Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Vintage Thingies Thursday & two finishes!

Here's a real treasure, seen at the local Humane Society thrift shop in Ridgway CO.

Now who do you suppose would have perambulated around with their baby in this wacky plaid buggy? Guess plaid was all the rage at that stage but can't imagine finding a buyer for it these days, can you? At least it would get lots of attention, it's a real show stopper!
The style though is reminiscent of the German Baby Carriage I used for our youngest DS [ now nearly 35 years old & expecting his own first son in April] but his pram was white & dark blue & quite elegant!

DS's pram was a rather fancy number- the top came off & could be used as a bassinette, & there was a way to drop the front down so that it converted to a stroller.Love that German engineering ingenuity!
It had the retractable hood too, very nice on hot or inclement days & it came [used but in immaculate condition] with some rather nice accessories, navy & red plaid pillow & coverlet.
Isn't he a sweet little baby, just about 2 weeks old in the first photo, all of 7lbs.2ozs. You'd never know it to see him now, over 6ft.4 & 218 lbs. of muscle! here he is with his Kiwi, Mems, early last summer.

Then here I am, around age 2-3 with my baby pram..........

and circa 1969, with my first brand new car [previous to that I had several"junkers"] a sizzling hot orange Holden Torana with black upholstery -how hot was that in the Aus. summer & no air conditioning either, but boy was I proud of that car -& $1 in gas kept her running for a whole week, those were the days. Do you dig the sunnies?

On a quilty note-

Yesterday I finished the second of two quilts going to my niece in Aus. for her baby girl expected in the next few weeks. I still have to label the farm quilt, launder both then get them in the mail ASAP. I noticed in the pic. a pin in the doggy block that is to remind me to fix a minor imperfection before laundering, just so you know the quilt is not going to the baby with a quilter's pin in it! Yikes!

I made the second quilt as a "drag around cuddle quilt" from left-overs, it's a Strip Twist from Bonnie Hunter's I have enough "left overs" still to make at least one or two more from these same fabrics. As there seems to be no shortage of babies coming it's a good thing I have plenty of suitable stash fabric, right?


Ulla said...

I wold have loved that plaid buggy but I pushed my three babies around in a dark brown buggy with white hearts on dark brown on the inside. That was the hottest fashion in the early 80's.
Baby quilt looks really pretty!

Grandma Faith said...

I enjoyed your post so much...from little girl, to young mother, to grandmother...with baby strollers..your son is gorgeous and so are your quilts! You look divine with your first car. God Bless your 98 year old dad. Love, Faith from Florida

Angie said...

What fun pictures. Love the one with you and your car :)

Anonymous said...

I like the pram! And you are one hot number with that Toreno. That's why my dad had when I was born. Except his was brown.

Threeundertwo said...

This is my kind of wonderful post - vintage things *and* quilts!

The old pram is cute, and I love your first car.

I invite you to link up this post for my "Finished for Friday" tomorrow to show everyone your quilts.

Elaine Adair said...

My word, girl, that is one hot mama shot! LOL I'll bet the guys hmmmmmed at that photo! 8-))) Fun, to see our old photos - mine always had horses in them and NEVER looked that good!

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

Great old prams! I also take some of that $1 a week gas = LOL!

Anonymous said...

OMGosh prams have certainly changed alot over the years...i love the photo of you with your sweet little pram :)

Amy said...

awww your son was tiny, I love the old pram!

Eileen said...

Oh my goodness..I have one of these prams I've been meaning to post about it one of these Thursdays along with a picture of myself pushing my own when I was little! But I keep getting so busy. Thanks for showing yours. :-)
Lovely memories.

Jewelgirl said...

Your post made me nostalgic about how
babies grow up and don't need their
prams/buggys anymore.... Your quilts
are beautiful, wonderful family photos!

Cheryl Lage said...

Oh Ros, those baby quilts are the SWEETEST!
(actually I love all your pictures!)

My mom made our twins quilts when they were born and HOW I (and they) treasure them! :)

thanks so much for stopping by my blog...what an amazingly twin blessed family you have!