Saturday, May 7, 2011

No Ordinary Washing Line

I usually have a bit of bunting hanging from our balcony - it seems just the place!But when I took down my Dottie Angel-style winter bunting, I felt like doing something different. The idea grew slowly...... how about displaying my collection (or bits of it) on an indoor washing line?I'd been wondering for ages how to display the embroidered tea-cosies!I added more bits - this is the saucy corner, with a hand-painted silk stocking on the left, and what Son 1 and his dad both erroneously thought was a bra (it's a bonnet, guys!) in the middle...Various bits of ribbon, crochet, buttons and a lace glove...
And some doileys that would never, never sew into anything, but which can finally go on display.Bits and bobs of lace and a china doll's dress. And finally the inevitable vintage hexie, which reminds me of Rubyred's much more coherent garland - I didn't see her post before I got the idea, honest!All in all, I'm really pleased to have found a fun way to display one or two things I've never had out before. And I'm ready to be more adventurous with other bits of my collection too - any suggestions for display?

11 comments:

Catherine said...

such pretty stuff on display there

Sherri B. said...

Brilliant Floss! So much better to show all of the loveliness off than having it hiding in a drawer. My favorite might be the 'bra' for the buxom, one breasted lady. hahaha!!

Pomona said...

It looks lovely! You can use tablecloths hung over curtain rails as summer blinds, or traycloths as blinds for small windows such as bathroom ones. And I put out traycloths and small doileys under jugs, lamps, bowls, etc, all around the house.

Pomona x

Betty said...

I like this idea - there's something about you and washing lines though Floss! you do seem to have a thing for them (I am remembering the posts you did last year), This is such a lovely way to display things that need to be 'up' to be appreciated. Betty

Angela said...

Really pretty, Floss. Just a thought about those doilies - could you put heavy beads round the edge and make old fashioned jug covers? always useful in summer to keep wasps out of the lemonade.
Sunday Blessings x

fee @ chipper nelly said...

hey Floss
Loving this idea.
I had a similar idea of my own in that I wanted to make my wooden bunting more interesting and unique. I thought of adding doileys and some old keys as well as bits of ribbon/lace/fabric.

I hadn't thought of actually making my own bunting with my treasures - a great idea since a great deal of them never get an airing!

The bra bit made me laugh (my bras would make a lovely row! and my boys would DIE)

Oh for a bonnet!
fee x

Sharon said...

How lovely!

I was wondering what to display on a big vintage mirror I have on our living room chimney-breast and now I have the perfect example! Thank you for sharing your fab idea :-)

Rubyred said...

Lovely post Floss! The 'bra' bonnet did make me laugh!How wonderful to have a balcony to hang your pretties from! My granny patchwork was originally going to be coasters , but I thought they looked a bit small to go under a mug! It's when I held it up I had my Ah ha moment!
Thanks for the mention!
Rachel x

Kelly said...

What a great way to display treasures that might not normally see the light of day!

Lululiz said...

Oh Floss, what a charming, warm, cosy and comfortable room, it looks so inviting! Great idea, using a washing line and lots of different bits instead of bunting. That way you get to see all your lovelies every day.

beck said...

I had to laugh about the bonnet/bra! Funny! I like your pretty display,better than having them all packed away. Another idea is to do a wall of bits, like pot holders and doilies. Kate at Foxes Lane has a wall of pot holders, all different, and it looks fantastic. Hope all is well with you Floss, take care xo