Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Monday Inchie, Etsy Cottage Style PURPLE and an Artfire Collection

I know, I am cramming a lot into this one post, but if I don't post these things now, I'll never get round to posting all the other stuff, like the photos from France, and the recent boot fair finds.....

I'll make this nice and short though, well, short for me, lol.

Lets start with the Every Inchie Monday challenge for this week. The theme was "FROLIC". Now, when I think of frolicking, I straight away think of gorgeously fluffy little lambs frolicking in the fields and meadows in Springtime. I inked the background of the little inchie with blues and greens, added some tiny wool scraps at the bottom to simulate grass, a few red dots for flowers in the meadow, and a cut out of a tiny little lamb happily frolicking about. I used the tiniest little bit of white fluffy wool on the lamb. Got more stuck to my fingers than to the lamb though, lol.

Choice of backgrounds again, because I can never decide which one I prefer. Do tell me which one you prefer, and I'll add that to the Flickr group.


NEXT, Etsy Cottage Style's monthly colour challenge, PURPLE! Not as easy as you might think, I don't really have an awful lot of purple stuff. Purple clothes from my purple days, yes, plenty of those, but lovely vintage bits and pieces? Not so many. Here is a little collection -

A vintage purple bow tie and a gorgeous purple crystal pendant -

Vintage buttons -

A gorgeous late 60s/early 70s art glass bowl, small but beautifully formed -

A white and purple crochet lace trim -

Light purple tassel on an old cedarwood fan -

Gorgeously soft vintage French toile de jouy -

I have been hoarding this fabric for many years. One of these days I'll use it, when the right project comes along.

This sweet apron is probably from the late 50s, early 60s, I remember this sort of fabric from when I was a little girl. Just the touch of it brought back memories of frilly summer dresses -

This old tin is so sweet with those delicate little violets on all sides -

I remember the funkiest purples from the 1970s. The wallpapers and the bedlinen, my oh my.
Just look at these sheets and pillow cases still in their original packaging, fab and funky purple and blue flowers -

Ah, and those fabulous candy stripe bedlinens I got introduced to when I first came to the UK in 1975, I fell in love with them straight away. and look, there are purple stripes amongst all the other colours -

Thats it, folks, my contribution to vintage purple!


Finally, I was really gobsmacked when I got an email last week, telling me that one of my things had been included in a member curated collection on ArtFire. Really??? But I only have a couple of things on there, just to see whether anybody actually does look at things........... I was really thrilled though to find this little pillow in a beautiful collection of dreamy creams -

You can see the collection here -

Please keep your fingers crossed for better weather this week, I so want to photograph some finds for you, but the light is just awful most of the time.

Wow, three subjects dealt with, lol, now I need a cup of tea. Have a pleasant day wherever you are. Toodlepip xxx


Xela said...

Also meine Liebe mir gefällt das Letzte der Osterämmer am Besten.
Und du hast wunderschöne Fotos gemacht.
Das Kissen ist ja wirklich ein Traum :)
Dir auch noch einen schönen Abend


suziqu's thread works said...

Hi Liz from downunder! Love the 2nd pic of the little woolly lamb - looks like it's romping in the grass! And all that purple - yes I remember well those striped sheets! Actually plum is one of my favourite colours! Looking at all those little treasures all I can say is that you cupboards must be bulging!!! Love the French toile too!
Have a great day!
Love Suzy

Deborah said...

Enjoyed all of your photos! I think my favorite of the lamb is on the first background but they're all great.

Dorthe said...

Hi dear Liz.
your sweet little inchie looks great on the white background,I think-
And the bedlinens -uhhh I remember them, too- everything in big patterns, and bright colors :)and I love the toile-ofcourse-and your buttons, in gorgeus dark lilac tones--
Most of all I love your pillow, congratulations dear friend ,to have it featured in a collection on ArtFire.

I have finished a few thankyou for being so kind and sweet- things- that will be off one of the next dayes- to you.
Big hug- Dorthe

Anneke said...

i have with much pleasure watch, your beautiful photo,s from all these lovely things from forgotten times




Sam Bonney said...

Hi Liz, thats a great Inchie, I had trouble thinking of this one! I love the 2nd picture, it looks like a meadow. Love all your purple vintage, Much more purple than I own !

Fabric Art said...

Hi Liz I love the first pic of the little lamb,the colors is great on it, and WOW what a collection of wonderful purpel things, love the vintage french toile de jouy, all this fantastic pictures. Thanks for all your nice comment I really appreciate them.
Hugs Anni

Catje said...

Nice stuff! I loved to see the stripy bedlinen! I have exactly the same stuff, inherited from my Norwegian great-aunt who lived in the UK most of her life! We had loades of it. I remember I made a skirt and vest out of it for a "childish" themed birthday party years and years ago! Nice colours :)

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Liz, I don't think I would be able to come up with so many purple items, even though I like purple and lilac tones. The toile de jouy is fantastic and rather rare in this color. I love the buttons too.
Your pillow is beautiful and it certainly deserves to be featured!
Hugs to you,

Croap Queen said...

All very lovely, as usual. You've been a busy bee

JJ xx

ByLightOfMoon said...

All of your lambs are awesome but I would pick the last one in white background! All your photos are fabulous and many thanks for sharing!

I love your blog!
Smiles, Cyndi

Graceful Rose said...

Enjoyed my visit to see all of your purple and got to see some of your other lovely creations! You are very talented. I am a new visitor. I hope you will come visit me. The purple toile is to die for! Love it!

JeanFB said...

Wow, can't even begin to imagine how you get such wonderful detail on such a teensy square - what a beautiful inchie. Congrats on your project being featured, too! And thanks for sharing your purple lovelies... gorgeous.

Debbi said...

Just getting around to visiting everyone in the purple party! Wow, I could think of lots to do with that toile fabric, the buttons, and the vintage crochet!!! Thanks for sharing!

Melody said...

Wow Liz, You really showed you Color Purple! I remember those sheets....there were blankets, curtains...even wallpaper to match!!

romance-of-roses said...

I like all the purple items but for some reason my eyes focused on the tassels. I love them.
Hugs, Lu