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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:

pending - yardley lavender counter figurine

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. 

pending - pepperell muslin double sheet - two of them

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

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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

 

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”

janet@novascotiaquilts.com  

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