Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Vintage Wizard Calculating Machine Value

If batteries couldn't be found, your mind was fuzzy and electricity wasn't working, this little calculating machine would come in handy. A manual calculating machine that can add, subtract and multiply. Don't ask me how it works, because I have never seen one and didn't know they existed until I found this one back in 2011.

I have received several emails within the last two years with enquiries about this Wizard Calculating Machine that I sold back in 2011. People want to know how much it is worth and if I have another one for sale. I could have sold several if I had more. Unfortunately, I don't have another one, but I can tell you that these machines sell from $15 to $35 depending on the condition and how old they are. You might find someone willing to pay more, but this is the average price that I found. This specific machine is from West Germany, and had the original owners name scratched into the metal surface, so I sold it for $15; but like I said they can sell for as much as $35 as long as they have all the parts, including the pen. If you have the pocket protector, original box and instructions, that's a bonus!

Monday, June 3, 2013

First Garden Layout

The weather has been really nice in Texas, cooler than it normally is, so I have been working outside doing a mock-up of the garden area. We decided to move the garden closer to the house because it will get more shade in the evening during the hot summer months. The yard slopes down, so we are going to build up the end of the garden bed to make it level and add some excitement to the landscape. We salvaged old bricks (which we paid nothing for) to building up the end of the bed. I love getting things for free.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

My First Garden

I'm so excited about starting the process for my first garden. I have never had a vegetable garden before, but I'm planning one for next year planting. I have tried herbs in containers, but nothing from seeds. This should be a real adventure.
Since I live in Texas, the ground isn't really suited for gardening so I will have to build some above ground beds. But before I can even start the gardening, I'll need some really good soil, so I have started a new compost pile. The old compost pile has charcoal bricks and some meat products in it since it was not designed to use as compost, so I am starting new. I was lucky enough to find a small wood structure that someone was throwing out, so this is where my compost will be placed. It's low to the ground, but I think it's wide enough to house some scraps. I was going to use it for a small above ground bed, but changed my mind. Soon it will have a hinged lid to keep the critters out.

The old compost pile is going to be left alone to decompose all the way and then it will be spread on our lawn as fertilizer.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Graduation Gift Wrapping Ideas

I like to mix vintage with something a little modern. Here are my picks for graduation gift wrapping and cards that mix the old and new.

Wrapping Paper by: 3BearsVintage
Greeting Card by: DanasPaperie

Wrapping Paper by: Paperjacks
Greeting Card by: PrintSmitten 

Greeting Card by: RowHouse14
Wrapping Paper by: TheGooseandTheHound

Wrapping Paper by: PlanetTrout
Greeting Card by: aLouCreations 

1948 Vintage Storybook Paper Dolls by the Merrill Company of Chicago, Illinois

This adorable little set of storybook characters has been popular for many years, they were made into greeting cards by American Greetings and Hallmark. This particular paper doll set was published by the Merrill Company of Chicago, Illinois in 1948. Each doll can transform into four different characters with adorable costumes and hats.
This set was passed down to me from my grandmother's collection. She collected paper dolls for years and at one time had cabinet drawers full of them in cut and uncut condition. This set was hand trimmed by my grandmother and then taped neatly onto black construction paper. I recently removed them from the pages to take these photographs.


This little doll becomes:

Little Red Riding Hood,

Miss Muffet,

The Pumpkin Eaters Wife

and Gretel.



This doll becomes:


Little Bo-Peep,

Snow White,

Curly Locks,

and Goldilocks



She becomes:

Little Miss Muffet,

Jill of Jack and Jill,

Lucy Locket,

and Bessie Brooks


And she becomes:

The Queen of Hearts,

The Real Princess,

Mary Had a Little Lamb,

or Mary, Mary Quite Contrary.

It's not just the girls that get to dress up, this set also has several little boy characters as well.

This little boy has costumes for:

Jack and the Beanstalk,

Little Jack Horner,

Little Boy Blue,

Tommy Snooks,

and Tom Tom

This little boy becomes:

Peter Piper,

Georgie Porgie,


and 2 other unknown characters.

And last but not least, we have:

Bobby Shaftoe,

Peter the Pumpkin-Eater,

Knave of Hearts

or Jack of Jack and Jill.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

2013 Earth Day Giveaway

Another Earth Day approaches and while I was thinking about all the things I would like to do on that day to help promote a clean earth, I found myself gathering up all the green and eco-friendly items that I have created over the past year. I would love to share these things with you, thus the Earth Day Giveaway.

What will the lucky winner get you ask?
  • A canvas, reusable tote bag
  • Fabric covered pocket mirror with natural muslin bag
  • 10 handmade map envelopes
  • A handmade greeting card with matching map envelope
  • A mini greeting card notepad (made with vintage papers)
  • A handmade paper map bookmark
  • A handmade paper brooch (made with vintage papers)
  • 2 plaid reusable drawstring bags (made with vintage fabrics)
Just follow my blog on or before Earth Day (April 22, 2013) to enter. On April 23rd, a random number will be picked to decide the winner.  Come back to the blog on April 23rd to find out if you won!

Good Luck!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

George Petty Pin Up Girls

George Brown Petty IV was an American pin-up artist. His pin-up art appeared primarily in Esquire and Fawcett Publication's True but was also in calendars marketed by Esquire, True and Ridgid Tool Company. Petty's Esquire gate folds originated and popularized the magazine device of centerfold spreads. Reproductions of his work were widely rendered by military artists as nose art decorating warplanes during the Second World War, including the Memphis Belle, known as “Petty Girls”.


Monday, March 18, 2013

Oversized Greeting Cards

Over the last 13 years of my greeting card collecting, I have come across several over sized greeting cards by different companies. Most are of animals, but the cutest ones of all are of little babies dressed as adults. Here is a collection that was sent in the mail to me last week, but I also added some photos of the animal cards that I have acquired over the years. Enjoy!

Now for the animals...
Some Flowery, 1960's cards

Earth Keepers


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- to use again in the original form or with minimal alteration.
- to help to pass through a cycle again.

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