Antique buttons

These are the finds from this weekend at the flea market. I’m getting more and more selective with what I bring home. For example, this time I have left behind a vintage tiger plush and a doll from the fifties, which were very nice but I thought about the limited space I have at home. I don’t regret not buying them, I do have my mother’s childhood dolls from the fifties and those are enough for me :).

I’m very glad I have found these antique buttons, though. Even if I do have enough buttons, too, these are so small and they could be part of some jewelry project or some crafty thing in the future. They are tiny brass buttons with beautiful details. DSCN9492DSCN9507DSCN9506DSCN9505DSCN9500DSCN9497DSCN9498DSCN9495DSCN9493

I have also found this long and heavy silver chain which I think is antique. The niello serpent is bought separately but I like how it looks on this chain.

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I wanted worry beads from Greece for some time now. I was hoping to find bakelite ones at some point, but I like these mother of pearl ones, too. They were quite cheap also and the smooth, cool surface of the beads is very pleasant.

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Leaves

Out of season, of course, but I have just finished this embroidery with autumn leaves. I have used some very old silk threads that I have found at the flea market. I would’t normally buy silk but I have made an exception for these ones. They are on some nice big wooden spools and I think they are from the twenties. I got them for extremely cheap and the woman selling them seemed surprised I’m not bargaining. The threads are very thin and very frail, it was quite a challenge to use them, as they would brake quite often. But the colors are beautiful and I liked using something that would have ended up in the garbage otherwise. DSCN0066DSCN0076DSCN0072DSCN0074DSCN0083

Junk store finds

Visited a junk store yesterday, after a long time. It was more crowded with stuff than usual and really overpriced since our last visit (I guess the business goes well and they can afford to raise the prices). But we are always looking for sewing notions there and the guys running the store don’t think much of these :). I found these three boxes yesterday at an ok price. The black one with orchids is cardboard, it was a chocolate box and it is definitely old (not sure if forties old or seventies, but I like the design a lot, and it is nice and clean). Inside there are old zippers, saved from other clothes, but they work fine. The tea tin holds some nice colors of darning thread that  I use for my weaving. The pink tin with little kittens and yarn balls is definitely new but it has a knitting doll inside and it is very cute.

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Also, I found an old embroidery scissor (very good and sharp) and a crazy plastic button (from the eighties, I guess).

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Weaving

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Among other serious things that I have to do these days (some of them very boring, some interesting but still taking up lots of brain space) it is very relaxing to weave. I make this very simple stripes for a small zippered pouch. I use some darning yarn I have found at the junk store in different occasions. Its thickness is really good for what I need and I love the vibrant seventies colors. I’ll probably make another one when this is finished, using more of the neutrals.

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Thimble good luck :)

Some time ago I have found a very cheap silver thimble with an inscription inside from 1936. I have written about it here. A week ago, at the flea market, I bought another thimble for less than 50 cents. I liked it because it is beautifully made and it also fits nicely on my finger, so I thought it would be useful, too. Editing the photos for this post, I noticed a hallmark on the new thimble. I looked with a magnifying glass and it is clearly marked 800! So, another silver thimble bought for almost nothing. It used to have red enamel on it, which is now almost gone.

The third thimble is not silver, but I think it’s quite old (from the thirties? the forties?) judging from the font. The text on it says: “Quieta. In der tat, delikat!”. I have no idea what Quieta, “the actually delicious” thing was, I cannot find anything online.  But it’s a good addition to my small thimble collection.

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