Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Vintage Mama

You all know and love The Pioneer Woman, well known blogger, author, cook, and now TV hostess.  Well I've about decided my name should be The Vintage Mama.  :)  I love vintage things from the 30s, 40s, and 50s.  I think I was supposed to be born in the 40s...but of course I'd need ac and internet.  Ha!
We've lived in our new home in Southern Indiana for over a year now, and suddenly this empty wall in the great room has started to bug me.  I haven't known what to do with it, until recently when I saw a cute vintage shelf on a blog, with vintage pretties on it. I knew that was what this wall needed.

Enter this little neglected vintage shelf that I recently purchased at a thrift store for $1.  Now that's my price, girls!

She was dirty and scratched, but otherwise in decent shape.

Just a few coats of Rustoleum Heirloom White spray paint, and she was ready to be 'dressed' and put to use!  Woohoo!  I love quick projects.

So I hung her, added some vintage photos, jello molds, salt and pepper shakers, etc.  I also got out my beloved Norman Rockwell plates from storage.  They are titled Young Man With a Dream and Young Woman With a Dream.  So sweet.

I knew it needed some kind of little bunting underneath.  This piece of raffia was just the perfect size!  And I had just recently  received some of these vintage family photos from our moms.  The tiny wooden clothespins have been in my craft closet for months...the perfect finishing touch!

Awww, that's my little brother on the left, born in 1964.  So cute.  He is spending today, his 47th b-day, in heaven with Jesus.

The other infant pictures are of me, then there is my mother in law with my husband and his sister in the 1960s.  The other one is of me with a new Christmas doll in about 1968.

This is a photo of me at about age 4 in Texas.  Did any of you ladies in your 40s ever have your photo made on a pony that a photographer brought around the neighborhood?  This was common in Dallas, where we lived!

Newly purchased little Jello molds, from an antique store in Ks. City.

My Grandaddy in his early 20s...back in about 1940.

Precious little find recently at my favorite flea market.

And my wall is complete!!  I find it warm and inviting.  I'm sure the shelf will grow and change in time as I find other perfect little vintage pretties to live here.  But I plan to keep it fairly simple, changing out things rather than adding more.  For $3 (paint and the shelf) I was able to decorate with things I found in my own home.  I love how God is so creative, and He made us to be creative too.  Thank you Lord!!

Would love to hear your thoughts!


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