Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Three little maids...

On my wardrobe hang three little white tops - two antique and one vintage. Above them are my wedding shoes, an antique bonnet, a Gucci scarf, two straw hats and my grandmother's crocodile handbag. (Inherited vintage - as ethical as a dead reptile can get.)
They are all under the watchful eye of Aunt Selina (Ben's side of the family). At first I thought she was quite severe but now she is my ally - the only other woman in a house full of males. See her slightly knowing smile? I find her quite supportive.
The blouse above came from a braderie in a Toulouse suburb. My dad gave the jade beads to my mum after a visit to China.
I bought this antique broderie angalise blouse in the late 1980s and wore it ceaselessly. I was not a normal student.The jade beads were another Chinese gift from my father to my mother.
And finally this is the antique shift I wore under my going away outfit when we got married in 1990! Look - you know what I was wearing underneath!!
The jade beads on it now were my father's gift to me after that famous visit. The fair trade bracelet was a gift from my sister and the green stone heart came from Ben's sister.


None of it new, little of it bought by me, but a collection to brighten our bedroom and cheer my day.


I freely confess that I'm not a very communicative blogger at the moment - sorry that I haven't commented on more of your posts, especially the Pause in Lent ones! I am reading them when I have the time, but life seems to be a full-time occupation at the moment, with very little spare for blogging. Perhaps that's as it should be, though?


Elizabethd said...

What beautiful 'fripperies' Floss, I'm sure Aunt Selina keeps a stern eye on them.
What does one do with lizard/croc handbags?? I have my mothers, in beautiful condition, but.....?
Take it at your own time at the moment. Praying constantly.

Angela said...

What is a 'normal' student?

Do not worry about blogging - life is for living, and the blogworld does not need your constant attention. If my friends are not posting as much as usual I assume they are Busy With Life And Stuff- and just pray for them. The Lord knows what you are doing, and what you need- and I am happy just to ask Him to supply those things for you.

Blessings and prayers x

Autumn Mist said...

These clothes are totally my sort of thing, Floss, I love them (I have a very similar nightdress that I can only wear in the summer). It never really occurred to me before that you are the only female in the house (apart from the dog?!) Don't worry too much about not blogging so often. Sometimes we are too busy living life to be able to sit down and write about it, but I think that's a good thing, too.

Catherine said...

Beautiful! They are so pretty and feminine! Cx

Jane and Chris said...

What a beautiful going away outfit!
Do people still have going away outfits?
Jane x

Floss said...

Let's ask somebody young..!


Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

Beautiful white tops! You look so lovely in your wedding dress and hat. Very elegant!
Isabelle x

*❀* said...

the three pretty maids are lovely and the jade too.
also you are right about Aunt Selina, she has a warmth.

Vintage Tea Time said...

Oooh, you looked lovely getting married! Love that slip too - so pretty!

JuanitaTortilla said...

These blouses and shift are very fetching with the green jade jewellery. And so well displayed for a photo session!

That's OK -- I too am not blogging much :)

Anonymous said...

Such beautiful items ... :0)

Stina said...

So beautiful.:-)

Unknown said...

What a delight to read and see your sweet family memories. My girls are great at decorating that way. Me, not so much sadly, particularly with all the moving we've been doing over the last few years. But I so enjoy seeing others and yours is especially sweet! Thank you for a delightful visit. And praying for you extra today! :)

Lululiz said...

It is really wonderful to have such lovely pieces with so many memories attached. They make a beautiful display in your bedroom, and they must give you great pleasure every time you walk past them.