Tuesday, November 28, 2017

1920s Charleston Costume Hunt

I'm scouring thrift stores, malls, and fabric stores for beading, tassels, fringe and all that jazz to piece together a flapper costume. Over the past year I have taught myself how to dance the Charleston (the most amusing form of exercise) and now, of course, need to be able to dance in the period appropriate attire!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Piano Makeover: Before

 We're painting our 1900 Baldwin piano! This is the before...a very red mahogany. Before the before it was painted avocado green and orange by my grandma in the 1970s! I love to play it opened up and see the mechanism moving. Also on the inside are little treasures like a pencil note saying it was fixed up on February 16th, 1921. What colour might it be for its next phase of life?
Stay tuned...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Pretty Lady

I found this edition of 1918 novel The Pretty Lady by Arnold Bennett (1867-1931) at a book sale for a song. I admit...I bought it purely for the title and the glamorous gilded pattern on the black cover!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Soldier's Service Dictionary

This pocket-sized dictionary is 100 years old. It was printed in 1917 by Funk & Wagnalls Company in New York. Then it was presumably used in WWI, and about 70 years later my mom picked it up at a book sale. I wonder if in between it was picked up and used in WWII.
The interior translates common military terms into French for practical use by the "Belgian, British, and French armies." It even translates geographical terms in a pictographic way.
Quite the fascinating read!

Monday, November 06, 2017

Liberty Apparel

Whenever I am thrifting I keep an eye out for Liberty clothes! The calico cottons are unmistakable. My latest acquisition is the William Morris Strawberry Thief shirt. These florals make my heart sing!
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