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Oh hello! We are sorry to have to temporarily close EnglishPreserves a few months beginning Thursday, April 5th. We will reopen in May for Lucky Sixpence Wedding Cards, and for the vintage items as soon as we are settled. We are making a huge International move from our beloved England to the US. Everything will be in storage until we find a new home, and then the real work begins! If you have seen something you would like to purchase, just convo me and I will reserve the item for you, and then get back to you as soon as we re-open. Thank you so much for your continued support and custom and for stopping by today, too. Please do stop back again. xxx Maggie

Tape Measure Bluebird on Apple Blossom Tree Illustration Handmade Retractable Printed Fabric Antique Graphic - EnglishPreserves

+ $6.50 shipping
+ $6.50 shipping

Made in Uppingham, United Kingdom

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Tape Measure Bluebird on Apple Blossom Tree Illustration Handmade Retractable Printed Fabric Antique Graphic - EnglishPreserves

Christmas in July! Why not purchase this handmade tape measure for gifting in December?
They make the perfect small gift or stocking stuffer.

This little retractable tape measure has been designed with an antique graphic on one side featuring a sweet little bluebird with a worm in its mouth. The print shows the bluebird in a gorgeous, colourful pose. This unique and charming image has been printed on antique metis fabric of a cotton/linen blend.

With its vintage bird print on one side, this retractable tape measure features a reverse side made of hand-embroidered vintage fabric, probably worked in the 1940s. It came from cutter linens I have that have been repurposed as to have a new life.
The edge of this tape measure has been trimmed with pale pink lace. Its 'stop' is made from the same lace.

Inside, beneath the front and back covers, there is gentle padding.
The tape measure is inches on one side and centimeters on the other, with a total length of 60".

Each tape measure comes with its own little pouch, handy for stashing in your bag or to use as a gift bag.
The pouch has a patch of the same printed fabric design found on your tape measure.

Each pouch in the current lot of available tape measures has been created with antique white woven stripe fabric.
This fabric was culled from an antique Austrian duvet cover. Inside the pouch, there is a center back seam finished in a French seam method, and a bottom hem featuring an over-locked seam.

All of the tape measures in the shop are ready to ship. You will receive the tape measure and pouch you see in the photographs.
No other items shown in the images are included.
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Please note that the tape measures and pouches are not machine or hand washable.
You can spot clean them with a damp cloth as long as it is not on the printed fabric.
Please have a look at the others, too. These make fab gits!

Would you like something designed especially for you?
You may custom order them as well.
You might like to have some made as wedding favours or for gifts for your bridal attendants, or, for a special friend with a customized name on the front.
I will also make hand-embroidered tops with monograms/initials using antique letter designs, too. Just get in touch so we can begin the design process.

Please see the listings below for examples of hand-embroidered initials:
this one for a printed name:
this one for an embroidered name:

I am ever-so-pleased pleased to announce that one of my retractable tape measures was featured recently in "The Knitter" magazine, issue number 62. (see last photo) Thank you to "The Knitter" for selecting my Queen Silhouette tape measure for your article!

Thanks for stopping by and having a browse through the shop.

Shipping is always estimated based on weight before packing.
If I should overestimate I will refund the over-payment to you.
Should I underestimate and have to ask you for the difference.

Multiple purchases:
Buy with confidence. Once I have your item or group of items packaged and weighed, if your payment was in excess of what it actually costs to ship, I will refund the difference

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♥ A special note for International Buyers ♥
Before leaving me less than five stars due to shipping, please read the information below. Thank you.
Most of my sales are from countries outside the UK, and often, they come through at night when I am fast asleep, due to the time zone differences, so I am already 'behind' even before I process your order.
Besides 24 hours of processing time, sometimes you've purchased your item on a weekend or holiday when the PO is closed, which means I have to wait to post the item until the next business day.
Then there's the merging of two different countries' mailing systems, and the all-important customs clearances, stuck right in the middle.
At any given point in time, your order can get held-up and there is nothing I can do about it, once it leaves my hands. The bottom line is this: most International deliveries take time. It's not like receiving mail from within your own country.
Most orders will reach you within 10-14 days of me processing your order.

♥ A special note for All Buyers ♥
For Delivery within the UK:
Shipping will be via Royal Mail, 1st class or Standard Parcels rates for UK mainland deliveries.
For delivery outside of the UK:
In most cases, shipping will be from the UK via Royal Mail Airmail Small Parcels, to International destinations.
Royal Mail offers up to £20 ($35) compensation (insurance) included in its pricing.
If you require more than that, please notify me before I ship your item, and wait to pay for your item, so that I can add additional insurance cover to your invoice.
It is quite expensive to add signed-for or delivery confirmation for International shipping and will be more than double what you see in the listings, but if you want that sort of thing, again, please notify me in advance.

I will also try to find the least expensive shipping options for you when a parcel is heavy, such as teapots. This will involve carries such as FedEx, UPS, or DHL.

Please note that is now policy of all carriers to refuse to insure china or porcelain items. I pack carefully using lots of recycled packing materials and strong boxes so there shouldn't be any problems with breakage.
Please understand that if something does arrive broken, the delivery companies will not refund the money you have paid for the items and I cannot be responsible for refunds of broken items damaged in shipping.

Please try to buy in advance of when you require items as gifts as I do not want you to be disappointed if they do not arrive on time.
Thank you for your continued support of EnglishPreserves.


PayPal is my preferred form of payment but for your convenience, I now offer payment by credit card, too.
Email me if you need to pay via some other means.

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All sales are final.
Due to the nature of vintage items being in previously loved condition, it is important to remember that they won't look 'new'. I do try to photograph and describe accurately, but some will have damage and wear. Please bear this in mind when purchasing.

I am sorry, but I cannot be held responsible for items damaged in the mail.
I pack very carefully, just as I would want things to be packed, that I purchase. My record is good, too - as yet, nothing has been damaged in the post.

Most carriers will no longer cover/compensate for breakage and I cannot be held responsible for breakage occurring during transit.

Should something not arrive at all, I will work with you and the postal service to try to make it right, however, I am not responsible for the loss.

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