Thursday, May 7, 2009

Cutting edge style


William Morris famously said “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
One of my favourite things is when form meets function to create an object that is beautiful and useful at the same time. I'm the tragic kind of person who oohs and ahhs over a lovely pair of oven mits, a stylish set of glass jars in a pantry, or a even a well designed ironing board cover! I just love the elevation of an everyday item into a thing of beauty.

So that must be why I have a 'thing' for beautiful scissors - they are an ordinary thing you use that can also be lovely. I keep seeing these great images of scissors that I just have to save and store.



























I've bought my own pair of scissors that I think are beautiful (below). So much lovelier than a cheap plastic pair, but they weren't expensive. In the image below I've put them on top of some fabric I've bought for a little craft project I'm working on with my son for his bedroom....more about that another day.

Whenever I'm out on one of my trawls around auctions and second hand shops, I keep my eye out for beautiful pairs of vintage scissors. I have yet to find any that I really like, but I would love to start a little collection.



Images 1 Eva Lindh 2 Sletvoll 3 Paul Massey 4 Marie Claire Idees 5 Baileys Home and Garden 6 The Bedlam of Beefy 7 fffound via Brabourne Farm 8 Atlanta Bartlett 9 me 10 flickr


Best wishes,

21 comments:

Julie@beingRUBY said...

I love how your posts always stay true to your style and colouring. Beautiful images once again Catherine.

I wish I could say I only bought things that were also useful. I did restrict myself this way for many years but find lately I am back to buying bits and pieces way too often, like today!

OLIVEAUX said...

Gorgeous images! I agree...I think they are all beautiful. Ax

g. said...

Sp pretty.

Ry @ Sotto Il Monte Vineyards said...

I have the same ones you have ~ love them! I keep mine with a ball of twine to tie up my vines.

aura said...

I love all the scissors, I have a few pairs hanging around the house. My husband and I both do hair and met in hair school, so we love scissors.

Heidi said...

I love scissors. I have a collection of them in a drawer and thought of displaying them in a shadow box. Maybe I will just hang them on the wall together like art or something. It might look kinda Adams Familyish. Thanks for the inspirtation. Heidi

Struggler said...

My aunt has a HUGE pair of scissors on her mantelpiece which were used by my grandfather in his haberdashery store (Devon, England) in the 1930's and '40s.
Needless to say, I would love to own them someday, but have never had the courage to ask direct!

alice said...

I love everyday objects turned into artful accessories. These are all so pretty...I really love the image where the scissors are framed!

Caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

lovely images! you make a simple pair of scissors look like a beautiful piece of art!

~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ said...

Those are so neat! I love them. Using them would make an ordinary task feel special.

Rachel James said...

I love your aesthetic! And William Morris'quote is what I TRY to live by..there are just so many things I love! Congrats on your Washington Post nod!

Brenda said...

As a woman who use to sew quilts, I know just what you're saying. A blogging friend I happened to have the occasion to meet a few months ago gave me a small blue pair that are so lovely. I think of her every time I look at them.
Brenda
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Blair said...

Wonderful post Catherine. I am such a sucker for the same things:) I love the oversize scissors on the wall--I think I would be scared to walk under them but they look quite cool!

Draffin Bears said...

I love your post Catherine and all the wonderful images you have shared.
My favourite are old haberdashery things and always on the look out for old wooden cotton reels and tape measures.

William Morris's quote is lovely - I do love his wallpaper patterns and admire his work.

Enjoy your weekend
Hugs
Carolyn

Lee said...

Catherine, you've now elevated scissors to an art form for me - it's like I must rush off & buy the most beautiful scissors I can find. Do you know, I'm almost ashamed to say that I've never even noticed the scissors in the background of that Atlanta Bartlett pic - I was so focused on the beautiful green teacup in the foreground. A very, very pretty post. Lee :)

Thrifty Miss Priss said...

I saw you were mentioned in the Home Section of the Washington Post today...just had to come and take a look! The images here are just beautiful!

Solange said...

Very nice post and beautiful images. Always a pleasure to visit.
I hope all is fine and have a nice weekend!

My name is PJ. said...

More beautiful shots! I have a love for all old tools, scissors included. They're sculptural and were made to last. Things of beauty, one and all.

Rachael said...

Gorgeous images Catherine! I will never look at a pair of scissors the same way again thanks to your post!

citysage said...

How did you ever manage to find so many pictures of such gorgeous scissors?! I will never look at this humble tool in the same way again!

Angela said...

The thing I enjoy about your blog is that your posts are always so original. You sometimes point out the most well known things, but present them in a way that inspires at least me!