In the front parlor are 2 large, matching, vintage jelly cupboards which, due to a nasty accumulation of junk 'n' stuff, I had not paid attention to for quite sometime. This weekends mingle featured Kelley C. (aka JunqueyGal) and her mystical,magical stitchery machine along with totes of vintage trims, buttons and baubles. It re-ignited the dampened fuse in my brain and ,*poof*!, I recalled the stash stuffed cupboards.
As with any overwhelming matter requiring sharp synaptic skills to be employed under a certain calm, levelheadedness , we hustled our bustles and got to sorting out vintage linen from lace & barkcloth then began fastidiously cutting, piecing, and sewing........
Totes, purses, wristlets and whatnots to be worked and embellished like the pantry maids latest gossip.
Colorful, spring accessorizing wrist cuffs from the artsy, to the feminine and farm girl ~*
Ohhhhh la la ! Exquisite vintage furrier labels reFURbished with a bit of Paris panache.
Digging through the hoard, I came upon my small collection of vintage Steiff hand puppets. My wee sister fell in pure love with Daniel Striped Tiger and fond memories of the iconic, beloved Mr. Rogers filled our hearts.....Kelly even broke into her "Mew mew meow meow" Henrietta Pussy Cat voice :)
Finding wonderful things you'd forgotten you ever had is better than the best of Christmases. Faded vintage pink and violet hued Roses on a background of overcast sky gray ....sigh....
Antique precision handwork of delicate clover on white cotton caused my heart to skip a beat....
I fashioned this Fox Hunt Hound wristlet cuff while Kelley went a bit more glamourous and created a thing of bling from vintage trims and lovely bold, blue Pomegranate pin.
Day lent itself to eve and onward into the night we did sew and forge fabrics while Kelly L. (aka, my littlest sibling) ,wire wrapped some OOAK rings from natural stones and old jewel remnants, befitting of a Queens crown.
This mingle turned into a sleep-over, weekend retreat as how can one possibly stop the flow of creativity once the dam has been broke ?......as was the case when the old jelly cupboard doorknob was turned......In the morning we had hardy steel-cut oats, piping hot with a large dollop of Fig Jam.....indulgent for we humble tinkers of the abbey.
A cup of berry tea whilst cleaning up the aftermath of creative minds in high gear and then ,we packed up our suitcases, bid one another adieu .....until our next bi-monthly mingle. Care to join us?