Don't you love it when you come across a collection that seemed to just be waiting for you to discover it? That's how I felt when I found this gorgeous bouquet of vintage feather flowers at the thrift shop for a winning $1.99. I shared them in our instagram feed @luneblog and my friend noted that they are the color of sunsets. She put it perfectly! Discoveries like this really put a spotlight on the degradation of quality that mass availability has contributed to in art and handicraft. I find it incredible that although these feathers are the softest I've seen in probably ever, that they still remain mostly intact. Their natural sunset hues sing romantic names like lavender, ochre, lilac, sage, coral and apricot.
Another interesting thought (funny how one seemingly un-related topic can lead to another) was brought on after a fairly fruitless Google search for "Antique Millinery Feather Flowers". Todd and I talk about the problem of the Internet being ruined now and then like a couple of old grumps. That mindset seemed validated as I scrolled endlessly through images of wedding bouquets which were clearly neither antique or vintage and only half of the time included any feathers at all! The same results popped up on Etsy and Ebay. New, only sometimes handmade items which were being described as vintage in reference to a style instead of an accurate era in which they were created. I felt like I was going crazy, knowing I've come across instructions in old craft manuals on how to make flowers out of feathers. Could I be holding the only example of this lost art in my hands? If yes, then they are now available to purchase for ONE MILLION DOLLARS (finger twiddle).
So, in the interest of fixing the internet and setting the record straight, here are some genuine, bonafide, by definition VINTAGE FEATHER FLOWERS also referred to as an ANTIQUE MILLINERY BOUQUET . On another note, I want to encourage everyone to keep trolling those thrift shops. Good stuff is still out there, waiting for you to cherish and admire. Thrifting is easy on the wallet, great for the environment, and more than often goes to a good cause - so why not? You might find something really special and if you do, don't forget to post a well labled photo of it somewhere online and help fix this muddled up internet we're all living with!