Thursday 26 March 2015

Vintage suitcase projects ..... Beautiful but practical for storage and display!

Adventure awaits ...
where will my little case take me....

On Monday this week I told you all about the vintage and artisan fair that I went to on Sunday in Bradford on Avon, and in that wonderful fair I went to see the lovely Jane from 'kiss the book' and purchased some crafter's packs from her.
 Jane makes them from old books, maps, pictures and more of the vintage things that really can not be saved.....  I told you I was going to be working on a project.  Well first part of my project is complete and I am very pleased with the result.
I wanted to cover a battered vintage  suitcase with beauty so that it can be up cycled but in a way which still keeps it original beauty and history

Ta -dah!  scraps of torn up old letters, envelopes, maps and pictures........

The result is really beautiful and I am thoroughly pleased with it.  I have more work to do on it and all the instructions will go to publication.... 

I have given you all a sneaky peak and will let you know where you can find all the instructions for it.  The pieces have to be put on properly and the cases have to to be prepared and then finished but I think you will agree it is a worthwhile project.

I had such fun doing this and making it work.

Contact Jane at 'kiss the book' for craft packs of stunning vintage papers and letters, maps and even the odd piece of antique ribbon or feather.....

When I was sorting through one of my craft packs from Jane I came across a page from a book and had to read it, it has made me laugh so much and I will give you a little extract....

Etiquette for girls ... Her first dinner party

" A girl often anticipates her first dinner party with a sinking of the heart that is almost terror"
She knows that dinner is the most ceremonious of meals, and that any solecism of which she may be guilty, through ignorance or nervousness, might mark her out as an object for undesired attention and unspoken criticism.
A girl who has not been brought up among the conventions of society feels sadly at sea as to what she ought to do, or leave undone, at the dinner table, that now looms before her as a kind of burning-glass on which some of the most rigid rules and strictest social observances are focused"

It then goes on about reception by the hostess and at the dinner table ( so that servants do not laugh at her below stairs) also a little bit about eating asparagus .... honestly this is so funny!  I am going to have to photo copy this one!
It has had me in stitches, so to speak ..... If you would like to hear more just comment below and I will let you have some more extracts....

Well I am off to my stitching room as I have some sewing on the machine to do ( I know it is unusual but when the hand embroidery is finished on some things they need stitching together securely)

 Have a great day and Happy Stitching!


  1. Dear Sarah, This is absolutely brilliant. I can't tell you how pleased I am to see my crafter's packs in use and on such a wonderful project. I love old suitcases but have never thought of doing something so beautiful and fitting to them. Jane xx

  2. Thank you Jane I am pleased you approve xx