Friday, November 30, 2012

A rant about one rude person

I just have to say it to get it off of my chest and out of my mind!  Someone left me a nasty comment last night saying that my ceramic tree and Shiny Brites are not vintage.  They said it was amusing what people considered vintage.  Of course this comment was left anonymously, which I think is quite cowardly!  Didn't anyone ever tell you that if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all!?!  I had to look up the meaning of "vintage" to make sure that I wasn't making a fool of myself.  "Too old to be considered modern but not old enough to be considered antique.  Retro, recently out of style with a potential to make a comeback. Vintage is anything that dates after 1920 and up to the mid-1980's."  So clearly all the "vintage" items that I showed on my last post were truly vintage!  Not to mention that you can find all of these things on ETSY, all listed as vintage items!  This person also told me that Shiny Brites were cheaply bought at the dime store and asked me if I thought the ornaments on sale at Wal-Mart right now will be considered vintage someday.  I really don't think it matters how much the item originally cost.  And I suppose that someday in the future, the ornaments we buy today might be sought after like Shiny Brites of yesterday currently are and they could be considered vintage as well.  Who knows what people in the future will seek from the past!  I just don't understand why anyone would take the time out of their day to be so rude and condescending to someone who did nothing wrong.  I know I should just let this go but I am the kind of person that takes everything to heart.  This hurt my feelings and put a damper on my day and why?  Because someone has a negative opinion about something that I posted on MY BLOG?!  Ridiculous!  I have been so fortunate as to have never received a mean comment until this and I just had to say how I feel.  I am sure the coward who posted it won't read this, but it feels good to get it out there!  Thank you to everyone who took the time to leave a sweet comment about my vintage treasures.  You are the ones that make blogging such a great thing! 
Funny Miracle Whip Ecard: I'm extremely brave about posting my radical opinions anonymously on the Internet.
Sound familiar?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I'm dreaming of a Vintage Christmas

 To me, Christmas really is a vintage holiday.  How I wish I could have lived in the days where you really dashed through the snow in a one horse open sleigh.  A time when Christmas was more than just commercialism and spending money.  I wish I could live in a vintage Christmas world.  Since I am caught right in the middle of Generation X and Y, I will never know what that was like.  But that doesn't mean that I can't pretend!  Here are a few of my favorite Christmas decorations-all vintage of course!
 My antique scale is the perfect platform for a vintage sheet music card.  Below it are some vintage bottle brush trees that I bleached and decorated last year.  There is just something about these creamy colored trees and the rustiness of the scale that is so pretty!
 I started collecting vintage Shiny Brite ornaments a few years ago.  I think they are something I will always be on the look out for.  There is just something about those shiny glass orbs that make my heart smile!  I have put them in a cloche that is serving as a centerpiece on my dining room table!
 What a treat it was to find these two Shiny Brites with Christmas scenes in the middle.  The blue one has a snowman with eyes but no mouth or nose!  The green one has a pipe cleaner candy cane and holly.  I love these so much!
 My aunt had one of these ceramic Christmas trees.  She always had it on top of her TV.  I loved to look at it every time I went to her house.  And of course I always wanted one for myself.  One day while at my husband's work, I noticed this one sitting in a corner, dusty and completely forgotten about.  I told him that if they were ever going to get rid of it, that I wanted it.  When they moved shops last December, they were going to get rid of it and he snatched it up for me.  I am so happy to have my very own vintage ceramic Christmas tree now!
You can't decorate for Christmas without having a Nativity Scene.  This particular set was made by my Great Grandma.  She gave it to my grandma and my grandma gave it to me.  It is made of cast ceramic and is totally solid.  It isn't the prettiest or fanciest Nativity, but I love it.  It means so much to me to have something that was made by my Great Grandma and passed on to me!

I am always on the lookout for more vintage Christmas decorations.  There is just something about them that makes them feel even more festive than the newest decorations out there.  I will take an old, scruffy, vintage Christmas over any of the fancy ones, any day!

Linking up with:
 Coastal Charm: Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Knick of Time: Knick of Time Tuesday
Timewashed: Blissful Whites Wednesday
Vintage on a Dime: Welcome Home Wednesday
Ivy & Elephants: What's It Wednesday
Adorned from Above: Wednesday Blog Hop
{Primp}: Primp Your Stuff
Faith, Grace & Crafts: Pearls & Lace Thursday
Have a Daily Cup of Mrs Olson: Share Your Cup Thursday
ColoradoLady: Vintage Thingies Thursday
Rooted in Thyme: Sweet & Simple Fridays
Common Ground: Vintage Inspiration Friday
Shabby Art Boutique: Shabbylicious Friday

Creating Christmas Party~Vintage Christmas Decor

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sweet little reading nook

 For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to have a bedroom that was big enough to allow a little sitting area.  My current bedroom isn't that big, but by using an old closet, I have created a very intimate and cozy nook for myself.  Come take a look!
 The previous owners of our house built a walk-in closet in the master bathroom but just left the old closet open.  For awhile, it held my dresser but that was about it.  We moved the dressers into the closet and this is the perfect little nook.  We brought in a chair and a table and I decorated it in my favorite romantic style.
 My husband hung my antique 3-paned window for me and I draped a swag of frosted pink roses over it.  He also randomly hung my sweet little mirror hooks.  The one on the right holds my wedding veil and I draped the veil over my lamp.
 My French graphic table fits perfectly in this little space.  The large pillar candle is the unity candle from our wedding.  My dried wedding bouquet and a picture of Cody and I on our wedding day is the perfect little vignette for this table.
 I need to paint and reupholster this chair.  But until I get around to doing that, I have covered it in some very light pink shabby curtain panels.  The ruffles really add to that romantic feeling!  A sweet neck roll pillow makes it look very inviting.
 The lamp gives this space a very romantic glow.  I can't wait to find a good book to lose myself in while sitting here!  Any suggestions for a good read?
 I think the only thing I would add to this little space is a few more pictures, an ottoman to put my feet up on and a luxuriously warm blanket!
This picture shows you just how small it is.  But I think it is absolutely perfect!  I can't wait to finish up the master bedroom soon so I can show you all!

Total cost of this little makeover=NOTHING!  Had it was just waiting to be put to good use!

Linking up with:
Boogieboard Cottage: Masterpiece Monday
The Dedicated House: Make it Pretty Monday
Coastal Charm: Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Cozy Little House: Tweak it Tuesday
Knick of Time: Knick of Time Tuesday
The Chicken Chick: Clever Chicks Blog Hop
Timewashed: Blissful Whites Wednesday
Vintage on a Dime: Welcome Home Wednesday
{Primp}: Primp Your Stuff
Ivy & Elephants: What's It Wednesday
Faith, Grace & Crafts: Pearls & Lace Thursday
Have a Daily Cup of Mrs Olson: Share Your Cup Thursday
Kristen's Creations: Share Your Creations
 The Vintage Farmhouse: Creative Things Thursday
Common Ground: Vintage Inspiration Friday
Rooted in Thyme: Simple & Sweet Fridays
The Charm of Home: Home Sweet Home
French Country Cottage: Feathered Nest Friday
Jennifer Rizzo: Fabulously Creative Friday
Homespun Happenings: Rustic Restorations Weekend
Petites Passions: Passion Parade Friday
How Sweet the Sound: Pink Saturday
Hope in Every Season: Homemaking Weekend

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween 2012

I love Halloween!  Even though when I was younger, I was always sick with strep throat or an ear infection.  In fact, I got my tonsils out in the 5th grade 3 days before Halloween.  Being sick never stopped me from getting in the holiday spirit!  This year was no different.
(All pictures edited using Picmonkey Halloween effects!)
 I made special treats for my favorite little trick-or-treaters as well as their parents.  Here is a picture of all the goodies on the table.
 For the parents, I made Apple Cider cupcakes with Caramel Buttercream, Peanut Butter Cookies dipped in Chocolate with Sprinkles and Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread.  Yummy!
 For the kids, I made candy kabobs.  There are orange slices, gum drops, cinnamon devils and orange pumpkins.  They are inside a pretzel wrap and tied with black and orange ribbon.  We didn't have many trick-or-treaters nor did many special little ones come over.  I guess I will have to get their candy to them later!
 We didn't dress up but we made sure the dogs were festive.  Grady is sporting his red and white skull handkerchief...he looks very amused by it!
 Bella is wearing a very stylish skull sweater.  She looked like a plump little sausage in it!
And this is our favorite little trick-or-treater.  Isn't he a handsome little devil?  

Hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween!  I can't believe it is November and that we are suddenly in the holiday season.  Here we go!