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V is for Vintage. And for Valentines.

For the past few days, I’ve been having fun taking pictures of some vintage papery items and ephemera that I’ve collected over the past several months, preparing some new listings for my Etsy shop. I’ve already sold a couple of these, which is amazing (first sales of 2010!), but I must admit that I’m a little sad to see some of these vintage cards go. Separation anxiety increases exponentially with vintage items, doesn’t it? One-of-a-kind, never to return again… I don’t even want to think of what I’ll be like when I have children that will eventually leave home. Hopefully they’ll return at some point, though. ANYWAY. Back to my new items. Here are some images for you, to show you why it’s so d@mn hard for me to let go.

{ Vintage Postcard Sets }

1. Five vintage large-letter linen city/state postcards from the 1940s and 50s { Etsy Listing HERE } :

2. Three Vintage Valentines from the 1920s-1940s { SOLD OUT } :

{ Valentine’s Day / Love-Themed Stuff }

1. Four Valentine’s To Do List Cards { Etsy Listing HERE } :
These aren’t vintage, but they are V for Valentines. 🙂 I’ve hand-stamped each card in red block letters;
just check them off once you’ve completed each task!
Red envelopes and some super top-secret prizes included.

2. Paper Pack ‘O Love { Etsy Listing HERE } :
As you will see on both my Etsy page and my Facebook page, I am admittedly not a big fan of Valentine’s Day.
That being said, I am a GINORMOUS fan of ephemera and vintage & modern papers and random doo-dads.
(Yes, even if they have hearts or references to Cupid and February 14th. 🙂
So, with that in mind, I couldn’t help but contribute some of the red/heart/love-themed items to a pack of their own.
I’m guessing there are about 40 pieces or so. And they’re awesome.

{ More Coming Soon… }

More vintage postcard sets { New Year’s and other holidays; humour cards; advertisements; nature; mixed },

Vintage international stamp packs { color-themed; location-themed; mixed },

Antique button sets { color-themed; mixed },

Small mixed ephemera packs.

Thank you for looking, and stay tuned!

Kit Kat bar, I love you.

I’ve been feeding a Kit Kat addiction for the better part of the summer. Wait, is it technically no longer summer? Crap. My addiction may be bi-seasonal. In any event, it’s led me on a search for vintage Kit Kat wrappers. (Don’t judge me.) And my vintage Kit Kat search has led to a Pandora’s box of vintage candy fantasticness: vintage wrappers, boxes, advertisements… all that I and my Kit Kat could ever hope for.

Many thanks to Jason Liebig’s Candy & Snacks Flickr set, which is where I found these little confectionary lovelies:

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YUM. I love Clark bars and Zagnut!

And look at these great ads:

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*This post is hopelessly devoted to my beloved Kit Kat:

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Tomorrow is December 1st.

You know what December 1st means:  

ADVENT CALENDAR TIME!

I have always loved advent calendars. I’m pretty sure my adoration for all things advent has something to do with the fact that our family advent calendars generally involved chocolate. But my appreciation has greatly evolved and (slightly) matured since my childhood. Though, my mother does still buy me illustrated cardboard advent calendars (no doubt intended for children about 25 years younger than myself). You know, the kind with the little animal-sculptured chocolates hiding behind perforated windows that represent a different December day? Yeah, they RULE. I can’t wait to open the first window tomorrow morning before I go teach!!!

Whoa. I need to calm down.

Anyway, the evolution of the advent calendar is something to be celebrated, particularly when considering the vast, overstimulating array of creative interpretations that exist — even Target’s getting in on the fun! 

Happy adventing. Oh, but don’t OD on chocolates, please.

Target advent excitement:

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Ballard Designs:

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Etsy advent awesomeness:

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(Nuvonova)

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(Penelope Piper)

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(Tiny Nest Creations)

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(Both images above: Finkydink Creations)

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(Design Stash)

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(Nouveau Designs)

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(Bugs and Bones)

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For the pup:

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(Vintage Advantage)

LL Bean:

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Japan does it again!

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I was visiting Japanese Zakka‘s online shop again, and I couldn’t deal with how cute some of the items were, so… You’re welcome.

1. Alain Grée

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2. Décolé

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3. Shinzi Katoh

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