Have you seen my new amazing vintage find?! This plate kills me – it’s a kitty inside a plate. It’s an actual (well, not actual-actual, that really would be creepy), 3D fuzzy kitty with a tiny heart nose and toy eyes – under glass. The man at the charity shop implied that he’d seen these before, but I certainly haven’t – is this, like, a thing I don’t know about?! I’m calling it a plate-cat, because it’s just so much more than a cat on a plate, don’tcha think?
There’s just so, so much to love about this ridiculous object, but my favorite might be that the Eyes. Don’t. Match. Seriously – check out the close-up above – they’re different eyes!!
Oh, the happiness. Best vintage find EVER.
Here is another treasure I saved from the trash at the charity shop – a stunning tablecloth made of, I’m not sure, some kind of rayon? There’s no fiber content on the German tag, but it’s all slinky and shimmery – definitely not even a little bit of cotton in there. Only some of it visible in this photo, but this tablecloth is very, very badly stained – there’s large yellow stains, little pink ones all over – it’s a mess. But I absolutely have to at least try and save it – it’s so beautiful (those bright colors, they kill me!), I’d love to be able to use it as a tablecloth for special occasions.
So – this is an open call for help! Any washing / stain-budging advice to share? Any experience with saving vintage textiles that might help me out? Pretty please, shout it out!
I’m not sure yet what I’m going to do with these, but I rescued this little pile of vintage embroideries (tablecloths, a tea towels, etc.) from the charity shop I volunteer for – because they’re all stained or worn, they were going to go into the trash. How sad! I couldn’t let that happen, right?!
How amazing are these awful Christmas kittens panels?!?! There’s three of them but I do love this kittens-in-a-basket one the best. I mean, what’s more traditionally tacky than kittens in a basket!?
I snapped up these panels from the charity shop a few months ago for the back of my Christmas quilt:
– if you haven’t already caught it on Flickr or Instagram. It’s one single gigantic (60″ square) Swoon block, all made from stash and scraps and just a few purchases to get enough of the right colors.
The top is all sewn now and I’m putting the back together from these ridiculous kittens, some of my low-volume scraps from the front, and that floral vintage sheet above – yes, it really is that bright! I love vintage sheets or fabric so much – and even better if there’s tacky cats involved!
Not much to see, but I’ve painted the frame my embroidered girl came in! It’s still drying in the garden shed; I’ll give a few days then look into how properly mount the embroidery nice and smooth.
Hopefully next week I can show you a finished cleaned, repaired, and reframed vintage embroidery!