Thursday, May 07, 2015

Another Rudolph Day got away!

Found this free graphic online years ago -- I forget where.  It's an illustration from the Jolly Old Saint Nicholas book I loved as a child.
Yes, Rudolph Day for April got right by me.  I had thought I would try and celebrate at least a little, but no Christmas crafts were made, no Christmas tea sipped, no Christmas music listened to.

Over the next couple of days, though, I took some time to browse through some Gooseberry Patch Christmas books I'd purchased used on Amazon.

Book 13 -- photo from Amazon
Book 14 -- photo from Amazon
If you have never thought of buying used Christmas books, head over to Amazon and see the selection.  The pricing, even on hardcovers (which these were), can be amazingly low.  I still haven't finished browsing through these, but when I do, I will hopefully write some book reviews.  These feature the wonderful projects, recipes, handmade gift ideas and decorating inspiration we've all come to expect from Gooseberry Patch.

Even though my Rudolph Day got away, these books are mine to keep -- and I'm enjoying them!

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

"Best Wishes" ~ another vintage card

I love this vintage Christmas card from my friend Ann.  The little cabin is reached by a snowy lane by which only one vehicle has traveled.  By observing the large tree in the foreground and the snowy fence, one can see it has snowed heavily.  (Although one does wonder about the trees back by the cabin -- how is it that they have no snow on them?)  Now, however, the stars are out.

The cabin is welcoming with lights glowing from every window and a fire in the fireplace.  One can just imagine steaming mugs of coffee, hot cider or cocoa -- and perhaps the hostess is pulling a pan of piping-hot apple crisp from the oven!

The interior of the card is pretty too:

 As always, the fonts are unusual and varied.  And I love that the cabin can be seen in the distance.

And here is the patterned part of the card's back:

The rest was just white so I cropped it out.

Hope you've enjoyed seeing this lovely card from my collection!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Another whimsical vintage card

For those of you who enjoy Christmas cards on the whimsical or humorous side, here is one just for you!  This funny little fellow doesn't really look terribly Christmasy, except for his red and green striped scarf.  It's hard to figure out what his errand is or what he's so worried about.

Then you open the card:

And you still don't (at least I didn't) see what he's hurrying up those stairs for!

On the back of the card, his errand is finally revealed!

He's a bell ringer, and he is hastening up the stairs of a bell tower to ring some merry bells!  That red bell is hinged on the end that touches the window opening, so it can either show up as a single red bell on the inside of the card, or a movable bell on the outside of the card.  Clever!

This is another of the cards my friend Ann so generously sent me.  Vintage fun!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Rudolph Day ... that walked away!

Since Rudolph Day for March (the 25th) fell on a Wednesday this year, I knew I probably wouldn't find much time to do anything of a Christmasy nature.  Wednesdays are always notoriously busy for me.  So, I made plans last week to celebrate on Tuesday the 24th instead.  I guess you could call it Rudolph Eve day.

Tuesday mornings I talk with my daughter 3 time zones away, but that shouldn't impact anything.  It didn't, but in the meanwhile a postponed hair appointment was rescheduled to Tuesday morning.  No problem, I thought.  I try to stop in at my dad's every day, but this time I would do it on the way back from my haircut.  It should be a brief stop, as I had only a few things to do there.  I basically just wanted to check on him.  Then, theoretically, I would still have the afternoon, or at least a couple of hours, for Rudy-like activities. 

So I talked with my daughter, went and got my hair cut, and stopped at my dad's.  I quickly finished my errands there and went to leave.  And that's when my Rudy Day began, quite literally, to take a hike.

Because, when I went to open the car door, it was locked.  Ordinarily, when I stop at my dad's, I take my bag inside.  This time, I intended to be there only a short time, so all I took (other than his mail, which I picked up from the box) was the key to his house.  And apparently when getting out I must have bumped the lock button.  So there, locked in the car, was my bag, complete with my car keys and my wallet containing the AAA card...

Of course, I did the first thing I could think of to do: I called my husband.  He told me there was a spare key on his dresser at home, but for him to leave work and come to my aid would take an hour round trip and he just couldn't take the time.  So my options were three: 1) Stay where I was all day until my hubby got home from work; 2) Walk home and leave the car where it was, again until my hubby got home from work; 3) Walk home, get the spare key, walk back, and drive the car home. 

I decided on a variation of option 3.  I would walk home and see how tired I was.  If I still had energy, I would walk back and get the car.  The walk home involved a couple of very steep hills, or, technically, I suppose, one long steep hill.  My hubby encouraged me to stop and rest often, so I did.  When I got home, I felt pretty good, other than being insanely thirsty, so I rested for a few minutes, changed to sneakers, grabbed the spare key, and headed back.  It was all downhill from there -- the hike and the Rudy Day!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Another sweet vintage card

Here is another of my recently acquired vintage Christmas cards, courtesy of my thoughtful friend Ann.  Isn't it sweet?

I love the adorable puppies and the ribbon-tied candy cane peeking out of the stocking.  I think it's the sober faces, bright eyes, and "eyebrows" on these puppies that make me think of my newest granddaughter.  They are just too cute!

Here is the inside of the card:

As you can see, the puppies have escaped from the stocking and are playing tug-of-war with it!  I like the way the greeting is extended into the left side of the card, and the fonts they used are fun too.

Hope you've enjoyed this sweet vintage card today!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

A comical vintage Christmas card

Here's another of the vintage cards from the parcel sent me by my friend Ann.  This one has a decidedly comic aspect!  The Victorian couple is apparently moving along between snowbanks and it looks as if they are walking.

But the inside of the card is where it gets funny.

You can't tell from this scan of the card's interior, but it's a pop-up card, making the gentleman's leap onto the tandem bicycle quite realistic and comical.  You see that his top hat and the package he was carrying (as well as his coattails and scarf) go flying out behind him.

This wouldn't be a card I would select, but I had a great-aunt who very often chose funny cards.  This looks very much like one she would have picked.  It was a fun reminder of her. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

"Silent Night" ~ another vintage card

Here is another vintage card from the assortment sent to me by my friend Ann.  I continue to be amazed and blessed by her thoughtfulness!

I like the simple, stylized look of this little village.  It's neat how the church is the centerpiece of the surrounding homes, and I love the lighted windows in each one.  I love glitter, but this simple scene is just right without it.

And here is a look at the inside of the card.

Again, the fonts are interesting and fun, and I like the way they have dotted the "i" in "Christmas" with a simple star.  I also like the swirling look of the greeting, as if it was being blown about by a gust of snow.  One little vignette from the scene is placed on the left side -- so sweet.

Hope you have enjoyed this pretty vintage card!