Friday, 1 September 2017

Summer's Almost Gone




I took these photos a couple of weeks ago and suddenly felt I should better post them before summers well and truly over! I do find it a bit odd that suddenly everyone's decided that September 1st is officially autumn - it isn't. It's September 22nd, when it's the equinox. Not that I'm really complaining as autumn has always been my favourite season. I love seeing the nights draw in, nature turning into fiery shades of orange and reds, and everything becoming cosy. It's the one time of year I can even tolerate the rain. Saying that though, I'm also careful not to wish time away and enjoy these last few days of late summer. I love late summer, everything feels renewed.

I got this dress back in July. It's an eBay find, sometimes I like to type something vague like "60s mod" or "psychedelic" into the search bar, click the vintage category and set my price range to something ridiculously low. A lot of the time it's just tat that comes up, but every so often you find a gem like this dress. I was a little worried it might be snug, but it fits me absolutely perfect and I love it's cheerful colours. I love it with my trusty old Orla Kiely x Clarks shoes, and these earrings which I made myself based on a popular '60s style






I've found some lovely old things things recently. I've been looking for a vintage sewing box for years, but I wanted something that didn't necessarily look like a sewing box. Being a dress maker, knitter and crocheter you can imagine the amount of supplies I have, but most sewing storage is either hideously utilitarian looking, or twee. I turned to vintage as I wanted a sewing box that could be disguised as a stool or table and was a proper piece of furniture, and finally I found exactly that! And it was only £10 which I think is an absolute bargain.




I also found this indoor plant stand. I'd been looking at one similar in another antiques shop for a couple of years, sighing at it's ridiculous £45 price tag. It had finally sold on my last visit and I was a bit sad, until I went to the junk shop across the road and found this one for £5. It doesn't have a pot, but I'm hoping that won't be too difficult to find as it's a regular shape. Or I might not even use it for plants, setting it next to the sewing box gave me the idea it might look nice with balls of colourful wool inside it.

I also came away with the two vintage Tupperwares for £3, and a little brass candle holder. I remember my mum having Tupperware like this when I was little, before it was gradually replaced by the bland transparent stuff that's around nowadays (that gets stained and gross looking in no time at all!). These are the perfect size to fit a pasta salad lunch in or similar, and I love the sunshiney colours.




I've also found an abundance of patterns! The above are what I found at the vintage shop, below are what I picked up over Bank Holiday at a car boot sale. All were a grand total of £2! I have a massive basket of crimplene that I haven't been inspired to turn into anything, so I'll certainly be kept busy over the upcoming long winter nights! I'm most excited to make that Butterick 5827 in the below photo, I have a belt and purple boots that will look just perfect with it.



Also, if you're interested in my non-vintage goings on, I've set up another blog for it. It's something I flip back and forth over a lot in my mind, on the one hand I want to blog about more of my interests and journal my every day goings on, but on the other I really like the mostly vintage vibes of this blog and don't like messing that up so a second blog was the obvious answer. I'm not leaving this one at all so no worries on that front, but if you want to see more personal content head over to www.lonelymoonchild.co.uk.

8 comments

  1. Love your finds, especially the sewing box disguised as furniture. I'll check out your other blog too. ☺

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  2. I really love the feeling of late summer, right before autumn starts. It's like your last chance to cram in any more summer activities. Great vintage finds, I love the plant stand!

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    1. Yes exactly! It's a great inbetween-y time where you get the best of both seasons

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  3. That sewing box is so dreamy!

    I love old tupperware. It is so much more sturdy than newer ones. But then again most of the new ones I buy tend to be from IKEA so I only have myself to blame.

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    1. It really is, I swear the lids don't even fit properly on a lot of new ones, and because they're clear they go off colour and look nasty fast!

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  4. That dress and shoes look so Summery and lovely together - a refreshing change from all the drab grey around when I was out earlier.
    Love the sewing box and what a haul of patterns! I'm kicking myself for not asking the price of a pile I saw over the weekend . xxx

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    1. Thank you! I really lucked out with the patterns, I can't wait to get sewing soon!

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