Here are a few of the stained glass I have hanging in my windows.  What I have realized doing this post is that all my stained glass pieces except one, has flowers on it. Go figure… me,… flowers.

This first one hangs in my kitchen.  I love it’s simplicity and it’s colors.  The light that streams through in the morning is cheerful even on gloomy days.  web-v-009

This one is an arts and crafts style stained glass.  I just love it.  I bought it on ebay and unfortunately it cracked in one of the panes during shipping.  Oh well ….it adds character!

web-v-016 This one was given to me by my neighbor.  It was in her garage covered in paint. Someone had actually painted the entire back side.  It was in sad shape.  I gladly took it off her hands though.   I am so glad I took the time to restore. it. web-t-002

These last ones aren’t antiques although they have been around a very long time. web-t-016

They are my short lived interest in making stained glass.  Although I loved the finished products, that craft is rather rough on the fingers.  I think I cut them more than the glass.web-v-013

Again, flowers were my design of choice even then.

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For the last Vintage Thingies of the year I wanted to show you my Vintage Rhinestone Christmas Tree.web-pin-tree-010

  Every pin is an old one from someone I know~ sister, friends, aunts.  Each one of them is so pretty and makes me think of the person who gave it to me. pin tree

 It is about 15 inches square and I pinned them to the red fabric and then framed them in a deep frame.web-pin-tree-007

   I used to wear them once in a while but this way I bring them out once a year and they are a treat that means so much to me.    

Happy New Year to you and yours! Have a safe and healthy holiday!

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~Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.  ~Benjamin Franklin

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snowman, celluloid? Here are a few more of my vintage Christmas thingies. chipmunk shakers

 

 

 

As you can see, most of my stuff is very whimsical and fun. I am not the serious type when it comes to my decorations.  I like life light hearted so I keep things around that make me smile.  vintage shakers, santa

My kids (grown up) think they are “terrifying”.

 That just makes me find more.bottle brush trees circa 1950's

 

 “It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.”~WT Ellis

 

 

 

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and holiday season. 

 

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I found this santa at a garage sale several years ago.  It stands about 4 feet tall and is made out of wood. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw it.   And it was only 4 dollars.  What a buy!  It always feels like Christmas when we bring Santa out.  I just love him.  web-sg-006 

   This wreath is made with vintage ornaments that I have collected over the years.  It’s a miracle I haven’t broken it yet and it even survived moving to our new house…I probably just jinxed myself. 

I hope all of you have a merry Christmas! 

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Santa is very jolly because he knows where all the bad girls live.  ~Dennis Miller

 

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I didn’t think anything could fit the term “vintage thingie” better than this and it is also an interesting gardening subject. I saw it a couple of weeks ago when out on a walk at a county park near here. web-c-015

 It’s actually quite a large place with a lot of land and a beautiful lake, fishing, boating, picnicing etc.. We used to spend a lot of time there when we were young and also when our kids were little.  In all the times I went there I had not happened upon this so it was fun to stumble on to it. web-c-011

Sounds like Marion and Alice were lazy about getting rid of their farm tools when tweb-c-013hey didn’t need them anymore. 

 This is one amazing tree to have absorbed the metal into it’s trunk like this.

 I guess all trees are pretty amazing!

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Trees are your best antiques.  ~Alexander Smith

 

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I had to throw in a Christmas Vintage Thingie too. 

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christmas treeWhat could be better for a gardener than bringing plant life inside when it’s too cold to be outside enjoying it? Furthermore, decorating it and bringing out cherished pieces of Christmases past to make it even more beautiful than it already was.  It’s such a great tradition!  Visit http://www.christmasarchives.com/trees.html  to read about the history of Christmas trees and their decorations.  It is very interesting.

I have many vintage decorations and ornaments but some of my favorites are my bottle brush trees.  Some of them are new made to look old, but some, like these two, are from the fifties. I just love their mercury glass ornaments and mica glitter.  vintage bottle brush trees

These snowmen have seen better days, but they still make me smile as I bring them out each year, cracks, chips and all.

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  Over the years I have been lucky enough to  collect a lot of vintage glass ornaments.

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This mica frosted one was one of my Mother’s ornaments when she had her first tree wivintage ornamentth my Dad. 

Only two survived the 58 years they have been married. I hope I can keep them around a lot longer as well as the rest of these memories I pull out each year to enjoy on my tree.  web-h

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It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.  ~W.T. Ellis

   

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 I thought I would stay with the holiday theme and show my one Thanksgiving vintage piece.  It is a platter for turkey.  turkey-platter-004

 I got it at a garage sale a long time ago.turkey-platter-006

  I use it every year with out fail.  turkey-platter-005

 

I would also like to take this Thanksgiving day and Thank all of you for coming here to read my blog, and for all your kind comments~ also for all your fun and informative posts on your own blogs that I so enjoy.  I hope your Thanksgivings are filled with family, friends, good health, love and happiness .. and a lot of food.  

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Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.  ~Mark Twain

 

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 Combine lilacs (one of my favorites!) with some cute animals in a vintage print and you have my vintage thingie. weblilacsandroses

 I found this nicely framed Currier and Ives print “Two Little Fraid Cats” in the bottom of an old trunk that was given to me by a friend.  It was in great shape except for a little cleaning up.  Now it’s in my bedroom and I look at it every morning when I wake up.  It never fails to make me smile.

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The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size.  ~Gertrude S. Wister

 

 

 

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yellow potThis flower pot is one of my favorites!  I just love it.  My neighbor threw it away.  Yes, you heard me right.  She threw it away.  So I quickly ran across the street and scooped it up. web-u-014

 Her husband was into gardening.  He had a greenhouse and many plants.  After he died, she weeded through alot of his gardening things. web-u-016

Lucky for me, this was one of his flower pots she didn’t want.  I always enjoyed visiting him.  He was very proud of his plants~he would call me over to see a new blooming orchid or bulb that had emerged in his green house. I would usually end up going home with a cutting or plant that he wanted to share.  I miss him and his passion for gardening. He was a good man.

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This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.  ~Elmer Davis

 

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My Vintage Thingie is something I bought at a flea market probably 20 years ago.  At the time, I fell in love with it because it was so unique and different from anything I had ever seen as far as pottery. web-g-003

 I paid somewhere around $25 dollars for it and that was a splurge for something so unusual and weird, but I had to have it.  Except for some chipping glaze, it was in great condition then but now it shows the ravages of time (or in other words  the ravages of hanging around me~ I dropped a ceramic snowman on it one Christmas time and cracked the base.)  I felt so bad.   It adds character or so I tell myself. web-g-004

 It stands about a foot tall and is about a foot wide.  The bird is some sort of water fowl.  One of my friends once told me what kind of bird it was but I can’t remember the name.  I can’t find anything like it in the bird field guides, so if anyone knows I would love the info. 

 This piece is signed, W. Sewell with the word Zena underneath the name.  There is a carving of a womans face and a glaze insignia of what looks like a tree on the bottom of it. I have no idea when it was made or where it was made.  I only know I think it is very cool! web-g-009

 So there is my Thingie for this Thursday.  Visit Colorado Lady to see other interesting Vintage Thingies. 

Have a great day! 

 

 

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A flower’s appeal is in its contradictions – so delicate in form yet strong in fragrance, so small in size yet big in beauty, so short in life yet long on effect.  ~Adabella Radici