On my way to Halifax

I am on my way to Halifax shortly to set up for my first bridal show – Brides 2013, which is tomorrow, January 27 from 10 until 4 at the World Trade and Convention Centre.  If you are going to be there, please drop by to say hello.  I am feeling nervous.   Meeting all of you vintage minded brides will make me feel better.   I love to talk about ideas and I am sure I will pick up some interesting ones – maybe you will too!   See you there!    Valerie

A really cool set of dominoes

I have long been meaning to start acquiring some vintage games to add to my rental collection and I finally started things off with this set of dominoes, which are stored in an equally cool cigar box.  A little handwritten note was taped to the inside of the box and reads as follows:  “Alma Dietrich’s Dad (Henry) had these dominoes in his “play” room over the Dietrich Bakery on King St. Kitchener 1899″  A google search didn’t turn up anything about the bakery, but I did find some info on one H. A. Dietrich, born 1865, occupation:  baker and later elected as a Alderman for Kitchener, ON.  I love it when the things I find have a back story, it just makes them so unique and special!


If anyone is going to be at Brides 2013 this Sunday, please stop by to have a look and say hello!

Fun Monday Tour

Things have been kinda hectic lately, so I haven’t had a chance to go for my Monday cruise in a couple of weeks.   Today I found some really great things, including some monogrammed napkins and an embroidered table cloth.   What I never expected to find, and what I couldn’t believe I walked out of the store with, was a 1950’s/early 60’s vintage wedding gown(I am not an expert on dating clothing, but for several reasons, that is my guess).

I could immediately picture the original bride.  In my imagination she is wearing cat’s eye glasses, a poufy crinoline , wrist length white gloves and a birdcage veil.   Oh, and definitely a bullet bra because the darts come to a very distinct point!!

This dress is in good enough shape that it could be worn.   I would have guessed it to be about a size 10, but  I had someone try it on who wears size six and it fit her like a glove.   Well except for those darn pointy darts!    It has a layer of taffeta, a layer of ruffled tulle and then another layer of tulle.   It is a mixture of ivory and white.    I would add a sash, some awesome shoes and a birdcage veil and voila:   A modern vintage bride.

It would be wonderful as decor, on a vintage mannequin or dress form, which I have been trying to find BTW!

♥love it♥

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Victorian sofa with a non-traditional look

I have three Victorian sofas.   One is the fabulous purple one that has become the unofficial hallmark of Borrowed.    I have another smaller gold grapeback which is waiting to be upholstered; and I have this one.   I had a heck of a time choosing fabric, wanting something unexpected.    I finally settled on this black on black and decided I may as well go black all the way, painting the wood in a glossy finish.   This wasn’t easy for me to do because at heart I love to preserve historical elements.

I think the finished product will make a very elegant focal point for your event.