Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Let's Talk Vintage #10: Tidbits of Vintage Toy History

Welcome to "Let's Talk Vintage," a linky party I host every Tuesday morning at 9, where we all get a chance to share in our passion for vintage.

My hubby and I love to look for vintage things. Of course, right? I mean, I talk about it all the time.

What makes our "team" great though, is our different tastes... he likes furniture, tools, and old toys. In fact, he loves finding old toys! He is a kid at heart.

My Sister gave us this great book a couple of Christmases ago: "Under the Tree: The Toys and Treats that Made Christmas Special 1930-1970" by Susan Waggoner. It is awesome! Filled with anything and everything about what we found under the tree.

There are some neat glimpses of some toys and their history by the author:

Crayons... Did you know the first pack of Crayola crayons was sold in 1903?

Legos..... They were created in Denmark and imported to the US in 1958.

Dollhouses..... One of the first was made in the mid 1500's for the Duke of

Easy Bake Oven.....Introduced in 1964 and 16 million had sold by the end of the 20th century.

Monopoly.....  Was the talk of the 1935 Toy Fair and sold 20,000 in its first week. It became the best selling board game by Christmas!

How fun! There are so many more morsels of info that I could go on and on...

but I want to hear from you. I love
what you find, what you're making with
vintage things,  or what you are selling.
In my previous LTV party, we saw some great
vintage Christmas posts, like this one from Ann Marie at
 Musings of a Vintage Junkie, of her decorated home.

and we also saw some great Christmas finds from
Just look at these cool ornaments!

Now it is your turn! Let's see what inspired you
this week, go ahead... feel free to link up
as many times as you'd like! This LTV link up
is still in the early stage, so the more the merrier!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Shiny and Bright: My Office Tree Decked Out

Today I gave in. The torture was killing me!

I had looked and looked at the box on the floor in my office long enough!

The silver tree was going to get decked out today.

So glad I did!

Now it is so cheery! Like this pretty bowl under the tree.

Of course I filled it with vintage glass feather tree ornaments.
What else?

And I'm finished with the Nutcracker for the season. It was awesome!
My Sweet Pea was an angel ... they looked adorable!

Beautiful costumes. Gorgeous ballerinas. Awesome music.

AND... my computer woes are over! Kicked 'em to the curb!

Thanks to my Dear Hubby who stayed up late one night and fixed all of the malicious files on my computer.

I'm back up to speed! Albeit, a little late to really list everything I had intended in my shops. But, ah, such is life. You have to roll with it!

The house is almost decorated now too. We are all shiny and bright!

So happy to be able to link up with Pink Saturday. I haven't been posting much due to the computer issues. I've missed all the pink posts so I'll be sure to catch up this weekend.

Hope you have a happy weekend, too!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Reflections on My Christmas Tree

We just finished decorating the second tree in our house. It is tall, a Martha Stewart pre-lit tree, and we bought it in an after Christmas sale at a really, really good price.

We keep it in our "formal" living room (we actually use both rooms but one looks more casual than the other!)

I separate out all of the gold, silver, and white ornaments, just for this tree, as it is flocked with gold glitter and has additional gold "berries" already attached to it. It is really pretty in person.

This year I am adding a touch of deep red or burgundy with poinsettia flowers and glass colored ornaments. So far I'm happy with the results!

Unlike the smaller tree in the "den" area, this one takes a lot of ornaments to cover it. Due to our love for buying vintage we have no problem decorating two trees. In fact, I need to downsize some of our ornaments! This tree has most of our newer ornaments on it, however. You know the kind... the kind you receive as gifts, the ones you buy as souvenirs... some may be very special.

Like this one for instance,

This is an ornament from Cape May, NJ, where we were engaged. The Inn is still in service, but the name changed due to new ownership. I'm glad we bought the ornament when we did. It is nice to hang it on the tree every year as a memory!

I've grown to love clear glass ornaments a lot lately... and hand blown glass. I found this hand blown palm tree in a pile of junk at an estate sale this past summer. It is completely intact!

For a touch of white I like this Lenox snowflake ornament. Lenox china is so classic and timeless. If I had a big enough house I would have a collection in a glass cabinet!

I'll be back later on with some more Christmas posts... I am still decorating the house (The Nutcracker performance combined with a surge in new orders has kept me pretty busy!) so we'll see how soon I can share my newest holiday arrangements with you. I have a whole slew of vintage toy history with some neat bits of info coming for the blog, probably in next week's "Let's Talk Vintage" post.

Until then, enjoy the day!

Linking with "What's it Wednesday" at Ivy and Elephants.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Let's Talk Vintage #9 : Shiny Brite Christmas Ornaments History

Hello and welcome to another "Let's Talk Vintage" post. I am really enjoying these posts... I love seeing what you link up... and I also have fun posting the history behind the vintage things we love, especially at Christmas! Last week I wrote about the history behind the beloved Christmas ballet, The Nutcracker.

This week I'm focusing on an article I saw yesterday in a 2007 December issue of Country Living Magazine, about Shiny Brite Christmas ornaments. A popular favorite, still today!

They were made in the 1930's by Max Eckhrdt in New York. He teamed up with Corning Glass Co, in order to supply consumers with high quality mass produced glass ornaments. In 1939, F.W. Woolworth placed an order for 200,000 ornaments, helping to make Shiny Brite the leading company of hand painted glass tree ornaments. In the 1940's, the company moved to New Jersey. They continued to make them until the late 1960's.

Now it's your turn!

Let's Talk Vintage! Feel free to link up, below. You can share your vintage projects, a collection you may have, things you found while antiquing, things you share... it is up to you!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Vintage Christmas: Easy Ways to Decorate Your Home

Decorating with Vintage for Christmas... oh yes I do!
Since both my husband and I love vintage, I try to
incorporate a little bit of both of our treasures,
most of which were found at estate
sales or auctions, or who knows if
we even remember where?
He has collected a few things over the years.
Some were passed down from his antique
loving parents.... and some he has grown to
love along the way. Like this cute set of angel
babies.  I had never seen a set like
this before.... So cute!

I do mix in a lot of new as well.
A glass cloche can make a grouping
look like it was meant to be in there.
Each year I change it up a bit. This
was last year's display.
The sleigh was a yard sale find,
as well as the urn style vase
and the Santa under the cloche.

I found a "mercury glass" angel
during after Christmas clearance sales
to go with my real mercury glass piece.
(Which is actually for sale here.)
This year I may try silver
and mercury glass on the mantel.

These are my absolute favorite ways
to display vintage ornaments!
Easy peasy!

And I make sure my trees are covered
in them as well. I like to find unique
shapes like this beaded star
ornament above.

These old bird ornaments are such fun...
if the tail is missing I place a feather inside!
Thanks for stopping by! I'm in up to my ears in
Nutcracker rehearsals... and decorating the house
with Christmas goodies.
(My computer seems to be working better!
A little updating the software really helped!)
You can keep up with me on Instagram
for all kinds of daily snippets!

Linking up with Thrifted Merry Christmas
Blog hop with Adirondack Girl at Heart.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Let's Talk Vintage #8 : The History Behind The Nutcracker Ballet

Today I'm sharing a little bit about the history behind
everyone's holiday favorite ballet,  The Nutcracker.

Bebe is going to be in it this year and we are so excited!

Here is a snippet from Dance.About.com:

Over 100 years old, The Nutcracker Ballet was first presented at the Mayinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, on December 17, 1892. Peter Tchaikovsky, the famous Russian composer, was commissioned by mastermind choreographer Marius Petipa to compose the ballet, score based on Alexandre Dumas’s adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffman’s tale "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King."

Did you know it was a failure at first? Here is more info:

Neither the critics nor the audience liked it. Even though Czar Alexander III was delighted with the ballet, The Nutcracker was not an instant success. However, the ballet gained popularity with future productions, especially in the United StatesOnly the Czar Alexander liked it.

The first performance of The Nutcracker in the United States was by the San Francisco Opera Ballet, in 1944.

Isn't that amazing?

Now Let's Talk Vintage!

Let's see what you have to share this week!

Each week I am wowed by what other people find, create, or imagine.

Last time we saw some of
 Adirondack Girl at Heart's vintage finds,
she really has an eye for vintage!

Now it is your turn, you may link up, below!

Monday, December 1, 2014

CYBER Monday 25% OFF Sale PLUS Free Christmas Postcard with Every Purchase!

It's that time of year!


Think vintage this year for Christmas...
tea cups, vintage jewelry, antique books,
old postcards all make great gifts!


Every order receives an antique Christmas postcard as my gift to you!
(The postcards below are an example, let me select one for you.)

You must use the link to receive the discount.
Sale ends this Sunday, December 7th at midnight.
I'll be back tomorrow morning at 9 am 
for my "Let's Talk Vintage!" link party!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Back Next Tueday: Let's Talk Vintage! (Happy Thanksgiving!)

Due to the upcoming holiday, my link party "Let's Talk Vintage" will resume next week!

Be sure to link up next Tuesday at 9 AM.... I have a couple of posts swirling around in my head already!

Have a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Shades of Aqua for Pink Saturday

While helping a customer determine the color of these vintage ornaments, I set up a mini display with like hues.

After I did this... I discovered how much I liked the ornaments and wanted to keep them!

But, I didn't. I'm putting them on hold for her. After she saw the color in a better light, she really liked them too!

And that is all I have for this Friday's post for "Pink Saturday!"

Working through our internet troubles but I am happy to be able to type out this post and add a photo!

Have a great weekend... think vintage for Christmas this year.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Let's Talk Vintage #7 - New Finds: What My Husband Found!

I was in the middle of doing some Christmas shopping when my cell phone rang. I fumbled around in my purse to find it.

It was my husband. He was in between jobs and had found a little antique shop to kill some time in.
Do you want this? He asked while sending me pictures via text messages. I just wasn't in the mood to shop in two different places. I said no to all of the items he had sent pictures of and was very surprised to see him carrying a box into the house when he got home.

You should see what he brought home! He has a really good eye for the type of things I sell.

Just look at this vintage hand painted bible motto plaque... it is one of the largest I have ever seen at 14 inches long! And it is pink... with handpainted roses. (It just sold to someone in my area.)

Then he found some unique and very beautiful Christmas ornaments, foil wreaths with bells, and a Christmas tablecloth.

Next time he calls and I feel like I am too busy? I'm going to pay closer attention!

Now it is your turn.... to talk vintage!

Feel free to link up your vintage inspired projects, your collections, even items you sell: