I came across this Old Tin at a neighborhood sale about a month ago. It was half buried under a bunch of placemats, and it is not unusually bright, so I wonder how I even noticed it. And I am not all that enamored with Tins to begin with. They take up a lot of room in the cabinet, they make noise when moved around, and just overall, not an item I am drawn to.
But for some reason, I love this tin. It is old, but there are lots of old tins out there. I finally discovered what it was. The Birch Trees by the Lake. Reminded me of Wisconsin and all of the summers that were spent on Star Lake. A beautiful Lake surrounded by Birch Trees. My sister and I used to peel little pieces of birch bark off one of the trees and use it as paper to write home to our friends.
These birch trees were the real deal, not the river birches you see as part of landscapes nowadays. These were what I call Canoe Birch Trees, the kind the American Indians would use to make canoes.
Not sure who the lady would be in the skirt and sweater waving to us on the Tin. Another oddity, there are no mountains in Wisconsin. But when having a major memory flow, you can overlook little things like mountains and strangers in the picture. I have had the Tin in my kitchen for 3 or 4 weeks now, I am ready to let it go and have put it in my Etsy shop. Maybe you can figure out who the woman is.
You can find it here https://www.etsy.com/listing/155487093/collectible-toffee-tin-ullswater-lake?ref=shop_home_active
Cake. Who doesn’t love Cake. I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
My mother was not the kind that would be in the kitchen all day baking a cake from scratch and she sure wasn’t going to teach anyone how to do it. She was a great cook. She just hated a messy kitchen, and extrenuous cooking would mess up the kitchen. We did not have homemade round layer cakes growing up. We had the sheet cakes from Duncan Hines. But that was okay, I loved any kind of cake.
The old vintage Cake Keeper pictured here is not something my mother would have owned. But I know some mother’s would have. So when I saw this vintage Cake Keeper, I decided to bring it home and put it in my Etsy shop. http://www.etsy.com/shop/thevintageporch.
Maybe I will take a day off work and go buy some round cake pans and make a real homemade layer cake. Or look up my old friend Duncan Hines.
One thing that I know for sure, Vintage Barware is Hot. There are a couple of reasons.
First reason – because it is so much cooler than the stuff you can buy nowadays. Let’s face it, a heavy bar glass (like Culver) with heavy 22kt trim is much more elegant than the thinly made glassware of today.
Second reason – the TV show Mad Men proved it to everyone that vintage barware is so much cooler than what can be bought nowadays. And Don Draper looks good with a heavy gold trimmed glass in his hand.
So now the secret is out and vintage barware is flying out of my Etsy shop. That is a good thing, but I can’t find enough to replenish my shop. Word to the wise – when shopping for vintage bar glasses, keep looking till you find Culver. You will know it when you see it. And often times it is signed on the side. Culver barglasses from my etsy shop www.etsy.com/shop/thevintageporch are pictured.
Take a close look at the tray in the picture. I found this tray about 3 days ago leaning against an old wicker laundry basket at a sale in my neighborhood. I noticed it from about 40 feet away, and as I was walking towards it, I thought I was walking towards a painting. but, as I got closer, I realized that it was a metal tray. The colors on this tray are so rich and real, from the heavy dark gold tones on the borders of the tray, to the deep creams and peaches of the flowers, and the cobalt blue of the vase holding the bouquet. I could not believe how beautiful it was. I brought it home with me, not knowing at all what I would do with it. It is pretty large, 22 inches by 17 inches.
I still could not believe that I had initially thought this tray was a painting. The depth of the colors is outstanding. It deserves to be hanging on a wall in a place of Honor. So I decided to pass it forward and put it in my Etsy shop, The Vintage Porch http://www.etsy.com/shop/thevintageporch
I have still been thinking alot lately about my Grandmother’s house in Indiana. So much, that when I saw these pictures at a sale, I bought them. They looked very familiar to me. I love the pictures, two beautiful women in their finery and their hats. And then the frames, creamy scrolls with gold accents. When I brought them home, I kept thinking that these pictures were exactly what my Grandmother had hanging in her bedroom. But maybe not. The more I look at them, the more I think that she had something similar. Either way, it was the effect of the pictures that reminded me of my Grandmother. I will have to ask my sister if she remembers these pictures hanging somewhere, most likely a bedroom or bath.