Sunday, December 18, 2011

Vintage Christmas Ads Make Me Smile!

Happy Weekend before Christmas Sweet Hearts!
The month of December goes by in a blink for me,
does it seem that way to you too?

This morning I was watching 'Mad Men' on AMC, like I do every
Sunday morning, when I saw this great vintage 50's ad that was put on
Facebook by Retreuxgirl I LOVE the look of this ad & the verbage...
'Christmas Morning She'll be Happier With a Hoover'! Really?? :))

These ads look like they could have been created by the
advertising geniuses at 'Sterling Cooper Draper & Pryce'.
Could I possibly want anything more for Christmas then a Hoover??
Oh, I know...a new SCALE! 
What a Beautiful Way to Say Merry Christmas!! ;)

As I searched the Google images for Vintage Christmas Ads,
I had NO idea how popular cigarettes were as a Holiday Gift.
Desi & Lucy like them...

and so does Ronald Reagan! He's sending Chesterfields to all his friends,
because that's the Merriest Christmas any smoker can have!

But do you know what surprised me the most looking
through these vintage Christmas ads???

Santa smokes cigarettes TOO!!! LOL
I knew he smoked a pipe, but seein him toking on a cigarette
just looks a little weird to me.

I bet we all would like some chocolate covered, Peppermint Necco's
in our stockings, & they are STILL only 5 cents!

And who didn't love Wrigley's Spearmint gum growing up? Yummmmy.

But the Mother-lode of Holiday Gifts was ALWAYS...
a Schwinn Bicycle, right!

I got many bicycles for Christmas as a child.
We were never rich, maybe we were even a little on the poor side,
but my Christmas's were ALWAYS filled with Wonder & Delight.

It started with a trike, then moved up to a bike with training wheels,
then a Stingray with a gold, glittered seat & finally to a turquoise beach
cruiser with a little wicker basket attached to the handle bars in High School ...
I was a LUCKY little girl!

Because of this iconic advertising image, I think children around the world
always knew that Santa Claus LOVED Coca Cola...Simply Brilliant!

And isn't sad & poignant, that in every single generation, families were
hoping & praying for their loved ones to return home from the
war to be able to spend Christmas together.

I am SOOOO VERY EXCITED & I Thank GOD, that our service men
& women in Iraq will be HOME for the Holidays!!
The War is Over & the Last American Convoy has left Iraq,
that is most assuredly a Christmas Blessing!!!

So Sweet Friends,
I hope you enjoyed our little holiday trip down memory lane,
I know I did. And I hope some of these vintage ads gave you a smile,
as they did me.

And if you still have any last minute holiday gifts to get for your loved ones,
always remember...

Nothing says Merry Christmas & Hope for a New Year
of Peace & Love, quite like a Daisy...perfect for EVERYONE
on your Christmas List!! LOL


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A vintagesusie Christmas!

My Sweetest of  Hearts...
It seems I've been so silent as of late...
so much has been spinning around in my head & in my life,
but oh, how I've miss you!

I wasn't sure how Christmas was going to feel this year,
so many things still up in the air...
but Christmas feels like LOVE to me...

As I pull my decorations out, from there year long hibernation,
I look at each treasure with the eyes of a child...

some old decorations that I've had forever,
some new decorations that I purchased after Christmas last year,
but all equally MAGICAL.

My collection of tiny, German made wooden angels
that I've had since my daughter was a baby,

& boxes & boxes of Shiny Brite ornaments...

my twig trees that make a perfect display for my

glitter covered, reproduction vintage French postcards.

Every little thing having a special memory attached to it

like this 1950's Santa Claus from childhood...MAGIC!

At night, our home is cast with a soft amber glow,
the glow of warmth & family & contentment.

I can't help but feel sorry for Santa when he gets to our house,
having to come down & out of our pot belly stove...

but I don't think he minds, he's NEVER missed our house. ;)

The stockings were hung

on the chimney with care,

in hopes that Saint Nicholas

soon would be there.

An old treasure...

a new treasure...

& a small tree for our 1920 cabin in the woods.

And of course...


resting ever so gently on their nest.

Christmas memories surround me

and remind me of what Christmas REALLY is about...

Magic, Peace, Joy & Love.
All the things I wish most for you, during this glorious
Holiday Season.

Season's Greetings to all of my Sweet, Sweet Friends &
Peace on Earth
Goodwill Towards Men!


Monday, December 5, 2011

The Vintage Marketplace is FABULOUS!

There's nothing I LOVE more then a Christmas Boutique.

Well, actually there is...


The Vintage Marketplace takes place every 3 months

in Fallbrook, California & I look forward to each & every event.

The Talented Artists & Vintage Yummmmminess

at this show is Simply Delightful...

Christmas Joy & Holiday Merriment is everywhere you look,

along with some incredibly Gorgeous, Handmade gift giving ideas!

I ADORED these Christmas Aprons hangin on the line...

& how fun are all these vintage blocks & toys & tiles & SPOONS??

I could have spent ALL DAY in this one booth!

The Vintage Marketplace is organized by two Amazing Women...

Together they throw, what I believe to be,

one of the very BEST Vintage Boutique's in Southern California!

There's a little bit of EVERYTHING here,

WINGS to help you FLY & BOOTS to keep you grounded.

Here's the 2012 show dates so you can mark it on your calender...

if you're in the area, you do NOT want to miss it!

{these dates are Fridays & Saturdays}
March 2nd & 3rd, 2012

June 1st & 2nd, 2012

September 14th & 15th, 2012

November 30th & December 1st, 2012

I had such a fabulous time, I'm already making my wish list for next March...

I want it ALL!!! lol

What a PERFECT way to get into the

Holiday Spirit & start some of my Christmas shopping.

And I want to THANK The Vintage Marketplace

for sharing there photos with me,

I came with camera in hand, ready to snap away,

but FORGOT to put my digital card in the camera...

I NEVER said I was the sharpest tool in the shed!  ;)