Monday, May 1, 2017

Springtime Poem

In a little red schoolhouse,
in a sunny classroom,
there is a book shelf.  And on that colorful shelf, there sits a book.
And in this book there is a little song to sing
about the joys of Spring!
Happy Spring everyone!  Until another time have a happy vintage day!

Friday, April 21, 2017

1975 Calendar Towel

Last summer I purchased this cool little calendar towel from a church rummage sale. I don't think it's had it's moment on the blog, so here it is.  I apologize for the fuzzy photo.
Why did I purchase this particular towel?  First of all I like the little prayer at the top of the towel.  Second, it's from 1975...the year of my birth!  Those qualities, plus the fact that it depicts a cute cottage with its inviting path to the door, and not anything too 70's or "Brady Bunch-ish", like orange and green mushrooms.
(you can see those 70s mushrooms in your head can't you?  If not, here you go...)

Never cared for them, don't know why.
According to the calendar above, I was born on a Wednesday.  How does the saying go?  Wednesday's child is full of woe?  Interesting.  I wouldn't call it woe...maybe just a bit of worry.  Maybe THAT's why I can't stand to watch the news, because I was born on a Wednesday.
Well, that's all for today.  Until another time, have a happy vintage day!

Friday, March 17, 2017

1935 Watkins Almanac

Here is a closer look at some of the pages in the Watkins Almanac from 1935.

Household tips.
A page of indoor games rainy days, and wash day tips (using Watkins products of course).  I would've liked to have tried that Green Palm Soap as Palmolive is the only dish soap I can use that doesn't cause my hands to crack.  So back in 1935, I'm sure a bar of Green Palm Soap would've been luscious to use on face and hands.
Colored illustrations of Watkins products.
Even more illustrations.
It's a fun little booklet to look through!
That's all for today.  Until another time, have a happy vintage day!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Flea Market Finds

Here are a few of the flea market finds from the first flea of the year. 
One of my favorite vintage finds was this cute little salt-n-pepper set in the metal holder.

They live on my shelf next to the little paper stove my daughter made for my birthday (there was a cupcake inside).
This little aircraft recognition has family significance.  My grandmother was part of the civil air patrol back in the 1950s.  She would listen for planes and watch the skies then record what kind of planes she spotted.  The book had an article, clipped inside with a paperclip, about the day my grandmother received a new set of wings after losing her original ones.  Part of me hopes it is HER book that found its way back to me.  The book itself is quite informative with loads of pictures of aircraft from the late 40s and 50s.  There is even a special little write up about my favorite bomber, the B-17.  It's amazing how many different aircraft existed back then!
Another favorite find was this adorable little spice jar. 
I found a second little jar the same day at Vintage City!
Here are all my special little jars all together.  I'd say I've started a new collection.  I especially like the little cake and cookie decorating jars full of colorful sugars and sprinkles!
Also at Vintage City, I found these precious little vintage valentines!  I LOVE vintage valentines.
And as a special little touch, Marla and Bill of Vintage City package them in little valentine treat bags!  What a cute idea!
Also from Vintage City was this little Watkins booklet from 1935.  Think of how old that is!!  My grandmother was a teen!  Olivia Walton (if she had really existed) might have had one tucked up inside her kitchen cupboard.  I will try to do another post on this cute little booklet real soon.
I also found some scrapbooking items at the flea market that my mother treated me to.  I already put them away and have no photos of them, but a big thanks to my Mom!  What a treat!
That's all for today.  Until another time, have a happy, vintage day!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Few Vintage Kitchen Goodies

Here are a few fun images from the internet, to brighten this dreary, winter week.
Who wouldn't love these adorable strawberry tins to decorate their kitchen!?
There is nothing I don't like about this photo below!  I love everything from the tomatoes and plants in the window to the utensils on the wall, and the apron the grandma is wearing (trimmed in white ric-rack).  The little girl is adorable in that little dress, as she "helps" with the dishes.  I've never seen cupboard handles as fancy as those and LOVE the single sink with drain board!
Saw this one below on Facebook.  My answer to the question is YES!  A thousand times YES!  I would even tear out a cupboard to make room for this beautiful stove!
One more blissful kitchen scene from Pinterest...I think I'd have to change the wall color and flooring, but it's pretty cute!
And that's all for today.  Until another time, have a happy vintage day!

Monday, February 6, 2017

We've Been Busy Little Bees in Preschool

Some of you may have noticed that I've been off-line for quite some time.  One of the reasons is, along with the regular daycare duties I perform on a daily basis, I've added an hour or more of preschool everyday!  There is much planning involved in getting things ready for circle time, story time, art time, etc.  I've enjoyed it very much!
Here are some highlights from this past Fall and Winter
Creating Pizzas--A fun little game for writing numbers, counting and recognizing shapes.

Our circle-time board with the gourd and pumpkin that a friend brought for us to explore.
Our December circle-time board.  The children love taking turns being "teacher".
Gingerbread Friends!
We do many magnetic games on a magnetic tray or board. (I've since retired the cookie sheet because it was too small, and bought a larger magnetic board).  One of the magnetic games for January involves colored mittens (to work on color recognition).  It is a fun game where I hide a paper snowball behind a mitten and the children guess under which color mitten the snowball is hidden.
"Snowball snowball, cold and round
Under which mitten will you be found?"
Idea and poem found on Pinterest.
We do flashcard letters.  I know many teachers frown upon flashcards, but they seem to work best for my group.
As the months progress I add more activities to our circle time activities and the kids love it.  As soon as the baby goes down for her morning nap, the kids are begging for circle time and story time.
The paint can flash cards of different colors are a poem-movement activity that I found ages ago.  I hold up a paint can and the children say the color, the little poem that goes with the color, and do the movement. 
Red Red, touch your head.
Orange you see, slap your knee.
Yellow Yellow, shake like Jell-O.  (that's their favorite)
Gray Gray, shout Hurray! (their other favorite)
It goes on through all of the colors.  They love this one and it never seems to get old!
So, that is just a small sample as to why I have been away from blogging for so long.  I am super busy!  But, I hope with the new year ahead of me, I can find some time here and there to share some fun vintage things, creative projects, daycare projects, and summer road trips with you all!
Until another time, have a happy day!

Monday, January 23, 2017

The Caldecott Award

Well, there were 4 honor books...
Leave Me Alone Written and Illustrated by Vera Brosgol (which looks cute)
Freedom in Congo Square Written by Carole Boston Weatherford Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
Du Is Tak? Written and Illustrated by Carson Ellis (if The Night Gardener didn't win, this was my second choice.)
They All Saw A Cat Written and Illustrated by Brendan Wenzel (Nice book!)
The WINNER of the Caldecott Medal for best Illustrated picture book of 2016 is...
Radiant Child Written and Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe.

I've never seen Radiant Child, but hope to see it soon. 
I'm a little disappointed that The Night Gardener didn't even get a nod, but I've learned through the years that what I like usually isn't what the committee likes.
Next year I will keep my eyes open a little better and be more active about getting to the library to see the new picture books as they are published!
Until another time, have a bright, creative day!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Caldecott Prediction

The Caldecott Medal will soon be given for the best illustrated children's book of 2016.   I have only ONE selection this year and here is why. 
I haven't seen many other books! 
We all know that life gets busy, and this year time constraints have kept me from searching out and perusing newly published children's books.   But, I DO have a FAVORITE to win.  It is actually the ONLY new children's book I purchased for myself this past year. 
My pick to win is The Night Gardener Written by Terry Fan and Illustrated by Eric Fan (The Fan Brothers).
I LOVE this book.
The illustrations are highly detailed, and those who know me, know I like detail.  When I think of an illustrator drawing each tiny leaf and each textured brick I imagine he must be thoroughly in love with his craft because WOW, there are thousands of individually drawn leaves throughout the pages of this book!
The book begins with a sepia-greenish-toned-coloring to it and as story progresses, the illustrations become brighter and brighter as does the mood of the story.
Towards the end of the book there are three illustrations depicting the changing seasons, which I found to be enjoyable to look at and a neat addition to the story.
By the end of the story, we see a more colorful landscape with brightly colored flowers, cheerful people, and even an ice cream truck.
So, that is my pick for the year 2016....and I'm sad to say it doesn't look like it's on anyone else's radar (as far as the internet, mock Caldecott contests, and teacher picks go) but I will not give up hope! 
The Caldecott Medal will be given out Monday morning, January 23rd, usually around 7:45-8:30 central time.  I have my alarm set and will try to watch again this year via my computer (come on Night Gardener!!)
Until another time, have a happy, creative day!

Friday, October 28, 2016

The American Home Magazine 1937

Quite a few months ago, my folks picked up this cute little treasure for me at our local vintage shop, Vintage City.  It's full of cute stuff!  Take a look!
Now THAT's a huge mixer!
Here's a nifty little fold-down desk and storage shelf.  I've actually seen something similar on pinterest, and to think, they were doing this way back in the 1930s!
This yard and water garden, below, look beautiful...I just wish we could see them in color...or in  person.  Come on time travel!
A cute little kitchen.  I just love vintage kitchens.
Apparently, this is Bing Crosby's mom (below) and she makes really good Corned Beef Patties.  I'm not sure I've ever had the pleasure of trying a corned beef patty but I DO remember my mom used to make some kind of chipped beef and gravy sauce that we put over toast, oh my goodness was it ever tasty.  Come to think of it, we put a lot of things over toast, creamed peas, creamed tuna, chip beef..I think maybe it's a Norwegian thing.  One of my favorite side dishes at the Epping School when I was a kid was melted cheese generously drizzled over little squares of toast.  Yum!  My classmates and I couldn't wait for cheesy toast day!  That was right up there with art projects on Fridays, book mobile day, and field trip day!
Oooo, look at this beautiful, Westinghouse stove.  I opened the oven to a Westinghouse stove once and there was a rabbit in there sleeping.  I asked what it was doing in there and it said, "This is a Westinghouse isn't it?"  I said, "Yes." And he responded, "Well, I westing, leave me alone."
Okay, no more jokes for me....ever.
Keep in mind, this magazine is from the 1930s.  This looks pretty posh for the 1930s.
A cute little house.

An expensive car, I'm sure.  I wonder what this car would be worth today!
I do like zinnias.  They are so bright and colorful and the perfect subject for a colorful, back page advertisement. 
I hope you enjoyed perusing this magazine with me.  Until another time, have a happy vintage day!