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!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Garage Sale Finds part 2

As I said last time, I visited a garage sale right down my own street and they had loads of vintage goodies to offer.
Now, some of you may know that I LOVE old time country music.  I have downloaded many radio programs such as WLS National Barn Dance and some Grand Ole Opry episodes from 1939.  There was even a 10-2-4 Ranch show (sponsored by Doctor Pepper, hence the title) that played country music.  Some of my favorite performers are Hank Snow, Kitty Wells, Hank Williams, Johnny Horton...the list goes on and on.
So, when I spotted this I knew it would really help me to know these performers better!  It's like it was meant to be! 
There are two autographs on the back, but I really can't make out the names.  They are most likely band members, from someone's show...who knows, but they are kind of cool.
This is a souvenir program, so there are little write-ups on many of the country stars of the day.  Funny, there is NO DATE on this program and that drives me nuts!  There is one hint!  In Grandpa Jones' write-up they say he is a "youngster" of 41.  So I did some figuring and Grandpa Jones turned 41 in October of I'm guessin' this booklet is most likely from late 1954-1955.

I just love all the neat photos!
Then, I finally found a little travel alarm clock.  I've wanted one for quite some time and IT WORKS!  My dad showed me how to wind it up and set the alarm and turn it off again.  It's a loud little bugger, but it will be fun to use sometime.
Well, I think that is everything we found at the little garage sale down the street.  It was a great day!
I'll leave you now with one of my favorites by Kitty Wells. It's an old, old video, therefore the video quality is a little strange, but the sound quality is pretty good.  ENJOY!
Until another time, ya'll have a happy vintage day!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Garage Sale Finds part 1

A few weeks ago, I stopped at a garage sale down the street.  There were lots of vintage goodies and I picked out a few things.
These beautiful (have never seen a dishwasher) Christmas glasses, set of 5, were a wonderful find!  I've always wanted a set of Christmas glasses.
I bought this plastic, Christmas tablecloth thinking it was JUST a Christmas tablecloth.  Imagine my surprise when I opened it up in my kitchen and discovered it was reversible!  It is a Christmas AND a Birthday tablecloth in one!
I had never heard of these before and didn't realize they existed!  How FUN!
These smallish, circular, Christmas...I think they might be tablecloths, were also in the linens pile.  I'm seriously thinking about making one into a tree skirt for my little vintage tree.  The edges are unfinished, which made my mother wonder if there had been an outer ring of embellishments of some sort (maybe puff-balls).  They are cute though, and diffidently vintage!
My heart about skipped a beat when I saw the box, below.
Some of the ornaments are plastic, some are from what look to be the very late 60's into 70's but there is one little beauty in there that I think could be from the early 50s!  Can you spot it?
Well hello there, you pretty little ornament!
He will be a nice addition to our little vintage tree.
Well, that's all for today.  Most of the finds were Christmas in nature, but next time I will share a couple of other neat little finds!  Stay tuned, and have a happy, vintage day!

Friday, August 12, 2016

A Visit to Vintage City and a New Magazine

Awhile back, darling husband and I were in the neighborhood of Vintage City so we stopped.  I zipped in and out in what I believe to be record time, which is difficult to do since they've added on to their store.  There are many rooms to explore, full of wonderful goodies!  
I came across this cute little Apple Pear Hot Oven Pepper Shaker.  I love its little art-deco looking shape.
 And I couldn't pass up the nifty, little, Foley's spice tin.  I'll add it to my collection.  
I also bought a book of little stories for children called Happy Acres....
and this Woman's Home Companion from March of 1932.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

New Tangle Binder Cover

Now that I've settled on a standard sized binder to hold my tangle step-by-steps, I wanted a nice cover to show off some of the tangles I've been learning.
So way back on Memorial Day, I put our flag out, watered the flowers, then plopped myself down on the patio loveseat and got to work.  It was a great day!

Here is the binder before adding a cover.  It's really quite plain.
I started by drawing out a pattern with pencil.  I traced around different sized squares.
Then, I backed the paper in black.  Then I sat outside and got to work.
And here it is all finished!  There IS one little square at the bottom that needs something added to it, but other than that I'm pretty happy with it.
And that's all for today.  Until another time, have a happy, creative day!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

My Latest Creations

Here are just a few of my latest creations using different tangle patterns that I have been learning.
I think the first one, from April 15th, is my favorite.

I love that I can spend 1/2 hour on a piece, tuck it away for a bit, then finish it later. 
The one below only took 45 minutes and I did it while sitting in my car, waiting for my daughter to come out of confirmation class.
Next, we have an example of the Neuron pattern, created by Beth Snoderly.  It is one of my favorite tangle patterns, and is super easy to draw.  Below, I took some step-by-step photos of my progress.
Just as a reminder, I am NOT a CZT, and Zentangle is a registered trademark, its creators are Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts. 

Well, that's all for today. Until another time, have a happy, creative day!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Happy Independance Day!

Here is a picture from an old post.  I hope you all have a safe and fun weekend, no matter where you are or what you are doing!
And here is a cool little Pepsi coaster I purchased from my Uncle at his Junk Sale Booth earlier this summer.

And my red, white, and blue shelf! 
Well, that's all for today!  Have a great weekend everyone!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Colored Tangles

Because I'm such a fan of colored pencils, I decided to try coloring a couple of my tangle projects.
I used Prismacolor pencils and put down many soft layers of pencil.
Here are the first three projects.
The first was an experiment with the tangle Coil.  The idea to draw a large coil and small coils behind it came from somewhere (possibly pinterest) but I can't, for the life of me, remember where.
For this next one, I was going to put simple balls amongst the Antidots, but decided to make the balls into Jetties instead. 
Below, I tried the same thing, except I added some sunflowers into the mix.
These were so much fun to create and color.
Until another time, have a happy, creative day!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Ring of Tangle Cards

I've seen a few other Zentangle enthusiasts out there use a large ring to store reference cards upon for a quick and easy way to view their stash of tangles.
They look so cool!  I've decided to try it too, and have been working on my set for many weekends.
  To keep costs low, I created my own tags out of cardstock.  I made a handful of 2 x 2.5 cards, then used my old corner rounder to round the top two corners, then traced around a smaller square to make the "art area".  The alphabet letters got special attention as I colored the boarder of each one a different color. 

I found the alphabet ideas on pinterest and tried really hard not to make them exactly the same because I always feel bad when I copy exactly what someone else has done.
Finally, I laminated each one using crystal clear, sticky, shelf liner.  I laminate all kinds of things with this stuff!
Then, I punch a hole in the top of the card and put them on the ring.  I only have a few cards so far but I'm adding to the pile every couple of weeks.

 It's just nice to have a little stack of cards to flip through when I'm stumped as to what tangle to use on my next tile.
That's all for today, until another time, have a happy, creative day!