Thursday, November 14, 2013

vintage holiday packaging. dennison tags.


(SOLD OUT)

these old red dennison tags are selling fast.  i have one set left in my shop.



(SOLD OUT)

 i still have several groups of old red and green edged dennison tags.





i found the tags in a box in this basement.

they didn't throw anything away.  they owned a retail shop
sometime in the past and took everything home when they closed.




i've made "sample" sheets of old 1960's wrapping paper from damaged
bundles that i bought many, many years ago at another an estate sale.

the fold edges and the edges in general were damaged so
i cut down and made packages of the "good parts".




above are the varieties of paper sheets that are in each bundle.




the next three photos are vintage wrapping papers 
 in good condition.





everything is available in


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

brilliant. ornamental kale.



for autumn decorating
ornamental kale are just brilliant!

some years i go for a more muted range of colors,
but this year i chose flashy.




they even look nice through a couple of hard freezes.
one of our local nurseries sells them for just $4.95.

and they have kept them at that price
 more more than 10 years.


this curly leaf kale is being brilliant
in front of my potting shed.

do you have a favorite outdoor decoration for autumn?

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

among the ruins.









one of the things i have always loved about estate sales
is the opportunity to see little glimpses
of a past life.




from that window (next photo) at the top of this lovely old home
i could see this abandoned little room
attached to an old carriage house.

so i had to take a closer look.


i didn't find anything to buy at the sale,
but i did get to see a piece of the past
that may be gone soon when the new owners move in.

what did they use that room for?  how did it look when it was new?

was it a greenhouse?
why did they abandon it?

 mysteries of the past......