Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Shop Sale! Happy Birthday Aunt Katherine

I am so excited.  My mom just told me my Great Aunt Katherine was a leap year baby.  I named my Etsy shop after her.  I only saw her a handful of times in my life, but she is remembered by all as a beloved family member.

Her old photographs and treasures passed down tell a lot about her.  She represents my love for all things old and the stories they tell of their former owner.

 Aunt Katherine was raised by my grandmother (her sister, Helen) because their mom died when she was very little.  She worked for years at the power and light company as an operator and moonlighted at the movie theater.  She was single for some time which is why we have so much fun costume jewelry that was hers and why my grandmother had so much depression glass. (It was given out at the movies)
Aunt Katherine back right, Helen (holding my dad) front right. 

If losing her mom was not enough, she was also the operator on duty the day my grandfather ( Helen's husband, Bill) was killed in a power line accident.  I an only imagine the relationship between Helen and Katherine.  They had been through so much together.

Unknown person with Bill and Aunt Katherine
So, in honor of Great Aunt Katherine's birthday, I am having a sale in my Etsy shop.  Go to the link at the right, and use the code LEAPYEARBABY at checkout to get 29% of anything in my store.


Remember, it's
coupon code LEAPYEARBABY
for 29% off anything in my store!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

It's Been a Long Time

I'm back!
Today I am inspired and ready to share something fun. (At least, I think so).

I really love old paper.  The fonts, the graphics, the feel of the paper.  Even the yellowing and musty smell make me happy (as long as I take by antihistamine).  

Maybe it's because my dad was a printer.  The things we create from home with our computers and printers, well, he would have been blown away.  Thankfully old style printing is not a thing of the past.  I so appreciate those who are carrying on the art of letterpress and such.  Anyway, I am watching my appreciation grow lately and am always seeking how to incorporate this stuff into my life. 

One thing I am embracing these days is vintage gift wrap.  I love the look, it costs so much less, and there's the whole save a tree, recycle thing.  It's a win-win for me.  My thrifting adventures have led me to some awesome vintage gift wrap.  Take a gander at these beauties.

shower umbrellas

pink brides

kids in jalopies

classic sliver
Next, my thoughts move to storage.  I am a bull-in-the-china-shop kinda gal, so I wanted some kind of box to protect the paper from getting crumpled.  It dawned on the that this paper comes in folded squares, much the size of a record album.  Hmmm. What about boxed record sets?

I bought a couple of those and they are great, but today's find was even better.  A record album in book form.  Plus it's classic white and discolored with a great font... (all just wonderful).

I am so excited.  I can use the sleeves for my paper, close it up and put it on my bookshelf.  All my pretty paper is safe and sound and easily accessible.  

There is room for my vintage greeting cards and gift tags too!  So pretty and so fun.  

Bonus!  I scored this piece of awesome vintage paperness.  I am loving it!

I am happy.

Now what to do with the old records?