Wednesday, October 7, 2015

What I've Been Up to: A Whirlwind of Vintage!

Just in case you were wondering
if I've found or listed anything new lately...
I have...mostly listed things, 
however... in between
 Nutcracker rehearsals,
a trip to the lake,
2nd grade homework,
shop orders, laundry,
cooking, scrapbooking,
Fall decorating,
Tech Team at
my church,
and a
A tornado.
It was small.
Only an F1.
But still.
And I'm not sure I've fully re-covered
from the Nutcracker birthday party.
Through all of that, I've been busy loading
 as much as I can into my Etsy shops.
Everything in the collage above is done.
As well as everything below:
While I'm not that into blue I think
 this train case still has great appeal.
It is in my AntiqueRetroactive Etsy shop.

I found these two Roald Dahl books,
the author of the famous
"Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory."
Turns out these books would be worth a ton
if they were first editions. Since my
copies are not, I'll see what happens
with Fantastic Mr. Fox and
also from the same era.
If you're not into Roald Dahl, then
how about some Thackeray?

that I listed recently.
Was thinking if it didn't sell....
I just might have to keep it!
I'm also digging into
my Christmas goodie stash.
Can I get a Yeeee haaaaah!
I'm sure the dust bunnies
are gathering an army
by now but 'tis the season
for sellers!
Stay tuned for a sneak peek
at what Santa Bella is pulling out
of her sack...
Linking to:
What's It Wednesday

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Let's Talk Vintage #52: Vintage Books: Judging Them By The Covers

Welcome to Let's Talk Vintage!
If you found yourself reading this post
then you are probably someone who
loves vintage, decorates in a vintage
style, or perhaps you like to sell
vintage stuff, like I do.
Every Tuesday morning I host this
blog linky party to gather bloggers
and sellers together in one place,
to hang out, so to speak,
in blog land. That is a
real place, isn't it?
This week I'm sharing a peek
into my vintage book collection.
It is not super huge, but enough that I
needed a decent amount of shelf space
to display them. To me, they are more
than just stories on paper.
I see them as individual
pieces of vintage art.

Luckily, our 1970's Tudor had these
wonderful book shelves so I can
share their beauty with anyone
who comes to visit us.

One of my first books was the O. Henry novel,
 Heart of the West. I think it was in my
 Grandmother's things that no one wanted.
It is not very fancy. Plain and Simple.
But it was one of my first.
I found many of them in New England.
And plenty of them here,
in good 'ol Pennsylvania.

I love the details on the covers,
 as well as what is on the spine.
Just look at the gold gilded titles! 
One year my Father was visiting and he
was compelled to grab one of the U.S. history
books and we  were fascinated
 by what he was reading.
I've even sold some.
This one was in such good condition,
it almost looked brand new.

This is not my first time writing
about my love for old books.
I've pinned many of my posts onto
Pinterest so you may see some of my
books floating around on there.
Between my LuRay dinnerware
and my old books, I have plenty
to look for when I go antiquing.

But the thrill of the hunt is
always what keeps me going!
How about you, what do you collect?
What is your passion when you
go hunting for vintage?

Here are this week's features:
shared her Fall front porch.
She's got the vintage bug and I love how
she uses her finds for all
of the seasons!
Newcomer, Carmen of Carmen Whitehead
 Designsshared with us how
 she decorated her vintage breakfast nook.
Let's give her a big LTV welcome!
shared her Paris thrifted finds
with us. It is her favorite city!
And it is always a hit with me,
too! The Hubby and I went to
Paris for our honeymoon.
And while we are talking about Paris,
check out Diana of Adirondack
she gave this side table a makeover
with a French theme. Love it!


If you've been featured, be sure
to add this graphic to your blog roll!

Thank you all, for linking,
joining, and partying with me
each and every week. You
are all truly blessings to me! 

Now it's your turn:
Let's Talk Vintage!

Linking to:
What's It Wednesday

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Let's Talk Vintage #51: An Adirondack Apple Festival

Hello and Welcome to "Let's Talk Vintage!"
This is the place to share your latest finds,
 show us your vintage inspired projects,
wares, photos, family history, you name it!
If you love vintage then you've
 stopped at the right place.
This week I am sharing a few snapshots
of my weekend in the Adirondack
While hunting for vintage on Saturday morning, my friend and I heard some ladies talking about going to the local "Apple Festival."
My ears perked up and after we made
our purchases, we headed on over.
They were making apple cider
 and pie using the old apple/cider
 press you see in the top left corner
of my collage.

I thought it was awesome
that it was still in use. Even more
awesome was the cider
and the yummy treats for sale!

Then we checked out the rest
 of  the vendors and there
were some really fun booths.
From vintage inspired to hand made to
hand written, it was all spectacular!
And what beautiful, crisp,
clear Fall weather we had.
Of course I will share my finds
from that morning... later on this week!
 I just got back late yesterday
so I am going to keep this post short.
Let's just go ahead and check out
this week's features!

Sarah of Sadie Seasongoods shared
some "school inspired" projects
that will be sure to keep
you at the top of the class.
I loved this ruler clock! Brilliant!
had so many beautiful
vignettes in her post, I had
 a hard time choosing just one!
Tangle, shared her latest and very
unique estate  sale treasure.
If you haven't seen her post already,
can you guess what it is?
Really can't wait to see what she
does with it!

and  Linda of My Sweet Cottage not only

 shared her flower frog collection,
but she also gave some really
good info on them and how to
use them for the best centerpieces.

If you were featured, be
sure to grab the "My blog
was featured button!"
Now it's your turn:
Let's Talk Vintage!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Let's Talk Vintage #50: A Nutcracker Birthday Party

Welcome to Let's Talk Vintage!
Today I am taking you all along on a journey into
 the Land of Sweets via the Russian Nutcracker ballet, 
which first made its debut, in December of 1892.
It was a celebration of my sweet Bebe's 7th birthday.
Her wish this year was to have a "Nutcracker Party." 
Being the forever fan of the ballet myself,
I was just as excited to plan it.
Here is a little history from Wikipedia:
The Nutcracker is a two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (op. 71). The libretto is adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann's story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. It was given its première at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on Sunday, December 18, 1892.

Although the original production was not a success, the 20-minute suite that Tchaikovsky extracted from the ballet was.

However, the complete Nutcracker has enjoyed enormous popularity since the late 1960s and is now performed by countless ballet companies, primarily during the Christmas season, especially in the U.S. Major American ballet companies generate around 40 percent of their annual ticket revenues from performances of The Nutcracker.
Hang onto your sleigh.... here we go!
(Photos by two of my gal pals,. I'm so thankful to them
for taking pictures while I was running the party.)

After looking on Pinterest for several weeks,
I created this backdrop and snowy scene...
for eye appeal as soon as you walked in.
Much of the décor I already had, and
some of the items were purchased
at thrift shops.
A sparkling tree graced the table, a purchase that I made several years ago from Katie's Rose Designs.  White lights covered by snowy garland gave a wintery effect.
I've been collecting silver plated trays for a while now and they came in handy for this table. One is holding "thank you" goodies that I gave to each girl as she left.
(Treat boxes by Martha Stewart.)


Another held spritz cookies which are

 popular at Christmas time.

I actually used a vintage cookie
press we found at a sale a couple of years ago.

I named them "Clara's Cookies"
 with a pink label and white ribbon.
(Labels were from Party City.)
Other sweet treats were given
the same look with labels like:
"Little Doll Sweets" and "Fritz Sticks"

 Homemade cupcakes with white icing
were bedazzled with silver
and pink sugar sprinkles.


As the story goes, in her dream,
Clara turns into a princess.
Well, I found this beautiful pink
 ball gown with sparkling silver
beads at our local Goodwill.
They had it in the Halloween
costume section.
I was in disbelief that it was there!
So of course I bought it!
It was the perfect touch.
I labeled it "Princess Clara's Gown."  


The big snowflakes in the background were found at the thrift shop up near our lake house. I've been collecting things to use for a few months now.
I had so much fun planning and setting up the party.
I even had a few surprises
for the little attendees.
The Sugar Plum Fairy stopped by for a visit
and performed the dance from the show.
She is one of the senior dancers
from Bebe's dance studio. I was very
impressed and her talent was amazing!
I was almost in tears. You're laughing
right now but it was true!
(My Dear Hubby also wore a Nutcracker/soldier
 costume to greet guests as they arrived.)

We played "Pin the moustache on the Nutcracker."
My drawing wasn't too bad! I printed the "moustaches"
on my computer using Word clip art.
The girls also made their own
Nutcrackers and I just love how
cute they turned out. It was a
free printable I found online.
Before they left the girls signed
a snowflake wreath so Bebe
could remember who came
to her 7th birthday party
in the land of sweets!
Thanks so much for taking the time
to check out the great fun we had
celebrating 7 years with Bebe...
can't believe how fast the years go!
Here are this week's features:
Rita of Panopoly shared her Fall Home Tour
with us. I just loved her use of the
antique exercise pins and all of the other
creative touches that inspired her. Great motivator
for me to get out my autumn décor!
and Sam at Raggedy Bits shared this
amazing side table! Love how the
vintage paper theme totally
changed the look of it!
and Liz our latest LTV newcomer
(all the way from Scotland)
shared from her blog, Shortbread & Ginger ,
her awesome charity shop find...
and some "local history on a plate!"
shared her rosy Fall tablescape.
Her combination of pastel, bright,
and warm hues created
an amazing palette!
Remember, if you were featured,
feel free to use the LTV button
on your side bar.
A big thank you to all who
participate. This party would be
pretty boring without you!
Now it's your turn:
Let's Talk Vintage!


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