I love vintage millinery. There is something about an old crumbling silk rose that makes me begin to dream.

I dream of things like who owned this lovely flower . . . and was it her first dance that she wore it to . . . maybe it was pinned to the waist of her dress . . . or tucked behind her ear, while she sang a song to the man she loved.

To me vintage roses are full of mystery, mysterious past lives that we will never know about.

Except for this one . . .

A beautiful champagne silk rose

This one was my mother’s. She gave it to me years ago and I have treasured it since that day. I live far from my Mom and when I look at this rose it brings me closer to her.

More Vintage Roses

This red rose oozes romance.

Pretty bouquet of violets

A wonderful vintage corsage with miniature glass bird.

White millinery silk roses . . . The very height of elegance.


bluemuf said...

Nancy, The vintage millinery flowers are so lovely. Definately flowers to dream about. I love the champagne silk rose that belonged to your mother. Another wonderful keepsake to treasure always. Interesting, today my mother and I read a small inspirational book called "Dreams of Flower Gardens" It was full of lovely prose and poetry.

Hugs Karen

Treasure Barn said...

You are the height of elegance!
You site is so elegant and beautiful and I love visiting you. It is so relaxing to come to visit you.

Thanks for the comment on my tiny red shoes. It means alot coming from you.

I hate leaving your site because it is so serene.
Have a wonderful day.

Lori said...

Nancy, what a lovely rose from your mother:) the cluster of violets is so sweet, you have a lovely collection of millinery!

LW said...

Lovely collection Nancy…

The champagne color rose is beautiful,
I don’t think I have seen one quite like this.
I adore the bunch of violets …very sweet…
My kids when small always picked a bouquet of violets for me
in the spring. In fact I went out and bought a small vase just for this

Have a wonderful day….


Marie Antionette said...

Hello Nancy,First ,Thank you for your comments on my blog.Your Mothers rose is very unusal.I've never seen one like it.I know you will treasure it always.I love all of the flowers,but I like that one best and also the one with the glass bird.I think you have a beautiful site.PS..I do use Snows feathers for Angel wings and such.Hugs Marie Antionette

Lu Lu's Fluffy Ruffles said...

I love vintage millinery as well.
its so special!
my favorite is the one with the bird.
thanks for your input on my decorating delima!

Shabbyfufu said...

I can always find calming inspiration here. Thanks for sharing your collecting passions sweet Nancy:-) ~XO~ Janet

Ulla said...

Now of course, I want to know how you display them! They are lovely Nancy ~ romantic and truly dreamy. I love the idea of wrapping a rose in mink, how enchanting ~ like a double season...

Sugar Bear said...

What lovely and fabulous flowers. Lots of great inspiration from your photos. Esp. loving the one from mom and the corsage!

Simply Me Art said...

I so Agree, I am a Huge Lover of Millinery. Lately I have been Embellishing them with old rhinestones and they are even more Gorgeous. The two white ones are stunning. Jamie

rochambeau said...

ALL make my heart pitter~patter! This is the truest of all treasures in my book! Thank you for sharing some of your collection!!

All have made my day double happy!

Miss Sandy said...

I just love all the vintage flowers you posted. They make me dream of times gone by when hats were worn and adorned with these beauties! Happy Day Nancy!

girl_gone_thread_wild said...

Stunning beauty! I'll never look at one of these silk roses the same again.

What stories do they tell???

xo, Monica :)

Margaret said...

These are breathtaking, Nancy! I especially love the violets--so unusual to see velvet violets. But I can't help wondering where on earth do you have space to store all these lovelies!

Have a lovely week,

Maija said...

Breath taking, Nancy! I'm so happy for you that you have that special one from your mom to treasure! My Mom died in September, and now my dad an I are estranged because of something my mom wanted me to have, and he won't give it to me. I still have my memories, and no one can take them!

Rebecca Ramsey said...

What a wonderful collection of lovelies! I think I like the white roses and the violet bouquet best, but they're all beautiful!

Kim said...

Ah, how lovely. It makes me think of days gone by when the world moved a little slower, and it was smaller, and friendlier. Thank you for the mini-vacation.

Elizabeth said...

The roses are breathtaking. Your site is lovely.

Enzie at World Market Portraits said...

Nancy, everything is displayed so beautifully! I love that little french mirror, trés, trés chic!

xoxo Enzie

Anonymous said...

Beautiful flowers evoking days gone by.

Thank you!