Sunday, 4 May 2014

pea green

I am not a collector (living with a reformed hoarder means I feel the need to set a good example), neither am I a great vintage clothes shopper. Being the tallest woman in Wales (unconfirmed), means there is precious little that would fit/suit me anyway. I don't sew but I can knit and crochet - but last time I made something to wear was more than 5 years ago. It was a cardi if you're interested, and when I put it on Mr AP said 'Aha - bingo wings!' So I immediately unpicked it and made a blanket with the yarn. Yet the blogs I am drawn to read are all you girls who craft and collect and make beautiful fashion statements from bits of vintage loveliness….

But I like a recurring theme and we all have our 'things' right? Mine include:
  • a certain shade of pea green
  • textiles with maps
  • corrugated iron (especially when it's a bit knackered and rusty)
  • enamel kitchenware
  • vintage americana / kiwiana / australiana
  • souvenir memorabilia / postcards with pictures of really boring things (best ever was a postcard of the water reticulation plant at Coober Pedy. I bought the entire stock and sent them to everyone I knew).
  • brutalist architecture / bunker chic 
It's particularly satisfying when things fulfil more than one of those criteria. 
So I bring you my mini collection of american scarves…



Can you spot the obsessions?


In other news -
more cleaning concrete off tiled floors


before and after in the new office


thanks darling!

I hope it's lovely where you are,
whether you're flinging open the doors for spring,
or snuggling down for winter.



13 comments:

  1. Hello Bernice,

    What an intriguing list of 'collectibles' you give here. We find the concept of 'Bunker Chic' of particular interest and can immediately think of a number of Cold War experiences that we have had here that, perhaps, would suit you perfectly.

    Your American scarves are such fun. They really do capture the more offbeat aspects of American life and form a most interesting group. Perhaps a 1950s Rock and Roll party might just be the occasion to bring them out of the drawer and show them off? Would Wales have ever seen anything like it, we wonder!

    Your encaustic tiles look wonderful, especially after the cleaning. It is always good to retain and revitalise these architectural features in a house since they add such character.

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    1. We went to Berlin for our honeymoon and really enjoyed visiting the Stasi Museum. Absolutely fascinating and real bunker chic. I'm sure Budapest has some treasures that we would love!

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  2. Yes, we do all have our "things", and I love that - they may not be the same "things" but I think we appreciate each other's passions, even if we don't always share them! I do love your scarf collection, (quirky things=good!) and that tiled floor is just wonderful. Always good to have an action shot in the mix too! xxx

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    1. Yes - not sure it's my best angle though!

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  3. It is always great when your passions can be combined to cover more than one passion isn't it! I hope that you wear your scarves often and enjoy them! xx

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    1. I go through phases where I wear scarves all the time, then put them away for ages

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  4. I can relate to all of your loves on your list! And yes those scarves are just fantastic! Each one containing their own perfect details! And the before and afters of your floor is just stellar!!! Look at you go lady!! Here is to a great week! Nicole xo

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    1. I'm pleased with how well the floors have come up - not perfect but a huge improvement.

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  5. I love your collection of scarves, so easy to store too I bet.

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    1. Yes - I tell my husband that his collection of tax discs off every car he's ever owned is less of an issue than two harmoniums in the garage!

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  6. The scarves make for a pretty display. I have to say though, that pea green isn't really in my color palette. I don't even like to eat peas! :) Though I did just knit a grass green summer tunic for the little babe - a shade deeper than peas. What amazing tile floors.

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  7. I wasn't keen on eating peas as a child - but home grown and freshly podded they're hard to beat.

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  8. Well done on the floor scrubbing - it looks fab. I do love that shade of pea green too.

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