Well it was a pretty good day yesterday, for finds. Lots of books in particular, always good for the Munchkin to ensure we weary old adults get a bit of peace. People are always very impressed with his standard of reading. There's a lot to be said for banning computer games (I know, I know, we will end up relenting but we're holding out as long as we can!)
Here we have two fabby vintage books, a mere 50p each. You can imagine how chuffed the Munchkin is with the trains book, in particular. I had a lot of fun later in the afternoon (lying prostrate on my picnic rug in the garden), putting the questions in the railway quiz to the two resident steam experts. The Munchkin's depth of knowledge of steam engines and railways is quite frightening!
What better to go with the vintage steam engine book than a lovely jigsaw?
Oooh, I love these. We have quite a collection of old mags now but I don't have many for women (they're mainly DIY mags) so I was thrilled to find these. They did cost me a few pounds each but I reasoned this is less than a modern magazine so in fact, a good buy.
This is not a very attractive photo really but I should explain that I was going through all my finds after lunch, on my picnic rug, so I was feeling rather lethargic (ok, lazy). I should have pulled all the lace out of the bag and photographed it for you. I have been through the whole bag and whilst there are a few modern bits, there is a load of vintage lace, really beautiful stuff. I think it is an amazing skill to make lace. Not sure what I'll do with some of the larger bits but there's plenty of lovely lace which I know I can put to good use.
From the same lovely lady, I bought yet more embroidered cloths. I just couldn't resist. The lady had embroidered them herself in the '50s and they were all in pristine condition. We had a good natter as she was telling me she now likes patchworking. I think she was happy to see them go to a good home and didn't mind in the least when I admitted I sometimes chop them up to refashion into cushions and notebooks. The blue blanket stitched pieces are the most lovely set of table mats and napkins.
From another stall, the Munchkin and I spent ages trawling through an enormous box of buttons. I admit that part of that might have to do with the fact that the lady gave me a stool to sit on whilst I was looking through and I was glad of the rest!
From the stall where I bought the mags and the engine jigsaw, I was also lucky enough to get this little haul of china posy brooches and ear rings. As usual, there are the odd little chips but they are quite minor. I have quite a good collection now. The lady remarked to me that I clearly liked all the "vintage bits and pieces". Oh yes!
Mr HenHouse has quite a good collection now of vintage magazines (must show you those sometime). Yesterday, he spent a few pleasurable hours in his deckchair perusing these. They have really useful articles and the adverts and illustrations are fab.
He also found these cute little books. They have lovely pictures inside. We are missing volumes 1 and 5 so that gives us something to look out for.
At the button stall, I also picked up this little booklet about smocking. It is actually very good and when I have a spare few hours, I think I'm going to give it a go.
From the same stall, I selected a few pretty vintage cards. I love the one with the ribbon and the roses but was very surprised to open it to find that it is a Christmas card?!
Back now to the Woman and Home magazines. Flicking through them yesterday, I thought you might like to see a few of the wonderful pages. These are from the magazine dated March 1940, so interesting because there are many references to the war.
A subject close to my heart - embroidered cloths!
These pictures are from the later magazine, Christmas 1953. Oh the glamour of that era...
Some costumes to make for children...
More embroidered cloths in yummy colours...
Finally, an applique bag. I do love how these magazines were able to use the word "gay" and am sad that in these overly "pc" days, it has disappeared.
And finally, one which might make you chuckle...
I hope you enjoyed seeing all my little treasures. Country Living mag has just popped onto the doormat with a front cover awash with roses. Oooh, can't wait...