Vintages' Hours for January

* Open Tuesdays - Saturdays 10am to 6pm *
* Open Sundays "by chance" 11am to 5pm *
* Closed Mondays *
* Closed from Jan 9th through 12th *
* Closed from Jan 24th through Feb 2nd *

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Spun Cotton Mushroom Stems

These bright little fungi are bunches of artisan made spun cotton mushrooms on wires, ready for embellishing any craft project.  These delightful diminutive mushrooms have been continuously made in Germany, in small batches by hand, in the same way and at the same factory for many decades.  These are wonderful alone or combined in art projects with our ribbons, millinery and flowers. We love 'em!

These mushrooms come in eight delicious colors. We are packaging these in little bundles ... the 10mm size in bunches of eight ... the 18mm size in bunches of five ... for $4.95 a package. Available now!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

New DIY Ideas from the CHA Show

We just got back from the 2015 Craft & Hobby Association "MegaShow." Fresh ideas ... renewed inspiration ... projects and products dancing in our heads! Over the next weeks we will be receiving numerous new products perfect for crafters and artists ... altered art and mixed media projects ... creative souls of all ages.

One area we always enjoy is the designer showcase, where designers show off their designs and talents ... kind of like an interactive resume. Their displays, along with the merchandising displays of the vendors, offer a lot of ideas for projects. Here are some of our favorites.

We placed quite a few orders ... both for refreshing our inventories and bringing in new products. Here is a snapshot of what you can expect to see in the shop.

Along with replenishing our inventory of artist kits, we have ordered several new sizes and assortments.

These little bottles are perfect for creating keepsake charms and pendants.
This is new for us ... we will be stocking a few types of DIY and crafting paints.
Spun cotton mushroom stems in two sizes.

The show also has a lot of educational opportunities ... seminars, tutorials, classes and demonstrations. One popular venue are the "make and take" sessions offered by vendors. Here's a book cover I designed and created at one of them.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Bridal Showers Get Creative 1908

I found this curiously humorous article published in a Hawaiian newspaper in 1908 ... taken, most probably, from the "wire services."

Bridal Showers Get Creative

Showers for brides, like shirt waists (every one remembers the mysterious sudden appearance of shirt waists a few years ago and their rapid spread in classes and fabrics and, styles, I suppose?), have apparently come to stay, says a society writer on the Coast. They are filing a long felt want and their scope and variety widen with every successive wedding. At first they were -- comic woolly dogs, tin spoons and darning cotton, cookbooks and dusters were suddenly poured upon the bride to be, and gales of laughter and gloomy prophecy were the result. Then came handkerchief showers, towel showers, linen showers. "Useful" showers followed, and then "useless" showers. Miss Margaret Hyde-Smith was given a kitchenware shower by Mrs. R. P. Schwerin, and Miss Virginie Van Loben gave Miss Edna Prather a bulb shower a few months ago. One of this month’s brides was given a ribbon shower last week, which was the first of its type that I have heard of. It was extremely pretty, by the way, for the contributions varied from a tangle of narrow lingerie ribbons, which was flung in a web over the recipient's head, to yards and yards of the new, wide sash ribbons, in squares and stripes and dots. The bride-to-be looked like a gay little rainbow. Miss Margaret Polk of Cincinnati was recently given a music shower, all sorts of bride-y music being selected for her. One of the most original showers of all was the "duty" shower that surprised a Los Angeles girl last week. Among her gifts were an alarm clock, a kitchen scales, an account book, a laundry list, dusters, a calling list, a cookbook and a dozen other things to remind her of the duties of the new life.
 Published in The Pacific Commercial Advertiser (Honolulu, Hawai’i, TH)
May 10, 1908

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