Tuesday, 29 December 2009

A white Christmas in Morecambe

Well it was a white Christmas for us here in Morecambe. I can't remember the last time I had a white Christmas.We have lived here now for 7 years and it has only snowed twice in all of that time and never lasted for more than ten minutes. Unfortunately I was so very busy with Christmassy details that I didn't get out to photograph it until it was too late. However there was the remains of what had been a wonderful ice maiden snow sculture on the prom but I didn't have my camera with me as I thought all of the snow had disappeared, typical of me. However if it snows again which it does as if it might I will take photos and post them here.

Well it is back to work now. I'm busy washing, ironing and cutting fabric so if the light improves I will be listing again very soon, probably at the weekend. I have some lovely vintage eiderdown fabric in wonderful shades of pink with roses and paisley designs plus a lot of other treats.

I don't think I will have time to post again until after New Year so I wish you all success in the New Year.

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Could things get any worse.....

Midst all of the preparations for Christmas which I was way behind on anyway, disaster stuck not only once but twice. Two days ago my computer pc died on me. I have no idea what happened, it was running perfectly and decided to re-boot itself then got stuck and apparently the NTLDR was missing.
So I packed it all away to get out my laptop. Unfortunately I hadn't backed up since I came back from the fairs so I'm having to all the work again, fortunately I kept all of the paperwork. However there are lots of things that I am missing like my family photo's that were taken recently and of course all of my emails. I'll have to get it sorted out in the new year.

So I decided to wash all of my lounge curtains for Christmas just to take my mind off it. Everything went well with the smaller windows but the larger windows are very large and I hadn't washed them before. I just managed to get one curtain in the tumble drier but....although I kept taking it out to shake it when it was finally dry there were huge scorch marks on it. The curtains are white, all white so no pattern to hide the marks. I've searched the web and found that hydrogen peroxide removes the scorching marks so guess what I'm going to be doing all day, that is when I can get hold of the peroxide.

Just waiting for the third thing to happen now.

Monday, 14 December 2009


I would like to wish all my customers old and new a very Merry Christmas.
To show my appreciation I am offering a 15% discount on all orders this week over £20.00.
I am unable to put this discount into the website system so will send the discount as a refund on paypal payments. For cheque and bank transfers I will send you an email with your final total.

As I am so very busy from now until Christmas and so far behind with Christmas activities like writing cards and buying presents I will not be listing new items again until after Christmas. I am sure you all understand.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Beautiful cards from days gone by.

Being listed Friday 11th December at 7am GMT

Who can resist these wonderful old cards. Ideal for framing, copying and adding on to bags and cushion or just collecting.
I think my favourite is the guardian angel.
I hope she is looking after my granddaughter this Christmas.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

1940's felt flowers and vintage French buttons etc.

1940's felt flowers, vintage French buttons, ribbon roses and a 1940's
 embroidery silks holder.
All being listed tomorrow morning (Thursday 10th Dec.) at 7am GMT
Its just a short post today as I have to sort out stock for the Stafford fair which starts on Friday.
I will not be going but sending my hubby instead. He will be taking lots of haberdashery as well as tables full of antiques and collectables but very little of the Rag Rescue items.
I'm staying at home in the warm so that I can continue to list new items and take orders and prepare the house for Christmas.

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Sharing happiness and joy at Christmas time

We can share happiness and joy at Christmas time by sending present that incorporate rose designs.
Above you can see a wonderful vintage chocolate box covered in satin with a superb design of roses. It would make an ideal sewing box to store sewing items in. Perhaps the little hat needlecase decorated with wonderful ribbon roses or the rose decorated pincushion would be little extras.
A boxed vintage rose decorated handbag mirror would make a superb present or the gold lace mat with three roundels of rose petit point. A lovely rose designed vintage fabric strip roll or a length of ecru coloured lace with lilac roses and a French circular rose fabric bolster end would get your crafting friends in a frenzy.

All being listed tomorrow morning (Wednesday 9th December) at 7am GMT
Don't miss out.

Monday, 7 December 2009

New items being listed tomorrow - vintage embroidery silks

 As the vintage silks I have listed previously have been so popular, I am listing some more tomorrow. There is a mixture of Jas Pearsalls, Bertha Regina, Broriche, DMC, Penelope, and Vicars threads.
A lovely array of colours.
I am hoping to start listing the items I bought at the fair on Wednesday if the light is better than it is today.

Saturday, 5 December 2009


Yes here we are again back home in the warm. Gosh! it was cold at the fairs. Still a great time was had by all. Ludo enjoyed dancing up and down with Morris Men that entertained us at Lincoln whilst overhead the Red Arrows team practised every day, free displays for everyone.

Now that I'm back home I'm taking orders again.
I have bought lots more vintage fabric so will start washing and ironing and hopefully be listing again soon.

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Rag Rescue at the Lincolnshire Antiques and Home Show

Well it is the fairs time again. First stop the Lincolnshire Antiques and Home show at the Lincolnshire showground. I thought I'd show a photo of where you can find us. In the back of the photo is the brand new Epic Centre. In front you can see the shopping arcades which are full of the amazing items to buy. You will find Rag Rescue in the second marquee on the left of the this photo closest to the Epic Centre entrance.
Tuesday and Wednesday 1st and 2nd December

We then move on to the Newark International Antiques fair at Newark showground. Here we will be in the George Stephenson Pavilion at the far end, central aisle in front of the very large up and over doors.
Thursday and Friday 3rd and 4th of December.
We would love to see you there, please come along and introduce yourself.
Lots of vintage fabrics, trims and haberdashery plus many antiques.
Reasons for stopping website orders can be seen on THIS blog post.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Blue skies, sunshine --I think not

Morecambe during the storm 1906

Rough seas at Morecambe 1928

Yes - like many Winters here in Morecambe the wind whips the sea up into a frenzy especially when it is high tide. Today was no exception, but fortunately now we have very good sea defences, in fact they are amongst the best in the country.
I don't know why it is ,but every time I go to the hairdressers ,which is only a stones throw from the sea, the wind is always blowing a gale and today it almost blew me over. So much for my new hair style.
Still I feel very refreshed and have found a new lease of life now and know that what ever life throws at me I can cope with it. Life is rather like a storm at times but also like storms things quieten down and all becomes calm again.
I'm almost packed ready for the fairs next week and looking forward to meeting all my friends especially as one has just picked up a lovely dog from the rescue centre. His name is BILBO --- what a fantastic name, I can't wait to give him a hug.


Thursday, 19 November 2009


Items being listed tomorrow will enhance your home made flower brooches, pins, Christmas decorations. Lots of Vintage stamens and more floral embroideries to frame for presents. Why not give a sewing book as a gift.
All to be found at RAG RESCUE tomorrow.


I start another round of International fairs again at the end of next week.
PLEASE place your orders early so as not to be disappointed.
The website will be closed for orders between the 27th November and 6th December.
As the weather will be damp and cold I've decided not to take my laptop this time. You will still be able to view the site but not order I'm afraid.
I'll keep you updated with posts on this blog until then.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009


Thursdays new items being listed on RAG RESCUE website.

Well the weather has not been kind to me, so clothed in waterproofs I ventured out at 7am and again at 1pm with Ludo. I actually enjoyed the long walks in the rain as the colour of the foliage left on the trees was so vibrant. Wonderful bright reds and orange.
I have got so much done whilst hubby has been away. The house has had an Autumnal clean and I've also managed to sort through all of the old stock boxes that were left from the previous fairs. Now all I have to do is to finish cleaning, labelling and packing the new antique stock. I can get down to my favourite pastime of sorting out the Rag Rescue stock and deciding what I'll take to the fairs. I've had a huge banner printed for Rag Rescue so all I have to do is work out where in the marquee I'll hang it and how.
I'm off to relax now and wait for the phone call asking me to drive to Lancaster station to pick up hubby. I'm hoping the lecture was a success and that he enjoyed himself in London, fingers crossed.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Home alone

At Rag Rescue tomorrow - Wednesday 18th November
Three sewing kits.....three bag handles.....two felt hats ....and a stitch in a magazine tree.
Well not quite but you know what I mean.
Home alone today and tomorrow as hubby is giving a lecture in London so I'm going to have a bit of me time, I hate to say it but I'm really looking forward to it. I just hope the weather is kind tomorrow so I can go for a long walk with Ludo by the sea or maybe in the woods we will see.
Speak to you all tomorrow with more goodies to show you.

Monday, 16 November 2009


Tuesday 17th November
the RAG RESCUE website

I love browsing through vintage sewing books when I have time. These books are very inspirational. I think my favourites are the 'Fashion bead embroidery' book and the 'DMC drawn thread' book. The latter book could be used as cross stitch patterns as well as drawn thread work.



I'm afraid this post is a little late as I was feeling unwell over the weekend.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Fantastic old embroidery threads

Friday at Rag Rescue

This has to be short I'm afraid as I have just finished photographing next weeks listings and have to record all of my new buys from the auctions this week.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Lots of vintage buckles

Thursday 12th November
Well today started off pretty roughly. We arose at 5am to travel for  over an hour to an auction which was a totally waste of time and diesel. Nothing there for us at all, so back we got in the van and travelled for over another hour and returned home very tired. Still the scenery was spectacular as the low clouds were hanging in the valleys with just the mountain tops clear.We hit thick fog the higher up we went and it was a good job that the traffic was light on the motorway.
Still there is always another day and another auction to go to. We are picking up some lovely items tomorrow that we won on the live auction site yesterday so all is not lost.
I always panic at this time, a couple of weeks before the International fairs, thinking that we haven't got enough new stock but of course we always seem to find things at the last moment. So fingers crossed.

Why not use use vintage buckles and vintage fabric to adorn your Christmas presents this year.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Monday, 9 November 2009



I have just come back from a long walk along the prom at Morecambe. It is such a wonderful Autumnal day. The sky is so very high and so very blue and reflects on the sea making it equally blue. The tide is in and the sea is like a mill pond, not a ripple. The flocks of birds are like little white pebbles on the sea, resting after their lunch ready to fly away to, I don't know where for the Winter.
in the distance the grey lilac hues of the Lake District mountains seem to rise out of the sea. It is on days like this that I remember how lucky I am to see these views from the bottom of my road.
As usual I didn't remember my camera until I was half way through the walk, so typical of me.

Sunday, 8 November 2009



I am starting this weeks listings with antique and vintage embroideries. Some are pieces which can be used again in your crafts or designs and others are complete vintage items.

Friday, 6 November 2009


Wasn't it great to hear the news this morning. I hope everything can be sorted out now for the postal workers.

So now you can order safe in the knowledge that there will be no more delays, although I must say our parcels have still been getting through in good time.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Remember, remember - vintage is best and costs less.

Last of the vintage fabrics to be listed for at least a week.
I will expand more tomorrow evening on next weeks listings.
If you are going to celebrate Guy Fawkes night this evening, I hope the bonfire was covered up and lights well as it has been pouring with rain here in Morecambe Bay all day.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009


The rain may be beating down outside and the wind howling. The waves may be rolling in along the shore but the birds are still  waiting for their supper as the waves get closer.
You will have to wait only a little longer for these delightful vintage fabrics to be listed as they will appear on the website at 7am tomorrow morning.


'Gather ye roses while ye may
Old Time is still a-flying' - Herrick

Sunday, 1 November 2009


Another week of vintage fabrics at

Tomorrow Monday 2nd November begins with 10 lovely vintage fabric stash bags, each containing 20 pieces of fabric off-cuts plus some lovely larger pieces of French red toile fabric.

Sorry for not posting for the last couple of days but I've not been 100%. First of all was the visit to the physio and although he was a very dishy man who instilled lots of confidence in me he has suggested that I have 3 cortisone injections into the shoulder joint, plus acupuncture, which I asked for. I managed to heal my last frozen shoulder with just acupuncture and exercises but as this one is the dominant shoulder he thinks it would be more sensible to have the cortisone injections. I am very reluctant to use cortisone and am wavering now as to whether or not to have the injections.

The second thing to happen was that I got an abscess on one of my molars and after suffering all week I finally got an emergency appointment and the dentist took the tooth out, with a great deal of trouble I might add. I thought she was pulling the inside of my head out. Still it is healing now so I'm almost back to 100%.

Anyway, if you are after vintage fabric off-cuts to increase your stash or are looking for vintage fabric squares, you will find a large number being listed this week.


“The earth laughs in flowers.”

 E. E. Cummings

Friday, 30 October 2009


I thought I would just reassure customers that parcels are still getting through. For example, a parcel posted to Suffolk on Monday via Royal Mail 1st Class, only took two days to arrive and a parcel to Northern Ireland sent on Wednesday arrived on Thursday this week.
I am finding that if I post  on the days between the postal strike action the parcels are being delivered quickly.
I am monitoring the situation so I would ask all customers to let me know as soon as their parcels arrive. Of course there is still the option of courier service where they aim to deliver in 3 days. Please email me if you wish to take this option, if your order is over £10.00.

Thursday, 29 October 2009


 Rag Rescue's special scrapbags, being listed tomorrow Friday October 30th at 7am GMT


“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”

 Henri Matisse

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Brighten up your mood with flowers

Pile up the squares.
More squares listed tomorrow morning at 7am GMT

I love flowers even more so now that my garden is so small. I try to plant as many as I can and fill the house with the sweet smelling flowers of the season.
Even though the weather is warm for the time of year we still know that just around the corner the cold Winter looms.
One way to cheer up the home in Winter is not only to fill it with blooms but also to create home accessories with flower patterns that remind us of warmer days.
I've been thinking about flowers rather a lot lately, probably because most of the fabrics I buy are floral. It has let me into looking up quotes that are about flowers and I've decided that I will close each blog I write with a 'flower or fabric' related quote to cheer everyone up this Autumn and coming Winter.

“Love is a fabric which never fades, no matter how often it is washed in the water of adversity and grief.”

Tuesday, 27 October 2009


Listing Wednesday 28th Oct.at 7am GMT

Vintage lace motifs are always so popular as you can use them for such a wide variety of projects.
I am also listing a book that I found on my travels called:-
A garland of love booklet of poetry from the 17th century

This is the most wonderful book of poetry. The poems are from Herrick and other poets of the 17th century. Gathered and presented with some of her drawings by Daphne Allen.

The book is dedicated to MELUSINE and all who love the romance of other days.
There are 14 poems all either illustrated with pen and in drawings or as separate coloured removable prints. You will be able to see photographs of them on the website tomorrow.

The book has 12/28 pencilled in the front and this could be the date. However it is a very old book and as you will see from the pictures is not in pristine condition. There is foxing on almost all of the pages especially near the centre fold which is tied with a twisted cord.

This is the sort of book to treasure.

The wounded Cupid.

Cupid, as he lay among
Roses, by a bee was stung;
Whereupon in anger flying
To his mother said, thus crying:
"Help! O help! Your boy's a-dying"
"And why, my pretty lad? said she.
Then blubbering, replied he,
"A winged snake has bitten me,
Which country people call a bee."
At which she smiled, then with her hairs
And kisses, drying up his tears,
"Alas!" said she, "my wag, if this
Such a pernicious torment is.
Come tell me then how great's the smart
Of those thou woundest with thy dart!"

Herrick (1591-1674)

Monday, 26 October 2009


Along with these Victorian quilt fabrics are beautiful vintage French fabrics.
All will be listed tomorrow at 7am GMT

Rag Rescue is now on 'Facebook' why not join the group and start a discussion on vintage fabric.

Sunday, 25 October 2009


On Monday 26th October I will be listing some lovely vintage fabric squares and large pieces as well as strip rolls. There is a variety of English, French and quilt vintage fabrics.
Don't forget that we are on GMT now so the above vintage fabrics will be listed at 7am GMT tomorrow.
Worried about the postal strike delays?
No problem here at Rag Rescue.
Create a 'WISH LIST' .
Build up your order over 2 weeks. If the total is over £10 I will send it by door to door courier

Do not click paypal for your first order, click 'bank transfer' instead. Then send me a quick email telling me that you want to create a 'Wish List'. I will then add any further orders onto your first one and send you an invoice at the end of two weeks.

Saturday, 24 October 2009


Dear Customers,

Thank you for your support through this difficult time of postal strikes. Here at Rag Rescue we try to get your orders to you as soon as possible.
In order to do this we have decided to put the following plan into action.

Orders over £10 will be sent by courier at no extra charge to the customer. They will be sent by MyHermes which is a door to door delivery service 3-5 days delivery time.
This courier service will leave your parcel either with a neighbour or a safe place if you are not in. A card will be put through the door stating where you can find the parcel.
If you would rather pick your parcel up yourself then  I can use the ‘Collect Plus’ courier where you can pick your parcel up from a nearby shop.

Unfortunately due to the cost of courier services I am unable to make this offer available to orders under £10.00. They will be sent by Royal Mail first class post unless you state otherwise. I am extending the time for ‘WISH LISTS’ to be paid for so that you can build up your order over two weeks and reduce the postal cost.


We will contact you individually re courier services available and costs.

Hopefully the postal dispute will be sorted out soon so that we can get back to normal delivery times.

Don’t miss out on items you would like to purchase

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Make Christmas a vintage Christmas

Lovely reds and golds at Christmas.
Why not see the wonderful Christmas cards of the past in these two wonderful books and read about
the many quaint and curious customs surrounding Christmas.
All at RAG RESCUE WEBSITE tomorrow, 7am listing time.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Vintage beads, baubles and bags + plus postal strike news

All at Rag Rescue tomorrow morning (Wednesday) at 7am BST

Just a few words again about the postal strike.
I am suggesting to customers that they pay for items either by bank transfer or by paypal at the moment so that cheques do not get lost or caught up in a huge pile of mail somewhere.
A few days ago I suggested an alternative way of getting your parcels to you by 'Collect plus' They have reduced their costs to£3.79
Today I have found a different carrier called MYHERMES which you can find here:-

This costs £3.99 a little few more pennies than 'Collect plus' and is a home delivery service. If you wish to use either of these courier services please let me know when you order.

Monday, 19 October 2009

Antique French buckle clasps, moire rosettes and lovely petit point.

Being listed tomorrow Tuesday 20th October at 7am BST

So what have I been doing today?
- caring for my invalided mum
- washing vintage fabrics
- sorting out the stock room
-  taking and wrapping orders and posting
- booking an appointment with a new accountant as mine is still in Rugby . I left Rugby 6 years ago.
- getting frustrated as there aren't enough hours in the day.
- answering emails
I think I will have a break now.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Friday, 16 October 2009

Rag Rescue new items are all set for listing next week.

Lovely late 19th century French picture hook cover.

I'm all ready now for the new listings next week so watch this space on Sunday for the items that will be listed on Monday.
I'm just about to pack a few things now and shoot off early tomorrow morning to pick my mother up. She has been very ill with her heart recently and the fact that she hasn't sold her house yet has added to her stress combined with the thought of the oncoming Winter. We have compromised and decided that she will live with us for  three weeks and then go home for a couple of weeks until the warmer weather comes or her house sells. She doesn't want to leave the house empty for too long.
I will be back early on Sunday so there will be no problems with posting orders as those that have come in today are all packaged up and will be posted in the morning by my hubby.

I hope you all have a good weekend and the weather looks to be reasonable so enjoy it while you can.
Back blogging on Sunday.

Monday, 12 October 2009

Vintage fabric - new selections

I've managed to prepare 10 more 6" squares which will be listed tomorrow morning. As you can see there are some lovely florals and tiny 5mm red check ideal for Christmas crafts. All the vintage fabrics are English.




All these English and French fabrics have to be laundered so guess what I will be doing this afternoon.

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Back home safe and sound and already busy sorting out new stock.

As I had to take some photographs for customers I had met at the fairs, I thought I'd take some of the new stock I bought to show you.

All of these items need either cleaning or a little repair but at least they have been saved.


A good selection of English and French tapestries, silks, rosettes and embroideries.

Unfortunately the weather is rather dull at times today and so the photo's haven't come out as well as I had hoped or was it because I am so tired but I think they show a variety of items and these are only the tip of the iceberg.
I just love looking around the stalls for different items. The Lincoln fair was great for this as there were many new stall holders. They hadn't wanted to stand in the large damp marquees and who can blame them. We had a small marquee, one in the shopping arcade but unlike other fairs where they erect them on the grass and the tent becomes damp this time of year, ours had a ground sheet of blue trampoline and over this was coconut matting, very posh. It rained on and off all day on the Tuesday which was a shame as the Mayor of Lincoln opened the show and Radio Lincoln covered the fair all day. There were men walking around on stilts, musicians serenading  the customers and at times lovely gentle music playing. It really was a carnival atmosphere. In the bar in the evening there was live music and a party for the stall holders staying on site.
Congratulations really must go out to the superb organisation of the Arthur Swallows team. It is a pity that  IACF had to try and spoil it.

Saturday, 10 October 2009


We will be making our way home today, thank goodness. All three fairs were a success and I met some wonderful people from all over the world. We are however absolutely shattered, nine days of fairs is very tiring and even Ludo the dog is still asleep in his bed as I write this post from my mothers house. As usual Ludo was a huge success at the fairs. He has become a real salesman for at Lincoln a group of Japanese customers were walking past our marquee without stopping when one of them noticed ludo. AAAAAh! LUDO he exclaimed. They rushed into the marquee and took his photograph and then bought loads of items. We had never seen the Japanese customers before but they knew Ludo.

The good news is that I found lots of wonderful fabric and trims to buy, so over the next few weeks, after washing and ironing has been completed, I will start listing them all. At the moment all I want to do is get home and sleep.

A big thank you goes out to all customers new and old that continued to buy from the website whilst I was away. I will get their orders wrapped and posted on Monday.

Thank you all for your good wishes posted here on the blog, unfortunately I was either too busy selling or too tired in the evenings to answer but I will get around to it in the next couple of days.

Thank you all for your patience in waiting for your orders to be delivered, but things are now back to normal.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009


Just thought I would let you all the know that the Lincolnshire Antique Fair and Home show is absolutely superb, extremely well attended with such a brilliant atmosphere.
If you can possibly come along tomorrow you will not be disappointed.

Tuesday, 29 September 2009


Just thought I'd give you a list of the fairs that Rag Rescue and Oddities Antiques will be visiting over the next week or so.

Why not treat yourself to a day out and come and see me and have a chat.

October 2nd, 3rd, 4th

Stafford Bingley Hall - Bowmans Antiques Fair.
You wll find Rag Rescue on the balcony on the right of this photo.
October 6th 7th

Lincolnshire Antiques and Home Show
shopping arcade 2
See the previous post for more details.
October 8th 9th
Sir George Stephenson Building Furniture pitch 38

If you can't make it, don't worry

 All orders will be posted on 12th October after I return home.

Monday, 28 September 2009


There are two large buildings on the Lincolnshire showground, the Epic Centre which is new and the Exhibition Centre. Between them are two rows of shopping arcades. On this plan you will find me in Shopping arcade 2 the second one on the left close to the Epic Centre.
I hope you can come and visit us to see our array of vintage fabrics and trims and antique items.
6th /7th October.

Don't forget that today is the last day for fast postage of orders. All orders placed after midnight tonight will be be wrapped on my return and posted on October 12th.
If you see something you like on the site whilst I am away, then secure it by placing an order then it won't get snapped up at the fairs.
You can always pay when I return by selecting 'bank transfer' or 'cheque' when at the checkout and I will send a paypal payment request to you on my return.

The RAG RESCUE site will remain open

Now I'm off to continue packing and attack the mountains of ironing, 9 days is a long time to be away especially when you don't know what the weather is going to be like.

Saturday, 26 September 2009


Morecambe Bay

Only a few days left before I have to leave this behind and go on my travels.

Although the RAG RESCUE WEBSITE  remains open for orders


On my return I will get back to posting orders immediately.