Friday, August 24, 2012

A Vintage Picnic

It seemed like time for a picnic. I think people used to do this more often. We certainly did. Always fun, a simple sandwich outdoors has now become somewhat romanticized, don't you think?
 Our inspiration today came from Brambly Hedge. This is the collection of Spring, Summer, Fall, & Winter.
The mice of Brambly Hedge just know how to live. Looking over the offerings, we decided all we needed was a few cakes and pies and an apple or two. 
 You have to include a cheery quilt or throw. I don't sit on the ground as easily as a six or eight year old any more so I threw a few pillows into the mix too. These are made with a vintage barkcloth fabric.
 The lady mice go through all sorts of marvellous elaborations to prepare for their outing, which I know some of you consider all the fun. But we just made a stop at the bakery. 
We filled the picnic hamper with vintage tablecloths and towels. Unfortunately by the time we got to the park a storm was blowing and threatening rain. We chose a bench instead, and fed most of the pastry to the ducks. I don't think that's P.C..    
I appreciate modern machine made quilts for the hard uses of life. They have charm, and are less delicate than their vintage predecessors. I don't worry over an inexpensive quilt that can be tossed in the washer. And a cozy quilt just seems like a picnic essential!
 We brought the storybook too, to pore over the masterful illustrations by Jill Barklem.
She deftly pins all of the domestic delights of life onto a single small page! And in the most appealing colors.

We came home sleepy, and decided that since we had everything at hand, our own backyard was glamorous enough for sprawling out on. Even without ducks. Besides, we were hungry all over again!




 More vintage smocked pillows. Can you ever have enough?

Have a terrific weekend my friends!
Maybe there's an outing in it for you too. . . .

Join me at


Liz @ Sit With Me In My Garden said...

So sweet! The ant reminded me of my childhood...we had a huge oak tree at the corner of our property that we would take a big blanket out to set under it and play....the carpenter ants always joined us within a short period and we'd end up abandoning our spot because of them! We did try though to have lunch and play with our dolls! Love the book and illustrations..and your very pretty rose painted glasses!

AshTreeCottage said...

So charming. I love everything about this post!

Susan and Bentley

Olive Cooper said...

I have been transported on a not so good day. Thanks bunches my friend.

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Your Brambly Hedge inspired picnic is delightful, even down to the visiting ant! I have those same red floral glasses, too.

Loved your post! Happy weekend to you!


Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

How completely delightful, Jacqueline.

I feel as though you took us all with you, thanks - very refreshing as I dash between appointments today.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Angie @ Knick of Time said...

How timely - we are going on a picnic by a lake this evening. Your photos are lovely, and you know I love the stuccoed wall in the background.

Angie - former Corraleños

Haworth said...

Your picnic looks so lovely, Jacqueline. It's nice to make something as simple as a sandwich and some cake into a truly pleasurable experience. I love Brambly Hedge. Our family exchanges Jill Barklem cards whenever we can find them. Enjoy your weekend!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

What a lovely picnic you transported me to, I imagined sitting on a riverbank instead of at a computer in over 30C.

wendy said...

looks romantic indeed. I had to laugh at the photo of the ant on the blanket....can't have a picnic without ants it seems eh.

what a lovely book

Mary Palumbo Collings said...

I adore little storybooks like that with their beautiful little watercolor drawings... Just precious, and a lovely picnic. Happy friday. Ciao, Mary

The Magical Christmas Wreath Company said...

We are huge picnic fans here and your posting could not be better timed to coincide with our Picnic Giveaway.

I hope you can pop in and enter Jacqueline.

Have a great weekend.

Gee Singh Newbanks said...

Aaawwwww... how sweet!! The weather is getting to be very conducive to picnics. I am not one for the heat , and summers in North Central Florida can be scorching. The fall and spring are soo much more in keeping with my idea of outdoor fun.
The outdoors somehow manages to make it all seem to yummy!!
Cjeers, Gee

Marina said...

Lovely post, set me in the weekend mood. Thanks! :)

Carolyn said...

I love outdoor picnics! I also love the pretty quilt you have your basket on.


val's alentejo said...

This post transports me back in time.
How lovely to sit under the shade of a tree and have enjoy a picnic.
Somewhere in my childhood years I read Brambly Hedge.
You have described a perfect day Jaqueline.
I love your collection of pillows.
enjoy your weekend

Deb said...

This post was delightful.

On Crooked Creek said...

Precious! When you said you the mice were much more elaborate in their preparation. . .I just knew a "Little Debbie" cake was going to show up in your exquisite photography! That quilt has such soft, subtle hues similar to the illustrations of your book! What a lovely planned afternoon. It has been raining here on the Prairie. A much needed relief for our dry, parched conditions. Currently 68 degrees!!! I've stayed close to the windows today. Somehow. . .I don't want to miss a single raindrop!

Katherine Wolak said...

Looks so dreamy!!!!!! I love the beautiful quilt and pillows and the pictures from the book are fantastic! :D

Jen said...

love love love the storybook inspiration--beautifully executed!

Gloria said...

What a beautiful and sweet post! Thanks, I needed this big dose of charm and child-like wonder for my day...:) Those illustrations are so adorable. I can just spend hours marveling over works of art in books such as these. Very precious, indeed!

Happy weekend to you!

Rosewalk Cottage said...

Lovely picnic Jacqueline. I could just imagine being there. Love Brambly Hedge and I wish I had a Hutch and dishes like the one in the book.

Art and Sand said...

Love the book...Love the quilt...Love the idea of a picnic!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

What a sweet sentiment. I just had a picnic with my mother, daughter, and granddaughter and it was so much fun. You know what they say about the simple things in life.

Your vignette is just lovely. I have some bark cloth waiting to be made into pillows for our oldest daughter. And I may have to get that book. I saw a wonderful idea in their mousey kitchen for a shelf over our laundry chute. Go figure!

ImSoVintage said...

So sweet. I love an old fashioned picnic. Quilts, pretty pillows, and big hats says it all.


helen tilston said...

Hello Jacqueline

Your post is so timely. I have been thinking of picnics and planning on having some when we go to Ireland shortly. The patchwork quilt is beautiful, we may have to resort to towels on the ground.

Have a glorious week.

Helen xx

Cottage and Broome said...

A beautiful picnic setting! I love to spread out on the ground with a few luxuries. Of course I love your pink and white. Have a great week, Laura

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

So very pretty! I could stay there ALL day! xox

One bolt short of a toolbox said...

This is so sweet!

newest follower of your blog, can't wait to read through the other posts.


Kadee @KadeeWillow said...

I miss the days of picnics! I have an old photo of my grandmother (dressed to the nines including a stunning hat on her head), her sister and brother with his wife, and my mom sitting on the end (she must have been all of sixteen). All looking very stoic but you know after the picture was snapped, the shoulders relaxed and the chatter started up again. However, I know that there was no way my grandmother would ever take that hat! She had to have a certain amount of decorum!

Amanda said...

So sweet! Love the book and the quilt! Lovely post!
Amanda XX

Rowan said...

Lovely post - I have all the Brambly Hedge books, they were my daughters originally but I love them too. The illustrations are so wonderful. Have lots of Brambly Hedge china too which I use in seasonal decorating - nearly time for the Autumn ones now:)

jeanetteann said...

I love picnics we do have them often.
I love the way you set yours up with the quilt and pillows. x

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