Thursday, March 15, 2018

Vintage 80s Commercial #5

According to my folks, they remember me saying, "I've just gotta have a My Little Pony or I'll die!"  Dramatic much?
I did end up with a My Little Pony Cotton Candy and I STILL have her. My daughter played with her for awhile when she was younger, and now she sits upon a shelf in our library. 
Here is the 80s commercial

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Canister Decals Redo

Throughout the month of January, I went through somewhat of a Vintage craze.  I incorporated as much vintage style into my daily wardrobe, hair, and life as was possible.  My days were sprinkled with little vintage projects, including the one below where I changed the decal on my glass canisters.
First, I peeled the old decals off of the canister.  They are just printed pictures with clear, contact paper over them.  After a few years, they were looking pretty raggedy.
After finding some vintage clipart online, I printed them and went over the printings with colored pencils to brighten the colors and sharpen the edges up a bit.
Then I got out my clear contact paper and stuck them to the glass!  Easy-Peasy!
I hung a little red potholder behind, to add a little something to the bare wall.
That's all for today, but stay tuned because there is much more to come!
Until another time, have a happy, vintage day!

Monday, January 29, 2018

My Gardens and Flowers

We are deep into the winter months.  The hours of daylight are short and I miss the green grass and flowers of our yard.  Here are just a few pictures of our flowers and rock gardens from the past summer.  Hopefully they will help to brighten your day!
The north garden....

...and south garden.  The flowers in my south garden didn't grow as big as in past years, I was very disappointed in them.
July 2015 (grass sod was brand new and flowers were BIGGER!
In 2017 my daughter planted a small vegetable garden.
And our trees!  I'm glad we have a couple of nice trees now.  I can see them from the window above my kitchen sink.
That's all for today.  Until next time, keep dreaming of Spring and have a happy, sunshiny day!



Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Christmas Embroidery Projects

Here are the stitching projects that I did throughout November and December.
The one farthest left was the first one I did and it has an embroidered fruit boarder.  Every time I see it I think of the 1949 LUX Theater radio production of Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House because that's one of the shows I listened to (two evenings in a row) while working on it. 

I was so bummed out when the sun beams behind the strawberry baskets didn't was out.  I accidently washed them in WARM water instead of very COLD water.  An important embroidery lesson was learned and I will never forget...cold water!
I found this ADORABLE Aunt Martha pattern at my local Thrifty White Drug Store (that's where I find the best flour sack dish towels too!)
I whipped up this Market Day one using pretty Spring colors.

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

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

November Embroidery Sneak Peek

I did some stitching throughout the month of November.  I dusted off my embroidery case full of threads (literally had to dust it off as it hasn't been used in....I can't even remember how long) and while I can't share the projects with you because some might end up being Christmas gifts, I would like to give a sneak peek!

I did a little thread sorting and had to wind some bobbins  (that's almost as fun as embroidering!)
I found this SWEET 1930s reproduction material at JoAnn's Fabrics.  Because I had a coupon, and because I loved it so much I bought a whole yard!  I found out that JoAnn's has a ton of new 1930s feed sack styles!  Yeah, because that's what I need is more feed sack fabric. (eye roll)
Here is a sneak peak at what I'm doing with this adorable fabric.
A little red rick-rack is always fun!

Oh, I can't wait until when I can show you all of my embroidery projects!
Until another time, have a happy stitching day!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Stitching--Blasts From the Past

Sometimes it's fun to go through old photo files to check out what I was up to, crafting wise, years ago.  I found an old folder of embroidery projects and wanted to share them with you!

First, there's my fuzz bud, Kramer, who loves to sit on my lap while stitch.

Below is the little train case I decorated.  It still holds many of my little crafting treasures.

I'd forgotten all about the TUSAL jar!  It was a jar where I collected the little bits of thread snipped off of a project that were too short to use.

 Back when I first started embroidering everything fit into this little desktop organizer.

A living in the country set made from Aunt Martha's "Life on the Farm"
embroidery pattern packet #4021

One of the first travel kits I put together.

Well, that was fun!  Next time I will share a sneak peek of the embroidery project I've been working on as Christmas presents!
Until another time, have a happy, stitchy day!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Catalog From Kenmare Museum

While visiting the Lake County Historical Museum in Kenmare a few summers ago (one of our favorite museums) I came across this old catalog from 1917-18 and found it to be quite interesting!  It is 100 years old!

Time to pick a pretty dress.  I like the blue dress.
Apparently, they were big on decorating their clothing with buttons, embroidery and lace back in 1917 and 1918.
Yes, much ornamentation on these blouses!  Beautiful, decorative buttons and lots of pretty embroidery embellishments! I wonder how many of those buttons ended up in button boxes.
Wish I had a coat like this today!  Look how nice and heavy they were!
Even their undergarments were decorated with embroidery and ruffles!
And sweet children's coats and adorable!
I wish I had taken more time to look at the catalog and had taken a few more photos.  I hope that someone from the museum will take the time to very carefully scan all of the pages inside to preserve the illustrations.  They are like a time capsule!
That's all for today.  Until another time, have a happy, vintage day!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

December Flea Market Finds

These are the little things I found at the December Flea Market.
I love the little Christmas Hankie and plan to wrap it around my vintage tree as a "tree skirt".

The tiny Santa pin was a quarter and I think has a vintage look to it. 

One of the reasons I visited the flea market this month (besides meeting my folks there) was to find an old book to cut up for a Christmas craft.  But as I looked through the old books I just couldn't bring myself to purchase one knowing I planned to destroy it.  What if there is someone in Kentucky or Montana that has been on the lookout for that exact book?  What if it's a treasure to someone else, just as the Still Meadow books by Gladys Tabor are to me!?  Nope, I just couldn't do it.  But while I was looking I found the little brown book in the photo above, Sylvia Sanders and the Tangled Web.  The inside cover caught my eye.

Come to find out, the book is about a gal who moves to Chicago to break into the radio business!  I haven't read it yet but it looks to be geared towards high school age students.  The copyright is 1946 and was written by Ruby Lorraine Radford.

I have very little extra time for reading these days and have been using any extra minutes here and there for crafting and embroidery.  Therefore, this book will have to wait patiently on the bookshelf until the new year.

Those were the finds for that flea market trip, and that's all for today.  Until another time, have a happy VINTAGE day! 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Candy Cane Wreath Fail

This CUTE candy cane wreath popped up on my pinterest page recently. 

So I went to Target and picked myself up a large pack of Candy Canes.  Then I went to the craft store for a couple of plastic snowflakes (on clearance), I got out my trusty glue gun and went to work.
I had some ribbon from a previous craft.
It looked pretty cute when completed, and I hung it on my front door early Sunday morning. 
Unfortunately, a couple hours later, my husband heard a crash and said, "Uh-oh, I think your wreath fell."  Sure enough, there it was between the doors,  a sad little heap of red and white brokenness on the floor.  The hot glue wasn't enough to hold the weight of the candy canes.
Oh well.  It wasn't my first pinterest fail and probably won't be my last haha.  But the candy canes have been a yummy treat this week (especially in hot cocoa!)
That's all for today, until another time have a happy crafty day!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Vintage Book The Trailer Trio

Like I've said before, it seems as though certain vintage books just find their way into my life.  On a table at November's flea market there were at least 100 books all spread out and this little blue one caught my eye.  Maybe it was the sweet little illustration on the cover, but whatever it was, for only a dollar I couldn't pass it up and it has been a joy to read!

If I remember correctly, the book takes place in 1940 or 1941, and the "trio" consists of siblings.  Big sister Anne is the oldest at 21 and is recovering from a terrible bout of pneumonia.  Brother Roger is 18, and baby sister Maleta is 15.  Their parents have died, and they have left their drought-stricken farm in South Dakota and are traveling to their Uncle's old homestead in Idaho that has been sitting empty for years.  He's offered it to them as he now lives in Florida.  They are traveling with a nifty little homemade trailer that Roger built with his own two hands. 
They stop in many places along the way including the small, government built towns of Mason City and Engineer City, built to house those working on the Grand Coulee Dam (which I discovered are all real places!)  Here Roger was to work until they had the funds to move over to Idaho and their Uncle's land.
But they end up leaving the dam and this takes them to many different fun places where they become farm hands, fruit pickers and dish washers.  The characters are very likeable, and since this is a "teen" book a romance blossoms between a college student (also traveling) and Anne. 
It reminds me a little bit of the Box Car Children.
One of my favorite chapters is when they find themselves in an old fashioned farm yard and they knock on the door looking for odd jobs to do.  The friendly farmer's wife gives them little chores to do in exchange for food from the garden and a couple of meals.  These jobs include helping with weeding the garden and washing dishes for the harvest crews.  This chapter has a cute illustration.
The farm women gives them her old, wood burning, cook stove that she threw out to the trash heap just a while ago (because she'd won a new stove in a contest).  They pack the old stove into their trailer and head on down the road. 
When they get to their destination (uncle's homestead land), they fix up the little cabin on the property, and create a new start for themselves.
I loved this little book and plan to read it again as it is such an easy read.  It's no worse than sitting and watching one of those cheesy Christmas movies onTV for the fourth or fifth time, right?
That's all for now.  Until another time have a happy vintage day!