Wednesday, April 28, 2010

VTT - Ole

Many years ago, my stepmother gave me these items that were made in Spain. She was a native of Spain, and so she and my father visited there from time to time.

This first pouch was to carry nylons.

I believe that is what the words mean.

This second one also has a zipper in the back, probably to store other intimate apparel.

I was also given this lovely shawl.
I received these gifts over 40 years ago, so I figured they would be considered vintage :-)

Please visit Coloradolady's blog and take a look at the other great vintage things.
It's always so fun to see what everyone is sharing.

Happy VTT! Have a great day!

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My first summer rose.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Are you a romantic?

I think I must be a romantic at heart.

I love to read old stories. I fell in love with the classics several years ago.

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice stole my heart. The love story between Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy wrapped me up in their emotional interludes. Love/hate/misunderstandings/reconciliation/happy ending. How could I ask for more?

And then there was Emma,

the spoiled country girl who tried to be the matchmaker. Only to find that it was she who would lose in love. Ah! But there is also another happy ending.

Sense and Sensibility............

Two sisters, two loves, two broken hearts, two happy endings.

Jane Austen is not the only author I favor.

I recently listened to the "Little Women" CD's. I found this to be a most enjoyable book. With so many characters and story lines. The book has so much more depth then the movies.

And speaking of movies, last year I watched "North and South", a PBS made for TV movie. I thought the production was good, and ventured to find the book. It was very elusive. But before our recent trip to Europe I came across a paperback copy to take with me.

I'm telling you, I was gripped by this book. The movie is nothing compared to the story of Margaret and Mr. Thornton. One reason I love to read these old classics, is that their emotions are written in such beautiful detail, and yet there is nothing unsavory.

Yep, I think I am a romantic at heart. Love the old classics. How about you??

Friday, April 23, 2010

Guess what I'm doing?

Sigh................. Spring :-)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

VTT - Let there be light

I've seen some very beautiful vintage lamps. The older lamps were made with such care for style and design.

These two lamps were painted by my mother in love.

This first one is small and is more like a night lamp. I love the beautiful poppies she painted on the globe.

The second one was a long time gift in the making. She had promised to make a lamp for each of her children 25 years ago. As her health started to fail, it became more difficult for her to achieve her goal. I am very happy that she was able to finish this gaslight style lamp for me.

And this last lamp belonged to my grandmother.

I always admired this lamp that sat in my aunt's house. One day I noticed that one of the panes was missing. She told me that one of her grandsons had accidently hit the lamp and the glass broke out of it. I offered to have it repaired. She then told me that if I had it repaired I could keep it. WOW was I ever excited! I imagine this lamp was from the 1920's.

Please be sure to stop by Coloradolady's blog and visit the other great vintage thingies today :-)

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Monday, April 19, 2010

A little bit of history

A couple of years ago, our family traveled to New Bern North Carolina. There were lots of interesting places to see as it is a very old part of America.

From Wikipedia -

New Bern was first settled in 1710 by Swiss and German Immigrants. It was named aftet the capital of Switzerland, Bern. The first permanent seat of the colonial govenment of North Carolina was located in New Bern. Following the American Revolutionary War, New Bern became the first state capital.

Tryon Palace was completed in 1770 and was the former house of British governor William Tryon.

It then became the original state capitol building of newly-independent North Carolina and remained so until the 1790s, when it burned down. A replica, built from the original plans and on the original foundation, is now maintained as a historic site and tourist attraction. During the 1800s Federal period, New Bern was the largest city in North Carolina. New Bern recovered after Raleigh took its place as the state capital with the help of trade routes to the Caribbean and New England. It reached a population of 3,600 in 1815.

New Bern was the site of the Battle of New Bern early in the American Civil War in which the town was captured and occupied by Union forces.

What's there to see, you ask? Take a peek -

the birthplace of Pepsi-Cola

New Bern is a neighboring town to Bath, NC.

Bath was North Carolinas first capital and port of entry. Bath is North Carolina's oldest town, celebrating its 300th anniversary in 2005.

I've been having some issues with the internet this weekend, so hopefully this will go through. I hope you enjoy a wonderful Spring filled week!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Mystery VTT

Today I am asking for some help! On a recent visit to Goodwill, I came across this lovely item.

What is it?? Is it a vase? Not sure.

The marking on the bottom says -

James Kent
Made in England

Okay, so I knew it was something good. But what is it?

So you can see it looks like it might be a small vase.

If anyone can shed some light on this lovely piece, I would appreciate it.

Please be sure to stop by Coloradolady's blog and visit the other great Vintage Thingies :-)

Monday, April 12, 2010

A Spring Tea Party

I always enjoy a tea party. And a Spring Tea Party is so inviting. Won't you join me?

How about a piece of carrot cake at this bunny time of year?

I so enjoy sharing a cuppa with you.

I am joining Rhondi for her Tea Party Tuesday, and Lady Katherine's Tea Time Tuesday.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I always enjoy your visits. Have a beautiful week!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

A lost art

Isn't it sad that so many of the crafts that were once hand done, are being lost to this generation. When we traveled to Europe a couple of weeks ago, we visited a shop that still had hand made lace.

The lady in the shop gave us a little demonstration on how the lace is made.

She told us that it takes eight years to learn how to make the fine lace.

She also told us that the younger generation is not interested in making lace, so many of the shops sell imports.

Some of the lace was very beautiful.

This shop was closed, so we could only see what was displayed in the window.

Maybe one day there will be a resurgence of interest in making fine handmade lace.

Have a beautiful weekend :-)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

VTT It's the Real Thing

Coca-Cola is the "Real Thing".

This sign was in front of the building where I took the picture of the bench from yesterday's post. I'd love to have a sign like this.

Because I'd love to add it to these glasses.

I've had these Coca-Cola glasses for about 20 years. And recently, at an Antique shop I found this straw holder.

On the bottom of the straw holder, it says ............

The Coca-Cola Company 1992.

So although it is not really vintage, it makes a fine addition to my glasses.

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Monday, April 5, 2010


How was your Easter? I'm sure many memories were being made yesterday. For the last 60 years, my in-laws have had an Easter picnic at their house.

Three generations have grown up attending the Easter doings. After attending church services, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins by the gazillions, and sometimes friends have gathered to share a meal and enjoy the fun.

The youngest member of the family, who is not quite one year old...............

And the oldest Aunty who is nearly 95 years old, pictured with her namesake................

Children lined up to "hit the Pinata"..............

And of course, diving for the booty.................

Traditions............ we all have them. Maybe yours has come about in a different way. But the greatest tradition we had yesterday was celebrating the Risen Savior. If it was not for the sacrifice HE made, we would be dead to sin, eternally. HE paid the price for the debt we owed.

We are all sinners, since we have all done wrong things. But God made a way for us to be forgiven so we can have eternal life in heaven. All we have to do is recognize our sinfulness and accept the fact that Jesus paid the penalty for our sin when he died on the cross.

"For God so loved the world, that He gave his only Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16

Have a great week!