Monday, December 22, 2014

More Vintage Christmas Ads!

Well here we are again, just a few days away from the Miracle
of Christmas & I'm thinking...'What would be a fun thing to
blog about?', when I remember one of my most popular
posts was the one I did 3 years ago on...
Vintage Christmas Ads!
They always make me smile & even provide a few Holiday
chuckles, which is always appreciated right about now.
For example, look at the wonderment & joy all the street goers
have when they see this top of the line, Smith Corona typewriter.
It's reminds me of walking by the Apple store today & look at
the little girl. She's so darned excited, she's got her nose
pressed up against the window! That's a secretary
in training without a doubt, right!
This ad is truly appropriate, because really...who wouldn't want a Rolex
for Christmas. I would just like a Rolex before I die,  although I'm
quite sure THAT will never happen. The part of this ad that
is disturbing for me, is that I'm pretty sure this gentleman
is stalking someone under the Christmas Star!
Now, I know I'm being very paranoid & I DO watch way to much of
the Investigation Discovery channel...but look at the scene. He's
dressed all in black, he's wearing gloves, he's got binoculars,
it's pitch black outside & he's lookin at his new Rolex.
Something's up here people, just sayin!
 The gift of a Holiday Ham, I totally get it. What says Christmas
better then a choice cut of pork? I watched 'Christmas With
The Kranks' & that's REAL!
Oh, I just had to include this ad cuz I NEVER knew how much
fun TAPE could be. That's right, TAPE! All the movie stars
& celebrities have it & they're decorating EVERYTHING
with this amazing sticky stuff. You can even tape all of
your Christmas cards on to your tree,
way to go BING!
From my last post we all know how much cigarettes are loved &
wished for by everyone on your Christmas List. I mean the slogan
says it all...'Make it a Happy Go Lucky Christmas! Give
cartons of Luckies!' Well, I couldn't imagine wanting
anything more, that is except for...
a new ZIPPO Lighter!!! Look at the joy the shop owner has playin
with fire with those cute little kiddos! How old do you think
those little guys are?? Maybe 5 &'re never too
young to learn about how to work a ZIPPO.
 These kids are even YOUNGER, standing at the door of their parents
room early Christmas morning, each with a personalized ZIPPO
lighter for Mom & Dad. Even the dog looks excited! Looks
like little Johnny may have been practicing with his. I
hope they don't hear any fire trucks in the background,
as they frolic with their holiday cigs & flames. ;)

Even though white twinkle lights ALWAYS make everything
look better, I still love the glow of a hot, colored bulb on an
old tinseled Christmas tree. I can remember burning my
arm on them when I'd be decorating the tree, but
who cares, hot or not, they looked Great!
Even today, the gift of a Holiday FILL UP is probably one
of the most prized gifts a person can receive. Yes, the prices
are dropping, but there is still nothing like saying, 'Filler
up with Ethel' at 50 cents a gallon & not even having
to get out of the car. Ahhh, those WERE the days! 
Oh my GOODNESS, you bet I'll never forget the Christmas I
got my first Cadillac. That's cuz it NEVER happened &
I'm pretty sure it won't be happening any time soon.
But one can always hope & of course, ask Santa
again next year! DREAM BIG!!
And last but not least, a Christmas wish from someone
we all love & respect...
Happy Holidays from OJ Simpson & the words that will go down in
infamy. "If the glove doesn't fit, you must acquit." And we did
my friends, we certainly did. LOL
I hope you enjoyed our blast from the past with all of the Wonderful
Vintage Christmas Ads & if you'd like to see my 1st post like this,
you can find it here. Dearest friends, I'm wishing you a Holiday
filled with LOVE & Laughter & a New Year Blessed
with PEACE. Big Hugs....

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Vintage Handtinted Christmas Postcards

Happy Holidays Sweet Hearts!!!
I can't believe it's almost Thanksgiving, with Christmas right around 
the corner. I adore the holidays, but the older I get TIME just seems
to get away from me. Sooooo before it gets too far into the season,
I'd love to share some of my favorite Angel & Christmas
Vintage Hand Tinted Postcards with you.

There's so many ways you can use these gorgeous images...

once printed out, you can make them into name tags...

adhere them onto fabric with glitter to make ornaments...

print them on fabric to make sachets or small pillows...

your imagination truly is the only limit you have!




Celebrate the Season!

Peace, Love & Joy...


Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Birthday Book & A Hopeful Reunion

Greetings Sweet Friends...
What a wonderful summer we've had this far, so many
adventures shared with loved ones. We just got back
from Casinos in Nevada, National Parks in Utah
& my Sister's Ranch in Colorado, all with
our grandson Kai...the perfect vacation!
But today, I want to tell you about a little book I bought at an
antique store years ago, it's well worn  pages turned so many
times they are now coming apart. It was a gift to Miss Lottie
Burkett on her 19th birthday in 1909. 'The Year And The
Day, A Tennyson Birthday Book' & Lottie filled it in
with all her loved ones births & deaths, all her life.
She got this book before she was married, but
it includes her husband, children &
grandchildren's important dates.
Who could part with such a treasure?
This is a question I have asked myself so many times over
the years, finding myself drawn to vintage record books
but once getting them home & scouring through them,
realizing they are a missing piece to someone's family
 history. And because family history is so important
to me, I can't imagine it not being important
to someone else.
I have attempted to find that person over the years who is a
descendant of Lottie, some one who would treasure this
little book as I have, but to no avail. This morning I had
an idea & the time to actually work it through. I would
create a Family Tree on & research her
family line, hoping to ultimately find a family
member who is also researching her.
Because of Lottie's excellent record keeping, I was able to do
just that...starting with her Grandparent's & taking the tree
down to her Great Grandson, I have now contacted another
Ancestry member to see if they can assist me in reuniting
this amazing family heirloom with it's rightful owner.
{I believe this is Lottie's grandson Arnold}
This is a joy for me to do & a way to pay back the Ancestry
community for the many gifts it has given me, photographs
with faces I thought I would never see, generosity &
kindnesses I can never repay. I'll keep you posted
as to what happens next, it will be exciting! :)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

My Vintage Victorian Bride Art Paper Dolls

As promised, here are my first two Vintage Victorian Bride Paper Dolls...
didn't they turn out CUTE! Above, I have EMMA, her dress is the
bridal gown worn by Wyona Rider in 'The Age of Innocence',
one of my FAVORITE movies!
My second doll is Susannah, a Gorgeous 1880's Bride wearing an original
gown from the period I found at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
If you adore vintage clothing like I do, they are a fabulous source
to research from, or just to browse & enjoy all the beauty
of a glorious time gone by, the Gilded Age.
You can find my Paper Dolls at my etsy shop and I hope you enjoy them
& have as much fun playing with them as I did making them.
LOVING these vintage bride dolls!!! :)))

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Here Comes The Bride

 What a beautiful day it is up here in our mountain paradise.
All the windows & doors are open & there is such a soft,
cool breeze blowing through the house, I love it!
 Speaking of love, ;) we were just at our dear friends,
daughter's wedding, which was absolutely
stunning & so filled with, there's that
word again...LOVE.

 Love, the stuff that beautiful brides are made of...
 look at how gorgeous this brides lace veil & bodice are
& yet what a simple bouquet of white
carnations she holds, precious.
 {my Queen Victoria post is HERE}
 Did you know that it wasn't traditional for a bride to
wear white, until after Queen Victoria wore an
all white wedding dress decorated in fresh
orange blossoms in 1840?
 {Queen Victoria & Prince Albert of Saxe~Coburg}
Most brides could never be so frivolous as to wear white on
their wedding day, a color that was hard to keep clean
on a dress that they would certainly need to wear
again. Even Queen Victoria altered her dress
so it could be worn later as a ball gown.
Previously, most brides had worn dyed gowns of deep
red, green, black and purple. Here is Queen Victoria's
son Albert Edward, King Edward VII, & his bride,
Princess Alexandra of Denmark in 1863...
& her youngest child, Princess Beatrice before her wedding
to  Prince Henry of Battenburg in 1885. In the 45 years since
the Queen got married, the tradition of a bride wearing
white was in full swing through most
of the western world.
And aren't we so delighted that's the case, I know I am. There
is nothing like watching a bride walking down the isle
towards her future, all dressed in white.
So, why is this even relevant at this moment? Well, I was thinking...
my husband always says, 'Oh no, not again!', ha. Wouldn't it be fun
for me to make a series of Paper Dolls of Vintage Brides?
I think SO, I ADORE the idea!!
You will be able to find my Paper Dolls on my Etsy Shop  once
I've finished them & until then, you might like to take
a look at my Victorian Era Dolls like...
And if you love Vintage Brides like I do, I got the
last 3 images from the online site of the Musee
McCord Museum in Canada. They have
an amazing collection of vintage
bridal photographs..Enjoy!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July!!!

{digital tinting by vintagesusie}
Greetings Sweet Friends &
Happy 4th of July!!!
I hope you have a Wonderful Holiday Weekend filled
with family & friends, yummy food, a parade or 2,
a box of sparklers, some Shriners, the Fife &
Drum Corp, vintage cars, water balloons,
a Spectacular Firework Display & a
chance to thank your local hero's
for all they do to make our
nation GREAT!
And keep in mind, nothing says I'm a
like wearing...
STaRs & STrIpeS!! ;)

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Freedom Don't Come Free

Greetings Friends & Happy Upcoming Fourth of July!!

This is my annual post that I wrote a few years back,
but I continue to repost it because for me...
it truly says it all.

"Let the world go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike,
that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans,

born in this century, tempered by war,
disciplined by a hard and bitter peace,

 unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights
to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we
are committed today at home and around the world.

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall
pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship,

support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and
success of liberty. This much we pledge and more."

"to those nations who would make themselves our adversary,

we offer not a pledge but a request that both sides
begin anew the quest for peace..."

"Since this country was founded, each generation of Americans
has been summoned to give testimony to its national loyalty.

Now the trumpet summons us again, not as a call to bear arms,
though arms we need, not as a call to battle, though embattled we are,

but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle year in
and year out, “rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation”,

a struggle against the common enemies of man:
tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself.

And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can
do for you, ask what you can do for your country.

My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America can do for you,
but what together we can do for the freedom of man."

John F Kennedy's Inaugural Address
January 20, 1961

Have a Happy 4th of July my Sweet Friends!

And when the words 'Thank You' don't begin to express my
feelings of pride & honor & gratitude towards our American Hero's,
when I am at a loss for words & can find nothing else to say,
I am always mindful that...

'Freedom Don't Come Free'!