Archive for ‘Vintage’

February 20, 2012

Fabric joy

This weekend I organised all my fabric into neat piles, and added some new bits to my collection thanks to a Fabric swap at the very lovely Tenderfoot shop. I’m all set to start my quilt now…

My fabric

A gorgeous vintage fabric

I love the bee!

Another beautiful vintage piece

A lovely Echino design


A pretty 50’s style design

A patchwork book my Mum gave me

August 17, 2011

Mail art love from an Annarack

I received a gem in the post this week from Anna Searle, an Illustrator from Newcastle, I have been admiring her illustrations via her blog for a while, intricate geometric scapes in beautiful colours are right up my street. She has also just opened an Etsy shop selling vintage treasures which is definitely worth a visit.

It was the envelope that just kept giving, I felt like I’d found treasure, it contained mountains of  art and ephemera created and collected just for me;

A beautiful original drawing of a compass that I love and cant wait to frame

A delicate handmade paper box with geometric design that opens to reveal a teeny dragonfly; so precious

Some vintage Snow White stamps that are just adorable

A small handmade scroll reading my favorite word

A bag a textile goodies; SO many pretty ribbons, swatches, buttons and some paper cuttings of vintage adverts

These are my favorite buttons, I would like to make a piece of jewelry out of them.

(Thank You Anna for your peachy piece of mail joy, I hope you can be patient for my reply, as I’m taking a break from mail art for a month or two to organise my shop!)

May 3, 2011

I collect doilies

I have unintentionally acquired a doily/ vintage tablecloth collection, I’m very happy about this. The first batch I collected for the table decorations at my wedding, and the other day my lovely Gran sent me a bag full that she had collected for me, including two beautiful vintage linen tablecloths:

March 21, 2011

Retro mint

I like things from the past, vintage objects, trying to emulate 20’s/50’s/60’s style, nostalgia, watching Mad Men etc.. who doesn’t?

>>>I want this camera, it is a thing of beauty, makes pictures look old and whimsical and it’s my favorite colour. I’m going to draw it, and one day buy it.


>>>At the weekend we went to Mumbles (amazing name!)  in Wales, it was a lovely day by the seaside, we came across this Ice cream parlour, it looked lost in time and served Knickerbockerglorys!

>>>I like feeling all 50’s and getting a giant milkshake from Rocatillo’s in Bristol; retro yumness.

March 5, 2011

Vintage Placemats

Today I received a lovely surprise; a package from my Mum containing two beautiful vintage place mats that she’d picked up from a charity shop. I LOVE them and the colours are so SPRING!

…and a pretty doily I found in a charity shop

February 20, 2011

Bring the outdoors in



I have always had a love for botanical drawings, especially the vintage kind. You know the one’s that look like dissected medical drawings, terribly intricate and fine. My eyes home in on them and I take a lot of inspiration from them when doing my own illustrations.

Thinking of spring and the imminent project of decorating a new flat and restoring a jungle garden I will once again be turning to this style for inspiration and creating my own little botanical corner somewhere.  




What I love most about using botanical images in interiors is the feeling of calmness you get from bringing the outdoors inside, living in the city this helps keep my pining for the country at bay.

 I came across an old copy of  World Of Interiors the other day with a feature on the artist LP Promenheurs home, he used his walls as a canvas for his beautifully fluent large-scale nature inspired motifs. The house becomes a living painting, I love the idea of one-off hand painted wall murals, shame my new flat is rented.




If, like me you can’t draw on your walls there are lots of beautiful posters for sale on the internet;



This vintage botanical poster from 1947 is available on Etsy


This one from 1973 is a beauty, also from Etsy


 Slinkymalinkicat also has some beautiful prints on Etsy


I  love this vintage seed packet.

February 13, 2011

Vintage Vogue covers

“I could see you in a Sussex teashop,

Dressed in peasant weaves and brogues,

Turning over, as a firelight shone on brassware,

 Last years tea-stained Vogues.”

     John Betjeman


Whilst beginning the lengthy process of sorting and packing up all the things we own before we move house in April, I came across a little (tea-stained) gem that I’d forgotten all about;

‘The Art of Vogue covers 1909-1940’ by William Packer

The illustrations are so beautiful, pieces of art in themselves, I particularly like the work of Georges Lepape, the prolific 1920’s fashion illustrator. Here are my Favorites;

George Plank 1918


Helen Dryden 1916


Georges Lepape 1918


Georges Lepape 1919


Georges Lepape 1924


Georges Lepape 1925


Andre Edouard Marty 1926


Georges Lepape 1927


Georges Lepape 1928


Georges Lepape 1929


Georges Lepape 1933


Eric 1935

February 5, 2011

A tonic for the nation

Reading the weekend guardian supplement  today I came across a page full of 1950’s graphic print designs. Ahhhh

It was a blast from the past in more ways than one. I first fell  in love with this style a few years ago when I was a Textile Design student in Falmouth.

The Festival of Britain kickstarted this modernist style and was an attempt to give people a sense of hope and progress after the devastation of the war, Herbert Morrison described it as “A tonic for the nation”. In these tough economic times we are perhaps hankering after another tonic, we are getting more creative with our interior design, staying in and nesting is the new going out and we have a fresh love of nostalgia and quirkyness.

From this era I particularly love Lucienne Day, whose designs were beautifully modern and abstract whilst also managing to channel the fluidity of nature by combining  irregular spindly lines and bold organic shapes, her use of colour also combines the earthy tones of nature and the acid brights of modernism.

My personal favorites are:






 Pictures from the V&A


 If you want to inject some sharp 1950’s design into your home here are some ideas;

Sanderson’s have launched a collection of wallpaper designs inspired by the 1950’s.

Sanderson's 50's collection


Habitat has some lovely modernist inspired pieces;

Naoko chair

Felti footstool

Ida table


Liberty always has beautiful vintage designs, I love these things;

Liberty Building Tapestry Kit

Plum Dog C, Tana Lawn

You can’t beat the real thing though, these websites stock original vintage fabrics and homewears;

January 30, 2011

Whiskers; Models own

A vintage antimacassar from a flea market

A patchwork cushion my Mum made when she was at school