Friday, December 11, 2009

Pink Saturday Ornaments… “Elegance from Egg Cartons”…

was the title of a crafting article in Woman’s Day magazine. It must be from the early 70’s or even the late 60’s…back in the days before we used words like “recycle” or “upcycle”…back in the days when WD probably cost about a quarter.  Today I want to share both the original article and a set of ornaments…survivors from that Christmas project I did with my mother so many years ago. First the article…

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Can you believe I still have it?…well, those who know me aren’t surprised…for my 16th birthday, I asked for a filing cabinet. That’s right, a filing cabinet…and I got one!…government auction 4-drawer metal job that weighs a ton!…My father believed in substance and heavy-duty Army issue quality… All through high school and college, I faithfully filed ideas and articles filled with projects and party decorations…once in a while I go on a spring cleaning rampage and throw away scads of stuff…but this article remains.  It holds too many memories…Mother and me gathering beads and trims and such. We made several dozen of these…and like the article and file cabinet, I still have a few…

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Those were the days before Hobby Lobby and Crafts Etc….We only had Woolworth’s and our local 5 and 10 cent store, Handshaw’s…so the beads probably came from a broken necklace and the little angel was probably a cupcake topper… and the glass balls were certainly made in the USA…

 

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Needless to say, they fall easily into the vintage category…by now they’re almost 40 years old!

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I think I may just make some more…with all the supplies in stores these days, I should be able to make some really fine ones…speaking of “fine ones”…stop in to visit Nancy who is getting ready to have her home on the Christmas Historic Homes tour . She has her hands full about now, but her blog is such a treat to visit…this week it may be the Hysterical Home Tour…LOL… http://www.mycraftylittlepage.blogspot.com/ and check in with Beverly  at  How Sweet the Sound to see who’s posting this happy holiday… I plan to visit Miz Mollye and thank her for a giveaway I won. http://mizmollye.blogspot.com/  Have a fabulous Pink Week…I’ll make my rounds after I get back from Pflugerville and Nancy’s Historic Home.

2 comments:

♥Mimi♥ said...

We don't need elaborate decorations or a big tree or numerous gifts under a tree. All any of us needs is to carry the spirit of Christmas in our hearts and to share it all year long with everyone we meet.

Oh, thanks for sharing - WONDERFUL!

Thank you so much for sharing your blog with me today. Yes, I'm crazy about ♥PINK♥ but I'm also devoted to visiting some of the nicest blogs in cyberspace.

Hoping your weekend is filled with peace.

suesueb said...

Oh my goodness! We made these too with my Mom. I'll have to see if she has any left. We made so many ornaments through the years-so much fun and so many wonderful memories!!

Limping Deer and the Twins

Limping Deer and the Twins
They are still spotted at this time.

Show and Tell Sunday June 15

Flea Market Finds...sounds like my whole house and yard...

Milk Glass Collection

Milk Glass Collection
Who knew that a 25 cent flea market find would unleash such a collecting frenzy? I never pay more than a dollar unless it's a really nice piece. They are great grouped with a single daisy in each.

These used to be inexpensive florist vases in the 50's and 60's. Everyone's Grandmother had bunches.

Mexicana Dishes

Mexicana Dishes
My sister found these for me at Bussy's Flea Market in San Antonio, Texas. I had seen pictures in her Fiesta reference book. Mexicana was also made by Homer Laughlin in the 30's. I had been looking for several years without ever finding even a single piece when she found the set...with a promise to hold it for us, she came running to find me and I bought the entire set...60+ pieces for $50.

Mexicana

Mexicana
I've added to the set over the years, but the price and experience will never match that first amazing find.

Vintage Kitchen Hutch

Vintage Kitchen Hutch
When my hubby found this hutch it was Pepto pink and I was not 100% sure about it. But with a new red back and fresh white paint and refurbished hardware, it became one of my favorite pieces.

Nancy made me save the vine

Nancy made me save the vine
The vine and flowers painted on the inside were in such bad shape that I was ready to remove it all. Nancy -My Crafty Little Page convinced me to keep it and after some touch-up work, I'm glad I listened to her. My husband restores vintage Cushman motorscooters and he tries to make everything "mint" condition again. The Shabby Chic movement came along just in time to keep me from making some terrible mistakes.