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Showing posts with label history. Show all posts

Monday, May 25, 2015

Around the Bend and Into the Past...

I know most of us believe in the term "Serendipity".

  1. the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.
    "a fortunate stroke of serendipity"
    synonyms:(happy) chance, (happy) accident, fluke
    luck, good luck, good fortune,fortuityprovidence
    happy coincidence
    "the consequence of serendipity is sometimes a brilliant discovery"

This little occurrence by chance wasn't by chance at all,
and it started for me about 23 years ago.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Vintage Inspiration Friday #21: Legendary Luggage

There's just something about
the feel and look of old leather luggage.
The patina and wear bring exotic places to mind.

Who has carried it?
Where were they going?
Romance or business?
Ingenue or seasoned traveler?

A tourist in France...

or on African safari...

vintage luggage holds a fascination for me;
it's an inspiration.


iconic trunks of a bygone era

In the cargo hold of a transatlantic liner,

...or in a sleeper car on a European Express.

...think Hercule Poirot and Agatha Christie

What treasures of lace and linen...
furs and jewels,
did they contain?

monogrammed with identification
for the worldwide traveler

lasting a lifetime and beyond.

repurposed for everyday living

A French trademark

(all images found at

I've admired these for years
... and thanks to my sweet husband;
I was blessed with a little vintage inspiration just for me.

Now to share some fun from last week...

Have Trunk...Will Travel

She stole my {vintage} heart

Faded Prairie Couture

Think Spring!!

This girl is a constant source of inspiration!
love ya, Jeanine!

Hope you'll join in for
 Vintage Inspiration Friday!
anything vintage inspired...

Be sure and grab the
Vintage Valentine Party Button

love you all!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Vintage Patriotic Party with the White, Red and Blue

Today you get "He Said"
and "She Said"
let's listen in...

She said, LOVE the 4th of July!!!
(she says this ALL the time)

cookouts, fireworks, swimming, family
trips to the lake...

and some great patriotic decor.

But HE said...

What? you do that all the time,
You're attending A Vintage Patriotic Party...?

That needs to include some real Civil War artifacts!

She said, OK, let's put together a vignette from the battlefield.
Decor, decor, decor!!!

Officer's camp stool with carpet seat.
old drum and sticks with a tambourine and songbook.

Vintage flag and Grand Army of the Republic banner.

and a cannonball that should not be dropped on your toes
while you're arranging said battlefield vignette.

Then she said, wow, that was great!
Now, how about some vintage
"girlie" patriotic goods!

July 1916 Ladies Home Journal Magazine

vintage raised patriotic postcard

A biscuit tin depicting the making of the Liberty Bell.
with vintage grave marker flags
in her favorite wicker flower basket.

Old Canco candy box with a lovely lass dressed in the "colors".

And, how about some more patriotic fun
in the sunroom?

An advertising calendar plate
from Alma, Michigan.

And some vintage American flags.

They make a great couple
don't ya think?

Join in with Joan and all the party goers
to celebrate the
 Vintage 4th Party

And I'm sneaking in to
with Kathleen
Over at Faded Charm.
(just can't miss)

One more day!!!!
If you haven't entered the Give Away
there's still time.

More sunroom pics next post.

Hurrah for the

Red white and blue!!!

love y'all,

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Vintage Black Friday, Mourning Attire

Vintage Black Friday is here.
What will I do when this party is over?
I have enjoyed it so much.

 for hostessing this wonderful opportunity
 to fulfill all my "vintage black" desires.


When Queen Victoria of England lost her precious husband Albert, in December of 1861 she went into deep mourning. She took the custom of wearing "mourning black" to a new level. All the Victorian ladies of that time followed her in the custom. It became an outward showing of grief when a loved one passed. Many women created a whole new wardrobe for the now fashionable black attire.

Queen Victoria and daughter
with bust of Albert

another image (unknown) from late 1800's

Two current replicas of mourning attire

Mary Todd Lincoln

Two mourning blouses found at a local flea market

When I was in High School, Gone With the Wind
 was re-released in theatres.
I had read the book twice by then
and fell in love with the movie.

These two images are from the movie scene where Scarlett is attending a ball shortly after the death of her husband. For you not familiar with the story, Scarlett married a man she did not love, trying to invoke jealousy from her beloved Ashley Wilkes. When her husband died in the Civil War, she found herself in a strict code of mourning, but her heart was not in it.

Please click on this
YouTube link to see Scarlett and Rhett
dance the Virginia Reel.
You will love it!!

Have a Wonderful Vintage Black Friday

Do a little dance today!

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