Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Beauty Is In The Details

I’ve always been a believer in the details when it comes to mid-century vintage. So I’ve collected things that a vintage modern woman should have, down to the cosmetics, perfumes and such.

Mom owned those greenish gold cats eye glasses.

And I try to group thing by color, if possible. If not, well, close enough.

But sometimes it’s a label design, or a tiny velvet bow around the neck of a tiny perfume bottle that gets my attention.

Red Bakelite handles on a little cardboard jewelry box.

The black poodle telephone dialer (so we ladies don’t break a nail), the marquisate lizard pin and rhinestone bracelet and pins Mom gave me.

And I believe even little drawers should contain vintage things.

I adore the little purse sized hosiery kits they made for ladies on the go, to repair a little run.

And more hosiery kits shaped like little matchbooks, an old gum wrapper, razor blade wrappers with amazing graphics.

Rouge for our lips and cheeks, care for our nails, color for our hair and soap flakes for our lingerie.

Yes, I believe beauty is in the details, and beauty should be in every nook and drawer you open.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Favorite Things

I love the photos many of you take of your own favorite things, usually around your house.

My favorite things are often things my Mom had, or made or gave to me.

She made both of us a Button Baby, a vintage style adorable tea-dyed cloth stuffed baby doll with a head made of pink buttons, and lace and more buttons. She used to pretty much hand sew all of her dolls unless I insisted on helping her and running up a few on my old sewing machine that she couldn’t use.

I love the color of these Fall Berries and cloisonné necklace beads (Mom owned) against this vintage bowl. I even love the crazing and crackling in the bowl:

I didn’t know Mom had these tin-types until after she passed away and I went through her room. The one gent on the right is my great, great grandfather on her side (of her Moms’ side) of the family, taken about 1918 or 1919. And that is my great, great grandmother as a girl in the left of the photo on the left.

Thankfully she went through most of the photos and labeled them on the back, otherwise I wouldn’t have a clue as to who they were.

I love these old vintage composition baby dolls Mom had. She has a couple more, which I must get out. The poor darling on the right needs her hair combed:

I discovered these colonial figurines in Mom’s boxes of miniature Christmas village:

They have such sweet little faces:

And the “missing Madonna” we had misplaced for years. Mom, I found it in the box of Christmas ornaments! I wish I could tell her:

She wasn’t religious, but she loved her Madonna statues and angels.

And look at these two adorable teeny, tiny metal dolls she had:

The baby on the left is jointed! I think it went with another little tiny cloth doll she bought. The Kewpie is so charming. The vintage little tray they are in is 3” to give you an idea for scale.

And finally the vibrant colors of silk Fall leave garland against the vintage Majolica (?) blue-turquoise fish patterned bowl:

I want to keep taking photos of Favorite things, and start taking photos of my Moms photographs to post, but I want to find a more dedicated image host before I put up images I want to last a long time, just to be sure.

I think part of it is because I miss Mom so much, and partly because my dear friend lost everything he owned in a brush fire that claimed his house. He lost his entire life of possessions in that fire, photos included. So that plays on my mind a lot. I want photos and memories to be stored somewhere safe, just in case.

Even More Vintage and Mid-Century Halloween Photos

I love looking at the old photos, don't you?

They mostly used costumes that were in the shape of clown costumes:

How cute is this?

Monday, September 28, 2009

Thank you!

Thank you, I now have 50 followers!

Now, please can someone tell me how I find all the blogs I am following? I can find the last 5 on my profile, but I want to go back and read more of your blogs!

If you don't join mine, I'm not sure how to see the one's I have joined. Boo. =(

Halloween Holiday Chaos

As I look at some of your wonderful blogs, I feel like a hobo sometimes ha ha. My own blog still a bit plain, my photos without much commentary, my home eons away from decorating.

The living room not yet cleared for painting and floor sanding, and what do I do? I pull all of the holiday boxes out of the hall closet to try and streamline what I have.

The hall closet was just too full of “stuff.” I must have been crazy to pull all this out.

Why does my “stuff” never look as good as others’ stuff? It’s simply boxes of chaos!

It’s so difficult sometimes to shave down what we have, isn’t it?

This is harder than I thought it was going to be.

And another box of vintage Christmas things I picked up over the years.

I hope to aspire to what many of you already have, and hope to reach the point where I can finally complain only about the dust on my already finished and decorated house.


In the meantime, I hope you will excuse my mess!

More Vintage and Antique Halloween Photos

Not all mid-century, but I love checking out the different costumes in the different eras:

Sunday, September 27, 2009

1920’s Vintage Halloween Costume

It’s older than mid-century, but check out this wonderful old Halloween costume!

For sale on eBay NOW… Link HERE






I’m an Art Deco gal at heart, and I love this costume! It needs love and a good cleaning, but it’s interesting how many of the early costumes seemed to be basic “clown” outfit design in nature.

And my latest image host comes with a sneaky catch. First of all, you have to click about 5 clicks to get the html code for each photo, so it’s a pain in the ass. But they also don’t tell you that you have a 200 image limit, and photos go hidden if you don’t upgrade. I had to delete a few last night to get back below 200.

Ugh! It’s flickr, by the way. So yes, they have those really cool photo pools and such, but sucker you into paying for their service once you have more than 200 photos.

OK, it’s business. I get it.

Photobucket made a change and I am now literally unable to upload photos. I have accounts. But their new style or whatever doesn’t work on my computer.

So, what to do?

The way flickr is set up, (unless I am missing something), you can only upload 6 at a time, and have to click on each photo, then click a second time to get the html code, which is a pain if you have more than one pic. Because then you have to hit the back button twice, and two more clicks for the next photo.

I’m not going to pay for that kind of aggravation lol…

When I had my own website image host, you had to hand type in the name and code for each photo, so that wasn’t easy either.

So now what?

Ok, after that long rant, one ore thing to add!

I got my wonderful mid-century vase and my starburst tray which I love!

But the two horse statues I got, advertised as “Art Deco Horses” turned out to be brand new just off the shelf decorator items. The seller should have advertised them as “Art Deco Style”.


Now I didn’t think they were actually from the 1920’s but it was implied they were vintage as they, “along with other vintage equine items, were purchased from a local estate.”

Still, I pictured them looking like they could have been from the set of the television series Mad Men:

So I’m not all disappointed. But, I don’t like it when an item is misrepresented, even a little.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Halloween Cupcakes!

OK ladies and gents, if we want to be ready for that special spooky day, let’s get some Halloween treat ideas going.

Cupcakes are so very popular. Easy to make, fun to decorate and tasty!

Pull out your vintage tidbit trays and cupcake stands and check out some of these amazing, fantastic and yummy Halloween cupcakes:





A cupcake cake:









Alright ladies and gents, I hope these photos have given you a lot of ideas about how to decorate your own fun and spooky Halloween cupcakes!