Friday, March 24, 2006

5 Senses Friday...

Excerpt from Selvedge magazine...



My MOST treasured button, (150 years old)...and image from Selvedge

How on earth can it be Friday already!!?? The week has flown in..and I must apologize for my ridiculously sporadic posting this last week..it has been a busy one, for sure! So, time for Shari's 5 Senses Friday once more, and I am afraid my week will make for a dull sensory experience..I am a bit into shut-down and press on with work mode, and am trying to recall if I have actually fully 'sensed' much at all this week? We will see......

Sight : New Selvedge Magazine arrived this week, and although I have only flicked through it, is always a sensory feast for the eyes :)....the sun casting Rainbows on my bedroom walls.

Sound: Nothing can be heard above the loud noise of my electro-magnetic polisher, apart from the thumping in my head (2 days and counting :[..), although the music in Mrs Henderson Presents was fantastic, courtesy of Will Young..(and the clothes were stunning too!!)

Touch: A week of silver dust, hand tools, sanding, water to rinse, pickle and filth - I love it really..:) Doesn't sound like much but jewellery can equal sensory overload to the hands....one nice thing to touch today,( a present!!) a new teeny digital camera for snapping happy in Paris...I don't know the technical bit cept it's light, and silver and cute :)))))

Smell : I am getting a cold, so nothing is penetrating here....

Taste: Waxy, soft organic Scottish smoked salmon on toasted onion bagels with cream cheese, lemon and black pepper, apple Danish and coffee with a friend...Tea, and lots of it, warding off the cold!!!

Above, you will see that the images are of old sewing supplies..which I just love. I wish they made them like that now, but I will have to settle for searching for them in antique shops and at flea markets, and raiding my granny's sewing boxes. I loved the spread in Selvedge that laid them all out this issue, such fun to see which ones I had or were new to me. Above (bottom left) there is a picture of one of my most prized buttons. I bought it in London from a button dealer..a lovely old man who showed me this one (the best he has ever seen) just because I was enthusiastic about buttons and carved detail! He had three of them in total (thinks that is all that exist quite like this design anywhere?), and they had come off an antique dress coat which was beyond repair from an old estate..but these buttons are 150 years old approx, hand carved black mother of pearl with cut steel inlay, about 1.5 inches across..just exquisite!! He said he was keeping one for his own private collection. I just HAD to have one of the others, so paid £30.00 for it (a bargain in my eyes, but a lot for a button I suppose??). Favourite things and beauty..what would you do without them...??

Have a lovely weekend all..hope your week was good, but that your weekend will be better! xox

11 comments:

mati rose said...

i love selvedge, i take it out of the school library and pour over it. lucky you for a subscription! beautiful button too. have a good weekend:)

sharon whyte said...

i'm loving this issue of selvedge as well - was looking at it yesterday in the library (can't afford my own!). i also loved the article on the sewing machine as i have a 1930's singer myself and love it to peices. so glad that you posted up the button images cos i wanted to have another look at them :)

lisa s said...

you are making me want to break down and somehow justify and subscription to selvege.... sigh....

your button is gorgeous....
feel better!! [have you tried oregano oil??]

Andrew Macfarlane said...

Funnily enough I flicked through this same magazine yesterday and wondered why graphics are'nt as charming nowadays. I think the answer could partly be the 'restricted palette' of yesteryear's paper and inks. But from a pure design perspective some of the button cards in particular are a lesson in how to grab attention and please the eye simultaneously.

Shari said...

ah selvedge! looks so amazing. our nc libraries do not carry this jewel of a magazine...maybe i will request it?!

your button is so so fabulous. i love the story, too, about how you acquired it.

so glad you have a shiny cute silver camera to snap away while in paris. can't wait for the paris version of 5 senses friday. thanks for posting these! feel better dear one. xox shari

Camilla Engman said...

My selvedge is always so late! I can't wait now :)

posy press said...

that button is too scrum-diddily-umptious!
have a good weekend abigail!

stella said...

beautiful - i'm loving the 5 senses, especially the sight and taste (my most two heightened senses). i might have to participate!

natalie said...

making me want to shell out for selvedge now! thanks

IMEDAGOZE said...

Gosh, that button is so precious! I understand why you paid so much for it. It's a real treasure.

gracia said...

Hi Abigail, I love your 5 senses this week... I'm loving doing them also, they put such a nice little cap on the week that's been. Lovely little pics as well. Hope your weekend was a good 'un! Cheers, gracia