Friday, September 18, 2015

Vintage Musings At The Window. . .

Sometimes I come across the most adorable baby things! My little grand girls have all sprung up and are hardly small anymore. The older girls are all eleven-teen. That shift between child and teen is more dramatic than ever these days! Not too much "tween" left between. (So many interesting years ahead.) So I can't even pretend to need baby gowns around!

But these vintage beauties aren't that much about babies anymore. They have become more of a symbol of a vastly changed world in which so many of the domestic arts have slowly slipped away. And the joy that a fluffy cotton gown can bring by merely hanging in a breezy window just can't be easily explained! 

Nor can I account for the odd pull of other objects found in my vintage travels, with their random inter-relatedness. Shapes and forms seem to call themselves together in my workspace. A finial, a pawn, and a few porcelain water balls have made a statement among the laces on my ironing board. (Still literally an old board.) Do they remind me of little people?

I left the little pumpkin colored ribbon I found on the gown as a nod to the coming season. It mirrors the little ribbon motif  found in the crochet pattern.

I bought the little (big) pawns with the ribbons 'round their necks too. (I wonder if they would have had the same appeal without?)

A cool breeze drifts through the window reminding me that it is cooling down, yet it is not the chilly cool of spring. How can the same temperature feel so different at opposite ends of summer? It's never been tested, but I imagine that I am the kind of person who could keep this same measure of air, forever and always, as I stand beside this view to the world on the other side of the glass. But would I really keep things the same even if  I could? 

I am struck, suddenly remembering a quote I recently read from the writings of Miguel Ruiz.

"Whatever life takes away from you, let it go."

Perhaps this is me saying goodbye to another beautiful season, losses and all, as September drifts into fall. . . . 

Time to move on. . . .

I hope it's a wonderful weekend for you!


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Burlap Luxe said...

Jacqueline, this is a wonderful top, you find the best girl!
And I love that it hangs in The window, I could see this warn with linen moppy drawstring pants and playing it up like magnolia Pearl ...

Have a beautiful weekend, I will be hitting some of the fleas, hope to find some great old linens.


Roosterhead Designs said...

Oh My! What a wonderful post Jacqueline!
I love to visit here~ (though I don't
usually comment on blogs; I am starting too more:)
I have been resisting my loss of summer : l
But this beautiful child's gown, drifting in the windows
cool breeze, is a reminder that every season has it's
unique beauty~ (and I must let go and enjoy each one.)
Thanks for sharing such a peaceful scene!
Karen in CO

Marilyn Miller said...

What a beautiful dress. I don't think we would be happy if things stayed the same. There is something about change and the changing of the seasons that enchants and delights us.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

What a lovely post, Jacqueline...I can almost feel that breeze...and the quote is lovely!

sweet violets said...

Precious little dress!! I welcome the changing seasons, Fall being my favorite.....

Rose L said...

that is such a lovely little gown.

Georgina Malcolm said...

I love that you call the ribbon pumpkin colour. I would never have thought of that but of course you're quite right. I have some Victorian baby clothes somewhere. I should look them out and post some photos on my secondary blog.

chateau chic said...

This little vintage gown is so sweet and lovely! The delicate lace and trim are truly divine! Love how you have it showcased in front of the window.
Mary Alice

Cheryl Porada said...

So pretty Jacqueline. You have quite the eye. A wonderful post.

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Just so pretty Jacqueline. Love the vintage gown hanging in the window.
The bits and bobs in shades of neutrals are so peaceful and serene.
Wishing you a nice weekend. cm

iris said...

il doit être bien agréable de porter un vétement si leger
et si beau
vous faite de magnifique découvertes
bonne semaine

Junkchiccottage said...

Swooning. So pretty.

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

As you know I share your passion for linens, crocheted pieces and of course, vintage children's gowns. I agree that just seeing it hanging in the sunlight would be enough for me.


Debbie said...

Such a serene feeling I get when I come here to visit, Jacqueline.
The finial has the perfect wash to it.
Your images have a dreamy quality to them....they make me close my eyes and smile.

Art and Sand said...

I never tire of seeing your wonderful finds.

Sarah said...

You have a beautiful way of expressing your thoughts, Jacqueline. I love the phrase "as September drifts into fall." I'm going to savor that thought because that is exactly the felling my husband and I expressed on our evening walk. The sun is setting earlier, there is a difference in the air......yes, September is drifting into fall. Life is good!

Jeanie said...

Your little touches -- like the pumpkin ribbon -- are what make your things so special. Simply beautiful.

Pat Cantwell said...

I, too, am intrigued with the ribbon and the bow, dear friend!!!
Is it some sort of trademark as vendors often do???
Or perhaps, one's way of softening the harsh substance of the item itself???
Whatever the cause may be, it would definitely caught my eye, too!!!

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