Thursday, April 30, 2015

Harry Potter Shoes

We were in Walmart a couple weekends ago and darling daughter wanted to by a pair of 5$ canvas shoes to paint.  Yes, to paint.  She even used her own money. 
At home, she proceeded to paint her shoes. 
She worked on them all weekend long (2 hour stretches mostly) and by Sunday evening she had a one-of-a-kind pair of Harry Potter Shoes.
I'm so proud of her for tackling this project, her creativity, and the fact that she finished the project!  She obviously doesn't get the "finishing-what-she-starts" gene from me, the queen of UFOs.
Until next time, have a happy, colorful day!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Teddy Bear Toast

You see, THIS is why I love Pinterest.  They have so many cool ideas to fill our days.
Today the daycare kids and I had Teddy Bear Toast!
Supplies: toast, peanut butter, raisins, banana, and a chocolate chip (or another raisin) for the nose.
These were easy to make, yummy, really cute and the kids ate them right up!
Until another time, have a happy day!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Vintage Dairy Goodies

A fun commercial for Borden's Milk starring the cast of the TV series "Fury", which was a western-type of series that ran from 1955 to 1960.   The little cowboy cartoons at the end are such a cute end to the commercial.  And check out that fridge!  Love it! 
If I had the money (and the parking space), I would love to own an old fashioned dairy truck.  Yes, I would drive it around town, and yes, I'm just that nerdy.

Photo from Pinterest
 This next one is even more adorable, with a shorter box!
I'm sad to say that the milk and cream bottles I own are blank.  They have no cute cow graphics or any vintage writing on them what-so-ever.  Therefore, they do not have nifty names like "Peterson's Creamery" or "Dakota Gold Quality Supreme", which was the dairy in Rugby at one time.
Here is a decent sized Borden's bottle. (2 quarts?)
Photo from Pinterest
Here's something I've NEVER seen but would LOVE to come across at a yard sale.  It's a delivery request sign.  A person would turn up the little cardboard flags, then drop the sign in an empty bottle to be picked-up by the milkman.  I found the photo on Pinterest.  This particular delivery sign looks like it had been an Ebay item, and the bidding either started or ended just shy of a Benjamin.  Wow!
There are about a thousand and one things you can do to decorate with milk bottles (especially if you can find red and white striped paper straws and some tiny Styrofoam balls). 
How cute is this!?
And this is light fixture below is really cool.  How neat would this light be above a kitchen sink?  It would be a small light, but still neat.
This is one of the few dairy items I own, a Magic City Dairy milk carton (never been used).
Well, that's all for today.  Until another time have a happy vintage day!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Vintage Ad Wednesday--Picnics

Oh, I just can't wait for picnic season again!  Last year, my daughter and I went on four picnics and this year we are hoping to top that number.
Chevrolet ad from my July 19, 1952 Saturday Evening Post. (only 1/2 page).

These next ads come from Pinterest.
Coca-Cola and picnics go together perfectly, don't you think?  This ad from 1951 thinks so!

Next up, a 1949 ad for Swift's Premium Hot Dogs, perfect for a picnic.

And finally, this ad from Kraft Marshmallows.  Instead of a picnic we see a family "cookout", but I figure cookouts and picnics are closely related.   Like cousins who live down the street from each other.

Picnics are such a fun topic that I'll have to revisit it another time!  There are picnic baskets and picnic blankets to discuss, but this is all I have for ya'll today as it's been a busy week! 

Until another time, have a happy vintage day!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Vintage Ad Wednesday-Johnson's Glo Coat

Today's ad is from my June 1948 True Story magazine, and it's an ad for Johnson's Glo Coat. 
I love the white kitchen cabinets with the yellow walls.  And look at the difference a little Glo Coat can make to your floors!
I have a soft spot in my heart for Johnson's Glo Coat because when I first discovered Old Time Radio, Fibber McGee and Molly was my favorite program and it was sponsored by Johnson's Wax.
Real-life couple Jim and Marian Jordan as Fibber McGee and Molly.
 For my birthday, a few years ago, my Uncle Stan gave me a vintage can of Glo Coat!  I keep it with my other vintage cleaning products in my laundry room.
It's such a bright and happy little yellow can!
Well, that's all for today.  Until next time, have a happy vintage day!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Buttonhole Stitch Fun Finished and Artiste Floss

As I stepped into the embroidery aisle at Hobby Lobby, and focused my attention on the lovely colors of artiste flosses, I noticed a shocking, yellow, sale sticker on all of the watercolor, variegated threads I love so much.  Yea!!  At least 40% off, maybe more!  But wait....why are they all at clearence price?
My happiness soon turned to sadness when I asked the woman in the sewing department. They are discontinuing those particular embroidery threads.  Oh no!!
Sooooo, I did the only sensible thing that could be done.  I walked away......
You what!!!?
Just kidding!!  Of course I didn't walk away from clearance price floss!  Instead, I busted out some Christmas cash that I had tucked away for a rainy day and went to town!

And now, here is the finished Button hole wheel stitch project finished.

It sure was a lot of fun!  And now I have plenty of threads to create other projects.  But what project shall I tackle next?  I just can't make up my mind.  Time will tell.

Until another time, have a happy stitching day!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Vintage Ad Wednesday

 I know I've shared this Kroger Eggs commercial from 1955 with ya'll before, but it's just so darn cute.  And with Easter coming I just have to share it again!
Yes, Easter is coming!   It's time to dye eggs, prepare Jell-O salads, and find those gloves that match last year's Easter hat. 

And some of you may be planning to make a delicious looking ham like the one below, for Easter dinner.
Some of us might try our hands at a special Easter cake.  Don't forget the Vanilla.  I just love the colorfulness of this McCormick ad.
I've always liked Easter, it's such a happy day.  As a child I enjoyed waking up, running downstairs to see what goodies the Easter Bunny had left in my Easter basket, before dashing back up the stairs to dress up for Church.  My father played the Church organ, so we always went to Chuch.  At the end of the service I was allowed to stand next to the organ and peek through the colored glass of the large stained glass window.  After Church there was always Easter dinner.  Sometimes we had Easter at our house, sometimes we'd go to my Grandparents' house down the alley, sometimes we'd travel to my Grandmother's house in Mohall.  Wherever we went, there was always good food.
My childhood church in Epping.
We were taught at an early age that Easter wasn't just about jellybeans and the Easter Bunny.  After each sad Good Friday, the sunshine of Easter always arrived.  That has become a good lesson for life.  The harshness of winter always gives way to Spring and sometimes we struggle through dark times in our lives, but we can plow through these struggles with the assurance that better times are just around the corner. 
Until another time, have a hoppy, Spring day and a VERY HAPPY EASTER!