Friday, November 28, 2014

Vintage Ornaments Hold Special Memories

When I think of Christmas as a child,  my first thoughts are the silver aluminum tree with the rotating color wheel and Christmas lights strung across the fireplace - bubble lights specifically.  At night, I would sit in my rocking chair and listen to 45s on my record player.  All the lights would be off except for the Christmas lights and I would watch the changing colors from red, blue, green to yellow shine on the tree from the rotating wheel and the water bubbling in the bubble lights.

 Everyone except my grandmother would be upstairs.  My grandmother would be across the hall in her sewing room and I could hear the hum of her sewing machine in the background.  I would listen to Paul Anka, Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin, Dion, Peter, Paul & Mary, the Shirelles, Neil Sedaka and so many more.  Or, I would listen to instrumentals like the themes from The Misfits or Lawrence of Arabia and make up stories to go with the passion of the music.
Last year, I set the silver Christmas tree (the same one that is in the 1963 picture) up with a rotating color wheel in my kitchen.  My kitchen faces the front and has a big picture window, so it was a perfect place to display the vintage silver aluminum tree.

I do have some vintage ornaments for sale at CAROLINABLUELADY Vintage Collectibles.

 1993 Fancy Feast Happy Holidays Fireplace Christmas Ornament

Avon Christmas Ornaments Set of 3 Twelve Days of Christmas

1984 Avon Christmas Ornament Jewel Tone Mandolin

You can find other Christmas decor items at these online stores, too

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Where Are The Memories?

When I first started this blog, I was going to include family memories, information about old glass factories and also vintage collectible items that I have for sale at my online stores.  Well, I haven't done a very good job.  There seems to be so many social media sites and there just doesn't seem to be time to engage in all the sites. But, to be honest, it seems that Facebook has simply taken over my life.
There is one thing that I enjoy doing on Facebook and that is on Thursdays, posting an old family picture for TBT (Throw Back Thursday).  I almost missed this past Thursday and my daughter said that I could always post one for Flash Back Fridays.  I thought that was pretty cool and why couldn't I do something for each day of the week if I wanted to.  So, I came up with a title for each day of the week with the help of my daughter for posting old family pictures..

Sunday - Set In Time Sunday (SITS)
Monday - Memory Lane Monday (MLM)
Tuesday - Travelin' Back Tuesday (TBT)
Wednesday - Way Back Wednesday (WBW)
Thursday - Throw Back Thursday (TBT)
Friday - Flash Back Friday (FBF)
Saturday - Sweet Times Gone By Saturday (STGBS)

The picture I chose for today for Sweet Times Gone By Saturday is a picture of my great-grandparents taken in 1900.  The picture is either of their wedding day or engagement.

Ed and Bertha (Northcutt) Weisenauer

Married 12-22-1900

This was the most cherished item that my mother owned.  She kept this picture with her until she died.  To my mother, her grandpa was the sweetest man she ever knew.

John Edward 'Ed' Weisenauer  1881 - 1976
Bertha (Northcutt) Weisenauer 1883 - 1938

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Avon's 1876 Cape Cod Collection Dinnerware

Avon isn't just about fragrances and cosmetics.  During the late 1960s and early 1970s, Avon started expanding their product line starting with jewelry and then collectibles.  In 1975, Avon introduced a new dinnerware line called 1876 Cape Cod Collection.  A rich ruby-red color coupled with a design reminiscent of the old 'Sandwich Glass' produced by the Boston & Sandwich Glass Works founded in Cape Cod in 1825.  The pattern was said to be inspired by the classic Roman Rosette pattern.  The designs and glass production were awarded to the Wheaton Glass Company of Millville, NJ.  Avon had to approve all the mold drawings before the production began.

 Here is just a sampling of pieces I have for sale at:
The 1876 Cape Cod Collection was produced from 1975 through 1993 and 37 different pieces were made.Such a beautiful design and gorgeous ruby-red color.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Diamond Point Pattern of Indiana Glass

Dunkirk, Indiana, a small town in east central Indiana was home to one of the longest living glass companies that sprung up during the natural gas discovery of the late 1800s. Originally formed in 1896 as The Beatty-Brady Glass Company, they manufactured clear glass household items. By 1899, with the economy slowing down, The National Glass Company formed combining 19 glass companies in hopes of saving costs of running the glass factories. The Beatty-Brady Glass Company became Factory #1.

The National Glass Company still couldn’t make it work and filed for bankruptcy in 1907. Factory #1 became Indiana Glass and operated until 2002 going through several more ownerships, but always retaining the name of Indiana Glass.

The Diamond Point pattern was first produced in the mid-1960s. This pattern had an extensive number of items and production continued through the 1990s. The most common was crystal and crystal with ruby staining. Other colors included amber, amber with gold staining, olive green, milk white, blue, amberina and pastels in blue, pink and green. The Diamond Point pattern was also made for Tiara Exclusives in black. While all items were made in crystal, not all were made in the other colors. Items include all dinnerware pieces and serving pieces.  I have several pieces available for purchase at CAROLINABLUELADY Vintage Collectibles.

A set of 4 crystal with ruby flashing Diamond Point Wine Glasses.  These are beautiful.  Indiana Glass began making this pattern in the mid-1960s through to the early 1990s.

Just listed and available at CAROLINABLUELADY Vintage Collectibles is a gorgeous Indiana Glass Diamond Point Blue Compote.