Vintage Fabrics and Fake Succulents

First of all thanks so much to everybody who either emailed me or left comments suggesting good possible sources of fabric for my new quilt.  I have been very organised and compiled a list – which I am now happily working my way through each evening while munching on the last of the Easter chocolate (haha!).  I’ve also been browsing around for more vintage fabrics to add to the mix and picked up these two designs as a bargain on ebay – less than £10 for both including postage – and they are very good sizes, a couple of yards of each ….


The colours aren’t quite right for my quilt, but I especially love the top one.  They’re both nice quality cottons and the top one is a border print called “Primrose Border” – though they don’t look very much like primroses to me.  The border is about 6″ deep, with a little over for joining and hemming and I think it would be a great way to finish off a pretty summer tablecloth – another project to add to my list!

I’ve also been enjoying playing with a couple of vintage glass sweetie jars we had left over from Rosie’s wedding.  She and I found them at a little vintage emporium in Dartmouth when we were busily sourcing lots of vintage goodies for the Big Day.  I have one on each windowsill here in my cottage, and have been having a lot of fun with them.  At Christmas they were filled with artificial snow, skiing polar bears and fuzzy bottle brush fir trees.  But now they both look quite different.  Here’s the larger one which is around 15″ tall …


I have added some pebbles from one of our favourite beaches in Devon, some fake succulents (discovered on our recent trip to Ikea) and topped it all off with a lovely butterfly brooch from Agnes and Cora.  I was inspired by an expedition into Bath last month when, browsing round all the lovely little independent shops, I came across something very similar.  But the price tag – eeek!!!  It was very beautiful but I’ve really enjoyed creating my own at very little cost.  I’ll be able to reuse all the components too, and change it when I’m tired of the current arrangement.  Much more fun!

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