Everything Old Is New Again
By all these lovely tokens September days are here, With summer's best of weather And autumn's best of cheer.
~ Helen Hunt Jackson
I am a fanatic about vintage sewing patterns, vintage fabric, old sewing machines and so forth. I pretty much love anything old. My love for all things aged is from my God father, he was in antiques and my grandmother too. She really knew how to appreciate the old things in her life that were handed down generations. Her items didn't languish in the attic but she gave them a honored place in her home or gave them to people who would honor them. I try to do that too.
Yes, I am drawn to old and dusty objects. When I was a kid my dad and I would go on hunts in old and abandoned junk yards. We would find old bottles and tins, rusted shells of cars, household items and so forth. Even a hundred years ago we were throwing perfectly good things away! Now a days it seems harder and harder to find amazing old treasures.
I have an 1962 Airstream travel trailer. You can see a photo of it above. I'm actually in the process of remodeling it. The interior is perfect, but like anything old it needs updating, a face lift if you will. And, that is my big project for the year (or two). I plan on painting it, replacing old curtains and refinishing a lot of wood. And, yes, this is going to be my She Shed. Darn right it is.
For the inside my plan is to not make it too girly, but I will have some vintage floral prints or so help me. I've got to have some flowers. I have a Pinterest board for it as a place to hold ideas. I'm really drawn to sea side colors like blues, creams and whites, soft colors that lend a bit of comfy atmosphere to it. Everything is going to be washable of course.
In my collecting journey what I have found is that if I can't own the original there is nothing wrong with creating a well made replica. Sometimes creating it is just has fun as finding it. Here are some books that I find inspiring as well as educational for keeping up to date with my passion.
20 pretty projects to use with vintage fabrics or vintage looking fabrics.
Finally, I love this book, Vintage Trailer Style for getting ideas on my trailer. If you would like to be entered to win a copy of this leave me a comment on the blog about what you love about vintage. One winner will be announced on Friday September 11.