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The photo is my son and myself. Now days you can get a photo made to look old like this one. This photo was taken when this was the new look.

Harry S Truman was president when I was born and world war II had ended. I grew up in a time when lunch was put in a brown paper bag and a sandwich was wrapped with wax paper. There was no such thing as pantyhose, we wore stockings that attached to the rubbery clippy things that attached to the girdle. Convenience stores were not common and when we took a trip we packed a picnic basket because many places did not have fast food. Highways had places to pull over and stop, some with picnic tables. Read more ....

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Vintage Feels Better

March 9, 2015

The other Morning I snapped a picture of our little Katherine enjoying the sun coming through the window.  I was thinking of how she was just enjoying the moment of the sunshine.

Many of us often ignore the simple things of life that pass us by that could have been a brief but special moment if we would have just paused and taken notice.

If we just start noticing the detail of things It could make a change in how we feel.

I wish I could find a way to tell people so that they truly "Get It" to not wait until they are older to slow down and enjoy the small things in life that turn out many times to be great moments. We are just one, each of us one person and if we just take our time in everything we do and do it with purpose and importance it can truly change our lives.

I love wearing aprons and beside the fact that they do have a purpose of keeping stains off our clothing they give a me a feeling of connecting to my family that have gone before me. 

To me the designs from my older aprons are far more interesting than any of the styles today. I love the old patterns, the stitching and the embroidery from the early 1900's.  I enjoy sewing the aprons and adding old embroidery designs.

A peek inside my handkerchief drawer.

For many years now I have been trying to put our home back to reflect a better time as I remember.  My husband has been on board all the way as he says it is much better this way. We use and wear our vintage items and do not just pack them away as many people do.

The drawer below holds my aprons.  Some I have made, some I have purchased and some I am still working on.  As I am writing this article I am sitting at my computer wearing a favorite lavender and purple floral apron.

I look around and there is the collection of thimbles once used by my mother and some I had that I combined in the small beveled glass container. These thimbles are for using, not just looking and admiring them.

This was my mothers pin cushion with some of the older needles still in place where she once used. This little pin cushion makes me happy when I look at it and I do use it at times.

This is a figurine that I have had most of my life.  There was a little boy that went with her but many years ago it broke. I have moved her around with me my whole life.  She is not an expensive figurine just something pleasing to keep on my dresser. I have very few items from my childhood.

I want to say here that I am old enough to know what it was like in the past and already know I liked it better that way.

For all you young people, we cannot die from not having social media.  I want you to know that just because everyone else is doing something does not mean it is the right thing to do.  Read some of my articles about living like the past and possibly you might find yourself somewhere in those articles.

Then there is the bobbin lace pillow that sits on an upper shelf in the sewing room. It was a personal challenge to learn how to make bobbin lace and I just could not give up until I was able to make at least a few styles of lace. You can do this too. These bobbins are not vintage and I do have some older ones but not enough to change them out.  My husband has been making me bobbins out of wood that he picks up when a limb falls. One day I hope to have enough to switch.

When my Grandchildren are over I have to give them a gentle reminder to put the cell phones down and walk away from it and I am truly concerned they are addicted to electronics but when they are here they start loosening up and enjoy learning how to make a new recipe or stretching across the bed that my Grandson Sean says is the most restful place anywhere.

I love Beatrix potter books and sometimes in the evening my husband will take one of the books out of the drawer where I keep them and he will read to me because he knows that I like that, and he likes the stories too. I love looking over at him with his head propped on his pillow and his reading glasses perched on the end of his nose as he reads the story. Pictured above are some of my Beatrix Potter figurines that are very old.

We do not go out to eat, we do not do what most people do because we like being at home.  We enjoy our own cooking and there is always something to do at home when you do most everything the old way.  Vintage truly does feel better.  Grandma Donna

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