Saturday, July 31, 2010

Ideas for Vintage Show Ribbons

Ribbons are beautiful, satiny and colorful. There will always be one to match or coordinate with your decor. They are beautiful together or all alone. I have had several customers buy them in groupings to decorate their offices. Below is the same idea in a bedroom.

Another fun idea is dressing up a mannequin. LOVE this! I have a relative that has a mannequin in her hallway and she dresses her up for every season. How fun "she" will look with her daughter's ribbons on there. 


By some ribbons and enjoy making your space colorful!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

I Do Believe Country Living Missed the Mark with Horse Ribbons

Country Living is my favorite magazine by far but horse ribbons were really hot a year ago. I just received September's issue this week and there is a horse collecting theme. Horse Show Ribbons are one of the featured items. The price for ribbons can range from $9.99 - $20.  I think they also had had a beautiful display of vintage ribbons in a frame last month. Here are a few of the vintage ribbons I have sold.
 A year ago my ribbons were selling like hot cakes but now not as quick. I hope Country Living makes a new interest in all show ribbons! Not only are horse ribbons beautiful but dairy and dog too.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Vintage Western Electric Phone Ma Bell

The joy of my job, being out on the road and hunting for treasures, is that I get to bring home whatever suits my fancy for the day. Yesterday it was phones. Actually, I have been looking at phones for awhile. I grew up with the original Ma Bell phone even though it was the 80s. WOW! As a teen that was an awful phone. Cool to look at and I always loved the rotary dial sound but it was heavy and the pointed handle meant I couldn't talk for hours. I also loved the ringer! 

Theses are 2 different model 302s. The top phone is made out of thermoplastic with a bakelite handle. The bottom phone is steel with a very hard rubber handle. Both are early 50s. Both can be found at:

 If you are old enough to remember Ma Bell would charge her customers $4 a month to rent these phones. I think that is about $50 in today's money. Can you imagine?!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Crates for Organizing

You can hang crates! Don't just think horizontal. You can buy any square crate and they don't have to be the same size to hang the wall for organization. All you need is to make sure that they are sturdy. But my favorite idea here, from the gypsydaisyblog, is the Coke soda crate or organize books. Here at home we use these low crates to organize canned food and other pantry items. I have tons of theses crates and others for sale.   If you don't see the one you want just email me from my etsy site. I also have mason jars for sale.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Antique Sewing Drawers Uses

Sewing drawers are fantastic organizing tools. The top picture is from Blueberry Cottage Primitives. Makes a cute basket and an easy way to carry. But if you don't want to buy or to create one yourself just use a drawer as is. 

You can use for socks in child's room, storage of folders in an office or hold meds in a bathroom.  Get creative!

Friday, July 16, 2010

A Fabulous Professional Picture Using One of my Vintage Cameras

One of my customers, Meagan, bought this camera from me on my Etsy shop and took this amazing professional photograph. It is just begging to be displayed! To see more of her fabulous work visit and for more camera ideas please keep looking through my blog!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Time for Another Suitcase Showcase!

All these pictures are from Country Living Mag. but you can easily do this yourself! Suitcases have SO many uses. Decorate, store things in, display, make a pet bed. I have a GORGEOUS set of suitcases listed on ebay (ingeniouslycreative) and some listed on etsy. Just use the link on the right. Or if you have some laying around the house use them and send me some pictures and I will post them! I love new ideas! KW8M2CXCVH42 

Sunday, July 4, 2010

A Litte Break from the Typical Work

Too hot to do much of anything lately and not enough rain so I spend a LOT of time watering and in the garden taking care of things. In the first picture I got the homemade trellis at an estate sale.  

In the last picture is an antique lawn jockey. I have had a few of these in travels. Google and see the interesting history on these. This little man isn't too old (40's) and his electric has been cut so he isn't too expensive. A true original will be over $1000. There is a milk can with original paint in front of the door. My cats use that to peer in the window and let me know they are home. On the right is a 6ft bench I "rescued" from a barn and a barrel with a wandering jew on it. 

The barrel is an item I will ship from my etsy shop but the other items are pickup items due to size.