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daily parcels * tied up in string *

daily musings of a vintage addict * I am totally obsessed with all things vintage * trying to keep up with my past...and sometimes ordinary everyday life

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here I am in a little cottage that evokes the energies of my ancestral lands - a cottage on the moors of Cornwall, or on the cliff tops of Ireland or Scotland. It has a hearth. I am a hedge witch {of sorts}. I wear upcycled clothes, patchouli oil and Redback boots. I am a gypsy; an eccentric and a mystic [I often live with a foot in two worlds]. I serve my guests, tea from an old silver teapot. I love Vervain, yarrow, chamomile & mint. Star watcher and Moon gazer. story cloth weaver. keeper of family dreams and wishes. good friend and creator of life. herbal tea drinker and potion maker.

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September 14, 2005

vintage home hints

help is always welcomed by us vintage gals - and I am sure we can use help to send our packages wrapped the vintage way ~ although, I don't find these intructions very clear. taken from a vintage hint book

it is always useful to be able to tie up a brown paper parcel neatly, and yet there
are many who do not know how to do this.
Stand the box or article in the
middle of the paper, bringing the two edges together so that they overlap on top
of the box and then neatly turn in the ends so a pointed flap, which is folded
up. Then tie round the string, most difficult part of the work.
The best and
easiest way is to fold the string double, and lay it on the table with the box
on top of it. Then slip the two loose ends of the strig through the loop, draw
this loop up on top of the box and turn the ends to right and left. now take
them round and tie on the other side


Blogger Alice said...

Good instructions, even if only from an historical point of view. When was the last time you received a brown paper parcel tied with string, instead of stuck together with miles of stubborn packaging tape?

When I was a child everything purchased in the local draper's shop was wrapped in brown paper and tied with string. The very elderly, slightly-built lady who owned the shop had a wonderful knack of wrapping and tying these parcels. The string hung down from a hook overhead and Mrs S. would simply snap the string with her fingers. It looked so easy, and she said that it was, but there was certainly a knack to it.

Do you remember the money canisters that were attached to a pulley system overhead? A lever was pulled and the canister sped along a cable into the office where the cashier took out the money, put the change in the canister and sent it spinning back across the shop to the counter. All done in less than a minute.

9:11 am  
Blogger Shell said...

Makes me think of 'The Sound of Music' and that song 'favourite things'. I looove that song!

I really love it when you go to a store and they wrap up your purchase in paper - unfortunately it really doesn't happen much anymore, but when it does it is such a treat!

11:31 am  
Blogger Maggie Ann said...

Those are very good instructions! I remember seeing the money canisters Alice talked of. Where at I don't remember. I guess the most we can hope for nowadays is when a store wraps our purchase in a floral tissue paper before putting it in the bag. Once recently, they tied a ribbon onto the purchase of a sachet filled with lavender. Ohhh, that was a treat = )

2:16 pm  

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