Friday, December 31, 2010

Hope you're enjoying much good cheer on this festive New Year's Eve!

Wishing you all the best for the new year!

See you in 2011!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Holiday Greetings...

Warmest Wishes for a Wonderful Holiday
and a Bright New Year
from Miss CherryBubbles and Past Life!

And, oh my goodness, I see that I've got 97 followers now, and you know what that means...
it won't be long until I host a fabulous 100-followers giveaway!

Stay tuned...

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Do you remember ribbon candy?

Ribbon candy always brings fond memories of my childhood Christmases!

Along with a few other old-timey candies, my family always included ribbon candy in the holiday candy dish. It's not the easiest candy to eat without shattering the "ribbon", but it's so colorful and differently-shaped from any other type of holiday candy. According to a history of ribbon candy at, the striped pleated confection has been around since 1856 and was invented by the F. B. Washburn candy company in Massachusetts. The Sevigny brand of ribbon candy pictured above is now owned by F. B. Washburn too.

I always wondered how it was made, so I did a little looking around on this new-fangled computer internet to see what I could see.

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Here's how Hilliard's House of Candy makes theses lovely treats...

And here, the ribbon candy is made entirely by hand...

What holiday candy stirs your childhood memories?

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Like the Pages of a Calendar...

Time is passing so quickly that I forgot all about my 2011 calendar hunt!

I usually end up looking online or in a big bookstore for interesting vintage-related or retro calendars that I can write all those calendar-y things on. But that's not quite as much fun as hunting for at least one actual vintage calendar for a year that corresponds to the upcoming one - that way all the days fall on the right date. In the case of 2011, the corresponding years are 1910, 1921, 1927, 1938, 1949, 1955, or 1966.

So, come browse along with me now - we've got no time to lose...

Feeling secretarial? How about this 1949 "silent secretary" daily calendar from SarahAnntiques on Etsy?

Or here's an exotic 1966 Australian aboriginal carvings print linen calendar from HeyFriends on Etsy...

Perhaps you would prefer the pretty rosy-cheeked girl illustration on this 1921 Nucoa butter calendar from christmasangel on Etsy?

Now, if you're partial to poodles, here's a 1966 cute calendar from Ebay seller bungalowblondie1...

Methinks there's monkey business going on in this wacky 1955 cartoon monkeys calendar from Ebay seller tmorris2...

And of course, who doesn't love to look at a lovely lady like the one gracing this 1949 pinup calendar from grapefruitmoongallery on Ebay?

Last, but not least, one could always opt for a vintage perpetual calendar!

Bowling theme perpetual calendar from rarefinds4u on Etsy...

Or how about this sleek, mod flippy perpetual calendar from take2vintage on Etsy?

Who knew marking the passage of time could be so much fun?

So, do you still use good old-fashioned calendars or do you keep track of time the new-fangled electronic way?