Chalk it up!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

I found this fantastic frame at a recent estate sale. It was in terrific shape sitting all alone in the basement of this house; covered in dust and crying out to me... save me!!! I just love the curly lines and how girly it is. 

Instead of the typical mirror, I thought why not make this into a chalkboard? Can't you just imagine it in some fancy mudroom?? Well here it is all finished...

And here with a quote by Hal Borland: 
No Winter lasts forever;
No Spring skips its turn

Have you made a fabulous chalkboard? We would love to hear about it!

Puppy Love

Monday, March 21, 2011

Do you have a puppy dog?
If not now, maybe when you were a kid?

Well, Blue Cardinal LOVES
collectible pups, 
whether they are
new or old, vintage
or antique. 

Check out these cuties,
 they'll make your tail wag.

Courtesy of Flickr

If you buy dog collectibles,
what breed do you search for?
(Please tell us so we'll know 
what to look for when shopping. Thanks!)

And the giveaway winner is.....

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Number 21!

Thank you to all of you who participated 
in Blue Cardinal's first blog giveaway.
We wish we could send something
to each and every one of you.

We loved reading your comments
and some of your very
funny responses!

The winner is.....


The items have been packed up
and are ready to ship tomorrow.
We will be in touch.

Thanks again to all of you, 
our new friends and followers!

(Image courtesy of vnutz,com)

It's time for a Giveaway!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

What is Blue Cardinal, you ask?

Blue Cardinal
is all about antiques, vintage and curiosities

Blue Cardinal
  • is a blog
  • is a shop on Etsy
  • is an antique shop in Highwood, Illinois
 And now it's time for our first giveaway...

    and it's as easy as 1, 2, 3 to enter to win!

Here's what you could win.  
(Drum roll, please.)

The set includes:
a vintage Trojan kitchen scale, a pair of vintage 
monogrammed hand towels, and a matted antique print 
of an English Yorkshire pig!

To enter:

Be a FOLLOWer of

Post a comment below
telling us what you would do 
with any or all of these items
 if you were to win.

 Tell at least one friend to stop by and enter too!


That's it. Pretty simple, right?

We hope you are the winner!

(Winner will be digitally selected 
on March 20th

Window Shopping

Monday, March 14, 2011

Thought I would share with you some great images from my trip last month to NYC! The window displays never fail to awe and inspire me. Have you seen any great windows lately?

Best use of vintage/antique sewing machines ever!!

The walls inside this shop are covered with antique machines

Flag made of converse shoes

Nice vintage piece displaying mini converse

Anthropologie is always so clever

This truck sells antique and designer toys... I want an antique truck!!!
Chinatown is so full of color
Chinese New Year celebrations!!

Italian Bakery

What's new at Blue Cardinal--shop update!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Thought you all might want a look at our latest collections. We just rearranged this week and have almost all new vignettes. Please let us know if there is anything you would like us to keep our eyes peeled for while we are out shopping! And give us your feedback if you pop in the shop!

Fabulous old sign from butcher shop... doubles as chalkboard!

Lots of horse things and handsome accessories
Love the clock under the dome

Soothing colors of spring

Look at the unique one-of-a-kind lamp!

As always, we are mad for plaid--no matter the season

The tray is ideal for watching the royal wedding in bed with tea and scones!

more handsome accessories spilling out of an antique trunk

Fabulous mid-century table displays collections