Thursday, June 5, 2014

Another sun-kissed day.......

......another drive through the picturesque Tassie countryside; which of course could mean, another visit to an op shop or perhaps a bric-a-brac shop.....and of course could also result in a few more 'cheap as chips' lovelies to take home. Yes indeedy, to make the most of another sun-filled day the decision to seize the day was agreed upon. I suppose I really could have stayed home and stitch a hexie or two, but it was really too idyllic a day to stay home......stitching hexies. I won't think about those hexies now....I'll think about them tomorrow (or perhaps the next day)....after all tomorrow is another day (to borrow a phrase from an obstinate heroine)!

There is always some 'lovely' to be discovered whilst rummaging around an op shop. Whilst my attention was mainly concerned with the ladies' clothes rack, in search of jackets that I want to tart up for a pop-up market later this year, my husband fell upon this vintage beauty. 'Tis a curtain length (approx 4 metres) of the most whimsical fabric, reminiscent of Holly Hobbie designs of old!! My, I have trained him well, very well indeed!!


When I was a child, Denise Holly Ulinskas', Holly Hobbie designs were seen everywhere. The cute artwork of little girls dressed in gingham and calico, with sweet bonnets atop their heads, were imprinted on many, many things. I would save up my pocket money and collect greeting cards, plates, dishes, hurricane lamps, books (of course), calendars et cetera. I loved the sense of bygone days that the designs captured. Days of a long ago time, evoking a feeling of a simpler and gentler way of life; of quiet pleasures and of a homespun spirit.




Each one of these li'l girls is so sweet. Each one is quite large, at 30cms, so there is oodles of fodder for the imagination, to incorporate these pretty li'l misses into a stitching pretty or two.

Along with the exquisite pictures of Holly Hobbie, on whatever paraphernalia they were imprinted, there was always a whimsical saying to brighten one's day. Somehow these quaint quotes resonated with me. Sayings such as; "Loving is a special art, that everyone should know by heart"......"The road to a friend's house is never long"....."Sharing is the nicest way, to put more sunshine in your day".....the charmingl quotes just go on and on and on.

As a creative gal, I have always collected pictures that tickled my fancy, thinking they will come in handy some day, as I stroll along my yellow brick road of design and creativity. I bought a Holly Hobbie 1989 calendar and filed it away with such an intention.


Over the last couple of days there has been a design concept colliding around my brainpan, involving sweet children, whom I want to 'draw' free hand with my machine, around a rather humdrum lampshade.....(surely not another lampshade.....I hear you say), but that story is for another time. Me thinks I will use this fabric and my Holly Hobbie calendar for a li'l inspiration.

Of course this fabric wasn't the only treasure that was to be found on that sun-filled day. At a quaint li'l bric-a-brac shop we stumbled upon this lovely fire screen. I admired this piece-de-resistance from afar and after my ocular orbits nearly popped out of their sockets at the 'cheap as chips' price on it; I gathered it up, handed over some legal tender and scrambled out of the shop, before the astonished man could change his mind. It really was a bargain...........I wonder if the li'l man realised just how cheaply he had let this treasure go for.


It is the most beautiful needlepoint encased in a lovely oak frame. Whomever stitched this lovely design spent a lot of time and care and effort on this piece. There is only a few li'l imperfections.....but one really has to play "I spy with my li'l eye" to find them.  The myriad of colours set against the black background do look mighty purdy. Yes indeedy, another treasure that will add a dash of  refinement to our hearth.







So, all in all, another lovely day spent, wandering around this gorgeous li'l isle at the bottom of the world. But perhaps now, I really, really should stitch a few more  hexies.....but then, there is a small matter of some designing to do, transferring a rather characterless lampshade into a whimsical piece; and, there is also........

Deary, deary me........so much to do.......so little time!!


14 comments:

  1. What totally delightful finds! That tapestry is ahhh-mazing! The 'Holly Hobby' fabric is soooo you. Is an 'op shop' a thrift store or an antique store?

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    1. Yes, Miss Vicki, an 'op' shop is what you, over there in the USofA call a thrift shop....a shop filled with oodles of thrifty opportunity. ;)

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  2. I love the fabric and the fire screen i s just gorgeous! I must go back to rummaging in 2nd hand stores - sometimes they are a goldmine!

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  3. The fire screen looks to be cross stitched - so much beautiful work. At least it has now found a home where it is truly appreciated once more.
    I remember Holly Hobbie too and owned a Holly Hobbie jigsaw puzzle. A wonderful treasure filled day out for you.

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  4. Hello Kim,

    I remember Holly Hobby, I think I had a similar book, maybe an Autograph book.
    Just love your fire place screen. I picked one up at a garage sale years ago. It belonged to a Mum of a school friend. Her husband gave her the kit for her first wedding anniversary and none of the family wanted it. I gladly took it home.

    Happy days.
    Bev.

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  5. Let me start bt saying your header is so gorgeous. So much to look at that I nearly forgot to scroll down. Well done hubby! Breakfast in bed for you : )
    Holly hobby was huge I remember. My sister had a jumper and I couldn't wait for her to hand it down! Have fun planning your new lampshade

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  6. loving your op shopped treasures especially your Holly Hobby fabric. I will have to borrow your husband some time ,, mine would never set his foot in one and generally does not like clutter...but that hasn't stopped me from collecting and adding to the paraphernalia around the house.
    The tapestry frame is beautiful and I can see it fitting in quite nicely. It is always lovely to have someone do all the hard work for you

    I'm loving the new header.. a change is as good as a holiday and we get to go on the holiday with you. And may I say I especially love..love ..LOVE your cathedral windows on the sidelines. Not that they should be sidelined but it is lovely to enjoy their beauty as we read. Nice makeover! xx Monique

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  7. What amazing finds! I'm glad it was you (and your husband) that discovered them - they will be well looked after. I LOVE all the individual photos of Holly Hobbie.

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  8. Your little corner of the world is certainly a treasure trove of vintage loveliness! I'm looking forward to seeing the lampshade your are planning :)

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  9. I too remember Hollie Hobbie, you've made me feel very nostalgic.

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  10. The fabric is very cute, and perfect for the Holly Hobbie fan that you are. I love that tapestry fire screen ... well done to find such a treasure. Wendy x

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  11. oh my, oh my, oh my!!! Another wonderful day gathering treasures. My daughter loved Hollie Hobbie as did I. AND the lampshade in planning stage. Can't wait to see what you do!!!

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    1. It seems there are generations who loved Holly Hobbie. Now for that lampshade...it is actually coming along quite nicely.....thus far.

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  12. Thank you for sharing the link with me. What a great find and I love the HH calendar. I remember these sweet little girls so well.

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