Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Vivid Dreams Of The Past - Vintage Scarves

I just listed some pretty vintage scarves, most of them from the 1950's. I wish I could keep them all! I hope you enjoy looking at them and get inspired to try wearing some this summer! Check out my other blog about "How to Tie and Wear a Vintage Scarf"! It is a wonderful resource for creative ways to wear these beauties. The vintage scarves that I have shown here are all completely different in style, theme, and color. They were made by designers like Liberty of London, Echo, Baar and Beards, Vera, and a rare find by Peter Todd Mitchell.

Incredible jungle design by Modernist Artist Peter Todd Mitchell

Scarf by Vera in beautiful colors

Vintage scarf in an Ancient Indonesia print by Babe' for Baar and Beards

Fine silk vintage scarf in a wonderful Ski village theme

Scarf by Liberty of London in a wildflower print

Beautiful floral vintage scarf by Baar and Beards

Vibrant world themed vintage scarf by Karavan 

How to Tie and Wear A Vintage Scarf

I absolutely adore vintage scarves. I like them from any era and in any fabric from crepe silk, to sheer textured nylon from the 1960's. The nice thing about vintage scarves is that there is no size to worry about, one size fits everybody. Just find the colors and prints that you like. They are fun to wear in so many different ways and they brighten any outfit. They are a piece of afforable costume jewelry. They tell a story. Sometime it's nice to get some inspiration and I hope this blog will make you excited about finding, and wearing, your next vintage scarf.

While I was rummaging through a box of vintage scarves at an estate sale last weekend, I found this vintage pamplet at the bottom. I love to find this kind of item! It was printed by Glentex but it has no date stamp. I believe it is probably from the early 1950's How fun!

If you try one of these ideas for your vintage scarf, I would love to hear about how it turned out. My favorite idea from this brochure is the scarf tied as a hat with a bracelet! 
The brochure by Glentex is called, "Scarf Tie-Ways By Glentex". Such a great resource!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Trinkets and Treasures

It has been a few days since I have posted! I have been sharing my time between adding great items to my website and painting more furniture. I really enjoy both, but wish there were more hours in the day.... I have been dying to post the vintage goodies that I found last weekend. It was beautiful weather and I had so much fun exploring. Here are a few things that I found before I ran out of money :-)

A beautiful blanket from New Zealand 

A 1950's Christmas Santa pitcher and 6 matching mugs

A lovely lot of vintage and antique jewelry pieces

I couldn't resist this sheep fur owl!

Antique Christmas decorations called Gifulamps!

A wonderful box of antique Cheetah looking fur collars, an Ermine collar,
fur hats and a mink necklace!

A pretty vintage wall pocket, I believe by Roseville 

See you at the next post! Please feel free to share some of your vintage finds too!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Painting With Annie Sloans Chalk Paint

Though I have been painting vintage furniture for a few months, this is my first try with Annie Sloans Chalk Paint.....I first heard about it less than two weeks ago when a women came to the Metrolina Antique and Collectibles Show. The whole time she was in my booth she couldn't stop raving about this fairly new paint, that "everyone" is using. How exciting! I had to try it!! Annie Sloans Chalk Paint is a dream to work with and comes in so many beautiful colors.

I purchased my paint and wax from Tammy Brinkley of Periwinkle Pass in Banner Elk, NC. She is lovely and sometimes brings her Annie Sloans Chalk Paints and Waxes to the Metrolina in Charlotte, once a month. Here is her website: Periwinkle Pass

You don't have to sand or prime before you paint, so it saves you a lot of time. There are extremely low VOC's and it can even be used as a light "wash". Just add water!  You can even use it on masonry, metals, plastic and more! I started out with "Provence" and "Old White". I cannot wait to try the others!

Here is my first project. It is a cute 4 drawer bedside dresser that I picked up while I was in Michigan. So far I really love the way it is turning out. This piece will be sold at the Metrolina next month, along with the other furniture pieces that I have started.

Phase 1 - Cleaning

The painting is done - I can't wait for the finishing touches! 

New Supplies:
Natural bristle brushes for waxing: .99 to 1.99 each
Dust masks for sanding

A round Pouncer brush from Lowes by Signature - For applying tinted wax. $6.84

Sandblaster sanding sponge 180 Grit

 This dresser should be finished soon! Can't wait to see how it turns out :-)

Okay, I Am A Girly Girl!

I adore anything feminine. I aways have. Frilly, flirty, ruffled, pink, roses, silk, etc. etc. My poor husband. I knew I had a wonderful man when he let me paint the living room walls ice pink. Oh, was that color gorgeous! I never tired of it. When I am looking for vintage or antique treasures, you will see, my eye gravitates toward the more feminine items. Since we sell our finds to all sorts of collectors, I am really trying to find unique "mens" items, or things that have a masculine feel. Here are just a few of my latest finds. What fun finding them!

A very heavy manual date stamp by Bates

A croc embossed leather case with working clock

A heavy gadget that may be an early credit card processor

An old, heavy enameled steel, tape dispenser and weapon :-) 

A cute antique painted metal toy register bank

Me Blogging?

This is my first day blogging. It seems strange writing thoughts for others to see. The authors of the blogs that I read make it seem so easy. Some people are just gifted! I am not sure I am one of them, but I know that it will be an adventure to share a part of my life with you. I would really appreciate your comments too!

I do love anything from the past like books, clothing, furniture, etiquette, homes, architecture, lifestyle and everything in between! I started searching for treasures in the mid 1970's and haven't stopped since!

With the support of my husband, I started a website called, Hooked On Vintage, where I sell vintage clothing. I really love it! I have so many wonderful customers. I also buy anything else vintage that I can find! I adore a good treasure hunt.

This blogging endeavor is to share, with like-minded treasure seekers, my adventures in finding unique items from the past. This road will be one of treasure hunting, searching flea markets and back roads, decorating in vintage, painting and refinishing old furniture, and so much more! Come with me down the roads of beautiful North Carolina. I hope it will be a fun adventure. I know it will be, for me :-)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

My Latest Vintage Finds

So many pretty finds! 

The floral pillow is beautiful needlework 

This adorable Kitty Cat was made from vintage fabrics. So cute!

I couldn't resist the Victorian era silverplate set!

For me, the more unique the better! Can you imagine using this set?

I have already found a home for the pottery mouse. What a cutie!