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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. 00192 Tablelinens acao cloth heavily embroidered 31x32

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 – – 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.







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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



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 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.

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”  

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


Many Nova Scotians are beginning to see the benefits both for themselves and their local community of shopping locally through small businesses that emphasise the practices of environmentally friendly products and and keeping profit in the local area

People are also beginning to heed the buy local, buy handcrafted or vintage promotions we are starting to see everywhere.

In resoonse to the demand for local outlets featuring vintage and handcrafted items suitable for gift giving I have decided to host a “pop-up” shop on Saturdays and Sundays until Christmas – I may be open as well after Christmas, but that would very much depend on weather conditions. (Above is a photo of a rare circa 1920’s children’s book – a very sharpeyed shopper snapped this book up along with it’s companion books on France and Holland not long ago – I found another one – so grab it quickly!) 

Above: A vintage 1972 Holly Hobbie crib quilt kit put out by Paragon – one of the respected quilt kit producers during the last half of the twentieth century.

Shown above are two lovely vintage tablecloths:The first is a block printed large cloth by Charles Demery for Souieleado – a legendary firm in Provence that has given us so many lovely textiles – dates to the late 1960’s or early 1970’s and is most attractively priced.

The second picture shows a beautiful handcrafted at home luncheon cloth – lavishly hand embroidered and embellished with hand crocheted edging – again very reasonably priced for a pristine one of a kind textile. Pefect for give giving!

My standards are exacting when I choose vintage items to make available to my clientele, and I never release for sale any item I wouldn’t proudly own myself – you can be sure of quality and honest statements of condition when you shop with me.

So why not come out to the Annapolis Valley while the weather holds. Make a day of it – shop the local farm markets and meat markets, have lunch at a gastro-pub that specialises in local foods and brews and come out to Hall’s Harbour and view in person the lovely items I have hand picked for you,

Remember, I have a very wide variety of items: quilting fabric, patterns, notions, needlework kits of all kinds, vintage ceramics, vintage textiles, and fine and folk art. A free bonus item every day to the first person to make a purchase!!

If you would like me to make a pre-selection of specific items on your wish list why not contact me in advance and I’ll be sure to hunt up a good selection for you to choose from. Also if you cannot make it in person, I can supply you with pictures and description of items you are considering and will be happy to mail to you.

Contact me:

I am located at 641 West Hall’s Harbour Road

My OPEN banner will guide you – go through the village and climb the hill staying on the paved road – I’m on the right about 2km up the road. A wam welcome awaits you!