Wednesday, October 30, 2013

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GIVEAWAY WINNER, KATE!
ANTIQUE EUROPEAN DUVET
 
 
These duvet covers were hand-woven in Europe in the late 1800s. European duvets are made to top a bed instead of hanging over the sides, so they are the perfect size for cuddling up on the sofa with a good book and a cup of coffee on a chilly Autumn night. They can easily be stuffed with a fluffy twin size comforter. I love them filled with plumpy down.
 
 
 
If you take a look at my website, you will see that two top a queen or king size bed nicely, and one is perfect for a twin. I love keeping them at the foot of my bed to pull up when I am extra cold.
 
These duvets are very, very rare, and they are also quite durable. They can even be washed in cold in the machine!. I have a nice collection, which I will feature in the upcoming (chilly) months. Kate has her choice of red or blue.
 
Kate, shoot me an email with your information, to
 
Congratulations!
Oh.... and the answer was Portsmouth, New Hampshire.


Monday, October 21, 2013

ANTIQUE ENTRYWAYS
 

Recently, we took a trip to a beautiful seaside village. This coastal town is very historic, and when we took a little walking tour, I was just loving how all the home owners took such pride in their antique entryways.




They all seemed so historically accurate. I love the simplicity. The beauty of the antique architecture really stands out. Of course, we all know I'm a sucker for historical architecture. 


I have a secret I'll be sharing with all of you soon... I'm very excited. And I'm loving this black front door. It's having a big influence on me. I might just go in that direction... you'll see... soon :)


Look at all the black and red. The combination can be bold like this fa├žade....

 

Or more subdued, like the chippy old paint on this historic beauty.

 

I couldn't help but notice all the great textures, and in such variety. The smooth, hardness of the stone, the great patina on the worn paints, and lots of iron accents. The roughness of the twig wreath really stands out on the first door, doesn't it?

This one reminds me of New Orleans. The fantastic wrought iron wraps around such a romantic entry way. But this is far from New Orleans. Does anyone know where these historic homes are located? If you can tell me in a comment, I just might have a surprise gift  waiting for you! I'm itching to give away a creation of mine.


So here's a hint... Here's a window of a wonderful restaurant in the town. I hope you liked your visit to your mystery historic seaside village. And I can't wait to share more secrets with you soon.
 
Remember if you know the answer, send me a comment, and I'll share a creation with you!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

One of a kind

My Antique German Grain Sacks
Hand-created textile works of art
 
 
 
 
 
I have had a lot of questions recently about my antique German Grain sacks. These woven works of art which have become so popular in the last few years are becoming more and more rare. They are on the verge of extinction, antique-speaking.




The finest examples have beautifully stylized writing, or hand-drawn animals or other farming and country-life themes. Other very rare ones have motifs  of wreaths or crowns. Of course, my personal favorite are the horses.

 

 

There is something very special about these antique linens. I'm not sure if it's partly because they started out as utilitarian objects. It's incredible to me that people would put so much care and effort into creating something that carried grain to the market.





In the past I had maybe ten or so horse and equestrian pieces. Now I have only a few, and I cannot get any more. I may never give up the few I have left.

 
 
 






 
 
 In Part II of this blog I will talk about how these fine textiles were made....