Time for family and a little vintage discovery…

I haven't been terribly active on the "blog front" of late… 
Things have been a little different and very busy at home in the last few weeks, as we try to support family going through a difficult medical crisis. As we all know, family comes first… and whilst I have fallen behind in my pattern writing and other "One Day In May commitments", I feel absolutely content in the knowledge that I have done what I can do to help.
There are many sewers and stores waiting on the completion of my latest pattern "Birds of the Meadow ~ Fabric Boxes." Rest assured that it isn't too far away from being ready, and will have my full attention over the next few days.
The weather here has been absolutely beautiful… the first sign of the Spring to come. My daughter and I decided to venture out this afternoon for a spot of vintage browsing. Today's port of call was Tangerine Vintage, located in Ferntree Gully, Victoria… and look what we found! 
These photos were taken late in the day… you can see the lovely bush in the background, and imagine the afternoon birdsong. 
Tangerine vintage 1
I've been on the hunt for storage solutions lately. I'm always looking for ways to organise and store, fabric, felt, wadding and all the other necessary materials for creating and designing.
This shallow cane basket is fabulous for keeping "bits" together for a project that is current. It will allow quick and easy access, and will save me rummaging in various boxes and drawers.
Tangerine vintage 8

But, I have to say… my favourite discovery of the day is this pair of matching Permacase suitcases. I believe they were made in Melbourne, but look forward to doing a little research to discover more about them.
Tangerine vintage 5
Look the larger one even has my name on it… couldn't possibly have left them there!!
Tangerine vintage 4

I love everything about these beauties… and think they make a very practical and attractive way to store fabric. Don't you? (The price was great too. Just $10 each!)
Tangerine vintage 3
The overall condition is pretty good… just a little clean up of the metal work, an airing in the sun to kill some mildew… and we're good to go! Both cases have the same pretty, paper lining.
Tangerine vintage 6
My final discovery of the day was a blue/grey candle holder (pictured on the right). It is very similar to one given to me by my Mum a little while back (shown on the left). The scalloped base really appeals to me and they remind me of a bygone era. I feel a new collection coming on!

Tangerine vintage 7
You can visit Tangerine Vintage in store (see address below) or online here, where you'll find a link to their ebay store. Tangerine Vintage also has a facebook page… if you're a facebook fan like me.
Tangerine vintage 2

I've still been working here and there over the past weeks, and have completed my first project for Quilt Fabric Delights, Christmas In July event. It features 3-dimensional holly, a little patchwork and "facing-finish binding". I'm thrilled with how it's all come up and look forward to being able to reveal all to you very soon. For some sneak peeks, click HERE.
I hope your week has been wonderful, and that you've had time to enjoy this lovely burst of Spring we've been having.
Melissa  x


1 Response

  1. Daphne sure has a wonderful shop, one of my absolute favourites!

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