Vintage Nursery Decorations: Ceramic Planters

You know what they are: little whimsical ceramic or porcelain planters with a bouquet of brightly colored or pastel flowers. They’re generally reserved to welcome a new baby–but just imagine other uses!

  1. eyeglasses holder
  2. bonsai planter
  3. table top water garden
  4. anytime vase
  5. key holder
  6. succulent garden
  7. what are your ideas??

Here are some adorable ones that we have available in the shop–and one that’s not there yet!

If you’re interested in any of these adorable vintage nursery planters, then hurry over to The Home Gnome.  Don’t let your favorite slip away!  🙂

Firecracker Girl

4th of July Parade, N.Y., 1911 (LOC)

4th of July Parade, N.Y., 1911 (LOC) (Photo credit: The Library of Congress)

Well, this year I’ve made the cutest 4th of July bunting for our little WW2 era home.  The bunting needed to look a little traditional and a little bit quirky (like us!) to be satisfactory.  I think I got it!  And, of course, that is me in the glass door because I can only concentrate on so many things at a time!Image

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Along the fence in front of the house, I made the regular triangle flag bunting.  I like the result on both of them!

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Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t show you some cute 4th of July outfits that we have in the shop right now!

First, this adorable short and shirt set.  Linen shorts and a cotton/poly top blend beautifully for a hot summer day!

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The fabulous maxi dress above is nice and light, made of lightweight polyester, so don’t wear it in the heat of the day.  AND, don’t let any firecrackers land on you!

This year, I only have one 4th of July appropriate item for men…but boy are they grand!  A pair of vintage men’s blue and white gingham pants–ready to wear and in great shape!

If you’re in a cooler climate, you may be interested in this long-sleeved red and white gingham men’s shirt as well.  Isn’t it dandy?

If you’re interested in any of these outfits (and you should be!) click on over to the shop, The Home Gnome, and check them out!

Are Monk Strap Shoes in Style?

I recently had a visitor to my etsy shop, The Home Gnome, who asked this very question. Are monk strap shoes in style? Interesting. I’ve always been a strong proponent of dressing in clothes and shoes that make you feel good about yourself. Clothes that reflect how you view yourself on the inside. For me, clothing has been a way to express who I truly am. That said, one has only to take a look back at old photos (and some new ones!) to realize that I have very often missed my own mark in the style department.

So…are monk strap shoes in style? I suppose the better question is: are they trendy right now? Well, an essential element of the monk strap shoe is the strap and buckle across the top. That’s pretty sleek which is a large element of men’s fashion right now. They have a nicely tailored look which is, thankfully, making a big comeback for men. Thank the Good Lord that men no longer feel the need to express themselves in baggy jeans/skinny jeans/t-shirts/and other atrocities but can present a polished exterior to the world and be applauded for it!

Take a look at some of these images from 1950s Teddy Boy style and tell me if you don’t approve of these gentlemen! Teddy Boy Style Images   I’m a sucker for nice suits, sharp hair and leather accessories.

Pair this gorgeous Falcone sharkskin suit with a fitted gray/purple shirt and you will look amazing wherever you go! Granted, you must be for certain this double-breasted suit is the right fit for you! I’ll do a post later on fitting men’s clothing to your features.

These are the monk strap shoes in question. The square tips and the broguing holes do date them a bit but I think they’re unique enough to hold their own in men’s right now style.

Vintage Men’s Clothing: Classic Style

How fortunate am I to have the hottest male model around, available 24/7?

Ruffled Tuxedo Shirt

He looks fabulous in vintage styles

and, he loves bunny rabbits…

James and Hyacinth, fitted white dress shirt

I’ve been on a kick lately, to find nicely fitted vintage clothing for James.  It’s hard to find–new or used!  Of course, we love the style of the clothing on BBC’s Sherlock (Spencer Hart, Dolce and Gabbana…a bit out of our price range).  Actually, those lovely clothes are out of lots of folks’ price range, so sometimes we have to make do.

Expedition Jacket

Speaking of British style, here’s the perfect expedition jacket.  Vintage styling, trim fit.  Excellent condition!

Vintage plaid shorts

Here’s a bit more of a relaxed look, while still keeping it together stylishly.  Trim fit plaid walking shorts for men.  Aren’t they nice?  🙂

Monk strap shoes

Pull the look together with these gorgeous monk strap dress shoes.  Beautiful!

All of these pieces and more (cuff links, bow ties, etc.) will soon be in the shop.  Be sure to stop by and ask about any specific items that you don’t see listed yet!

Vintage London Postcards

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Found these fabulous London postcards from the 1970s this week!  Walked in to one of my favorite stores and found a giant box of postcards from the 70s and earlier.  This is just the tip of the iceberg.  Check out the shop if you’re interested in any of them.  My favorite one is the shot of Piccadilly Circus.  I wouldn’t recognize it otherwise, but it’s one of the opening images of BBC’s Sherlock

Locally Grown Vintage

So, if you’re in Australia, and you’re looking for vintage items, come to my online shop.   Lots of you do!  If you’re in New York and you’re looking for vintage items, come to my online shop.  Just sent you something this week!  If you’re in El Paso and you’re shopping for vintage items…wait, you know what I’m going to say, don’t you?

What if you’re in Pensacola, Florida or somewhere within driving distance?  Do we ever have vintage items that are too large or too fragile too shop?  Actually, we do!  We’ve just closed up our booth at an antique mall here in Pensacola, so we don’t have a “show room” for larger vintage pieces.  What to do with them?  Well, I could post them on craigslist or feature them on Pinterest.  OR, I could let you awesome folks here see them!

I’ll list these pretties on etsy as well, available for local pick up only!

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This gorgeous vintage chalkboard just went into the shop today.  It’s a fabulous find with a wooden frame, a chalk ledge and a heavy slate board!

Take a look at this precious vintage pie safe or petite hoosier.  Someone took their time to refinish pieces of it but the sweet nature of it remains!  Two upper doors, two top drawers, a fold down door and shelf, two bottom drawers and two lower doors.

James was actually able to cut some panes of glass to fit into the top doors.  It’s completely adorable now.  I can imagine this being used in so many ways!

  1. as a pie safe
  2. entertainment center (that large door folds down!)
  3. as a desk!
  4. hoosier
  5. arts and craft work station
  6. nursery piece

So many possible uses for this sweet, sweet piece of furniture!

The Supermoon and Vintage Bathing Suits

Supermoon 20110318 from USA

This year’s supermoon is happening this weekend and since James and I live but a hop, skip and a jump away from the nearest body of water, what better way to view the supermoon than on the beach?

And, speaking of the beach…

If you’re a fan of vintage clothing, I’ll bet you have a desire for the perfect vintage bathing suit–be ye male or female.  I have come across some lovely swim wear, but never just the right suit for myself 😦  I’m not really positive what I want but I think it’s red and white polka dots, one piece (kind of like a romper with a halter-top style neck.  (I really loved the bathing suit Zooey Deschanel wore the other night on New Girl but I would definitely need a one-piece!

Have you ascertained by now that I’m about to show you some vintage bathing suits?  Well, you’re right!  First, let me show you a few that I have sold through the years…

Vintage Gingham Romper or Playsuit

My lovely friend Jennifer modeled this amazing gingham romper for me a few years ago.  One of my all-time favorite vintage swim suits!

1940s Jantzen

And what about this gorgeous Jantzen number?  This vintage Jantzen suit was in remarkable condition.

Mid 1960s Vintage Elizabeth Stewart bathing suit.

Bill Blass

Amazing 1980s Bill Blass swim suit.  Also came with a short caftan type cape as a sort of cover-up.

1960s Jantzen

Another vintage Jantzen bathing suit that just recently sold.

But, enough with teasing you with all of the bathing suits I’ve already sold!  I actually have a few vintage bathing suits in the shop!

Vintage Catalina Bathing suit

Gorgeous vintage Catalina bathing suit with bright flowers, late 1960s.  Great modest cut, bit of a dip in the back!

1980s Roxanne

Very similar suit, blue tones.  Vintage 1980s Roxanne bathing suit.

And what about the guys?  Don’t guys like vintage swim wear?  You bet they do!!  Even though I’ve deceptively paired these awesome men’s swim trunks with a ladies’ top, these vintage shorts are really for men.  And yes, ladies, that top is already sold.  😦

McGregor ScotSet Swim Trunks

Don’t forget!  If you see anything interesting, just click on the picture to be taken directly to the shop.

 

 

Home Gnome’s new blog AND a coupon code

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Let’s not dilly-dally around, shall we?  In celebration of “May Day,” I would love to offer a limited time coupon for blog readers.  The only way I know to get folks interested is either to tug at their heart strings or their wallet strings!  Since vintage items don’t regularly tug at heart strings (though some have, in my experience!) my best bet is with monetary incentive.

Take this coupon code for The Home Gnome and use it until the end of this month (May 2012) for an additional 30% off any items (except for new arrivals!)

what’s the code?

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New in the Shop for April!

If you’re looking for fabulous miscellaneous vintage items, look over here!  This April, we’ve been packing the shop with some of the best items ever.  What do we consider “the best”?

How about a vintage velvet tutu?

Vintage Velvet Tutu in glorious blue!

Don’t need a tutu?  How about some vintage ruffled tuxedo fronts?  Really, these items are so awesome that everyone needs one!

Ruffled tuxedo fronts come in four different colors: black, white, red and sage green.

So, ruffled tuxedo fronts and velvet tutus are too fancy, you say?  How about a vintage 1985 working Polaroid OneStep 600?

Polaroid OneStep 600

We also have vintage Catalina bathing suits,

Vintage Catalina Bathing Suit-psychedelic flowers

vintage Esprit eyeglasses,

Vintage Esprit Eyeglasses

vintage velvet shoes

Vintage Velvet Bow Shoes

and vintage daisy ice buckets!

Vintage Daisy Ice Bucket

Click on any of the photos to be taken directly to the shop.  Thanks for visiting!