Friday, August 26, 2011

Croquet anyone?





When you look at these....
do they
affect you


at all?



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Do they make you think of summer?

Do they remind you of games played
in the sunshine when you were little?

Do they reach somewhere
into your inner child
and say...
collect me?


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That's how they affect me.
I am soooooo drawn to them.

It doesn't even matter
how they come to me....
 in a complete set,
or not.





Or in the form
of a hammer
or not.


I love it all.







A bouquet of vintage goal stakes.





This vintage slide top box reminds me of painted croquet sets.





It all makes me smile.






And what could be wrong with that?

:)





(All photos are mine unless stated otherwise.)

31 comments:

Miss Kitty said...

Hi Alison! Gorgeous photos! All the items you had in your post just melt me with their patina. Croquet equipment reminds me of POLO items I have seen. I know the game is different but they both seem like classy sports.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh how fun. We use to play all the time when I was little. So much fun and great memories. Love all of your pics. Hugs, Marty

Tee of Vinnord Cottage said...

Love croquet! I have my own set, new, wouldnt have minded an old one though :D

Honey at 2805 said...

They remind me of summer, with the whole family playing together. A fime before sitting in front of the television every night.

Those are fine collection and I would love to have a collection!

Cindy said...

Yes...summertime!!!
We were at an antique store yesterday and I spied an old croquet set...leather carrying case and all!

Deserae said...

They remind me of summers when I was a child. I haven't played in many years....maybe I need to pick up an antique set!?!?! Sure would be fun to play again :o)
~Des

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Yes, love it all. Our good friends bought us a set for the B&B when we were running it and I never got them out of the box. I will be displaying them in my new room when the contruction is finished!

Sarah said...

I loved playing croquet as a child. Wish I knew what happened to our old set. Seeing your vintage pieces makes me wish for some of my own. ;-)
Our friends in Maine had croquet set up on their large grassy lawn.

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

New to your blog and love it! Yes, I couldn't agree more with you, Croquet sets just scream summer and make me smile!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

Love them! I have a pile of vintage croquet balls in a wooden dough bowl on a book shelf in my living room,,,

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I do remember playing croquet as a child and have thought about getting an old set.

Pamela Gordon said...

They sure do remind me of summer childhood. In fact, I was babysitting 2 little boys and one of them wonked me on the nose with a mallet. Boy! Did that hurt. That was the end of that game! Have a great weekend. Pam

SHERRY HART said...

Allison...love an old croquet game....anything old for that matter. We used to play it often growing up....

Blondie's Journal said...

What a nice little collection you have. Yes...croquet definitely reminds me of summers past!

XO,
Jane

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Alison...

Ohhh...what beautiful photos! I do love the look and feel of old croquet sets...the beautiful colored wooden balls...ahhh! While I think of playing croquet in the summer...the beautifully displayed olden croquet balls make me think of Autumn! Thank you for sharing these inspirational photos with us...just beautiful!

Have a wonderful weekend, my friend!
Chari

Pam said...

I love croquet. Finally found an old set this summer. Funny thing is that no one wants to play with me!

❀ⒹⒺⒺ❀ said...

Hi Alison,

Croquet does bring back fond memories. My children have a plastic set.

Thanks for the well wishes.
xo,
Dee

CalypsoInTheCountry said...

Alison,
I keep saying I am going to get a set for my kids. It is such a classic game. Love your photos!
-Shelley

Babs said...

Croquet balls and mallets bring back fun memories. I remember having a set when I was a child, but living in the hills of north Georgia, finding a level place to play was sometimes tricky. As an adult I've played, and it was so much fun...we didn't wear 'croquet whites' though. :)
Wishing I had an old set now.
Hugs, Babs

Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} said...

It's a game that every family played in the early sixties. At least our did! Tons of fun! Beautiful pic's too.

Town and Country Gals said...

Alison,
You know I love croquet sets! The one you saw was one of about 4 different vintage sets I have, 2 of them I found for $1.00 each at yard sales.
I always have the balls out in an old wood bowl or a glass jar depending on the look I want! I can't pass them up! What could possibly say "summer" more!
Rebecca
P.S. I must confess that I sometimes switch them out for my jar of vintage pool balls which I also love!

Karen said...

Hi Alison- My dad taught us how to play croquet when I was about 4 or 5. When ever I see croquet game pieces I think of him. We have a nice old set that is from the 40's or 50's. It's the one my dad owned. I just love it. But do we ever play? No.
Thanks for a memorable post.
xo~
Karen

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

I have two old sets and seeing these pics makes me formulate a plan...I must bring them into our family room, they will so fun in there! Thanks for the inspiration!!

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

PS My aunt is on an actual croquet team...she plays out of Newport RI, and they travel and play all around Cape Cod and places like that!

michele said...

i love the chippy ones that have been played so much they are hanging on for dear life. i used to sell stuff at flea markets pnce in awhile and never had trouble selling these sets.

you can probably tell i don't gravitate towards as much of the old stuff as i used to. my taste at the moment is all about handmade and contemporary creations. so i bet we won't fight over stuff if we shop together!

michele

michele said...

i love the chippy ones that have been played so much they are hanging on for dear life. i used to sell stuff at flea markets pnce in awhile and never had trouble selling these sets.

you can probably tell i don't gravitate towards as much of the old stuff as i used to. my taste at the moment is all about handmade and contemporary creations. so i bet we won't fight over stuff if we shop together!

michele

Designs By Pinky said...

I ahve never played croquet! I grew up in Phila., Pa. No croquet:):) These are beautiful pics though! XO, Pinky

Richard Cottrell said...

I buy every set I can and they always sell. When I decorate cottages for people I always suggest a set somewhere, just completes that look. And yes they say summer. I did a post on Staffordshire dogs just for, have you been by yet? Thanks, Richard from My Old Historic House.

Love Being A Nonny said...

I have the Croquet set my parents used when I was a child....LOVE these photos!

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Nothing wrong with that at all! I love them too...the more worn they are, the better I like them...also chinese checker boards...the old ones? LOVE them!

Lou Cinda

Michele Smith said...

My husband actually found me a unfinished set a few weeks ago!! I LOVE it. I should share it soon. I've been bad about not taking pictures of my finds.