Oh, The Beauty Of Vaseline Glass

December 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Yellow Vaseline Glass Salad Bowl

Early vaseline glass salad bowl.

My collection of depression vaseline glass is small so far, but I am certainly proud of what I have.  (Although my pictures don’t do them justice.)

For those of you not familiar with vaseline glass, it is translucent yellow glass that resembles the color of petroleum jelly.  The yellow color is the result of adding 2% uranium dioxide to the ingredients when the glass is made.  Vaseline glass was first made from 1840’s until World War II, when the government confiscated all supplies of uranium which halted the production of vaseline glass in 1943.  The ban was lifted in 1958 and companies, such as Fenton Glass, started producing the glass once again and continue to do so today.


Small bowls for salad set.

Small bowls for salad set.

Early vaseline glass was made only yellow in color; however, when sales began to slow during the depression, manufacturers began adding iron oxide to the glass formula which gave the glass a more greenish appearance.

Vaseline glass can be difficult to identify.  While even the most seasoned collector can be fooled by its appearance, the only way to identify the true authenticity of a piece is by seeing it glow a neon green when holding the glass under an ultraviolet light.  Due to the neon green glow, a large collection of vaseline glass displayed under a UV light can be quite impressive.


Vaseline glass under UVB light.

Vaseline glass under UV light.


Vaseline glass flower baskets.

Vaseline glass flower baskets.









My Book: Citizens And Assassins

December 10, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Citizens and AssassinsWell, I certainly have been away for awhile as I have been consumed with my book (now finished!) and other matters, but I am ready to get back into the vintage swing.  I do hope you will take a few minutes to visit me on my book website:  Citizens And Assassins.

And while I’ve got your attention, take a look at this little beauty in pristine condition which I spotted tucked in the middle of a Christmas display over the weekend.  As a writer, I have a passion for vintage typewriters and, oh, the sound of typing on one.  It is my understanding that some writers still write novels on these old things. Vintage typewriter





A Unique Vintage Boutique

September 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Absolute Vintage 2For my birthday this summer, my oldest daughter presented me with a beautiful gift certificate to a vintage store which I had never been to . . . which resulted in a fun day of shopping.

Absolute Vintage Boutique  is located on the west side of Wichita on Maple Street.  It specializes in refurbishing vintage furniture using milk paint which they sell in their store and online.  (Click on photo for better view of a cabinet and chair which have been painted using milk paint.)  Milk paint can be painted on any slick surface, such as laminate furniture, with . . . here’s the good part . . . “no prep work.”

Absolute Vintage

You can purchase the paint through their Etsy shop and you can find a tutorial for using the paint on their website.

(Check out below the gift certificate my loving daughter prepared for me.  I’m so lucky!)

Gift certificate







A Little Girl And Her Red Dress (1960)

March 24, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

Pictured in photo is a young girl wearing this dress.

Pictured in photo is a young girl wearing this dress.

This vintage child’s dress was found carefully tucked away in a closet at an estate sale of an elderly couple.  Not only did I find this pretty dress, but attached to the hanger was a photo of the little girl who wore it.  Sweet!

1960's child's dress.

1960’s child’s dress.

Click on my pictures to get a better look.

I believe the girl in the photo is holding a May flower basket rather than an Easter basket since the photo is dated May 1960.

The only thing missing from this package is the bonnet worn by this sweet little girl … and a Maypole, of course.


Girl is holding May basket.

Girl is holding May basket.

Antique Frame And Picture: Dirty Feet

March 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

A precious vintage frame.

A precious vintage frame.

I found this antique picture frame with picture at a sale yesterday.  It depicts a father helping his young daughter wash her feet in a bowl of water on an old wooden porch.  (Click on the picture to get a closer look.)  The price for this frame was a little more than I wanted to pay (though still a good deal), but the whole package was too sweet to pass by.

Upon first examination, I thought this was a composition (plaster) frame.   Plaster started appearing on frames in the early 19th century … so I am told.  However, there is chipping in the so-called plaster, and the chipped areas reveal what looks to be gold leaf (also known as gilding) underneath.   If that is so, than there may be thin sheets of .22 karat gold that was applied to this frame.   But the chips are small, and it may be metal leaf instead.  This would mean that someone applied some type of a coating over the original frame.  If it was originally gold leaf, than that would be a shame.  Therefore, this may not be the plaster that was used in the 19th century.  And I am at a total loss as to the century of this picture frame.  Oh, I’m so confused!

The backside.

The backside.

I find it to be rather tricky determining the era and value of antique frames.  I’ll definitely need to get an expert’s opinion on this one.  Nevertheless, whatever its history – the artwork on this frame, the coloring, and the picture itself are priceless.

A Light Box For Great Pics

March 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Homemade light box.

Homemade light box.

One of my greatest Etsy store frustrations (next to figuring out shipping costs, that is) is getting great photos of my vintage items. So today I prepared a homemade light box, after reading this article explaining how to do it.   So simple to make, cheap, and quick too!  Plus, I already had on hand all the supplies I needed.

After finishing the box … I grabbed an item to photograph (which happened to be my father’s good ‘ol Whiskey Jack) and snapped my first picture.

Here is the result of my first attempt:

Whiskey Jack (not for sale)

Whiskey Jack (not for sale)




Not bad, huh?  With a little practice, I should only get better.  I think this little light box will work out nicely.

Danny O’Day – “I’m No Dummy”

February 11, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

Danny O'Day Ventriloquist Figure

Danny O’Day

Well, this is the first time I have found a ventriloquist doll (figure) in my vintage hunting.

Take a look at this vintage Danny O’Day v-doll created for ventriloquist Jimmy Nelson.  Danny O’Day was tailored in 1945 to the personality of the famed ventriloquist himself.  Originally named Dummy Dan, Nelson changed his figure’s name to Danny O’Day as the name didn’t have any consonants impossible for ventriloquists to say without moving their lips.  (In 2009, Nelson was featured in a documentary titled, “I’m No Dummy.”)

Danny O'Day Figure

Check out his little shoes!

He is a vinyl doll that works by the string-and-loop system, and the string is still intact.

I believe this particular doll is from the ’60s, but I haven’t been able to confirm that yet.

Look for him in my Etsy store.  He’ll be making his way there soon.

Restored Vintage Kelvinator

February 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Restored Vintage KelvinatorThis little beauty was hidden away in my garage for nearly three years before my husband and I finally got around to restoring it.  Being it was our first refrigerator restoration project, I have to admit, we were a little unsure as to whether or not we could pull it off.  It took us a while to get up the courage to tackle the project.  But it looks fantastic!

We rescued this Kelvinator from a salvage yard as I previously mentioned in this post.  It had originally been white, but when we found it, it was covered with a surface coat of rust.  The owner of the salvage yard told us it worked, so we took it home hoping to prolong it’s life.  We plugged it in as soon as we got home, and sure enough, it cooled quickly.

Here’s how we restored it:

First of all, part of the reason it took three years to get started was because the latch was broke and we had to find a replacement piece.  My husband eventually ran across another Kelvinator (same model) which wasn’t worth restoring, but the latch worked.  He was able to remove the latch from that Kelvinator and put it on ours.  Now, we could begin restoration.

The hardest part of restoring this gem was sanding off the rust.  We took off all the the outside doors, handles, latches, etc., and began sanding with an electric sander.  This took place over several days.   Then, with the intent to restore it basically like a person would restore a car, we used a heavy automobile filler primer which filled in any scratches which we could not sand out.  Then we block sanded it thoroughly.  Finally, it was time to spray paint.Inside Kelvinatory

We chose the paint color by matching it to some blue paint on the inside of the fridge.  Now came the scary part … applying the paint.  We first practiced on scrap pieces of metal to get the hang of using the sprayer without leaving runs in the paint.   Once we were confident that we could do it properly, we started on the Kelvinator.  We applied one light coat of paint, waited a few hours for it to dry, and repeated the process several times until we had a professional look.  Luckily for us, and because we took this job slowly, it all went well.

We waited a few days for the paint to cure.  Then we moved our new fridge to our family room and began the process of putting it all back together, making sure we sealed everything properly.  Finally, we buffed the outside with a rubbing compound which gave it an awesome shine.

We did not have to do any restoration to the inside of the refrigerator.  Heck, it was hardly even dirty!  There is a shelf missing, but it is still useable without the shelf.  And while it is often recommended that the restoration process include replacing the compressor with something more efficient, we did not feel it was worth the expense as the motor on our Kelvinator ran so smoothly and quietly already.

What do you think?  Not bad for a couple of amateurs, huh!

Sweet Kewpie-like Doll!

October 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Kewpie-Like DollI found this little Kewpie-like doll at a local thrift store in excellent condition.   No flaws whatsoever.  It is a Ruth E. Newton boy doll made in the U.S.A.

Already sold it through Etsy, but wanted to post a picture.

King’s Crown Goblets

March 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Vintage Glasses and Mess Master
It was Super Saturday Weekend at my favorite flea market.  I behaved myself and left with just a few small items in tow, such as these pictured King’s Crown Amber colored goblets made by Indiana Glass Company.  Love em’!

Cleaning tip:

The vendor was a little generous with tape when applying price stickers on the glassware.  This left me with some tape residue to deal with.  Not to worry though … a little Mess Master by Design Master (which I purchased at Michael”s) took that scum right away.

A Small, But Sweet, Vintage Restoration

February 18, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

Wooden SeatRummaging through an old dilapidated shed, I found this sweet little child”s seat which I was certain was just begging to be rescued.

It was dirty and lacking luster and shine after spending many years in a shed that failed to provide adequate protection from the rain and the snow.  I found it a couple of weekends ago (in between the recent brutal snow storms), when my husband and I took a one-day trip to my father’s childhood farmland in the beautiful rolling hills of southeastern Oklahoma.  It was there that I decided to venture into the forgotten shed and where I found this sweet wooden gem.  I took it home, stripped off what varnish remained, sanded it down, and gave it a good lovin” coat of Minwax Red Oak stain (which I had on hand).  I finally buffed it with a coat of Minwax Paste Finishing Wax for a soft gentle shine.  I was in such a hurry to freshen this little seat up, that I completely forgot to get a before picture.

It is my wish to build a house on my father”s farmland some day, and when I do this wooden seat will be returning home with me.

Something Old For Someone New

January 10, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Vintage Baby Mobile

I hit the jackpot for vintage baby items this past week at a local tVintage Baby Mobile2hrift store.

From the 1980′s, first thing to catch my eye was a smiling baby mobile. This is a musical “Sock-A-Bye Angels” mobile which plays, “It’s A Small World.” And as the name says, it is made of baby socks. This will put a smile on any face. I know it did on mine.

And check out the quilt I found. Covered with a bunny, squirrel, puppy, and kitten print, this would be perfect for any baby at Easter time.  Oh, so adorable!

And what’s a baby bed without a sweet chenille blanket. Picturedvintage baby quilt below is a vintage one with a yellow and blue giraffe. Love it! But since I don’t intend to have any more babies, I have to let go of these sweet things, so I’ve listed them all for sale in my etsy store for someone else to enjoy.

chenille baby blanket giraffe1

UPDATE: These items have sold.


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