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So Many Holidays, So Little Time

January 19, 2010 23:03 by ehouston

It occurred to me this morning that we are already past the half way point in January of 20-10!  It seems like time has just flown by.  I have been noticing the luscious Valentine’s Day candy creeping in to every corner of my favorite big box stores, ready to fill the void a week of no leftover Christmas treats has left in my life.  I actually eyed the last few cartons of eggnog last week while grocery shopping, but forced myself to keep walking.  I never allow more than two cartons in the house each holiday.  I am the only one willing to drink the sweet stuff, so that rule is absolutely all about weight management.  I also realized that Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and I need to start figuring out what treats of my own to come up with for my sweetie, and decide if I will make or buy a card.  I always have these great intentions of making the most romantic, yet hip and stylish card, only to end up finding the perfect thing out there already.  I guess I should be happy about this, but I have always seen this holiday as one that demands the handmade.  Unless of course you are in elementary school and have thirty classmates expecting a card from you in their revamped shoebox holiday mailbox.  By all means, please save yourself the insanity and buy a bundle of cute cards.  My Nonna (she is Italian and that’s Italian for Grandma!) actually buys and mails those bundled cards.  She just picks whichever cartoon character set that makes her smile.  Then she writes sweet little notes on the backs of each card, folds them around a $5.00 bill and sends them to all of her grandkids.  I know this because even though I am the oldest of all the grandchildren in her family by about 18 years, I still receive one every February.  This is not done as a senile old lady thing…she thinks it’s hysterically funny to keep sending these funny little cards to me.  She will write things like, “Maybe you can get a cup of coffee!?!  HA!” or “Don’t spend this all in one place!”.  She is a total crack-up and I love her dearly. 

Here are some Vintage Valentine Card images from my FLICKR file. 

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If you are interested in giving a vintage Valentine I still have several available.  They can all be found on sale at my Artfire Shop.

I hope we all find the perfect treats and cards for our sweeties come February 14th!  Do you have any vintage Valentine’s or other cool vintage paper products that make your heart swell?

Kitsch Krafts


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Love Is In The Air...Doobie, Doobie, Doooo....

January 19, 2009 11:41 by ehouston

I have never been a crazed Valentine's Day fan obsessing over the perfect card or if I will be the proud recipient of a flower delivery while at work.  (Admit it, you know you love the long walk back to your office or cubicle, flowers in hand, when everyone gets to see how much you are loved.)  However, I do see the fun in some of the traditions.  For instance, because we never had a lot of money to spend wildly while I was growing up, my mom used this holiday as almost an extension of Christmas.  It gave her an opportunity to give us something else we might have wanted or needed, but my parents could not afford for December 25th.  I remember receiving a new winter coat one year, a sweater I had been begging for another year, and one time a bunch of tapes to go with the new pink Sony cassette deck I had received for Christmas. Yes, it was 1984!  So, although our gifting tradition was a bit far removed from the usual candy and flowers, it was a bright holiday during the dull winter months.  Now that I am married we always remember the day with a nice card and small gift, but our schedules rarely allow for the traditional dinner out.  That's okay with me as long as we at least get to spend some time together.  That's really all that I care about on this day of love anyway.

So, even though my house is not decked out and dripping in red, pink and white each year I cannot pass up on browsing all the super cute items that crafters come up with to celebrate the day.  Here are a few items that I wanted to share:

 

Set of lyrically inspired vintage image cards from The Spotted Sparrow.  I would have loved to have had these the day we pushed our little cards through the slots of our handmade desk "mailboxes" (shoe boxes covered in construction paper hearts and glitter) in grade school.

Hil-LAR-ious and loving all at once!  By Ellegant.

Cute robots in love for the geek in your life!  By P's & Q's.

I have also added some vintage Valentine's Day cards to both of my shops and will have more added before the end of the week.  Don't forget the keepsake boxes created from vintage textiles are still available!

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Kitsch Designs vintage find card, Rocket Boy!

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Kitsch Designs vintage revamp, Keepsake jewelry box.

I hope everyone has a good time planning their Valentine's Day fun!

Kitsch Krafts


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Collecting - Funky Vintage Graphics

January 7, 2009 18:52 by ehouston

I definitely have the heart of a collector.  I love the visual impact of items in volume and I enjoy the hunt.  However, like some collectors I have a tendency to move from one new thing to the other very quickly...in fact, often times very passionately.  That passion lasts for a short time and then I see something else that I MUST have.  What that means for my collections is that they tend to be a little on the light side.  I have ended up with lots of different smaller groupings of things I just "needed", at least for a short period of time.  A few of these clusters of like items sit around my home and some hide in boxes until I feel like bringing them out to ponder.  The other day I came across a few card sets in the back of a drawer that I had forgotten all about.  This is one of those collections that doesn't match, grew over many years, and is together simply due to the funky graphics.  I was not born with the ability to walk by a paper product at a thrift store or estate sale if it has a cool vintage graphic.  They fall into the MUST have category.  Here are a few of those must haves that I dug up the other day.

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Pink and Black Poodle Bridge Score Cards, [maker unknown].  Yeah, when is the last time you played bridge?  Ever since I found these I have wanted to start a little bridge playing women's group.  I imagine us all gossiping over girlie cocktails while taking drags off of our cigarettes tucked into extra long filters.  This is definitely a dream because I have asthma and would turn blue if I tried this.  But, a girl can dream, right? 

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Extra, Extra, Read All About It!  We are so impressed with ourselves that we are advertising the birth of our most gifted human being on the front page!  Either that or this is the Enquirer and the top story is about a giant baby roaming the streets drowning innocent citizens with huge blobs of drool.  You be the judge.  [Gibson Greeting Cards, Pleasant Thoughts line birth announcements]

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Now, this is definitely the most politically incorrect card out of my collection and I hope I am not offending anyone out there.  This is a set of 10 invitations by Gibson and I would guess these are from the 1960's.

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If you can get past the tacky stereotype you have to admit these are pretty funny little invitations.  For those of you that cannot see the tiny script: Front: Unga Gawa Ooba (You're invited to a Cook-Out), Inside: 'Cause we simply like good people.  Yes, they are are cannibals and they want YOU for dinner.  Sorry, folks, I just think these are hilarious.  Plus, they went as far as to add sparkly gold flecks to the jewelry, headwear and the female's skirt.  That's what I like, quality in my cannibal invites.

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Last, but not least for the post today is a groovy teen party invite.  This is another one that I would guess is from the 1960's or maybe 1970's and it is an American Greetings Corporation invite.  It's hard to tell from this picture, but from the blond hair on the girl in the front up, the card is embossed.  So, her hair, and the folks behind her have a little dimension in addition to their crazy colors...fancy!

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What's the best part of this invite?  The hip way in which they use peer pressure to get folks to come to the party.

I plan on posting these for sale in either my new Artfire shop or in my old Etsy store.  I am still undecided, but soon you will be able to grab some of the coolest flair for your funky paper projects.

;0)

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An Unexpected Reminder of Home.

November 22, 2008 15:50 by ehouston

Among the many adventures I had today one involved finally getting over to The Hill Center in Green Hills to browse several shops I have been wanting to see.  One is the Anthropologie shop that opened up more than a year ago.  My love affair with this store started by catalog years ago, moved to the online shop and has now culminated in a drive to visit, in person, the wares that I drool over from afar.  So, whenever I am near a brick and mortar I try to make the time for a quick stop.  Today I walked into what seemed like a little itty-bitty version of what I have seen in MI and NC, but the further you walked in the more nooks and crannies you could find.  I really liked the styling they have going on this season.  Like so many things right now it had a very woodsy, 1970's vibe happening.  Of course I instantly fell in love with nearly everything I saw immediately upon entering the doors.  Then, my eye wandered to a nice little wooden box with some unassuming cards.  A closer inspection revealed that they were Gwen Frostic prints in a box set put together for the store.  I was amazed, tickled and my heart warmed a little when I saw this. 

The reason for the warm feeling is that Gwen Frostic prints come from the little town that I was born in way up in northern Michigan.  She created simple, but elegant drawings of the surrounding wildlife and then made prints of them for everything from wall art to mini purse-sized calendars.  Although she passed away years ago her little shop is still turning out these sweet little cards and all the other wares.  You can even take a tour if you want when you come through town. 

My favorite fat little racoon.  This is a rubber stamp you can buy.

Another cute stamp...the Bunny's Behind.

(Check out the site for more, and better, images of her prints.)

These cards have been a staple in my family for years. I can remember my mom buying just the right print and writing warm holiday wishes, or the sincerest of sympathy notes on Gwen's cards.  In fact, earlier this year my aunt that still lives in the area sent me a quick note on the cute little Racoon print card.  I am glad to see these cards are out there and the company is having success in a wider market, but no matter what big city these cards are sold in they will always say home, in a little tiny town, to me.


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