Tuesday, August 4, 2015

For All Your Little Vintage Treasures

I love to make and wear jewelry. I also love to collect rhinestone brooches.  We all have our little vintage treasures.  It feels great to find a well-kept vintage treasure box, also called a jewelry box, in which to store those vintage rhinestone beauties.  

Here is a charming little Farrington original jewelry box with red velvet and satin lining on the inside and tiny red roses all over the outside.  Alas, I do not have the key to lock and unlock this sweet thing, but that certainly does not detract from all her charms.  It will travel with me when we take out the RV--after all, a girl's gotta have a place to keep her shiny stuff even when she's camping.

It is in incredible condition!  And the best part?  I paid $2 for it at a garage sale.  SCORE!

Farrington original Mid-Century jewelry box.

Love the tiny red roses all over this Farrington jewelry box.

Monday, August 3, 2015

There is Always Time for a Tea Party

Recently I decided to have a tea party for my friends.  We used china cups and teapots.  We had tiny little cucumber finger sandwiches, cream cheese finger sandwiches, home-made scones, a little crudite platter, cookies and cake.  Oh, did I mention real cream?  Have you ever had home-made scones with cream? All I can say is YUM.

The best part (after the yummy goodies) was getting to use fine bone china tea cups and vintage linens! We live in fast times full of technology and speed of light activities.  I recommend taking some time to brew a fresh cup of tea.  And use the good china.

Sutherland Fine Bone China Mid Century tea cup and saucer with gold rim and roses. 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

They Just Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To...

At the risk of sounding like my father, "They just don't make 'em like they used to."  He was a man who had the same wrist watch for his entire adult life--although he had to get a new band about every 10 years, the watch itself was the only one he owned. 

This well-made quality, I believe that this is one reason why vintage and antique items are so popular. There is a whole political discussion behind the "whys" of our not having quality anymore, from which I will refrain from delving into.  Vintage items have survived the test of time. And it seems like items we have now are made not to last but to be replaced.  I mean, how many $1 spatulas do we really need on this planet?  

I still have and use the cooking utensils that my mom and dad got when they first set up housekeeping.  I also have their full set of copper-bottom Revere ware pots and pans.  These fabulous kitchen wares are 56 years old and work wonderfully still!

I just adored these red handled utensils I saw in New Smyrna Beach the other day, especially the ice cream scoop, which I'm thinking I will scoop up to put in our vintage RV.   I also love the other scoop which makes me think of the scoops that used to be in the barrel of candy at the Hickory Farms store that was in the mall when I was a kid.  Happy memories and now my mouth is watering for horehound. 

Bake lite handled ice cream scoop, and other vintage kitchen
utensils at the Coronado Antique Mall in New Smyrna Beach, Vendor #11.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Feeling Good About Nostalgia

I admit that I can be sentimental. And the older I get, the more I find that I miss "the good old days." It's not that I don't appreciate all the technological advances of our modern society because I do and I use many every single day. It's just that I miss simple times. 

There is something about vintage items, especially if they are from my own childhood/young adulthood that brings me a bittersweet joy from the nostalgia.  Take these souvenir cups I saw at the Coronado Antiques Mall in New Smyrna Beach the other day...though I did not collect these as a child, I saw them many times as our family trekked across the country on our educational vacations (nope, Disneyland was not included in our vacation list, but I have seen just about every single Native American historical site, every graveyard of significance in the USA and every botanical garden in several countries). 

Back to these souvenir cups...just seeing them brought a flood of memories back to me of various vacations; a trip to the Grand Canyon, a very spiritually moving experience at Canyon de Chelly, memories of my mom as she enjoyed the blooms at The International Peace Garden.  I believe that it is the nostalgia and the enjoyment of easier times that now draws me to try to fill my home, office and RV with vintage goodies.  

The long and short of it is that vintage goods just make me feel good and, though this sounds sappy and a bit odd, they make me happy--even the stuff I wouldn't own in a million years.  

Souvenir china miniatures at #11 booth at
Coronado Antiques in New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Friday, July 31, 2015

Tic-Toc Vignettes

There is something about pulling together a variety of items to create a lovely little collectible vignette.  The rich expression of individuality and personality is part of what makes a house a home or a studio a haven.

Here is my latest vignette...having recently discovered that I adore vintage clocks...especially alarm clocks.  I sort of especially love that these are not working since I'm trying to live more in the now and having each one display a different time helps remind me that I'm right here, right now.

Vintage anniversary clock, and two alarm clocks make a charming dresser top vignette.
I'm trying to decide whether to put a vintage mirror or hand-embroidered linen runner or doily under these...what do you think?  Will it detract from the collection or add to the charm of the vignette?

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Royal Typewriter ISO Cozy Vintage Home

Don't you love it when you go to a flea market or estate sale and you find an amazing treat?  Look at this amazing find...so perfect for a writer's office or artist's studio, or just as a collectible piece in a home vignette. (Yes, it does have quite a bit of grimy patina and could use just a tiny bit of clean up.) This in a nutshell says Vintage.  If you are also ISO patina'd Royal Typewriter, contact us.  No, it is NOT in working condition and would need to have repairs.  Some parts (ribbon cover, for example) are missing.  All keys are intact.
A Wonderful Find.  1930s Royal Typewriter
 (has glass sides).  Needs some TLC but is looking
for a good home!  This baby is HEAVY.