Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Old Dutch Cleanser Vintage Ad

This is my favorite advertisement from Old Dutch Cleanser and one of the only ones I could find in my vintage magazines.  It's from my 1947 Ladies Home Journal, and is one of those instances where a picture is the whole story. 

Let's take a closer look at the picture.  A husband and wife are saying goodnight to a couple who are walking out the door.  It's been an evening of coffee drinking, card playing and no doubt a little gossip too.  The clock on the windowsill says 2AM and there are still dishes to be done.  And I LOVE the fact that the husband is going to help with the dishes.

That's all for today, until another time, have a happy vintage day! 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Flea Market Finds of November

Hello all!  Sorry it's been a over a week since my last post.  I've been busy busy busy, and you know things are only going to get busier with the holidays coming up.  But Autumn and I did manage to get out to the flea market this weekend and to Vintage City to do a bit of Vin-tiquing (it's like Antiquing but not quite).  Antiquing to me is looking for high-end, high-priced, high gloss, varnished antiques.  I look for and buy inexpensive, vintage, household, smalls so I call it Vin-tiquing.  Yes, I know I'm about two steps away from the loony bin.  Just wait until you read about the bird I found. 

Actually a few of these items were finds from the Flea back in October.  I'm just now getting around to photographing everything.

The Jell-O book is from 1925 and the Spry recipe book doesn't have a date but I'm guessing the 1940s. 

The blue colored book is called In My Own Write by Rigmor Pedersen Swanson.  She lived in a small town in North Dakota and writes all about her childhood, high school years, marriage and years as a mother.  I love books like this and believe they are one of the purest forms of history. 

When I saw the second book, (the gray one) laying on the table, I literally did a little happy dance right there in the booth.  This book has been on my wish list for years.  It's called Clothes Lines, Party Lines and Hem Lines.  I'll talk more about this book another day.

Who can resist Anthropomorphic veggies?  Not me!  I thought these little characters where just too cute to pass up.

I found the little bird above at Vintage City.  He fits in nicely with my other little birdies that were my Grandmothers.  He looked very sad on the store shelf, but I left him there and continued to browse around the room and into the back room.  But he was all I could think about...It was like he was calling out to me.  (one step closer to a room with padded walls, I know).  When I went back into the room to scoop him up there were a couple of ladies standing right in front of him.  My little heart pitter-pattered with fear that they would buy him.  Finally, they moved on and I quickly nabbed him and set him on the check-out counter.  He was just one of those things I would've regretted not picking up.  For a couple of bucks, I had peace of mind and a new little birdie friend for my window.  

The little tin dishes and child-sized utensils was my daughter's big score of the weekend.  She found these at Vintage City and loves them.

The Old Dutch Cleanser can, above, is one of my favorite finds this weekend.  The copyright is 1945 so I'm guessing the can is from anywhere between 1945-50.  It's in great shape and is UNOPENED!
So, those are the treasures we've found recently and that's all for today, but stay tuned!
And as always, have a Happy Vintage Day!!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Stitch It Magazine

Today is suppose to be vintage advertisement Wednesday, but I'm going to talk about a NEW publication instead.

Our local grocery store (and as of last night I notice Hobby Lobby) has been carrying this fun magazine called Stitch-it Today and I absolutely love it!  I'm so happy to see a magazine in the stands that is not only for cross-stitch enthusiasts, but for embroidery and needlepoint fans as well!  There are usually 20-some projects that one can stitch, and a section about supplies and how to use them.  The latest has a quick tutorial page about using an Embroidery hoop, starting a sampler and types of knots used to start and stop your stitching.  Sometimes there are articles about different stitchers and their work, and articles on types of stitching such as Norwegian hardanger embroidery.  

That's all for today.  This week has been another busy one, but I hope to have another post ready to share soon!
Until then, Have a Happy Stitching Day!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Assisi Embroidery

One of the many types of embroidery discussed in the Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Needlework book is Assisi Embroidery.  I think this type of embroidery is so beautiful!  So, I thought I'd try my hand at it. 

I found the pattern on the Internet at this LINK.  I printed it out on my printer and started stitching away at the outline.  The outline wasn't too bad to get the hang of, although the Holbein stitch really took patience and practice.  I found myself cheating and doing a back stitch for most of the outline. 


My fill-in stitches need quite a bit of work and practice. 
In hind-sight I wish I had researched a little deeper about how to do the actual stitching.  I went to the library but most needlework books only have 1 or 2 pages dedicated to Assisi Embroidery.
THIS website, however, is full of wonderful patterns, history and how-to instructions for Assisi Embroidery.  I wish I had taken the time to read through all of it before starting! 
But this is a small project, and hopefully I will come back to it in time.  I'd hate for it to go into the UFO file (unfinished object). 

Until another day, Happy stitching everyone!

Friday, November 1, 2013

A Neat Video of 1940's Billboards

Ever since I heard the song "Watch the Birdie" by Gene Krupa and Anita O' Day on Bomb Girls, I've been looking for it online.  I found this excellent clip on You Tube and just had to share!  It combines two things I love...Vintage Advertising, and vintage music.  And just being able to see the people walking about and going about their daily lives is interesting.  Everyone looked like they dressed up just to walk to the grocery store!

Have a Happy Vintage Day everyone!