Friday, July 15, 2011

A Vintage Find and a Small Makeover.

I found this vintage woollen blanket at the thrift store this week. Falling for the charming red and the luscious grey I have been trying to find out about the manufacturer of this gorgeous blanket. 

I could an only find minimal information on the 'Laconia' brand name at the Victorian State Library Website. That fact in itself is intriguing to me. From what I can gather the Laconia Blanket Mill was around in the 1950's in Richmond, Victoria...that is about as much information as I have far.

It is in perfect condition and after washing it gently and leaving it on the clothes-line for a day in the sun the strong odour of mothballs has been eliminated. It must have been so well looked after and hardly used at all to have lasted this long. Don't you love the cute label?

My ginger plant is in flower at the moment and adds a striking addition to the shades of red.

I usually pick up these trugs or tool boxes as some call them. They always come in super handy for bits and bobs in my garden shed. Changes had to be made to this one though and as I am in the mood for the colour blue...sorry, but the ' fresh eggs' and the chicken just had to go!

I also added a strip of paper that I found in my craft room with gorgeous and decorative Fleur di lis design. Added a bit of distressing and here you are. So much brighter.

Add a few herbs from the garden as I try out my new macro lens for the camera that arrived from Hong Kong this morning!

Don't forget the Brisbane French Festival is on again tomorrow at Southbank. I had a fabulous time there last year and I would thoroughly recommend it for lovers of all things French. You can also read about it from Thea at Thea and Sami  here .

Enjoy your weekend. x


PJ said...

great makeover!

Naturally Carol said...

Hi've done a wonderful job of turning that trug from dated to fabulous! I love your woollen rug too.

A Treasured Past said...

Gorgeous blanket Pam, they always add some vintage charm. Enjoy the festival tomorrow, Tam x

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Dear Pam

i agree with you - the chicken and fresh eggs HAD TO GO!!!
It looks great now!
Love the pictures with your new lens!!

Have a great weekend

Linda Lilly Cottage said...

Oh la la...that was for the French festival...that sounds like so much fun but I have birthday and shop duties this weekend...such a hard life I know.
Love love love that blanket and what a great colour red and that ginger plant is gorgoeus...hope you took some delicious photos of that in bloom..Yum...not ginger...just the plant.
Hehe Have a truly wonderful French weekend, Kiss Noises Linda

Thea said...

Don't you just love vintage wool blankets? I've bought 3 this winter plus a small one for the dog (yes, I'm one of those people). Your tool box looks way better now! That was one sadly drawn chicken.

delia hornbook said...

Such a lovely thick blanket great on a cold winters night. Love your makeover what a gorgeous shade of blue. Have a lovely, weekend, dee x

brismod said...

I love a woolly blanket - great colours too. And yes, the chicken theme was so not you!! x

Makeminemidcentury said...

everything you touch is lovely. I'm glad that blanket found its way into your hands.

I'm scoffing down marmalade toast every morning, thank you very much! Delicious!!

Rose H (UK) said...

Hi Pam, love the blanket! Hope you can find out more information :o)
Your tool/trug is super and how the makeover :o)
Thank you for the info on the Sea Eagle, they look fabulous birds :o)
Enjoy the weekend!
Rose H
x said...

Wow Pam, that blanket is amazing, I especially love the white blanket stitching around the edges.

Liz said...

Love the colours in the blanket!
Great blog!
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

Kellie Collis said...

Lovely transformation! Enjoy the beautiful weekend, Kellie xx

polkadotpeticoat said...

I love those old wool blankets.....perfect makeover!

Natasha in Oz said...

Pam I grew up with blankets just like that and now sisters have inherited (read stolen!!) them and I missed out! I am going to have to see if I can find some for myself!

Hope your weekend has been lovely so far. Wasn't it cold yesterday!

Take care and best wishes for a fabulous week.

Natasha @ 5 Minutes Just for Me

Sandrine said...

What a great find this blanket!I went to the festival and could not believe how many Francophiles there was there!!!My goodness I had to fight my way to the stalls lol :)I hope you had fun if you went :)
Sandrine x

Tiff said...

That blanket is so gorgeous... beautiful colours & I LOVE your toolbox makeover! I wish I read your post before today so I could have gone to the festival! I was up there for a baby shower too! Oh well... there is always next year! X

Helen Philipps said...

Your freshly painted trug looks lovely - such a gorgeous shade of blue! I love your soft grey and red blanket too - what a great find! Your blog is filled with lovely things - I look forward to reading more.
Helen x

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Pam
Well that blanket is a walk down memory lane for me!! Especially the label.. just seems so familiar as is the name... Love all your shots today and the last post too..

Hope you had a lovely weekend.. ciao xxx Julie

maria cecilia said...

Hola Pam, this is a so lovely makeover, love the color!!
You have been doing so many lovely things lately, it´s such a pleasure visiting your world filled with so much beauty.
hugs dear

Small Things Simple Pleasures said...

That blanket is just beautiful. I NEVER see things like that in op shops!