Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Vintage Happy Hallowe'en!

I love sharing vintage cards with you and Hallowe'en is no exception. Why don't you grab a cup of warm apple cider, sit in a comfy chair and enjoy the beauty of vintage cards?

Isn't she sweet?  You may notice that earlier spellings of Halloween have an apostrophe between the e's of the word Halloween.  This comes from an earlier term of "All Hollows' Even".  "Even" was the term for evening.  Eventually, the "all" was dropped as well as the "s" in the term hallows.  The "v" was replaced with an apostrophe and the term became "Hallowe'en".  This particular spelling was observed as far back as 1786.
This one is from the early 1900's.  The color is fabulous. She reminds me of an actress from the 1920's.
 Vintage cards have the best graphics.  These little girls are in for a fright!
How about a romantic card for someone special? 
I have two boys, so I am always drawn to cards for little boys!
You don't want to read this card before going to bed.  I bet anyone who did was not peeping through the curtains!
Aren't they cute?  Ruby cheeks, button lips, and chubby knees!
Beware!  Take care! 
We move from a "jolly" Hallowe'en to a "merry" Hallowe'en.  Of course black cats, brooms and pumpkins are always popular graphics in vintage cards. 
This one is hilarious!  Notice the crank for the auto!
Here is a Halloween game, complete with a spinner.  I would not be able to do #12 without my reading glasses!  Read #8!
This is a beautiful card. You do not find many Halloween cards with light blue backgrounds.
Here is the same cat and owl from the card above, but facing forward. 
This is a very old card.  Fay is another word for fairy and obviously helped with the rhyming!
I saved the best two for last! I like the cute, little mother owl.  Reminds me of Miss Hickory in a way!
This little "punkin" is adorable! Doesn't she look like a Kewpie doll. They were first produced as bisque dolls in Waltershausen, Germany in in 1912, so she may just be a Kewpie Hallowe'en card.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Harvest Home

 Welcome to my harvest open house!  Before it's time to tuck away some of the things I truly enjoy most, I wanted to share a few of them with you.  Come on in!  These two fellows are here to greet you.
This has been a warm fall in the south.  I have held off buying my real pumpkins and gourds for outside decorating due to the heat.  My first tiny gourds and mini pumpkins began to mold, even inside...yuck!  I replaced them with safe, fake, but pretty odds and ends.  Our dining room table decor depends on my mood.  If you came back next week, it will probably be different!
If you love cookbooks, you must pick up Gooseberry Patch Hometown Harvest.  The cover makes me happy and I love to display it on my cookbook stand in the kitchen.  This one has some of by favorite gatherings, game-day get togethers, slow-cooker pleasers, and more.  I picked up the "Live Life Simply" one year to remind me to focus on what is really important.  Cooking for my family is a simple way to bring warmth and love to any season.  I whipped up a batch of banana muffins just for your visit! 
I also enjoy displaying my faux caramel apples in the kitchen.  If you missed last years tutorial, click here for my Faux Caramel Apples.
Let's move on to my reading room. I shared this room with you last year. My husband asked me about rearranging the room again.  He loves my grandmother's old table and wanted to use it as a breakfast table, but I still wanted to use it as a study table.  With a little rearranging, we have a new room!  He can eat his breakfast looking out into the woods and I still use it as a study table of sorts.  If you look closely, you will see that Grandma's buffet still has the moving pads under the legs.  Can you tell that hubby doesn't think this arrangement will last?! 
Another corner of the Reading Room has my favorite turtle table with a festive harvest sign.  My cousin wanted this table, but I got to it first! Finders keepers!  He still loves me...I think!
The desk and bookcase area off the kitchen is one of my favorite places to decorate.  I love looking out the window into the woods as I am doing now. The gorgeous picture to the left of my computer was taken by our youngest son about this time last year.  We enjoyed taking him on a photo op to the Smoky Mountains.  It was a precious time for all of us.   Our little Maltipoo Luke is in the corner of the photo!  He needs to visit his groomer!
I made this "Punkin, Crows, Kats, and Treats" craft several years ago.  Of course, no Mississippi State graduate's home would be complete without a MSU pumpkin! Hail State!!!
A little wreath decorates this old phone.  Our boys used to love to crank it up and pretend they were calling someone.  Years ago, this phone rang while we were eating supper.  The boys were little and their eyes were round and huge!  It was lightning outside at the time and I am sure the vibrations caused it to ring!  Makes for a good Halloween story!!
Since we moved around the Reading Room, I ended up with an extra wing back recliner that needed a home.  We moved an antique round table and the recliner to a corner in the Master Bedroom.  It makes a great place for morning Bible study, watching the evening news, reading a good book, or just drinking a cup of pumpkin spiced coffee.  By the way, the pillow is another item I made at the same time as the "Punkins, Crows, Kats and Treats" one shown above.  Really easy!
Our living room mantel is festive with a simple leaf garland, candles and an iron cross.  In the evening, the candles cast a beautiful glow into the room.  We have a double mantle which our oldest son designed for us.  We love it, but it is so difficult to get a good picture due to the mirror.  One day I will be able to figure out my camera and get some good shots of this beautiful mantle.  Any suggestions?
I love this Halloween village.  We are not big on scary decorations, but do love a little Happy Halloween decor.  Love the characters of this village.  My all time favorite item is the runner under the village.  It has scarecrows, cats, and signs embroidered in the linen.  It makes me happy to get it out each fall. Speaking of scarecrows, click on the link for a hilarious, true scarecrow story! A Still Woods Scarecrow Story
My laundry room could not go without a harvest touch.  It makes laundry a happier experience.  The candle on the window sill is on a timer as are all candles across the front of our home.  I enjoy the welcoming glow if I get home after dark. 
Wherever you are, I pray that you are enjoying this glorious time of year.  God certainly has blessed us with the glory of His work!