Grandma’s Finest Handcrafted Table Linens – at affordable prices

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I spent a lot of time this week pulling out and organizing my cache of lovely vintage and handcrafted tablelinens. Below is a lovely luncheon or tea cloth and 4 sweet matching napkins. Made sometime in the late 30′s to early 40′s this set features still bright and unflawed hand embroidery with a tiny delicate edging crocheted into the edge of each napkin and the cloth. Done on fine and very soft linen, this set will enhance any china you set on it and will lend an aura of grace and serenity to your home. I am asking only $35 for this set – it won’t last long!00139 Tablelinens teacloth and 4 napkins 2

I think my prices are fair, and in many cases are far better than you will find in specialty bed and tablelinen shops or even in the less upmarket big mall stores.My smaller tableclothes start at $10 and most are in the $25 to $35 range. One striking banquet sized cloth, with embroidery and lace inserts includes 6 napkins and is priced at $75 – it was imported from China before WWII and was acquired in New Tork City. 

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Above is a picture of a heavily hand embroidered cloth found in France. It is a trellis design with lovely large cabbage roses – in immaculate condition, again this cloth is priced low at $25. You win with the price, I win with my continuing effort to downsize, and the environment wins because you shop locally and shop vintage so there is less of a carbon footprint! Give it a try! It beats the hustle and stress of the mall anytime!

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Where am I located? For those familiar with the Annapolis Valley, get off the 101 highway at New Minas or Kentville and follow old highway #1 as far as the Cornwallis Inn , turn right and go straightnow, through Aldershot, Steam Mill, Centreville and on up the mountain on highway #359 to Hall’s Harbour; go around past the Lobster Pound and continue past the small church on the paved road – I will be flying my red white and blue OPEN banner and there is room to park in the driveway – you’re always welcome here!  By the way – the picture above shows an elegant set of cases to store linens in – my mother had similar ones in her big deep linens drawer in her antique oak sideboard – this set is only $25 and is one of a kind.00159 Tablelinens 10 drawnwork napkins

Above is a set of vintage madeira linen napkins and I have many similar sets – individual pricing per set runs from $8 to $20 depending on size and whether or not there are hand worked details.00161 Tablelinens art deco hand embr 32 square

 Above: an unusual art deco tablecloth, hand embroidered in a striking and colourful design – this cloth is selling for $30.

00167 Tablelinens profusely embr French cloth 29.5 sq And above and below, two more peeks at my endless supply of goodies. Any of the cloths I’ve shown today can easily be sent out by mail and the cost will not break the bank either! Contact me with your requests and I can supply more pictures and description plus estimated postage costs, if needed.

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Remember, I also have kniting yarn, fine quilting fabrics, patterns, needlework and quilting kits, large old store display containers, folk and fine art, and fine vintage dishware to name just a few items. This is a lifetime’s collecting and quilting, and I’m now de-stashimg and downsizing, so come in and see what I have. Open every weekend from 10AM until dusk, same hours after the New Year too, road and weather conditions permitting. 

See you soon!  Janet

Christmas Shopping: green and local

Christmas Greetings dec 09This has been a week filled with poking around in various storage containers. I’ve been surprised by old friends I had almost forgotten that I had and today, as I do my post I hardly know where to start! Maybe I’ll just let some pictures do the talking for me first:

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Above is a sweet display figurine used some 60 years ago on many cosmetic counters in department stores where Yardley of London products were available. Modelled upon their trademark of a reproduction of “The Cries of London: the Lavender Seller”, these vintage figurines  are much sought after today. I am asking $45 for this scarce and pristine item. A lovely one of a kind gift!Pending - tablerunner 14x43 pagoda - 1In the period from about 1920 until 1940, oriental themes became very popular – this 14×43 table runner, worked in colourful cross stitch is from this period snd is worked on very fine linen. $25. 

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Above and below – I have a very large inventory of vintage sheets and pillowcases in 100% cotton, some still in original packaging. A custom in the past was to keep several items unused in your linen closet in order to have impromptu gifts or an emergency supply of pristine items to call on in the event of guests or family illnesses. I recall similar items in our family linen closetas a  child. These items are variously priced depending on rarity – for example the sheets below are from the 1920′s, double size, and are priced at $35 each.Pending - utica cotton sheets 1920s

Below, a honey pot in the shape of an old-fashioned beeskep – comes complete with a brand new wooden honey server and is priced at $25. Made in England.pending - honey pot - bee skep

More lovely vintage pottery – this time a lustreware 8 piece breakfast set made pre-world war II in Japanpending 12 pce lustreware teaset1  resizedThis gorgeous set would be equally at home on your tea table when you are expecting guests. $50 takes it home!DIGITAL CAMERAShown above is part of my collection of vintage Devon souvenir pottery – this is a lovely three piece set to enjoy a solitary tea break, or you could augment with several other Devonware cups and saucers – they are all compatible and I have a variety from which to choose – this trio are yours for $35 – what a nice gift for yourself!00198 table linens 4 napkins cutwork

 Just this morning I was poking through a bag looking for a particular shade of yarn for my current knitting project and I came across a huge cache of vintage cloth napkins – I have lots from which to choose and they are priced so that you will realize a considerable saving over paper napkins if you use them regularly – so elegant. And so green too!

Be sure to contact me – janet@novascotiaquilts.com – if you would like an item mailed out to you, if you’d like to arrange to come view my pop-up shop at other times than weekends, or if you’d like me to pull out of storgae an array of the type of item you are looking for.

I hope to see you on the weekend – open both Saturday and Sunday this coming weekend and a warm cosy welcome will greet you.

Until then, best wishes from Janet

20% off vintage quilts

 

PLEASE NOTE: this Saturday only, I will be closing shortly before 4PM in order to go over to the Fundy View Hall where there will be a community supper. Lasagna, green salad, homebaked Italian bread, apple crisp and tea or coffee. I will be selling raffle tickets for the drawing on a lovely basket of Christmas goodies! You are all welcome to come over for supper before you head home! 

Now for this week’s post! I am having a special on all my vintage quilts. heirloom quilts and the one remaining quilt made by me for this year’s inventory. All quilts will be 20% off the marked price, which varies from quilt to quilt, but I’m sure you’ll agree is already a very good price.

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Above is an overall shot, and below a close-up for detail on this treasure! “Scattered Morning Glories” was put out by Home Needlecraft in the early 1940′s and measures 78×97. It is unwashed and unused and pristine except for one small amber stain on the reverseThis is a one-of-a-kind treasure almost 75 years old and yours for 20% off the tag price of $575 -  – yours for just $460 while this special lasts!

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Above is a very lovely vintage  Star of Bethlehem quilt, probably made during the 1930′s. I have seen lots of these quilts made with white muslin backgrounds but one rarely sees a solid colour other than white or off white used. I haven’t seen one like this before, so again you’re looking at acquiring a one-of-a-kind item.  The price on the tag reads $400 – so how about $320 to take this lovely quilt home either for yourself or a gift for someone special? 78×78 inches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

home for just $280!

 

 

 

 

very late 19th century or in the early years of the 20th century and is still soft supple and immaculate a hundred years later. Indigoes and double pinks have had a very long career and in reproduction form are among my favourite fabrics.  72×90 with the only wear at the binding which is still intact though fraying; I was asking $600 for this one, but try $480 with the 20% discount!! Still ready for display on your bed.pendinf - bucilla acorn harvest top 2

And above – a beautifully worked cross stitch quilt made from a Bucilla kit called “Acorn Harvest” – this quilt would look lovely in a bedroom which tended towards a more tailored look. The colours ae those staples of the 1970′s – gold and dark olive. The size is ample for a double/queen and it looks as though this quilt has never been used!   I have a VERY SPECIAL price on this one of $400 after discount – it won’t last long!

Bear in mind that I have quite a few more lovely vintage quilts in stock which aren’t shown here, including a couple of darling baby quilts. In addition, this morning I was looking through some storage totes and my “Tickle Trunk” (Canadians who watched Mr. Dress-Up as kids know what that is!) and I found some striking things to add to my current display – new stock includes some French household linens (Including a set of 4 very festive, reversible placemats, a metis (linen/hemp) sheet, and a traditional large metis dish towel) several handworked North American tableclothes from the 30′s and 40′s; and an Inuit tapestry – handworked in Gjoa Haven and signed in syllabics it is called “Sednas”  – this is the Inuit spirit which corresponds to our mermaid but has also religious connotations. It is worked in fine wool felt and beaded appliques applied using blanket stitch to a brilliant deep green wool duffle fabric. It is positively stunning and I have priced it at $325 for the month of December only.

Also take note that I am happy to mail any of these items out to you on receipt of your personal cheque and for the quilts you will pay no more than $20 with insurance and tracking anywhere in North America. “Sednas” will ship for $10, same terms.

COME ON DOWN TOMORROW and then slip over to the hall to join us at our community supper!  Janet 

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SHOP LOCAL AND SHOP GREEN IN NOVA SCOTIA

This ad appeared in the local newspaper this morning. It is reminding us all that this is the Saturday dedicated to shopping at locally owned small businesses. Let’s make this apply to any time we shop.

By supporting locally owned businesses and artists and  craftspeople, we keep money in our local area rather than sending it out to a large corporate business somewhere else. It’s called sustainability, because the more prosperous and creative our local economy is, the stronger it is and the better able to support a vibrant and growing population. This results in more jobs, a better maintained infrastructure, and a smaller carbon footprint.

To give an example of this, yesterday I needed to find a small item to donate for a christmas basket draw to be held at a community supper next week. Rather than travelling a 35mile round trip to a large supermarket, I went to the nearest Farm Market and bought a one pound jar of the honey they pack on site. This was win/win – I used less gas, supported the staff working there and helped to insure that this Market will remain open in the future.

I hope all the people who read this will support small local businesses, whether it is mine, here in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, or another one close to wherever you live! In addition to handcrafted items, I specialize in lovely previously owned vintage items in a wide price range range. Many are priced under $10. All are in immaculate. An example of the items I stock is shown below:

This is a darling early 20th century child’s tea set; all 5 pieces are in as new condition and ready for display. They are small enough to be inexpensive to mail – contact me: janet@novascotiaquilts.com 

See you all soon! Janet

 

A NATURAL CYCLE IN THE SIMPLER LIFE

About 25 years ago in an effort to jump start some tree growth on a property which when I moved to it had only a small lilac bush and a few scrub pussy willows and pin cherries, I bought a bundle of bare-root hybrid poplar saplings no bigger than buggy whips and planted them.

I knew they would grow fast and provide shelter and shade while the slower growing trees came along in their own time. They did better than my wildest dreams, and late last winter, with an end of season ice storm, one of them split off it’s two huge top branches and in falling, those branches took out the power line running along the road – quite a feat, since that tree was back a good 40 or 50 feet from the lines.

It was clear that the time had come to cut those trees before they fell on the house or took out my power service. Over the intervening years, several good hardwoods have grown up and an assortment of spruce and wild cherry and small birch. I am sorry to see these great trees go, but they are leaving a legacy behind: Their leaves have enriched the soil every year; they have provided much needed shade;cutting them down gave a contract at a good living wage to a local small business owner; and friends who will put in the sweat equity will share 50/50 with me as they process next year’s firewood. We all win  and promotion of simpler, local living with a smaller carbon footprint is also a winner.

As you can see, I’m loaded for bear with most of this winter’s firewood stacked either inside my back porch or adjacent to the house. It looks as though I won’t have to buy firewood next year and that is a big help in offsetting the cost of the tree removal as I go through three or more cords each winter and sometimdes more!

 

Tomorrow I’ll get back to the treasures I have for sale in my pop-up shop. Happy Thanksgiving to my friends in the US! Janet

 

I LOVE FINE ART AND FOLK ART – HOW ABOUT YOU?

 

I just checked the weather forecast for the weekend and they are calling for blue skies and daytime temperatures of around 8 ot 9 celsius.

That’s hard to believe with it cold and mizzly with a raw west wind while I was carriyng in the day’s supply of wood for my stove! But I AM going to believe it, and encourage you to take a run down to the valley to check out all our local and green shops and boutiques.

Everything from locally sourced and organic fresh fruit, meat and vegetables to a couple of pieces of great Nova Scotia Folk ART.

Above is a picture of my Elmer Killen carving of a “Poor Man’s ” team ploughing. I was with my mother over 25 years ago when she purchased this at a gallery in Blockhouse, Lunenburg County run for a short time by Chris Huntingdon, who was instrumental in the revival of interest in Nova Scotia folk art.

Elmer Killen was one of the foremost artists of that first generation of folk artists artists who numbered Collins Eisenhauer, Eddie Mandaggio, Maud Lewis and Joe Norris among them.

Mom left this carving to me when she died over 20 years ago and now it’s time I passed it on to another collector to love. The carving, complete with farm dog and a couple of foraging gulls is in almost pristine condition – I’ll leave the decision to either touch up the paint where it peeled off the gesso or not to. Contact me janet@novascotiaquilts.com to discuss pricing. This will be a pick up only purchase.

Above is a carving I’ve enjoyed owning for several years now. Bought from Houston North Gallery during a featured exhibition of vintage and newer pieces of Nova Scotia folk art, this lovely polychrome  carving of an almost life sized gull on a buoy is the work of Roseville Tanner. It comes with provenance and again is a pick up only purchase. You can take this lovely, guaranteed housebroken, fellow home for $225! Contact me if you wish to put a hold on him.  janet@novascotiaquilts.com.

Below are three paintings I’d like to share with you today. They are oil on canvas board painted in the late 1920′s or early 1930′s by Wilfred Cyr who painted in Amesbury Massachussets, near the old fishing port of Gloucester which at that time was host to the International Fishing Schooner Races. Mr Cyr and his brother were both physically challenged artists who painted and also ran a cartooning school. It would not surprise me if these oils were painted in the studio using MacAskill’s famous photographs. 

The painting above which is 18×20 and nicely framed is of a schooner race.

Above, a group of schooners “ghosting” along in a very light breeze – I can hear the gentle flapping of the sails and the hiss of water passing under their hulls, can you?  Again, nicely framed and 12×16.

And finally, below, a lovely seascape with the rich but muted colours so popular in that period.

You can buy any one of these lovely, ready to hang, oil paintings by a listed artist for $100 each or take all three home for $300. Again, I’m asking for pick up only on these lovely works of art and that you contact me if you want anything put on “Hold”

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I’m looking forward to welcoming you to my home this weekend and would like to remind all you quilters and needleworkers out there that I have fabrics galore, kits, patterns and books at amazing prices.

See You!   Janet

COME TO THE ANNAPOLIS VALLEY THIS WEEKEND!

Come down to the Annapolis Valley any weekend between now and Christmas and you’ll have a down to earth experience of locally sourced meat, fruit and vegetables at our Farmers’ Markets, our produce stands and our specialty food shops. You’ll lunch at delicious cafe style or pub style eateries on local and fresh seasonal food in many cases sourced less than 5 kilometers from their doors, and you will be able to select gifts for giving, and treasures for yourself from a variety of handcraft, vintage and artisan shops.

This weekend, I’m featuring a variety of vintage French imports I’ve collected over the years. The first photo – at the top of this post – is a grouping of nine tiny nativity figures. These are the tiny “feves” meant to be wrapped in a twist of waxed paper and stirred into the batter of the ‘King’s Cake” for the feast of the Epiphany. They are made – a different set each year –  by Quimper in Brittany, and are eagerly collected as they are a limited edition and not available as open stock from year to year.

The second photo above, is of a pair of simple and lovely candlesticks, also made by Quimper, under contract to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, which for a brief space of time in the late 1960′s and early 1970′s commissioned well known manufacturers to make beautiful reproduction furniture, rugs and housewares for sale under their brand. These now vintage items have become very sought after. You will find my prices on these, as on all my items, is well below market value and the items are in excellent condition. Contact me if you can’t come by in person.

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Two sweet items above: the first is a darling French vintage sheet for a baby’s bed – it is woven of ‘metis’ – a mix of flax and hemp and has woven blue floral decoration all around. Sized at 46×60 inches, it is practical to use on baby’s bed, as it was intended, or would make a lovely table topper, or even a single curtain – delicate looks belie how very tough this textile is – made to withstand washing after washing in hot water with strong laundry soap – you can’t go wrong!

The little shirt is a toddler’s size 3 or 4 made of 100% cotton sourced in Provence and manufactured by the highly sought after  Les Olivades firm, it is brand new vintage stock – your little girl or boy will look sweet in this!

And below: a stylish and ageless diaper bag – again brand new old stock – made by the loved and respected firm of Pierre Deux (now out of business after a very long and successful run in France and the United States) it opens to function as a changing pad and has all the internal fittings expected in a diaper bag. Timeless, and very casual chic.

SOLD on May 21/13!!

For those of you who love the Pierre Deux fabric handbags I have a small selection of these too at very attractive prices, and in very nice used condition - just ask!

Finally, to pique your interest – I have a set of three books on design and French living put out Pierre Deux – featuring life in Brittany, Normandy, Provence which have for the last 35 years been sourcebooks of design and style for many people who want a traditional and at the same time stylish home. I am pricing these, plus a couple of other books I have on French Country style, at well below the going market price. In looking through online booksellers I am seeing these books at anywhere up to $75 – try $10 each instead at my pop-up shop! They won’t last long.

Now, as a little reward for folks who’ve read all the way through, if you’d like to make a day of it when you come down to the valley and want to plan a pleasant itinerary, here are a few suggestions: I’m assuming you will be using Highway 101.

Get off it at the Avonport exit so that you can include a visit to Just us! Coffee Roasters – I buy all my coffee there and grind beans daily for my coffee press – yum!http://www.justuscoffee.com/locations/grand-pre-coffeehouse - there is a fully stocked retail store as well as a small roastery museum, and a busy cafe where you can pick up a light snack and your favourite beverage to eat in or take back to your car.

Carry on into Wolfville, which is a busy University and retirement town with many attractions, including the Saturday morning Farmers Market – http://www.wolfvillefarmersmarket.ca/ where you will find over 40 vendors – artisanal, food and produce – you’re sure to take home some treats!

Check out the many boutiques and specialty shops, and then go over the bridge to Port Williams and take in brunch at the Port Pub – http://www.theportpub.com/ - there is something to please everyone any time of day, but the 11AM to 2PM bruch menu seems like a great idea to me! Again, locally sourced food, fine ambience and value pricing – can’t be beaten! http://www.foxhillcheesehouse.com/index.htm is the website of nearby Fox Hill Cheese shop – if you miss them at the Farmers’ Market, pop in to their Farm Shop near Port Williams – lots of signs to point the way.

If you are a knitter or hand spinner, before youi head to Port Williams  you will want to make a special trip up to Gaspereau Valley Fibres – a different kind of Farm Shop. Straight up Gaspereau Avenue in Wolfville will bring you to  http://www.gaspereauvalleyfibres.ca/ where you will find yarns spun from the flock of sheep there and lots of other imported yarns and knitting and spinning supplies. I especially enjoy their Plain and Simple line of knitting leaflets – classics that are clearly written and easy to follow.

I hope you picked up some maple syrup, farm fresh milk and eggs to bring home with you, because a blogger friend of mine, Jenna at Cold Antler Farm in upstate New York posted a ‘don’t miss it’ recipe for pancakes yesterday http://www.coldantlerfarm.blogspot.ca/2012/11/back-by-popular-demand-caf-pancakes.html#links - is your mouth watering as much as mine? I’m going to add a few frozen blueberries to my batch, but dried cranberries would be good too. Give it a try!

See you this weekend or maybe next, but if you can’t make it in person, contact me at janet@novascotiaquilts.com with your wish list.  (I’m sure to have something you’ll love!