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!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Flea Market Finds

Here are a few of the flea market finds from the first flea of the year. 
One of my favorite vintage finds was this cute little salt-n-pepper set in the metal holder.

They live on my shelf next to the little paper stove my daughter made for my birthday (there was a cupcake inside).
This little aircraft recognition has family significance.  My grandmother was part of the civil air patrol back in the 1950s.  She would listen for planes and watch the skies then record what kind of planes she spotted.  The book had an article, clipped inside with a paperclip, about the day my grandmother received a new set of wings after losing her original ones.  Part of me hopes it is HER book that found its way back to me.  The book itself is quite informative with loads of pictures of aircraft from the late 40s and 50s.  There is even a special little write up about my favorite bomber, the B-17.  It's amazing how many different aircraft existed back then!
Another favorite find was this adorable little spice jar. 
I found a second little jar the same day at Vintage City!
Here are all my special little jars all together.  I'd say I've started a new collection.  I especially like the little cake and cookie decorating jars full of colorful sugars and sprinkles!
Also at Vintage City, I found these precious little vintage valentines!  I LOVE vintage valentines.
And as a special little touch, Marla and Bill of Vintage City package them in little valentine treat bags!  What a cute idea!
Also from Vintage City was this little Watkins booklet from 1935.  Think of how old that is!!  My grandmother was a teen!  Olivia Walton (if she had really existed) might have had one tucked up inside her kitchen cupboard.  I will try to do another post on this cute little booklet real soon.
I also found some scrapbooking items at the flea market that my mother treated me to.  I already put them away and have no photos of them, but a big thanks to my Mom!  What a treat!
That's all for today.  Until another time, have a happy, vintage day!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Few Vintage Kitchen Goodies

Here are a few fun images from the internet, to brighten this dreary, winter week.
Who wouldn't love these adorable strawberry tins to decorate their kitchen!?
There is nothing I don't like about this photo below!  I love everything from the tomatoes and plants in the window to the utensils on the wall, and the apron the grandma is wearing (trimmed in white ric-rack).  The little girl is adorable in that little dress, as she "helps" with the dishes.  I've never seen cupboard handles as fancy as those and LOVE the single sink with drain board!
Saw this one below on Facebook.  My answer to the question is YES!  A thousand times YES!  I would even tear out a cupboard to make room for this beautiful stove!
One more blissful kitchen scene from Pinterest...I think I'd have to change the wall color and flooring, but it's pretty cute!
And that's all for today.  Until another time, have a happy vintage day!

Monday, February 6, 2017

We've Been Busy Little Bees in Preschool

Some of you may have noticed that I've been off-line for quite some time.  One of the reasons is, along with the regular daycare duties I perform on a daily basis, I've added an hour or more of preschool everyday!  There is much planning involved in getting things ready for circle time, story time, art time, etc.  I've enjoyed it very much!
Here are some highlights from this past Fall and Winter
Creating Pizzas--A fun little game for writing numbers, counting and recognizing shapes.

Our circle-time board with the gourd and pumpkin that a friend brought for us to explore.
Our December circle-time board.  The children love taking turns being "teacher".
Gingerbread Friends!
We do many magnetic games on a magnetic tray or board. (I've since retired the cookie sheet because it was too small, and bought a larger magnetic board).  One of the magnetic games for January involves colored mittens (to work on color recognition).  It is a fun game where I hide a paper snowball behind a mitten and the children guess under which color mitten the snowball is hidden.
"Snowball snowball, cold and round
Under which mitten will you be found?"
Idea and poem found on Pinterest.
We do flashcard letters.  I know many teachers frown upon flashcards, but they seem to work best for my group.
As the months progress I add more activities to our circle time activities and the kids love it.  As soon as the baby goes down for her morning nap, the kids are begging for circle time and story time.
The paint can flash cards of different colors are a poem-movement activity that I found ages ago.  I hold up a paint can and the children say the color, the little poem that goes with the color, and do the movement. 
Red Red, touch your head.
Orange you see, slap your knee.
Yellow Yellow, shake like Jell-O.  (that's their favorite)
Gray Gray, shout Hurray! (their other favorite)
It goes on through all of the colors.  They love this one and it never seems to get old!
So, that is just a small sample as to why I have been away from blogging for so long.  I am super busy!  But, I hope with the new year ahead of me, I can find some time here and there to share some fun vintage things, creative projects, daycare projects, and summer road trips with you all!
Until another time, have a happy day!