Sunday, May 27, 2018

Keswick Trays

Here's a houseware that seems to pop up frequently at thrift stores: the Keswick Tray! They are printed cotton and fibre glass trays rimmed with gold or silver edges. The company started in the 1960s and is still producing products today. I'm not sure of the date of these two trays though! 
I love the cheery florals and the texture of the fabric through the fibre glass.
 It looks like they even take custom orders. Of course they are British made...see post below!

Saturday, May 19, 2018


On this Royal Wedding meets Victoria Day weekend I am thinking about how many of my favourite things hail from Britain. Their decorating magazines and period dramas are impeccable, and the land seems to be inundated with exquisite upholstery manufacturers, surface pattern designs, picturesque gardens, fascinating architecture, artisans, historians, grand authors of literature...the list goes on. Plus, the accent...*swoon*

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

1940s Tulips

Housewife Rigmore Adamson photographed by Malak Karsh in the late 1940s at the Canadian Tulip Festival

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Culottes Forever

I'm working on my outfit for going to a 1940s swing dance this weekend! The past weeks have been filled with tucking and hemming and dancing in trial outfits. Special mention is deserved for these culottes--not only do these culottes have pockets, they have secret pockets, as well as the best care tag I have ever seen:
"Give 'em hell!"

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Swing Era Collections

I've been constantly listening to 1920s to 1940s jazz music...this is what happens when I do!
Pssst! Ebony and Ivory is already available for sale in my shop on Spoonflower as fabric, wallpaper, gift wrap, cut-and-sew patterns, and homewares. Decollect is soon to be for sale as well!
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