Posted on August 20, 2015

Collage Club: Bedknobs & Broomsticks & Vintage Ghosts

I think this is a ‘vintage‘ offering for my Collage Club friends, as this theme was posed way back in June.

Collage Club 'Vintage'

I used a background of brown scrapbook paper which provided an ‘aged’ foundation.

I loved the image of the sepia-tinted books and a bed frame that reminded me of ‘Bedknobs & Broomsticks’ (how great is Angela Lansbury?) and the vintage suitcase with the furs – oh the glamour!

My Mum reads The Lady magazine and the black and white images of well-to-do ladeez adds a touch of well-heeled class (first class…)

When I took a step back it seemed they could even be the ‘vintage ghosts‘ of a bygone era, traversing a land of dusty hard-backed books and carrying on conversations that echo of times gone by, wafting back and forth between then and now. I love that idea.

It’s a bit like family stories being passed down through tit-bits of letters and secrets whispered in fits and starts and old tape-recorders found squirreled away in the loft.

Collage Club 'Vintage' Close Up

The washi tape of the old telephone and the pocket watches remind me of the phone my Nana had in her hall; big and heavy with the rotary dial system that is unthinkable now for speed and efficiency and probably didn’t have a hash key or a star key.

The tea-cup was a last-minute addition and I’m not sure it totally fits, but if only to suggest the leisurely pace (and style) of travel on a glorious cruise liner perhaps or the Orient Express.

Fine china and smart tailoring and pearls and expensive millinery and feathers and a slow extravagance because no-one had a better place to be than right there where they were at that moment.

Sounds appealing doesn’t it?

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  • Reply Emily@squiggleandswirl August 20, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    Hi Rebecca, I was thinking about you this morning and then saw your comment and new collage . I always enjoy your collages and the story behind them. I think the tea cup looks perfect in your collage adds a little pop and a bit more story. I’ve been a bit slack with collage lately , but I’m hoping to get the black and white done in the next few days. How is your creative room going ? Emily x

    • Reply daintydora August 21, 2015 at 7:15 am

      Hi Emily – I agree about the teacup. Thanks for helping me see that.

      I’ve been prioritising my writing of late but had been working on this collage a few weeks ago and wanted to get it finished and posted.

      I’m a bit sad I’ve missed most of the Season of Serenity but I will catch up at some point.

      My creative space is done (apart from re-hanging a curtain) so feeling very happy about that. Thanks for remembering – I’ll maybe do a blog about it once the curtain is in situ :)xx

      • Reply Julia August 22, 2015 at 3:42 pm

        Just creeping on these message s- you have a creative room Rebecca?! you MUST share! It’s my dream to actually have a dedicated space to craft in :D
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        • Reply daintydora August 30, 2015 at 7:03 pm

          Ha yes – I’m so lucky! Will do a post about it at some point xx
          PS. Apols for the late response, but when in Como…!! x

  • Reply Karen August 21, 2015 at 1:07 am

    Oh Rebecca I can see the ghosts floating off the page! I adore the neutral brown background. I want one of those white furs right now – may be I’ll put on my auburn fox to get into the spirit of things. Very glamorous, luxe. I really feel like dressing up now x
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    • Reply daintydora August 21, 2015 at 7:24 am

      Thanks Karen – I’d love to see your auburn fox!!

      Alas the vintage age of travel is over but I couldn’t resist this opportunity to reminisce and revisit the vintage ghosts of voyages past (which reminds me of our collage + poem ‘Voyage’ challenge too) xx

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