Saturday, March 31, 2007

Vintage Glassware

This must be the month for glassware! Everywhere I go I keep finding more of it. Below are some of my newest treasures - in the first picture are 2 Polynesian/Tiki-like glasses, or mugs with a wooden handle. Found at yard sale, $1.00 for the pair. I hope to find more of them for my future Tiki Bar :)

When I found these flamingo iced tea glasses, my heart skipped a beat! They are very large, although they don't look it in the picture. Aren't they great! I purchased 5 of them at a yard sale for $3, but alas, when I got home one of them was broken. sniff....sniff..... But I still have an even number of 4, and that is fine with me.

I love these cute flowery glasses, actually my hubby spotted them at a thrift store. The colors are so cheerful, and they go perfectly with our kitchen which is a jadeite green, with accents of soft yellow and red. We use these glasses all the time. Thrifted for $1.50 for a set of 4.

Here are a few "orphan" pieces of thrifted glassware that I have come across. I will keep hunting for a couple more of the yellow gingham ones, and would eventually like a set of the striped one. Love the colors on it! 25 cents each for the yellow ones, 10 cents for the striped one.


Friday, March 30, 2007

Find of the Week - Cookbooks!

I have always adored those little cook-booklets that were so popular in the 40's-50's, I love the pictures in them, and especially some of the off-the-wall recipes that can be found in them :) Well you could have knocked me over with a feather when I found the mother of them all, this HUGE binder full of them! This binder is about 6 inches thick, and some of the books included in it are: 500 Tasty Snacks, 500 Delicious Dishes from Leftovers, 250 Classic Cake Recipes, 250 Ways to Prepare Poultry, 250 Superb Pies and Pastries, 250 Delicious Soup Recipes, 500 Delicious Salad Recipes, 250 Ways to Prepare Meat, 250 Fish and Seafood Recipes, 300 Ways to Serve Eggs, 250 Ways to Serve Vegetables, 250 Delectable Desserts, 250 Ways to Serve Potatoes, 500 Tasty Sandwich Recipes, 250 Ways to Make Candy, 250 Luscious Refrigerator Desserts, 250 Cookie & Small Cake Recipes, 300 Healthful Dairy Dishes, 250 breads, Biscuits and Rolls, 250 Sauces and Gravies, Meals for Two Cookbook, Body Building Dishes for Children, 2000 Useful Facts About Food, and Menus for Every Day of the Year......whew!!!!! Can you tell I'm excited?!?! More pix below:


Vintage Cookbooks - Part 3

Here is the "Montgomery Ward Home Freezing Cookbook" from 1946. Next to is a really cool book from Armour and Company, it was a souvenir from the 1934 Century of Progress World's Fair!

And then there is "21 None Such Mince Meat Recipes" which has some really nifty pictures. But I have to ask - what IS mince meat???? Really - I know I have had it at least once in my life, can't remember it though, but nowhere in this book does it tell me what it actually is???

And next is a newer booklet called "A Season to Celebrate with Philadelphia Cream Cheese" I love that stuff! My granny used to make a wicked fruity-cheesy dessert out of it for the holidays. If you ask me, probably anything they could cook up would be good with Philly in it. I have to ramble on here for a minute - have you tried the ready made Philadelphia Cheesecake filling yet?? I recently found it in a tub container in the dairy case, and let me tell you - THIS STUFF IS ADDICTING! I had every intention of making the suggested Cheesecake out of it, but I must sadly report that it never made it that far...I ate it right out of the container! (I am embarrassed to say) but ohmygoodness was it tasty! Dare you to try it and not do the same! LOL


Vintage Cookbooks - Part 2

Lookie!! Here we have none other than "The Galloping Gourmet TV Cookbook" from 1972 featuring favorite dishes from Deep South Pacific. Note on the cover Graham Kerr is holding a Macaw parrot on his arm (hope that is not part of his menu :) Next to that is another book, "Blue Ribbon Recipes - County Fair Winners" yummmmm-eeeee, those goodies on the cover are calling my name!

I love those spiral bound cookbooks that are put out by churches and community groups - this one is called "The Salem Sampler" and has recipes from the members of the Salem Covenant Church in New Brighton (wherever that is) and then an old Swedish cookbook, called "The Smorgasbord Cookbook".


Vintage Cookbooks - Part 1

I hit the jackpot this week at a neighborhood yard sale, and got a whole box of vintage Cookbooks - for $2!!!!! I am in heaven. Now I did not NEED another cookbook, I have a ton of them already - and could never, ever make all the recipes in a lifetime, but I HAD to get them. It would have been a crime to leave them sitting there all alone, right?

Here is "Bananas...How to Serve Them", and "Southern Cookbook - 250 Fine Old Recipes" - and indeed they are. The Banana Cookbook is a hoot! - look at the second picture and they have all these little animated bananas doing wacky things in the can click on the pix to enlarge them if you like.


Thursday, March 29, 2007

Vintage Sewing Book

Here we have "The Complete Book of Sewing" that I thrifted this week for 50 cents. It is a substantial book from 1943. Get a load of the picture, don't you just love it! It has some great illustrations inside too. I am not the greatest of sewers, much to the dismay of my grandmother who, along with my great-grandmother, owned a custom dress design shop many years ago. You would think it would rub off on me, wouldn't you? She always would come along and fix up my messes, rip out the stitches, and do it the correct way....bless her heart, she did exquisite work. Who knows, maybe this book will inspire me to hone my sewing skills? :)

I got a bunch of old cookbooks too, and will post them tomorrow when I get the pix taken. :) Yes, I CAN cook! LOL


Thrifted Potholders

Got these earlier this week, they were 25 cents each. The first one is a little crocheted (at least I think it is crocheted) dress, so adorable! And then this darling owl embroidered on the round potholder. Old kitchen-ey stuff warms my heart :)


Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Thrifted Birdies

Is this not the cutest little egg cup? It was only about 50 cents at the thrift store. I don't know about where you live, but around here egg cups have become very hard to find in thrift stores.

I'm not really sure what this little guy's use is, other than to be cute. It is too small to be a planter, and not an egg cup. He was $1 at a yard sale.

The birdie salt and pepper shakers were a find at $1. I was at an antique mall and the dealer was apparently closing his booth. Everything was marked so "cheep" I had to bring them home :)

Another egg cup, this one has a scalloped edge on top - I love the pictures on it!


Thrifted Lamb Cookie Jar

When I found this cookie jar, I couldn't believe it! I was at the thrift store and almost jumped over the counter to get it. The place was so crowded, and it was at the end of the day - can't believe no one else bought him - guess he was waiting for me to take him home :) He was only $6.00, and is in perfect condition.


More Vintage Easter Collectibles

Here are some super cute vintage plastic Easter decorations - I think this little chick next to the cup is one of my very favorite ones :)

Sweet little yellow bunny rattle.

Little yellow and red Easter chick.

Here is the yellow chick among a bunch of other red and yellow collectibles that I have perched atop one of my kitchen knick-knack cabinets. As you can see, I love stuff with cute faces - especially the "veggie people" :)


Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Vintage Easter Egg Decorations

Here are some very old packages of Easter Egg dyes and decorations - the yellow box was full of egg decals, transfers and sticker type things, along with egg dyes. Some of them had been used already, but they were still in good shape, and of course, I kept them. The old Paas envelope had some water damage on it, but was still very cute :)


Vintage Easter Collectibles - Part 2

Here come some more vintage Easter decorations - the first one is really neat, it is a complete Easter centerpiece, still in it's original envelope, it is a "Rust Craft Easter Parade Party Centerpiece"

Oh I just love this one, the little bunny in a honeycomb basket, with little easter eggs made of honeycomb tissue that fold out. It has 3 more eggs on the reverse side of the decoration.

Here is one of the old German egg candy containers, they are so colorful and sweet!

Here is another German egg candy container, it is huge! It is about 12" long, and I only photographed 1/2 of it because it wanted to roll all over the place. Some lucky child got one big haul of candy in this egg! :)


Monday, March 26, 2007

Thrifted Easter Bunnies

These little fellas have come home with me from various thrifting excursions. This little guy is an old Japanese piece, his scooter is missing the handlebars, but he is so cute I couldn't pass him up.

Here is a little chalkware bunny that hopped into my arms from the shelf at the thrift store :)

This little bunny is only about 4" tall, he is carved wood and soooo cute!

I love this piece, it is a ceramic egg and the back is covered in amber rhinestones, and the 2 bunnies smooching are so adorable! (I am such a sucker for this stuff :)

This is a homemade piece, whoever made it signed it 1972. The top lifts off and you can stash goodies or candy in the basket bottom.


Vintage Easter Collectibles - Part 1

Here are some of my collection of vintage Easter Decorations, they are so cute and I love the pastel colors. I will start off with the old paper mache Easter Bunnies. The whole gang of them are lined up in the photo above, I have been collecting them for a while.


Sunday, March 25, 2007

Good to Be Back!!!!!!

Hello everyone! I am back :) It has been almost a year that I have been away from my blogs, and I missed them terribly, especially all the friends I had made through them.

What happened? My husband has several major health problems, and one of them got much worse. (I won't go into details at this time, because he may not want me telling the world his medical history).

Also, we have decided to move, and have been packing for awhile. (You have no idea how much stuff we have here!!! - in addition to everything in this house, we have a full basement, a 2.5 car garage loaded with stuff, and a 30' storage space) - and we are still not done packing.

Anyway, we have decided to move away from this area - it is a lovely area, beautiful and clean, and the forest preserve is very close by, which I love. However, this area has become really overpriced, and we feel it is time for a change. Also, our current home is too "modern" for my liking, I want a quaint older home with lots of character. All my vintage collectibles just never looked right in this home, as much as we tried. We need a bigger back yard as we plan on getting a dog - we have our heart set on a Golden Retriever :) Time to explore a new city/town, whatever we choose. We have been looking into several areas, and are narrowing the choices so we can make a decision and start house hunting.

So that is it in a nutshell, and although I am very busy right now (and YES I still find time to go thrifting...LOL), I really wanted to get my blog rolling again. I am only going to keep this one updated for now, and after we move and get settled, will get my other blogs going again. So glad to be back - I missed you all!!!!!!!!