Tuesday, June 2, 2009


Laying in bed this morning I looked up to see this flock of birdies that had flown in with the dawn light. And it got me thinking about flying, as I often do. Even when asleep I sometimes have those flying dreams where I’m whizzing across the country, buildings, river, mountains below me. The residual feeling from these dreams is powerful and can be conjured up at will as long as I’m still enough. (Visit the Melange Team challenge with the challenge this week 'Fly'.)

A bit off topic...but..wouldn't looking up from these gardens be lovely! via Houzz and Apartment Therapy

In this week in 1930 Amy Johnson, below became the first woman to fly solo from Britain to Australia. This video shows how fragile her little plane looks against the elements and how much excitement her visit generated here in Australia.

Also in this week in 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly from America to Paris. Of her achievements she said -

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.

These women are inspiring in that they were out there, living, doing, laying the groundwork for other women. And that’s an admirable thing. But I’ve found the more you get to know anybody, the more you realise how inspiring most individuals are. People are fascinating. You just have to scratch the surface.

If a woman wants to fly, first of all she must, of course, abandon skirts and don a knickerbocker uniform. Harriet Quimby, first lady in the U.S. to receive a pilots license, 1911.

Knickerbockers! Yes girls budding pilots need these. You'll be pleased to know that I’ve found a knitting pattern in a vintage book I have here. Just email me and I’ll send you a copy. Stay calm…no elbowing…just line up in an orderly fashion…

And from my fellow etsian artists, inspiration to help us fly creatively.

Flight Sculpture by Toodle Pip Studios
Fly Clay Pendant by Persimmons Gal

Amelia Earhart Shrine by Cocoa Nap
Amelia Earhart Cap by Boring Sidney
Passport and Moleskin Wallet by ReRead

And some gorgeous vintage gear to take on the flight.

Moulin Rouge Toilette Case from Mod Human

Polaroid Land Camera and Case from 11 Karri

Mens Overnight Shaving Case from Caprice Capri

Remington Streamliner Portable Typewriter at Buy Golly Miss Molly

Compass in Case from Sass Box Classics


Alicia @ boylerpf said...

I have always admired Amelia Earhart for her profound courage at in an era where women were just "coming" out of their closets so to speak. We actually lived across the street from her home. I wish I could transport back in time when she lived there just to hear her convictions. I haven't had a flying dream in quite some time...love them!

Persimmons Gal said...

Thanks so much for featuring my pendant in this wonderful blog post!

PCarriker said...

Great post, hubby is a pilot so flying is a very important part of our lives in many different ways!

Jetta's Nest said...

I wonder if I got some knickerbockers I'd be able to do anything I want to do? :)

bARE-eYED sUN said...

very interesting post.

we'll take the polaroid, thank you, :-)


Hey Harriet said...

Those two ladies are so inspirational! Some of these items that you've featured have me totally drooling. I believe I do really NEED that Emelia Earhart Cap!!! I could possiblly live without the knickerbockers though ;)

Hey Harriet said...

Damn it! I just popped over to 'Boring Sidney' to buy that Emelia Earhart cap and found that it has now sold... :(

I must be quicker next time!

Sam said...

I'm wondering if it was a prerequisite to flying in those early days that you also had to be very lovely looking too! Those gals!

Studio 27 said...

Beautiful things! I love Persimmons Fly necklace!

whyte said...

Love your blog!

I admire women who break the stereotype, the've all been my heroines. And such mystery surrounding Amelia, always a fascinating person.

Renee said...

A grand Chrisy, it is so fun isn't it. Now I am excited that we can trade stories and know that we are not boring each other to tears.


LillyShayStyle said...

What a wonderful post! I want to be in the gardens! Love the shops too!

planettreasures said...

very inspirational.
I love the quote from amelai Earhart about "fears are paper tigers"

suepelletier said...

FLY!!! i heart amelia....

Mimi said...

Great post, I want a lovely garden like one of those pictures. I am not exactly the best with plants and flowers.

I think the knickerbockers are adorable!


edward and lilly said...

Great post as always, I love the mix of handmade and vintage.

beth said...

What an inspiring post for us who's feet don't often leave the ground.
Love the Toddle Pip sculpture and Kim's pendant...she does the coolest stuff.

Glenda-TwoCoolTexans said...

WooHoo, what a great great blog post. And how unique your birds are, to put them up on the chandelier. Good job!

Silke said...

Hey! Thanks for leaving such a great comment on my blog!! Love your post about flying and all those photos. My favorite was the chandelier with the birds...:) Silke

Diana Evans said...

wow...this is a wonderful post and I had to follow your blog.....

April Lindfors said...

I can still remember quite a few of my dreams as a kid too, many of them flying and floating. What a great blog you have going here.

Snowbrush said...

I enjoyed the art. I used to fly a plane, and I used to have flying dreams, but both were long ago, and I miss them.

peggy gatto said...

I had such a good time reading your post and seeing the wonderful pictures!
thank you!

Gabbi said...

Amelia Earhart was stunning.

I love your flight themed post and the thought of dreaming that I'm flying. I only dreamed that once and it still holds the place as my most favorite dream ever.

Hope you've had a lovely week.xo

Alisa Nordholt-Dean said...

What a fun collection of all things related to flight.

Anonymous said...

My grandfather was a flier and I have his fragile old flying hat and goggles... makes me feel very adventurous when i wear them..

Rhonda Roo said...

What a fabulous thoughtful eye candy delicious post! Just beyond imaginative!
Also loooved the post for Vanessa's Tea Party-I can't wait to see what you do!
Have a faboo day!

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