Vintage Strings Attached

So ... since my next project du jour involves quilting my ginger scrappy quilt, and worse yet ... writing the pattern ... I needed some distraction, if just for a moment. Here is a little trio of treasures that sits atop the tower o'thread in my sewing room. The picture with the green frame is from my childhood home. I brought it home to live with me after both my parents were gone. The worst part is that I don't exactly remember where it was hung when I was a kid. How bad am I? The plate is something I picked up at an antique store several years ago, but I like to pretend that it's a picture of the street I live on ... now.

Ummm .... let's just say that it is.

This little tin with sweet birds on it was purchased just a couple of weeks ago. But get this! It is meant to hold string. You know I love string! I use a lot of string, so of course the purchase was a valid one. And, it's from England. I'm from England! (Well, my grandfather was.) I also believe that it truly is old. (I'm old! How eerie is this?)

So ... does anyone have an idea just how old it is? And ...
Is there anyone out there who actually enjoys the pattern-writing part?

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steph said...

it definitely looks older than you... but that could be because you just turned 25. clearly, that tin is older than 25... as are all of your children, which seems a little strange.

anyway, my guess is 66 years old. you can take that to the bank (or the antique roadshow).

Mrs. Dub said...

i'm still too out of it to really comment, but you were cracking me up with this one. also, i love those three things, even though i had no idea where they were in your house. how bad am i?

Pecos Blue said...

Not sure but I really like the birds!

Renee said...

I LOVE your bird string holder . . . anything I find with birds on it is coming home with me - what a bonus that one is even useful. Guess I will have to make a string holder for myself . . . no idea how old it is but definitely way way older than you and it does seem "strange that your children are older" - in agreement with steph's comment!

like pattern writing? LMK if you find someone who does!
xoxx, Renée

BTW thanks for visiting and your sweet comments!

Glamma Fabulous aka Kelley Smith said...

LOVE the string holder and it gave me the idea to drill a hole into a similer container that I have that needs a purpose. FAB!

LaundryBasketCase said...

What a beautiful string holder. A great idea! Your quilt is just beautiful! I'm really glad to have found your blog (via Debbie's English Treasures) I'm a big fan of quilting, just wish I had more time to do it. x

P Daddy said...

Well, we know who pulls the strings around here--and whose for the birds. The can is pretty but not a pretty as you, and much much older than you, I'm sure.

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

I also have one of those to hold my string, but mine is made of wood...
They are so lovely, and useful too!
By the way, I love all your other TREASURES!
Kisses Kisses
Debbie Moss
(from ENGLAND)