Given the choice I'd live in a completely minimalist house looking out onto the ocean, flat roofs, lots of glass, clear surfaces and clean lines. I'm not a great one for clutter, I like plain white crockery, white linen, sometimes I turn a bit queasy when I go into a Cath Kidston shop, but I have been charmed by a couple of older items lately. Firstly I found this lovely old knitting pamphlet (I like that word) in a charity shop for 50p. It has some strange patterns for knitted ladies knickers B in the above photo, men's underpants both half and full length that decency prevents me from showing, a little bed jacket (C) that I quite fancy as a summer cardigan, great sock patterns, including footlets (G) and knee caps (H) and some sweet baby clothes. The book has been well used, it's practically falling to pieces but I like the fact it has served it's purpose and survived for a long time, probably from around 1950.Next my second cousin, after some heavy hints, has given me this lovely old patchwork quilt that belonged to her cousin's mother and it possibly about 80 years old. You may know I have aspirations to make a patchwork, I did get started about 3 years ago but never got very far. My cousin didn't seem to think it had any great value because it had some marks, she even suggested cutting off the border that is slightly faded. Perish the thought, I've given it a gentle wash and the colours have come up well, it really doesn't bother me that it's marked, that is to be expected of something so old and a sign of good use. I love the different shapes, squares, hexagons, oblongs, triangles, and I think the colours and mix of patterns are well thought out. It's currently on the old cast iron bed that was my grans and which Mr FF renovated with a new base and mattress some years ago.
Neither of these items fits my minimalist image, but I do like them and until I move into the glass and chrome structure I am enjoying having them around.