I know it's been awhile since I last posted anything, but, as usual with my life, life actually got into my face...I was to have surgery in April, but the surgeon decided to move me up into March, so on the 24th I managed to have my operation and after a three day stay I was finally allowed home. I have never been in hospital for anything surgical in all my years, so between my psychological and my physical self, it was quite the shock to my system. I am now healing well and the after effects are sort of gone and I am more or less beginning to feel like me again. Having literally lain around for two months and a bit, I am champing at the bit to resume being who I used to be and with my energy levels recharged I actually made a decent beginning at catching up with my Etsy shops and plugging away at all of the boxes of possessions from passed family members to list more items into the Vintage shop and reacquaint myself once again with my sewing machine. It is incomprehensible that I have so very much crammed into my tiny living space even my sewing room has been pressed into storage service and my beloved sewing machine sits on my kitchen table which really is a scandalous. I am making a concerted effort to reclaim my sewing room so that I might do what I want most of all, which is to sew or more precisely, making my quilts and other quilted items. While recuperating I crocheted some tea towel sets because I could do that while lazing away on the couch and finally once I was able to move about more freely I actually pieced a quilt top which I decided not to quilt up but would sell for some one else to have that pleasure. I also quilted a few cosmetic bags and some lavender sachets as well, all light and easy to accomplish. These I listed in my Quilt related shop The Bag Lady From The Bay. Here are photo's of my projects so far.
So, there you have it, some progress to be sure and just to let you know I haven't been entirely lazy over the last few months. It feels good to share something with you once again and I do hope you'll come visit often, just to see what it is I am getting up to in my old age.
My late mother and aunt were gatherers in every sense of the word of just about anything and everything imaginable. These ladies were born and raised in the City of Amsterdam, became war brides and immigrated to Canada with some of us children in tow. Having survived WWII, hunger, deprivation and losses of their family members, homes and being displaced, they believed they were deserving of these bits and baubles as they were want to call the multitude of possessions they amassed during their lifetimes.
My Mum at 85 and still beautiful
I have still one storage locker filled with articles of furniture and over 100+ boxes and Rubbermaid totes to prove this. Today, these ladies would be called HOARDERS, I just called them mum and aunt and loved their idiosyncrasies dearly.
So yesterday I began the daily task of sifting through 5 boxes I managed to extract from the storage locker and bring home. In those boxes I discovered many more Jewelry boxes....filled with....Vintage jewelry. Would you believe me when I tell you I have so far unpacked 7 jewelry boxes filled full of real as well as costume jewelry????
So much so that it becomes overwhelming. Some of these brooches I found are exquisite, some are real gold or silver pieces, some gems to be sure, others are mostly costume pieces, but so vintage! My late mother and aunt were fashion frenzied but my they sure looked beautiful when all decked out in much of their finery with fashionable jewelry accessories!
I know I haven't seen so many clip on earrings, necklaces, rings, bracelets, or brooches all in one place as I have in recent days. I am not certain yet, but I am hoping this is the last of the jewelry boxes. *one weekend nearing the Christmas holiday, I spent three days going through tin boxes of buttons....oh my now it's real and costume jewelry I am sorting through.
Here are but some of the pieces I have found.
These are but some of the brooches!
Some of the amassed clip on earrings!
And necklaces, just haven't photographed many of these yet - many of these have or will find their way into the shop online. I actually have 3 bags filled with costume jewelry pieces where either the strand(s) broke, or the brooches without pins or bits and pieces of bracelets without clasps or broken links all of which are going to a young person who recycles and she will be glad of the supplies to be certain, but again I find this so overwhelming.
This task I seem to have been set on accomplishing may at the slow rate I am progressing take another year, but, in all truth as overwhelming as this all is, the memories many of these boxes yield are as precious as they are physically demanding.
WANNA COME AND PLAY WITH ME? Cookies and milk for everyone!
My home became very congested with vintage and antiques items from the loss of family members. Small size 6 steps by steps I am regaining some control over my personal space which I haven't seen inside my home in years. The younger of the families are really not associated with or into vintage or antiques or the memories with the 100's of items rescued from a plethora of boxes and containers which made up much of my life. Now I have gone into full throttle Reclamation mode, wanting my home back to enable me once again to set up the sewing room and play with my fabrics and it is my fervent hope that Bygonera will help me do just that, because I too am getting far older than I am happy about! Much of my Charity work has been set aside for the time being so I might devote more time to making holes (*space*). To this end I have many things with dozens of memories to share with anyone who would care to look and listen...R U READY?? My Paternal Grandmothers' Hand Made Quilts I unpacked my late mothers' linen cupboard and unearthed at least 7 Mid Century all Cotton Quilts, one of which remains for sale over at BYGONERA THIS single bed sized Embroidered Red and Pink Roses having twelve (12) approximately 13" Blocks and measures 76" in Length by 60" in Width! There are a variety of pink rose blocks and there are red rose blocks, all of which were Hand Embroidered and then Hand Pieced and Quilted by hand totally made from 100 % Cotton Broadcloth and which the maker termed a Summer Utility Quilt because she used no Batting!
How do I know all of this, I know because the maker of this and many, many other quilts were made by my Paternal Grandmother! This was my grandmothers' method of relaxation and she made quilts from the time she was a young girl. With little money bedding was expensive, so she made all of their bedding. After 11 children became 11 distinct families, literally everyone has more than one of Grandma's quilts because she made so many of them. My grandmother also made quilts for Military Hospitals during WWII and donated each and every one as she had 6 sons who were all part of Canada's fighting forces....
***Beautifully embroidered Roses adorn this single bed quilt
**Hand Quilted as can be seen as this is a photo of the back of this quilt..... Now tell me you do not appreciate this gem? There are more and two have already gone to other homes but more of these beauties remain and soon will make their way into the Etsy shop. Hmmmmmm I wonder where my love of quilting stems from?? Look, if your not into vintage (*old*) quilts, but you are a Retro or Vintage loving individual, come on over, check out what I have in the shop so far, NO OBLIGATION..... C Ya...