Thursday, January 29, 2009

Vintage Thursday Thingie: Bellow, book and cushion cover

Here are two flea market treasures that we found on a trip to California two years ago. This brass and leather bellows was purchased by my husband with the idea that he would use it to "fan the flames" when barbecuing.

This, of course, was my purchase. It clearly once covered something-a foot stool maybe. I've been meaning to turn it into a throw pillow.

The interesting thing to me is that the needlepoint embroidery does not cover the entire surface-only the design elements have been embroidered (more like cross-stitch embroidery). I'd never seen that done in needlepoint before. (This appeals to me- one of the things I hated about doing needlepoint was filling in the background.)






This trip we didn't spot an outdoor flea market but I did get a Mock Vintage treasure! This is a reproduction of the 1953 classic...



complete with aged pages (so said the blurb with the book and so it is-check out the left side)!

When I read that I just couldn't resist! and now I have another cookbook to add to my Mock Vintage/Antique cookbook collection.




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18 comments:

marianedwardsdreamweaver said...

I love that tapestry..looks a real vintage, i've seen similar embroideries. And of course i love your mock vintage cookbook which is identical to my 50s original :)

Elizabeth said...

Great finds; and that cook book is a hoot!

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

Those old bellows are really pretty! I have several versions of that cookbook and they are all so unique.

Smilingsal said...

Old cookbooks are so interesting. Make that pillow; it'll be cute! Thanks for sharing. Happy VTT Day.

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

I love the tapestry, I enjoyed the cook book .

Susan said...

I've seen that embroidery done on Victorian pieces before. The pictures in your cookbook are great. I love the graphics from the 50s and 60s.

jlshall said...

I have that cookbook, too, from 1966 but it looks just the same. Didn't know they were producing "mock" versions! I do know that some of the recipes could use a lot of updating.

Coloradolady said...

Great items today, I have my MIL cookbook like that and I love it. Have a great day!

Kelly said...

I love the cookbook! I will be keeping my eyes out for one of those to be sure! ~Kelly

unDeniably Domestic

SueLovesCherries said...

I think you found the better of the two items, even though the bellows are very handsome!

kbbryant said...

Interesting items you found in California! The photos in that cookbook brought back memories of a simpler time. My mom must have had one too.
I checked out your Ruth Wakefield cookbook post. Your comments on my post made me curious. Thanks.

Kathy b

Sioux said...

That tapestry is very interesting! Had a cookbook just like that...used it up!

Jan Ely said...

Love that needlepoint! Can you imagine the time it took to make it?!?!

Dawn said...

Mock Vintage is just as good and twice the fun that someone manufactured it!

foxxy said...

Great finds. Thanks for sharing

Teeny Tiny cabin said...

Great vintage things! Especially love the embroidery!
Enjoyed all!
Have a wonderful weekend and Blessings to you!
Claudia O.

bowerbirdz said...

Fun items! I love the cartoon-style pics in the old 50s cookbooks, and the colours are great!

Patty said...

Wow, you found some great stuff. Does your husband actually use the bellows? I love that cookbook illustration!