Thursday, June 1, 2017


I am running as fast as I can to open and show off my Gallery Pages

Thanks for stopping by to visit with me. 

Recuperation Over

I know it's been awhile since I last posted anything, but, as usual with my life, life actually got into my face...I was to have surgery in April, but the surgeon decided to move me up into March, so on the 24th I managed to have my operation and after a three day stay I was finally allowed home.  

I have never been in hospital for anything surgical in all my years, so between my psychological and my physical self, it was quite the shock to my system.  I am now healing well and the after effects are sort of gone and I am more or less beginning to feel like me again.  

Having literally lain around for two months and a bit, I am champing at the bit to resume being who I used to be and with my energy levels recharged I actually made a decent beginning at catching up with my Etsy shops and plugging away at all of the boxes of possessions from passed family members to list more items into the Vintage shop and reacquaint myself once again with my sewing machine.  

It is incomprehensible that I have so very much crammed into my tiny living space even my sewing room has been pressed into storage service and my beloved sewing machine sits on my kitchen table which really is a scandalous.  I am making a concerted effort to reclaim my sewing room so that I might do what I want most of all, which is to sew or more precisely, making my quilts and other quilted items.  

While recuperating I crocheted some tea towel sets because I could do that while lazing away on the couch and finally once I was able to move about more freely I actually pieced a quilt top which I decided not to quilt up but would sell for some one else to have that pleasure.  I also quilted a few cosmetic bags and some lavender sachets as well, all light and easy to accomplish. 

These I listed in my Quilt related shop The Bag Lady From The Bay

Here are photo's of my projects so far.

So, there you have it, some progress to be sure and just to let you know I haven't been entirely lazy over the last few months. 

It feels good to share something with you once again and I do hope you'll come visit often, just to see what it is I am getting up to in my old age.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Unpacking The Past

My late mother and aunt were gatherers in every sense of the word of just about anything and everything imaginable.  These ladies were born and raised in the City of Amsterdam, became war brides and immigrated to Canada with some of us children in tow.  Having survived WWII, hunger, deprivation and losses of their family members, homes and being displaced, they believed they were deserving of these bits and baubles as they were want to call the multitude of possessions they amassed during their lifetimes.  

My Mum at 85 and still beautiful
I have still one storage locker filled with articles of furniture and over 100+ boxes and Rubbermaid totes to prove this.  Today, these ladies would be called HOARDERS, I just called them mum and aunt and loved their idiosyncrasies dearly.

So yesterday I began the daily task of sifting through 5 boxes I managed to extract from the storage locker and bring home.  In those boxes I discovered many more Jewelry boxes....filled with....Vintage jewelry.  Would you believe me when I tell you I have so far unpacked 7 jewelry boxes filled full of real as well as costume jewelry????

So much so that it becomes overwhelming.  Some of these brooches I found are exquisite, some are real gold or silver pieces, some gems to be sure, others are mostly costume pieces, but so vintage!  My late mother and aunt were fashion frenzied but my they sure looked beautiful when all decked out in much of their finery with fashionable jewelry accessories!

I know I haven't seen so many clip on earrings, necklaces, rings, bracelets, or brooches all in one place as I have in recent days.  I am not certain yet, but I am hoping this is the last of the jewelry boxes.  *one weekend nearing the Christmas holiday, I spent three days going through tin boxes of buttons....oh my now it's real and costume jewelry I am sorting through.

Here are but some of the pieces I have found.

These are but some of the brooches!

 Some of the amassed clip on earrings!

And necklaces, just haven't photographed many of these yet - many of these have or will find their way into the shop online.  I actually have 3 bags filled with costume jewelry pieces where either the strand(s) broke, or the brooches without pins or bits and pieces of bracelets without clasps or broken links all of which are going to a young person who recycles and she will be glad of the supplies to be certain, but again I find this so overwhelming. 

This task I seem to have been set on accomplishing may at the slow rate I am progressing take another year, but, in all truth as overwhelming as this all is, the memories many of these boxes yield are as precious as they are physically demanding. 

WANNA COME AND PLAY WITH ME?  Cookies and milk for everyone!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Since 2015.....

My home became very congested with vintage and antiques items from the loss of family members.  Small size 6 steps by steps I am regaining some control over my personal space which I haven't seen inside my home in years. 

The younger of the families are really not associated with or into vintage or antiques or the memories with the 100's of items rescued from a plethora of boxes and containers which made up much of my life.  

Now I have gone into full throttle Reclamation mode, wanting my home back to enable me once again to set up the sewing room and play with my fabrics and it is my fervent hope that Bygonera will help me do just that, because I too am getting far older than I am happy about!  Much of my Charity work has been set aside for the time being so I might devote more time to making holes (*space*).   To this end I have many things with dozens of memories to share with anyone who would care to look and listen...R U READY??

My Paternal Grandmothers' Hand Made Quilts

I unpacked my late mothers' linen cupboard and unearthed at least 7 Mid Century all Cotton Quilts, one of which remains for sale over at BYGONERA

THIS single bed sized Embroidered Red and Pink Roses having twelve (12) approximately 13" Blocks and measures 76" in Length by 60" in Width!

There are a variety of pink rose blocks and there are red rose blocks, all of which were Hand Embroidered and then Hand Pieced and Quilted by hand totally made from 100 % Cotton Broadcloth and which the maker termed a Summer Utility Quilt because she used no Batting!

How do I know all of this, I know because the maker of this and many, many other quilts were made by my Paternal Grandmother! This was my grandmothers' method of relaxation and she made quilts from the time she was a young girl. With little money bedding was expensive, so she made all of their bedding. After 11 children became 11 distinct families, literally everyone has more than one of Grandma's quilts because she made so many of them. My grandmother also made quilts for Military Hospitals during WWII and donated each and every one as she had 6 sons who were all part of Canada's fighting forces....

 ***Beautifully embroidered Roses adorn this single bed quilt

**Hand Quilted as can be seen as this is a photo of the back of this quilt.....

Now tell me you do not appreciate this gem?  There are more and two have already gone to other homes but more of these beauties remain and soon will make their way into the Etsy shop. 

Hmmmmmm I wonder where my love of quilting stems from??

Look, if your not into vintage (*old*) quilts, but you are a Retro or Vintage loving individual, come on over, check out what I have in the shop so far, NO OBLIGATION.....

C Ya...

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Pedal to the Metal!

I'm catching up with still five days left to amass more inventory for the upcoming local Fair next weekend.  Seeing as we are scheduled for three days I certain want a larger variety of inventory.  

Here are three which I made this morning, the others from last week have already joined many others in the travel tote box. 

I so enjoy the process of actually quilting the fabrics I use in my bags.  Be they large or small, I so enjoy the actual quilting process, and while I am sitting there quilting my fabrics I get to wool gather....not even finished one bag but already planning another.  

Here is but a small cosmetic bag, or, if the person who buys it wants it can be a bag for anything at all....

I adore fabrics which are bright, and most of all I favour natures beautiful Dragonfly's' so when I find some I hoard them for far too long, finally I grabbed this beautiful red with metallic outlined Dragonfly's and flowers.... Is it not a pretty patterned piece of fabric?

Now I believe this turned out really nice.  It is small as in 5 1/2" High/Tall by 6 1/4" wide and 2 3/4" at it's bottom.  

Next up is one made from silver dyed suede.  It came from a remnant and it turned out to be so pretty.  It has a tiny bit of finished dimensions being 5 1/8th" High/Tall by 6 3/4" in width with 2 3/4" at its bottom!  Not really so noticeable, but certainly the difference in the fabric makes up for some minor differences in the finished product...wierd huh?

AND finally, I made a different style altogether from a design pattern from Atkinson Designs.  These are so useful and I am never able to keep these in stock.  I make so many and have none left over.  I have one lady who bought three and using them for various out of doors activities, once certainly for her Geo-Caching adventures the uses so very diverse.  

This little cinch bag with zip pocket measures 9 1/2" in Length by 6 3/4" in width.  I certainly like the colour combination of this little dual purpose bag, Red, white and blue, but enjoy having mingled the lady bugs with the flowers. It was fun to make. 

over the past many months given up time to the Vintage shop, so this past month and a half (almost 1/2 of July has disappeared already) can you believe it.  I was moaning so long for Spring and summer to arrive and now I am astonished to see I have frittered away almost one month of official summer!  I have been cheating a bit too, since my Student left I have been watching my beloved GOLF and of course now the PanAM Games have begun!  Have you seen the Opening Ceremonies?  Were they not stupendous?  Well, I thought they were and Toronto has every reason to be proud of itself, job well done....

Now it is once again time to push myself away from the computer and head on back to the sewing machine, once again it is pedal to the metal time.  These remaining days must be put to the best use possible. 

Have fun, stay safe, remain cool and come back to visit soon. 

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