Sunday, March 31, 2013

~ Easter Greetings.... with some postcards and crazy rabbits...

As I was looking for vintage images for Easter ... I came across some gorgeous vintage postcards ... and some scary looking rabbit cakes.  This is just a post about what I found in my search... 


Why does that rabbit remind me of Pennywise the clown? Its the evil eyes... and if you don't know who Pennywise is... go google him. It's not pretty. :) 

Now lets take a quick peek at a wonderful postcard with the white hens... 

Dang! Another scary cake... this one with a hatching chick. Can you image seeing this cake on the table for Easter? 

Awwwww..... baby chicks!

I only showed you those baby chicks... so I could show you the evil eyes on this rabbit cake... 

One more with the baby chicks and Mother Hen.... 

And this is actually a great Easter cake image.... thank you to McCormick's for this vintage image... 

I am beginning to wonder, what it was about rabbits having such harsh looking faces...





No matter how cute that little girl might be... that rabbit does not look friendly to me. 

And finally I came across a wonderful Easter cake... with a rabbit that actually looks inviting! 




Saturday, March 30, 2013

~ 1847 Rogers Bros. Flatware.... Anniversary pattern....

Along with all the other odd things I keep for daily use in my kitchen. My daily flatware is the old silver plated setting made by Rogers Bros. This pattern came on the market in 1923 for a couple of years. And the name for my favorite pattern.... is Anniversary. 

I can not even begin to explain what a nightmare it is, to collect silver plated anything...  with "Anniversary" as its pattern name. 
There are two styles of forks and knifes for this set. The solid handle and hollow handle. I prefer the bigger handle ones. Which is the hollow handle version. They have a nice weight to them.

The one thing drew me to this pattern... was the simple design on the handles. I had bought and polished misc serving pieces from odd patterns... that had all kinds of detail.  

For my daily needs, for setting a table, I learned quickly to find one that didn't have so many grooves to the design. And yes, I put this stuff in the dishwasher.
I had to borrow an image.... that was not fuzzy... to show the detail... 
My camera skills are too lacking to do close ups.

But this simple design stops it from being a nightmare... when I decide to polish all my flatware. Which is about once a year.
I love these round cream soup spoons. The smaller one is the child's version. 

Yet, there is still three other spoons to eat with....
But I use the bigger soup spoons as servers.

Now the best part of collecting the old silver plated flatware... is that you can find it for fairly cheap prices. If you are a shopper of flea markets and estate/garage sales... look for it. Especially at the flea markets. 

Most dealers will not do the polishing, in order to get the bigger price. And this flatware can be really ugly, when it has not been polished in four decades. 
So do a little negotiation if you see a set you like at the flea market. It is heavy to haul around. And that makes most dealers willing to sell cheaper, if you got cash to pay for it. Just a bit of advice... never haggle over a price unless you have cash in hand.

You have to be able to look past the tarnish to see the quality of these sets. Which I do. I don't mind all the polishing. If it is a decent set of flatware. For at least 8.

I have a wonderful set up of Tarn-x and paste polish that makes it sparkle... just like it is brand new.  Plus it helps me work out any pent up annoyances... to sit and polish my forks.  :)

 And now a little Easter Greetings from me to you!
I love this postcard....
Be sure to look at all the Spring lovelies at....

~ Easter Swap Goodness! Let's look into that magical box!

As mention earlier.... I was part of the Easter Swap at ~It's a Very Cherry World! And I was partner up with Meri from ImagiMeri's Creations....



Meri sent me a magical box filled with wonderful things... Lot's of vintage ephemera... which I adore.


I also got a egg covered in chickens! And I love chickens! My sassy Easter egg, has Snickers Easter eggs inside of it! (the pink cup is part of my Shenango dinnerware... I needed it here to hold my new egg!)


I also received some wonderful crafty things... like a wooden vintage spool with the color threads sniped out to form a halo of beauty! Plus two incredible wooden clothes pins, decorate with plaid and floral's! So pretty!  The small white envelope with the pink rose has tiny crystal beads in it. That I realize that I did not get a picture of those beads... till I was working on this post!


These are more images of the Easter goodies...
 

There were two vintage feather birds too... hanging onto a strawberry!


Included were 5 individual vintage children's playing cards with the best images!

Then there was some gorgeous vintage cotton fabrics and lace included in this magical box of goodness...

Aren't they pretty!


Then of course there is the Easter Bunny too! Holding onto a painted wooden egg... 

Jack Rabbit is all over the place too.... sprucing up the place!  Along with the 4 pastel color Easter baskets... that I just happen to have some speckled eggs to fill them with.... (I love those Whopper malt speckled eggs they have for Easter)


Then here is a bigger view of the goodies...


This next pretty thing... is one of Meri's custom shadow boxes. Done in pinks and greens!

Which posed me a challenge to photograph and get the detail to show up.  There is oodles of tiny details to see.... like that strawberry background... and the vintage christmas balls in pinks and green. 

Even the exterior of the shadow box is detailed out too!


And finally a nice view of the box... with a big shadow hiding the detail. :)  I swear one day, I am going to figure out how to take a decent picture. 


And of course that stunning pink and turquoise apron!


I want to thank Meri again for all the lovely items! 
It was such a joy to have her as a partner in this Easter Swap!