Friday, December 31, 2010

Orphan Photo # 83 Swedish Lady in CDV Vintage



Poising in this vintage CDV photo is a young woman from Sweden. She appears to be early 20's and dressed in probably one of her best dresses. She has a scarf wrapped around her neck with a piece of jewelry holding it together. In addition we can see a small corsage.

Photo was found among others in Minnesota.
Photographer F E Dahlberg Upsala.
Sadly we have no name so we do not know who she was.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Orphan Photo # 82 Swedish Lady in CDV Vintage Photo Sweden




Orphan photo is a Vintage CDV is of a middle age woman from Kalmar. Sadly there is no name on this photo so no way to identify her.

Photographer is John Nilsson of Kalmar

I love to look at these old photos and see how women dressed at different time periods.

No flesh showing, buttons up the front and a small collar.

This photo is probably from the early 1900's.
Thanks for stopping by.. hope that you will take a few minutes to view some of my other vintage photos. .. Grace

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Orphan Photo # 81 SEPIA SATURDAY 4 LADIES ... 4 Great HATS Vintage Photo


For Sepia Saturday I am sharing a really adorable photo with four beautiful women in hats. I found this at an estate sale and could not pass it by.

All are beautiful and every hat is some what different. Hope that you enjoy viewing this great vintage photo.
I am sharing this posting at Sepia Saturday

Thanks for visiting... hope that you visit again really soon.. Grace

Friday, December 24, 2010

Wishing You A Merry Christmas With A Few Thoughts From Me







Meet my great nephews and neice .. are they not adorable.. Boy do I miss seeing those faces weekly.
As this wonderful Christmas holiday approaches us I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and pray that we all welcome in a wonderful New Year. I pray that our next year is better and more prosperous than the last for all of us.
As we share the holidays with our family and friends lets please think and pray for those that are less fortunate then us.Pray for the hungry, the homeless and those suffering from addictions , diseases and mental illness. My one thought always is " but for the grace of God there go I ".
Lets take a moment and pray for our service men and service women. And for those that are in harms way in a foreign country give them an extra thought and prayer. Pray for their families that are left here to deal with every day happenings without them. The majority of them do so much for so little.
Lets pray for our government officials that they have the wisdom to do what is best for all of us and the knowledge to do it with out fighting.
If you are still blessed to have your parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts be thankful. Take a moment to hug and kiss them. Take a few minutes and ask them to share their stories with you. Some day sadly they will be gone and you will then wish that you knew more of their history.
I am reminded of a conversation at my hubby's birthday party. I made a comment about getting married the first time and my step son and his family had never heard that story. I have been married to husband #2 for almost 22 years. We celebrate our wedding anniversary on the 30Th of December. They know very little about my history. That is probably my fault and maybe some of theirs.


This is hubby and me 10 years ago at a dinner theater on New Years eve. Guess it is time to get a new nice picture of us. He still has the tie and I probably still have that outfit. Question is can I still get into it.
So much contact today is emails and text messages. I personally detest text messages saying" happy anything " Take a moment and call your family. Here a voice and say I love you to some one. When I get one I just delete it as if it did not happen. Except for one text message from my grand daughter Kirsten. She sent me one and it is of a loud " Kiss " and "I Love You"I play it often. It was not sent for a birthday, Christmas message or any reason other than she thought of me and sent it. Grandpa got one too. Thanks Kirsten I smile when I replay it.
I am busy always searching and writing about my ancestors but I guess it is time to do some sharing of my life in writing. How I wish I had more of my parents, grandparents and past relatives stories. There are so many stories untold. As I share some of my life on my family blog site I have been printing some of them so I can give to family in the future.
Now with all of that I will leave you for now. It is time to make another pot of coffee, put on one of my favorite Christmas movies " Love Actually " with Hugh Grant and make my Watergate Salad for our Christmas eve party tonight.
I appreciate all of you that take a moment to visit my sites and to those of you who leave a message an extra thank you . Merry Christmas to you and your families .. Grace

Monday, December 20, 2010

Family Photos Vintage Cars Need Help Identifying

I am going through family photos and these are two cars my father owned.
My dad loved cars way to much. Every time my mama turned around my dad had traded in his car. Some where there is a list of some of the cars he owned. Wish I could find that piece of paper.

I am showing these photos here and hoping some car person can identify them for me.


First car is when we lived in Texas . Probably was later 1940's . I can not make out the exact year but think I see a 4?. The license plate is Texas for sure and I think it says Kaiser on the front.


What year and is it a Kaiser?



Second car is parked on a street some where. looks like snow on ground so either Michigan or Minnesota.
I love the buildings and signs in the back ground. Conoco, S& H, Grain belt. I am working on trying to figure out the building on the left towards back sign on building may help me identify where taken




Okay on the car what year and make?

I want to look for more photos of my dad's cars to put together in an album as a great tribute to him and his cars.


Thanks for any help you can give me.

Orphan Photo # 80 Sepia Vintage Scandinavian Males In CDV Photos

Here are two handsome gentlemen in Sepia CDV photos. Both are Scandinavian vintage photos that I picked up some years ago here in Minnesota.

First photo photographer looks like Hj Kylander Torsas. He appears to be in his late teens. What a sweet serious pose.




Second photo is of a handsome young man probably very early 20's . Photographer is Joh Thorsen Christiania.


Both of these photos are so sweet but sadly have no names on them.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Orphan Photo # 79 Swedish Vintage CDV Sepia Man With Mustache # 3



Vintage CDV Sepia Photo Man With Mustache # 3 Orphan Photo is Swedish I think.

Handsome young man with small mustach. Probably from the late 1880's. Photographer is Ekstroms Atelier Nybro.

Sadly there is no name on this orphan ophoto. I bought this some years ago here in Minnesota.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Vintage Orphan Photo # 78 CDV Sepia Man With Big Mustache #2






Here is another Vintage Sepia Photo Man With Big Mustache posting #2. This is a CDV or
carte de visite or visiting card picture of another handsome young man with a mustache, but he also has a very neatly trimmed beard. Dressed in probably his best suit he is posing for us. His suit is a 3 piece with wide collar. If you note his tie is different than yesterday's posting. This one is thin and has a piece of jewelry or button in the middle.


The back of the photo shows us that it was printed by U Scott's Photograph Gallery
in G W Miller's New Block Waterloo Iowa P O Box 255
Sadly we have no name so this is another orphan photo that I have bought for my online store to sell. We do no that he probably lived in Iowa at this time, He appears to be early 20's. CDV became popular around the 1860's to 1890's. This tells us he was born some time in the later 1800's. To better date this we would need to be able to date his clothing and I am not an expert on that. My best guess is that this is dated around 1890. What do you think?
For more information on the CDV you can read here
thanks for stopping by... hope that you will visit again real soon. Grace

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Vintage Orphan Photo # 77 Sepia Photo Man With Big Mustache


Today I am sharing another wonderful vintage CDV photo from my collection of photos for sale. This is of a handsome young man with a big neatly groomed mustache. His hair is slicked down and probably dressed in his best suit.

Photographer is Perkins & Co of Grand Rapids ( probably Michigan and not Minnesota. No name on photo so another orphan photo. This is probably from the early 1900's and gentleman was in his 20's I would think.
Hope that you have enjoyed another one of my vintage photos. Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you will return soon... Grace
Looking at these old photos is a great way to see what was in fashion at that period.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Hunting For Treasures ... Jewelry Bling


Here is some pretty vintage Jewelry treasures I found recently. Will be re purposing them somehow. I love rhinestones and faux pearls.

I am sharing this at
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays

Vintage Thingie Thursday

Thrifty Thursday

We Did It Wednesday


Feature Yourself Friday

Thanks for stopping by.. Grace

Monday, December 13, 2010

Orphan Photo # 76 Adorable Chubby Twin Babies Vintage Real Postcard 1900's Orphan Photo



Take a peek at this wonderful vintage real postcard that is in my collection for sale. What adorable chubby little babies. They are probably twins but the one on the left seems a bit heavier. Perfectly poised in a Victorian chair. Sadly we have no names or where they came from. They are among my orphan photos.
Thanks for stopping by.. hope that you will visit again very soon. Grace

Friday, December 10, 2010

Craft Show On My Mind

This is what is on my mind today.






This is on my mind" is a Friday photo feature that anyone with a blog can join. It can open the door to us sharing our lives with these photos. This can give us all a new way to discover each other, and maybe form new friendships. Hosted by Rhonda at the Down to Earth blog.

What is on my mind is getting ready for a craft/art show that is tomorrow (12/11). The Weather people on the TV are telling us that there is a snow storm coming. If it hits heavy tomorrow this probably will hurt us at the show.
This will be my first craft/art show in 15 years and I am /was looking for good results.
Time will tell how it turns out. In the mean time I am still working.
This little Christmas Tree is what I am working to finish today. It is made with vintage 2"by 2" squares hot glued to a Styrofoam Christmas Tree. Very time consuming but so pretty.
What is on your mind? Check the other postings at Down to Earth and join in if you have a blog.
Thanks for stopping by.. you can view my other craft items at other postings. Grace

Monday, December 6, 2010

Busy Creating Multi Media Art for Craft/Art Show


I am going to be busy this week. The Art/Craft show that I am involved in is this Saturday at St. Michael's Church in Duluth Minnesota.

I had these three pieces almost done with wanting to add just some finishing touches. With that done this morning they can be wrapped and boxed up for the show. But first I will give you a peek at them.

They are made from vintage book covers, vintage lace, pictures, keys, jewels and buttons. I have glue little hangers on the back so they can be hung on a wall or just leaned up on a book shelf or table.

I will be sharing my crafts this week at the following blogs. Why not see what others are making or maybe add your craft work to ours.

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

The Shirt Diaries

Sew Much Ado

Blue Cricket

My Back Yard Eden

Home Is Where The Heart Is

Frugal Friday

Thanks for stopping by.. Grace

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Mixing Vintage Keys and Jewelry




Busy today using a few pieces of treasures found at sales to make some necklaces for my art / craft fair. I have used chains from my findings and old jewelry boxes, old keys and pieces of jewelry to make up some new necklaces to sell.





Old Keys... Old Clip Earrings







Pieces of old beads added to keys.



Pretty faux pearl earring and faux pearls on old key


And an angel to watch over it all. I have less than 2 weeks to finish up. Need to keep getting more done besides finishing up Christmas shopping.

thanks for stopping by.. I will be sharing these at
The Shirt Diaries

Found Treasure An Old Menu From Sidewalk Cafe Southdale Mall




















Recently while wandering around an estate sale I came across an old menu from the Southdale Mall in Edina, Minnesota. It is for the Sidewalk cafe. Southdale was started in 1956 so I am guessing this menu is late 1950's to mid 1960's
It is so colorful and full of vintage prices for the food offered.

There is a layout of the mall on back side. I see a Dayton's store and a Donaldson's those are the two anchors and the only two anchors. Dayton's was founded in 1902 by George Draper Dayton. Here is some Minnesota trivia... Mark Dayton is the great or great great grandson of George Dayton. Mark is now our new governor elect with a recount of votes taking place right now.

Okay what should we eat? How about a bowl of Chicken soup with noodles or rice and Saltines 20 cents or we could have New England Clam Chowder with Saltines also 20 cents.


Club house sandwich with ham, cheese, turkey, lettuce and tomato on toast with Crisp potato chips and midget Gherkins $1.00 or how about the Shopper's Special









Sub Gum Chow Mein with Toasted Almonds, crisp fried noodles and fluffy rice , with lettuce salad with french dressing, hot rolls and choice of beverage.. all for $1.10.

For dessert think I will have a piece of Fresh baked Fruit Pie.











These old menus are great treasures and collectible by certain buyers. I will be listing on eBay in the future.




Until it sells I will enjoy looking at a menu from another time. I will be sharing this on
Thanks for stopping by.. Grace

Monday, November 29, 2010

Estate Sale Hunting

Hubby and I found a couple of estate sales recently. Besides finding some books to sell on the Internet, I found a few items to use in some multi media art projects.



We found some some old books and rulers and paper.








Then I found some old vintage puzzles. Not quite sure what I will do with them yet. May glue them together and put a hanger on back, so they could be hung on a wall.


We have a Santa, Woody Wood Pecker among these old puzzles.


Here is a cute bear family...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Continuing To Creat Multi Media Crafts For Art/Craft Show


I have been working on more pieces to add to the Art/Craft Show in December. Here are some of the items I have finished so far.



This is a plastic ball I bought on sale at Michael's this last week, I scanned a picture of Santa from a vintage postcard.

The filling is from pages I tore out of vintage books, I used the covers in my other pieces of art.





A proud mama and her baby. Back ground is a page from one of my vintage books.




The above picture is of a pretty little girl posing on a horse with her mama.


Here we have a copy of a black and white picture of a car and the proud owners. Sitting in the front seat is two ladies. I think the young boy is just adorable. At the top is a copy of a vintage drivers license I found some time ago.

I have finished the back by gluing a page from a book and then gluing on a hanger so it can be displayed on a wall if desired. Would also fit just perfect in a display on a table or bookshelf.

These are made with covers from old books, vintage lace, pictures, keys, buttons, jewels and drift wood I collected from the Lake Superior beach this fall.

This will be my first art/craft show in over 15 years so and I am a little nervous and praying for some success.

Thanks for stopping by... Please take a moment looking around and I hope that you will return soon to see what I am up to.... Grace