I’ve been sorting a huge collection of Letterpress blocks for months now. When I got the collection I had no idea that many of the pieces would overlap with so many other things that I love.
Did I buy these buttons to use on something myself or did I buy them to sell? There are a bunch of sewing projects rumbling around in my brain, but I don’t think buttons figure much in them. Was I holding onto the memories through the buttons? But wouldn’t it be fabulous if someone actually used them in some way, even if it was in a sweet little vignette? I’ve added them to my Etsy Shop.
Marc put these together on Sunday. This will be the last Bouquet of the year. So I think my summer hiatus must officially be over.
Yes, I’m still here. The Letterpress project continues. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been out there buying.
Last night there were loads of tools to sit through and I only bought a couple of things. There were two lots of hankies, about a hundred in each lot. But they were all folded up, or more accurately put, scrunched into tiny balls and tightly stuffed into plastic grocery bags. So I really could not tell too well what they would turn out to be like. A quick search has turned up a Nursery Rhyme, and astrology wheel and a scottie dog. Not to be greedy, but after they go through my little laundry I am hoping for more good ones.
There are also a number of mens’ hankies in there. I actually love a hanky with a nice plaid around the outside edge. In fact, that is the kind I like to take running with me. (Have a mentioned that I’ve taken up running again?) I was thinking that some clever person who loves a more retro look has probably come up with some fabulous way of using these. If someone has a picture of anything made with those I’d love to share it here.
And then I bought a mailbox. I am embarassed to say that my shop mailbox has been broken for about two months at least. The door came off. Last night for $5.00 I got a great one in white that just needs to be cleaned off a little. I’m also going to stencil a number on there too.
But now for the bad news. The auction was nowhere near over when the building started to flood. No kidding. I felt so badly. The water seemed to be pouring in as the water came down in sheets outside. The runoff was incredible. Most people started to help move things…but to where. Their building is always so chock full of stuff. I am afraid that today they have a terrible mess on their hands. Hopefully, their loses won’t be too great.
Sometimes when discussing bakelite with people they have expressed their inability to distinguish the scent of it. For myself, after thirty years of looking at it and using it I’m not usually one of those people who stands in a public place feverishly rubbing the piece in question to work up some heat on it and then sniffs it. I’ve even seen folks licking the stuff.
A couple of weeks ago, before “Letterpress World,” I placed a handful of bakelite pieces into a plastic bin I’ve been using for years. It has a tight fitting lid to keep the dust off things that are waiting for their photos to be taken. Yesterday when I opened the bin the smell of bakelite, or the chemical phenol formaldehyde of which it is made, nearly knocked me over. So if you have a piece you could easily learn the smell by such a strategy. I’ve had other plastics in the bin and there was barely an odor at all when the bin was opened.
A mix of different color bakelite handles is a cheery site. So don’t be put off by the lack of complete matching sets available. But keep the handles out of direct sunlight as that will quickly change the colors.
…it definitely can be. The filigree-type pieces from the 30′s are lovely. It would make a lovely paperweight if you don’t print. So I don’t really want to say I started to miss pretty after nearly a month of working with so much printing stuff. It may be light and bright that I started to crave. So I did break down and list a couple of other things.
First, a Crown Staffordshire cup and saucer in the Blue Bow pattern. If you’ve never seen this pattern or any other china patterns that has raised enamel work on it, hunt for some. On this pattern the bows are enameled and feel embossed as you run a finger over them. Gorgeous!
And for a fabric fix I added a vintage, 36″ floral bouquet fabric to Etsy. This is a piece I bought thinking I would use it. Truth be told I can’t even remember what I thought I would use it for. That’s always a bad sign. And it is really too lovely for a life in a drawer. It is barkcloth era, but it is more of a flat broadcloth. There are no makers marks on the salvages.
Wondering what happened to the auction and flea market reports? A couple are on the way as soon as the sun shines for some major picture taking.