Saturday, September 16, 2017

Mid Mod Christmas Treasures: Berggren Trayner 12 Days of Christmas

I was so excited to find this COMPLETE SET of vintage 12 Days of Christmas tiles by Berggren! You can read a little bit about these very popular artists here; no doubt you'll immediately recognize their iconic style from your childhood, or, from thrift store shelves!

I can't afford to keep them right now, so they're offered for sale in my shop.  But before I let them go, I had to preserve them for myself in photos -- and share them with you!  So, here you go: a rare look at a mid century modern, vintage treasure:

One of my favorite things about these tiles is how Berggren has interpreted each of the folk song's images so cleverly -- for example, the way the drummers and dancers are differently dressed and have different props.  And the birds also have their own distinct personalities and seem to be interacting with each other! It's so modern and yet so old-fashioned, and whimsical!

If you look as the days go on, all of the characters are added to the tiles, until they start to spill over onto the golden border.  I also love how the last day has the little "Finis" sign!

I hope you've enjoyed this, and, lest you think I'm talking Christmas too early, just know that there are less than 100 days until we're celebrating this year!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Vintage Crafters Cafe Swap

I belong to a few Facebook vintage groups, and one of my favorites is Vintage Crafters Cafe.  The group had a vintage pin cushion swap recently; we all made a pin cushion from at least 75% vintage materials, and swapped with another member.  I really had fun designing this one!  First, I sewed a pumpkin using vintage fabrics (only two of the fabrics were "new"):
When finished, I mounted it on an iron candlestick.  It made for a tall, "statement" pincushion!  My partner won't lose it on her sewing table, that's for sure!
I decorated it with some pins and charms and buttons and things, in an Autumn-y palette.
Don't you love the rusty corkscrew wires, and the vintage orange millinery flower?
I included this fun packet of vintage sewing notions from my collection!  Lots of fun old stuff...
  I decorated this old Rexall drug store bag with fabric, a measuring tape, and old buckle!

 Look at this little package of chenille carrots, so adorably wrapped (not by me!)
An antique needle box with thread, pretty flosses, and a grouping of vintage ribbon scraps were among the little treasures inside the bag. 

 The little green Gland-O-Lac pouch is a tiny sewing kit/advertising giveaway from the 40's!  In the tiny brown bag with the pointing finger were some black glass buttons.
Then, to go with the theme, I sent along these sweet pumpkin scented tealights that came so cutely packaged!  My partner, Kathy, seemed to really like all of it!  And here's what Kathy created and sent to me:
Inside of a pretty butterfly box, she sent gifts and this adorable little pin cushion she created from an antique hankie and crochet lace set inside an antique china dish!  With a little doggie on top!
You know (but she didn't!) how much I love blue and white china!  She did a creative and detailed job on what she said was her first time making a pin cushion! 

These gifts came with it: delicate lace, the runner with crochet trim that is underneath it all, and a sweet floral hankie!  Look at the vintage safety pin she included on the lace!
It turned out to be such a fun swap!  Thanks to Kathy and to Michelle, the Vintage Crafters Cafe page administrator!
The only other thing I've made lately is these little likenesses of Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon (my cats); I made the little heads last Fall with some Paperclay leftover from making snowmen.  It's taken me this long, but I found some fabric I liked and used it to make some little rice-and-fluff stuffed kittens.  They make me smile on my kitchen shelf.
Art and Paul approve.  Actually, I think they are both dying to get their little paws on those little balls!
I wish you a safe and relaxing Labor Day weekend!  We're enjoying lovely weather and I'm trying to relax as much as possible so that it really feels like a holiday!