vintage christmas monday #2

if you'd like to join the party, just visit joan at anything goes here...the list of bloggers is growing quickly:)

this ceramic reindeer is lined with old green velvet on the bottom. he's so peaceful...just watching calmly.

i would not usually pick reindeer as a seasonal favorite - but anything old and white - i love!
this is definitely a favorite; handmade and lovely. i found her in an antique store a few years ago, for just a dollar or two. again - i can't say that angels are particularly meaningful to me for decorating - but she appealed to me!

this is my lone indented old ornament...a solitary beauty:)

i'm so eager to see what the rest of you are sharing today...thanks for stopping by!


i love this

Proclamation of Thanksgiving

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln


serene {white wednesday #23}

life has been very stressful in recent weeks...and i have spent the last few days wandering and searching and digging through thrift stores, trying to escape some of my thoughts. it's very relaxing to me...and i'd like to share the few little white beauties that i've found. i picture this piece as once a part of someone's wedding, perhaps? it's so serene...

this darling ivory shoe just speaks for itself

a little worn and crackled - just like it should be

a large wall clock with no hands - i bought this (new) a few years ago, and it was functional until the hands got twisted and mangled by unidentified persons. i'm not sure if i'll ever get it fixed or not...

my little vintage dog from round top, texas:)
by now most of you have probably visited kathleen at faded charm...our hostess for white wednesdays. if not - you'll find a wonderful list of participants over there now

my giveaway remains open until midnight tomorrow...please feel free to leave a comment here if you like vintage newspaper stamps!


season of thanks

a few thanksgiving touches around home

and i came across an unexpected garage sale and found this lovely worn black tote for 75 cents!!!


vintage christmas monday #1

one of my favorite little treasures from the junk drawer...another reason i miss that store so! i had planned to show you several other vintage christmas things today - but it is raining and oh, so dark. so i found this photo from another year, and i'll share more on vintage christmas monday next week:) i can hardly wait! you can join, too, - just visit joan at anything goes here.

happy monday, everyone!


vintage christmas monday

i'm so eager to start making the rounds tomorrow - it's going to be the first day of vintage christmas monday! doesn't that sound inviting? joan over at anything goes here is hosting - thank you, joan:)

and please, if you haven't already - enter my vintage giveaway - it's just a little thank you to all of you friendly and inspirational bloggers!


i want to thank you {giveaway}

those of you who are familiar with my blog, likely have seen my vintage metal newspaper stamps before. this one is my favorite:)

because i have found my blogland friends to be so kind and friendly and inspiring, i'd like to give away one of these two stamps below just as a little thank you. if you'd like to enter, please leave a comment on this post...and if you post about it on your blog, please come back and comment again so i can enter your name 3 times. why 3? i don't know - i just like that number.

anyone can enter...whether you visit regularly, or just happened across this blog today:)) the winner can choose one of these two stamps (in the last 4 photos).

isn't it so nice to have so many beautiful, warm, inviting, creative, inspirational places to visit? it's like an old friend here in blogland...you can visit any time - day or night. you can talk - or just sit in companionable silence. you can wear your most comfortable old clothes or pajamas - or you can sit down and chat after returning from a black tie affair. i'm so glad to have found a cozy little niche...and i thank you all for your open doors!

~i'll accept comments/entries until midnight on thanksgiving 11.26.09~


sinister soiree 2009

"once upon a midnight dreary, while i pondered, weak and weary..."

mr poe's poetry seemed so apropos as i sat here, waiting for my photos to upload. and the most fitting line of all? one little word: "nevermore"!!!!!!!!!

i must confess that i worked myself into a real state this year. it may have had something to do with the fact that "mr vintage patina" chose party day as the perfect opportunity to install a new dishwasher, despite my dire warnings of ill will. maybe it was because as of 40 minutes before our guests arrived, we had no water supply to the kitchen (refer to original project description). but i don't think it had much to do with the fact that every single cleaning agent stored under the kitchen sink was literally under my feet as i tried to prepare the food. or the fact that he left twice for previously scheduled, but never previously mentioned, appointments - while water and tools and mysterious substances oozed across the floor. all in all, upon due reflection - i think it was me who overreacted.

not so much!

i hope you enjoy these photos...it's a self guided tour this time...i'm off to see my shrink...

further introspection leads me to believe this vignette was a cry for help...

or...at the very least, a grim self portrait

**disclaimer** it is entirely possible that i may return with further insightful edits, comments, and overall cheerful recollections of this most merry halloween; i hope yours was happy!


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