Thursday, February 27, 2014

Hanky Dress featured in Etsy Treasury

Cydee from Juvy Jewels created this wonderful and whimsical treasury. I am so proud to be included in her fun creation. You can click on any of the pictures and it will take you directly to the item and the Etsy Shop where that particular item it is available. 

You can visit Cyndee's shop here:

'mid afternoon' by cyndeeconrad

thank you Marisa from brandMOJOimages for the title!

Urban Decay, General Store Photo, Rural Scene, Abandoned Country Store, Ghost Town, Color Photo, Red and Blue, Storefront Sign, 8 x 12 Print - Squintphotography CLOUD STORM - tie dyed cotton scarf. Hand dyed. Oversized, lightweight wrap, shawl. Fashion, women accessories. Valentine's gift. - DearJuneShop Blue Felt Necklace, wool handmade jewelry pendant beads flower dainty feminine ocean blue beach flowergirl bridesmaids wedding eco - Fairyfolk Mosaic Number, house number, number 6 - MarysPoshDoggieDiner
6 hexagon party favor boxes . origami candy box . clip container . triangle candy box . baby shower favor box -yellow gray plaid - myCrazyHands Pillow cover Navy Suzani Indigo Blue Cream Taupe 16 x 16 - MicaBlue Hanky Dress made from Blue Pansy Handkerchief - HankyDresses Antique Delft Blue Independance Ironstone China Castleton 3 Tiered High Tea Stand Birthday, Thank You or Housewarming Gift Inspiration - MariasFarmhouse
Blank Note Card, White Cat Art Notecard, Girl and Cat Blank Greeting Card, All Occasion Card, Original Art Print - maryannfarley Howlite Stone Bead & Tassel Bracelet, a Slate Tassel and a Tess + Tricia Charm. - TessAndTricia Kitty cat Photography child meow blue fur yawn kitty tired sleepy pink tongue girls decor - Mid afternoon doldrums - fine art photograph - brandMOJOimages iPhone 4 iPhone 5 case iPod Touch Cover Android Phone Case Blackberry Case Knit Owl Droid Case Smartphone Cover Cafe Blue Knit Phone Case - Nothingbutstring
Bluejay Original Watercolor Painting Blue Bird - SusanWindsor Animal Alphabet Art - Alphabet Wall Art - Little Boy's Room - ABC Art - Blue - Animal Alphabet Print -  Alphabet Art - 11 x 14 - TinyToesDesign Fiesta Dishes by Homer Laughlin Assorted Colorful Dishes Circa 1930s - Astarix Nature Photography -Relaxing Blue Waters in New York State - Nautical, Summer, Lake, Travel Photography - PetitePastiche

Friday, February 7, 2014

Display Idea for your Valentine Hankies

I found this small wire dress form about six months ago at the thrift shop. I usually go for the vintage stuff. Although this is not old; it just spoke to me and I knew I would find a use for it. It had some fluffy fabric around the neck which I remove right away. Then I used it to hang some of my jewelry on for a while. Then a few weeks ago when I was going through my Valentine hankies, it hit me. Using just the smaller and more sparsely decorated Valentine hankies I created this display.  


All I did was pick up each hanky in the center and stuff it into the spaces just below the waist line. One hanky for each square. Eight vintage hankies were used. Then I just cross-crossed a pretty ribbon across the bodice taking it to the back and bringing it back to the front to tie a big bow. So simple and so pretty! If you set this on a dressing table with a mirror to the back, you'll be able to view both sides.

Have fun - I'd love to see your valentine hanky creations.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

A Different Shade of Valentine


The Homespun Society is having a Valentine' Day treasury challenge. I just love this entry by Kayskrafts. I think it is so unique and clever...and I love the bright sun shiny yellow considering many of us around the country are dealing with cloudy skies and cold snow.
You can click on any of the items for more info about that item and the Etsy shop.

'Yellow Love in February' by kayskrafts

Homespunsociety Valentine's Day Challenge

I love you to the moon and back Vinyl Wall Decal - landbgraphics shabby gift tag valentines wedding handmade vintage doily ornament gift embellishment cottage roses buttons brown and cream - SouthernShabbyGal Framed Hanky Dress � Yellow Blue Brown Plaid - HankyDresses Baby Nursery Art in Yellow Pastel - Love Poster - Typography Print - Love Just Love - Valentine - Valentines Day - fieldtrip
Yellow Rose Glass Heart Ornament Handpainted Valentine - ChippyGreen Yellow Felt Heart Ornaments - Valentine's Decorations - set - brazzlefrats Handmade White and Yellow Card - Hand Stamped Card - Sunflower Card - All Occasion Card - Blank Card - Friendship Card - Yellow Card - PrettyByrdDesigns Valentines Day Shabby Chic Rustic Love Journal Notebook - CountryUrbanGirl
Nursery print Yellow Chevron printable Turquoise love birds Grey Tree Valentine Poster Little girl bedroom art prints Baby girl decor prints - DorindaArt Reversed painted Cats silouhette - BarnshopAntiques Wire wrap pendant, Valentine's Day, heart pendant, sterling silver jewelry,  yellow gold pendant, gemstone jewelry - MadeBySunflower Yellow Valentine, Drusy Gemstone Necklace, Pear Shape Crystal Quartz Geode Stone Pendant with Epoxy Clay - TreeCraftDiary
Blood Orange & Calendula Goat's Milk Soap - IndigoCanyonSoaps Buttercup Valentine - LEHullfish Guilloché Heart Brooch Guilloche Enamel Heart Brooch Guilloche Brooch Enamel Heart Pin Heart Shaped Brooch Valentines Brooch Yellow Pink - KickassStyle Yellow Valentine - Porcelain Tile - BarbsCottage

Monday, February 3, 2014

Vintage Valentine Puzzle Handkerchiefs

The history of Valentine’s Day is all about secret love and so are these handkerchiefs. I have seen them referred to as both “Secret Message Handkerchiefs” and “Puzzle Handkerchiefs”.  This is my current collection. I think they probably all date back to the 1940’s; however, I have only found proof that two of them do. The one with the cupid is a Franshaw hanky and was featured in an advertisement in a 1949 issue of Mademoiselle Magazine. And, the first one in the bottom row which forms a white heart was produced by Kimball and is featured in a 1947 issue of Charm Magazine. 

Take a look at the open hankies in the second picture. One’s first impression when seeing one of these hankies might be that the design is a tad askew or just plain strange. Now look at the hankies again in the first picture. When folded, they reveal a hidden message or surprise picture. Unless you know what you are looking at you would likely pass one of these treasures by.

See if you can match the open hankies with their folded version. Here's a hint - I've mixed them up to make it bit more challenging for you.

Now I am going to show you how to do the fold. They are all about the same and all you need to do is look for the points you need to match up. I will use the Franshaw Cupid handkerchief in my example.

No 1 - Examine the design and determine the top. Lay handkerchief face up.

No 2 - Fold this one in half (bottom up to top) with right sides together.

No 3 - Fold top half back down on itself at the halfway point.

No 4 - Notice the shape of the hearts. These are the curves you will eventually match up.

No 5 - Fold the handkerchief in half again (left to right) toward the inside and then back out on itself  again one-quarter of the way while lining up the curves of the heart. All Done!