Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Vintage Secret Santa (and Santa in general)

The glow of Christmas is lingering in my house, and the piles of lovely presents I received remain under the Christmas tree, reminding me how spoiled I am and of all the exciting things I have to explore and enjoy. I want to share just some of the fun things that came my way this year, for Christmas and my birthday the week before.

Firstly, there was the "Vintage Secret Santa" organised by Jessica of Chronically Vintage. What a fantastic idea and an amazing amount of fun. I'm feeling a little guilty because I'm not sure my present has arrived yet (or at least, she hasn't posted anything about it on instagram). My present arrived from Norway on Christmas Eve, which was an exciting moment, additionally so because I discovered that my gifter was also a participant in the Sisterhood of the Travelling Hat!

My little gift box included an adorable dog brooch, book on Edward Munch, photo frame, bangles, and a Christmas embroidery. I loved that it was not only vintage-themed, but included some specifically Norwegian things to make it feel even more like being a part of some fun global club.

I am eagerly looking forward to next year, if it happens again! I wish there were a few or I could enter multiple times.

For my birthday, I got a new hat block from my lovely husband. It's a cocktail top hat block from Blocks By Design. The brim actually goes up the other way on the hat, it just sits better this way around on a table. I'm looking forward to showing you the results of this!

I seem to have ended up getting a lot of books this year, which is awesome. (Old Hat, New Hat, was actually a present for the little girl, but I'm enjoying it more than her so far.)

My grandmother gave us all a copy of the Gallipoli book because she provided information that is included, mostly quotes from her grandfather's diary (my great-great-grandfather). He was a prolific and entertaining writer, and being a Chaplain and keen amateur historian/archeologist, saw the war experience in an interesting and unusual light at times.

I've been wooed by all the images of Erstwilder brooches on blogs and instagram lately, so when my Dad asked for present suggestions at the last minute, I mentioned them. As it turns out, there is a stockist in the mountains, and he bought me this cute cat! Yay!

My sister included a fat quarter bundle in my "stocking presents". How cute is this lady with her hat-box luggage? I think it would make a sweet lining on a hat.

This is actually another present for my baby daughter, for her to grow into. 3 pairs of vintage gloves in various child sizes.

It's hard to show the detail of the black ones, the first set that will fit, although we will still be waiting a long time for that! It will be worth it!

My Mum has been stalking her local auction house all year for potential presents for us, and consequently got some quirky and fabulous finds!

A large collection of vintage hat pins, in a storage roll she made to hold them. The idea is that I can give the cute ones away when I sell a hat that needs them. So thanks to my Mum, you may get a bonus if you buy a hat from me!

When I opened this next one, I knew there had to be a story behind it.

These three tiny hat on their miniature hat stands, as it turns out, were part of a doll's house haberdasher's shop. She put on a bid that she considered to be very low, but obviously there wasn't much interest, and she got it. She sent me the hats and my sister the counter. Here are the photos of the complete item before she sent it, and the dolls that go with it.

Adorable, right? There is actually a spare hat stand, so I may have to make my own tiny hat to complete the set. What kind should I make?

Edited to add: My sister gave me permission to share this picture, so I can show you a vintage gift I gave, too. This vintage coat and hat, possibly 1940s (but who even cares, look at him!!), and also a yellow corduroy waistcoat underneath. What a darling! "The smartest dressed man I've ever seen," to quote his great-grandmother.



  1. Oh your gifts are lovely, Tanith!! I'm excited to see the lovely hats you create with your new hat block. And I'm just cooing at the little gloves. Your daughter will look so adorable in them when she gets older!!

    1. I know! I can't wait to see her fit into them. Only five or six years to wait I'm sure...

  2. Looks like you made out like a bandit. ;) Lovely gifts all around! I really like those style books you were gifted with (I've been meaning to pick up some things like that myself), and that cat brooch is really darling. Those gloves for your daughter are really a sweet gift too - a little something to look forward to across the years.

  3. Your nephew looks marvellous in his vintage outfit. You got some lovely presents, all those books look really interesting. The Erstwilder brooch is great! I like the collection of hat pins that your mum got you, such a good idea.

  4. That hat pin storage roll is utterly brilliant! Your mom could make and sell those, if she so desired (I'd be an eager customer myself).

    Thank you very much for taking part in the VSS and for posting about the gifts that you received. Your Santa sent some seriously lovely gifts and I too adore that they included elements of their own country in their present. That's something we should all keep in mind for next year (as I definitely plan on this being a fun annual event!).

    I really like your idea of sending to multiple folks. I'll discuss as much with Tony and see if implementing the option would work well from a coding/logistics perspective for next year. Thanks for the great suggestion!

    Enjoy your truly awesome bevy of new gifts, honey!
    ♥ Jessica

    1. I look forward to next year! It was a great experience, and made me feel a part of a true community.

  5. Oh wow that coat makes that boy the cutest kid Ive ever seen that is am amazing outfit for sure

    retro rover

    1. As the mother of said cuteness, thank you. It was an amazing present and I can't wait for cooler weather so he can wear it properly.

    2. Well I am a quite biased aunt but I think so too :)

  6. What lovely, wonderful fantastic presents! I love them all and oh my goodness your nephew..eeekk soo cute! I hope you had a wonderful new years as well.

    Happy 2015!


  7. This post is filled, from start to finish, with fabulousness!!! I don't know what I love more but I'm so glad you edited to add the picture of your nephew, he is so cute and smart looking!! The roll your mom made for the hat pins is brilliant. It reminds me of the knitting needle rolls my grandmother used to make. If only I enjoyed knitting with strait needles, I would be using one every day. You made out like a bandit, and thank you for sharing.

    She Knits in Pearls

    1. I did make out like a bandit. It's awesome :) I'm glad I got to show off my nephew too. He is adorable!

  8. Oh my Gosh! Just pretty treasures! :)

    Beta x


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