Friday, 24 May 2013

50s fabric, nice pots and the kindliness of shops!

Thank you for kind words regarding My Darling.  I did have a 'gardening' post lined up as it is Chelsea week but this one has muscled in ahead of time.

You may recall the: 'Shop that never opens - which now opens more often than it used to' shop?  

YOU DON'T!!! 

Crikey!!

Well, that shop was not open again the other week but the shop keepers were busy loading their lorry and I spotted  a nice glass lampshade in their window and they kindly said that I could buy it.  I did not have any money so said that I would walk to the Co-op, get some money out, come back and pay in about ten minutes.  

Ten minutes later when I returned they and the lorry were....... gone!


Crikey again!!


Mmmmmm

Two weeks later I was walking past again and again the couple were loading their lorry.  We repeated the previous conversation and again I scuttled to the Co-op (I usually only have small change on me - a bit like the Queen!).  

I went a bit faster than last time....

Quick march back

Phew - they were still there.

An hour later........

We had had a very long chat.  

I find it amazing what complete strangers tell me and they shared great deal of poignant stuff.  People have the most interesting lives.

Anyway.....

I bought some old curtains.....

'Hang on - we thought she was buying a lampshade.  What happened there?'



'Hang on these aren't  curtains either!!!!'

More of this in a minute...

If you thought Mr Langford's was packed....

This is a place that always has a wonderful shop display and seldom anything for sale

This shop knocks spots off CK any day of the week in my opinion. This is my sort of shop

So, back to the curtain fabric that I bought - £15 so a bit pricey but lots of fabric and I wanted it for a specific something.....

I don't have much in the way of fabric....

Here it is drying on the line





Perfect colours I think

When I made the cushions for the front I didn't have quite the right fabric for the sixth cushion.  If you wait long enough the right stuff will appear.

Like magico


 After our long chat I was given this lovely dish - just because.  Isn't that kind.  Isn't the dish super

Handle close up



And it goes nicely with the fabric


More handle photos....!



Made in Norway in the 60s I think


 Fair exchange is no robbery so, by way of thanks, I made this zipped purse and popped it in the shop's letter box the next day (it was not open of course!)


 Pleased with zip insertion (using No.2 Vintage sewing machine with zipper foot) !









I still haven't used this original 1950s wallpaper.....one day....  thought that it matches this purse nicely!



And this is the cushion....at last (showing a few stray threads)


And plenty of fabric left for lots of other things.

Also just adding in this little purse that someone might recognise - a 'just because present' from me ...Nice to meet up with you Shelley.



I wonder which island Shelley lives on.....







 Whilst we are chatting about shops giving things away....


I was walking home a while ago and there was a local house clearance van parked in the road - in the back was a plastic bag full of old hangers all in a range of ice cream colours.  When I got home I rang their shop and asked if the hangers were for sale (in great need of painted hangers that particular day...). 

 I was told that I could hop in the back of the van and take them! 

 "Take them!!! I can't do that someone will think I am stealing!"  

"Don't worry then madam - we will delivery them to you".  




An hour later they arrived!


They would not accept any money (they told me that they have HUNDREDS of hangers every year....) so I made a donation to charity. 

 Everyone's a winner!

I am not fond of plastic hangers (unless they are those nice old children's ones)  or indeed wire ones - I like a nice old robust wooden one so this is what we have always used.  Here are Bronte's dresses again all lined up on nice wooden hangers


I realise that wire and plastic hangers hang nice and flat but wooden ones are the best for me - especially if they have a nice bit of  advertising writing on them or a painting is even better (when the children were little they had little images painted on them - not sure where they are now).  I also like ones that 'do' something, fold up in half for example or have an extra hanger bit to them or ones especially for trousers. We also have plenty of vintage fabric covered ones, crocheted ones (so you didn't really need those painted ones did you Jenny....) and of course I have used them for many a peg bag in the past. Oh and some nice hanger/clothes embroidered covers.  Can a plastic hanger do all of that?  I don't think so.

Any hanger collectors out there?




Smiley, happy people

In a world where such vile things are happening let each of us do an act of kindness

PS: Interview this afternoon and this morning I am writing an essay utilising thematic analysis....no sewing

72 comments:

  1. oohhh be still my beating heart...I am so in love with your 50's fabric and the cushions you made with it its so hard to find this at a good and affordable price lucky you :-) It looks great with your other one on your sofa. Lovely purse to and those hangers love them to. I am in desperate need for some hangers right now I to don't like the plastic ones they make your clothes misshapen. Good luck at the interview. dee x

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    1. Many thanks for your kind words Dee. Hangers appear to be EVERYWHERE in my neck of the woods at the moment!
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  2. Glory be Jenny Custard you do have a way of brightening up a wet and grey Friday morning.

    Magnifico eye candy- most especially them there ice cream hangers. Good on you for asking - if you don't ask you don't get...hubby says that to me every blinking time we pass a skip and he wants to peek inside and I say no and scuttle off in embarrassment. But he has got some cool things that way.

    And may I say..niiiiice cushion...niiiiice fabric. Worth £15 all day long.

    Happy interviewing (you being interviewed or doing the interview??) and happy weekending.




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    1. ps..nifty zip job there too...tres professional - neat corners....perfectomundo. :)

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  3. What a luscious post ... but what happened to the lampshade??? .. Sarah x

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    1. Ah - well spotted...that will be revealed...in about a year....when that room is decorated....it takes a while...
      Best wishes
      jenny

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  4. Oh Jenny that fabric is gorgeous! I would have snapped that up too... and made a little curtain and a tea towel for my little van ( yes I finally found one I could afford... having a bed built in it at the mo so haven't seen it for a month... then need to save up for a single mattress AND then the world is my oyster well at least Hampshire and West Sussex! Can't wait to be able to go to bootsales again. Loving those hangers too, one can never have too many wooden hangers!
    Hugs to you.. Cass x

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    1. Great news about your van - good for you Cass. I am restricting myself to one car boot a month!
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  5. I want to live on your planet...I think you have a secret time travelling bike with treasure radar.
    Nice set of hangers...I have made some into necklace organisers, row of hooks, works a treat...oops, you already know! EE xx

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    1. Good for you Ethel. Time travel....wouldn't that be just great!
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  6. Wow Jenny, that fabric is so beautiful you lucky girl! I wish you'd open up a little Etsy shop, yours would be the kinda shop I'd point my family to near my birthday! :) x

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    1. Thank you dear Ada - it is a particularly lovely print and great colour combination too!
      One day I will open a shop of sorts
      Best wishes
      jenny

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  7. I love this post:) I see you found a great plate - it's Norwegian Stavangerflint, and the designer Inger Waage - the line is called Masterchef. But then you probably knew that:)

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    1. Thank you for the detail Artic Mum - it is a lovely design
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  8. Crikey....any hanger collectors....are you joking Ms cootard?

    see post here..

    http://lazydaisyjones.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/hanger-love.html.

    Then of course...great minds..what?

    dx

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    1. Dear fellow hanger collector - small world!
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  9. Well Done you, Jenny it must have been your lucky day..
    Happy Week
    Thea x

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    1. I think so too - thank you for calling in
      bEst wishes
      jenny

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  10. Beautiful fabric! Good find and a good story! Johanna

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    1. Thank you kindly Johanna
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  11. So great to see my new Ryde Pier bag on Les Custards. I am so proud of this bag and now I will send everyone I know to this post so they can look at it.

    Just to clarify, it's Paradise Island I live on: I would not want that to be confused with the Isle of Wight.

    Great to see you back, Jenny. Love the rainbow of hangers. Has there ever before been a rainbow of hangers I wonder? Only you could think of that!

    Shelley

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    1. Oops - sorry for getting your island wrong Shelley.
      I hope that all is well in paradise
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  12. Fantastic fabric, what a great find. And many serendipitous moments by the sounds of things...

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    1. Indeed - the right day and the right place!
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  13. Love your pretty fabrics and your pillow cushion! Those hangers are fabulous!! Love them!:) Wishing you a lovely weekend!! xo Holly

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    1. Thank you very much Holly
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  14. So many lovely things - especially the fabric - wonderful!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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    1. Thank you Liz - I shall make a few more things out of it I think

      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  15. Loving the fabric, and those hangers are so pretty xx

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    1. Thank you Nicci - they are nice I think
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  16. Ooooh Jenny, you lucky duck! That fabric is gorgeous, and so much of it...and such a lovely little dish too. I love a nice hanger, we have a local junk shop (you know, a proper one, lots of tat to rummage through and no 'vintage boutique' prices) they often have a box of hangers outside, a while ago I got 6 satin covered ones, all different colours, for £1! Think they've put them up to 50p each now, outrageous ;). I still have a couple of lovely plastic circus ones from when I was little, I loved them then and I love them still. Lots of love to you from me. Rachel xx

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    1. Ah yes - we like the 'full of tat' shops don't we - always lots of hangers for some reason.
      Lots of love to you too Rachel
      Jenny

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  17. Your fabric is just gorgeous and matches your cushions like a dream! I too love 'proper' coat hangers. I did do a blog post about some of my new 'old' hangers but I'm not organised enough to link to it!

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    1. Thank you for calling in - I shall pop round
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  18. Oh Jenny, slobbering over everything in a very disgusting way. I just can't help myself. Such eye candy. The fabric, your makes, the hangers. It's all too much for me. xx

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    1. Ho ho! I can see you slobbering now!
      Very kind and thank you for calling in
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  19. The pot is absolutely gorgeous and the fabric perfect. How lovely of you to make them a purse to say thank you - I bet a gesture like that made their day. x

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    1. Thank you Gillian - do you know they were open again the other day and I said hello and it was as though we had never met at all! It is a funny old world
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  20. Cor what gorgeous cloth, you got a bargain there. Love the cushions, forever to remind you of a stranger's kindness, Catx

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    1. Indeed Catx - it waws very kind of them
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  21. Well that fabric is the bees knees - I love it - I love it so much that I would have to redecorate a whole room to go with it! I'm with you on the wooden hanger front but have only ever got around to covering one of mine so far - another project waiting in the wings! Have a lovely weekend x Jane

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    1. There is always another project to do Jane - I have got a mountain around me!
      Enjoy the rest of the weekend
      Best wishes
      jenny

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  22. That fabric is right up my street - love it! Fantastic stories too.
    Ellie
    x

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    1. Always story to go with the picture Ellie!
      Thank you for calling in
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  23. The fabric is to die for Jenny, the little dish is fab and the pastel coloured hangers are wonderful...what finds, you certainly were in the right place at the right time. As ever, love your makes.
    P.S. you tell a good tale too! :)
    x

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    1. Thank you Barbara - that cheers me up no end to read that
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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    1. It was good happenstance that day
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  25. Good Evening Jenny(said in the voice of Margot from The Good Life!)What a lovely header you have and what jolly good luck you have with super fabric and delightful people that give you gorgeous hangers,why do they have hundreds??Wish they lived near me!Wish YOU lived near me then I could sell your lovely stuff in LA BOHEME!!Wishing you a crafty bank holiday,regards Pam.

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    1. Dear Pam
      I cannot help but notice that LA BOHEME is expanding almost daily! Well done Pammo (I hope that it is ok to call you Pammo - if we were to meet I hope that I may call you Pammo)
      The hangers are house clearance and hangers are an everyday item I suppose...it comes to us all in the end..
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  26. Gorgeous fabric. I wish we had shops like that round here. I'm sure I have seen those ladies on the wallpaper - I think they are on a mug at work. It's going to bug me now. Philippa xx

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    1. You most probably have seen them recently Philippa - the paper is by Sanderson and it has been reissued by them. Mine is 100% original though and very nice it is too
      Thank you for calling in
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  27. We had hangers like those when I was a kid! And that fabric is just perfect. But I think I like the bowl best, and all for the price of a lovely conversation ... now that's really a bargain!

    The length of Jane Austen awaits my attention still, and I haven't forgotten our swop, you'll see :)

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    1. Dear Annie
      Thank you for calling - it was indeed a good swap!
      I shall look out and see what you have made with the JA fabric
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  28. Love the new header and the fabric is wonderful. Agree with the wooden hangers - the best. Fabulous bargains and kindness brings kindness. Liz xx

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    1. What a sweet phrase that is - thank you Liz
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  29. Yes I too hoard hangers, in fact I purchased a bundle only last weekend at a car boot!

    gorgeous pictures as usual which I would love to pin but wouldn't dare!

    : ) x

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    1. Very wise....ho ho!

      We could start a hanger club!
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  30. ~ A little bit of kindness goes a long, long way! LOVE the material and the 'Smiley Happy People' bowl! ~ and hangers well! Meant to be yours for all your pretties...~ Bet you smiled all day long! :) Love Maria x

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    1. I did indeed Maria. A bit of reciprocity does no harm

      Enjoy your evening
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  31. I love your new header of cotton reels- the wooden ones take me back to my Mums sewing bag. The colours in the curtains are so lovely and look so good withe the pretty dish. Those wooden hangers are so much better than the horrible plastic ones too and in such pretty colours how could you not resist!
    Sarah x

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    1. Indeed Sarah - I am drawn to colour as a moth to light I think. Thank you for your kind words
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  32. That fabric was a steal ... gorgeous, and the cushions look fab. I love hangers too - padded, painted, printed. Wish I could cover them myself - I'm told its easy but looks far too complicated for me! M x

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    1. My dear Vintage Jane - I am quite sure that you will find hanger recovering a doddle - Ladybird books perhaps?
      Best wishes
      jenny

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  33. Oh my word - too many gorgeous things - the fabric is so scrumptious and so much for so little!! the vintage wallpaper is even more scrummy and the hangers .... how pretty they will make your wardrobe.

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    1. Thank you very much - I think that the hangers would add to the niceness of the wardrobe though sadly my wardrobe is filled pretty much everything but clothes.....oh dear
      Best wishes
      jenny

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  34. That fabric is lovely, we had similar curtains in our house when we bought it, sadly it turned to mush when I tried to wash it - and boy did it need washing! I love, love, love those hangers, may have to paint the plain wood ones I've got!

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    1. Dear Jay
      That turning to mush thing had happened to me plenty of times too - you could cry!
      Painted and decorated hangers sound a lovely idea
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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