Vintage Pennant Race

Saturday, February 26, 2011

 Have you ever decorated with vintage pennants 
or vintage varsity letters?

Jenn took an old chair and had it upholstered 
in a black wool. Then she attached a collection 
of varsity letter patches of all shapes and sizes. 
Is this fantastic or what?

Here is a better view. We had to use a ribbon to keep people from sitting on it too much at the shop!

One more close-up....couldn't resist. Such a great piece, Jenn!

This is the college resource center in our high school.

They basically wallpapered the wall with pennants.
An upcycled wool plaid blanket and varsity letter pennant made by the super clever PaddyRidge on Etsy.

This is a custom vintage style felt pennant made by PennantRace on Etsy...
any name, initial, cursive or serif fonts. You name it!

Lots of old pennants sewn together -- photo courtesy of
LeslieJanson on Etsy takes old pennants and makes them into cool pillows.

Tell us what you have seen or have made 
with these vintage items. We would love to hear!

Please link to these great etsy shops for
the pennants seen above.

Do you textorate your home?

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Do you ever use numbers or letters as
decorative elements in your home?

hether through a lettered sign,
old numb
ered tags,
chalkboard messages,
or monogrammed towels or pillows ---
you may be "textorating"
and not even know it!

Here are some memorable ways to

incorporate letters
and numbers
into your
home or workspace.

Photo credits:
Many thanks to the following for posting their fantastic
visual images for us to share.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

English Transferware Collections

Saturday, February 12, 2011

We love the designs and patterns of transferwa
English transferware looks great in groupings on a sh
layered in a buffet or hutch, or mix and matched on a table settin
for a romantic meal.

A Brief History of Transferware

"English transferware" refers to ceramics -- china, ironstone, etc. -- which has been glazed using a specific decorative treatment traditionally produced in Staffordshire, England. Some of the more popular manufacturers of transferware included Spode, Ridgway, Adams, Clews, Johnson Brothers, and Wedgwood.

The transfer printing process was developed in 1756 using copper plates which were etched with a design. The plate was then inked and the pattern was "transferred" to a special tissue. The inked tissue is then laid onto a bisque-fired ceramic item, which would be glazed and fired again.

The transfer printing process caught on quickly and was later adopted by Josiah Wedgwood to create his popular, ivory based "Creamware". Prior to the development of transfer printing, only the most affluent English families could afford complete dinnerware sets, because every dish was carefully hand-painted by an artisan and thus, very expensive.

Transfer printing allowed hundreds of sets of plateware to be produced in a fraction of the time and cost of their hand-painted counterparts, and allowed middle-class families to have both utilitarian and decorative pieces for their homes. Transfer printing was originally produced in single-color items only, with the favorite hues in blue, red, black, brown, purple and green. Brown tended to be rather a common and inexpensive color, while blue was the most sought after and expensive color.

(Taken in part from

Do you have a collection of English transferware?

What color do you collect -- blue,

red, purple, black, brown, or green?

Photo credits include: Country Living, House Beautiful,,,,,,,,,,

A new chapter for an old book

Friday, February 4, 2011

Have you ever had a box of old books
that you no longer have a use for?

How many of these boxes have you passed on
to your local library or school book drive?

If you think "out of the box" you can come up
ith a million ideas of how to reuse them.

Here are some of my favorite images of what creative geniuses have
come up with to re-purpose their box or boxes of old books.

Is there something special you have done with your old books?