A Vintage Chinoiserie Tale

 Our vintage Chinoiserie pillows came about in a rather serendipitous way; as a favor for a friend, I visited a lady whose husband ( a door to door salesman since the 50's) had passed away and left old merchandise piled up in a barn.  She thought there might be some curtain rods we would want.  When I arrived, the barn was full of never-used items - outdated linens, old metal rods, pots and pans; none of it in very good shape.  To be polite I stayed a little while and sorted through a few things.  It was a huge mess, but poking around, I found a stash of pretty vintage jewelry and became encouraged.  Then, high on a dusty shelf, were packages of curtains, never opened.  Most were pretty dreary, since the gentleman's career seemed to span into the 70's, so there was a lot of brown tweed.  Suddenly, a silky orange panel appeared, then more bright colors. Turquoise, baby blue, bright yellow, even a stylish gray, all printed with dragons! Even better, the dragon pattern is arranged in squares on each panel.  What luck to find vintage fabric new in the package after so many years. So perfect for pillows! We bought all the lady had, and some other pretty fab vintage panels too, and the rest, as they say, is history. We'll be making some other colors too, and they'll all be limited edition - when the panels run out, that's all!

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