Design · Ephemera · History

Ho, Ho, Hulett

Hulett was an artist and worked on some of my favorite classic Disney animated films including Fantasia, Dumbo, Bambi, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty among many others.

Hulett at work at Disney Studios, circa 1940's appears to be working on Lady and the Tramp
Hulett at work at Disney Studios, circa 1940’s
appears to be working on Lady and the Tramp

Some sweet vintage holiday illustrations by Ralph Hulett to keep you merry and bright.

Ralph Hulett
Ralph Hulett
Vintage Ralph Hulett Christmas card © 1955 by the Estate Of Ralph Hulett
Vintage Ralph Hulett Christmas card © 1955 by the Estate Of Ralph Hulett

Ralph Hulett

Ralph Hulett
Ralph Hulett
Ralph Hulett
Ralph Hulett
Ralph Hulett
Ralph Hulett
Ralph Hulett
Ralph Hulett
Ralph Hulett
Ralph Hulett
Ralph Hulett
Ralph Hulett
Ralph Hulett
Ralph Hulett

Additional info on Ralph Hulett
California Painter Tony Peters Blog
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Vintage Wonder to you and yours!

Abode + Beyond · Design · House + Home

Abode + Beyond: Embroider My Walls

I have come up with this brilliant plan to make an entire wall of art from vintage embroidered/needlepoint/crewel work pictures. Awesome, yes? I’ve been collecting framed gems the last few months and I’m hoping in a few more I will be able to put together a respectable obsession wall. I was originally inspired last year when I saw this totally amazing vintage Marushka wall on instagram.

Kickass Wall o' Marushka
Kickass Wall o’ Marushka

Some that may need to be in my collection…

Vintage Aries Orange Embroidered Wall Hanging by TheOddBin
If only it was for Pisces! – Vintage Aries Orange Embroidered Wall Hanging by TheOddBin
Vintage flower tree crewel embroidery - Jacobean inspired - framed - orange - yellow - green by RecentHistory
Vintage flower tree crewel embroidery – Jacobean inspired – framed – orange – yellow – green by RecentHistory
1970's Owl Needlepoint Picture by DumpstrDivingDiva
1970’s Owl Needlepoint Picture by DumpstrDivingDiva
Vintage Crewel Embroidery Framed Flower Picture by ssmith7157
Vintage Crewel Embroidery Framed Flower Picture by ssmith7157
Design

Vintspiration at Polyvore

I have been meaning to get into Polyvore for ages. It so appeals to my visual nature and the ability to create such professional looking layouts just spoke to me. But it still took me years. I gotta admit, I was intimidated. It looked kinda… hard. And I hate hard. I like easy. I like breezy. And Polyvore looked super technical and scary. Finally last week I decided to just jump in and try.

And it wasn’t hard. It wasn’t super duper easy, or fast, but it was definitely fun. It’s a goal to use it more and more effectively. I have so many ideas on how to use it, but baby steps for now. I present to you, my first Polyvore set! Featuring my vintage tropical brushstrokes scallop edge sundress currently for sale in my Etsy shop.

Artistic Spring on Polyvore created by vintspiration
Artistic Spring on Polyvore created by vintspiration

Then a couple of days later, another Polyvore user selected my dress to feature in one of their collections. I might’ve squealed with delight when I saw it. Soooo much cuter than mine. It’s just like that feeling when someone selects your item for an Etsy Treasury. It’s the little things. :)

Fashion Find Friday: Spring Back into Action on Polyvore by cadian819
Fashion Find Friday: Spring Back into Action on Polyvore by cadian819

So feel free to follow me on Polyvore. I promise I will use it. Scouts honor.

Abode + Beyond · Design · Designers · House + Home

Abode & Beyond: Kaj Franck

Vintage Scandinavian designers are among my absolute favorite in housewares and furniture. Probably why I love Ikea so much. But if it were up to me, I’d be able to afford all the vintage, better made stuff. Kaj Franck was a Finnish designer particularly famous for his work with Arabia and Finel.

Simple vintage can bowls go for over $100 each, so keep your eyes peeled at your local yard sales and thrift shops – never know when you might hit the jackpot!

Finel Enamel Mushroom Bowl by HausProud $78.00
Kaj Franck Enamel Daisy Bowl by HausProud $108.00
Finel Kaj Franck Enamel Bowl – Danish Modern Large Vegetable Pattern Enamelware By Arabia of Finland by JunkHouse $115.00
Kaj Franck Fish Pot via Rosalita Vintage
Cheap + Chic · Design · Fashion

Cheap + Chic: Ikat

Cheap + Chic is a weekly feature showcasing vintage finds under $25. This week I’m hot for ikat, a dyeing technique that I’m seeing everywhere lately. From fashion to home decor, it’s a perfect fit in the ethnic style that’s in vogue right now.

Ethnic Ikat vest, Byer California // colorful // tapestry // kilim // woven // vintage by realmlistic $18.00
Multicolor Disco Ikat Shirt by curlytopvintageshop $23.00
Ethnic Print Raw Silk Style Sash/Scarf by saintvermillion $19.00

Ok, technically this over $25, but for just $1 more, I couldn’t resist this one that’s on sale.

Sale Pink Brown and Green IKAT Skirt Medium Boho Indie Tribal by resurrectionmotors $26.00
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Abode & Beyond: Acapulco

I’ve been using vintage kitchenware for years. Mismatched glasses, dishes, pots and pans, etc. Lately I’ve been looking to matching sets. I just know this is somehow related to me approaching 40… My recent purchase of the matching Otagiri tankards (coffee mugs, for me) and over the weekend I purchased my first full set of matching vintage drinking glasses. Simple clear highball glass with a beautiful white “lace” painted design.

Next on my list are a full set of vintage dishes. I’ve always loved the Acapulco line by Villeroy & Boch. Started in 1977, it has a distinct Mexican feel to it, hence the name. All that color! I’ve yet to ever spot any pieces in a thrift shop. The pieces are a collectors favorite so the prices are up there, especially for the older pieces. The pattern is still made, with changes over the years. Usually the newer they are the less busy they seem to be. Me? I love the older, full on, wild and crazy pattern. Perfect for display pieces. Amassing a full set would take years and/or a pretty penny but I can still swoon, can’t I?

Acapulco by Villeroy & Boch Tea Set via Flickriver
Villeroy & Boch Acapulco Flyer via tumblr
Vintage Acapulco Teapot by Villeroy & Boch – 1970s by retrodinette via Etsy $35.00
Villeroy & Boch ACAPULCO – Salt & Pepper Set – $49 by Killdeer via ebay Classifieds
Design · Etsy · Fashion

Fleur-de-lis

The fleur-de-lis

According to the almighty Wikipedia, the fleur-de-lis is a “stylized lily (in French, fleur means flower, and lis means lily) or iris that is used as a decorative design or symbol.” I’ve always loved the symbol even though I’m definitely not a Saints fan.

A few of years ago I had a great little vintage black and gold fleur de lis sweater in my shop. It sold about 20 minutes after I listed it so I know I’m not alone in my admiration for the noble fleur de lis. Check out my little sis the glamorous model!

Fleur-di-lis Black & Gold Vitnage Sweater by Vintspiration - SOLD

I even spotted it’s twin on Etsy. Same one I had! Here are some other really cute vintage fleur de lis items I spotted.

Vintage Bowling Ball Bag, Tote, 1960’s, Fleur de lis, green, black and tan $35.00 via 24byronroad
Vintage Drop Waist Dress . Fleur De Lis Print . Navy Blue . 1960s Mod Attire $55.00 by VeraVague
Fleur De Lis Blue Enamel Watch Pin Vintage $38.00 by Victoria James Designs
White Fleur de Lis Vintage Studs $16.00 by Diament Jewelry via Supermarket

I think this sweet black and green 70’s dress is my favorite and it would look pretty amazing paired with that vintage bowling bag.

vintage 1970s Day Dress with Drape Neck and Flutter Sleeves $42.00 by EGVintage