Monday, May 31, 2010

Announcing the Vintage 4th of July Blog Party on June 30

Continuing the "Vintage Holiday" Blog Party tradition I'm having a Vintage 4th of July Blog Party on Wednesday, June 30.

This is your opportunity to share your love of vintage; red, white and blue; and all things patriotic!

You can share your favorite 4th of July decorations, your way of celebrating the 4th, cottage or beach decor, backyard picnic decorating, parades and memorial events.... anything that has the vintage Americana feel of this holiday.

I will be using a link party system to show all of your posts. The link system will be up on Tuesday evening, June 29.
If you would like to be added my sidebar list to announce your participation, just leave a comment on this post with your blog address and I will add you. I will also give you a reminder before the party.

I would really appreciate it if you would let other bloggers know about the party by displaying the Vintage 4th of July Button on your sidebar and/or posting about the party. Please link your readers to this post for additional information.

Anyone who has participated or read the posts for my past "Vintage Holiday" blog parties know how much fun, interesting, inspiring, and informational they are.

Email me with any questions you may have about the Vintage 4th of July Blog Party. As always I look forward to reading all of your posts.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

More Loot from Sunday's Shopping

When I walked out to the backyard yesterday, I was delighted to see that the peonies were blooming.

I have the ordinary pink kind, AND I have PRETTY white ones with a splash of red.

At Sunday's Wisconsin farm Estate Sale I also found a stash of clock parts

Lots of gears of different sizes.

And several vintage clock faces.

I may make something out of the parts, but more likely I will sell them to other people for their projects.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Ball Jars and Me

I have a long relationship with Ball Jars.

I started at Ball State Teachers College Muncie, Indiana during the fall of 1964. I graduated from Ball State University 4 years later. The college became a university while I was there.

The Ball brothers, owners of Ball Glass Company, and makers of Ball Jars must have given enough money to their local college to get it named after them.

Ball State had a wonderful glass museum in the Science Building. It was a history of glass making from ancient times through the early 1900's.

I took a class in scientific glass blowing in the basement of this same building. I didn't get much beyond blowing basic test tubes and some globs to make into jewelry.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

It is my favorite kind of sale.

In a 1940's Cape Cod house with a detached clapboard-sided garage.

Only locally advertised, run by the family with the long time owner in attendance.

With a basement with crocks, benches, worktables, and clothesline with clothespins. The "old time" basics of life.

Plus low attendance and a relaxed atmosphere.

I had blue Ball jars on my wish list. Their color is the "2010 Color of the Year."

The old basket was a surprise bonus.

I have had several of these over the years. They were meant for heavy duty work. The owner's son and Mr. Anything Goes Here carried all the jars to the car in it!!!!

What kind of sales or finds make your day?