Sunday, February 26, 2012

Faded Blooms

My roses have faded, but I just have to share these images of my $10 antique typewriter styled up so fashionably with them.  Withered and faded but still adored...

This image with the back space key in my favorite.

I have an affinity for pairing manufactured items with organic.

I also printed some vintage Easter postcards off the computer and placed them in the carriage.

I love the print on the very front of my 1917 typewriter.

The typewriter functions as a flower basket itself.

Close up of the measuring tool for paper insertion.

Vintage romance...

...vintage style.

I'll be sharing this week at:

Monday, February 20, 2012

Sheet Music Lovelies

While looking for some sheet music at the local antique stop (for a project of course),

I found a few booklets where the cover was more stunning than the faded note pages themselves.

Dated from the 1920's this shameless sweetie is what I would call hot to trot!

Ruby red lips, flawless alabaster skin, bare shoulders under a daring hair cut...

...boy, did they know how to advertise!

This beauty is a little more wholesome and sweet.
Maybe even a little frumpy if your saw Swanee first.
But the bonnet covered head lends itself to a more soft-spoken kind of romance.

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Saturday, February 18, 2012


This week marks the beginning of Lent...
a time where we should prepare our soul as we remember
the death and Resurrection of Jesus.

Ash Wednesday will be February 22, 2012.

I have many, many braided palms that I have kept year after year from past Palm Sundays.

They are blessed and should never be tossed.
They are used to create the new ashes every year at church.
But mine never make it back to church because we always forget to take them.

So I save them.

Large ones and small.
Now, bleached and dry from years of existence.
All braided in a traditional Polish palm braid that I was taught once many years ago and have never forgotten.

I used to keep them all on a shelf in the china cabinet, but now I have an empty lab jar that I'll be using to house our palms.

My antique diptych of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus was just a few dollars at the local antique shop.
Instant treasure, coming home with me every time.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Winter's Almost Over

The girls are really getting antsy now.

Talk about COOPED UP!!
Just walkin' over to the hen house makes the girls get giddy with excitement.
I have cabin fever, too.

I think we're all anxious for spring. 
Even if we're not chickens lookin' for a grub on the ground.
Wishin' for the smell of thawing earth.

I love grey- the color... but grey days in general do not motivate.

Winter is beautiful, but...

I'm hopin' we've the last of her for now.

I'm pining for the sun...

...for the best is yet to come.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Favorite Things

I have a vignette in my front room of some of my favorite things.

On more than one occasion, they have been hauled into the basement as we waited out a tornado warning.  Along with albums of my children's baby photos, these precious few items rank among the things worth running back into a burning home for.

I'm sure you all have a 10 items worth saving at all costs list?
These are just a few on mine.
They belonged to my grandmother who was such an important part of my life.

My grandmother's photo, taken when she was just 16 years old. 

They didn't have much, but you had style with a hat like that!  I found this old photo in a box in her home when she was still living.  I myself was 16 at the time and HAD to HAVE IT.  She let me, of course.

The doorknob from her bedroom closet. 

When my grandparents died and before the house was put up for market, we replaced the knob on her closet with another so I could keep this crystal one.  I used to go in that tiny pink closet as a child and look at all of her shoes and handbags... brings back a lot of memories. 
Also, I think often about how many times she turned the knob over in her hand.

A blue glass crystal pitcher.
 It was on a dresser in her home filled with dried flowers. 
Well, the flowers have been replaced, but the pitcher still stands. 
A piece like this spans decades of styles and trends.

Also in the vignette (but not on  the list because it wasn't from family), is an amazing antique sacraments certificate documenting a young girl's first communion from the 1920''s from the same time period as when my grandmother was child, and the town listed is the town I grew up in.  It has beautiful imagery of children receiving the blessed sacrament of First Eucharist and it is from a Polish church, which is also unique to our background.

Our faith in God is such an important part of our lives,
so I display it in this corner where it seems to fit in seemlessly.

I keep my cherished lovelies on a pedestal where I see them and pass them often.
It helps to keep memories alive and lends a certain comfort to my day.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

My Vintage Slutty Valentine

Is this titallating or what??!!!

For $2.00 at the local antique store,
 you wouldn't have passed this little framed photo up, either!

Check out that hat!

The cedar shakes!

The knocked down bentwood chair!

The look of accomplishment on her face!

TOTALLY worth the two bucks!!!
The little "valentine" hangs in my kitchen!!

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