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Friday, February 20, 2009

Vintage Fabric - Friday Favorite - feedsacks

These just have to be the prettiest vintage feedsacks that I've come across in a long while. Purple is one of my favorite colors. The combination of buttery rich yellow and purple makes me want to get out in the yard and plant Spring flowers. I'm ready for the rain to go away and come back another day --- and let the sun shine! We've had some dreary Winter days here in Oregon lately, but the sun is wrestling through some stubborn clouds today.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Vintage Feedsack History

Normally I'll find vintage feedsacks that measure between 36 to about 39 inches wide (the stitches taken out and opened). But recently I found a collection of 10 vintage feedsacks that measure 25 inches to about 27 inches wide (stitches taken out and opened). Well now that's pretty cool and unusual. These ones must have held less than 100 pounds of feed, flour, or something else.

I'll post the photos tomorrow on Vintage Fabric Friday's Favorite find...try saying that 10 times fast, I dare you.

In the meantime, here's an interesting read on the history of feedsacks


Friday, February 13, 2009

Vintage Fabric - Friday Favorite

I remember in the 1990s when Blitz brewing closed it's doors for good here in Portland, Oregon. The news was big, since Blitz beer, in it's heyday of the 1960s - 1970s was THE beer of choice (or rather, party beer of choice). I was just a wee girl at the time so wouldn't have partaken in the beverage but sure do know that it was an icon of it's time. It's pretty cool to have found this vintage Blitz cotton fabric from the beer company's glory days.

Are the people in this 1960s - 1970s Blitz beer commercial video only getting their groove on, or are they perhaps getting blitzed? A few more Blitz's and that jet skiier may just topple over into the river.....

Thursday, February 12, 2009

If This 1972 Vintage Retro Fabric Could Talk

Last week I posted about how I excited I was to find this retro fabric with an actual date printed on the selvage.

It had me wondering...what was happening in 1972 when this vintage fabric was manufactured? Here are a few things it could tell us about:

1) David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust: men and women alike, we are still in love with David

2) Republican Richard Nixon wins the Presidential election over Democrat George McGovern. Two short years later, bad boy Nixon gave his resignation speech due to the Watergate scandal.
3) The VW Beetle was the most produced car in history.
4) Sanford and Son starring Redd Foxx as Fred G. Sanford, a junk and antique dealer, debuted in 1972 and ran for six years. When I was young, I felt I couldn't have enough stuff. Garage sales were heady events for a girl with a pocket full of jingle-jangling quarters. In our little white Datsun, my Mom and I would hit every garage sale within a 10 mile radius on many a Saturday. I'd hone in on stuffed animals like a pigeon and then move on to ceramic animals, oftentimes sidetracked by anything cat or rainbow themed. Nirvana I tell you, nirvana! I was seriously impressed by the rooms of stuff on the show. Sanford's cranky attitude didn't fool me as a kid, that mischievous twinkle in his eye gave him away.
R.I.P. Red Foxx

5) Platform shoes, all the rage for a night on the town.
6) At the movies, The Godfather was number one.
7) America was reading I'm OK, You're OK. It made the New York Times best seller list in 1972.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Unique Rugs ~ felt rug beauties

I'm a firm believer in mixing vintage with contemporary. After all, I sure don't want to be a walking museum if I wear only vintage from head to toe. Nor do I want to live in a museum; I mix and match eras with an eye to what "flows".

On Unique Rugs I spied a fabulous vintage felt rug that is on my wish list. The website has vintage rugs along with contemporary rugs. It's kind of neat thinking of owning a rug that was handmade in the mountain region of Turkey. I'd showcase this beauty by a handcrafted walnut sideboard that I have. There's also oriental rugs, kilim rugs, Turkish rugs, and many other rugs on the website.