Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Aging.............


...................is not bad.  Look what it does for linen and hemp...........turns grain sacks from the era of horse drawn threshing machines into fabric we love to use for pillows, upholstery or slip covers.
 

Gorgeous grain sacks found in Asheville while antiquing last week.  Love the top one with the attached pouring spout on the right side and original cord tie.  One of these is bolster size - long and skinny - so I've ordered a custom pillow filler and will use it across the guest room bed.


I recently purchased this old round French mirror from another dealer at SuzAnna's Antiques..........no matter that it has a few chips in its patina, it's aging beautifully.  It will hang over my sofa that's awaiting new slip covers being stitched by my sweet Italian lady tailor/seamstress.  


These two old books, pages yellowed and well wrinkled under their newer dust covers, are another recent find from the the ScreenDoor in Asheville........as was this magnificent wrinkled grey-green squash.


Why is aging on my mind today?  Perhaps because it's my birthday and I too have the wrinkles to prove it!

Above, my special cup and saucer in the antique Torquay (my English hometown) pattern, depicting seashells and seaweeds, play things of my childhood beach days.  It will hold my birthday tea later today - and I'll celebrate another wonderful year, wrinkles and all!

22 comments:

  1. Wishing you a very, very happy birthday Mary - from over the pond! Enjoy it, whatever you're doing today!
    Love the grain sacks, and the mirror looks fabulous - I love gold framed mirrors.
    I have some vintage Torquay plates on my kitchen wall, and now when I look at them I'll think of you :o)

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  2. Oh Mary...Happy birthday, Bonne Anniversaire!!
    Have a lovely day, and never mind the 'aging' word.

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  3. Happy Birthday to you, dear Mary, Happy Birthday to you! Have a wonderful day and spectacular year!

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  4. Happy Birthday! I hope it's a great one.

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  5. Wishing you a joyeux anniversaire and remember you are only as old as the man you are feeling.....

    Leeann x

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  6. Happy Birthday Mary!!! You are such a beautiful woman, every year just makes you more beautiful.
    Hugs and best wishes,
    Penny

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  7. Hi sweet Mary!!! Happy Birthday dear friend!!!! I hope you have a wonderful day filled with all the things you love...patina....so is that what we have now?? hugs and love, Dawn

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  8. Happy Birthday dear!!! Fabulous finds in your home and always wonderfully displayed. I'm so thankful for you and to know you! I've got a surprise for you!! Love you! Vanessa

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  9. Happy birthday dear Mary. You are absolutely 'aging'well. All of your photos are so beautiful. I love the feed sacks and the old books. The cup and saucer is extra special. Blessings
    QMM

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  10. Mary, I hope that you have a fabulous birthday today. I knew that it was coming up yet I wasn't sure which day so now I will mark it on my calender! I must say though after finally meeting you in person after all this time that you certainly don't look your age, and neither does your hubby. You are a beautiful person inside and out, and a joy to be around which is very contagious too!!
    Big hugs sent your way from all of us.
    Take Care,
    Ulrike

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  11. I am so in love with those grain sacks, and how lucky that you will have a pillow made out of one!! They look so pretty just displayed!! All of your treasures are fantastic.

    I'm wishing you a wonderful birthday, Mary. Wish I were there to join you for a cup of tea!

    XO,
    Jane

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  12. Happy Birthday Mary...and how lucky you are to almost share your bd with your granddaughter! Glad to be back home and catching up on my blogging!

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  13. Happy Birthday Mary and Many, Many More...Your new items are so lovely and I hope you post when you have them in their new homes.

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  14. Happy birthday friend!!! Your photos are just gorgeous!!!

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  15. Happy happy Birthday dear Mary and many more !!!

    Love your photos especially the first photo of that gorgeous material! Oh I would love that.
    Pamela xo

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  16. Mary, I hope you had a wonderful Birthday! Age is only a number, Blessings and Hugs, Janna

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  17. Happy Birthday sweet Mary! I hope your day has been as special as you are! What a beautiful lady you are...and FUN! And you could even understand my southern drawl...what is better than that in a friend! Enjoy your evening! Eat lots of CAKE with your tea! Hugs! Diane ♥

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  18. Happy Birthday, dear Mary.

    Aging? Whose aging? I think you're beautiful.

    How cool that you and Jasmin have such close birthdays.

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  19. Happy Birthday Mary! And a belated Happy Birthday to beautiful Jasmin!

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  20. Ah, a birthday! Happy Birthday, with much affection....and may your year ahead be full of blessings and lots of fun.

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  21. Miss Mary, You do NOT look your age, nor act it. If I did not know you in person I would imagine you are soooo much younger with all the fun things you do all the time! I am so honored to call you a friend! Happy (late) Birthday wishes! Jenny

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  22. And a belated very Happy Birthday to you, sweet friend. This is a beautiful, clever post. You have exquisite style! ~ sarah

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