For the past two days here in the Southern mountains it has been rainy, sleety and cold. But hopefully this is really the end of winter, and the weatherman is my new BFF, as he has predicted sunny skies and highs in the 60s and 70s for the next five days. All I can say is that he’d better deliver.
I thought about saving this fantastic skating theme scarf for December, but then I realized that a good scarf is a good scarf, regardless of the theme and the time of year.
That must be the crazy scarf elf. Is he matchmaking?
That little tyke is going to learn to skate whether he wants to or not!
And I want to say a huge “Thank You” to Juliet of SixCatsFun Vintage for sending this lovely gift. I don’t know what I’ve done to create such a nice bunch of readers, but believe me, I’m so grateful for all of you.
Here’s a proper band of kilt-wearers, all moving to the tune of the bagpiper. Above them is a field of completely random luggage tags for places as diverse as Mexico, Japan, Los Angeles, and thankfully, Scotland.
It’s nice to think that there could be an entire series of this luggage tag print, with different nationalities featured as the border. I picture Hawaiian Hula, Spanish Flamenco, Irish Jig, though I’m at a loss when it comes to Los Angeles.
When I spotted this great print I thought it might be a skirt, but sorry to say, it was instead an apron. Still I bought it as I’d never seen this print before and I loved it so much. Here’s hoping there are others out there.
I’d appreciate some feedback on the watermarks, if you have a thought.
I adore a great novelty print, especially one with a travel or a vacation theme, so this beach blanket print was right up my alley. It was a tiny piece, maybe a fourth of a yard, and I’ve had it a long time – so long that I can’t remember where I found it. Several years ago I used most of it to make a beach tote.
The tote is made from blue chambray and the pockets are the beach print, trimmed with red dotted binding and blue rick-rack. The interior is lined with a flowered bit of feedsack, with chambray pockets.
Last week I was stumbling around etsy, when I found this:
I know I don’t have to say how much I love this shirt. It is in the shop, WitchBabyKitsch, and the owner very kindly let me show off her photos here. If it were my size, I’d have bought it already.
Finds like this remind us that most of the vintage items we encounter were massed-produced and often you’ll see the same print used by different companies, or even yard goods matching manufactured garments. I’ve even seen matching garment and fabric advertised together.
I love seeing prints that I have in a different colorway. Now I’ll have to keep my eyes open for other versions of this print. How about yellow and turquoise?
Finally, the label. What could be more perfect than a Made in California label?
Shirt photos copyright WitchBabyKitsch. Do not copy or Pin.
Did you notice my attempt at watermarking?
I really am thankful for pajamas, because pretty much the only time a woman of 57 can get away with wearing a pink and black Scottie dog print is when she is at home and visitors are not expected. The same can be said, I suppose, for prints with puppies and cupcakes, cats in trees and miscellaneous cocktails. These are the sorts of prints for sale at my latest made in the USA find, The Cat’s Pajamas.
When it comes to pajamas, I’ve been a Bedhead devotee for the past ten years or so. That’s when I bought my first pair – a pair I’m still wearing, by the way. But I came across a recommendation for Cat’s Pajamas and decided to give them a try.
First, the fabric prints at Cat’s Pajamas are very whimsical and brightly colored. I like that in a pj. You can let your inner kid come out when dressing strictly for your home. On the negative side, though the pajamas are sewn in the USA, the fabric is imported (from who knows where) and to be honest, it is not quite as soft as I’d like. Still, after four washings, it has softened up without any color loss to the print.
Another plus is that they offer a variety of styles in most prints. I’m short, so I ordered the capri length which was just right for me. Some of the prints are available in both flannel and poplin. And they have plus sizes.
Time will tell whether they hold up as well as Bedhead does, but for now, I’m very satisfied. This pair was on sale, and the shipping is a reasonable flat rate of $5.
And if they would find a US supplier for the fabric, I’d really love them.
Nice packaging that includes a cute eye shade.
I really don’t believe in luck, but if I did I’d say this was one lucky find. It came to me by way of reader and fellow blogger, Jo of Joyatri. She had seen my post about a KEK album I’d found, and emailed me to let me know she had this one.
She then sent photos, and I was so happy to see that it is in what is probably a print from the early 1960s. I already had two items from this print, but in a different colorway. This time we can see the entire print, including lots of graphic that are not on my other, smaller items.
I had always assumed that the hitchhiker in the left corner was a girl!
Cute jaywalking kitty-cat!
The suitcase strapped onto the side of the bottom car reads “Roma”. I’d be smiling too if I were headed for Rome!
According to research done by friend Nathalie, KEK was a German maker of albums and such. They might still be in business, but I can’t imagine that anything made by them today could possibly be this cool.
Today, another find from the last Charlotte Metrolina show. This is one of those things that you have no idea it exists, but the minute you spot it, you know it is exactly what you have been searching for.
It’s an album, covered in vinyl print, with plastic sleeves on the interior. The seller said that an LP record album fits in the sleeves perfectly, so that was probably the intended purpose. Today, it would make a nifty photo album or scrapbook for a European trip.
I’m pretty sure this album was made by the same company that made two other items I have in a similar, but seemingly a bit earlier, print. A small photo book that I have in that print has a small sticker that reads KEK. I’ve never been able to find out that the letters stand for. I do believe the company was (is?) located in Europe, as the small photo book came from France, all the writing is in French or German, and for mass produced items, they sure are scarce here in the States.
And now for the close-ups:
If anyone happens to spot other pieces of either print, I would love to know about them, even if they are not for sale (but especially if they are!)