Sunday, October 12, 2014

Nifty (and Thrifty!) Ways to Use a Butter Dish Lid

I couldn't pass up these two butter dishes at an estate sale this weekend. But I couldn't find the bottoms, either. Still, as pretty as they are, I started thinking of all kinds of ways to use the lids as storage in my paper room and in other areas of the house. (I always need storage options.)



If you are a paper crafter, use it to store old labels or washi tape. Washi tape fits perfect in a re-purposed butter dish lid!


If you are a hostess or a cook, use it to hold your favorite recipes and they are handy to reach for.


If you are a seamstress, rick rack packages fit perfectly in a butter dish lid!

Here are a few other ideas:

  • fill with four or five cookies and wrap in cellophane, tie a bow, and give to a friend that needs them!
  • place sugar packets in them for a tea party (thank you to our reader, Amy, for that one!)
  • use it for a place to drop your keys or change on the counter
  • and, if all else fails, put little pats of butter inside (If your family is as excited about yeast rolls as mine is during the holidays, they won't be noticing the bottom is missing.) 
I also think of using it as packaging and pretty Christmas hostess gifts and all kinds of trinkets you could hold in a small receptacle like these. 

Do you bring home things with missing pieces sometimes? Don't overlook them when you're out and about. I bet in a few seconds you can find something to put in it. Happy thrifting! 

P.s. I just updated the shop with some vintage Christmas cards and other fun things. I also have the loot from a math professor's estate coming up! 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sunday (Monday) Sort: Vintage Vogue, Garfield, Birds, and French!


This past weekend couldn't have been a better one. Lots of family time, pretty lake in the background, a clean cabin, good food, and not a care (almost) in the world. I needed that! It's back to school and back to reality today, but that's ok...it's good. 

Tonight I spent some time sorting some recent finds from just thrifting. You never know what you're going to get when you walk in a thrift shop, do you? Some days it's chicken, and then next time it's feathers. That Vogue sewing book made my heart sing, though. It's dated 1970, but, hey, I'll take it.



I can't pass up a good book of any kind. I've been collecting these old art books for a friend of mine. I know where they are in her classroom just in case I get lonely for them.



Holiday Magazine is hard to find! I've been lucky a few times. Have you seen an issue? I've heard that it is making a comeback.



Hollie Hobby, Santa picks, and a tiki guy. What a mix. But, oh, so kitschy and cute!



A 1975 TV Guide is hilarious to read again. I also found this Coronet magazine. Never have seen that before. And the Very Personally Yours is a 1961 information pamphlet from Kotex. Haha!



Who can resist a little 1960s correspondence?



These 1940s bird flash cards are so, so cool. I'll have a hard time parting with them. Maybe I won't. :)



You know I won't leave Mr. Dennison behind, and these cute boxes will be great for paper ephemera packaging. And don't you love the typewriter ribbon tin with Saturn and stars? There were three. I should have gotten them all.



Holy High School! Care Bears book covers! I'll list them soon!




Well, of course, kitties!!



And kitties includes Garfield. Check the stationery. Oh, my pen pals will love it!



And, finally, these are so cool I might have to learn French. Wouldn't you want to?



Thanks, everyone, for stopping by. I'm really humbled by all the readers I've had that come to visit lately, and you are why I do this. I love sharing these finds with someone who loves them too. Have a good night and I'll see you soon!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Twenty Second Peek Inside My Vintage Paper Party Box!

I've never posted my own video on here that I remember, but thought you might like to see one of my FAVORITE boxes of paper. It will all be in the shop soon...after all...only 15 more Fridays until Christmas. You're welcome. :) Next time, I'll show you the wrapping.



Monday, September 8, 2014

Let's Pretend: Bring Back 1950s Bridge

"If you would like to be known for the parties you give, there is really no secret: just invite congenial people and entertain them graciously. It sounds easy and it is--when you know how." Betty Crocker's Party Book, 1960.

For a long time, I've been wanting to invite friends over to play bridge, if I only knew how! So let's pretend tonight that I do, and plan a bridge party from the 50s. Shall we?


Of course, it starts with the dress, right? Mill Street Vintage on Etsy is one of my favorite shops to dream about. This dress would be perfect for a gathering of ladies on a Sunday evening.

You can find this dress here.

And then you need pretty playing cards! I love these from A Backyard Creation on Etsy. 


And tallies, too! Especially cute kitty ones you can find in my shop! 


What about food? Party Chicken Salad with Grapes sounds yummy and light. Here's the recipe.

Party Chicken Salad with Grapes

Toss Together 2 cups cut-up cold cooked chicken and 1 cup cut up celery, 1 tbsp. lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Add 1/2 cup mayo and carefully fold in 1 cup halved green grapes. Arrange mounds of salad in lettuce cups or in tomato flower cups. 6 servings. (from Betty Crocker Party Book mentioned above)

You can serve it in these pretty Pyrex hostess bowls.


Punch is always good. Try this:

June Punch
4 c. sugar
4 c. water
2 c. strong black tea
6 cans frozen lemonade concentrate, undiluted
2 cans pineapple juice (5 cups)
2 c. cut up strawberries
1 gal. water
2 qt. dry ginger ale

Make syrup by boiling water and sugar for 10 minutes. Add tea and fruit juices. Chill 2 to 3 hours. Add remaining ingredients. Pour over ice in punch bowl or ice in cups. 60-70 servings (whew! I'd cute this recipe in half. From Betty Crocker's Party Book mentioned above.)

Top it all off with these cupcakes from Kevin and Amanda (P.S. If you haven't cooked from their web site before, do it. Yum. Everything.)


Then a hostess gift is needed for sure if you are going as a guest. How about a unique little cookbook or some pretty napkins tied with a bow? 



Play and laugh with your friends and call it a night a few hours later. Drive off in your 1957 Chevy and then head home to your husband, who, in all his glory, has the kids in bed and a nice cocktail ready for you when you come in the door. What a night! Want to come to my bridge party? For real? Let's do it!



Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Pretty Wrappings for Old Papers and Vintage Gifts


I came home with a pretty stack of ladies' handkerchiefs, starched and folded and ironed into neat little squares. I threw them in the wash with bath towels and spent a bit opening and pressing them again, letting my mind wander as to what to do with them. There are so many tiny details on these pretty linens that they should be shared and not tucked away.

Sew Somerset  is one of my favorite magazines to read, because it combines paper and fabric, and being a reborn seamstress lately, I love them both so much. I have many friends who do, too, and I began thinking of ways to package paper gifts with these pretty little hankies.  Here are a few ideas.


Place your ephemera or paper in a clear sleeve with a cardboard insert so that it remains somewhat rigid. Wrap the sleeve like you would a gift, using a handkerchief as your "paper." Tie a silky bow of vintage seam binding around your gift and create a simple shipping tag to label it. Any friend would adore something as pretty as this!



I left the pretty edges of this one out; they are too sweet to cover up.

Place your gift in a paper roll such as from paper towels or bath tissue. Wrap the hankie around the roll and secure both ends with silky ribbon, yarn, or small bits of baker's twine. You could add a tag and use a vintage Dennison seal to embellish (I just listed some in my shop!) Wouldn't this be pretty packaging for tea bags and a silver spoon?


What other ideas do you have to use hankies for wrapping? They are always in abundance at estate sales, so don't pass them up next time you stop.

Speaking of, we will have hankies and lots more vintage for any style at our Miss Henny Penny booth at Loot Vintage Market at Texas Motor Speedway, September 26-28. We'd love for you to stop by and say hello if you are in the DFW metroplex area!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Teacher from the 1950s: My Wardrobe this Year and Why I am DoingThis!

So, I've taken on a BIG change as far as clothing and my wardrobe is concerned, and cleaned out my closet to replace it with vintage! I have to admit, it was super scary taking out my go-to GAP cotton elastic-waist cropped pants and all those plain black t-shirts I wore on a regular basis (how boring), but I did it. I was determined to make a change, and I just kept on pushing.

Skirt is handmade, vintage croc bag, vintage Naturalizer shoes (what??), sweater from GAP, vintage brooch)

A lot of my friends ask why I am doing this, and here are my thoughts. I love vintage everything, and for the last ten years, that has been true and an ever growing passion, so I should and want to dress this way. But, as a teacher, one of our biggest struggles on campus has been dress code. If you look at the difference between what students dressed like in mid-century times versus what they dress like now, there is a huge gap, not only in what is appropriate at younger and younger ages, but the influence peers have on what they decide to wear. Right? If I can influence or inspire one girl on my campus to not only be herself, but to realize that covering yourself up is OK and it's actually very fun and attractive, then my job is done. If I inspire more than one, then that's just icing on the cake. You can be modest and still be pretty. That is my message. Plus, it doesn't matter what size you are!! 

(Skirt is vintage square dance from eBay, top from Heart of Haute, shoes from Salt Water, petticoat from American Apparel, waist cincher from Orchard Corset, hair flower is hand made)

I've been on a roll all summer, hitting estate sales from Wednesday through Friday and sometimes Saturday, hunting and picking and trying on vintage clothing from the 50s, mostly, to add to my collection. You guys, if you've never shopped estate sales for vintage clothing, it's so much cheaper than visiting a shop (although much more work). I found dresses for $2, and on one lucky day, came home with a black 100% cashmere full length winter coat for the same price...two buckaroos. I'll show it to you when I've had it cleaned and ready to wear.

Finally, about two weeks before school started, I posted for my friends to come shop my closet and then soaked, washed, and hung all my vintage and new "vintage" in my closet, and started choosing outfits to try. So far, it's been fun and it's always different, and most of my pieces match other pieces, so it's kind of like having Garanimals from way back when. Remember those? I'm happy to say my collection of vintage is getting rather hefty at a very small price.

First day of school with the kids back! This dress is one I made this summer from my grandmother's Butterick pattern from the 1950s. Fabric is "Enchanted" by Michael Miller. Bolero by Ann Taylor. Petticoat by American Apparel and waist cincher by Orchard Corset. 

A few of my favorite companies to buy "new" from are shown in these pictures. For undergarments like my petticoats, I recommend American Apparel (I wear this one with my shorter skirts) and ModCloth (and this one with my longer skirts-even though it is listed as "short" in the description). I also wear this from Orchard Corset. What a difference a little cinch can make!

For skirts and tops, I love Doll Me Up, Darling, and Heart of Haute. I've also been making my own skirts from fabric and from random vintage linens! Shoes at ModCloth and Salt Water Sandals (my fav right now for summer) are the best. I have these in black and silver and these in red.

Skirt by Doll Me Up, Petticoat is by Hell Bunny on ModCloth, shoes by Salt Water, waist cincher from Orchard Corset, belt is vintage and top from TJ Maxx.

If you want to follow my daily dress, I'm posting on Instagram every day and I also tag all of my photos with the companies I am wearing plus identifying the vintage I have found. My username is @feedthebirdies  and I am using the hashtag, #teacherfromthe50s on all of my posts. I'd love to be friends and see what you are up to as well!

Until Sunday, keep it vintage, doll! I'll see you then. P.S. Don't worry...my paper hoarding instinct has not gone away...and I will keep sharing that as well as estate sales, fun little updates and projects, and my house. Have a good week!






Thursday, July 31, 2014

Kickin' It Old School: Finding Report Cards and School Ephemera from the 1920s and Beyond

Hello hello! No excuses...but I'm here. :) It seems that since we only have about two weeks of summer before the teachers head back to school, that I find more and more vintage school supplies at estate sales. Plus, I'm planning to be The Teacher From the Black Lagoon 1950s, so I've been busy researching and reading old Better Homes and Gardens and etiquette books and collecting vintage clothing for ME to wear to school.  Wait til you see my OOTD posts. I'm so excited!


I've also started a new little business with my sweet friend, Katie, from school.  We now have a shop: Miss Henny Penny, where we hunt down the vintage and bring it to you.  There are exciting things happening with that right now...we are working on parties of the yesteryear...you tell us the decade or theme...we bring the goods.

(teacher's hall pass for my room! yay!)

If you are in the DFW area, we will also have a booth at the Loot Vintage Market in September at Texas Motor Speedway!  WOOHOO!  We are super excited about that one, and don't you worry...Feed the Birdies will be there, too, with some swell papers. No way am I giving this up, or this little space. It will always be near and dear.

(I'll fight somebody if they try to take my Ticonderoga pencils. P.S. Didn't Mrs. Payne look nice in her school photos? She had two...what's up with that?)

It's a good thing I took pictures of these when I did. My cat threw up on them today and ruined the lot. Hmph.



Don't you wish report cards still looked like these? "George is a lovely student but..." He could use careful study habits to raise these grades, too.  What is he thinking? Uh Oh. Not a strong S.


I loved finding these old camp "reports" and the student's American Red Cross swimming card. I wonder what her bathing suit looked like? Very modest, I'm sure.


Then there was this school yearbook that I grabbed at the last second off a book shelf at an estate sale.  It is from 1922 and I really can't tell if it is college or high school.  I really believe it is college.  Here is Grace's picture; she must have cut out her beau. I wonder what that story was.



When I opened the yearbook I squealed like I had found money. It wasn't money. It was her report cards. From 1922-23, you guys. What a neat piece of ephemera. Look at her classes and her grades, and notice she took multiple levels at the same time (junior, senior).


Domestic Art and Domestic Science. Love.
Here is her senior class roster, although she was but a lowly sophomore when this yearbook was printed. Don't you love all of these names?




Here she is. Second row. Far right. From Hope, AR. And I guess that Zeb was her beau. Is that who she cut out of the picture? Oh, I bet it was. He must have really broken her heart that summer. 
They look much older than high school sophomores; I bet this is a college. It's also an agricultural college.

I still have so much to share. Lots of neat textbooks and elementary findings with really funny drawings. It's amazing what an abandoned box in a garage will allot you. Don't forget to dig!