Thursday, February 21, 2013

Inspiration ...........

Sometimes, you find inspiration in the most ordinary places.  Like under a very deep layer of dust!

For those of you that don't know me ................ I LOVE LOVE LOVE antiques.




I love all antiques but the ones that speak and sing to me, are antiques that are primitive, handmade, simple pieces.  Practical, useful, but beautiful. 



A level with a heart carved into it.



I love the grungy paint  ...  the uneven surface .... the "not-so-perfect" carving.


Comb box carved from a cigar box.







I love pieces that may not be "true" antiques but pieces that were inspired by vintage pieces.



Redware plates


I have collected antique sewing items for years .............. ok, make that decades.

Like over three.

But under four!


Small ... very small selection of my collection.  Yea... its in lots of baskets and bowls!


Mostly, I collected wooden darning eggs.  Basically, because that was what I could afford at the time.

(Some things never change!)

But I have always studied, read, drooled and coveted other sewing items.......... such as thimbles, sewing birds, and needle cases.



Pincushion .. wool felt, hand cut design, hand dyed floss.



And I think these items have some of that antique/ simple/ handcrafted feeling.



Heart-felt needle case.





Finally, for Jennifer or more importantly, Olivia ..... a cat needle case.


Wool felt, appliqued hearts, beaded eyes..........



I think there will be more of these!  ;)

Kind of like Miss Eff's cats ............ they will multiply!





1 comment:

Ginny said...

I love these. Maybe a duck? I would purchase it if you let me know the cost plus shipping of course. My e-mail is duckslady @gmail.com. ♥