Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Holidays!

May you and yours have a blessed Christmas!

And whatever the New Year brings us,

Keep Your Head Up
Keep Prancin’

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Back to the Future?

‘Tis the season for giving the gift of time. Have you noticed all of the 2013 calendars in the stores? There’s a calendar for the hobby or interest of almost everyone on your Christmas list. I took this picture in Big Lots just this morning.

There have always been paper calendars to give; but not too long ago it was popular to give calendar towels. The recipient could hang it up and refer to it all year, then extend its usefulness by using it to dry dishes in the years that follow. I think I even saw a 2013 calendar towel a couple of weeks ago! Now why didn't I buy it????

I still find colorful vintage calendar towels from time to time. They are especially fun to own if the year is a birth year for a family member or special friend. Many of them are made of 100% linen.

Here are a few of the calendar towels I have in the booth now……

A couple from the 90’s……

One from 1987…..

Two from 1972….

One from 1971….

And even one from 1964…..

Do you own any vintage calendar towels???

I’m linking to the following parties:

Vintage Thingie Thursday at The Coloradolady
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove

Monday, December 3, 2012

Who’s That Kissing Santa Claus?

The yard sales yielded a few vintage Christmas items last month that I want to share with you…..

This lovely bell-shaped dish intrigued me when I saw it; but, when I turned it over I was surprised and thrilled to find that it was manufactured by Holt Howard in 1964.

And check out this delightfully happy Santa!

He’s actually printed life-sized on a vinyl door panel....

I can’t decide whether or not to open the package. I’m guessing it’s from the 60s or 70s?

Finally …..Who IS that Kissing Santa Claus?

When I found this ceramic music box, I thought the pretty lady with Santa was Mrs. Claus in her green fur-lined dress; however, the music box plays “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus!”

So who IS that kissing Santa Claus???

I’m linking to the following parties:

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm

Monday, November 26, 2012

Pick While You Can!

It pays to pick while the picking’s good, because the holidays usually mean the end of yard sales for the season. Yes, there are thrift stores, but I often get sticker shock at the price of vintage items there. I even sell some of the same items for less than the thrifts!

I did save a couple of items to show you that I picked up a couple of weeks ago. My best recent find was this awesome crocheted apron that I found on a table piled with old clothes.

I usually look past the clothes, but I guess that red edging caught my eye.  I’m just now showing it to you because I had to soak it for a week to remove some stubborn stains; however, she’s a cutie now!!!

I’ll always pick up an old dishcloth made from a flour sack, especially one that has been embellished with some sweet embroidery.

The milk glass salt and pepper shakers were made by Westinghouse and are “go-alongs” with Corning Ware’s Cornflower Blue pattern.  

I’m grateful that I have taken my own advice and “picked while the picking's good,” because keeping the booth replenished this month has kept me busy. But reworking and “fluffing” the booth has given me the opportunity to visit with some of my faithful customers and meet new ones. Thanks to those of you that have shopped with me and those that have taken the time to introduce yourself….It’s been a thrill to visit with you!!!

Happy Holiday Picking!!!

I’m linking to the following parties:

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Octagon Soap

Do you remember Octagon Soap?

I found an old bar at a yard sale this weekend. My Mom never used Octagon Soap but I knew it had been around quite a while. I did a little research and here are some interesting things I found out…..

Even though I found at least one site claiming that Octagon Soap was no longer being made, I easily found it on Amazon for $3-$6 a bar. My bar has a 59 cent price tag so I guess it’s been around a while.

Octagon Soap, made by Colgate-Palmolive, was originally advertised as laundry soap over 100 years ago, but many other uses can be found by doing some quick online research. Here are a few……

Hand washing
Clothes stain remover
Grease cutter
Cabinet/appliance cleaner
Tile cleaner
Acne remedy
Deer and rabbit garden repellent
Poison ivy/oak remedy

I guess Colgate wasn’t kidding when they claim Octagon to be an “All-Purpose” soap!

Speaking of deer, look who was eating the knock-out roses outside my office window one day this week. Maybe that bar of Octagon might come in handy!!! ……Actually, she visits often and I enjoy her visits but I hope she leaves a few roses on the bush!!!

Please forgive the glare from my window!

Have you ever used Octagon Soap?

I'm linking to the following party:

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Cool Weather Finds

Cooler weather usually means fewer yard sales, so I was pleasantly surprised to find several listed in the paper last weekend. Mom and I bundled up and headed out to see what we could find.

Here are a few of the things we picked up for the booth....

A Fire-King Primrose loaf pan, a vintage tumbler and 2 enamelware spoons,

A pretty CarltonWare leaf dish,

A Charles Cookie can and an old Purex bottle,

And a twisted metal double-candleholder.

I had sold all of my vintage owls, so I was happy to find some owl bells and a tiny owl figurine.

Have the yard sales tapered off where you live?

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Those “Snowmen” and Other Projects

Remember these little snowmen from the end of my last post?

Some of them "stand"

Some of them "hang"
Yes, I made them myself from vintage glass ornaments and bits/pieces of vintage trims; BUT, they were totally inspired by Amy at Into Vintage. Amy is uber creative and has the most wonderful “eye” for vintage items. Go check out her blog….you won’t be sorry!

Equally inspired are these salt shaker snow people....

They were inspired by the uniquely creative imagination of Jane at Mamie Jane’s. Jane always amazes us with her trash-to-treasure creations. If you don’t already follow Jane, go do it now!

Thank you Amy and Jane for sharing your inspiration with us all!!!

My versions of the snowmen ornaments and salt shaker snow people are available in my booth along with a few small chalk paint projects that I didn’t get to post last week due to the internet outage. If you looked really really close, you might have spotted them in my Open House photos.

I “heart” this little green stool and the wooden tote/tool carrier....

An old mirror and a gorgeous carved frame got new life with a coat of creamy chalk paint.

Finally, I updated this wooden, footed bowl and I couldn’t resist embellishing just one more apothecary bottle.

Have you started your Holiday Projects?

I’m linking to the following parties:

Vintage Thingie Thursday at The Coloradolady
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove
Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground

Monday, November 5, 2012

Open House 2012 Photos

Open House 2012 was amazing!!! We shopped, ate, claimed door prizes, won gift certificates, visited with old friends and made new friends.

I’m so sorry that I wasn’t able to post preview pics of the Open House, but my house had a very ill-timed, 3-day internet/cable interruption and I wasn’t able to post. I did take plenty of pictures once I finished my displays, so here’s a peek of the booth. Warning: lots of pictures! I hope you enjoy them and that they will put you in the holiday spirit!!!

These little guys were also in attendance.....

I’ll give you the scoop on them next time!

I’m linking to the following parties:

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm