Friday, 15 March 2013

Childhood Memories

Hello everyone! I hope you're doing well :)

I was recently over at my moms house, and I guess she's been doing a bit of cleaning and organizing lately. She told me she went through her closet and found a bunch of my old Barbie stuff, and a few random things that I used to love when I was little. It definitely brought back a lot of memories seeing all these little things again. Something that had once meant SO much, I had completely forgotten about.

Now a lot of this stuff is quite a bit older than me. My mom and I have been thrifting together since I was little, and so a lot of these things are just thrifted things I picked out. All of the Barbie things are from the 1970's I believe!

First up are these insanely awesome vintage Barbie cases. I only got pictures of the outsides, but the insides of them are just as cool. The larger one has 3 slots, that fit 3 barbies, while the smaller one just fits one. They both have little 'closets' in them to hang the clothes, and little accessory drawers to put any shoes or trinkets. I absolutely loved these when I was little.

Next up is this adorable set of homemade Barbie furniture. I specifically remember my mom purchasing this at a storage container sale. The kinds where if someone doesn't pay the rent on their storage container after so long, the contents get sold in a garage sale type thing. I totally wish they still did this! It makes me kind of sad, because I remember my mom buying a gigantic box of Barbie stuff, with this furniture in it. Some little girl lost all of her treasures because her parents didn't pay the rent, definitely sad!

The furniture itself is definitely different. I have NO idea what this process is called, so if someone could help me, that would be great. The only way to explain it is thread woven through pieces of plastic with holes in it? That's the best I can do haha. But you can tell a lot of work went into it, and I love it to bits.

Now for the actual Barbie! I don't think I actually ever was allowed to play with this one. But she's definitely old, from the 1970's. I couldn't believe how much detail was put into her outfit and earrings. Even her little jeans have a zipper, and the coat has the tiniest little button! Even after all these years, the ends of her ponytail and her bangs are perfectly curled. I'd love to know what Mattel uses in their Barbies hair, because my hairspray lasts 1 hour, not 40+ years! Here she is!

And last but not least! This little guy was my absolute favorite, from what I hear. This bunny, which I called 'Buddy', was with me at all times. I carried the poor thing around by it's neck, so as you can see.. there isn't a whole lot of support there anymore. There's literally no fur in there at all.

I really hope I have a little girl someday, so I can pass off all these cute little treasures to her. I had a lot more Barbie stuff, that was actually hand-me-downs from my aunt, but she ended up having 3 girls, so it was all given back to her. There was some cool stuff in there!

I'd love to see your favorite childhood toys, or even hear about them. Post about them in the comments below :)

Have a great day xox

Monday, 4 March 2013

Some of my very favorite things

Hello there! It's been a while. I hope you all have been doing wonderfully. In todays blog, I'm going to be sharing a few.. okay a lot.. of my most favorite things ever. I hope you enjoy!

This first piece is the piece that started my vintage glass obsession. It's a Fenton compote in the Orange Tree pattern from 1972. The color is Rosalene. After a bit of research, I found that all Rosalene glass actually has real gold in it! It's then heated until it turns a beautiful pink color, which is why the color is inconsistent throughout the compote. The inside of the bowl is actually a considerably darker pink. I love it! My mother got this for me at an auction last year, and ever since, I've had my pink obsession.

Six months later.. my pink obsession has grown considerably...

Oh pink Pyrex, how I love you so. I originally started collecting the Pink Gooseberry pattern. I knew if I didn't set a limit for myself, I'd collect every pattern. I then acquired the pink 404, and decided I'd allow myself to collect ALL pink Pyrex. Recently, as written in a past blog, I came across the promotional Pink Scroll Pyrex space saver WITH holder and had to buy. Here's my collection up close thus far.

Next is my beautiful Hazel Atlas 'Pink Crinoline' dishes. I got this in a trade with a friend over at (go check her out, she's wonderful!). It then started yet another addiction. I absolutely love the adorable beaded handles. This set also came in turquoise and opal. Both equally as lovely, but I do love my pink :) Here's an up-close shot of them.

Okay I lied. I may or may not have a TINY little collection of Amish Butterprint as well :) Only the 401 and 402. The 401 was one of the first pieces of Pyrex I got, and it was found by my fiance, who learned way quicker than I expected! He was so proud of it, so I told him I'd never sell it. I recently came upon the 402 from a friend on a Facebook swap group, as well as the little casserole. On the top shelf is a beautiful milk glass and amethyst vase/candy dish/compote that I got from Lucky and Lous here in Chilliwack. Totally love it. And last but not least, my beloved Fire-King Jadeite bowls from my grandma, along with a lone C-handle Fire-King mug. Very eastery colors :)

Next is my collection of Fire-King milk glass, gold trimmed swirl dishes. I totally love them, and think they look so classy. I recently had a dinner party and used only these dishes. They look great :)

Next is the cute little vintage mug tree my mom gave me recently. I used it to put my Fire-King mugs on. 2 milk glass, 2 Jadeite and 2 Azureite. Love! I've got 2 of these for sale in my shop if anyone is interested in a mug tree :)

Next are my Fire-King Sapphire Blue Philbe dishes. A few of these are from deep within my moms kitchen cupboards, and a few I picked up in my travels. I totally love the beautiful blue color of these dishes, as well as the gorgeous ornate patterns on them. Here is a picture of my small collection, as well as a close up of the pattern.

I got this gorgeous pair of silver inlay bowls from my mom as well. I swear her house is a treasure chest of beautiful vintage glassware. The silver on them has tarnished a bit, but I think I'll leave it that way for a while. It adds to the vintage-ness of them (I create my own words every so often).

Last but not least, my Federal Glass snack set from the 1950's. I picked these up a long time ago and haven't been able to part with them. Everyone knows I love milk glass, but who could resist the adorable pattern?! I'm not entirely sure what the pattern is called, as everyone seems to call it something different. The most common name I've seen is 'Atomic Flower/Atomic Maple', so I'll stick with that. Either way, I totally love them.

And those are all my favorite things! I hope you enjoyed them as much as I do.

I'd love to see YOUR favorite things. Post pictures of them in comments and tell me why they are your favorite things. Seeing other peoples treasures is just as enjoyable for me :)

Take care! xox