"Karen I have just the box for you. I'm going to ship it to you."
My first thought was "OH GEEZ! How much?" Because Claudia is a highly educated and trained professional art appraiser. She also does Estate Sales. But she is BIG TIME . . . . if you know what I mean. Nothing little ol' me could ever afford.
"uhhhhhh . . . Claudia - what do you think you would charge?"
"Oh Karen, I just know you are going to love each and every thing in this box, it's been in my garage for about 40 years now. But if you don't like it, send it back and it'll be no problem."
Okkaaaaayyyyyyyyy . . . UGH!
I got it two days later. I was so excited but kind of nervous - some people just don't get this whole vintage craft thing. I opened it up not having a clue what I was going to find. Here is just some of it . . .
It all came wrapped in an old sheet zipper bag.
Once I started pulling things out . . . I got REALLY excited!
And it just kept coming and coming . . .
Hundreds of old, beautiful, YUMMY pieces of lace and ribbon and cloth.
I finally grabbed a yardstick cause I wanted
to measure all of the pieces, and grabbed some
Beautiful old trims in lovely shades of pink . . .
I think these are my favorite. A matching collar and cuffs taken
from an old gown. STUNNING!
Old collars - several of them . . .
Doilies and handkerchiefs . . .
Old well worn gloves with a poem tucked inside . . .
I wonder what the story behind that is?
We are talking YUMMY pieces of lace and trims.
Some pieces just very small, one was only 3" long.
But I love it! All of it!
Some, like the piece below, are so fragile
it feels like it is just going to melt when you pick it up.
I'm even trying not to hoard it,
(like I have a tendency to do.
GASP! We never hoard . . . do we?)
I'm even using the top piece in the picture below
on a very special project I'm making right now.
Recipient shall remain nameless . . . but!
You'll recognize it when you get it! (hehehe)
She just "gets it". It turns out she had backpacked all through New England before attending college and kept finding all of these wonderful things. She stuffed them in her backpack and figured some day to use them. She never did, but held onto them until she could find the right person to pass them on to. And that! my dear friends! was LUCKY ME! Sigh. Just good stuff.
Well, that's it for today. I have so much to do! All my swaps are finished, with the last one ready to be mailed on the 15th. I just have a few more things to get together before I take off for Petticoats and Parasols in Savannah on the 21st. OMG! It's almost here! I RSVP'd for this Art Event last September when I met Jennifer Hayslip at An Artistic Affaire L'Autumne. And when I asked Jodie from Everything Vintage if she wanted to come - it took her all of about three seconds to say yes. I cannot wait!! We are going to have a wonderful, wonderful time!
Off to the market . . . Have a wonderful day everyone!