Posts Tagged ‘vintage’

Remarkable Red Vintage Finds

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

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!

Top row from left:

Monogrammed French linen cloth with red stripes
Vintage Feedsack fabric in red gingham
Red and White Bowling Bag

Second row from left:
Vintage Gumball Machine
Antique Cast Iron Hound Dog Bookends
Red and White Enamelware

Third row from left:
Vintage Red Striped Tumblers
Vintage Red Tins

Toy Sewing Machine

Fourth row from left:
Red Plaid Bag
Aluminum Toy Cars
Vintage Red Princess Winter Coat

DIY Ephemera Display

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Here is a really easy and fun way to show-off your paper treasures. Photos, postcards, vintage notions or anything that inspires you can be displayed this way. I hot glued some pretty mother of pearl buttons on to regular flat head thumbtacks and then wound some baker’s twine around them. This created a fun zig-zag clothesline effect. I used little photo clips/hooks to hang my collection but regular clothespins would work just as well. I think of this as a sort of mood board that will evolve and continue to inspire. Of course the pic of my lovely Isabella will be a permanent fixture!

Another Display Idea:

Vintage Sewing Notions

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

I must admit I was bitten by the collecting bug when I was very young. There is just something about groups of pretty things that I find irresistible. Lately my passion has been vintage sewing notions. Vintage mother of pearl buttons and the charming retro graphics on old needle books are just lovely. I am working on a unique way to display my growing collection and will keep you posted:)

DIY Pin Cushion

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

On a recent trip to Victoria I stopped at one of my favorite antique shops on Fort street. I happened upon this adorable child’s cup from the 1930′s. The cup was made by W.R. Midwinter Ltd, Burslem, England. For those of you who share my love of vintage here is a little info about the manufacturer.

William Midwinter started the factory at Bank Potteries but their success was so big that in 1914 they had to move to a new location, Albion Pottery. The factory excelled in the production of nursery ware, for which they employed designer William Heath Robinson. Roy Midwinter joined the company in 1946. This mark on my cup was in use from 1932 till 1941.

Well after bringing the cup home I decided “Georgie Porgie” looked a little too sad so I am hoping he will feel more useful now that he is a part of my funky new pincushion!

  1. Start by heating your glue gun. Fill the bottom of your cup with something heavy – we suggest rice. Using fabric scissors, cut your fabric and sheets of cotton batting into circles which are about 3 times as wide as the opening of your cup.
  2. Grab an elastic and your cotton batting and prepare to wrap your styrofoam ball. We suggest using 2-3 layers of the cotton batting to ensure that you’ll have plenty of space for your pins to hold.
  3. Next, wrap your styrofoam ball with layers of cotton batting, then secure tightly with an elastic. Finish by adding your layer of fabric on top, securing with a second elastic.
  4. Using your glue gun, add a thin layer of glue to the top of the inside of your cup. You want to ensure that the padded pin cushion stays inside the cup when the pins are pulled in and out. Push down, and hold tightly for a minutes until the glue sets.

Simple as that – You’re finished! Fill up your new pin cushion and feel free to add any extra decorations like ribbons or bows to compliment your fabric choice. Enjoy!


Countdown to Surtex!

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

I have been working hard getting ready for Surtex, a tradeshow for licensing art and design. The show takes place starting this weekend from May 15-17th at the Jacob K. Javitz Convention Center in New York. If you’re going to Surtex, please stop by my booth, #639, I’d love to meet you!

This is my second year exhibiting at Surtex. My promotional mailer this year was a Passport themed book showcasing some of my newest designs. I decided to go for a vintage feel for the packaging and used some of my vintage Canadian stamps to adorn the envelope.




Pink with Punch

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Pink is joyful, romantic and brimming with youthful energy. In spite of pinks many qualities, I must confess I didn’t used to like it. That was simply the way it was until my daughter Isabella came along. I am now a converted pink lover as all mothers of five year old girls must be. Pink, pink, pink is everywhere in my world and now very much in style (thank goodness)! The Pantone color of the year is a lively vibrant “Honeysuckle” pink #18-2120.

On a recent trip to Hawaii I had lunch at the famous “pink” Royal Hawaiian hotel in Waikiki. Being there gave me many ideas on how I might incorporate pink into my home even more. If you crave a shot of this passionate playful color we’ve found some vintage gems from Etsy that are sure to do the trick. Enjoy!

1 Vintage set of 5 hot pink melmac cups
2 Mid-Century Pink – a rare vintage late 1940′s Vera Neumann parachute scarf
3 Pink Lustre Wall Pocket Head Vase
4 Audubon bird book plate print
5 Peony pink vintage buttons
6 Vintage pink and brown chocolate cocoa tin
7 1965 cover Christmas Ornaments George Sprod, vintage Punch magazine
8 1950′s fully restored typewriter
9 Vintage 1950′s hot pink chiffon organza dress

Vintage Delights at “A Baker’s Dozen”

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Vintage Finds


If you’re ever in Vancouver you must visit one of my favorite shops. Slightly North of Main Street’s antique row is “A Baker’s Dozen” owned by Heather Baker, one of Vancouver’s well known antique dealers. This lovely shop is brimming with unique and collectible vintage goods and antiques. Heather has a special talent for grouping things in collections which makes for a visually enticing shopping experience. When I am in the area I just can’t resist a peek.

A Baker’s Dozen is at 3520 Main street, Vancouver BC.