Sunday, April 22, 2012

Vintage Babies

Happy Sunday!! 

If you know me or have been reading here, then you know that I have a love for all things vintage. But here lately I've really found myself being drawn to vintage babies...Illustrations, books, art, sewing items, etc. I'm thinking the reason for this is that I'm ready and perhaps getting ready for the day when I hopefully will be a grandma. Although I do not see that happening anytime soon. Neither of my sons are in a serious relationship, nor are they at that stage of life where they are ready for fatherhood. So in the meantime I will just continue my latest love of all things vintage baby things.

Just love these baby pictures of my Mom!

The above photo is of my Mom. It is from her that I learned the art of what we called "junk'n". When I was growing up, it was for the most part just me and her against the world. She had me at 17 and at 18 she left my father. She never graduated High School and so it was tough for her, very tough to raise a child. But not only did she do it but later in life, while I was in High School, she got her GED, went to college and earned a Masters in Library Sciences. But when she was struggling she learned the art of "junk'n" out of necessity and taught it to me. Everything we owned was second hand; either given to us, from yard sales and thrift stores. It wasn't until years later that she discovered she had bought many things that are now valuable; McCoy bowls, dinnerware of all types, cookie jars, Planters peanut jars, linens, art, and just too many things to mention. And so it became a game and "junk'n" took on a whole new meaning...finding treasures!! Oh, I so miss you Mom!!!

A little "mini" book from my childhood.

I ran across this little book (pictured above) when searching for something else in one of my trunks. Isn't it soooo cute? Now I have started looking for more vintage baby books on my many "junk'n" if I need another collection of anything!

Such sweet little babies!

I found these vintage baby Lithographs at a thrift store recently.  Actually these are what started my new found love and hunt for vintage baby items.  They are just adorable!!

Vintage Baby Lamb.
 This cutie came from my Mom's collection. I'm really not much into stuffed animals but this is an exception to the rule. I love to think how long ago, some little boy or girl, played and possibly sleep with this sweet toy. 

And now I must close and get busy on yet another project I'm doing. I volunteered to take a very sweet older woman's journal and transform it into a "real" book. It's not easy reading her writing but for the most part it has been a lot of fun doing this. There are lots of pictures to scan and I'm also looking for graphics to add from the net. I will share more on this when the time is right!!

Have a great day! Please let me know you were here...I'd also love to  see your blogs. Please leave a link!!


Cousin Anne said...

Love reading your blog, Kristi ! inspiring actually since we love the past 'stuff'!

Kristi Coles said...

I'm so glad you like my blog Anne! Thanks so much for commenting! I will try my best to keep this going and keep it inspiring so please check back!

Sarah Lewis said...

We think we know who that "sweet older lady" is and we are happy to know you are turning her journal into a book! We'll all be anxious to read it! Love reading your blog and getting to know you better.

Jeannie Marie said...

Turning a journal into a book is quite a wonderful project!

Your mom sounds like a wonderful person! I have a friend with a similar story. So resourceful!

Kristi Coles said...

Thank you Jeanne! And yes, this is a wonderful project...just wish I had more time to devote to it. I'm loving reading it as I go! Glad you came by and please come again!