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March 30, 2015

A friend gave me an old wood ironing board that had belonged to her
grandmother.  I tried to convince her to repurpose it and keep it as a
family memento.  She insisted that I take it and I gladly accepted.
Now I have to find a charming use for it.

Cute coffee table.

Laundry room coat rack

I like this idea for displaying a quilt.

Decoupaged with old newspapers


Charming wine bar


With such inspiring photos I don't think I'm going to have
any trouble at all repurposing the beloved old ironing board.

March 27, 2015

Beauty and Grace

Lily Elsie, an English actress and model, was one of the
most photographed women of the Edwardian era.

Born in Yorkshire in 1886, Lily began her stage career
at the age of 5 and became an instant hit with modeling
agencies and photographers in London.

America's The Atlanta Constitution wrote in 1915: 
"Perhaps her face is nearer to that of the Venus de Milo in profile
than to any other famed beauty....if she came to America, she
would undoubtedly be called the most beautiful woman in America.
Everyone agrees that Lily Elsie has the most kissable mouth
in England."  (Shocking!)

Through contemporary colorization techniques we're able to 'visually imagine'
the intricate details of a specific beautiful dress Lily Elsie modeled.

Miss Elsie retired from the stage and modeling when she married
wealthy Major John Ian Bullough in 1911.  After a 5 year absence
from acting Lily returned to the theatre for a few years before
taking a 10 year break from the public eye.

The Bullough's marriage was one of unhappiness and ended in divorce
in 1930.  Lily, reportedly shy, considered 'celebrity' as stressful and
admitted that she preferred private social events.  Sadly, she spent many
years in private hospitals and sanatoriums until her death in 1962.

Ironic Time Line: The Beatles recorded Love Me Do and Please Please Me

in Abbey Road Studios before Lily Elsie passed away.  

When you come across antique black and white photographs at flea markets
and antique shops think about the life those people could have lead.  Old
photos are material glimpses into the past and are becoming quite collectible.

Have a wonderful weekend!

March 26, 2015

Books and bows - what a great accessory combination!


 Even without their hardback covers, vintage
books make charmingly timeless accent pieces.

Think about browsing a flea market this weekend
in search of a few old books.  Oh, and, bows, too.