Friday, November 25, 2011

Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers!

Look at the fun little things in the shop that would make great stocking stuffers for the vintage fan!
Really cute little minature anodized metal shot glasses/tumblers -- pair them with a few mini bottles of Stoli or Jagermeister for a very grown-up stocking stuffer.

A vintage French Bulldog figurine that would delight the owner of a silly little Frenchie!

This great little book is only 5.5 x 4.25 inches, and is something that the fan of vintage fairy books would swoon over! 

A bag of primo coffee beans and these little cuties would be be fun for your favorite java addict -- and remember, if they don't use cream, they could use them for Irish Whiskey or Kaluha!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Holiday Glee at Wonder Diva on Etsy!

Hate the malls?  Afraid of deranged shoppers driving like lunatics around the parking lot?  That is what cyber-shopping is for.

Why decorate with the same stuff that everyone is using?  Get some shiny vintage ornaments (like these from a fellow Etsy Vintage Team member!) and put them in these darlins.  You will be the envy of all of your friends.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Gift guide: For the gardener, the books of Elizabeth Gordon

Gardeners are never finished with their work, not even in December --  they're already planning next year's garden.  A vintage book about flowers and gardens is a great holiday gift, especially when it is bright and fanciful and it is by Elizabeth Gordon.  Gordon was an early 20th century children's book author who took the fairy world and the nature world and put them into stories to delight and educate children.  She always got the very best illustrators for her books, and they are very valuable little commodities today. 

From Loraine and the Little People, by Elizabeth Gordon and illustrated by Penny Ross: 

From Loraine and the Little People of Spring -- illustrations by Ella Dolbear Lee:

And the absolute stunner of the group, The Turned-Intos, illustrated by the amazing Janet Laura Scott:

Let's not forget the vegetable gardeners -- Gordon wrote Mother Earth's Children  and once again Penny Ross illustrated:

Monday, November 14, 2011

Gift Guide: Around the house vintage & upcycled

Do you know someone who loves to decorate with vintage, or just has a touch of it here and there?  A nice vintage item is a fun holiday gift.

For someone who collects old dolls, or maybe wants to keep a garden vibe going in the house over the winter, what would be cuter than this one-of-a-kind vintage child's or doll chair? 

Maybe they prefer a rustic, woodlands vibe?  How cute would an old Steiff stuffed bear look on this little vintage chair? 

I painted and distressed a newer Amish furniture style doll chair to make it look like the oldies above.  You get the look of old with the stability of new.  How cute would this be with a vintage Santa or a snowman on it? 

Do you know a romantic who wants something retro and dreamy for the walls?  How about a 1920's R. Atkinson Fox print in the original frame?

Friday, November 11, 2011

Gift guide - Those special books

If you know a book lover or a collector who has everything, there's always a vintage book that they probably don't own.  Give them a gift that's rare and beautiful.

English Bulldog owners who think they have everything... they probably don't have one of the Blobbs books written by G. Vernon Stokes.

Kay Nielsen's work is always a special gift, because it is entrancing.  If you know someone who loves Norse mythology, this book is perfect. 

Fans of modern fantasy illustration probably know about the Brothers Hildebrandt.   But did they know they once illustrated a children's book?

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Not letting go of summer, not yet...

It's late summer and maybe you aren't ready to let go into autumn yet.  I'm not especially ready, myself.  Even when it's mid-January, you need reminders of summer in the house:

The bright green of the grass shows up in vintage enameled cups:

The garden produce looks out at you from vintage 1920's seed packets:

Sunflowers nod at you from a vintage souvenir cup and saucer set:

And the fairy of wheat harvest is baking bread!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Christmas in July

What a lump of my life blogger I have been lately!  My excuse:  I repainted the kitchen.  Twice.  I detested the first color and did the entire pea-pickin' thing over and now I'm happy. 

I'm doing the Christmas in July thing over at the Etsy shop, with a whopping 35 items either marked down or with free shipping, many of them with BOTH.  What's not to love about that?  Go see for yourself.