Salt & Pepper Shakers

Salt & Pepper Shakers
One of my favorite finds while on vacation in Pennsylvania

Not the store bought variety...

Not the store bought variety...
I loved the color of these beauties in a white bowl

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A few of my favorite old things...

Isn't this a pretty little beaded handbag?
I just love these sweet things that my Grammy gave me years ago. She used to give me things for keepsakes. Some items were to go into my hope chest. Does anyone still do hope chests? I think they are a special thing for a young woman to have.
I still have my anique cedar chest my Grammy gave me.
I am missing my dear Grammy very much right now.
But I am relying on my memories of her to get me by.
Sometimes I wish I could have just a little more time with her.
We do visit often in dreams.
And when I awake it makes me smile, because the dream felt so real.

Unfortunately for some reason I just couldn't get a good shot of this handbag and this photo doesn't do it Justice! It is is a satin brocade, gold on a off white. My daughter actually used this one for a dance when she was in high school. She loves vintage items like this.

The above tiny handbag is in a very fragile state. It is quite heavy and made of some kind of metal gold and silver beads. I really need to find the right person to properly identify and appraise this for me. The tag inside says made in Paris France. It is lined with satin. I wish I knew more about the history of this one. I have it on an old cigar box which I keep it wrapped up in antique hankies to store it safely for now. It is in need of being repaired as the threads on the sides are wearing out. But I just love it! Imagine the people and places though time these items have seen?

The fabric brushes above are another big favorite of mine!
I especially love the old gal smiling with her yellow cap!
Of course I don't use these, they are on display only.
I have many little treasures, and will be sharing more here and there in my post.

Oh and of course the little spring coat made from one of my vintage patterns I bought off of eBay. It is a size 18 month but looks more like a definite size 2 toddler of today's sizing. The pattern was a huge pain! It was not even correctly designed and I had to finagle my pieces to make them work out. The collar was not the right size at all! So I made a new collar which is fine by me. Now I just have to attach it and an interface piece with a Apple Creek Cottage tag. I am trying to find the right little vintage buttons to match. I think white would be good to match the collar and also for contrast. But I never really know until I find the exact right button for a piece. I don't always go for the recommended button size either, I just go with what feels right. I have gone through my button collection and didn't find anything suitable. So I will be looking on eBay and may even make a trip to the fabric store to purchase a vintage looking set of buttons. I think the coat is coming out pretty cute despite the problems with the pattern. I didn't do any embroidery like I was going to on the collar.
I may still add something, it just hasn't come to me yet.
I am also working on a little dress. I am hoping to have both completed soon. I want to get busy on a dress and blue gingham spring coat for my little Emily Jean!
I do still plan to have a give away sometime in the near future.
I have been working on some items for that-but you don't get to see them yet!
I will share them once I have them all completed and put together! It may take me a while so hang in there on that one.
I hope you all have a sweet week-and Thanks for stopping by and visiting me!!!
I look forward to hearing from all of you and will be visiting your blogs soon. Take care my dear blogging buddy's!
~Hugs & Smiles~


  1. Hi Tam i have missed you blogging, glad you are back,love all your keepsakes and the little coat is lovely you are clever. By the way i am having a give away you might want to have a peek ,best wishes Pat

  2. Hi Tam,
    Love the bags, especially the one from Grammy.
    That little Spring coat is toooo cute! What size of buttons are you looking for? I have alot of vintage buttons especially in the off-white mother-of-pearl.
    Just let me know, I would love to share~~

  3. Love your precious keepsakes!! The bags are gorgeous!!
    That little coat is sooooooo sweet : ) You are a great stitcher!

    Have a lovely week : )

    Sharon xx

  4. Hey Tam,

    You sure have some very special things there! I didn't know they made fabric brushes and thought at first they were old shaving brushes or something. My one grandmother was a beautician and had a long brush similar to yours to brush your neck with after she finished cutting your hair - with talcum powder of course. I've been missing her a lot too.


  5. Your vintage bags are lovely! I sure wish I could sew sweet baby/child clothes. The jacket will be a treasure for some little angel. I dream about my Grama a lot too. I love to wake from a visit to her sweet little cottage in my dreams!
    Blessings- LillySue


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  7. Congrats you won your apron, if you could email me your address at
    Best Wishes Pat xx

  8. Hey Tam, I think I remember some of these bags from when we were kids. The one from Paris looks familiar and so does the first beaded bag. Do you remember the one my mom had that was similar? I can smell the scent in her closet just thinking about it. It was a popular hiding spot, I think you might remember it too. It is good to see this blog alive and kicking! oxoxoxo Love Ya, Mrs. Slug

  9. P.S. - How much are you charging for the cool handmade slugs at "The Adventures of Mr. Slug and Friends? Do you have any accessories available to outfit my collection? I love my fabric slugs!

  10. So pretty, thanks for sharing your favorites with us!

  11. What a lovely collection you have! I have things which my grandmother and her friends gave me, and now I'm adding to that with French collectables I can buy now we've moved to France. Nothing beats the ones with memories, though.