Friday, October 30, 2009

a hat!

i've been meaning to show off the hat that i got from Littlebyrdvintage awhile ago, but since it hasn't been too cold yet, i kept forgetting.

however, the weather here turned sharply colder overnight and the trees are becoming more and more bare, and before we know it, it will be snowing! and while i'll still hold on to Fall for a little while longer, i believe i will be wearing my new hat in the coming week...winter or not!

i love this hat! (you can click on the photo for a better view) Rebekah of Littlebyrdvintage is so talented! she upcycles old sweaters into these wonderful flapper style hats. (she also make some amazing fingerless mittens, but i'll save that for another post!)

mine is made from a grey cashmere sweater and it is so very soft!

and i love the way it looks with my newly thrifted sweater that i found at Plato's of the few non overly teenagey things i've found there.

sorry for the grainy picture quality here. chalk it up to the aged mirror, poor lighting, and my limited photography skills. let's just pretend i antiqued it, okay?

p.s. the clump of black fur to the left behind me would be Gimli. he hangs out on those suitcases whenever i'm in the bedroom. the funny thing is, the green one that he lays on is tapered, but he seems unaffected by it. weird cat.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Vintage Black Friday No. 2

welcome back, Vintage Black Friday junkies! thank you again to Jill at Gypsy Brocante for hosting this fabulous party!

so i took these photos with the ones i took for last Friday's party, but i decided to save them for this week, rather than overwhelm you all!

i acquired this lovely old compact from my great great aunt many years ago. i actually carry it in my purse...why keep it shut up in a storage box? i took the original rouge tray out of it when i first got it, and it actually has enough room to store a few of my favorite jewelry pieces when i travel.

i love this old camera! i originally got it to use as a display piece, but when i discovered that it was still in working order (minus the flash), i got a whim to actually try to take photos with it! i found some old unopened film spools on ebay, and used them all. unfortunately i can't find any places that i trust to develop it...but the dream of having some neat "old" photos waiting for me is just wonderful!

vintage embroidery thread spool labels...aren't they lovely?

so this one might be a bit of a stretch since there's only a little bit of black...but i love it nonetheless! i found this old chipped black frame with the bird print already in it at the thrift store for 70 cents! old black frame + birds + 70 cents equals...well, wouldn't you have gotten it, too??

so that's it from me for this week, but be sure to check out the other AWESOME Vintage Black Friday party-ers at Gypsy Brocante!

thanks for stopping by!

P.S. several of you wondered about the new boots i mentioned on my Pretty Things post from earlier today. well, i posted a comment on that post and spilled my secret!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

pretty things

remember the silver pitcher i found at the thrift store for $3? i wanted some dried real hydrangeas for it, but i found these fake (gulp) ones at Michael's and thought they would do. plus it helped to have a nice little 40% coupon. i love, love, love that B monogram and the tarnished patina!

my lovely new old glass locket from BrianneLee (AWESOME shop!) i think this may actually be a piece of Victorian mourning jewelry. the side you see here has the original photo of a dapper looking gent, and the talented Brianne added a snippet of a Robert Browning poem to the other side. oh i love it so!

my FABULOUS clutch from Littlebyrdvintage. i carry it everywhere and always get tons and tons of compliments from strangers. it is very well made and i love that it is made from vintage materials, so it's environmentally friendly!

new boots! i don't need the jaws of life to zip these boots up (which is usually necessary for my "man-tastic" calves), so naturally i love them!

my little velvet pumpkins. they are handmade and have real pumpkin stems! sorry this picture is a bit dark, the color of the bigger pumpkin is a rich brown and the little one is a lovely grey/slate blue. they are so pretty together! a very dear friend graciously picked them out for me and sent them all the way from Portland, Oregon!

since the days are getting shorter and shorter, i decided our home needed some more warmth and sparkle. Edna graciously obliged.

and finally, my latest thrift store find: a wonder ball! i was so excited to find one that has the rubber stopper base. i think i'm going to fill it with leaves for the rest of Fall, and maybe put some pretty vintage mercury glass ornaments in it for Christmas.
what pretty things are inspiring you today?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

an award and some things about me

so, Rachel of A Little Bit Vintage gave me an award! i am thrilled and honored!

thank you, Rachel!

one of the rules of this award is to share 7 things about me that you may not know. and because it is a rainy Fall day and the week of Halloween, i'm going to go for a bit of a theme here...

1. when I was in kindergarten, my mom made me a "sack of potatoes" costume for my class Halloween joke. the costume featured an actual burlap potato sack, that i wore like a dress, and had "potatoes" (made of brown panty hose and cotton stuffing) sewn at the top around my neck. i even wore a piece of panty hose over my face so that my head was the biggest potato in the sack! i definitely stood out amongst the witches and vampires of my class!!

2. in seventh grade I memorized "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe in its entirety and recited it in front of my class. it was not a requirement and i was the only one in my class to do so, though i did get a trophy for it. i guess i have just always had a thing for Edgar (yes, we're on a first name basis). he had such a sad life, but what an artist!

3. a couple of years ago in October, our tv started randomly changing channels. it did it at least once a day for a couple of weeks, and then stopped on November 1st. at first i thought my husband was playing tricks on me from another room, but then it happened when he wasn't home. it was the freakiest thing i've ever experienced. we never did figure out what caused it and it hasn't happened since.

4. "The Village" is one of my very favorite movies. i love the autumnal setting and the creepiness ot it!!

5. i have never gone trick-or-treating. it's true! my family has never celebrated Halloween (beyond school parties and such), but don't worry, i got PLENTY of candy anyway!!

6. it was not an unusual thing to have bats get in the house while i was growing up...old house, old windows. it was always such a family ordeal when it happened that the memories i have are quite fond. and it probably helps that i like bats. the rest of my family is pretty much terrified of them.

7. i listen to George Winston's album "Autumn" every Fall (makes sense, right?). whenever i happen to hear a song from it, even if it is Spring, Summer, or Winter, i think of rainy nights and pumpkin candles. in fact, i'm listening to it right now.
and now i am supposed to pass this award on to 7 blogs, but i always have a hard time choosing. there are so many amazing blogs out there, and i'm so afraid to leave anyone out! i guess i'm just reliving the nightmare of always being picked last in gym class, and i don't want to do the blogging equivalent to someone else! i think all blogs are deserving because of the time and creativity put into each one, whether large or small, so please forgive me for skipping this part!
but i am going to ask that you DO leave a comment and share your favorite spooky, Halloween, or Fall memory!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Vintage Black Friday

i'm finally joining in on a Vintage Black Friday party, hosted by Gypsy Brocante!

i certainly do love me some vintage, but i didn't realize how much of it happened to be black!

my beloved Royal typewriter...someday i'll have the drawband repaired so i can write novels with it...ha! a girl can dream...

the latest member in my collection of old silhouettes...her name is Hazel and she is from 1929!

this "Big Ben" still ticks away...quite loudly, too

an American lit book from the 1920's that belonged to the sweetest little old lady who lived across the street from my family while i was growing up. her name is even written on the inside cover which is so dear to me.

and finally, a vintage playing card that my sweet friend gave me.

thanks for stopping by! now head over to Gypsy Brocante to see some more vintage black goods!

Friday, October 16, 2009

gotta hand it to me...

i just wanted to show off the latest addition to my spooky Fall good-ness...

a vintage porcelain glove mold!

you wouldn't guess it from the photo, but it is HUGE! over 14 inches tall! i love it! it is so creepy, and yet it's permanently waving, "Hi!" (at least that's what i tell myself so it doesn't freak me out!)

ok, off to have a cup of hot cider and find a good movie to watch!

how are you spending your Friday night?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

gypsy blood

i'm watching the leaves fall today, like gold glitter in a water globe. most swirl downward, but i saw one that was caught by the wind and i swear it was pulled higher than the tree that it came from. have i mentioned before that this is my very, very favorite time of year??? alas, no camera with me today, but i wouldn't be able to do those leaves justice anyway.

speaking of fall, i have an old, old copy of Bartlett's Quotations that belonged to my great great Aunt Leaflet. a couple of years ago, in October no less, i happened upon that book on my bookshelf and i pulled it down to look through it. an old envelope fell out the instant i opened the book, and on it was scrawled this stanza from "Vagabond" by Bliss Carman:

"There is something in October sets the gypsy blood astir;

We must rise and follow her,

When from every hill of flame

She calls and calls each vagabond by name."

amazing, isn't it? and exactly how i feel. every October. (google it, the whole poem is quite awesome!)

also loving right now:

vintage cologne bottles, those metal labels for old liquor decanters, oxidized silver chains, rhinestone costume jewelry, earthy linen, jadite, buttons, organic potatoes, and hot cider with cinnamon sticks.

what about you? what stirs your gypsy blood on this lovely October day?

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


i really love this fabulous piece that Michelle of StoryBookCharm put together. since i already have a glass display globe and silver pedestal dish, i decided to shamelessly copy her and create my own (shown below). good thing, too, or that one would be long gone from her shop! (P.S. just checked, and it's still available!)

i went a little crazy...oak leaf, old ribbon, vintage rhinestone hair ornament, floral frog, silver fork, and that fabulous photo of a pipe smoking sailor with his girl.

and as promised, a few photos of the vintage goodness my mama gave me:

spooky little bottles: these seem to be all the rage on Etsy right now for Halloween. i have some neat old label-less bottles that i will be listing in the shop soon...

milk bottle, clock, and my great grandmother's tarnished silverware.

the milk bottle in its new home, next to my new old scale! i was supposed to sell the scale for my mama...until i got it home and realized it was, in fact, the perfect place for my thrifted china bowl. i'm sorry, mom! i am so very, very weak! (don't judge until you are faced before an old chippy scale yourself)

this is a random photo i took while visiting an old church this past weekend. this particular room happens to be in the upstairs of the former manse (parsonage) that is now connected to the church. i love that cracked pink wall and old white door!

and finally, the biggest reason for my title: my beloved Mexican Coke. glass bottle, real bottle cap (one that requires an opener!), and no high fructose corn syrup!

disfruta, indeed!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

fresh in the shop

i am feeling so very inspired by this rainy October night! i've spent much of the evening photographing and listing some new vintage goodness in the shop. i am so thrilled with my new shoe crate for photographing! Of course, it's a bit of a pain to lug over to my good lighting spot (which is unfortunately right in front of the door). but it's totally worth it!

i forgot to mention some of the other vintage lovelies that came home from my parents' house with me (and are staying!): an old chipped-paint Hanson scale, a glass milk bottle from a local dairy, a green Waralarm alarm clock, some old tarnished silverware, and three spooky little glass bottles with labels intact. hopefully i'll have some time later this week for some leisure photography!

but for now, here are some photos of my favorite new things in the shop:

E. Ingraham "Harmony House 8 Day" alarm clock: still works!

little silverplate bowl, lovely and sweet

four melmac cups in a pretty soft blue color

a working Westinghouse fan, in fabulous condition

there is more good stuff that i listed with these, but i'll let you check them out for yourself!

and now, i think this rainy evening requires a candle and a cup of hot tea. and some of my favorite big band songs, including "The White Cliffs of Dover" and "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree", both of which my Grammy used to sing to me when i was a little girl!

how do you enjoy your rainy nights?

Monday, October 5, 2009

from the weekend...

i had a super nice time visiting with my parents this weekend. unfortunately my poor mama has had bronchitis so she was a bit worse for the wear. but i think we had fun least i did. it was good and rainy for much of the weekend, perfect for relaxing and thrifting...and ice cream: the good old 'rents were kind enough to surprise me with a trip to one of my favorite childhood ice cream haunts! thanks, mom and dad!

i was also able to get outside between drizzle spells to get some photos of the vivid colors that the rain brought out. i am so thankful that it is finally really Fall. welcome, October!

how was your first weekend of October?

Saturday, October 3, 2009

i'm at my parents' house this weekend and having a grand old time!

just a sneak peak at a few things coming home with me, some for me, some for the shop.

old shoe crate turned nuts and bolts bin, from the town hardware that closed years ago. the owner was a friend of the family and gave a lot of stuff to my dad when the store shut down. this has been in my dad's barn for quite awhile. and he was only too happy to pass it along to me...there is something good on every side!

another those cubbies!

view of the back

some wooden crates and a tackle box that will be going into the shop...

more fun things from the barn: old liquor bottles, military shaving mirror, wooden fiber and whalebone brush, glass Blue Coral Carwax jar, part of an old wooden cigar box, toothbrush holder, and an old padlock.

a few thrift store finds: mustard yellow suitcase, owl clock, four small framed prints, brass snail, silverplate bowl, and four melmac cups, all going into the shop eventually.

and i've got lots more stuff from the basement that i haven't photographed yet. it is going to be a busy week indeed!

any good thrifting finds for you lately??