When it comes to collecting vintage treasures I have very eclectic tastes. I love china, glass and textiles from different eras whether it be 1920s art deco, 1950s kitsch or 1970s retro. I think part of the appeal is the fact that the objects come with a history. They have been worn/ used/ looked at and hopefully loved by someone else. Maybe a suffragette… a hippy… a home maker… Which brings me to the question of choosing a favourite era. Well that probably depends on my mood/ the time of day, but if I had to pick an era at the moment it would be the 1950s. And being a busy mum of four I have to admit that I am likely to have idealised the image of the 50s housewife. I picture myself standing in my English Rose kitchen with my hair perfectly styled, wearing a beautiful figure enhancing dress, with my kitchen aid whisking up delicious baked goods for my angelic children.. Come to think of it I think I may have watched too many episodes of Bewitched in my childhood. I only wish I could wiggle my nose prettily to make magic happen!
So when I was asked to make a table runner with the guideline of ‘1950s kitsch’ I knew this was a project I would love! I had the perfect piece of fabric in mind – a genuine 1950s fabric remnant I had bought from a lovely vintage shop in Brick Lane, (find more info about it here-the shop ). The fabric is pink gingham with bunches of blue flowers laid over it. And I managed to find some very kitsch vintage lace to edge it and some blue gingham to complement it:
And below is a picture of the finished table runner in it’s new home!
A few weeks later a very happy new owner asked me to make some matching napkins. As I had used all of the 50s fabric we decided that blue and pink gingham would work well. I also managed to source some 1950s plastic napkin rings that fitted in with the theme perfectly.
And finally a little photo of some detail- look mitered corners! (a newly learnt skill!)
So a little question for you before I must go (there is a 2 year old pulling on my jean leg- oh how I wish it was a stylish fifties skirt..) If you had to choose a favourite era, which would it be?Oh and please don’t forget to subscribe on my ‘about’ page to enter my giveaway competition! (enter here)