Paper Dolls for Boys

Raising 2 crafty boys and thrifting every chance I get.

Vintage Photo Friday on Saturday August 15, 2009

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I have missed posting on VPF but I have missed seeing the wonderful photos you all share more.  I apologize for my absence.  The process of moving knocked me back a little more than I anticipated. Not sure why I used the past tense of knock…

The good news is that my parents on heading this way as I type from NC and will be here tomorrow so I can show off our first house, ask them to watch the kids in the yard so we can hit the boxes, and just sit in the yard and enjoy the space as a family.

In this spirit I share my dad when he was a cheeky little guy:

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And here is my mother (oldest) with 2 of her sisters.  Also check out my aunt and new blogger, dobco on the other end!

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Some of these folks may still be playing along. Check them out, quality blogs either way!

Green Jello

Knot Sew Crafty

Sheep on a Spring

Pineapples & Artichokes

Pamdora

Through the Looking Glass

Handy Crafts

My Own Crafty Wonderland

Woolanthropy

Los Angeles is My Beat

The Bee Bonnet Report

Living, Laughing and Loving in Austin

A Jen Too Many

Raine-works

dobco

Cheetah Velour

Bollops

 

Gone Fishin’ :: Vintage Photo Friday July 10, 2009

Don’t forget to enter my contest HERE!

In keeping with the fish theme, I am sharing some family photos of successful fishing trips.

These shots taken near coastal North Carolina in the 50’s, I believe. (edit: duh, date stamped on photos)

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This is a photo of my Granddaddy, they called him Buck.

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Dad- Is that a Wallace standing next to Granddaddy?  Is that Granddaddy’s store or Mr. Roy’s place?

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Well, that sign may answer my earlier question.

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I think this is, from the left, my cousin Laurie, her mother (dad’s sister) Aunt Betty Lou and my Aunt Lola (married to my dad’s brother).  I also think that is the backside of either a chicken or a cat in the lower left.  Neither of which I ever remember seeing in Pinetown.

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My Granny and Aunt Betty Lou in the old store in Pinetown.  Looks like they had a lot of work ahead of them.

Please check these sites out for more Vintage Photo Friday goodness:

Green Jello

Knot Sew Crafty

Sheep on a Spring

Pineapples & Artichokes

Pamdora

Through the Looking Glass

Handy Crafts

My Own Crafty Wonderland

Woolanthropy

Los Angeles is My Beat

The Bee Bonnet Report

Living, Laughing and Loving in Austin

A Jen Too Many

Raine-works

dobco

Cheetah Velour

and check out a new player, Bollops, whose Flickr account is full of vintage photo fun!

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Vintage Photo Friday June 19, 2009

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I feel, at once,  a tad egotistical and OLD putting photos of me in Vintage Photo Friday.

And yet…

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I am so glad to have and share these photos of my Granny and Granddaddy holding me as a baby.

I grew up in a different world than my grandparents.  They lived in small small rural North Carolina and I was born in Thailand.

We were heading to my grandparents’ beautiful and bountiful garden when I was about 6 maybe and I excitedly proclaimed, “We’re going to pick some potatoes!”.  Who knew they did not grow on trees!  Despite the fact I must have seemed like a little creature from outer space at times, my grandparents always made me feel loved and cared for.

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My granddaddy greeted me with, “Hello Ugly!  You’re getting uglier and uglier every time I see you!” every time he saw me.  The way he said it conveyed that he thought I was cute as a button.

I wish I could sit at their table, introduce them to my children, eat some amazing collards and dumplings, and listen to their stories.

Check out some more vintage photos & stories:

Green Jello

Knot Sew Crafty

Sheep on a Spring

Pineapples & Artichokes

Pamdora

Through the Looking Glass

Handy Crafts

My Own Crafty Wonderland

Woolanthropy

Los Angeles is My Beat

The Bee Bonnet Report

Living, Laughing and Loving in Austin

A Jen Too Many

Raine-works

dobco

Cheetah Velour (one of the best blog names EVAH)

 

Vintage Photo (& Ephemera) Friday June 12, 2009

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Happy Friday friends!

This is one of my favorite photos.

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Isn’t he dapper?  I do not know who he is, but I know he’s dreamy.  I believe this is a photo from my side of the family but I do not recognize him.  The heart is making me want to mess around with my ttv.  I have an idea gentling rolling around in my head, we will see if I can pull it off…

Today for Vintage Photo Friday I feel like sharing some family ephemera.  Maybe I am wrong, but I am guessing there is a cross-over audience!

These papers are from a big bundle given to me by my father last summer (Thanks D!).  I feel so appreciative to have these amazing bits of family history.  The ‘throw-away’ records of their everyday lives.

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One day I will find the courage to use some of these in a collage.  One day.

As usual, here are the folks playing along.  Please let me know if you would like to join in the fun that is Vintage Photo Friday!

Green Jello

Knot Sew Crafty

Sheep on a Spring

Pineapples & Artichokes

Pamdora

Through the Looking Glass

Handy Crafts

My Own Crafty Wonderland

Woolanthropy

Los Angeles is My Beat

The Bee Bonnet Report

Living, Laughing and Loving in Austin

A Jen Too Many

Raine-works

 

Vintage Photo Friday June 5, 2009

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My scanner is a prissy little thing.  She refuses to scan if the printer inks are not all full and to her liking.

Luckily I have this darling photo of  my little brother.  He “time enhanced” it to provide a more accurate representation of his fabulousness.

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More vintage photo goodness this way:

Green Jello

Knot Sew Crafty

Sheep on a Spring

Pineapples & Artichokes

Pamdora

Through the Looking Glass

Handy Crafts

My Own Crafty Wonderland

Woolanthropy

Los Angeles is My Beat

The Bee Bonnet Report

Living, Laughing and Loving in Austin

A Jen Too Many

Raine-works

 

Vintage Photo Friday May 29, 2009

I had a lovely surprise sitting on my doorstep yesterday.  I big ole box from my Aunt Donna, aka Kindred Spirit!  She had made 2 adorable little bags for my sons filled with just the right things.  My youngest has carried his duckie bag around yesterday and today with the cutest green duck in it.  It’s hard to find one he doesn’t have these days but she did it!   But better yet, there was also stuff for ME!  Sorry, it’s all about the kids usually, but everyone for themselves when it comes to packages!

Inside the box was a wonderful old black purse filled with vintage photographs.  Aunt Donna wrote, I am entrusting the family ‘Black bag’ to you!  It has held family photos for as long as I can remember.  Whenever we wanted to look at pictures, we would pull down the old pocketbook…It was a fun thing that we would do when we would all get together. How cool is that???!!!!

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She also included:

•  a vintage vegetable basket

•  a cake decorating set that was my grandmother’s – still in the box!

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•  a folding ruler that was my pop’s (grandfather) that has his name written on it – did I mention my LOVE of vintage rulers on here?

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•  a strap that was my great-great grandfather Hersey Britt’s.  Aunt Donna said it was used to sharpen razors and also used as a paddle when someone got a whuppin’.  We will use it purely for display purposes!

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•  Some sewing notions from my grandmother’s stash.  My grandmother Britt was an amazing seamstress and a very creative sort.  I remember her making the best doll cakes!
•  Some super cool Halloween decorations that will look perfect at the new place (chugging along, still moving forward)
•  and not of vintage interest but extremely thoughtful, she also included some coffee for my husband who does enjoy a good cup of coffee.  He was surprised and touched to be included in the box of fun!
So thank you Aunt Donna for all your thoughtful goodies!
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Here are some photographs that I excitedly pulled out of the black bag.  My pop was in the navy and a bunch of the photographs were of his navy days:
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I think there is a target audience just waiting for these photos on ebay. Don’t worry Aunt D, I’m holding on to them.  Just sayin’ is all!
 

Vintage Photo Friday May 22, 2009

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I picked up a few new vintage photos while at Brimfield last weekend.  I am trying to limit my photos to 4 collections:  people at the beach, parade photos, people with eye glasses, and interesting mustachioed men (but would surely buy a woman who met the same criteria).  But the truth is, I mostly buy the photos that “speak” to me.  And so I came home with these 3 little ones.  At 50 cents a photo I kind of felt like it was a rescue mission.

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This guy fits my eye glasses rule but he was coming home with me glasses or not.  Just look at his outfit, that hair, his smile and oh that glorious chair with it’s contrasting floral cushion.  It’s hard to look at these and not think about what his future held for him.

brimfield photosThis little girl’s expression is wonderful but it was the hair that first grabbed me.  If I had given birth to a girl, this is what her hair would look like while I still had a say in it (minus the big a$$ bow).

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And my favorite that I am leaving huge because just LOOK at him (I think).  That belly, that gloriously pudgy baby belly!!!!  As I see it so large I am seeing details I did not see before, who is that on the wall?  What is he standing on?

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This is the back of that adorable baby photo.  What do you think it says?  S. Irvin H. Fort the Third?  Sedwin?  I think he looks like a Sedwin.

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I was wondering if you had any creative way to display your old photos.  I was thinking on a “clothes line” but am curious what you do with you old photos?  Maybe I’ll put a stack in an old hat and leave it out for folks to riffle through.  hmmm

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Here are the folks who are playing along with Vintage Photo Friday.  Please let me know if you would like to add you to the list.  Come on and play, it’s FUN.

Be sure to check out all the vintage photo goodness below:

Green Jello

Knot Sew Crafty

Sheep on a Spring

Pineapples & Artichokes

Pamdora

Through the Looking Glass

Handy Crafts

My Own Crafty Wonderland

Woolanthropy

Los Angeles is My Beat

The Bee Bonnet Report

Living, Laughing and Loving in Austin

A Jen Too Many