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As I mentioned in my last post I am in the process of getting my own little craft room and during a lot of sorting out quite a few little bits and pieces have come to light again. Some of them have been around for quite a while. I remember getting some of them from an elderly neighbour of my aunts when I was a young girl. The little doll faces came from this old lady, is it me or do any of you find them slightly creepy?






This crochet yarn is still in it’s original celophane!


It’s going to stay in it’s paper too!!!



A new way to take up your trousers and an implement from the time when people darned their socks! Maybe you still do!

On the subject of vintage treasures it was my Hb’s birthday today, good job he doesn’t read my blog! 😉

We headed to the coast for some lunch on what was a drizzly day.


It really was quite wet when I took this photo.


The lighthouse is Donaghadee lighthouse in County Down. The Irish Sea was looking quite grey and moody today.


This view is across Strangford Lough.


So there you are, I managed a post without flowers or rabbits!!! 😉
While I’m on the subject, can I just thank you all so much for all your lovely comments on my last post. In hindsight it looks like I was fishing for compliments, that wasn’t the case at all, I just felt that my posts were all becoming a bit samey. I love my quiet simple life it just doesn’t always make for exciting blogposts but you have all been very kind, so thank you!

So tomorrow my boy is home and we will continue the birthday celebrations with a family tea!

Wishing you all a great rest-of-the-week! 🙂

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Jessie's Needle August 28, 2013 - 12:04 am

Hi, looks a little like my collection. I just love keeping a link with the past. And rain doesn’t matter, it’s the company that does. Enjoy your family tea.
S xx

Jane August 28, 2013 - 7:14 am

I agree about the dolls faces Vivienne, they do look a little creepy like that but attached to a doll they are fine. The things which really do spook me are those male ventriloquist dummies…..they are really creepy, I hope you don’t have one those hanging around..LOL. Your craft room is obviously coming along well.
I hope D had a wonderful birthday yesterday, your seaside visit looked ideal despite the mist and I am sure he is the very best treasure in your life. Enjoy having S home too, Jane x

jooles August 28, 2013 - 7:28 am

What a fab collection! I love finding buried treasure
Happy birthday to your special man and enjoy your celebrations.
love jooles xxx

Geraldine August 28, 2013 - 8:43 am

Love the photos V, haven’t been down that neck of the woods in years. The sewing needles cover with the flowers brought back some lovely memories of my mum, so thanks for that. Have a lovely time with your family.
Geraldine x

ali August 28, 2013 - 9:12 am

Love all your vintage treasures…….I have similar stuff collected from charity shops. Happy Birthday to hb, Ali

Simone August 28, 2013 - 9:41 am

I love seeing your vintage treasures Vivienne. I recall seeing those type of dolls faces on cloth bunny bodies with bunny ears!!! Maybe that is what you could do with them! Enjoy your family tea with your boy – I have all that to come when mine leaves the roost!!! x

Debbie Seton August 28, 2013 - 10:03 am

Yes – they sure are creepy! Although the fabric one at the back isn’t so much. Love Simone’s idea of putting them on cloth bunny bodies!

Fab little vintage treasures :o)

ginaferrari August 28, 2013 - 11:38 am

Some fabulous vintage treasures there but like you I find the dolls faces creepy. Happy birthday to the man concerned… and enjoy your celebrations.

Patty August 28, 2013 - 2:33 pm

Hi Vivienne,
I completely know what you mean about the blogging. It can get a bit stressful when you hear comments from people saying you must keep it up as a regular thing. Well sometimes you can’t because life and things aren’t always that interesting. I’m amazed anyone looks at mine because it’s mainly turning into a thing for me to record what I make and do and where I find to eat! But it is lovely to have a nosey into someone else’s life and see their part of the world and I’m sure none of us tire of pretty flowers and cute bunnies! Your tomatoes look delicous by the way.
I think your craft room will be brilliant, your own creative sanctuary.
Have a lovely time catching up with your son. xx

Liz in Missouri, USA August 28, 2013 - 3:48 pm

Don’t you just love vintage sewing supplies? I have some similar items ( the American versions) from my Mother and Grandmother. I can’t bring myself to use any of it any more, because I love the old packaging. Who would’ve thought – right? Maybe one day I’ll be ambitious enough to frame them in a shadow box. (But what can you say about disembodied doll faces? Kind of like old horror movies, although, really – those faces are sweeter than a lot of them. (except the fabric one. Ick.) Do you know anyone who makes dolls?

Lovely coastal photos. Hope your husband had a fabulous day and the upcoming birthday celebaration is all out good times!

Margaret August 28, 2013 - 4:10 pm

Lots of lovely treasures! I especially love the old wooden cotton reel.
My mum had one of those darning mushrooms in wood.
Looks as though you enjoyed a lovely day out in spite of the rain.

Stephanie August 28, 2013 - 8:28 pm

No rabbits or flowers, indeed! I would find that challenging too! 🙂 I really enjoyed seeing your sea and lighthouse pictures, Vivienne; getting a glimpse of your beautiful corner of the world. There was a beautiful nineteenth-century lighthouse right beside our hotel on Belle Ile en Mer. I loved seeing its sweeping light at night and listening to the sea. It made for quality sleep 😉

Enjoy your family birthday celebrations!

hortensiadesigns August 28, 2013 - 10:24 pm

Real treasure! Enjoy the celebrations,
P xxx

Madelief August 29, 2013 - 7:08 pm

Beautiful treasures Vivienne! Enjoy your birthday celebrations!

Madelief x

Helen Philipps August 30, 2013 - 11:40 am

Wonderful sewing treasures you found, Vivienne! I had some doll’s faces like that once years ago but I don’t know what happened to them! I hope your hb had a very happy birthday. Loved your seaside pictures……grey or blue I love the sea.
Helen x

Jean Aicken Ramsay August 30, 2013 - 11:45 am

Vivienne, thank you so much for sharing this post. I am quite choked up when I see the photos of Donaghadee Lighthouse and Strangford Lough as my dear Mum came from County Down and often talked about these places. Thank you for sharing. Your posts bring a smile to an grey day.. Jean x

Anne D.T. August 31, 2013 - 3:18 pm

Happy belated birthday, Mr B!!
Love all these vintage sewing goods, Vivienne. Really reminds me of my grandma. esp. the crochet hooks and special thread.
I’m showing my age but I grew up with wooden spools of thread!!
Thanks for a visit down memory lane,

It’s a three day weekend here…..
Anne and all

thelinencat September 3, 2013 - 6:21 pm

Oh your vintage supplies are dreamy and yes, those dolls faces are creepy! Funny seeing the Sylko from Dewhursts, as I have a half written post on the company (they were based in my home town of Skipton, I know the mill well, it’s now been re-developed but was a card factory when I was at school, where everyone worked for weekend cash). I think it’s nice to keep things in their packages and most of the thread etc is brittle from age anyway.

Hope your ‘vintage treasure’ *giggle* had a lovely birthday and you had a great family time once your son was home. Must be nice having him back 🙂

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