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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


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: 

See you all soon! Janet



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.

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! – 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 – 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 – – 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! 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 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 – 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 with your wish list.  (I’m sure to have something you’ll love!


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!