Personally, I think a shelf full of colorful books is one of the most inviting objects in a room, the first thing which catches my eye. I recently read an article from the Wall Street Journal about decorating with books. The focus of the article was based on recent interior decorating trends of turning the books around on the shelf so you just see the pages, backwards books.
If you don't like a rainbow of color for you book shelf, an option is to find books with spines all the same color. Or you could choose 2 different colors and add other vintage goodies as accents. It doesn't need to be the whole shelf or several shelves. A grouping of 3 or 4 books makes a beautiful decorative display. Stack them, tie a piece of jute around them, add some greenery, whatever makes your idea of a warm inviting display.
Both salt and pepper used to be served in cellars with small spoons. However, the salt would gather moisture and clump. In the 1920's, Morton Salt added magnesium carbonate to salt to prevent the clumping. This allowed for salt to poured out of a sealed container. Since pepper was always served with salt, and thought of as a pair, pepper shakers were also created.
The automobile industry is responsible for salt and pepper shakers becoming a collectible. People could travel more easily and shakers were a perfect gift due to size, price and subject matter.
Even today, salt and pepper shakers are quite collectible. You can choose to collect by style, colors, singles or by what they are made out of. Anyway you choose, they are perfect to be put on your vintage shelf display!
1. The Salt and Pepper Museum
2. Wise Apple Vintage
3. Smithsonian Magazine
Hallmark ornaments available in my store
I am one of those people who just cringes at the thought of upcycling a book. I have boxes and boxes of old books with major damage, missing covers and pages, and no spines. I like to look at them and wonder how they were once loved. However, deep down, I know that some books can be so damaged they have no life left in them. To upcycle these books and give them new life can be a thing of beauty.
1. Recover old containers. The above picture is paper mache canisters decoupaged with old book pages. You could use pages with custom messages or add some pictures depending on the look you are going for. With pages from an old childs book, you could use these for your nursery decor. For complete instructions on how to do this, check out Trash2Treasure's Blog.
2. Embellish those dictionary pages. Take a page out of one of those old dictionaries and either print your design right on it or paste a cut out image ontop of the page. I've actually done some art like this. Take the page with coffee on it and add a steaming silhouette of a coffe cup. Coming from someone who isn't really artistically talented, I recommend printed a trial page before you actually print on the page you want to use.
3. Turn it into a clock. If your book has a pretty cover still, what better way to upcycle then to turn it into a clock. What time is it? It's time to read! While you could turn it into a functional clock, the one above is actually being used as a table number! For instructions on how to do this, check out HillCityBride.
4. Create your own Junque Journal. Junque Journals, or junk journals, are something that was recently been brought to my attention. However, it seems like they have been around for a while. There are numerous options on what to use to create your journal. The one above is a vintage sewing magazine with a hanky layered on it. For detailed instructions on how to make your own, check out Tangie Baxter.
5. Holiday Decor. There's something warm and homey about upcycled book holiday decor. With the holidays coming up, it's the perfect time to get started on some new seasonal decor! All of the images came from Pinterest and are linked. Pick and choose, get creative and breathe live back into those old books and pages!!
The company we know now as Tonka Toys didn't originally start out as Tonka Toys. In 1946, Mound Metalcraft was created in Mound, Minnesota. Their original business model was for gardening tools. The founders of the company were Lynee Everett Baker, Avery F. Crounse and Alvin F. Tesch. They purchased an old school house, being used as a manufacturing plant, from Streater Industries. Along with the purchase of the building, Mound Metalcraft also purchased the tooling for 2 steel toys.
Tonka continued to grow for 25 years. In 1982 - 83, they moved to Texas. In 1991, they were purchased by Hasbro and moved to China in 1998.
Check out the Tiny Tonkas available for sale on our site!
A bolo tie is typically a braided cord clasped together with an ornate fastener which slides up and down the length of the cord. It is a casual tie which is usually associated with Western Wear. The history of the bolo tie is not concrete. There is mention of them being introduced in the 30's along with the 40's.
Part of the issue with dating the bolo tie is the fact they are called different names. It is known in Argentina is the Lariat while in Britian it is known as the Bootlace Tie. It has also been called the Bola Tie and the Cowboy Tie. Whatever the name, it is worn the same way, under the collar.
While bolo ties can be traditional, there is no standard for the fastener. You can make a statement with your bolo tie by adding a slide which represents who you are. Bolo Ties have also become popular for woman to wear as well.
Whatever the ccassion may be, a vintage bolo tie would be a conversation piece! Check out my selection of bolo ties below!!
The Birds of Your Garden collector plates were the first series to be sponsored by Encyclopedia Britannica. The series was comprised of 10 different plates painted by the artist Kevin Daniel. They were produced in limited edition by the Edward M. Knowles China Company.
The first plate is marked 1984 while the 2nd two are dated 1985.
The above 3 plates are dated 1986.
The Hummingbird plate was issued in 1986 and the last 3 plates of the series was issued in 1987. With the exception of the Cardianal and the Hummingbird plate, these can all be found on my website for sale.
1. Collector Point
I really believe you can not have too many vintage teacups and saucers. I have scores of them tucked away that I can just not bear to part with. Some of them are just so stunning beautiful and others can be quite unique, from the design to the shape. But what to do with them? The ones I have displayed are in a simple teacup shelf. Yet, I think about making a lovely display with some of them. Especially, when I'm browsing Pinterest, like these below!!
These displays can be the same or very similar pattern or the can be mismatched.
Whatever your tastes or desires for vintage teacups, check out my assortment of cups! You are sure to find a couple which will fit your wants!
If I remember correctly, my first Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls had bright red or orange yarn hair which stood out from their heads. They had blue outfits with red and white striped legs. I took them everywhere, dragging them by their arms. They gave me quite a bit of joy as a child. I'm pretty sure if a similar one crosses my path in the future, it would be very hard to not buy it!
However, I tend to drool more over the vintage books about the droopy dolls then the acutal dolls themselves. Johhny Gruelle first published his Raggedy Ann book in 1918. Gruelle was a cartoonist, illustrator and author. There is quite a bit of legend surrounding the creation of Raggedy Ann. The basic story line is his daughter found an old ragdoll which he transformed into Raggedy Ann. A couple of years later he introduced Raggedy Andy into the story line.
Whatever Raggedy Ann and Andy book you choose to read, it will definately bring joy and spark your imagination!! Let me know what your favorite Raggedy Ann book is!
One can never have too many vintage porcelain creamers. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes. In addition, some have floral designs, or animals, or architecture on them. While creamers are intended to be used for cream at tea time, or milk with your coffee, they don't have to be used at all. They do make a pretty display. You could also add a couple of flowers to make them really pop!
Check out more fun vintage creamers!!
Feel free to share pictures of your creamer collection or your prized creamer!!