Monday, April 22, 2013

“Yard-Long” Prints

Dealing in vintage items gives me the opportunity to learn something “new” almost every day. I often buy objects that I don’t know anything about, just so I can do research on them.

That was the case a few weeks ago when Mom and I spotted a framed print of a pretty lady with roses in her hair while shopping at an estate sale. We thought she was charming, so I bought her. The print is 36” tall and only 7” wide.

The only marking on the print is the name C. W. Henning so that was the beginning point of my research. I would love to have learned more, but I have found out that she is one of many “yard-long” prints featuring pretty ladies drawn by several artists of which C. W. Henning was one. She is called a “Pabst Girl” because this print is affiliated with the marketing of Pabst Extracts. The prints were distributed in the early 1900s, so I am thrilled that this print is in good shape despite its 100+ years of age.

I also learned that yard-long prints, both vertical and horizontal, were very popular at the turn of the 20th century. They featured not only pretty ladies, but animals and flowers too.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Well, Looky Here!

The classifieds were full of garage sale and estate sale ads last week. Mom and I sorted through them and charted our course to set out on the first mega-week of yard sale season. I logged over 100 miles on my car and wish that I could have scored just a few more goodies; however, we did find some treasures!

I was running low on platters, so I picked up these two….the top one is marked ironstone!!!

Mom spotted some pretty glassware at a church sale, so I selected a silver-rimmed ice bucket/tongs and an elegant butter dish.

Diamondpoint ice bucket, Windsor butter dish

We also found a couple 1950s insulated tumblers, a Mickey/Minnie Mouse juice glass and a Corning Ware trivet in a size that I’ve never seen before.

A colorful trio also came home with us…..a Swee-Touch-Nee Tea tin, a Ghirardelli chocolate can and a Fire-King Apple (Super Fruit) mug. Yay!

But the most unusual and fun find was looking up at me from a table full of miscellaneous kitchenware…..

It's a sugar bull!!!  

I’m linking to the following parties:

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

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Chalk Talk!

You already know that I love chalkboards. Chalkboards are fun! They’re fun to make! They’re fun to sell! I especially like to make them from unusual items like a piecrust tabletop…..

Even a plain chalkboard in a pretty frame is fun and functional…..

So I couldn’t resist this large 21 x 25 “already painted” aqua frame that I found at a rummage sale last weekend. I knew it would make an impressive chalkboard!

But such a large frame brings a unique challenge......what to write on the chalkboard to fill up some of that empty space while it’s waiting to be snapped up by its future owner?

A unique find at a church rummage sale yesterday gave me the possible answer. The graphics on the dust jacket of an old book jumped out at me. 

FUN WITH A PENCIL by Andrew Loomis. It was originally published in 1938 but my book was part of its 15th printing. That's an impressive run, don't you think?!? This book is the perfect example of how we once learned things by book instead of by YouTube. The illustrations are amazing and some of the text looks hand-lettered. Wow!

So why not use this book to have FUN WITH A PIECE OF CHALK?

I looked through the simple figures toward the front of the book and found these guys. The one on the right looked like my kinda guy!

So with a few FUN strokes of the chalk and some shameless advertising, I filled up that empty space….

Would my guy make you stop to shop???