Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Maps and letters...


Hello!  I hope you all enjoyed a restful and relaxing weekend!  I did...I can't say that I got all that much accomplished, but it was a fairly leisurely weekend and that's always nice from time to time :)

This is a busy month for me, as just a few days after I return from Junk Bonanza, I will be leaving for London...yeah!  My husband has a sales meeting in Dublin and so I will be meeting him over in London when he is done...for our anniversary!!!  It does mean I have to brave the flight by myself, but it'll be worth it!  I would love any tips or advice from any of my fellow bloggers who have been to London or live there, especially tips about the flea markets :))

So, in preparation for London, I practiced my tea drinking this weekend...


...and, of course, my scone eating...


Wanting to take a picture for the blog, was a good excuse to use the pretty dishes for my tea and scones...something I really should do more of.  BTW, that adorable little tea pot is one of several that I've bought from my friend Tara's fabulous etsy shop Tara's Vintage Kitchen {you should check it out if for no other reason than to enjoy her utterly amazing photography skills!}.



And, speaking of flea markets, Jen and I headed to our local, monthly flea on Saturday...what a gloriously perfect day it was for the flea market!  We had very Fall-like temps here over the weekend and it was a welcome break from the blistering heat we've had all summer.

I found a few more vintage maps {yep, still on that kick}.  I was drawn to the ones that included England on them...


I also found a box of vintage letters...sigh...how I love old letters...

I love the way the paper has turned all different shades of cream and brown, showing signs of years gone by...

and I love the postmark...just something about it...



...and the beautiful old stamps...ahh, the day when you could mail a letter for 2 or 3 cents...


and, of course, there's the letters themselves...handwritten with love...what can I say, I just find such beauty in them...


Since I have so many, I've decided to part with some of my stash, so you can now find Vintage Letter Bundles in my shop...


I'm still working on the final touches for my son's room.  I hope to show you pictures very soon!


Enjoy a beautiful day!!!



Tracey

57 comments:

cityfarmer said...

... and I was just making scones ...

pop over, you'll be delighted

cityfarmer said...

p.s. yes, the flea was delightful this weekend

Laura said...

Your photo's are, as always, beautiful... They make me want to go and pop the kettle on and drag out my best china... Oh, and I love the tea canister! Have fun in London.. soo jealous... Lx

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Happy Anniversary! How special to go to London to celebrate! I hope you have a wonderful time...I know you will! I too, love those old letters, the script, the postmarks, the stamps. I have been picking up old atlas books...it is always so interesting to see what countries used to be called! Now I am off to visit that Etsy shop....kitchen items are always fun to collect!
Have a wonderful day! :)

northern cottage said...

so so lovely....I also adore Tara (I consider her my fairy blog mother!) You guys (& your killer photography) are such inspirations! Bon Voyage --- soooo jealous!

paige said...

yay for you hooking up with hubby in london!! <3
your little letters are so charming. i love the colorful classic stamps too
such sweetlittle notes

have a super day
miss you out here in blogland but look forward to hearing all about your travels & your junkin!

Chrissy said...

Tracey....you lucky girl!! Never been to London(except to land) but Dublin well...your husband will love it!!! We are going back to Bangor(in the north) next May or June and will spend a few days in Dublin..can hardly wait! Don't know about the flea markets but you should(must) check out these stores:NEXT,DOROTHY PERKINS,NEW LOOK,PEACOCK,LAURA ASHLEY...they are my favorites you will love NEXT the most,I have soooo many clothes from there,I take a size 5or 7 here but I wear a size 10 from there so make sure you try things on! Anyway I am babbling...love this post..going to check out your shop.....again! x0x0x

Anne Marie said...

oh Tracey! how exciting!! I'm sure Jackie, from HOME, will give you some great advice on the fleas - I really wish I could help you with that advice! (looking good for the trip)

Anonymous said...

hello from Geneva !
you'll find a guide about London on Designesponge : http://www.designspongeonline.com/2009/03/london-design-guide.html
Good luck and enjoy !!
corinne

Morning T said...

Hey Tracey~ I just emailed you the links to all of our favorite spots from our trip to London last month. You're going to love it there!!

Hugs~
T

mandiegirl said...

Sounds like so much fun! :) Have a great time!!!

Mrs. Sutton said...

Of course a trip to London couldn't be complete without a walk down Portobello Road - you'll find markets stalls and posh shops. The antiques shops are starting to die out - but you'll still find a few - look at www.portobelloroad.co.uk which has a comprehensive list of stalls and shops. While you're there - walk along Westbourne Grove (www.westbourne-grove.com) - the shops and cafe's there are AMAZING - although, depending on your budget, it may just be a window shoppers paradise! Some of my favourites are Daylesford Organic and Brissi - and pop into Tom's deli for a fabulous coffee break and star spotting. Alfies Antiques Market is another absolute MUST - look at www.alfiesantiques.com - I am positive that you will not leave there empty handed. Ahhhhhhh - this brings back wonderful memories - these were my old haunts in my previous London life (before moving to the English countryside, where my nearest shop is a 15 minute drive away - HURRAH for internet shopping!!!)
Happy shopping! xx

highstreetcottage said...

Hi Tracy, London is lovely this time of year. There is so much to do, and wonderful shopping ops, as well as incredible food! Be careful crossing the streets as the traffic comes in the opposite direction, and it takes some time getting used to. You'll enjoy the architecture too. Lots of old interesting buildings. I enjoy your blog, hope to have mine up and running soon. PS. the cork place card holders are a fab idea, just loved that!

Debby said...

Dayton Ohio is not far from where I live. My realtives used to live in Dayton. Have fun in London.

Whimsey Creations said...

London is lots of fun and you can get almost anywhere you're going on the metro. But...be very careful about staying in the so-called B&Bs rather than a hotel. They look very nice online but aren't all that when you actually get in one. I remember one that we stayed at and they were so proud of their newly installed en-suite bathroom (the size of a very small shower stall and in fact had the shower, toilet, and sink all in it). By the third night we went to a Marriott regardless of the cost for just one decent night's sleep. Get to Harrods if you can - it's food section is amazing! Have fun!

Olive Cooper said...

practicing eating scones and traveling to London...yes, I could do that...you rock those London flea markets Tracey...hugs♥olive

AntiqueChase said...

I remember seeing piles of old letters at my grandparents home... I wish we would have kept them... the stamps on yours are so charming!

ruth said...

Do you know the name of the flowers you have in the French carrier? I have the same ones, but don't know what they are.
I found some wonderful things on Portobello road when I was in London. There's also a flea market in the suburbs - can't remember the name, but I think it's where they make the Doc Marten shoes. It wasn't hard to get to, though a little off the beaten track.

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Now that's what I call a lovely anniversary!
Have a wonderful time, Tracey!

RACHELLE said...

I LOVE old letters! My grandfather passed away and my mother and i inherited all his letters that he had written to his mother from WW2. It was amazing!

thanks for sharing

shell
www.gypsylemonade.blogspot.com

Ticking and Toile said...

Oh I think you are in for a serious treat in London....what a wonderful anniversary! Can't wait to see all the pics.

xo,
Shellagh

traci said...

You lucky girl. I can't wait for junk bonanza. I hope we score loads of treasures. I have never been a tea drinker. But it looks so sophisticated. If you still have some letter bundles, can you add one to my pillow cover, lavender sugar order. Thanks sweetie. Have a great day!

Belinda said...

This is my home city, so I know it well.

Portabello Rd/market - Mrs Sutton has given you the low-down. Wander about Notting Hill generally, eg Elgin Crescent, pretty residential streets.

The War Horse - MUST SEE, amazing theatre production(book from US?) in Covent Garden area, which is also fabulous for shopping/mooching about (but can be crowded so avoid at weekend maybe).

Burlington Arcade, Piccadilly Arcade and Fortnum and Masons for afternoon tea. (Book for St James Restaurant for tea). =all these are step-back in history and near Hyde Park which is nice in good weather if you need some green space. Pictures of these on my blog.

View of London from top of Primrose Hill, near nice shops/cafes too.

Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, Victoria and Albert Museaum are all really touristy but I think I'd have to see them if I was visiting.

British Library and Museaum if you are feeling intellectual!

Have fun!

It's me said...

London...........is the place to be !!.....have fun !!! lovely post !! i enjoy it...happy eveneing....love Ria.....

Vintage Junky said...

So jealous~
I would love to stowaway!

Amy said...

Have fun on your anniversary trip!
I have nothing to share, I have never been out of the country and that plane trip, someone would have to knock me out. LOL
Just adore the pictures of your letters so amazing that it is an art that has died. I just heard that here in Vegas they are not even teaching the children cursive anymore, so sad.
Happy Anniversary
Amy

Jeannine said...

I love the look of stamps and postal cancellations too. I searched for rubber stamps to mimic this look in my scrapbooking. The stacks of old letters make a great part of a vignette. And maps! I'm envious that you find them. People don't see value in that type of thing here.

Jacqueline said...

Bermondsey market by Tower Bridge opens very, very early...4am. They used to have marche ouvert in England where goods of doubtful provenance could be sold, but only before the sun comes up. Apparently now it is banned...but I have my doubts.

And go to Brown's Hotel for afternoon tea (please don't call it high tea) where you can channel your inner Agatha Christie, after renting horses to ride in Hyde Park.

Cheers...have a wonderful trip.

Belinda said...

Oh dear, please excuse spelling of museum above, room full of noisy kids scambling my brain is my very poor excuse!!x

Barbara said...

You're going to have so much fun! When my daughter lived in Paris, I used to fly over (all by myself too) and stay in London for 3 or 4 days (supposedly to get over jet lag, but really just because I love London, and scones, and high tea, and the museums) before I went to Paris. I loved every minute of it!

Servies en Brocante said...

Beautifull picture's, im gonna follow you!!! Very pretty style~!!

Secret Garden Cottage said...

Tracey,
I'm so glad you decided to put some pictures together for us using your pretty china... just gorgeous!
I love old letters and maps, too. I love the beautiful handwriting they once used and the different ways they spoke to one another back then.
Happy anniversary to you and your husband... enjoy your trip to London!
~ Jo :)

Belinda said...

Just remembered Borough market if you are a foodie? Or amazing Petersham Nurseries, quite a long way on the Tube to Richmond (District Line), but it is gorgeous( STUNNING house, garden, vintage style garden/home stuff,famous cafe,but very expensive), as is Richmond Park.

If the weather is nice, you can get a boat at Westminster Bridge which goes all the way to Greenwich where there is all sorts of interesting historical stuff- google for details.

Agree with Jacqueline above, Browns Hotel might be even nicer that F and M for afternnon tea, although F and M still worth a visit as a shopping experience!

Right, must stop!xx

Cathi said...

Enjoy your time in London. We just got back a few weeks ago and had a wonderful time! You will love it! xxoo :)

Leah C said...

Another beautiful post! Love, love those old letters:)

Fearless Nester said...

That sounds so romantic to fly by yourself to London for a rendezvous with your husband! Happy Anniversary. I think the maps and letters are tres romantic too. Enjoy! ~Lili

Lille Vildand said...

Thank you so much for your nice comment! I love your photoes and your story. Bon voyage!
Hug, Jannicke

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

London...what a romantic anniversary! It is such a wonderful city and we found the locals to be so nice and helpful.
Enjoy.
Hugs, Sherry

Inspiration i vitt said...

hello my dear friend,its always wonderful inspiring photos with you Tracey. What fun to go to London, you go yourself? How brave you are hihi. Thank you for you all praise for the book Live Beautifully, I am so happy for the nice words.The book sells so well and there is so much fun that it appreciated throughout Europe. Hope you have a wonderful trip and take care of you. Many hugs to you / Ingela.

Gracie's Cottage said...

Old letters...love them; they grab my heart.

Looking forward to seeing you at Junk Bonanza and after that, can't wait to hear about your trip to London!

Jan

Air Kiss said...

Tracy~
Can I just say that you can take a rockin' scone photo!! Love these photos, love the texture, love it all! Wow London! My husband went there for business a few years back and spent a day just wandering that great old city. You are going to love it! Have a great time at JB and bring back lots of good junk! ;) Thank you so much for adding me to your sidebar.. that means more to me than you know because you are one of my very faves! I just ADORE your blog! Such an honor. Thanks for sharing your vintage maps of tea time.. your passion truly shows that you love what you do!
♥-- Lara

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tracey,

Love the old letters and maps you got and the scones and tea, from lovely china always looks so much lovelier.
Happy anniversary and I hope that you have a wonderful time in London.
It is an amazing old place and to get your bearings to start, a good way is to take a trip on the double decker bus, which is fun and see the sights.

Happy week
Hugs
Carolyn

nacherluver said...

How soft and beautiful.
Thank you for the enjoyable view!

Beatnheart said...

The best flea markets are outside of London, mostly at Racetracks. If you could get up north, Newark is the best, huge with 3000 dealers..There is a monthy guide book that you buy at Newsagents. It lists all the fairs . I can’t recall the name of this book at the moment, I’ll dig around to find it. It is invaluable. Scones don’t look anything like that in England..Its called a Cream Tea and boy oh boy wait till you try that!!! The pasteries are wonderful made with the most luscious cream. The V & A museum is wonderful, Harrods, Liberty store is a must for me. For a cheap, quick lunch grab a sandwich at a Supermarket especially in Marks & Spenser really good, get a pasterie there while your at it!! Portobello road is too expensive, Bermondsy use to be good not sure what its like anymore, get there by 5am!

Lissa said...

I wish I could have those scones on that lovely table setting! I've been to england once but it was 25 years ago. I wouldn't be much help! I think you're going to love it though!

Linda said...

Ooh...London! What a wonderful anniversary trip! Hope to meet you at Junk Bonanza, Tracey!
Linda@Itsy Bits And Pieces

Shabby Chic Interiors said...

Oh how nice you do not know how happy I am! Meanwhile, upload your banner to my favorite links and calmly prepare the interview!

I'll send you an email soon, good day! :)
Sarah

paperbird said...

Beautiful images Tracey- you always inspire me with your gorgeous photography. What a lucky girl you are to be traveling to London- I think it's wonderful.

Privet and Holly said...

I think it's
the nostalgia
that makes these
letters so precious...
The thought that
the ones who wrote
them may be long
gone, but that they
took the time while
they were here to
express themselves
so beautifully!
Lovely photos, Tracey!
xx Suzanne
PS: I'll be at Junk
Bonanza on Friday....
Going with Becky from
Farmgirl Paints : )
Hope to see you...

Heaven's Walk - said...

Oh, Tracey! How exciting for you, girl! I can hardly wait to see your posts from London! And just think about all the goodies you're going to find there......ummmmm...you better bring along an extra empty suitcase or something....lol! Love those old letters. So sweet and romantic. Off to check out the new goodies in your store! :) Have a wonderful day, friend!

xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

Your photos are always so beautiful...and I too have a "thing" for old letters and envelopes as well as vintage maps.

Emma Burgess said...

Happy anniversary! Enjoy your trip away- sounds very romantic!!! Emma. xx

hometown girl said...

your table looks beautiful! i too love the old maps and letters, i've actually been looking for old maps! your trip to London sounds super and i love seeing your photos!! Tara is pretty great, i love her and her shop!! enjoy the day!! susan

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

So lovely... I really think I should spend a bit more time on sweet tablescapes, instead of eating standing up at the counter... :-)

Warm blessings,

Spencer

Callie Grayson said...

a little tip... since you are flying by yourself out there. Dress comfortable but look nice, arrive really early!! see how full the flight is ..... see if they will bump you up to business or first class. Sometimes they will just do it, sometimes you pay a bit (not much more, it varies I think I have paid $100.00 more SO WORTH IT) but most of the time I have gotten bumped up for free.

have a wonderful time!!!!
xx
callie

Jeanneoli said...

Your letters will come soon:-)

Anita said...

Tracey-

I found wonderful "fancier" antiques on Portobello Road, as well as a fabulous vintage circus poster collection( a gift for a family member who is crazy about the circus) at the bottom of the hill from some guy selling out of his car trunk ( which they call the boot). I loved Covenant Gardens for the diversity of things. Both were crowded, but not at all as crowded as the Paris Puces.

Bon voyage!

Anita