The holiday shopping season is upon us and it's sure to be crazy out there this weekend. I much prefer to avoid the crowds and shop online while relaxing in my favorite armchair with a cup of tea by my side. If you're like me, then be sure to peruse my Etsy shop on Friday for the start of a 20% off sale. There, you'll find a little bit of vintage everything.
Retro Christmas items are always nostalgic and fun. They are selling really fast this year.
A vintage personal-sized teapot with a matching handmade tea cozy is a thoughtful gift for the tea lover.
Vintage fun! I always stock an array of old toys in my Etsy shop, with even more coming soon.
Rustic relics like these make great gifts for guys.
Vintage aprons are both sweet and practical presents.
Kitschy canine collectibles are popular gifts for pet people.
Small vintage items make great stocking stuffers. In my shop, you'll find little mending kits, swatch portraits, a tiny children's book, miniature paintings, curtain tie-back holders, a Shawnee Pottery mini vase, metal tip trays and more.
My Etsy shop 20% off sale will run for five days. It begins on Black Friday, November 28 and goes through Tuesday, December 2. In order to receive the discount, you must use the coupon code SAVE20 at checkout.
I'll be listing additional items chock full of vintage appeal throughout December. So please stop back again!
John and I spent last weekend with friends on Cape Cod. While perusing a local antique shop, I came across a fun find — an American Airlines postcard from the 1950s.
Depicting the main cabin of a DC-7 Mercury, this 365 mph passenger plane provided non-stop service between Los Angeles and New York. Back then, air travel was a special event and folks wore their very best clothes for the occasion.
A quick Google search unearthed an image of the DC-7 as well as an AA promotional film about their cross-country service, below.
Warning: it's rather lengthy, and this is only Part 1. Part 2 and Part 3 can be viewed here and here. In its entirely, the promo is 30 minutes long — a bit of a snooze-fest, unless you're an aviation buff.
Google also dredged up an advertisement about this flagship service. Coast to coast in under eight hours, and that was three hours less than existing flight times. My, we sure have come a long way! Something to think about as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, undoubtedly the busiest travel time of the year.
I never pass up tattered old books with beautiful covers. Why, you may ask? Because I like to repurpose them into spiral-bound notebooks brimming with vintage appeal.
Here are my latest rescued relics . . .
Sunny Bunny, a darling children's book from 1918, sports an illustration of the title character playing a flute on the front and a group of his friends on the back. The inside has pictures of Sunny's family in the garden of their adorable pink cottage.
The First Book of Magic, a fun children's instructional book, was originally published in 1953. With a graphic of a top hat and magician's wand on the front, it also has magical illustrations on the inside front and back covers.
Heidi, this classic children's chapter book by Johanna Spyri, was published in 1954 as part of Doubleday's Junior Deluxe series of kids' books.
This Dana Girls Mystery Stories chapter book is from the 1950s. I like the illustration of the Dana Girls holding a holding a flashlight on the green tweed front cover, as well as the drawings of the sleuthing duo on the inside.
In 1931, The North American Almanac was considered the aristocrat of almanacs. It features a wonderful illustration of Viking ships at sea on the front and back covers.
These reclaimed books-turned-journals, along with other items made by me, can be found for sale in my Etsy here.
Ever wonder what to do with orphaned parts from vintage board games? At estate sales, I often come across ones where there's just enough of the game missing to render it un-playable. However, I rarely pass them by if they have usable pieces that can be up-cycled into something else, like Scrabble with its little wooden squares that creative folks incorporate into mixed media art. Or these cardboard letters, below, from an old game called Dig that I found at a recent barn sale.
The game had seen better days, but I knew its letter pieces would be fun to use in crafty ways. In a nice shade of Jadeite green, several have areas that have faded to a soft brown color. Shabby perfection.
Yesterday afternoon, using red and white baker's twine thread through a large embroidery needle, I began stringing together letters to make a little message garland. Sitting at my work table with my favorite music on, this simple project was very relaxing. Fun, too.
I think the finished garland is super sweet, perfect to place across a mirror, on a wreath, or just about anywhere. When time permits, I plan to make more with different messages like Happy Holidays, Welcome, etc. Then I'll list a few in my Etsy shop to see if they are sellable.
Any ideas as to what else I should spell out? If so, please let me know . . . Thanks!