1940s Photo: Evidence of a Time Traveler

Apr 19, 2010 by

Which one of these persons in this 1940s photograph does not belong?  Is it the man in sunglasses, wearing a hoodie and holding a compact camera — evidence that time traveling does exist?

This photo was part of the Virtual Museum Canada exhibit, and after undergoing testing, it’s evident that there was no digital tampering.  And while the young lad looks like a time traveler, further analysis forgetomori shows that it’s quite feasible for this young man to be totally in his time element.  The sunglasses, university sweater, and camera all existed in the 1940s.  Isn’t it crazy how fashion repeats itself, again and again?

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Happy Birthday to Poetic Home

Feb 25, 2010 by

210 vintage-inspired posts, 5000 wonderful comments, and two years later, Poetic Home celebrates its second birthday today!

I wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU for making the last two years inspirational — and for sharing your days with me on Poetic Home.  To have an opportunity to share with you ideas and treasures that inspire me, as well as experience what inspires you, has been very wonderful.  I truly enjoy your company, as well as all of the friendships that have blossomed from our shared appreciation of vintage treasures.  Cheers to another two years of inspiration!

(Photo: Taken in 1926 of Ruth the elephant and her 150-pound birthday cake by Bettmann/CORBIS)

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A Pumpkin Rainbow on My Mantle

Nov 13, 2009 by

Taking advantage of heirloom pumpkins this year, I created a simple pumpkin “rainbow” for our fireplace mantle to celebrate fall and Thanksgiving.  Aren’t all the colors of the pumpkin rainbow splendid?

thanksgiving mantle decor

Small hang tags stamped with fall messages accent some of the pumpkin stems, wishing all a happy fall!

pumpkin mantle decor

May you have a wonderful autumn weekend filled with bounty and delight!

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“Fall” in Love with Library Card Catalog Cabinets

Nov 4, 2009 by

Although it’s been five years since I left the hallowed hallways of Berkeley, the fall always reminds me of the promise of new knowledge.  For the fall issue of UPPERCASE magazine (which you can still enjoy through a subscription), I was inspired by the quintessential symbol of  timeless wisdom: library card catalogs.  Of course, in the spirit of Poetic Home, my article is filled with ideas on how to repurpose these wonderful biblio-antiquities.

uppercase - library card catalog feature

Here is a closer look at the current rendition of my most recent library card catalog cabinet find.  It’s a cabinet of vintage curiosities for now, but I’m in the process of repurposing it for the baby’s nursery.

Mid Century Modern Library Card Catalog Cabinet

Does the fall remind you of back-to-school nostalgia too? It may be time for me to take a trip to the library this afternoon….

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Living Happily Ever After This Fall

Oct 29, 2009 by

spellbound slippers

“Ah!” our fairy godmother exclaimed.  “How could I forget the magic slippers?”

However, we would not see any of that glass slipper nonsense.  Our fairy godmother, who has been fashionable through the centuries, knew that only stilettos would suit a modern goddaughter.  And being an intelligent godmother, she fashioned from the House of Nature a pair of slippers – with cute ankle ties, nonetheless – that would not fall of any respectable lady’s feet.  Indeed, not walking barefoot was more important than leaving behind a “clue” about the transformed princess.  After all, with the population boom the fairy godmother has seen in the last century, it would be impossible for a modern prince to find his princess with just one shoe.  “That’s what Facebook is for,” she thought to herself.

And so our lovely fairy godmother waits in her fall fairytale, ready to come to the aid of any goddaughter looking for a modern “happily ever after!”

And on that note, I wish you a happy, happy Halloween friends!

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Jeweled Pumpkins Star in a Fall Fairytale

Oct 28, 2009 by

bewitching baubles - fall decor ideas

With the pumpkins ready for an instant carriage transformation, our fairy godmother started gathering baubles and regalia to adorn a needy goddaughter.  While she had no diamonds, emeralds, or rubies, she knew that with love and a wave of her magic wand, the rhinestones, pearls, and brass would transform into glittering beauty.

“Oh!  I must be getting old and forgetful!” the fairy godmother cried.  At the last minute, she pulled out her trusty antique alarm clock and set the bells for midnight.  “An ounce of preparation is worth a pound of magic dust,” she proclaimed.

However, our fairy godmother knew she was missing something else in her planning.  What could it be?  Chime in to help her remember what she’s missing, and tune in tomorrow for the final chapter of this fall fairytale.

(P.S.  If you don’t have time to carve your pumpkins for Halloween, why not adorn them with a few of your choice costume jewelry pieces?   Your dark sapphire and onyx pieces would look spooktacular!)

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