Saturday, August 23, 2014

A Few Flea Market Things & Where Cottage Happens

If I had more presence of mind I might have posted this space for the Where Bloggers Create party.  It is certainly the place where a heck of a lot of Cabin & Cottage stuff happens! And it is the very first room I ever posted about, here, in a post called THE NURSERY, in the spring of 2010 when I became a blogger. . . .  Even though it's not a nursery anymore, not a lot has changed.

You may already know that I love linens and that I do a lot of ironing. I prefer leaving up the ironing board even when I need a guest room. It's usually just my grandgirls, so I toss something pretty over to make it more functional.

 In this case it's a white tablecloth with an embroidered tea cloth layered over. It makes a nice night table, and the girls use it for books, whatnot's, and as a station to power up their "gizmo's" as one of their Dads calls them. (It's where two worlds collide, so to speak.) 

The room is our happy place! Bright and sunny and full of fun things. Even when the girls depart I leave the ironing board covers on for as long as I can, just pulling them back a bit when I need to iron.

An ironing board makes a good work surface at a standing height. Handy for this vintage lamp shade I'm working on. And with great light in front of the window there's no need for the lamp!

The vacant bed almost always has a few projects happening on it. Piles to iron (or already ironed). The surface is my flat "idea board" and cushy work table. It would be a luxury to leave it all there forever, but that's life in a cottage! Sometimes you have to clean up your act. (Thankfully, not every day.)

Today I ironed this sweet vintage apron. I love that pink rose print on yellow fabric. Don't you love the rick-rack?

Somebody was muscling in on my territory when I nabbed this at a fleamarket. Who knows what else I might have found, because I ceded the field. It doesn't make sense to me to scrabble over piles of cheap stuff in a few square feet of space, even if were the first one there! ! !

 ( . . . But, back to my happy place. . . )

Apron back view. . . .

As I was pressing out the ties I was musing over how I have possibly lived long enough to outlive the expression "cutting the apron strings!" (But I'm still going to hang onto the aprons!)

I'm sure that people have good lives even without the vintage textiles. Just don't ask me how.

This little lady will probably just hang here for awhile because it cheers me up so. It also gives me the chance to show you the cool set of vintage wood hangers that I found at Lonesome Dove Antiques at the Grand Canyon a while ago!

Nice and round, and with fabulous patina. . . .

(The girls loved trying out the new dressing screen we added, by the way.)

This room is also the roundup corral for most of my fleamarket booty and the seat of the high stakes pressure of whether to keep it or not! It's a tough job, but somebody has to do it. . . . (only kinda kidding here. . . .)

The most recent doily intake. . . .

An enormous vintage net lace tablecloth in unused condition. . . .

Pretty china. . . . 

I am loving these wheat colors with the touch of pale blue. (Oh help!)

It all needs a soft place to land while I figure things out.

So back to business. . .

Gotta get back to those junk piles!

Still lots of weekend left.
 Hope it's good for you!


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  1. That was particularly interesting to me as we are about to downsize (taking possession of a 1927 cottage on Sept 15th) and I have to figure out how to adjust myself to the space at hand, without getting rid of absolutely everything! I love your workspace!

  2. I love your vintage aprons, Jacqueline. And yes, I remember using rick rack when sewing back in the day...
    I bet your grand-girls have the best time staying in this room. It looks absolutely delightful.
    Mary Alice

  3. Love the vintage linens too, but that apron is awesome! I have a bed in my work room/office too and sometimes things are piled on it including a cat that loves hiding under the covers even on a summer day.

  4. Nice blog! Good vintage finds but my eye is most drawn to the apron..I love it!

  5. I love all your vintage linens. I intend to explore the thrift shops in my area when I retire....just three more weeks.........

  6. I love those antique hangers and your cute vintage apron. I also love your "creative space" very much!

  7. the lovely pinnie made me think of my grandma who called it that and wore them all the time. If she went down to the corner shop,she would just say, in her English Lancashire accent,I'll just change pinnie. She would never go in the one she was wearing around the house. I used to chuckle because she would put her coat on over it anyway. Ahhhh memories You do conjure up a few every time I visit Jacqueline. Love your sweet room too.

  8. I am glad you find so many beautiful old things because you seem to enjoy them so much. Thanks for sharing with us.


  9. You found so many goodies, but the apron brought tears to my eyes. It reminds me of ones my Mother wore when I was alittle girl.

  10. hello
    un tablier de 1950
    ma mère avait les mêmes
    il est super beau
    vous avez vraiment l'amour du linge
    à bientôt
    edith (iris ) France

  11. I know vintage textiles would make our tiny cottage so much prettier. I come by to view your latest posts, and oooo and ahhhh over every photo. Everything is always so lovely.
    I'm so glad you shared your creative space with us today, Jacqueline. Love the lamp shade you are working on!!!

  12. What a pretty, peaceful room! Love that lamp shade :)

  13. Though I rarely iron, there is something so sweet and humble about it. I can smell the starch.

  14. When ever you post it's a perfect time...
    I recall theses types of aprons, my grandmother wore them and laundered them and hung them out on a clothes line. Ric-rack do I remember it, I bet ever other piece of clothing my mother made my sister and I had trim just like this on hems, callors, waist bands, and quilts and even post holders. Boy you have brought back some fond memories. You have now a perfect space to play in, a space you can create all the pretty little posting all over again.

    Love all the changes you are making to the nursery and such.

    See you soon.


  15. I could live my whole life in this room and be totally happy J (as long as you let me play in the linens :)
    Oh, and I would have to wear the apron to be truly happy! Your grands will remember this room their whole lives. I still remember the little pass-through in my grandma's house that had a little bed in a nook where my little sister and I would sleep. It is one of my sweetest memories.
    sending hugs...

  16. Your lovely linens never cease to amaze me.

  17. What a dreamy space, Jacqueline! I love the cabbage rose curtains, the screen, the sweet little bed and all your pretty linens. I could live there, happily. Are you renting rooms? :) The apron is darling. Enjoy your sort through - oh, the lampshade is wonderful. xo Karen

  18. What a gorgeous space to work in and that lampshade had me a moment one!!


  19. Gorgeous space - and, naturally a perfectly awesome written post.

    Love this blog, lady. : - )

    BTW- I wear aprons - many of them vintage EVERY. single. day. I seriously ADORE your new find, it is absolutely special. ♥ Just like YOU!

  20. You found fabulous vintage items at the flea market.
    It all looks so yumy together
    I sold mr lace covered lamp shade now must make me another one after seeing yours

  21. Jacqueline,
    I adore touring around "The Nursery", dear friend!!!
    Oh to have a "p l a c e" to leave the ironing board up!!! I love how you've left the tablecloth and linens layered atop the board!
    Thanks for sharing all the stacks of lovelies!

  22. Ahhh, that little piece of china is so pretty with the blue and wheat colors and its cute fat little body... the apron is totally charming too. I would have so much fun in there looking at all your cool stuff, i bet the girls do too


  23. Beautiful! I iron a lot as well. It gives the humblest things dignity. How very odd it is to me too to have outlived expressions!


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