Thursday, 21 January 2010

Vintage French laundry bag, such pretty floral fabric

Don't you think this fabric is adorable? Nothing sharp about it, the pattern is soft and gentle. I can see this laundry bag hanging from a bed post, or a pretty hook, even a door handle. This is a lovely vintage fabric, so soft from being laundered many times I should think. The laundry sack measures approx. 21 1/2 inches wide by 26 inches long. It has a little name tag sewn inside with the name Robert Andre ( Family name comes first in France ), so it looks as if this actually belonged to a boy. There are a couple of tiny areas of wear on the back ( I call it the back because thats where the seam is ). You could very easily cover that with the lucky owner's initials, a couple of buttons, a fabric flower, all sorts. Or simply ignore it. Or, shock horror, you could cut it up and use this delicious fabric in a project, lol. £8.00 SOLD, thank you

Vintage French Seed/Feed Sacks

I was really lucky to find some seed and feed sacks last summer in France. They are not easy to come by, and seem to be ever so popular at the moment. They do make such great quirky cushions/pillows, table runners or laundry bags, for example.

I am going to list the smaller ones first.

Size - approx. 12 inches wide by 22 inches long. Has the logo on the front and blurb about the seeds on the back. Very good condition. SOLD, Thank you



This seed sack is almost identical to the one above. It measures approx 12 inches by 23 inches. It also has the logo on the front and the blurb on the back. At the top, where it had been stitched closed, you can see a few broken threads where the heavy yarn had been used for sewing it shut. Could easily be dealt with if, for example, you made this into a laundry bag.


Again, this sack is very similar to the above two, the measurements are 12 inches by 22 inches. The seed sack has the same logo and writing. There are three tiny areas of thinning, pehaps 1/4 inch. One is in the top left corner, the other two are on the right hand stripe. In good vintage condition.

I am really fussy when it comes to pointing out the slightest flaws, but one has to remember of course that these seed and feed sacks haven't been carefully stored in a wardrobe, they have been thrown around and stored in barns. It is quite amazing that they are in as good condition as they are. I love them even more with all their little imperfections. SOLD, THANK YOU


This is the red version of the above sacks. Measurements are 11 3/4 inches by 22 1/2 inches.
Stitchlines across the top. There are a few small marks at the bottom of the sack.

In addition to the logo on the front and the usual blurb on the back, it also has a year stamp on the back, I believe it is 1969. £ 12.00 + £2.00 p&p NOW ON SALE £9.50


This is the smaller version of the feed sacks. I love the picture on the front, always reminds me of the white Charolais cows in the field next to our cottage in France.

Measurements are 13 1/4 inches wide by 19 1/2 inches long. Condition is very good.



This one is BIG! Approximately 21 inches wide by 38 inches long! The picture is exactly the same as on the smaller one above, the whole thing is just bigger.

I do have another one of these sacks, which I have to launder first though. It seems it has previously been laundered with a few bits of the feed still in it, lol, which makes for quite an interesting pattern when held against the light, but is probably not what you want.


I love this one, it has the loveliest logo in the shape of a shield, in beautifully faded blue and yellow. And it is large, it measures approx. 15 inches wide by 33 inches long.

There is a 3/4 inch hole on the back of the sack, approx. 3 1/2 inches from the top and 2 inches from the side. As it is so high up, you could easily just trim the top, and use that lovely bit of fabric in another little project, for a little lavender heart or door hanger perhaps. Condition otherwise is very good. SOLD, THANK YOU

Just like at a brocante, a lovely mix of vintage French goodies. What might tempt you today?

The first item is a beautiful antique cross. Usually when you do find one, the velvet is very rubbed and worn, but this one is in really lovely condition. The velvet is plush, the deep red colour hasn't faded at all, it has been ever so well looked after. It really is a beautiful piece, with the little shell under the cross for the Holy Water -

French Velvet Cross £28.00 International Postage £5.00 ( Europe refunded £2, Uk £2.50) SOLD, THANK YOU


Granny Square Crocheted Blanket

I love lankies, I don't think one can ever have enough of them, they are always so handy to have when it gets a little nippy or when the family feels a bit under the weather ( thats how I justify my yarn purchases, lol ).

This is not a newly crocheted blanket, it is a vintage one, in beautiful strong pastel colours. One huge granny square! The yarns used are acrylic, I think, which makes laundering it so easy, you don't have to worry about shrinking or felting it! The crocheting is really neatly done ( unlike mine, sigh ) and it is a good snuggle size - 70 inches by 70 inches approx., thats almost 180cm square! It is in excellent condition. £ 35.00


This is soooo pretty! The pink and white polka dot grosgrain ribbon is approx. 1 inch wide and just perfect for lots of girlie projects.

I am going to trim some white cotton pillow cases with some of it for the pink bedroom in the French cottage. But there will be plenty left for you, don't worry. 

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Starting gently - BUTTONS

Today was another really dark, grey and horridly wet day, and I gave up on the idea of photographing anything. But, as I said yesterday, I have photos of a few items at least, so I might as well start gently.

I'll list a few things today and tomorrow I'll try and organise the blog so that you can actually find things which you might be looking for. If you would like to buy something, please email me so that I can put SOLD against it. Payment can be made by Paypal or within the UK by cheque. Every item is plus p&p, which I charge at cost, and as soon as you have emailed me with your interest in an item or items, I'll weigh the item(s) and get back to you with the p&p.

You probably know by now that I am one of the many many girls in blogland, who just love buttons, those wonderfully tactile, gorgeous little disks we like to fondle. So I thought I start with a few of those.

B1a and B1b -

These are the most gorgeous French glass buttons, beautifully intricate and a a good weight, 24 of them on the original card. They measure approximately 3/4" in diameter. The pretty card is approx. 7 1/2" by 5". You can own these fabulous little pieces of French Fashion history for £12, thats just 50p per precious button. I have two cards available. BOTH SOLD, THANK YOU!


B2 -
Black is so difficult to photograph, sigh, the buttons are so pretty and the photos don't do them justice. There are 12 buttons on this gorgeous original old card, with the magic word "Paris" in a beautiful font at the top of the card. The buttons are approx 1" in diameter ( 25mm ), the card is approx. 7" by 4 1/4". £9.00.


B3s - SOLD
Excellent quality French leather buttons, black, stitched with a cream coloured thick thread. 24 buttons on the original old French card in fabulous condition, each button measuring just under an inch ( 25mm ) in diameter. The card is approx. 5" by 7 1/2". £ 11.50

I have the same sort of leather buttons in a larger size as well -
These buttons match the ones just above, but are larger ( as can be seen in the photo of both cards ). There are 12 buttons on this card, each one measuring approx. 1 1/4" ( 31mm ) in diameter. £ 11.00


I had a lot of loose gorgeous old buttons, but I thought they deserved to be on pretty little cards as well. So I made some, lol.


Fabulous Art Deco buttons, I am pretty sure they are Bakelite, and such a fabulous design! Set of 4 buttons on a new card, Each button is approx. 1 1/8th" ( 28mm ) in diameter. Card is approx. 6" x 4". £6


B6a and B6b

These lovely large buttons scream 60s to me. Shimmery and shiny, almost marbled, plastic, they measure 1 1/4" across. Soooooooooo retro! I remember a little white coat my mum had made for me in the early Sixties, and I am sure it had buttons very similar to these. 4 buttons on the card. £3.00 each card. I have two cards of these.


5 vintage buttons, each measuring 1 1/4" across on a new card. They have been made to look like horn I think, and I reckon they would look really gorgeous on a cream coloured cardi or jumper. I was quite tempted to sew them onto a thick cream coloured Aran scarf, on the ends.


B8 - I have left the best til last today. Please click on the images to enlarge them so that you can see the incredible detail on the stunning buttons -

Antique French buttons with a definite wow factor. Jet black glass buttons with a metal shank, and the most incredible detailed design. They almost look like a moire fabric in the centre. Aren't they just the most beautiful things? They measure approx. 1 inch across. A rare find indeed. £12

Tomorrow I am going to post some more French goodies, fabulous old seed and feed sacks, which would make rather stunning cushions/pillows. Very much sought after at the moment and not that easy to find.


Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Any minute now, lol

This is far more difficult than I had thought. I have soooooo many things, I just don't know where to start. I am in such a huge mess now because I have been pulling out boxes from everywhere, emptying them, going through stuff, and I am still none the wiser, lol, as to what to show you gals first.

The weather hasn't helped much either. I really don't like taking photos with flash, but it has been so grey and horribly dark all the time, taking photos has been somewhat of a challenge. I have taken some pics, of a few little things, which I will post tomorrow, I promise faithfully, and I'll try and organise the blog so that you can find things easily.

I would really really love it though, if you could let me know the kind of things you are interested in. Really, it would help me so much just getting started, if I knew for example that you really liked buttons, or vintage dresses, or curtains, or rose fabrics, or french antique nighties etc etc etc. Vintage books? Lace? Just ask and I'll see whether I have something in one of these millions of boxes.

I have photographed a really stunning 1950s curtain fabric, it is sooo fab, a very romantic rose pattern curtain pair with tie backs, ooh, a gorgeous valanced quilted bedspread with the sweetest rose pattern ( and matching pillow sham ), buttons, candy stripe pillow cases and a few other things. Does that sound like your cup of tea? No? Then tell me what your cup of tea is, lol!

Until tomorrow then, gulp. xx