Thursday, December 7, 2017

'Tis the Season

Hello, Dear Friends, I hope that you are finding 
a few precious moments to enjoy this beautiful season! 

I'm sure all of you have been busy with holiday 
preparations! I am running a bit behind, but I am finally 
done 'decking the halls', so won't you come inside 
and share a cup of cocoa while I show you around? 

I'll heat up the cocoa while I take your coat. 

It's been cold outside, but beautifully sunny. 

The sun has been streaming in on slanted rays, 
illuminating all the dusty corners, so as 
I have been decorating, I've also been washing 
windows and dusting away cobwebs. 

This year I've kept things light and simple. 
A little 'Shabby Chic' - a little 'French Nordic'. 
I like to change my style for every season. 

I've brought in a large mirror and Florentine 
table that I found last summer at a Flea Market. 
I've kept the vintage baby crib from my fall decorating, 
but I've added white lace curtains to allow
as much light inside as possible. 

I made the pine-cone orb a few years ago
 and already had the wonderful pot. 
This year I just 'shopped my home' 
and storage for things to 
decorate with. 

Lots of texture.....crochet, lace and fur. 

I love this vintage crib. 
It was originally my daughter's doll crib :) 
I usually keep it in my sewing room filled with fabric. 

I can see my birdcage angel from here. 


A basket of wrapping and craft supplies. 

The table. 

I've replaced the display of fall pottery 
in my Hoover 'Kitchen Queen' cabinet 
with my collection of pressed and etched glass. 

Pale bottle brush trees and vintage tin molds used 
as tea-light holders keep things light. 

I made the vintage-style Father Christmas 
years ago out of cotton batting with a sticker face. 

The beautiful footed compote was a wedding gift in 1953 for my 
parents, as was the platter and salt and pepper shakers. 

My dear Mother-in-law's Johnson Bros. 

These small treasures remind us of loved 
ones now gone and keep them with us in spirit. 

The small star was Ramblin' Man's as a child. 

We have so few things passed down to us, 
so these small tokens are very dear. 

Beautiful sunshine streaming into the living room. 

In normally gray Washington State, this is a wonderful change. 

I've kept things simple and light here, too. 

Another Florentine table. 
I am in love with this beautiful style. 

Our tree. 



And an ice-cube snowman :)

The beautiful vintage window was found 
many years ago in a local antique shop. 
It came from an historic home in the area. 
The blue paint is original. 

My 1920's buffet came from England. 

Log cabins represent childhood memories of vacations 
at 'Butler's cabin' in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. 

The true reason for the season. 

Advent candles. 

The days are short as we approach the winter solstice. 

Time moves quickly as we prepare to celebrate 
another Christmas, looking back on the year past
and looking forward to the new one.  

I hope you find some simple joys in these 
busy days ahead, Dear Friends. 
Thank you for joining me, 
and thank you for your friendship. 


"At Christmas, all roads lead home"
-Marjorie Holmes-

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Vintage Christmas Fun

Hello, Dear Friends, it's time for my annual
 Vintage Christmas Ads! 

I just love vintage magazines, and the ads are truly special. 
Some are wonderful examples of excellent illustrative art, too. 

So without further ado, I present you with my personal faves! 

Pepsi always has beautiful ads, and this one
from the 50's is no exception. 

This reminds me so much of my dear Mother when she was young, 
although she had jet black hair :) 
Same haircut, and she always wore cropped pants like this. 

Another sweet Pepsi ad. 

Remember the powder and cologne sets from Coty? 

Of course you need the red ball gown and velvet gloves 
when you display all of your gifts under 
your enormous tree! 

Another Coty ad, this time with creepy elf. Lol! 

Remember the Avon lady? 
The pretty bottles are now collectibles. 

And who can forget this handsome fellow? 

Before he was our 40th President, he apparently 
made some money selling ads - for cigarettes, of all things! 
Nothing says, 'Merry Christmas' like a carton of smokes! haha!

Love the perspective of this ad for American Airlines.  
Cute little ones greeting Grandma and Grandpa. 
Do you notice the airplane?
Lots of wonderful details if you look closely :)

This similar ad for Plymouth is by our beloved artist, Norman Rockwell. 

I had the express pleasure of seeing many of his works in person
at the Tacoma Art Museum a few years ago. 

Some of the paintings were very large and even when standing 
right next to them, they looked incredibly life-like. 

Just look at the stair rail and you will see what I mean. 

Love the snow on the boots, too :)

Another Plymouth ad. Not sure one of those 
big gas guzzlers would fit in that tiny garage, though! 
Check out that wonderful arched gate-way and the beautiful,
paned windows. It all looks so real. 

If you were a very lucky little girl, you were driven 
to the 'Holiday Gala' in your Daddy's new Cadillac! 

Let's pretend the stoles are all fake fur :(

And if you were a very lucky 'big girl' you received a set of keys
to your very own Cadillac! 

These two look suspiciously like Cary Grant and Marilyn Monroe. 
Because, you know, that's what all Americans looked like in the 50's! 

Or how about one of these? 

Love her green dress and shoes :)

Children are always peeking around corners 
at Christmas time......

See what I mean? 

Dad's need a new Zippo to go with their carton of smokes! 

Or maybe a pipe! My Dad smoked a pipe and 
had one very similar to this one. 

More peeking children. 
No wonder they can't sleep - they are 
on a sugar high from their Seven-Up! 

The little jammies are sweet, though. 

This party must be in the tropics, judging
by the white suits and pastel dresses :)

Another cute Seven-Up ad. 

Love this one.....Coca-Cola. 


It wouldn't be Christmas without Santa......

I prefer Pepsi, myself. 

Everything about this ad is relevant today! 
Everything old is new again :)

Don't you just love this little red suit? 

Watches were once a classic gift. 

And why not have a beer while wrapping the gifts? 
After all, this is a friendly, freedom loving land! Haha!
Just don't have too many or you might forget which tag
goes where. 

What woman wouldn't want a scale for Christmas? *o*

Especially after all the Christmas goodies......
made with Nestle's Quik, of course! 

You can find lots of recipes on Pinterest
for goodies using 'Nesquik'. 

These aluminum trees are highly collectible now, 
as are all these wonderful appliances. 

My Dad was President of the local 
branch of the affiliated Steel-worker's Union (AFL-CIO)
when he worked at Reynold's Aluminum. 
He was a tool and die maker all his working life. 

Every kid loves a brand-new bike! 

But this is my dream......
a new sewing machine! 


I hope you enjoyed some of my favorite 
vintage ads, Dear Friends! 

Which one is your favorite? 


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