Never Judge A Vintage Book By Its Dusty Cover

  Don’t you love it when the serious things in life lose their seriousness, when the winds of time blow away the stuffiness, and the hilarity of it all is exposed.

Vintage books can be like that.

Books that were no laughing matter in their day, that were written with authority, where staid advice was meant to be dispensed, but with the passing of time have become quite – and sometimes completely – comical.

I have the pleasure of owning a vintage book so delightful that I actually themed a lunch around it:

“Good Form – A Book of Everyday Etiquette” is written by a Mrs. Armstrong, way back in 1889, when ladies’ first names were as private as their ankles.

This old book is a giggle from start to finish, and what adds to the charm is the conscientious underlining of certain salient points by the previous owner.

Mrs. Armstrong sets the tone of the book with her opening sentence:

“ A visiting card is one of the principal mediums by which we signify our social existence.”

She then makes it her mission to instruct the (lady) reader in the niceties of civilized society. We are advised, amongst a myriad of other things, that

a girl should never go on dancing with a bad partner, for fear that people should think that it is she who is in fault.”

I loved this little book so much that I just had to share it.  I invited a few girl  friends round for a “luncheon”, I printed some of the more hilarious  quotes  onto napkins and personalised placemats for each of them, set the table with silver cutlery and  roses and enjoyed a fun, la-di-da, tongue in cheek sit down  meal together.

Except for the knives and forks being set back to front, I have to say that even Mrs. Armstrong would have been suitably impressed!

Vintage Coat Hangers

Do you remember when coat hangers were not fit to be used as coat hangers until they were dollied up by Granny in that crocheted coat- hanger -jersey -thingy.

{Ditto the toilet seat and spare toilet roll}

Well I have to admit that I possess some.

{Crochet covered coat hangers that is}

But let me quickly add that they are not the aforementioned type – ok, yes I do own a few 80’s inspired jersey covered hangers which I keep for purely utilitarian reasons (and because I can’t throw anything away, and because Granny made them…) – but, no, the ones I ‘d like to tell you about are absolutely GORGEOUS!

I have a bit of a coat hanger fetish, actually, so I was over the moon when I inherited some charming candy coloured, vintage hangers. Swathed in an under layer of satin, and ornately crocheted in a delicate cotton of matching shade , I just knew that these beautiful Cinderellas could not be hidden in the cupboard with their ugly – yet younger – step sisters.

So this is what I did:

1 x wooden board just wider than the widest hanger, painted in a pretty pastel

5 x nails at equal intervals down the center of the board

5 x beautiful vintage coat hangers

Hook a hanger on each nail

Voila…easy peazy… a work of art!