Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tins, Bottles, Boxes, and more Tins!

Last weekend I was lucky enough to go to an auction with my mom and the weekend before I went to an auction with my daughter ... what fun! Tins/bottles/boxes seemed to be in the cards for me both weekends. Here are some of my finds...

Some of them I've already put in my etsy store, some I will have up on ebay and some I'm keeping for myself.

The one that I just adore is this pink cardboard prescription pill box ... it's just so cute. It is very small measuring 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 5/8" and still has the prescription label intact. There is no date on the label so I did a little research and found that the Meyer Brother's & Co. existed in the late 1800's and early 1900's but can't find when they went out of business. Since I didn't get anywhere with the company search, I searched to see when cardboard prescription boxes were made and found anywhere from the 1930's - 1960's. Based on some of the boxes I saw, I would guess this box to be from the 1960's.

This Judson Thomson Slotted Clinch Rivet tin is kind of catchy with it's black text, product image, and yellow background. It contains directions on the back for driving and clinching the Thomson slotted clinch rivet. The Judson L. Thomson manufacturing company was in business in Waltham, MA in the late 1800's, they were in violation of section 3 of the Clayton Act in 1944, and they made improvements to the automatic riveting machine in 1962. Too bad there were no rivets in this tin to add to the charm.

I just love old tins and their history.

Friday, September 18, 2009

White Heart Project .... Done!

So over the weekend, I finished up the two smaller hearts (see previous blog entry) which left me with the three bigger hearts to do.

I knew that I wanted to add pictures in these bigger hearts. I used the kids senior pictures but finding a picture of me and my husband was challenging ... every picture of us tended to include a kid in the middle :) After adding the pictures I created the yo yos with cross-stitched button centers spelling out L-O-V-E and using the same material as the background for the smaller hearts. Still needed a little something ... so I added a music note charm to my daughter's picture since she is studying to be a music teacher, a hockey skate charm to my son's picture since that is and has been one of his passions, and a cross from an old ring that I used to wear to me and my husband's picture since our family loves the Lord and give thanks and praise to him everyday.

So here's the finished project ...

The picture doesn't do it justice ... I just love the way it turned out! I've just started reading the book Vintage Vavoom: Romantic Decorating with One-of-a-Kind Finds. I'm really enjoying the book and I think this project personalizes my living space with a soft romantic look as well as brings in some momentos of my past ... Vintage Vavoom!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Small White Hearts Done

This weekend I really enjoyed working on this project. I finished the small white hearts.

For the background of both of the small white hearts, I used leftover fabric from my one and only quilt project (about 20 years ago). I also glued a little piece of blue-ish, gray sparkly ric rac and a dainty little fabric rose to each.

For the heart on the left, I pinned a locket brooch that I used to wear years ago which has a picture of each of my kids in it from when they were 1-2 years old. I glued a couple vintage buttons to finish the look.

For the heart on the right, I made a heart out of vintage buttons and then finished the look with a cute clip on earring that I just adore.

I've almost got the last 3 white hearts done ... just looking for one last picture.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Gathering Supplies to Decorate White Heart Frames

Last night I began to collect supplies for the project. I found a couple pretty remnants from a quilt that I made in the 80's. I also found some old brooches, buttons, beads, ric rac, lace, doilies, and clip on earrings. I'm excited about the finds ... hope to get started tonight.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

What To Do With These Pretty White Hearts

I just love these white heart picture frames ... they hang in my bedroom. I've had every intention of putting pictures in them but have not found the right pictures. I've figured out the reason ... I'm trying to find the right size picture to fit in the hearts and use a mat of course.

This weekend I decided that I'm going to finish this project and I'm going to think outside the box ... I'm not going to look for the perfect picture and mat ... I'm going to try something different.

Watch this week (could take two) as this project unfolds and feel free to offer suggestions.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Labor Day Weekend - Yeah!

Labor Day ... the unofficial end of summer. Last weekend at the lake cottage, beach, camp ... or summer home. Barbeques, cookouts, and picnics. Shopping the Labor Day sidewalk sales. Family time ... a three day weekend of pure family time.

The Department of Labor explains that Labor Day is "a tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country".

Through the years, it's evolved from a labor union celebration to a last fling of summer activities. As for me and my family we will be spending time together, relaxing, and a little barbeque-ing. Hope you enjoy your Labor Day!

'Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.'
Matthew 11:28