feels like summer

This holiday weekend was a flurry of activity—most of it taking place outside. I'll tell you about Saturday in a minute but Sunday and Monday were all about the garden. We planted fruit trees (another peach, a new pear), vegetable seeds (corn, beets, carrots, cucumbers, and green beans), vegetable plants (the baby cantaloupes and Greek tomatoes I started in February and some heirloom tomatoes, poblano peppers, and bell peppers from the garden center), and annual flowers in pots for the porch off the kitchen. We put netting over the strawberry plants, which are loaded with blossoms and teeny tiny future strawberries. I planted hostas in the shade garden and weeded flower beds. I even mowed the lawn. And yes, I collapsed into bed each night. But it felt good to get so much of the heavy work out of the way.

Saturday was equally exhausting but for different reasons. I got up early and drove to Stormville, NY for the Stormville Airport Antique Show & Flea Market. This was my first time attending the show and you'll find a full review (the good and the bad) over at Vintage Indie. I'll use this space to show some more of my purchases.

I thought most of the vintage linen/textile dealer's wares were very overpriced but I always manage to find a few bargains wherever I go. I got this embroidered pillowcase for $3 because of the weird stain running above the embroidery. An oxyclean soak got rid of 90% of it and I'll try a few tricks to get rid of the rest. The bluebird is super cute and I love the flowers (rhododendrons, I think).

bird pillowcase

I passed up the $4 hankies at one dealer's booth only to find a basket full of $1 ones at another's. This one with embroidered roses and daisies is very sweet.

rose hanky

I found some cool vintage 1920s needlework catalogs for $5 each. Catalogs are great for dating linens—they show what styles were in fashion during certain time periods. I think I'll show some of them in a blog post of their very own.

I talked the seller of this rose-print apron into a lower price ($3) because it was really dirty. It cleaned up just fine! I love the fabric this is made from and it has a stiff red netting (also used for the triangle pocket) underneath to give it shape.

rose apron

This is the white beaded purse for $5 that I mention in the VI review. As it turns out it's not just a clutch—it has a chain handle that tucks inside, too.


I wish I could have gotten more than scraps of this fabric. It's a vintage DuBarry screen printed cotton with roses and bows and the colors are amazing.

roses vintage fabric

I have a few more trips planned for later in the summer - shows that I go to every year. Other than that I'm not sure. With gas so expensive ($48 last time I filled the tank of my VW bug!) I think I may be sticking closer to home this year.


Anonymous said...

1$ hankies?! Lucky!

mushroommeadows said...

What awesome finds! And yes, gas prices are ridiculous! :(

Anonymous said...

Love that bluebird embroidery and the hankie. It's always so fun to see what people find.
yes, it is awful seeing gas prices here at over $4 gallon!

Anonymous said...

Came across your website and blog by complete accident when researching for a college project and looking for some good pics of how to do satin stitch. I too am fan of vintage and recently bought some beautiful hand appliqued napkins for £2.50 each in a shop called "the old curiosity shop" in Hay on Wye, UK. Would appreciate any help/advice on removing stains from such pieces without damaging the work. I aim to recycle the napkins and make them into something else - who knows what just yet! I'll have to pin them up until they speak to me and tell me what they'd like to be!

janet said...

Since I don't have a way to reach anonymous posters I'll answer here and hope you stop back to see it.

Vintage Indie did a couple of recent blog posts about cleaning vintage linens with lots of great ideas:



Personally I don’t do anything fancy—a long soak in oxyclean, hand or machine washing on the gently cycle, and line drying in the sun. I don’t want to make anything from materials that can’t stand up to regular use or will be hard to maintain by their new owner.