Wednesday, August 25, 2010

montgomery ward catalog scans on flickr

i know i haven't been here much this summer. i'm not dead yet and i didn't abandon this blog. this year has been a real see saw with my crohn's disease and i'll probably be having surgery soon....i will post more about that after my appointment with the surgeon next month.
but in the meantime, i did manage to post some vintage montgomery ward catalog scans to my flickr account.... go check them out here!
hope you all survived the cardinal grand cross in one piece, and managed to have a nice summer too.....♥

Friday, July 9, 2010

Etsy Vmteam Christmas in July Sale

Oh, please forgive my lengthy absence from this blog. So much has been going on, but that's for a different post. I really wanted to mention the etsy vmteam is having a Christmas in July sale. I am not participating(Scrooge!), but lots of great shops are. Go snag a bargain or two! When you get to Etsy remember to use 'vmteamxmas' as your search term.
Happy shopping...♥

Thursday, April 29, 2010

MAYDAY Sale! ♥

MAYDAY! Etsy’s Vintage Market Team is having a Sale! MAYDAY!

Saving the world from mundane design, one vintage item at a time.


May 1st- May 8th, 2010


A spring sale featuring members of Etsy’s Vintage Market Team.

See individual shops for specific sale terms and conditions.





































Looking for more? Search under the “vintage” drop down tab for “vmteamspring” and “vmteam” for additional Vintage Market Team items and members!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

More vintage packaging on flickr

I posted pictures of some of the vintage packaging I found at the hoarder house estate sale....crazy the amount of things that got saved.
click HERE to go there!
The Lysol can just about sums up my childhood. My Great Aunt Hilda (hoarder extrordinare) was totally addicted to it. She carried Lysol everywhere. Couldn't use a public bathroom without it. That smell is forever ingrained in my memory (along with Porcelana & Jergens). She was a germ phobic yet lived in a hovel. I adored her, she taught me all about yard sales (still have my prized A&W root bear bear after all these years..I only paid 5 cents for it) and second hand stores. I was at her house nearly every day & I spent vast amounts of time living in some distant past among all the out of date items. She had phone books from 1966, plates from 1935 & clothes from 1952. She kept everything...from cereal boxes and a skeleton of a seahorse to samples of the first mini pads that didn't use a belt...she was well past 70 and had no need for them, but she said they made good coasters.
My aunt passed away when I was 13. I went to live in California for a few months. My mom cleared out the whole house while I was gone and I've never quite gotten over it.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Selected scenes from a hoarder estate sale

They say pictures tell a story, I only wish I could have gotten a picture of the whole yard & the street it spilled out on. This is the tip of the iceberg, there are still outbuildings in the back to be cleaned out before they get to the house. I've never seen so much stuff in one place and I grew up with hoarders. The weird thing is that this house is small, the yard isn't huge and it's in a residential area, not out on acreage. I lived in that neighborhood and walked by that house for years, I had no idea. The pity of it is that improper storage, mice & bugs had gotten to some of it..and most of it is pretty smelly. Like any true hoarders the items they kept varied: some things found were a mix of trash (literal garbage) in with noritake china, weird stuff like stacks full of old underpants with pee stains, new old stock 1950s,60s & 70s clothes (armloads, boxes & bags mountians of it), tons of vintage japanese embroidered clothes & asian items, cheap new christmas items mixed with vintage, stuffed animals, stacks of national enquirer magazine from 1980 (I bought them all)...pajamas, pajamas & more pajamas. 8 track tapes, lots of old as seen on tv junk, wringer washers,a pool table, wigs galore & puzzles. so many puzzles. also tons of horse racing items, someone spent some time at the track. wonder if they knew my grandparents? a whole lifetime (or two) of junk up for grabs......can't wait to see what's in the house!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Item of the week.....

In honor of Spring and the fact that I actually managed to list a few things today, I'm choosing this super darling 1940/50s clear rhinestone necklace as item of the week. This is currently available in my Etsy store. I will sweeten the deal: if you convo me and say you saw it on the blog, I will throw in a pair of matching rhinestone screwback earrings ABSOLUTELY FREE!
What could be better?

PS: While you are checking out Etsy, don't forget to type in vmteam into the search engine, see what kind of lovely things you can find from my fellow Vintage Market Team members!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Sunshine Award........

Thanks so much to Finding Charm for nominating my blog for a Sunshine Award. As you all know I haven't been around as much as I'd like to be lately, so this is a really cool suprise. I feel so blessed and not forgotten! :)

Here are the rules for accepting this award...

* Put the logo on your blog or within your post.

* Pass the award onto 12 bloggers.

* Link the nominees within your post.

* Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.

* Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award.

Here are my 12 in no particular order:


3.Pleasant Family Shopping




8.One of a Kind Wisconsin LLC

9.Etsy Vintage Street Team

10.Hellcat Vintage

11. State Of Cake

12. Spice and Everything Nice

Just click on the names to go visiting!

Sunday, March 7, 2010


It's nearly Easter and that means it's time for disgusting candy! I know you can get Peeps year around, but I only buy them at Easter, and I only buy the pink bunnies. It's tradition.
The best way to eat them is to cut a slit in the cellophane. Let them sit for a day or two & get hard on the outside. Gross? Perhaps. Yummy? YES.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

New stuff on flickr....

Well not new as in today, but fairly recent. I did manage to scan some stuff and post it on flickr last month. Hopefully I'll have some energy to post some new things soon. This batch has vintage music ads, packaging & toys.

Item of the week

Forgive my absence. I've been trying to recoup from this last Crohn's bout. It's been slow going around here, I just don't have any energy. (I partially blame Mars retrograde.) This flare isn't really settling down the way I'd like it to. Just got off another round of Prednisone and I'm waiting for the Imuran to take effect. Crossing fingers it does, I really do not want to go back on biologics.

Okay, enough of that! On to the item of the week.
Sweet little 1930s filigree & clear crystal necklace.
Perfect for a wedding, prom or just because you feel like it!

click the to go to the Etsy listing. If you send me a convo saying you saw it on here, I'll give you free shipping!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Of fallen air raid sirens & sickness

I can't believe it's been three weeks since I last posted here. I apologize, this last three weeks have been like a trainwreck! Quick rundown: 1. Case of mistaken identity leading to twitter stalking/unacceptable behavior. 2. Crohn's disease rears it's ugly head again. I thought I had gotten the last flare up (over x-mas) under control with the icky prednisone & got on imuran. Apparently not, as I ended up in the hospital with it this time. Paralytic Ileus & partial obstruction. In the ER they gave me dilaudid...only too much, I think I almost quit breathing. I was gray and nodding off every 5 minutes. Kinda scary! Also got to experience the NG tube for the first time. OMG! I never want to see that thing agian! It didn't like me and at about 4 am it decided to kink up in the back of my throat and suffocate me. The poor nurse had to rip it out so fast & it made such a mess. Lame. So, I'm back on the steroids & just got done with a course of Flagyl & Amoxicilian. Doctor tomorrow. I really hope he doesn't want to schedule a scope or anything...
I have not managed to get any sort of work done these last three weeks, and it's driving me crazy. I am really hoping to get back into the swing of things this next week. Wish me luck.
While I've been laying around here trying not to sleep 23 of every 24 hours, I did look at some of my old pix I had saved onto disks. I found a few of the poor old air raid siren they dismantled in my town a few years ago. Oh, I say a few years ago, I really mean 10 years ago. eek. where does the time go? I put them up on my flickr account if anyone is interested. It always bothers me when these old things go away, and it's been happening alot lately. All I can do is remember to take pix & document for future reference.........
PS: I want to thank everyone who participated in the Kreativ Blogger was really great to read about you ♥

Monday, January 18, 2010

Kreativ Blogger Award

Omg! Was I ever shocked to open the mail telling me that Julie Dembowski (click the to go visit her informative blog) had picked me to recieve a Kreativ Blogger Award. She's one of my favorite Astrologers and lovely twitter friend! Thank you so much Julie...I appreciate your encouragement and this award! xo

I put some goals down on paper (to make them manifest more powerfully) during the New Moon/Eclipse on Friday. Wish #2 was promote more and find ways to promote others. On Friday I was suprised by a nice write up in Riddle blog. Then on Saturday I was featured in Finding Charm blog..another neat suprise. I was chatting with Sarah on twitter and I told her I was looking for ways to promote others and that she had inspired me. I wasn't quite sure what or how I was going to promote, so I had been thinking about it on and off, and on Sunday I was given this fabulous award by Julie. I thought about it and *bingo* I knew this would be the gift that allowed me to pay it forward! How's that for manifestation? Thank you Universe ♥

There are some rules that go along with this award. They are as follows

1. Copy/paste the Kreativ Blogger Award picture onto your blog
2. Thank the person who awarded it to you and post a link to her/his blog
3. Write 7 things about yourself we might not know
4. Choose 7 other bloggers to award
5. Link to them
6. Notify your 7 bloggers of their award

Here are 7 things you may not know about me (and if you do......shhhhhh!)

1. When I was 21 my best friend and I sold all our stuff (except our extensive record collections) packed two ridiculously large backpacks and moved to Manchester, England. We didn't know anyone or even have hotel reservations.

2. I am an empath.

3. The best thing I ever sold on ebay was a silver haired 'american girl' barbie doll head. just the head...went for $437.00. That was 10 years ago, I wonder what she'd fetch today.

4. My favorite tarot deck is the Aliester Crowley Thoth deck. It never lies to me!

5. I've been in two arson fires. One in a hotel in Vancouver, B.C., the other in a one bedroom flat in Salford, (Manchester) England. The hotel one was two floors above me. The apartment one put me (my best friend & her new husband) 5 minutes from death. They never caught the guy who did it, but we think he was the one who told the newspapers he single handedly rescued us all. Total liar and psychopath.

6. I'm totally nerdy and obsessive about old supermarkets, restaurants, drug & clothing stores. But only ones from @1930-1980.

7. I once sold a pair of 1950s silky granny panties ( white & frilly...with tags, never worn...large size) to a high ranking officer in the Navy. He asked that I declare the contents of the package 'clothing' and not leave feedback.

The 7 Blogs I choose (in no particular order)

1. Finding Charm

2. Crafty as Hell

3. Charm City Couture

4. Funk Astrology

5. myvintagevogue

6. selloholicmom

7. Thriftgoddess!

Just click the name to go there ♥

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Item of the week.....

This 1930s goldtone filigree, colorful enamel & purple rhinestones coat/dress clip is springtime in jewelry form.

It's so bright, colorful and cute....and if you didn't like it as a clip, it would make a wonderful centerpiece for a necklace.

Available in my Artfire studio right now. If you tell me you saw it on here, I'll give you free shipping. Click the heart to go there

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Chebe cinnamon rolls make me happy!

Since going gluten free a few years ago (2.5 to be exact) due to Crohn's disease, there are still some foods I am sorely missing. I can now cross cinnamon rolls off that list! I realize that these may be old hat to some of you, but the store I go to finally started carrying Chebe mixes. I love the Chebe pizza crust, so I was very excited to try the cinnamon roll mix. I made a batch of 12 mini rolls this morning. The ingredients list could not be easier, applesauce, oil, one large egg & some rice milk, and of course the Chebe mix.

Just mix it with a fork & knead it with your hands. Roll it out into long strings & coil it up...

Cook at 375 for 20 minutes...* Smother with your favorite butter or butter substitute (I reccomend Earth Balance natural buttery spread)& add some frosting. I used Cherrybrook Farms gf frosting. It was good on the rolls, but it would be so annoyingly sweet on a cake. The texture is different from 'normal' rolls, but that is to be expected. These are very chewy on the inside and I happen to like that ♥

*The instructions claim you need to cook these for 30-35 minutes. Do not listen to those instructions. I don't know if it's because I have an older stove that cooks like crazy but after 20 minutes they were done and starting to burn! We took the grater to the bottoms and removed all the burned parts so they were perfectly fine and great tasting. phew....

Saturday, January 9, 2010

I have fried my brain with jewelry glue.....

.....and I'm pretty sure I may be permanently cross eyed. In an attempt to work on some of the things on my list from Wednesday, I started my massive jewelry repair campaign. (The light box is on hold until Monday, but it is still happening..) Due to my pack-rat/hoarder tendencies, I have managed to accumulate quite a stash of jewels in need of repair.
I'm sure it doesn't look like it, but I really did have a clean desk to begin with. (as clean as I can get anyways...) After adding the tools, some water & my tea, the vinegar, plates, tools, jewelry & donor parts boxes it got filled pretty fast. *sigh*

Here is about halfway through...

I learned that vinegar works wonders on verdigris. Just brush it on with a makeup or other small brush so you don't soak the piece and wipe it off with a kleenex or q-tip. Sometimes you have to apply it more than once. Make sure if you have a piece with foil back rhinestones or faux pearls that you don't get the vinegar on those parts. Make sure the jewelry dries completely or the verdigras will come back. That green stuff is so nasty and it can infect your other jewelry. Keep infected pieces out of your jewelry box! Usually I use E6000 for simple jewelry repairs, but that stuff is too messy for small pieces, and it stinks like no-ones business. I got some G-S Hypo Cement in the orange box. I love it, it's so much easier to use! The only gripe i have with it is that you need to put the pin back in the long applicator when not using it, and it is hard to see sometimes.

I was very productive today, but I only ended up repairing about 1/3 of what's needed. I guess I know what I'm doing tomorrow. I'm determined to get that done. I forget how time consuming repair is. I also have to go on the hunt for some clasps and hook closures. As you can see, there are going to be lots of rhinestone pieces for sale in the near future, and I'm pleased to report that red Vendome art glass & rhinestone demi parure is free of the dreaded verdigris!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

What I've been working on......

I have been sorta busy this week, even if it doesn't seem like it. I am currently dosing down on prednisone after my annual holiday Crohn's flare...getting ready to try 6-mp soon. The prednisone and current retrograde planets make me feel very unenergetic but I have forced myself to do some things.
So far this week:
I have cleaned out and organized my workspace (I'm too embarassed to post the before photos, but maybe I will do the afters).
I have made a list of all the things I need for building my photo light box and researched where to get the lights and materials. I will have it done this weekend :) I'm so excited about this!!
I have sorted out all the jewelry that needs repairs and stone replacements. I will begin repairing in the next few days.
I did list an early 1900s Arts & Crafts watch fob on Artfire. Its really very cool!
I also scanned and posted some new things to my flickr account tonight.
Now all I really want to do is eat candy and go vintage shopping............♥

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Friday, January 1, 2010

New Years Resolutions

Happy 2010! This year I have decided that I will try to give this blog some attention. Last year I had such high hopes, but I got quickly overwhelmed.
I'm not positive of the exact direction I'm going with it, but I think I want to make this blog a mix of all the things I love and live with on a day to day basis.
Can't wait to see where we are on Jan 1st 2011!

Top 5 New Year Goals
I'll say goals because they sound like less pressure than resolution.

1. Keep up on above ;)

2. Learn to take better pictures. I need to make a light box and really learn my camera inside and out.

3. Work on my website. CapricornOneVintage I would like that to be fully functional in the next few months.

4. Be more organized. In my workspace and living space. I'm a terrible pack rat and clutter collector. Is it really that hard to throw it out or put it away? (yes)

5. Eat a bit healthier. I have crohn's disease and eat gluten free, potato free, soy free & mostly dairy free. There are so many good foods availiable that are pre packaged, but it would be in my best interest to learn some better recipes.

I hope if you have some goals or resolutions that you are able to meet them head on and make this a fantastic year and lovely start to a whole new decade!