Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Baublicious

Yes, it is that time of year again as the charity shops finally put out their Christmas cast-offs! So often these beautiful old glass baubles are chucked together with modern baubles and I find the shattered remains at the bottom of a large bucket or basket.
This year has been a good collecting year even so. And all for 5p, 10p or 20p max! I am particularly pleased with the starburst concave additions - these seem to be the most fragile and I lost a couple from my collection last year so it's nice to find some more.
But the star find of this years festive search is this wonderful box of treasure!
I already have a few pipe cleaner decorations but to find a whole box was very exciting!
There are 3 or 4 of each type, fairies or angels and a rather jolly santa and his friend doing the hoopla! Ooh yes! I'm very in love with all of them!
And did the eagle eyed amongst you spot the background fabric? A scrummy parcel of vintage and antique linen samples from my friend Maud of Beyond France. Maud is the linen queen - she knows so many bizarre and wonderful facts about the history and manufacture of the fabric. I am experimenting to find the optimum weight of weave for some embroidery projects I have in mind.
I am currently working on some little festive bits for the last few fairs of the year. Inspired by my love of vintage baubles and also by this wonderful display of creativity in a Norwich pub window!
Seems simple at first glance but the variety of designs makes me think that either lots of people had a go or one very, very imaginative person made them all - and hurrah to them! I have made snowflakes with the beautiful boy and after a while, somehow, ours all started to look the same!
More press excitement! Thank-you to those of you who flagged up the feature on our market in Sew Hip this month....
We were in very good company on the page with my lovely friend Michele and her Emporium.
And another feature came out today in our local county magazine which was fun. A photoshoot which went on for ages in which we were clearly hopeless since the shot they used was of us noodling around right at the start before we even had to pose! I am trying to find a needle I can actually thread without having to wear my ugly sewing specs - bought for vision not fashion - like science goggles!! HA!
As payback for my vanity they published both our ages for all the world to see! Pass 40, Past Caring.. that's what I say!
Hope you're all getting into the swing of festive preparations and not getting too frazzled with it all. It's a slow build this year for us. I am looking forward to Little Vintage Lover this weekend and then just two weeks to the first Pick n Mix. Much to do. Will get back as soon as I can! t.xx

22 comments:

Bobo Bun said...

For an old girl you have some beautiful baubles.

Anonymous of South Norfolk X

Sal said...

Those pipe cleaner decorations are wonderful!
;-)

Tea with Willow said...

Oh my goodness ... I have some of those pipe cleaner decorations for my tree .. they came from my Mum's collection and I have lovely memories of our siamese cat, Sol, taking them off the tree and carrying them upstairs to put in a 'safe' place under the bed ... I think he thought they were kittens!! Mad as a hatter!!

Willow xx

rockinloubylou said...

I have a lovely silver bell just like the one in your photo which used to belong to my granny. I also have a blue one, a red one and a green one and when I hang them all together and the fairy lights shine on them I am 4 years old again.
country mouse xx

KC'sCourt! said...

Those christmas ornaments are just beautiful. I use to collect christmassy things, then stopped but now I am going to again!

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Hi T!
Do you really have to torment us with your bargain buys?! I am astounded as usual!...Well done you!

I have my in-laws arriving today - Wish I'd known you were in the Norfolk mag and I would have got them to bring me a copy...
Hope you are able to deal with all this media interest! ;-))

Hope you had fun catching up with Maud,
Talk to you soon...
Niki x

tracey @ the vintage bothy said...

Hi talking of torment, why is it that these fantastic vintage fairs have not stretched as far the Chipping Campden area, there is a fantastic venue here ! Back to your baubles, I used to have them then I went all tasteful with white lights & chandalier droppers, now I can't wait to get the glitz out again!!! Tracey

sarah-jane down the lane said...

Those baubles are absoloutely wonderful, the colours are magical, they dont make them like they used to!

It must have been a misprint about your age!

Sarah x

Kristy said...

I am going green over here! Those pipe cleaner decorations are on my 'holy grail' of thrifting! I would be so made up! You don't fancy selling or swapping any do you? ;)

Menopausal musing said...

Yup! Here's another one lusting after the pipe cleaner deccies..... and also, I just LOVE that pub window, inspiration in an unusual place, eh? :o)

Dolly said...

pipe cleaner - love - 'nuff said!

pinkfairygran said...

Can't stand the pipe cleaner decorations, but have a box of old glass baubles from when I was a child in the fifties. Love them... but so fragile.

Gillian said...

Absolutely love your vintage decoration finds - we a precious few from my Grannie's decoration box that I really cherish! G

Pomona said...

They look like they came from my mother's attic! She has moved on into the present, but my Christmas decorations are all from the past. I used to love those ones with the sunken middles.

Pomona x

pennygj said...

I do LOVE those glass baubles. Off to buy my copy of Norfolk tomorrow, can't wait for Pick n'Mix! Penny

Mandi said...

What wonderful things to find! The ornaments would have been nice, but add the box of pipe cleaners too and WOW is that exciting! Love your blog!

Country Cottage Chic said...

Great finds! I keep rummaging in the charity shops but all they seem to have is tinsel!

Jayne

Jennie said...

I have the bauble angels, although my green one broke in the middle :((( they were my grandmas and I put them on the tree every year. I absolutely adore them and am quite green with envy that you have so many of them lol xxxx

Lark said...

Oh. My. God. the pipe cleaner people ornaments - I had totally forgotten about them from my childhood. Thank you so much for reminding me. We had heaps of these, the worse for wear, and strange 'golliwog' people with rings through their ears, and some foil-wrapped chocolate budgies that we couldn't bring ourselves to eat but they came out year after year. Did I have a weird childhood? Hmmm. xxx

Butterfly said...

Hello,
Lovely to see you yesterday - I forgot to say well done on the Norfolk magazine coverage, it's great.
I love the baubles you found & the pipe cleaners Santas take me back to a time I had forgotten - wow I'm feeling nostalgic now!!
I shall be looking for posh bags to pack all my jewellery & bits into - inspired by yours!
Claire (Butterflies & Hurricanes - on the stage) xx

silverpebble said...

Mrs Bun's comment is rather saucilicious!

Look, that's you that is, althoug I'm having to squint to see the image more clearly. Is this the article compiled by Emma Harrowing? How exciting!

Miso said...

Oh wow! Its lovely to find someone else who has old xmas ornaments from Woolworths. Gorgeous!