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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Vintage Tins

While out thrifting yesterday I came across these three very different tins. One is a "Springy" Mary Engelbreit  design, next, an English tin that looks like an old tole tray and one made in Germany that is reminiscent  of Delft ware. Each cost less than $2. 

Vintage tins are a fun and inexpensive way to accessorize your home. Tins come in all sizes and shapes, colors, patterns and styles. There are vintage advertising tins, biscuit boxes, spice tins, cigar and tobacco tins, canisters and tins for shoe polish. Christmas cookie tins, Easter candy tins, the list goes on and on. 


On my drive home I realized that I have accumulated quite a few tins without even trying. In other words, I don't consider my a collector. I have very little knowledge of vintage tins and their value, I just think they're pretty!

I incorporate charming tins into many of my tabletop vignettes.

Here are some of my Holiday  tins stored away.

 This set of Dutch canisters came from my 
grandmother's house.

I keep various boxes and tins in the home office filled with stamps, paper clips and rubber bands. 

My other grandmother who was  a folk artist 
painted most of these. 


If there is any one style I prefer, it is these Quimper biscuit tins. I keep some in the kitchen, the rest are in my sewing closet filled with notions, buttons and thread.





I was in England in 2002 the year of the Queen's Jubilee and bought of box of shortbread cookies. The tin is a lovely reminder of that fun trip. Why don't we package our sweets so beautifully?

My collection is quite eclectic. Here is a vintage French tin I keep next to a Swedish one of a Carl Larsson painting. 



And of course I have tins in the pantry. They actually are filled with oats, cocoa and chocolate chips. 
I just refill as necessary.

This old tobacco tin is a perfect size for holding my recipe cards. 

And in the bathroom I use vintage tins to hold soap, sachets and potpourri.


And finally, my collection of tartan tins. They look great in my Scottish themed bathroom!


 
And now it's time to get out all of my Easter tins!

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Pasadena or Paris?


Pasadena or Paris? 
I've just returned from a short trip to Pasadena, California one of my very favorite cities. While strolling through Old Town I couldn't help but notice the similarities between the two cities...

I first noticed several "French" shops-





and more than one boulangerie where I started my morning with a croissant au chocolat.






The weather is  pleasant and every street has sidewalk cafes with diners enjoying a meal al fresco.



There are eye catching window displays with the latest in fashion and home decor.






One shop had it own European village and country barnyard!


While it's not the Louvre, Pasadena is home to the 
Norton Simon Art Museum featuring an extensive collection of  renowned artists such as Monet, Van Gogh, Pissaro, Rembrandt, Degas (you get the idea!)





The Norton Simon sculpture garden.



 Plus, there's some fun and funky street art!



There are charming alleyways, antique stores, and  boutiques to explore.




Limoge "Lady and the Unicorn "plates patterned after the tapestries in the Cluny Museum in Paris.

And did I mention the architecture?



I could go on and on.
 I realize there is really no substitute for Paris, but if you can't get to France, a weekend in Pasadena is a charming alternative!

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