Monday, July 22, 2013

A Little More Blue . . .

Here's a soft, well-loved vintage tablecloth
that works well in my kitchen.

This little tiered server adds that
little extra "mid-century modern" vibe.

 I haven't been able to identify the flowers. 
Any ideas?  I'd love to know.
I picked up this decoupaged cutie
after spotting the Anton Pieck illustrations.

After a little on-line searching,
I discovered that this keepsake box was crafted from a kit
manufactured most likely in the late 60's-early 70's.

Although unable to find an intact kit, I discovered
many finished boxes and purses similar to this one.

The wooden decoupaged purses usually fetch
higher prices.

Most of the boxes and purses have velvet linings
with ric-rac trim.

Helen did a wonderful job on her treasure box. 
 I love the personal touch of her fabric tag.
I recognized Anton Pieck's art
from children's books
illustrated with his work.
His work was also frequently used for
three dimensional paper cutting crafts.
If you're lucky, you might come across
a collectible wooden purse that contains
a shadowbox.  The shadowbox will
have the three dimensional Pieck image.
Thank you to Glory Be Vintage
for letting me post this picture of her Etsy item.
Have you recently found a vintage treasure?
I'd love to hear about it.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Blue Feels Like Home

Blue feels like home.
Like aquamarine with teasing tide,
or powder blue with cotton clouds,
Midnight navy between the stars.
Nestled egg, the robin kind.
Deep indigo on Staffordshire, 
Aged, azure-tinted canning jars.
 It whispers out of Grandma's opal
appears sky-like in my children's eyes--
familiar, known, but new.
Ah, yes!
Cerulean turns and looks at me --
Their father's blue, what sky becomes,
a deeper, dearer, colored hue.
Blue feels like home.
I find blue very calming and use the color for my living room,
 dining room, and kitchen.

I don't find blue very often during my vintage linen searches.
If I happen upon a piece, I try more often than not to bring it home with me.

This square blue cotton tablecloth was probably part of
a bridge or luncheon cloth set.
(Think card table size.)
 This hostess probably received many gracious compliments
on her needlework and crochet -- both are beautifully done.
Her unique color selections would have made her table memorable.
I hope you are taking time to smell the roses.
Summer's quickly passing us by and with it the season's blossoms.
Enjoy them!


What color do you most enjoy?  Please tell me why,