Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Marx Dollhouse

This was one of those poker face moments I thought would never happen to me at a garage sale.  I nearly squealed when I saw this dollhouse because it was one of those treasure I thought I'd NEVER come across (at least not one within my budget).  Somehow I managed to keep it together.
 
 A Marx dollhouse!
 

As you might be able to see, the house is missing a wall between the bathroom and child's room.  There are holes for the little metal tabs to go into, so I know there WAS a wall there at one time.
 

 
 
The bathroom and part of the baby's room, below.
 
 
And here is the living room.
 
 
And I just LOVE the read and white kitchen with it's little red clock on the wall, red and white tile and curtains!
 

The little plastic sink has drain boards!  And look at that 1950s fridge.
 

 
And here is the kid's room or baby's room.  I like the decorations on the walls.
 
 
Here is the master bedroom.  (And no, that's not a subliminal billboard message through the window making you crave Taco Johns, it's just our cat's sleeping box that happened to be behind the house when I shot these photos.)
 
 
And the cute little laundry room on the end.  Now, some of these I have seen as a garage, one was even a bomb shelter (1962) that I've heard is very rare as they were made in small quantities and didn't sell real well.  I like that mine is a laundry room because....well, I like happy laundry rooms!
 

 And here is the mark that makes it a MARX. 
 
 
Originally, I think it's suppose to have a little patio tent like thing that stood over that patio, but mine is missing many pieces including the chairs for the kitchen table.  My mother said her kitchen chairs were ivory, just like the table, with little red seats.
 
Below is a similar one from the 1952 Sears catalog.  The one in the catalog is fancier with a den on one end (we call them man caves now), and a breezeway. And how much FUN would that gas station be for playing!?
 

Now, according to the internet and the big wide world of pinterest, there was another tin, lithograph, dollhouse manufacturer called T Cohn and the T Cohn 1948 house was a popular one it seems.  Here it is.
 
It is very similar and has the "Victorian" looking living room furniture and red and white kitchen chairs my mother remembered hers to have.  (Mom, it almost sounds as if you had Cohn furniture, but a MARX house just like mine.)
Here's another shot of a Cohn house from Pinterest. I thank up and down the person who posted these online, they are so much fun to see!
 
 
I really like the Cohn style furniture better because it is a bit bigger and has a bit more detail than the Marx furniture I got with the house.
 
Until another time, have a happy vintage day!!
 

Monday, August 28, 2017

A Trip to Art Main

Art Main is one of my favorite stores in town!
Way back in early June, my daughter and I visited the store and bought new pencils, pens and such to experiment with.  This trip I bought some gray colored Artist tiles among my usual things.
 
 
Once home, I made these.
The white Faber Castell chalk pencil was fun to use on the gray tiles.
 

 
I've been busy tangling again and hope to show a few examples soon.
Until another time, have a happy and creative day!
 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Vintage Garage Sale Finds

My folks came up a few weekends ago and we did some garage sales together.
I was lucky enough to find these nifty little items.
 
A cute little S&P set that are grain elevators!  I've seen these at the flea market before, but they are always a bit out of my budget.  Good things come to those who wait!  After cleaning them up a bit they turned out pretty cute.
 


 
I also found some small US flags at the same sale.
 
 
Also found a few goodies for the daycare.  All in all it was a good day of "sale-ing"
That's all for today!  Until next time have a happy vintage day!
 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Vintage Sewing Kit

Way back in May, my Uncle Stan called me and asked me to stop by next time I was in the neighborhood, he had something to give me.
He had 3 or 4 little sewing kits and let me have my pick of the litter.
I chose wisely.
 
 
Squeeeeeee!  Look at the cute little spools of thread and the cute little scissors!


 
I found another one on EBAY and they say it is from the 1950s (they want 40$ for that one) and over the past few months have only seen this other one on line that is BLUE, most seem to be red. 
Mine looks pretty identical, except it's missing the white, ribbon bow and mine has a yellow, plastic thimble! So, I think I have all of the pieces to my kit, which is nice to know.
Here is the one from EBAY (below).
 
 
He even gave me this pack of needles (made in England!)  Thanks Uncle Stan!
 

 
That's all for today!  Until another time have a happy stitchy day!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Tea Pot Serviette

This is a pattern I found on Pinterest a while back, but I think it might originally be from a site called Turkey Feathers?  I'm really not sure, but it sure is a cutie!
 
First, I had to hem two of the sides of the serviette.
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
And that's all for today!  Have a happy creative day!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Redwork Pitcher and Cups Towel

Here is another little embroidery project I've been working on.  The lines look a little heavy because I used 3-ply thread on this one because I plan to put it to good use drying dishes.  It's actually a towel I've already been using, I felt it needed a little decoration.

 
 
I've always liked this pattern!  It reminds me of the big, red Kool-Aid pitcher guy from the commercials during my childhood years.
 

That's all for today.  I hope you all are having a good summer, wherever you are!
Until next time, have a happy vintage day!
 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Summertime Embroidery

Wow!  Long time no blog!  So sorry to anyone who follows me, but life has gotten incredibly busy.
The good news is I have began doing a little more embroidery again...not much, but some.
 
To get started again, I traced this cute little pattern found long ago on Pinterest, onto a little tea towel I had laying around.
 
 
 
Not too bad a start I suppose.  I used only red to keep it simple (plus I really like red work).
 
That's all for today, but I hope to write again real soon!  Stay creative, and have a happy vintage day!

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!