Sunday, April 16, 2017

Bird Feeders Coming Soon

Vintage glassware and dinnerware can make gorgeous, attractive, unique bird feeders and garden ornaments. I've been working with them for some time now and am ready to offer them in my booth. This bird feeder, made from a vintage bird planter and crystal dinnerware, is meant to be free standing on a tree stump, garden wall or table. Each piece is a one of a kind piece of art.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Red Willow Dinnerware

The Blue Willow patterned dinnerware is a beautiful and common collectors item. It has been made for over 200 years by multiple manufacturers in dozens of countries. The new products make an elegant modern table setting. But did you know that the willow pattern can also be found in a pink/red pattern? I came across some pieces while doing some treasure hunting and was surprised to see this lovely variation. For more information on the pattern you can check out the International Willow Collectors website.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Hand Made Travel Log

Just listed... this fun travel journal for your next road trip. The covers are a recycled children's book covered in scrapbook paper. The front cover is a collage of Route 66 elements and various travel images. The inside covers are covered in heavy travel scrapbook paper. There are over 70 blank pages. The extra large metal coil binding allows for easy page turning and expansion room to mount photos, postcards, or other souvenirs on the inside pages.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Journaling Your Garden

Just listed: A one of a kind Garden Journal to keep track of your flower and vegetable plantings! The covers of the book are recycled game boards covered in scrapbook paper. I've added a three dimensional die cut flower and a picket fence die cut. The cover page has stamped images and another die cut., and the last page holds a sturdy coordinating envelope to hold special notes, seeds, etc. Available now on Artful Redesign.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Currier and Ives Dinnerware

I remember, as a child, eating from Royal China's Currier and Ives blue dinnerware. They depicted farm and other rural scenes, sleigh rides, paddle wheels and more. The dishes were a promotion from A&P supermarkets where you received free pieces with your grocery purchase. If you wanted more pieces, you could purchase them for a reasonable price. When I became interested in antiques I started finding a few individual pieces here and there. As I became more aware of the pattern I realized that Royal China was not the only company producing this pattern, blue was not the only color, and ovenware was also produced!

Some other companies producing the Currier and Ives pattern were Taylor Smith & Taylor, Scio China, Homer Laughlin and McKee Glass. There were others, but these are the only companies that I've found pieces from so far.

Scio China
Taylor Smith and Taylor

Homer Laughlin
McKee Glasbake

 There are many opportunities for collecting Currier and Ives. You could collect by color, theme, company, cups & saucers, plates, etc. And since they are not too expensive, you can enjoy your collection everyday at the dinnertable.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Vintage for Him

I normally migrate to the household and kitchen items when shopping for vintage, but every so often I come across some "made for men" vintage. Men's formal neckties have been around since the early 1900's, as ascots and cravats. As men's fashions became more casual in the 1910's and 1920's, the necktie as we know it today emerged. Through the years, ties went through many styles, including wide, extra wide and skinny. Today, men's ties are available in many widths, cuts, fabrics, patterns and themes. Whatever your interest, there's a tie to express it. Ties are even used as an advertising platform. Here's a few of my favorites:

Vintage Lands End Rodeo Neck Tie Cowboys with Horses

Vintage Tabasco Hot Sauce Neck Tie with Hamburgers and Deli Sandwiches

Smith's Food and Drug Safety First 1990's Collectible Necktie

Monday, April 11, 2016

Vintage Souvenirs

I love to travel the US and I love collecting vintage souvenirs, especially from places I've visited. Mid 20th century souvenirs were better quality and much more decorative and useful than most of the junk sold in gift shops today. Some of the more popular souvenirs were mugs, steins, decorative plates, salt and pepper shaker sets. All these can be found in thrift shops for very reasonable prices, and they can be the basis for unique collections. Travel the US with collections of specific states or with various items from your favorite tourist destinations. Start a collection of unusual items no longer popular for sale today, such as paperweights, snow globes or banners and begin your personal vintage vacation.

Here are some of my favorites. To see a lot more, visit Souvenirs.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Enameled Refrigerator Storage Tins

Are you old enough to remember these? I remember them well from my mother's and grandmother's kitchens! I even remember my Grandma's icebox refrigerator with that block of ice in the upper "freezer" compartment.

But I also recall seeing this type of tin box in my doctor's offices - holding those scary metal things that nobody knew what they were used for! This set is in excellent condition and each tin measures  8" x 5" x 2 1/2". For more information, visit my website.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Sketchbook from Vintage Book

This large 9" x 10" sketchbook is repurposed from a 1966 book on the care of Cats. There are 60 pages of 50lb drawing paper placed among 12 full color and black & white pages from the original book. The large binding coil facilitates easy page turning. For more information, visit ArtfulRedesign .

Friday, March 25, 2016

Using Vintage Photos for Journals

If you don't know what to do with those old photos you've collected, here's an idea for you. Make them the cover of a journal. Here are two wedding journals that I've made using Victorian couples. This type of photo is very common and can usually be found quite cheaply. Using the cover papers found on some photos or matching scrapbook paper also gives the journal more character. Use your imagination and salvage some of those vintage photos!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Discarded Vintage Books Repurposed

Vintage books are getting harder and harder to find. The internet has changed the way information is shared and today books are downloaded to be read on phones and tablets. Books are still available for those who prefer reading the old fashioned way, but most books today are made without the quality and craftsmanship of those made fifty and more years ago. Then, books were made to last, but interests have changed and the majority of old books are discarded. What a shame! Very few of us would sit down with a book written a hundred years ago, but the covers, titles, and maybe a few pages could give us a glimpse into a past long forgotten. One of my passions is repurposing these unwanted books into useful journals. Rare and collectible books should always be kept intact, but there are thousands of worn, damaged and discarded books which can be partially preserved in a new form for years to come. Visit my Pinterest board or Etsy site to see some of my unique journals and notebooks.

Monday, March 14, 2016