Tag: Vintage

Decorating with Vintage Pennants

Vintage and retro travel ephemera is one of my favorite categories of art. I love that period of graphic design and adding a little kitsch to my home makes me smile. A while ago I purchased some vintage pennants and have been pondering where and how to use them. Today I’m rounding up a few ways I am considering how to display mine.

vintage pennants

My new collection!

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Vintage Patriotic

Slap me Silly Uncle Sam, I love the 4th of July.

(*Disclaimer: I say this about every holiday. I don’t know what it is about special occasions, but I love them.)

I came across this beautiful tablescape by Celebrating Moments by Marcie and wanted to share it with you!

Love the vintage suitcases as a table heightener!!

I love the button as the pinwheel center and raffia filler!

Paper straws always provide a fun, festive and vintage touch.

Just beautiful.

I love that she used tea-stained colors instead of the typical bright white, cherry red and navy blue.

Thanks for sharing Marcie!

I Official Declare Today the Beginning of:

Yard Sale Season!!

Check out my cool find:

It’s an old metal box with a glass window in the front and in great condition! I am going to use it in my kitchen to store large dry items like half-eaten bags of Tostitos, and rolls of rice cakes.

I’ve been trying to find some information on Delico Foods to find out some more about the box (which cost me a cool two George Washingtons).

All I’ve been able to find so far is this definition about the company from the trademark application:

Delicatessen specialties namely, food syrups, mustard, spices, soups, crystallized and powdered fruit and chocolate drinks, and puddings.

I also bought a rocking chair for $5! Right now it’s black with gold flowers on the top. I need to tighten up the one arm a little bit and I’m thinking about painting it. You may see it in a post in the future!

Have you started yard sale hunting yet this year?

Vintage St. Patrick’s Day: 4 leaf clovers are a-shining on me

St. Patrick’s Day is only 2 days away! Are you ready!? While CVS has plenty to offer if you’re looking for shamrock-glasses, Lucky Charms t-shirts or red, paper beards you tie to your face with an elastic band, it doesn’t really capture the nostalgia that I usually like to celebrate holidays with. (Although those paper beards were mighty tempting.)

I’ve gathered together a few images that are reminiscent of old-time St. Patrick’s Day.

1. A beautiful clover scarf pin – isn’t this stunning!? I just want to wrap a scarf around my head and ride around in a green convertible with big white sunglasses. I foresee driving towards a very large rainbow. ; )

2. A vintage 1960’s Vera Neumann hand-painted scarf from Etsy. I believe this could be my scarf from the aforementioned St. Patrick’s Day fantasy. Yes? In all seriousness, I love this pattern. It’s gorgeous. I have a box of old scarves from my Granna. They just don’t make textile design like they used to. *Sigh

3.Vintage 1890s Victorian lithographs of Irish sheet music – I love vintage prints! Jigging is required.By the way, there is an amazing old antique store my good friend Abs and I love to go to. They have tons of old sheet music. I could spend hours looking at them! The classic vintage design of the pieces are so unique and fun to look through. Also the titles of the songs are always hilarious – like “Clementine, You Butter Up my Heart”, “I’m Locking My Wife in the Closet” orĀ  “That Old Irish Mother of Mine”.

4. Clover Bottle Cap Charm. I feel like this is what a Leprechaun would give me if we met on the side of the road.

It’s just so sweet. It also reminds me of the Ellie Badge from “Up” and that movie makes me cry. Maybe that’s why I like it so much. (See Ellie’s Grape Soda badge below.)

Images from:

1. http://www.rubylane.com/item/617897-0451/10kt-Yellow-Gold-Scarf-Pin
2. http://www.etsy.com/listing/68869921/monochrome-clover-a-vintage-1960s-vera
3. http://www.etsy.com/listing/69072201/vintage-1890s-victorian-lithograph-irish
4. http://www.lollysmith.com/allshgi.html

Now just to clarify what kind of rainbow I’m talking about, see this photo below. I’ve never seen another rainbow like it! (Yes, that is me down in the bottom. Rockin’ my hoodie and jeans circa sophomore year in college.)

I must have found a four leaf clover today because today (the Ides of March no less!) is perfectly beautiful!! After all the snow Boston has gotten this year, I thought I’d never see the sun, ground, grass, gravel, dirt… anything underneath the 8 feet of snow and ice we had this year.)

Proof:

Cheer Up! and an Oz Tangent

I am not a morning person. But I MAY become one if I had this adorable carafe from NYC boutique Fishs Eddy:

I am also loving these vintage illustration Wizard of Oz cups. My mom would love them.

That reminds me. Did anyone else read the old Oz books? I was mesmerized by them as a child. The illustrations are fantastic. They don’t make books like this anymore.

I remember my FAVORITE was the Patchwork Girl. Looking back now, I’m not sure why. I’m surprised she didn’t scare me (she’s a little creepy looking, isn’t she?)

I LOVE books. I love to read them and I love beautiful bindings. I suppose it made perfect sense that I studied writing and design in school.

Does anyone else love going into used bookstores and looking for hours? My husband is quite patient with me. I could hide in a corner and peruse through books like this every weekend.

Images from:

http://www.fishseddy.com/browse.cfm/2,61.html
http://www.kellscraft.com/Scarecrowofoz/scarecrowofozcontent.html
http://www.rareozbooks.com/Frank-Baum-available-books.html