I was lucky to attend our local Kerrisdale antiques fair last weekend. It was the perfect sunny day and the arena is a short bike ride from our house. Had a ton of fun hunting treasures and snapping inspiration pics. I walked away with an assortment of very retro matchbook covers, I will share some very soon:)
Archive for the ‘Vintage’ Category
Vintage comestible (fancy term for food) labels are simply gorgeous, the time and care that went into the artwork makes them so very charming. My love of antique illustrated packaging verges on obsession, and as my friends and family know I have an ever growing collection. I think they are way too pretty to store away, but what to do with them? Frame them, yes, put them on recycled cans, even better! It couldn’t be easier to add some fun color to your desktop, table or nightstand. I am sharing three lovely labels from my collection with you. The “Dixie Maid” syrup label is a can label from the 1920′s, I researched the decade but I think her hairstyle makes it very evident. The other two labels were from fruit crates from the 20′s and 30′s. I have sized them for you so they fit around a standard Campbell’s soup can nicely. Simply print, cut them out and use spray adhesive or double sided tape. Voila!
Click on the links below to download your labels:
1 Emerald green Czech glass beads
2 Vintage Juliana brooch
3 Pantone color of the year – emerald green
4 Crackle glass pitcher c. 1950
5 Handpainted and silk screen scarf c. 1950
6 Vintage emerald green clear glasses
7 Vintage Hollywood Regency credenza
8 Charming vintage green cup, saucer, berry bowl, and bread and butter plate
9 Large reclaimed industrial salvage advertising neon sign setter
10 Chunky bangle bracelet
11 Vintage Christmas ornaments
12 Springtime vintage decorative book stack
“Stepback” is one of my favorite vintage shops in Vancouver. Owners Robin and Chris carry a unique mix of antique and vintage finds. Collections of milk glass, vintage hotel dinnerware and reclaimed printers blocks adorn the Kitsilano area shop. They have a real knack for thinking outside the box, I recently purchased a vintage egg separating rack that I plan to use as ephemera storage (they used it as a card display) such a fun idea!
In the pics above you will find:
-Vintage show forms from the iconic Vancouver company “Dayton Boots”.
-A collection of vintage wooden printers blocks.
-Lovely bone handled flatware
-A stack of gorgeous retro suitcases.
-Colorful collection of story books from the 40′s and 50′s
I thought this was so cool! To honor their anniversary Singer has created a VERY retro sewing machine. Check out more on the history of the legendary company here.
You may already know that Pantone’s color of the year is “Tangerine Tango“. I just love it and am having fun adding a modern fresh pop to my designs. Eclectic mid-century style is so hot for interiors right now and this is one of many places this color fits so well. Speaking of “Modern Vintage Style” check out my favorite new book by Emily Chalmers. It’s a great read on how to capture this coveted style and incorporate cool vintage treasures into your life.
Images clockwise from top right:
Vintage Christian Dior Scarf
Vintage Japan Gold Wire Wrapped Beads
Vintage Orange Leather Purse
Pantone Color of the Year – Tangerine Tango
Fashion Magazine Ad – Vogue
French Poster Art
Vintage Ceramic Owl Salt and Pepper Shakers
1940s Vintage Whittemores Oil Paste Shoe Polish Tin
Tangerine Book Collection
Orange Pyrex Coffee Cups
Vintage Push Button Phone
Japanese Orange Glass Marble Beads
Orange Mid Century Chair
Set of three Vintage Suitcases
It’s finally beginning to feel like Christmas. Some years it kind of seems to sneak up on me and before I know it it is so close!! This weekend I am going to be making some Christmas cookies with Izzy to get further in the spirit. I will let you know how they turn out on Monday. In the mean time I have had some fun digging up lovely vintage Christmas treasures. I especially love the antique chocolate mold!
I am just loving red right now! Red is not a shy retiring color that’s for sure, it can symbolize love, Christmas, passion, anger, war, sin and power. I love red’s energy, it’s the perfect color to be around while we embrace chilly weather. Check out our fun red finds and add some fire to your life!
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