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The Etsy Treasury Love Continues….

May 2, 2011 05:50 by ehouston

I don’t mean to bore all of you to death, but my shop items have been getting some more love lately and I just wanted to share these two great Etsy Treasuries.  The first is all about pink!  Bubble Gum Dreams was curated by Laura over at Yellow Cab Vintage, a pretty terrific shop!

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My Vintage Pink and Black Poodle Bridge Scorecards were included.  There are some super cool retro items in this Treasury.

And, that darn Love and Dove Day Glo Neon Beach Ball has shown up in yet another Treasury!  Mark Driscoll from Vintage Art Supply put together this story titled, Beach Love Dream

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Doesn’t this just make you want to elope on a beach somewhere?

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Etsy Treasury–Pink Poodles Of The 50’s And 60’s Vintage Junkies 1

February 14, 2011 00:53 by ehouston

Oh My!  Looks like my vintage chalkware poodle plaque has been featured in another Etsy Treasury.  This one was curated by C. Bowers of Fantasy O Jewels.  This shop is full of vintage accessories to meet your every need.

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Come on over and check out this Treasury.  Leave a comment, click through, or better yet….order up a bundle of pink poodle goodness for yourself!

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So Ready For Summer!

February 7, 2011 06:28 by ehouston

Lately, every time I hear a weather forecaster talking about “the big one” coming, I just cringe.  Some of you may know that I actually hail from the mid-west, Michigan to be exact, but I have spent the majority of my life below the Mason-Dixon line.  While I love the snow and have very fond memories of enormous drifts that covered our front door, sledding down hills so long and tall and deep with snow you could barely make it back up for a second ride, and YES, I did go to school through three blizzards.  I can’t wait to use that one on the Little Guy in the future.  ;o)  However, I never had to drive in the snow.  Now that I still have to get out and live my life even when there is a foot of snow covering the ground, I am no longer a fan.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love to sit and watch the flakes fall, and seeing everything covered in a lovely coat of white fluff never ceases to make me smile.  It’s just that I think I am officially ready for spring to make an appearance.  I am getting all tingly with anticipation when I think about planting another small veggie patch out back.  I also can’t wait to break out the grill and start puttin’ a char on something!  In celebration of my anticipation I listed a few summery items a little early in the old Etsy shopperoo.

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A fun vintage BBQ patterned plate, perfect for serving burgers and brats!

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A Western version!  Use this one to serve up your thick cut steaks and bubbling baked beans.

After eating it’s always fun to take a dip in the pool.  Don’t forget your beach ball!

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Love and Dove Beach Ball

Before the day turns to night we should all take some time to play a game or two with family and friends.

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Vintage Poodle Bridge Score Cards

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Etsy Treasury–Do You Take Yours Black Or With Cream?

January 30, 2011 06:52 by ehouston

Yeah!  The little black and white poodle plaque that I just listed in my Etsy shop is currently being featured in an Etsy Treasury.  Falling For Pieces, a super cute quilt and craft shop on Etsy.com curated this fabulous black, white and cream Treasury.

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Check it out here and don’t forget to add a comment.  Or, better yet, click through and buy something cool!

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Collecting: Vintage Chalkware

March 3, 2009 10:10 by ehouston

Over the years I have come across some pretty interesting pieces of chalkware and have seen some very cool collections in magazines and on-line.  Chalkware is not something that I come home with very often, but I do have a nice grouping of small fruit pieces like you would find in your grandmother's kitchen.  I have used them before on a kitchen window valance at a sweet little bungalow we rented years ago, but since moving into a bigger home they have yet to find a permanent display spot.  I have been thinking that I may brighten up the laundry room one of these days and just go to town with a vintage tablecloth and fruit chalkware theme.  But, that is another entry for the future.  In the meantime, I wanted to show my fruity fruit, plus some other fun pieces I have come across during my thrifting hunts.

Vintage Fruit.  Perfect for Grandma's red and white kitchen.

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One of my favorite pieces and on permanent display in our guest bedroom.  My mother gave us this piece at our first year anniversary.  We think it may have come from a bookend set because it has a flattened back, but we are not sure.  I smile every time I look at this sweet, yellow with age, little couple.

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I found this poodle piece at a local store a while ago and I searched diligently for a mate.  I thought these would be great in our pink and gray bathroom, but I never could find a match.  Oh well, I think this one may go in to one of my shops so someone else can add to their collection.

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Vintage Chalkware Poodle Plaque

This is another odd piece I found while out thrifting.  I don't know why I grabbed it exactly because it has a very naive quality to it.  But something about the little golden star painted on the forehead was just to much for me to walk away.  I imagined a little girl picking this plaster piece out of all the other fun shapes while she attended vacation bible school or camp, or at some other crafty gathering.  She picked the horse because she had been wishing for a pony since she was three, and after reading Black Beauty she knew what color her perfect horse had to be. 

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Vintage Chalkware Horse Bust Plaque

Then at the last minute she decided to crown her pet with a gold star just to make it a little bit special.  At least that's the story I made up about this one.

Do any of you have chalkware or plaster pieces that you collect?

:-D

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Collecting - Funky Vintage Graphics

January 7, 2009 18:52 by ehouston

I definitely have the heart of a collector.  I love the visual impact of items in volume and I enjoy the hunt.  However, like some collectors I have a tendency to move from one new thing to the other very quickly...in fact, often times very passionately.  That passion lasts for a short time and then I see something else that I MUST have.  What that means for my collections is that they tend to be a little on the light side.  I have ended up with lots of different smaller groupings of things I just "needed", at least for a short period of time.  A few of these clusters of like items sit around my home and some hide in boxes until I feel like bringing them out to ponder.  The other day I came across a few card sets in the back of a drawer that I had forgotten all about.  This is one of those collections that doesn't match, grew over many years, and is together simply due to the funky graphics.  I was not born with the ability to walk by a paper product at a thrift store or estate sale if it has a cool vintage graphic.  They fall into the MUST have category.  Here are a few of those must haves that I dug up the other day.

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Pink and Black Poodle Bridge Score Cards, [maker unknown].  Yeah, when is the last time you played bridge?  Ever since I found these I have wanted to start a little bridge playing women's group.  I imagine us all gossiping over girlie cocktails while taking drags off of our cigarettes tucked into extra long filters.  This is definitely a dream because I have asthma and would turn blue if I tried this.  But, a girl can dream, right? 

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Extra, Extra, Read All About It!  We are so impressed with ourselves that we are advertising the birth of our most gifted human being on the front page!  Either that or this is the Enquirer and the top story is about a giant baby roaming the streets drowning innocent citizens with huge blobs of drool.  You be the judge.  [Gibson Greeting Cards, Pleasant Thoughts line birth announcements]

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Now, this is definitely the most politically incorrect card out of my collection and I hope I am not offending anyone out there.  This is a set of 10 invitations by Gibson and I would guess these are from the 1960's.

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If you can get past the tacky stereotype you have to admit these are pretty funny little invitations.  For those of you that cannot see the tiny script: Front: Unga Gawa Ooba (You're invited to a Cook-Out), Inside: 'Cause we simply like good people.  Yes, they are are cannibals and they want YOU for dinner.  Sorry, folks, I just think these are hilarious.  Plus, they went as far as to add sparkly gold flecks to the jewelry, headwear and the female's skirt.  That's what I like, quality in my cannibal invites.

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Last, but not least for the post today is a groovy teen party invite.  This is another one that I would guess is from the 1960's or maybe 1970's and it is an American Greetings Corporation invite.  It's hard to tell from this picture, but from the blond hair on the girl in the front up, the card is embossed.  So, her hair, and the folks behind her have a little dimension in addition to their crazy colors...fancy!

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What's the best part of this invite?  The hip way in which they use peer pressure to get folks to come to the party.

I plan on posting these for sale in either my new Artfire shop or in my old Etsy store.  I am still undecided, but soon you will be able to grab some of the coolest flair for your funky paper projects.

;0)

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