My love for and collecting of vintage fabrics started long before I began sewing. I have had this duvet cover for many years. So happy to bring it out for the occasion. Natalie belonged to Emily's grandmother. She was a toy in the parlor of her home as a young girl.
My dad's family is from northern Maine (Aroostook County anyone?). There is a sweet lady named Bernadette who lives on the way to Fort Kent, she makes these quilts, tons of them, all sizes. She practically gives them away... are you ready? I think I paid $20 for this one. Don't hate me. And she sent us on our way with dinner rolls fresh out of the oven too!! I believe my mother has over 20 of these quilts. Yes, that many.
The dress up clothes now hang on a simple coat rack. Why did it take me nine years to figure this one out? A perfect way to keep all of these used daily items off the floor but right at hand, while taking up very little space. The vanity is one like I always wanted as a little girl. This one was found on the side of the road with a teeny tiny price tag. It simply couldn't be left behind.
Emily's work in progress. I love how she thought to have the cat stalking the fish bowl. Funny.
Why is hand embroidery practically given away at flea markets and tag sales? It always makes me a little sad to see how little it goes for around here. I feel the need to rescue it all as I find it. The nifty fifties pillowcase was my mom's as a teenager. Isn't it swell?
This darling white dresser stands about 2 1/2 feet tall, and is for dolls. Emily's grandparents sent it up from the south a few weeks back. It is the perfect addition to this space, I've never seen anything like it. And don't you love that little iron doll bed? Also for you enjoyment is a photo of our kitty, who Emily points out regularly is not well represented on this blog. Here she is, meet Queenhazlefreshhazle, aka Hazle. We like to have funky names for everything. Emily named our house last spring and put a sign on our front lawn. It case you are looking for us, we are Slim Zack, House of People. Do you think that will go over well with all the folks in horse drawn carriages on the tour?
New curtains made from vintage fabric I've been hanging on to for about 7 years. This is the perfect use, so warm feeling. Remember these fluffy curtains? After about a week I began to feel like Emily was living inside a wedding cake, all sticky and sweet. For now a few reside on the dress up rack (see above), we put a drawsting through the rod pocket, they make great skirts or capes! I just can't bear looking at four windows covered in them right now. This is simpler. Still, no regrets about salvaging their frilly goodness from the flea market! Thanks for sticking around, there are a few more details to add, but this room is close to being ready. Check one off the clipboard...