Don and I had a wonderful and quiet Christmas Day.
I am hoping to take down the Christmas trees and decorations this week. Also will be doing some detashing of art supplies and vintage items from art studio this week. I may list these items later in the week in my Etsy shop.
Now on to the news...January is my birthday month. So I will be having a give away for my followers on/around the January 8th. I have been getting some vintage goodies for this give away and maybe add some new goodies to this give away. So please check later in the week for the give away posting.
This is a collage using some of my vintage Birthday postcards.
This year I have met so many new friends through blogging.
They share wonderful stories about their travels, art, sewing creations, and their homes to name a few reasons why I love visiting my blogging friends.
I want to thank all of you that have visited my blog and left such kind comments this year.
I am acutely aware that this is not a happy time for many.
I know that not everyone is wrapping gifts for large families or have seemingly endless bank accounts, warm homes and expensive gadgets. Please remember you are blessed with friendship.
Some of my favorite friendship quotes:
In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. ~Albert Schweitzer
But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
All losses are restored and sorrows end.
Friends are those rare people who ask how you are and then wait for the answer. ~Author Unknown
The best kind of friend is the one you could sit on a porch with, never saying a word, and walk away feeling like that was the best conversation you've had. ~Author Unknown
Friends are kisses blown to us by angels. ~Author Unknown
We have a formal dining room in our home which has only been used twice since we moved here 4 years ago.
This is the china cabinet in the DR. As you can see I have a collection of Royal Doultons. All were purchased prior to them being made in China. Of course, this is my only 'new' collection. In the case you can see my vintage Homer Laughlin Virginia Rose dishes, some Heisey glass pieces and Fention pieces.
Some close up photos of my collection.
DH took me out for breakfast this morning and then to the mall.
He surprised with the most beautiful ring! It is being sized so I won't actually have on my finger until early January.
I have scanned two of my vintage Christmas postcards for you.
During this time of year we get all caught up in the merry of the season...shopping, parties, and baking to name a few. But just wanted to remember that there are those who are less fortunate in many ways...no family, illness, and unemployed to name a few. Please don't get me wrong, I am so thankful for everything in my life. While out the other day at the grocery store, there was an older gentleman who didn't have enough money to pay for the few items he wanted to purchase...milk, Spam, bread, and a Christmas card. I offered to pay his balance. Not to make me feel better, but to see a smile on his face.
There are a lot of bloggers that have been posting beautiful images of their homes for the holidays. Thank you for sharing the beauty of the season.
My blog focuses on my vintage discoveries and treasures, and a showcase for some of my favorite vintage inspired handcrafted items and collectibles. I offer free vintage postcard images from my collection. I am a self taught mixed media artist...so please join me on my journey of searching for vintage and antiques for repurposing. Making old memories new again!
Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return. ~ Mary Jean Iron
SOME OF MY FAVORITE QUOTES
Nothing happens unless first a dream. ~ Carl Sandburg
Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. ~ William Morris
My friends are my estate. ~Emily Dickinson
Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul - and you answer. ~Star Richés
Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom. ~Albert Einstein
I am certain of nothing but of the holiness of the Heart's Affections and the truth of the Imagination. ~ John Keats
Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed. - Storm Jameson