For Tracey's Vintage Photo Friday. I would love to tell you about this photo, but I'm not sure what it is. My Aunt thought it was a women's suffrage parade, but my Grandmother was also part of a group of women who helped soldiers. It's vintage and I thought you would enjoy looking at the old cars and little baby buggy on the left. A bit of advice for those of you who still have parents and grandparents; ask them to sit down with you one weekend and write on the back of old photos who the people pictured are. You may not be interested now, but one day you will be and it may be too late to ask. I'm sure they would love your undivided attention as they walk down memory lane. Oh, and write on the back of your photos with a photo safe pen - you know who is pictured, but one day a relative will have no idea.
Admit it now, you are jealous of my new super heroes cross stitch book I bought on EBay. There are more for sale there, and you can use "buy it now" to avoid the stress of checking if you have been outbid every 10 minutes. The first thing I noticed about the book is the child on the front that appears to be giving the Nazi salute, but I think he is flying like Superman...or is he? Who is the employee at Leisure Arts who saw the picture and paused, but went ahead anyway because it was almost time to go home? You thought no one would notice, but here we are 10 years later discussing the cover.
I want to make something with the little Batman circles pictured above. I'm not a fan of doing cross stitch, so I may try one, and if it takes too long I'm going to use the patterns for regular embroidery.
Every man wants to come home from a long day at the office to see his wife in this snazzy Superwoman denim shirt; they all match!
I'm going to pretend that I will start working on this immediately.
I bought this little set from Three Potato Four months ago. I didn't put it together because I stashed it away like I do all the vintage toys I buy "for the kids," afraid that they would damage it. It's a sickness, so I got over it and put it out for them to enjoy. Oh, how I love paper toys.
You can move in if you would like, please choose a house and a job. We have openings at the beauty salon, barber shop, school, fire department, grocery store, and the burger 'n fries restaurant. Wal-Mart wanted to open a store here, but we said, "No thanks, we don't want your giant cardboard box here."
I'm going to live here; not the best looking house, but there is pie!
No town is perfect, there is a school bully. Watch out Timmy, he's waiting for you at the bottom of the slide!
I picked up some old cigar boxes from a store that gives them away and converted them into treasure boxes for my kids. They like to collect little things like rocks, smashed pennies, acorns, or other items that need a special place. I aired out the boxes a day in the sun, pulled some of the paper lining out of the box and painted the edges. If you are not as lazy as I am, I would recommend painting the entire box before you decoupage. Some of the images on the box peeked through the paper on places that were not painted.
I bought some vintage children's books and layered the images on the box, letting each layer dry before adding another. I would also recommend planning your design. I didn't and ended up cutting some pictures too small and spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to "fix" things. I was inspired by Pixiegenne's lovely train cases, which are works of art. It was hard for me to cut the vintage books up, and I kept some of them intact because they were too sweet to cut.
I glued fabric on the inside, keeping it away from the edges so the box will close.
I'm going to redo the fabric on this one. I was running low on fabric glue, so I used another craft glue and it did not dry clear. There are also a lot of places that did not stick, so it looks bumpy. If you use a thick fabric for the lining, the missed spots will not be as noticeable. I want to find some pirate map paper and make one of these with a pirate theme. The kids seem to like their boxes and enjoy opening the lid and peeking at their tiny treasures.
I've been buying vintage books this summer at yard sales and some on Etsy for a project I am working on. My plan was to cut images from the books, but these are too sweet to destroy.
This image is from a camping book - remember the good old days when seat belts were optional?
I bought this one because the Bozo show was something we always watched as kids. Was he popular outside of Chicago? Remember the Grand Prize Game? This book turned out to be a little disturbing. Bozo is packing heat:
...and likes to punch animals. I love when you find old books that are no longer PC. One of my friends has a Curious George book where George and the man with the yellow hat relax at the end of the book with a cigarette. What is your favorite book from childhood? I am still looking for this book my brother and I used to obsess about; it was a collection of stories, but the one we liked was about water babies who lived underground. We tried to dig a hole in our backyard to go swim with them, but never made it.
The October book club (Halloween theme) choices are up for vote until September 26th. Two are from the Lost Book Club and one is a book I keep picking up and putting down at the book store. Now that the weather is getting colder, I hope some of you join in. It's lonely over there...
Back again. This is an embroidered tree skirt that I picked up from the yard sale mentioned below. The fabric is in poor condition, but I'm going to cut the embroidered pieces out an either make another tree skirt or a wall hanging.
These are aprons, which I believe she made. I'm not sure if I should use the trim in other projects or give the aprons as gifts.
Anyone who owns an apron like this is someone I want to know. Wouldn't you love a grandmother who wore this? I'm going to give this one away here, maybe include it with some Halloween type items at the beginning of October.
I hope if this lady is looking down on us, she is happy to know that the things she found precious are being enjoyed by other generations. What a wonderful person she must have been. I can just imagine how lovely her home looked during the holidays.
Last year I went to a yard sale that only had Christmas decorations; hundreds of things and many vintage. I bought some ornaments and the woman told me that her mother had died and they were trying to sell all of her holiday decorations, because she was really "into" Christmas. They said she had a tree in every room and started decorating at the beginning of November and to check back this summer because this was only the tip of the iceberg. (I wish I had my camera to show you how many things were laid out.) So today I passed the house and noticed they were having another sale. I drove home and told my husband, "Give me your birthday cash!" When I went back I thought I was going to have a heart attack, pee my pants, or both. The entire yard was filled with Christmas; at least 50 wreaths, 10 boxes of garland, boxes of cat only ornaments, Swedish decorations, and lots of vintage and weird decorations. Now, some of you may laugh at my purchases, but I love kitchy holiday stuff, like this Santa holding a turkey that I bought today;
You can sleep well knowing that this will be on our tree this year.
This doll is the favorite item I bought today. Most would walk by it and think that she looks a little creepy, but she is a Tomte or Nisse (I'm not sure if this is the correct name for a female). Look at the detail on her dress and her stripped stockings;
Vintage Scandinavian ornaments - I love the little Lucia.
Now that I look at these little elves close, I think they look kind of evil...
Do you think it would be wrong to repaint the mushroom in red and white? I think it's for incense or a small candle.
This is when I started to get carried away, I do not need these things, but I felt bad for the old lady who died and thought I had to rescue them and give them to someone who would appeciate their charm (you may see one of these items in a future giveaway).
I have more photos to share, but Typepad is giving me trouble with this post, so I will put the rest up tomorrow.
This weekend I drove 10 miles to an old woman's house that promised a 42 year clean out and plenty of vintage items in her yard sale ad. At $4.19 a gallon for gas, I usually don't drive that far for a yard sale, but the ad intrigued me. Her clean out consisted of some old roller skates, hats, an air cleaner, and a deflated basket ball for $5. When I refused to buy my son a $5 deflated basketball he threw a temper tantrum, kicked her table and we left, but then I noticed her neighbor was having a yard sale, and I found this vintage train case. I bought it for the kids to put toys in, but now I may keep it for myself. Should I cover it with fabric, or keep it as is?
It still has the mirror in good condition. We bought a few other miscellaneous items-Bat Girl:
This is Bat Girl and not Cat Woman, right? Doesn't she look like someone just kicked her in the behind?
Fabric tape; I don't know if it's vintage and I honestly don't know how you can tell what fabric/ribbon is vintage, unless it looks really old and smells like mold.
I felt like we were in a groove, so I decided to take my chances with the resale shop on the way home - the one that has lots of little china pieces sitting on the edges of tables. So I had to threaten my kids the entire time and then they BOTH had to go to the bathroom, and not #1...so I had to stand by this tiny bathroom in a room full of china while each child did the deed. Sorry. We did find some things, and the little old ladies who worked there were very kind, but I doubt I will go back with my kids.
The condition of this book is not that good, but I bought it for the images to use in a project. Now, I don't know if I can cut it.
I love this illustration; dogs and cats, mice and cheese...all living in perfect harmony. Maybe this could be the new logo for the upcoming election? I hope you enjoyed your weekend.
We took the kids last weekend to their first drive-in movie. When we were younger, this was a fun place to go, but we usually parked in the back-the old people park in the first three rows (notice where we are). The movie was Indiana Jones, which was completely inappropriate for a 4 and 3 year old, but we thought they would fall asleep and we could make-out eat all the candy in peace. No, they were in for the long haul. They loved going and I hope when they are older these type of theaters are still around.
I don't think they have changed much at this drive-in, which is good because it makes it more charming. These pictures are inside the concession area.
I hope you still have drive-in theaters in your town; I know most of them are closing. It's a great place to people watch too; a lot of drinking (even though it is prohibited), grilling, and lawn chair situating that makes a little stroll through the lot interesting.
This blog's anniversary is June 3rd and I am planning a giveaway, so please stop back. You have until Sunday to enter, so there will be plenty of time. I also wanted to have a summer themed photo week (June 16 - 20) to celebrate the official beginning of summer - I will give more details by the end of the week. I hope you had a nice weekend.