Friday, November 30, 2007

My Vintage Christmas!

HO HO HO!! This picture of Jolly Saint Nick is on the cover of a child's paint book. I am not sure how old it is but going by the pictures on the inside I would guess it came from the 1940's or 1950's. As you can see the edges of the book are very worn but don't you just love this picture!!
Here are a few of my vintage Christmas Cards! Aren't they so sweet! On the left you will notice the burning candles with the red background. That is actually the box that the cards came in.





My love for vintage Christmas items go wayyyy back. Way before they became "cool". I have been buying and collecting vintage Christmas items for years. I love the look, the colors, the feel of the velvety embossed words and designs! My tree is covered in Shiney Brite ornaments and other pieces. I love my collection of Santa mugs. My little knee bender elves are so sweet! More pictures later!

Friday, November 23, 2007

A Good Time Was Had by All!

Monkey Face!

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving day at my daughter Amanda's home. Everything was so nice! She has such a beautiful home and decorates it absolutely gorgeous! The meal was deee-lish!! My grandson Chantry entertained us all day! He is quite a little monkey.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Happy Birthday, my first born!


Twenty seven years ago today I went to death's door to bring forth into this world a beautiful (not at the time) baby boy. We named him Aaron. We were into Bible names at them time and it kind of had a ring to it. I knew the very day that I brought him home from the hospital that he would be a very brilliant person. Knowing that there was not a public school teacher that could take on such brilliance I chose to homeschool him. He did, however, attend a few years of public school ..... after graduating at the young age of 17 he entered Tulsa University. There he completed 4 1/2 years of graduate school. He spent the next 3 years at TU Law School. He graduated from TU Law in 2006 and passed the Bar Exam that same year. He is now a very successful attorney!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Boy, grocery shopping today got me to thinkin'!


I went grocery shopping today. Wowzers!! Food is expensive, people! So I got to thinkin'. My hubby is so looking forward to Spring so he can put out a huge garden. I had been getting mad within myself thinking "If he thinks I am gonna can food all summer he as got another think comin!" Well, after spending a whole mortgage payment on food today I decided I just might can food after all! Besides I have bizillion canning jars! Seriously, between my own jars and my mother in laws jars that she will never use again, I can put up enough food for this whole countryside. Not that I will. Well I really don't have much else to do next summer besides remodeling this whole, huge house that we have just moved into! But seriously, I thought if I can save hundreds of dollars next year on my grocery bill then I will be saving hundreds of dollars to go towards new FURNITURE!!! What a great idea! First thing I want is a new armoire for my family room, then new coffee table and end tables, ooh a new dining room set sounds nice, and then ......................

Friday, November 16, 2007

Thanksgiving!

Here is my little collection of turkeys and my weird cornucopia. My favorite turkey is the small paper mache' one second from the right. I really like the big ceramic one on the left too! I love all of you little turkeys!



Amanda found this wire tiered thing at an antique mall for only $15. I love the way she decorated it for her Fall centerpiece. This is her dining room. So pretty!


Fall is my all time favorite time of year! I love it when the trees begin to change in all those bold colors of yellow, orange, and red. I love it when the air starts to get cool and crisp and the wind begins to blow. I love to watch those same colorful leaves let go and fall to the ground. Then before you know it Thanksgiving is here. Fall decorating is so much fun to me. I start out in late September and display all of my little vintage ghost candles and old Halloween masks. This year I set out my antique typewriter and scrolled a printed version of The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe. It looked really cool but I forgot to take a picture! After Halloween was over I immediately put the spooky stuff up but left all the Fall garland out and added a few things. My favorite Thanksgiving decor is my small collection of turkeys. Some are old and some not so old. I am hoping that I can find more later. The odd looking cornucopia in the picture is one I found a few years ago at a thrift store. I fell in love with it because of its whimsical shape and gorgeous green color.

This year my oldest daughter Amanda will be serving Thanksgiving in her home. She has become quite a good cook and she has a beautiful home. She really has a knack for decorating. Maybe I can post a few pictures of her home later.

I am so thankful for my all of my family. I have four wonderful children, sweet son in law, and an absolutely adorable grandson! My husband of 29 years is a hard working man that has always taken care of me and the kids. I am thankful that my mother is still with us and for my two dear sisters. I have wonderful friends from California to Tennessee and in between and I so thankful for them. God has been so very good to me!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Vintage Patterns

Did you know that I am a professional seamstress! I have been sewing since I was in the fourth grade! let me tell ya' that's a long time. With that I have also been a collector of vintage patterns. I see them as part of our fashion history. Take a peek at a few of my patterns!
Oh, the 50's. The decade of which I was born.
I can definetly remember this style. The "shift". How 'bout that long vest, too? Gotta love the 70's
I would guess this pattern came straight out of the 60's. Love the "do", too!

This pattern is pretty old. Must be the early 40's. Think about it. Betty Grable, wow! And it was only 15 cents!

I must be insane!

The card with the little dog on the chase is just too cute!

Is there not anything sweeter? Except, maybe, my grandson!


The bluebirds are on the box cover. Beautiful!

Just know this card is really Darling!


Can't decide if this card would be for a girl or a boy. hmmm?

These are some really precious get well and cheer cards. I would never send them to anyone though. I like to send funny cards when someone is not feeling well and besides, no one is getting my vintage cards.

I have been a collector of "stuff" for years. I am especially fond of vintage greeting cards and patterns. Last night I said to myself, "Self, you should get rid of some of this stuff. Put it on Ebay or something"! But as I layed them all out to snap pictures I grew sentimental and decided that I could not part with them. To me, it feels almost like what it would feel like to give my first born away. BTW my first born will be 27 next week and I REALLY would like to give him away. He still lives at home! Sheesh!!


Anyway, enjoy the pics of my cards and patterns.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Friends


Here I am with one of my dearest friends, Vicki. If she finds out I posted this she will have a cow!

All in the Family



This picture was taken a week before my youngest son (standing directly behind the gorgeous lady with the silver hair) left for Great Lakes Naval Training Station. He enlisted in the United States Navy for 5 years.

Remembering Daddy on Veterans Day



Had to post a pic of my Hero, my daddy. He left this world March 1, 2006. My heart has had a permanent hole in it ever since. He served in the United States Navy for over 20 years. I have always been so proud of him. Miss you, Daddy.

The Road Less Traveled



I really like this picture. My daughter took it one day when we were driving away from our home.