the good, the bag and the ugly

modflowers: vintage trimsGood things come in a bag.

Think of sweets; think of Santa’s sack; think of crisps. (Except, that is, for the crisps my Nanna once offered me, which were in a paper bag that emerged after having spent some considerable time in her handbag. Those were not good at all.)

I always love a good rummage through a bag. Boxes are good too, but bags… well, they hide their contents better.

This can be annoying when you’re searching for your keys, but when you are rummaging amongst charity shop stock it is definitely A Good Thing.

It means there could be stuff hidden at the bottom of a bag that other, less committed rummagers are unlikely to have ferreted out before you got there.

My local charity shop, the one I have mentioned before, often leaves stuff in bags. Or, as in yesterday’s case, sometimes they put lots of little things into a bag together, I guess to make it worthwhile buying them.

I refrained from sorting through the contents of the small bag I bought from there yesterday whilst in the shop, because I could see at a cursory glance that it contained goodies more than worth the price tag.

That, and I’ve always been a bit of a one for the pleasures of delayed gratification.

modflowers: vintage trimsIt was worth the wait.

Tiny trims galore spilled out as I upended said bag on the table at home.

Little flowers, the sort you used to find on childhood undies…

modflowers: vintage trimsA skein of lace, still with it’s factory printed label (with the old pre-1995 Nottingham telephone dialling code) from the days when Nottingham still made lace…

modflowers: vintage trimsA length of nylon frill, which reminds me of the front of a shirt that my Dad wore to a “posh” do sometime in the mid-1970s…modflowers: vintage trimsMore little flowers…modflowers: vintage trimsmodflowers: vintage trimsAnd some lengths of brownish trims, of which this is the nicest…modflowers: vintage trimsYes, mixed bags are definitely A Good Thing.

But they don’t call them “mixed bags” for nothing.

There’s usually something in the mix you’d rather there wasn’t.

Nothing smelly, squishy, dead, dirty or disgusting in this case (thank heavens!)

But I’m not quite sure about this…

modflowers: the good, the bag and the uglyAnd here’s another thing I would not have chosen for it’s own sake…

modflowers: the good, the bag and the uglyThat jewel is very plasticky indeed. Perhaps it fell off a little girl’s fairy wand. I bet it originated in China.

So there it is: the good, the bag, and the ugly.

What’s the best – or worst – thing you’ve ever found lurking at the bottom of a bag? ♥


mouse in a box

modflowers: mouse in a boxI’ve been having a bit of a think recently.

About new things to make. Or more, rather, about new ways of presenting things I make, to make them more attractive and desirable.

I still want to make little characters, because that’s what brings me most joy to create.

Like this one…

modflowers: mouse in a boxmodflowers: mouse in a boxMolly Mouse turned out all right in the end, although at one point I wasn’t sure that she was going to.

I was only just able to turn her right-side-out, a common problem when making new tiny things. It’s really hard to know exactly how tiny to go first-time-around, and bits of her got stuck in the turning, which caused me some mutterings.

But we got there in the end.

This is how tiny Molly is:

modflowers: mouse in a boxI’d go even smaller if I could, but I’m not sure my equipment (including my eyes) is up to it.

Anyway, Molly is a bit little and not really up for any rough handling, so I thought that she might appreciate being decorative, rather than useful.

She, and other creatures like her, are going to be given little boxes to live in, to hang on the wall…

modflowers: mouse in a boxI’m not sure yet about the background. That fabric, a very recent acquisition from Ticking Stripes, is lovely, but just one of many possibilities.

I could also add other bits and bobs to her little home…

modflowers: mouse in a boxmodflowers: mouse in a boxAnyway, I have more thing-in-a-box ideas brewing.

I just need to find me a supply of suitable boxes now. ♥


textile temptations

modflowers: textile temptationsA few years ago, I admit, I used to have a bit of an addiction.

Nothing too seedy, don’t worry.

For a while, I devoted many hours to it, sometimes at the expense of family harmony.

But it did more-or-less furnish our home, and provided me with a good proportion of my fabric collection, so it wasn’t all bad by any means.

Eventually though, I got bored of Ebay.

It mainly lost it’s appeal due to unscrupulous sellers supplying the shoddy, the stained and the shattered-in-transit.

And now that everyone’s savvy to the splendours of secondhand, Ebay doesn’t really seem to offer much in the way of bargains any more, so I tend to steer clear.

But I did allow myself a little look over the weekend. A small indulgence, a mini peek-ette, just to squint at what I might be missing.

And sure enough, there were still textile temptations a-plenty (click on the photos for the source)…

modflowers: Cranbrook vintage fabric by Osmanmodflowers: vintage 1970s Almedahls butterfly & floral print cotton interiors fabricmodflowers: textile temptationsmodflowers: Volution by Peter Hall for HealsI managed to resist all of those – and more. I know. My willpower is supreme.

Then we went to Leicester for Sunday lunch – a vegetarian all-you-can-eat curry buffet. Its one of our favourite treats.

And as we walked off our (over)indulgence, we passed by one of my favourite vintage shops, Dolly Mix Vintage.

It’s always been closed when we’ve passed by before on a Sunday, but this time it was open. So I just had to pop in.

And there, on the counter, was this pile of loveliness…

modflowers: textile temptationsAnd suddenly, my willpower crumbled to dust, and these came home with me…

pillowcases - 1 560They are unused, dead stock 1970s cotton pillowcases, the continental type (so, as well as gorgeous they are huge)…

pillowcases - 2 560pillowcases - 5 560 pillowcases - 3 560You can say what you like about the temptations of online shopping.

But for me, the fact is that when it comes to textile temptations, there’s just no resisting the real thing when it’s right there in front of you. ♥