Friday Favourites ~ Vintage print gorgeousness

Well, Happy Friday one and all - even if it is a grey old day! I guess the garden needs some rain.... I thought I would cheer us all up with a collection of lovely bright vintage wallpaper and fabric prints from the 60s and 70s. Aren't they fabulous? This is just a small selection of my favourites.... I'm desperately trying to resist the urge to stockpile them all and be more sensible and just get them when I actually start a particular project....not sure if I'll succeed :) Do drop by and have a good browse - there are hundreds of vintage wonders in some of these beautiful Etsy shops. Enjoy!

Friday Favourites ~ Vintage print gorgeousness

Friday Favourites ~ vintage wallpaper love

Well Happy Friday one and all! The sun is shining and we have a lovely long Bank Holiday weekend ahead of us - hooray! I hope you all have some lovely things planned. I thought I'd do something a bit different today - want to keep things interesting! So instead of the usual Etsy Treasury I thought I'd share a particular love of mine: vintage wallpaper.

I just love all the fabulous patterns and prints, especially the 60s and 70s florals. The background to my blog is actually a piece of vintage wallpaper :) I mount the wallpaper to pieces of A2 mountboard and then use it as backgrounds for my photography. It works a treat! Had fun and games, though, with my first attempts to mount it - see my earlier post on The magic of Mod Podge for details. I've bought most of my wallpaper from the lovely Ada Bea of Vintage Sheet Addict - she has such a fabulous selection - well worth a look! I also live in hope of finding a beautiful unused roll in a charity shop, but alas, none of the shops round here offer up such treasures - but I remain forever hopeful!

So here are some piccies of the mounted wallpaper - with a few of my plastic/china clan posing for added interest. Enjoy!

Twit Twoo!
Vintage wallpaper love
Vintage wallpaper love
My deer family
Vintage wallpaper love
Foxy lady
Vintage wallpaper love
Vintage wallpaper love

Bloggy swap partners

The lovely Ada Bea from Vintage Sheet Addict organised a crafty swap on her blog in Jan/Feb to help spread a little cheer in these gloomy months. I was lucky enough to receive this fabulous rainbow of vintage wallpaper pieces and some lovely vintage fabric. Thank you so, so much Ada!

It's hard to choose my faves - there are so many! I adore vintage wallpaper. The background for my blog is actually a piece of Ada's wallpaper - isn't it just fab? I have mounted some big pieces to mount board to use as backdrops for my photography - you can read about my trials and tribulations getting this to work in an earlier blog post: The magic of Mod Podge.

Ada has the most amazing collection of vintage wallpapers I have seen in the UK. Do go have a browse in her lovely Etsy shop.

Vintage wallpaper rainbow *1*
Vintage wallpaper rainbow *2*

I still haven't decided exactly what I'm going to do with these. One idea is to wallpaper the back of some shelves in a patchwork fashion to showcase some of my vintage china and other goodies I've collected along the way. What do you reckon? What would you do?

Vintage wallpaper: yellows
Vintage wallpaper: pinks
Vintage wallpaper: blues
Vintage fabric rainbow

I swapped some postcards, prints and other goodies with Ada. You can read about it in this lovely post on Ada's blog.

The magic of Mod Podge

Those of you who've been following along for a while will know that I have a bit of a thing for pretty backdrops for my photos. I have amassed quite a collection of pretty papers that I've adhered to mount board for ease of use - I got fed up fumbling with rolls of paper and blu tack...

Up until now I've mostly used wrapping paper which sticks very nicely using double sided sticky tape. But recently I bought some beautiful vintage wallpapers that refused to work with double sided tape. Cue disaster no.1! Impatient as ever, I squirted a whole load of PVA glue generously on the back of the paper and tried hard to smooth it onto the mount board. It refused to lie flat and wanted to ripple. So I got some nice big heavy boxes and laid them flat on the paper as it dried. NOT a good move! This creased the paper nicely and it didn't dry properly. Cue disaster no. 3 - how about giving it a bit of an iron? That gets rid of wrinkles, right? Not a good move! By now I have wrinkly, creased wallpaper on warped mount board. I was almost in tears!

So here's where the Mod Podge comes in. On the recommendation of the lovely Ada Bea that I bought the beautiful wallpaper from, I tried again, with more patience, some Mod Podge and a sponge applicator brush. Much better! This time, I evenly spread a very thin layer of Mod Podge to the mount board using the sponge applicator and set it aside. I did the same to the back of the wallpaper and then very carefully placed the paper on the board (it helps to have two people for this bit) and gently pressed out any air bubbles. I then used a rolling pin (!) to gently smooth out any remaining creases and air bubbles and then left to dry. It worked a dream!

Here's the beautifully mounted wallpaper from Vintage Sheet Addict:

70s vintage wallpaper

And here are a couple of shots I've taken using the mounted wallpaper as the backdrop. Much happier now :)

The golden girl