Friday, January 30, 2015

Valentine's Day is Almost Here

Valentine's Day is Almost Here! I know you didn't forget ... but thought I'd mention it. Every February 14th the world is full of hearts and flowers and I love yous! ... and we are here to help. We've got heart cards and heart jewelry ... heart matches and heart boxes ... birds with hearts ... pins with hearts ... and just plain hearts!

Valentine's Day
Is a wonderful way
To make "I love you"
Easy to say.

That's a cute little ditty by Turlough O'Carolan ... and it's true. Some folks have a bit of a hard time saying those three little words ... I Love You. Valentine's Day is an easy excuse to say it ... in many ways.

There has been a lot of conversation ... and skepticism ... about St. Valentine. The celebration of St. Valentine's Day was "created" by Pope Gelasius I in 496 to legitimatize a pagan festival of fertility. St. Valentine himself has been discredited and his holy day was removed from the Catholic liturgy in 1969. But the holiday still thrives!

Valentine's Day did not take on its current context until 1381, Chaucer composed a poem in honor of the engagement between England's Richard II and Anne of Bohemia. As was the poetic tradition, Chaucer associated the occasion with a feast day. In "The Parliament of Fowls," the royal engagement, the mating season of birds and St. Valentine's Day are linked:

For this was on St. Valentine's Day,
When every fowl cometh there to choose his mate

Well I am not a poet, but here at Vintages we can link you up to some wonderful Valentine gifts and cards. Here is a gallery of some of what we have in the shop. For the rest you'll have to come on in!

Vintage, Handmade, Sentimental ... Valentines of all sorts!
Light a fire with your Valentine ... Boxed Matches $5.25 per box
Old Vintage Valentines ... Just like the old days! Starting at $2 each
Hearts ... Hearts ... Hearts
I Love You ... say it your way with chalk boards and labels
Little singin' birds can deliver your Valentine note ... just $14.95 each
Who knows what this LOVE box will hold? $14.95 each
You gotta have a card ... right!
How about a cute box with a glitter heart? or maybe hugs & kisses? Add your own special something. $14.95 each
Murano glass hearts ... $22.95 each * That beautiful vintage French porcelain box could hold a true treasure for you special someone at $39 (one only)
Glass hearts in many colors ... $4.95 each

This is a DIY kit to make your own decorated boxes and bags. Perfect for the office, the class or a party ... $18.95 per kit
Handmade red heart ... reclaimed wood and found objects ... unique ... $57.95 each

Susan has made a large number of heart pendants in glass and clay ... starting at $12.95 each
Cute little Valentine pins ... $1.49
Vintage images of all sorts ... perfect for cards, collages, and such
Love these handmade spice tin angels ... $79.95 each
 Happy Valentine's Day ...

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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