Wednesday, December 16, 2009

VTT

All of our vintage Christmas ornaments are packed away where I cannot get to them easily-except for these two stockings I made in the early seventies for my sons. I have passed along the other two to the other boys but these two remain. I would offer Matthew's to JW for his son Matthew but it's so old fashioned I doubt baby Matt's mum will be impressed so perhaps it just needs to stay here with us.

Very country, primitive, we were living in the heart of Texas and that was Christmas back then. Our boys found lots of treasures in these stockings over the years when they came out Christmas morning to see them bulging with surprises.
Next year perhaps we will unpack the many many older ornaments and let the kids come take what they want. The last couple of years we have just had the one tree and that is all silver, gold and glass. I don't have the mojo for two Christmas trees and all the accompanying work, the packing up is the worst isn't it?

Now here's a real blast from the past, this glass tray with the gold leaf design and wooden handles is from 1964 to be exact. It has survived many moves around the world and I still use it so it deserves to stay around!
The dainty appliqued tea cloth with drawn threadwork folded under the tray was my Mum's and it is circa 1940's.

This little teapot cozy my Mum knitted for me in the early 70's because I complained that I couldn't find one in USA........

and I crocheted this delightful concoction myself to cover my silver teapot, the colors are so 70's aren't they?

Similar food doilies have shown up on my blog for VTT in the past, I have quite the collection, and like the teapot cozies no respectable Australian household would be without them back in the day. I am quite attached to them and use them still, in fact this one covers the water jug that sits by the coffee maker.
Now head on over to Colorado Lady's blog and check in with all the other vintage addicts.

15 comments:

CC said...

Hi Ros..
Ohhh, how I love all your pretty thinks, from the sweet Christmas stockings to the tea cozies..to the crocheted piece covering the water. I saw one of those covers made with cloth and beads to hold the cover down, in my Country Living book and thought them so cool that I had to make some. When I get them done,I will post about them. Yours and in the book is the only places I've seen the little covers and I just love them.
Happy VTT and have a wonderful weekend.
p.s. the background on your blog is so pretty..

Maureen said...

It never ceases to amaze me how things, particularly fabrics, weather the years. Still beautiful after so many years.

Just in case....Merry Christmas.

marian said...

it was like stepping back in time seeing your glass tray coz my mum had one just like it lol!!..love that sweet little drawn threadwork supper cloth too!!..and of course i've got a soft spot for tea cozies as well..can't half tell you're an Aussie gal, Ros :) xx

Ulla said...

Your crohected tea cosy made me giggle; I remember the "fresh" colours of the 70's: mustard yellow, moss green...

jojo said...

beautiful and sweet treasures. As you said the 70's were something else weren't they...what were we thinking?? Thanks for sharing Ros...jj

Maria said...

Fabrics does have a history of their own, that teapot cover do indeed wisper it was born in the 70´s.

Jane said...

I find the teapot covers so interesting. I don't remember ever having a teapot on the stove when I was growing up so the covers were never anything I remember seeing either. I have to admit that I was not familiar with food doilies either. Very interesting post. Thanks!
Jane

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

Thanks for the blast from the past. It's funny how you can look at some items and say what time period they were from just based on the color alone. Happy Holidays!
Living it up at Lakewood,
Cindy

Postcardy said...

The crocheted tea cozy is amazing. I've never seen tea cozies or food doilies.

Vonlipi said...

The stockings are adorable! And please do not let that glass try lying around coz' I might just take it! It's so beautiful! :)

Linda said...

Roslyn, thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I love your vintage items....the tea cozies are so cute...love the 60's tray, retro is so in!
~~Linda

Miri said...

What a wonderful collection of vintage needlework-from the country stockings to your 70s ruffle skirt tea cosy!

~~Carol~~ said...

Those stockings that you made are really pretty, and I just love homemade ones the best! And your tea cozies are so sweet, but my favorite thing is the food doily. If only us Americans were more civilized, I'd have one too! I love the idea of them. Maybe I can turn a plain old doily into one by adding beads or something weighty to the edges. These would be perfect in the summer, to keep bees and flies out of our drinks!
Merry Christmas and Happy VTT!
Carol

Coloradolady said...

I love the stockings....they speak of home and holidays...so cute! Everything you showed today was great...loved the glass tray....I think that would have went well with a set of dishes my mom had at one time! Have a great VTT!

Manang Kim said...

oh wow...they are so great...wish I could make like that too...sigh!!


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