Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Well I Never!

So last week, I was engrossed with my wartime magazine binders.  Finally it was Friday evening, I packed them up into one of my wicker baskets, vintage naturally, and off we set through the floods to the West Country.  You may recall that I collect flower pictures, particularly embroidered scenes, and have a wall of these at the cottage.  Did I remember to take a photo of this? No, of course not.  But you've seen it before, no doubt it shall come round again.  There are more pictures dotted around the other walls, too.


The one in my little corner caught my eye.  Purchased a few years ago from the local antiques centre for about £20.  Pretty colours, garden flowers, apple blossom tree, peacock: right up my street.

What was it about it that was so familiar?


What had I spied in one of my 1940's magazines?


Well blow me, I was very chuffed to make this little discovery.  Perhaps a lady sat through the blackout evenings, maybe even down in the shelter, embroidering this picture, enjoying a little pleasure from her wartime magazine.  Seventy years later, it is being appreciated once more.  Serendipity.


And just because... our pretty dining room shelves.



(Please excuse pants photography weather.)

20 comments:

  1. I adore making little connections like this! :)

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  2. Wow how cool!!
    I have an embroidered picture somewhere, maybe it's in your book too?
    We are all in the same pants boat!

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  3. What a lovely discovery! I remember finding a 1920's rare jug and then years later, a lovely matching bowl for it to sit in but this find is wonderful ... loving your lampshade too!

    Claire xx

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  4. How cool is that???!!!

    Blessings

    Linda

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  5. I love making connections like that and it so pretty too :)

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  6. I love these pictures too and picked up a beauty only last week. I thought Mr. H may need some convincing about hanging it in the dining room but no, he loves it too.
    : )

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  7. What a lovely discovery! I have a number of embroidered pictures, a few with the poem by Patience Strong, which must have come from such a magazine. I love the colours and the fact, like you, that someone lovingly sat and embroidered those tiny stitches.

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  8. Ooh what a fabulous discovery. Love your dining room shelves too!
    Victoria xx

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  9. So neat!! A beautiful embroidery! Your shelves are full of prettiness! xo Heather

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  10. Just fancy that.It makes the embroidery seem so real,the thought of someone using the book and creating the picture.Wonderful.

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  11. When something like that happens it is very wonderful- I have a watercolour of some Aenemones and one of Carnations done my great great Uncle, I knew that he always copied when he painted and a few years ago I came across the original postcard of the Aenemone picture, done by a lady called Klein who specialised in flower paintings and had many postcards published pre war, so I have a little collection of her postcards now too to go with the watercolours, still looking for the Carnation card, eventually I will find it.

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  12. Serendipity, that was! Thanks for sharing it and your lovely shelf in your wonderful cottage!
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  13. Very interesting indeed..Have you ever read Rosamunde Pilcher's "Coming Home" novel ? It is about that that time frame you like and it takes place in Cornwall . I love her descriptions in her books !

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  14. wow.... how cool is that?! :) x

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  15. What a great little story! You have a lovely collection there! :)

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  16. my daughter when she was tiny had a little toy cat - Catty (she is now 27 and it still sits on her bed!!). It was made by an old aunt and was a bit odd looking but she loves it still. Imagine my surprise when someone gave me a bound set of Golden Hands magazines from the 70's and there, lo amd behold in the pages, beloved Catty. I know it is the one as he looks identical to the picture. Still an odd looking cat but adored.

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  17. How wonderful to match your picture with its original source, and I love the idea of someone spending time making something as beautiful as this as a distraction from the War. I used to have Golden Hands but somehow that doesn't feel quite as vintage-appealing but perhaps that's because I don't want to think of myself as "vintage". I love your pretty shelves too. Philippa x

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  18. Wow!! The title of your post is very apt, as that was my exact reaction when I saw the peacock embroidery, and the magazine too! My Grandma died in March, and we were all taken by two embroideries she had in her bedroom that seemed to be from the same era. The peacock one, and one of a bluebell wood. My aunties and uncles all wanted the peacock embroidery because it was so special, and I took a photo of it which now hangs in my hall. It had occurred to me that perhaps one day I might reproduce the embroidery so imagine my excitement when I saw that you had the exact magazine it came from! This also enabled me to date the embroidery and it is likely that my grandma did it herself! I wondered if you had the transfer mentioned, and if so you would mind sending me a photo of it? To think what a coincidence it was for you to find the match, and then for me to read about it!!! Amazing!

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