A Post of bits'n bobs today!
The first of the climbing roses I planted only a few weeks ago is blooming its little socks off. I hadn't expected very much from them this first year, I thought it would take a while for them to scramble up the poles of the pergola. So I am pleased - so pretty and white!
The garden is doing so well with all this lovely weather!

It was Car Boot Sale day yesterday - lots and lots of finds! I spent £25 - which is a fortune for me! But lots of goodies - --

Some wonderful old music - Christopher Robin songs - remember him from Winnie the Pooh, and an old newspaper, I like to keep - Hubby P would say hoard things like that for crafty type projects. I just love the ageing paper and old faded print!
The Union Jack I acquired for free! (a little surreptitious fluttering of the eyelashes!). I was busy looking through all the boxes for goodies when a man said ' Sorry Love, I've just bought that boxful' by this time I had the flag - His flag, in my hand. 'Oh' I said 'what a pity - I do so like this little flag, I collect old fabrics and whatnot' - with a nice smile of course! 'Oh you have it then' He said - then I got a long tale about what else was in the box and what he wanted it for - nice Man though! And nice flag!

Lots of other goodies too - pretty tin, 30's mirrored photograph frame, another Better Maid bowl, dressmaking body form, soaps, smellies, some 60's Vintage dresses (for ebay) the list goes on - Oh' and a little rabbit hutch - expanding family you know!

The dressmaking form I am covering with paper - papier mache' style, and finishing with layer of old print music - I think - up to now that's my idea. Other 'bodies' I have covered in scraps of Vintage fabric - I use them to display my collection if Vintage furs (sounds grand - I have two or three!)
- they were passed down to me from family members - I know Fur is really un PC nowadays, but they are so lovely and glamorous.
One of my 'bodies' wears a pretty Vintage corset and crystal beads under her fur!
The most unusual, and exciting thing I found - tossed on the floor - nearly getting trampled on, is this old Screen (possibly Victorian).
Hubby P thinks it is hauntingly Gothic - he calls it Morticias screen ( Morticia from the Adams family!)

There is a lot of damage - lots of restoration work to do (Hubby P is a whizz with a screwdriver and whatnot!) - but the two inner panels are in reasonable condition - the gold thread work is just beautiful.

I am still thinking of the best way to go about it, I think I may have to loose one outer very badly damaged panel, and maybe repair the fabric with black lace - make feature of the repair. Whatever I do will have to be done slowly and painstakingly - the fabric is so old and frail.
I saw it, liked it - just had to save it!

On the home provisions side, I made some Elderflower cordial - it is so lovely and refreshing!
I imagine its especially 'refreshing' with a splash of Gin or Vodka!!

Update on the Bunnies - they are out of the nest and scampering about the hutch with Mum, sorry the photo's not too good - they just won't keep still!

Off to stick some paper on a dummy - doesn't sound too good does it!!
xx Take Care For Now xx
If you like Vintage Buttons and Bits and Bobs, and Vintage clothes take a look on my ebay(Link on my side bar) - I've been having a listing fest!


  1. Please post your cordial directions. I'm off today for some citric acid for making elderflower syrup.

    Didn't you make some great finds too!

  2. You have been lucky at the car boot-I never seemed to find anything worth while and have stopped going to them now!
    You will have to show us the dummy when done

  3. Looks like a great day at the boot sale. The screen is beautiful, well done for saving it.

  4. Whow! How lovely and what a great time you had, a good 25's worth!!!That screen will come up beautifully with love and care.
    Lyn it's all about how you look! Have to have the right eye for these things and see the possibilities, how much work is involved and do an assessment in a few seconds before someone whisks it our from under your nose!Good luck!

  5. wow what a lot of goodies here, I love the idea of the dress form I definitely am gonna give that a try

  6. Gorgeous bunnies - just as cute as baby guinea pigs!
    Looking forward to seeing the screen makeover

  7. YOu did well at the booty. I want a manniquin now so I can paste it LOL. That sounds nasty doesn't it :0

    Love how you got the little flag, at least you managed to shake off the guy afterwards and he didn't stick to you like a leach.

    btw thanks for the advice re ebay. I ended up doing a BIN and restoring my funds!

  8. What a gorgeous screen and such cute little bunnies.


  9. Enjoyed reading your blog. Look forward to seeing the dress form makeover and the screen renovation.

    Cal :>


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