Sunday, January 31, 2010

Vintage Valentine Giveaway

This week I stumbled across a large lot of 1950 era vintage valentines for a fabulous price at one of my favorite antique malls.  Out of all of the valentines in the lot only one was dated...1952.  So I am guessing that most of the other valentines are from that same time period as well.

Well I can't possibly use all of these wonderful valentines in my house so I want to give some away.  The giveaway is going to be super simple....just leave me a comment on this post and let me know that you would like to be entered.  That's all there is to it.  And here's the good part....I have three lots of 10 valentines each that I am giving away so there will be three winners!

Lot #1

Lot #2

Lot #3

Turnaround on this giveaway is going to be quick.  I am leaving on a trip to Phoenix this Wednesday and I want to get the valentines mailed before I leave so that you can have time to display them for Valentine's Day.  I'll draw the names this Tuesday, February 2nd (random number generator) and I'll contact the winners that night to get addresses so I can get them mailed out on Wednesday.

Good luck and Happy Valentine's Day


Saturday, January 30, 2010

Silver Love

Tarnished silver, glazed ironstone and vintage valentines currently decorate my dining room buffet.

Looking for old pieces like these is one of my favorite lunch time activities.  In the past couple of weeks I have really hit the "junkin" jackpot.

I pictured this silver drink server on my last week's post.  I found it at a thrift store for $15.00.  It was one of those pieces that I just had to have.  I love the decorative metal work and the engraved "G" in the center.  It sits atop an old beveled, silver edged mirror that I found this week at an antique mall for $4.00.  One of my vintage valentines is displayed in a little silver cup that is engraved with a name and a birthdate.

On the other side of the buffet is a silver water pitcher holding red and white roses (the roses are made of wood.  I found the bunch "as is" at a thrift store this week for $2.00).  Another small silver cup displays another of my valentines.  The mirror these pieces are on was purchased at the same antique booth as the other mirror for $3.50.

In the middle of the display is an old "fresherator" jar holding several mismatched pieces of silverware.  The ironstone bowl was a thrift store find for $2.50.
The ironstone platters behind the silver were also thrift store finds.  I love the contrast between the tarnished silver and the glazed, creamy finish of the ironstone.

Thanks for visiting.  I'm posting today to the very popular Silver Sunday party hosted by Beth @ Gypsy Fish.  Each week I am continually amazed at all the beautiful silver pieces that are being shared.  Please link over to Gypsy Fish and check them out.
Have a wonderful Sunday.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Games People Play

Game pieces.  I love them.  I collect them.  I probably have too many of them. 

There is something about old game pieces that appeals to me.  Probably a bit of nostalgia because when I grew up playing a game meant gathering around a board game or getting out a deck of cards. 

I have picked up numerous game pieces at thrift stores and antique malls.  I have them displayed in glass containers or I use them as embellishements for some of my craft projects.

I have several sets of dominoes, some old.....

Some not so old.....

Checkers have been around forever.  These wood pieces have seen alot of use....

These old chess pieces were found at a thrift store in a weathered wood box.....

Before Legos, Tinker Toys were the popular building blocks.....

Bingo has always been a favorite.....

Or how about a game of Flinch.  This particular card game has been around a long time.  This set is dated 1913.....

I'm linking tonight with two of my favorite parties....Leigh @ Tales from Bloggeritaville for Thrifty Thursday and Suzanne @ Coloradolady for Vintage Thingies Thursday.  Go check out the parties and enjoy all of the thrifty and/or vintage items.

Happy Thursday,


Saturday, January 23, 2010

A Silver Sunday Project

Welcome to the 4th Silver Sunday hosted by Beth @ Gypsy Fish.  I love silver in all shapes and forms so this party has been a lot of fun.  Please be sure and link back to Gypsy Fish to check out all the wonderful silver pieces on display.  I'm also linking with Karen @ The Graphics Fairy for Brag Monday.  Karen generously posts wonderful graphics for use in our projects and crafts.  If you're looking for any type of graphic to use in a project make sure to visit The Graphics Fairy.

This week my Silver Sunday contribution is going to be a gift for my sister.  I found this circa 1920's button hook at an indoor flea market last week during one of my lunch hour shopping excursions.

What got me so excited about this button hook was the J.C. Penney embossed at the top of the hook.  My sister has worked in management at J.C. Penney for almost 29 years.  For the past 15 years she has worked at the corporate office in Plano, TX. 

I knew this would be the perfect little gift for her but the hook by itself didn't pack much punch.  I decided to get out my scrapbooking supplies and make a framed piece using the hook. 

Using the button hook and this image I found at The Graphics Fairy I began to piece my project together.

The button hook was also embossed with "312 Stores".  I researched J.C. Penney and found out that the 500th store was opened in 1924.  This helped give me an approximate date for the button hook.  I searched for a 1920's J.C. Penney logo to keep my project as historically accurate as possible and printed out the one and only logo I was able to find.  The red and black color of the logo dictated the color direction for the rest of the project.  Here's the piece before framing.

I have several vintage frames I have purchased at thrift stores, flea markets, etc.  I found a wood frame with a silver paint finish that worked perfect for the project.  I liked the distressed, worn look and left the frame as is.

And here is the finished project.  To my sister, if you are reading my blog, please act surprised when you receive your gift.

And see this gorgeous silver drink server behind my project.

I found it this week at a thrift store!!  I absolutely love it and plan on showing more pictures for next weeks Silver Sunday.

Enjoy your Sunday.


Saturday, January 16, 2010

Silver Sunday

Welcome to my contribution to the Silver Sunday party graciously hosted by Beth @ Gypsy Fish.  This party is a great opportunity see some beautiful and unique silver pieces.  Link back to Beth's blog and you can check out all of the beautiful silver being shown.

Vintage silver alarm clocks, tarnished silver framed photos and the silver blades of an old desktop fan remind us of earlier times.

This is a picture of my Dad in 1946.

And this picture is of my FIL and MIL (couple on the left) with my MIL's sister and her husband on the shore of Lake Erie in the early 1950's.  My MIL will be celebrating her 85th birthday in April.

Time to go (I couldn't resist)


Friday, January 15, 2010

Art Work Friday

I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date!

I know I'm posting late to the Art Work Friday party hosted by Dee Dee @ d dzine.  I was having one of those days today and had not found the time (or quite honestly, the energy) to get a post written.  But then my son asked me if I got his photo posted for the party and that was all it took to get me motivated to get off the sofa and to the computer to write this post.

The photo I chose to highlight today for Art Work Friday was taken this past week at English Landing Park in Parkville, MO.  English Landing Park is a beautiful park that sits along the bank of the Missouri River.  At this point, the river separates the states of Missouri and Kansas.  This picture was taken as the sun was setting, capturing the colors of the beautiful winter sky.

I hope you enjoyed the photo.
Jane (and Alex)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Folding Ruler

Happy Thursday!  It's time to share another vintage, thrifty item from my overgrowing stash of stuff!  As always I am linking with Leigh @ Tales from Bloggeritaville for Thrifty Thursday and with Suzanne @ Coloradolady for Vintage Thingies Thursday.  Thanks to both ladies for letting me share my thrifty and vintage finds.

Today I have one item to share.  I wanted to add some vintage Paris postcards as part of the accessories to my guest room redo and so I went hunting in my "stuff" to figure out how to display them.  This is what I came up with....a vintage folding ruler.

I love anything with numbers and letters on it and these folding rulers are one of my favorites.  I don't like the clean, new ones.....I like the ones that you know have been in somebody's tool box for years, with rusty hinges and numbers that are slightly worn off from years of use.  At last count I have 11 of these rulers.  I have purchased most of mine at antique malls or flea markets and I have not paid over $2.00 for any of them.

Now you might be wondering what I'm going to do with all of these rulers besides displaying old postcards (so does my husband).  Here's a few ideas:

Fold it into shapes.  Once you have the shape, just wire the loose ends together (it's easy to take apart if you want to use it for something else later).  Here's a picture of a star I used in my holiday decorating.  You could also easily make a crown with a one of these rulers.

Don't pass up broken rulers if you find them.  I used five sections of a broken ruler and formed the shape of a house (I hunted high and low for that house in my studio to show you and I can't find it at the moment).  I used some scrapbook metal letter embellishments, spelled out the word HOME and glued them to the bottom of the house.  This is going to be a part of a picture collage that I will be working on.

Another broken section is going to be used as an embellishment to a framed photo.  I glued some lace to the underside of the ruler piece and placed it beneath the picture.  I think it helps anchor the photo in the frame.

Small pieces from these rulers could also be used for jewelry or key chains.  Here's a key chain that took me less than 5 minutes to make using a broken section of the ruler.  I sanded the broken edge, drilled a hole for the key ring, inserted the key ring and job done.

I'm sure there are 100's of more uses for these folding rulers.  I would love to hear what you've done with them.


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

One Lucky Blogger

Within the past 3 weeks I have been one lucky blogger!  I have won not one, not two, but three wonderful giveaways! 

My first gift was from Debbie at Pink Roses and Teacups.  Debbie was a blogging friend that I met through the Vintage Christmas Monday posts.  We both share a love of vintage Christmas and Debbie hosted a giveaway of two vintage Christmas lamps.  The lamps resemble candles and both have little angels on the bases.  They arrived right before Christmas and I was able to add them to my holiday decor.  Thank you again Debbie for the wonderful gift.  Although they are safely packed away now, they will definitely be a part of my yearly Christmas decor. 

My next win came courtesy of Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions.  I have been following Kathy for awhile now.  She has a great eye for decorating and she creates some wonderful crafts.  Kathy is a blogging friend that you can always count on to stop by for a visit and leave encouraging comments. 
Kathy recently held a giveaway to help celebrate the 2nd anniversary of her blog.  Once again luck was on my side as I was the winner of these fabulous gifts:  two metal crown hooks and a hand crafted journal.  I think I have a pretty good idea where I'm going to hang the hooks (I can't give it away just yet) and the journal couldn't have come at a better time to help me record some of my thoughts as my family adjusts to our new year.  Happy blog anniversary Kathy and thank you for the thoughtful gifts.

My last giveaway win was through the generosity of Laura @ White Spray Paint.  Laura has a beautiful blog that I recently became familiar with through the Silver Sunday party.  I have enjoyed getting to know Laura these past couple of weeks and I was super excited to be the winner of the giveaway she hosted to celebrate her first year of blogging.  The prize:  A blog makeover by Jackie @ Memories by Design!  I have been wanting to update my blog look (you will all be happy to see the 1962 Christmas blog header picture go away) and I will be working with Jackie in a couple of weeks to start the process of beautifying my blog!  Happy blog anniversary to you too Laura and thank you so much for the generous gift.  Look for the new and improved Mamie Jane's in a few weeks (now if I could only update my own look that easily!)

When you have a chance please go visit these three won't be disappointed.

I'm linking today with Jan @ Bobbiepins Boardwalk for The Boardwalk Bragfest.  It couldn't be a more appropriate party.

Happy Wednesday,

Friday, January 8, 2010

Art Work Friday

Happy Friday everyone.  I know the weather is bitter cold in so many parts of the country (including here) so I hope you are staying safe and warm.

I am very excited to be joining a new party today...well, it's new for me.  Dee Dee @ d dzine hosts a party every Friday called Art Work Friday where you can link up and share your artwork.  Here's how Dee Dee describes the event:

Anyone interested in displaying their original art pieces is welcome to link up each Friday!
Do you do photography?
(I know many of you do...!)
Oil Paint?
Water color?
3D work?
It all counts!!!!

If you haven't visited Dee Dee's blog before please hop over for a visit.  She amazes me with her artistic talent, her fabulous tablescapes and her heart of gold (and she has a mom who is pretty amazing too).

I don't have talent in any of the above mentioned areas but my son is an aspiring photographer and (with his permission) I thought I would post one of his photos today.  I chose this one because it reflects the kind of weather we have been having the past couple of weeks (although there is more snow on the ground now).

I'd like to title it "Winter Hibernation".

Have a great weekend.


Thursday, January 7, 2010

Bedroom Update #4

First I want to thank each and every one of you for your kind words yesterday.  The prayers, the hugs and the love were heartfelt and I am thankful for all of your support.  My husband and I read each comment with tears in our eyes and hope in our hearts.  You all are the best group of people I've (n)ever met! 

Well, today is Thursday and as we go about our normal routine I need to post to two of my favorite parties....Leigh @ Tales from Bloggerittaville for Thrifty Thursday and Suzanne @ Coloradolady for Vintage Thingies Thursday.  This is one of my favorite blog days to see what thrifty, vintage finds are being found.

I have to admit that my guest room makeover did not get finished before I went back to work on Monday, but it is slowly coming along.  I'm trying to come up with some accessories for the room and I found some vintage plates at various thrift stores that I thought would be a fun addition.  My family and I have moved several times in the past years.  We have lived in Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, California and now Missouri.  Since I wanted this room to have a vintage, travel theme I thought I would add some souvenir State plates that represent each state that we have lived in to an area of the bedroom. 

Here's a picture of the area next to the closet where the plates will hang.  I would have tried to hang them before posting but I can't find my Minnesota plate at the moment (a sure sign of having too much stuff!).

Here are a few pictures of the plates:

These are kind of kitschy but I think it's a fun way to remember all of the wonderful areas we have lived.  As soon as I find my Minnesota plate I will be hanging these in the room.

Hop on over the Leigh and Suzanne's blogs to check out other thrifty and/or vintage finds.


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A New Chapter

Yesterday started a new chapter in my life.  This chapter is not one that any of us want in our book of life but it is now in my book and I'm going to write it with a positive outlook and hope.

My husband got a diagnosis yesterday of ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease.  There is no cure at this time.  There is one FDA approved medication that has shown to slow the disease progression in some patients and hubby started on that medication today.

I really didn't know whether to post this or not but it's a big part of my life now.  Although I haven't personally met any of my blogland friends, I do feel like I have gotten to know so many of you through my blog and I felt like my friends should know.

Thanks for listening.


Sunday, January 3, 2010

Silver Sunday

When Beth @ Gypsy Fish first posted about hosting a Silver Sunday party I immediately jumped on the party train.  I love tarnished silver pieces and I have posted about several of my silver finds and projects over the past few months.  I know a lot of you have seen these pictures before and know how I love to create with old silver, thrift store finds.

I created snowmen from silver plated salt and pepper shakers:

A large snowman from silver plated bowls (tutorial here):

Pincushions from silver plated cream and sugar bowls:

Silver compote from silver plated tray and candlestick (tutorial here):

And various display areas around my house:

Well I know you guys know I love my old silver pieces but imagine my surprise when I opened up some of my Christmas gifts from my teenage son.  He obviously has taken note of my silver passion and took it upon himself to go shopping at a local vintage market where he found these three great pieces.  These were without a doubt the best Christmas gifts I received because he took the time to hunt down something that he knew I loved! 

These are going to be proudly displayed with my other silver finds.

Please head over to Gypsy Fish and discover the other great silver pieces that are being shared today.