Channel Four (which is not usually available here in the Netherlands, but thanks to our trusty satellite dish I watch it all the time) has a great new program about vintage clothes: This Old Thing.
In it, Dawn O’Porter talks about the history of fashion, helps people find a great vintage outfit and shows how a vintage item can be altered to fit life in 2014.
The item I like best every week is when an old piece of clothing from the wardrobe of a mother or grandmother is altered to fit the candidate. What a lovely idea to be able to wear this and make it fashionable again!
I’ve done the same thing. When a very good family friend died about six years ago, I inherited a white, floral 1980s evening dress. And when I got married a year later, it was altered to make me a wonderful wedding dress.
I’m not a fan of what others consider to be ‘normal’ bridal gowns; just a matter of taste, I’m afraid. So it was great to be able to wear a truly one of a kind dress, and also to feel that my dear auntie was still at my wedding, in a way.
Oh, and I still think my purple boots were the coolest wedding shoes ever!
And a few more shots from our desparately serious photoshoot:
This tin, which I’ve known all my life, has always had the same use: it’s filled to the brim with old photographs from my mother’s family. I already put a lot of them in albums about ten years ago, but of course I never finished the task, and in the meantime a lot more photos, also from my dad’s side of the family have been added to the pile. Only old ones, mind, the ‘new’ ones that we’ve made ourselves have a (much bigger) storage box to themselves…
In dit oude blik zitten al sinds jaar en dag stapels losse foto’s uit mijn moeders familie. Een groot deel heb ik ooit, in een plotselinge ijverige bui, in albums geplakt, maar toen was ik nog niet eens op de helft… En in de tussentijd zijn er nog veel meer foto’s bijgekomen, ook uit mijn vaders familie. Allen de echte oude, trouwens, de meer recente foto’s vullen een nog veel grotere kist…
But what to do with it all? There are many pictures of people unknown to me or anybody else (I always think that’s a bit sad – these people have led a whole life, filled with adventures, friends and family, and now they’re completely forgotten) and I should throw them away. On the other hand: many are still fun to look at, because of the composition, the fashion or the subjects in general – there is one hanging on my wall of three women having a good laugh, sometime in the 1920s. No idea who they are, but I love it!
Maar wat moet je ermee? Van heel veel foto’s weten we niet wie er op staan (altijd wat treurig – deze mensen hebben een heel leven geleefd, gevuld met vrienden en familie, en zijn nu helemaal vergeten) en eigenlijk zou ik ze weg moeten gooien. Maar veel zijn nog zo leuk om naar te kijken en geven vaak een prachtig tijdsbeeld weer. Ik heb er een aan de muur hangen uit de jaren twintig van drie dames die hartelijk lachen – geen idee wie het zijn, maar hij is zo leuk!
All this brings us to the theme of the 2014 Etsy Craft Party: Altering photographs.
On June 7, the Ka-ching Collectief organizes a Craft Party in Amsterdam, just like last year, and it’s going to be great again. Annelies from Allihoppa will teach a workshop in embroidering on photographs, and Miranda from PuurAnders is going to make flowers out of them. We’re also planning on bringing our Polaroid cameras and the Instabox from SayKaas will be there to immediately print our Instagram pictures.
Hopefully the Craft Party, a worldwide event, will give a new life to many of these lovely old pictures!
Dit alles brengt ons bij het thema van de Etsy Craft Party 2014: Altering photographs.
Het Ka-ching Collectief organiseert op 7 juni een Craft Party, bij Open Coop in Amsterdam Noord. Hopelijk wordt het weer net zo’n succes als vorig jaar! Er is een inloopworkshop borduren op foto’s, gegeven door Annelies van Allihoppa, en eentje waarin er van oude foto’s bloemen worden gemaakt, gegeven door Miranda van PuurAnders. Verder nemen we onze Polaroidcamera’s mee en worden de Instagramfoto’s van die dag direct geprint door de Instabox van SayKaas.
De Etsy Craft Party is voor iedereen toegankelijk, dus kom ook langs!
Great find on the Kingsday flea market! It’s in good working order and Mr Maggie spent a sizable part of his Sunday cleaning. Now it’s standing proudly in our living room. Soon to be available in the Maggie Again Etsy shop (which will be open again by next week)!
Fantastische vondst op de vrijmarkt! Hij doet het goed en Mr Maggie is de halve zondag bezig geweest met schoonmaken. Nu staat ‘ie trots te glimmen op onze eetkamertafel. Binnenkort verkrijgbaar in de Maggie Again Etsy shop (vanaf volgende week weer geopend)!
And slowly life is starting to become a little normal again – I’ve even polished my nails!
The great thing about Etsy is that it’s a worldwide community. The parcels are sent literally to every corner of the Earth.
The most exotic destination I ever wrote on a package was Riyadh, Saudi-Arabia, for this ashtray:
But more recently, my items have gone far as well.
The little one is well on its way now, which partly explains the silence here on the blog. Loads of things to do!
But here is a small preview of the nursery, which is London themed, based on the curtains.
“But they’re soldiers!” said a friend of mine, “What if it’s a girl?”
“Oh well, she’ll be a tough cookie and love the soldiers anyway.”
Of course, the poor thing hardly gets anything new… Above you see the old family cot, lovingly re-upholstered by my mother in law. The blanket was knitted by my grandmother, the sheet embroidered by my mother, both in 1980, when mum was expecting me.
Mr Maggie used to have a student job at a printing company and the owner gave us this classic printer’s cabinet many years ago. It will now be used as changing table and storage.
The wardrobe is another family heirloom; it used to be my great-grandmother’s. I’ve been using it to store my books for the past 20 years. The rocking chair has been in my mum’s possession since the 1960s.
Small wooden couch which doubles as storage space. I believe my parents bought it in the early 70s for my dad’s waiting room (he was a dentist); I’ve known it all my life. The design Miffy lamp is new (!), a present from my parents. And of course the Ikea stuffed broccoli is new too; I don’t know how a child can live without a cuddly broccoli.
The spacy Bloom high chair is a bit of a weird exception in our retro household, but Mr Maggie insisted; he loves the egg shape. Very design, and very expensive – so we bought ours second hand. Naturally.
A family friend decided she wanted to get rid of this wonderful Pastoe tea trolley – she still loved it, but just hadn’t the space anymore. So she gave it to us! What a lovely present!
It looks great in our living room, like it has always been there. For now, I filled it with some of the retro vases I bought last week, as well as a stainless steel coffee set we picked up on a flee market a few years ago. Mr Maggie immediately fell for it at the time, and now it can finally come out of the cupboard and be shown off.
Ah, and the wee Christmas tree, of course.
(we also have a real, and much bigger one. It was last year’s tree, which actually survived in our garden! How green!)