Tag Archive: Collections

Yale University Memorabilia














I’m not the only collector in the family, but I am the keeper of the collections.  The above items from Yale University span several generations of my husband’s family.  The cup from Mory’s and the Saybrook College athletic charms are my husband’s.  The Whiffenpoof sheet music and the Wedgwood plates were from my father-in-law’s era and finally, the book and charms from the 1900′s are from a great uncle and a great grandfather’s time spent at Yale.  I had purchased the Bulldog pins at the Wheaton Flea Market in anticipation of our son’s admission as a 5th generation Yalie.  Unfortunately, it was not meant to be.  Oh well.  Now I collect Vanderbilt memorabilia and that’s just fine by him.

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Antique Singer Sewing Machines














Today I spent the day with my daughter shopping at the new Rosemont fashion outlet near O’Hare airport in Chicago.  For those of you who don’t  know me, I absolutely hate mall shopping because I’m color blind and it’s a royal pain when it comes to clothes.  Ask anyone in this family.  So, the highlight of the day was when I followed Abby into yet another store and lo and behold the window display is vintage sewing machines.  LOVED IT.  And how funny it was a Sunday in a store named All Saints and they had vintage.  I think God must be a collector.

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Vintage Glass Paperweight

I was back at The Art Institute for the Picasso exhibit and just had to stop by the Rubloff Glass Paperweight collection one more time.  I enjoyed the paperweights much more than Picasso.  The depiction of women in his art is not flattering and his treatment of the women in his life was appalling.  I’m not a fan.  Hence, no Picasso pictures.

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Vintage Flower Basket Doorstop


Found:  Chicago Botanic Garden Antiques & Garden Fair

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Vintage Ceramic Baskets


Ready and waiting for Easter.


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Whistle Collection


I spent the weekend with my sister and couldn’t help taking a picture of her vintage whistle collection.  When my kids were younger, I also had them searching and testing out all the whistles at the flea markets.   Each has their own unique sound and as you can only imagine the vendors loved us.  I always enjoy spending time with my sister.  She is very creative, has a whimsical vintage eye and is a fun person.  We were asked all weekend if we were twins and sometimes we are.

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Vintage Opera Glasses








The most awesome collection of opera glasses will be up for auction next week at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago.  I had a chance to run downtown today for the preview and am so glad I did.  They are from the estate of a very avid collector from Michigan.  I would have loved to have met this man.  He had a passion for collecting that included hand carved canes, Victorian card cases and hundreds of exquisite wax seals.  If you live in Chicago, this is a must see.  It is truly a lifelong collection and labor of love.

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Vintage Cloisonne













Today is Favorites on the First at The Polohouse.  Alison asked us to share our favorite containers which was difficult because I had a hard time deciding which containers were actually my favorites.  Last February, I shared my vintage etched glass baskets which are my first love that you can see here.  Next, it was between the vintage cloisonne jars or vintage boxes from my favorite peeps.  I couldn’t decide, so I am going to post them both.  Above are a sampling of the cloisonne I have picked up over the years out at the flea market.  I love them for their vibrant colors and the floral designs which I use for inspiration in my hooked rugs.  Below are many of the assorted boxes from my daughter, sister, aunt and BFF which house keepsakes from the past.















After looking at the pictures, I have to say, the wooden boxes are the keepers.  And it’s funny, because even though they are so very different, both represent my personal design style:  living life in color with rich warm hues.

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Napco Christmas Girls


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Noel Candleholders Part II














My collection of Noel Candleholders.  Noel Candleholders Part I is here.

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Vintage Coffee Tea Set












The picture hanging above the vintage coffee tea set is one of my first purchases the year we were married.  I found it with my husband in an small antique shop in Nappanee, Indiana.  It was done in chalk and mica has been added to the snow.  The picture glistens and glitters with the light.  I look forward to seeing it again every Christmas.  While looking at it, you feel the cold night air.  All the more reason to come in for a nice warm cup of coffee or tea served in the 1920′s Wilcox silverplate set with the vintage sugar shakers.  It does not take much to dress up this set for Holidays.  It is still as beautiful as the day I found it out at an local estate sale.

Sharing with:  Vintage Inspiration Friday, Treasure Hunt Thursday, Nifty Thrifty Tuesday, Wow us Wednesday

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Glass Paperweight Collection










Today I met Erin from Just Grand for a field trip at the Art Institute of Chicago to visit the newly expanded gallery for the Arthur Rubloff Collection of Glass Paperweights.  My iPhone pictures cannot possibly capture the beauty of these objects of art.  It is a must see for a paperweight collector and a do see for anyone with a love of glass.  Which two do you think were my favorites?

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