A Few of My Favorite Things

 A Few of My Favorite Things - Living Vintage

This little cutie is a piggy bank that was given to me when I was a baby.  I cherish it.

A Few of My Favorite Things - Living Vintage

I bought these two beautiful clay birds at an antique mall in San Antonio many years ago.  I’m not even sure if that mall still exists.    They are displayed on the little white stepback cabinet in our master bedroom and I look at them often.

A Few of My Favorite Things - Living Vintage

I do love miniatures, animals, and illustrations and a good way to combine the three is with miniature wooden blocks.   This set is incomplete, but I don’t care really.

 

A Few of My Favorite Things - Living Vintage

I love my two toy travel trailers.    They’re just so cute!  You can even open the doors and windows.   I’d love to own and fix up a vintage travel trailer one day.  Here, one of them is shown on my husband’s shelves in our home office.

A Few of My Favorite Things - Living Vintage

It’s now displayed in the entertainment center in our living room with the second, bigger one, along with two little bears, prepared for rain.

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Two of my favorite things are the antique hooked rugs displayed on the wall in our dogtrot breezeway.

There is a unique and interesting story behind each of them.

A Few of My Favorite Things - Living Vintage

This one I saw for the first time at Warrenton.  I loved it, but I was feeling broke at the time, and I walked away.  Fast forward about 2 months or so, and I was really regretting not buying it.

Then 4 months later, the antique show happened again, and my sister and I went shopping again in Warrenton.  I saw the same dealer and walked quickly to her booth. The hooked rug was nowhere to be seen, and I told her that I wished that I’d bought her green and pink geometric rug when I had the chance.  She said, “Oh, I have it”, and she pulled it out of a trunk that was sitting in a corner.

A Few of My Favorite Things - Living Vintage

I love the green and pink colors in this rug, and I love that it’s in pristine condition — I was told that after rug was made, it was stored in a trunk and never used.  I also like that the design is a visual illusion — sometimes I see stars, other times I see blocks.

A Few of My Favorite Things - Living Vintage

Can you see them?

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A Few of My Favorite Things - Living Vintage

A Few of My Favorite Things - Living Vintage

The second hooked rug I discovered at an antique show in Austin.  I loved it immediately:  the green, the ducks, the sweet little houses.

A Few of My Favorite Things - Living Vintage

It was priced very high, way too high for my budget.

A Few of My Favorite Things - Living Vintage

However, before walking off, I told the dealer that I loved it, then bit my lip and took a risk.  I asked her if she would consider an extended layaway.  She agreed and asked what I had in mind.  I said, “How ’bout $100 a month?”   To my delight and amazement, she didn’t hesitate in saying “yes”.

A Few of My Favorite Things - Living Vintage

A Few of My Favorite Things - Living Vintage

A Few of My Favorite Things - Living Vintage

A Few of My Favorite Things - Living Vintage

I paid for this rug for a year before I brought it home, so yes, it’s definitely one of my favorite things.

Oh, and I realize that the photos of this rug may be a bit too many for your tastes, but one of my blog followers specifically requested that I provide many detailed photos.  I think she’s thinking of recreating my antique hooked rug.

A Few of My Favorite Things - Living Vintage

Now you should know me well enough by now that a “favorite things” post would not be complete without you seeing another one of my dogs.  This little celluloid dog, complete with a cane and top hat, guard a tiny perpetual  calendar.  The gold label on it states “Sainte Anne de Beaupré”.  I googled it and it’s a town in Quebec, Canada . . . so apparently, my little dog was a travel souvenir.

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(Mostly) Wordless Wednesday :: Happy Easter!

Happy Easter from Living Vintage - featuring 12 images that remind me of Easter.

 Hope you have a fabulous Easter weekend!

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Happy Easter from Living Vintage - featuring 12 images that remind me of Easter.spring flowers

 

Happy Easter from Living Vintage - featuring 12 images that remind me of Easter.new life

 

Happy Easter from Living Vintage - featuring 12 images that remind me of Easter.chocolate treats

 

Happy Easter from Living Vintage - featuring 12 images that remind me of Easter.brand new outfits for Easter

 

Happy Easter from Living Vintage - featuring 12 images that remind me of Easter.Easter egg hunts

 

Happy Easter from Living Vintage - featuring 12 images that remind me of Easter.Easter eggs decorated with napkins

 

Happy Easter from Living Vintage - featuring 12 images that remind me of Easter.Easter greetings

 

Happy Easter from Living Vintage - featuring 12 images that remind me of Easter.vintage tin toy

 

Happy Easter from Living Vintage - featuring 12 images that remind me of Easter.Easter tree

 

Happy Easter from Living Vintage - featuring 12 images that remind me of Easter.Easter dinner

 

Happy Easter from Living Vintage - featuring 12 images that remind me of Easter.Easter bunnies

 

Happy Easter from Living Vintage - featuring 12 images that remind me of Easter.resurrection, the reason for Easter

 

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites - Living Vintage - Date unknown (yet) - 3

It’s been awhile since I posted a Friday Favorites in a white theme.  Too long. One of these photos is particularly relevant today because it’s my husband’s birthday. Can you guess which one? I love these chunky chairs made from reclaimed wood.  They look comfortable and easy to build.  I also love the little tables […]

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A Quote for Today :: Family Elders

A Quote for Today regarding family elders - Living Vintage

via This photo definitely reminded me of my grandmother, my younger sister, and me. My grandmother was as much a part of my childhood as my parents, given that she and my grandfather lived “just a field away”.  She attended every school play, every birthday party, every major and minor event in my life until […]

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