Monday, May 21, 2012

a vintage blue

 Last Friday, I received this vintage blue vase from my mother. It is one family heirloom that I have always loved! The color and the shape are just so beautiful!!
 It was my great grandparent's vase that was dearly loved by them. I am not sure the year of it, maybe 50's or 60's, and I am not even sure where they bought it from. I just love it!!
 There are vintage matchbooks inside from all the restaurants, and places they visited. Whenever they traveled or just went to dinner, they would add the matches to the vase!! The vase was pretty full, but half of the matches went to my sister. But, at least I got the pretty vase!! ;) 
 There are some pretty cool matchbooks in the vase!! Many are from California, Nevada, Utah, and even one from Alaska. 
 These are some of my favorites! Some of the buildings, such as Sheri's Restaurant and Coffee Shop, and Little Joe's Restaurant and Groceries are still there, but no longer in business. So fun!! 
 This is a very special one! Leona and Stewart were my great grandparents, and this matchbook was from their 50th Anniversary!! So sweet! I was only a year old when they celebrated 50 years!! I can't wait to reach such a wonderful milestone with my husband!! And, yes, now you know how old I am! I will be the big '30' in September!! Yay!! ;)
 So, now this beautiful vintage blue vase, is being cherished and loved in my home!! And waiting to be filled with more matchbooks!! 
 Two more grannie blocks done!! I didn't get time to crochet the other grannies, so hopefully this week I can catch up!! 
All my grannie blocks laid out!! I am getting close, only 11 more to go! I am also almost done hand quilting the baby quilt!! I will be posting the finished quilt soon! 
Happy Monday, and wishing you a lovely week!! 




55 comments:

  1. I love the matchbooks!! My folks had a ton, I just need to dig through a few boxes to find them! They really are fun, the graphics are terrific!

    chris

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    1. Thanks!! They are really fun, and some do have such great graphics!! They don't make them like this anymore! Look forward to seeing yours!! xo Heather

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  2. Cool vase and I love the graphics on the old matchbooks!!

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    1. Thank you!! The graphics are so fun! xo Heather

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  3. The vase is to die for! I think my parents had one at one time. Yes, i am much older than you by 20 years. ;)

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  4. My Mom has a vase almost exactly like yours, that I remember as a child! I asked her if I could have it a couple of years ago, but she can't remember where she put it. :-(

    Love the old matchbooks too. I've got a bunch that my Dad had collected from our vacations, and they're like a road map of our travels!

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    1. Ooh, how fun!! Well, maybe she will find it, and then you could have it!! They are a road map of travels!! So fun!! I would love to do the same when we travel, but I don't know if too many places still have them. We'll see!! xo Heather

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  5. And the matchbooks look the part of the 60's too. Those old glass artworks look super and vintage. What a collector item.

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    1. Thank you Mary!! It is a cherished piece in my home!! xo Heather

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  6. Beautiful..the color is scrumptious but the memories are priceless. I love having pieces of family history around. Your new shoppe pieces went so fast. Congratulations...smiles...Renee

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    1. Thank you Renee!! I agree, family history is the best kind to have in the home!! Thanks!! xo Heather

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  7. I remember my parents collecting matches from different places..wow, that's been a long time ago. - We had a vase like that but it was orange and taller and thinner. I think yours may be quite collectable. - Once again you have chosen such pretty colors for your squares, it is going to be so pretty when it is all done! xo

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    1. So fun, thanks for sharing!! It was fun to see the places they had been. I am sure the orange vase was beautiful!! Thank you!! The blocks are so fun to make!! xo Heather

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  8. My gramma had one identical! And she was a collector of awesome thing's, bring's back fond memorie's:)

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    1. Ooh so wonderful!! So glad that this brought back such wonderful memories of your gramma!! So fun!! Thanks for visiting!! Have a great day! xo Heather

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  9. Such a beautiful vase Heather you are so lucky! love the matchbooks inside, have a happy week sweetie

    Bee happy x
    Have a delicious day!

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    1. Thank you Deborah!! Have a wonderful week, too!! xo Heather

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  10. You are bringing back fabulous memories of my grandparents cocktail cabinet. They had a wonderful collection of drink stirrers and matchbooks from their many travels and I always enjoyed looking at them when we would visit. What a fun treasure. That vase looks right at home in your house. Your quilt is definitely coming together nicely.

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    1. How wonderful Kim!! I just love hearing such fond memories, and is why I love these treasures!! Thanks!! I can't to be finished! I am on the hunt for a vintage sheet for the backing of the quilt! xo Heather

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  11. The matchbooks are really cute, and what a treasure to have your Grandma and Grandpa anniversary one. I have one from my parents wedding. Your quilt is really coming along nicely. I love all the color combinations!

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    1. That is so fun to have one from your parents wedding!! I love these sweet pieces of family history! So wonderful to have! Thank you!! xo Heather

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  12. My mother had a vase like the, but orange : ) Your granny squares are beautiful!

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    1. Oh, how fun!! I am sure the orange is gorgeous!! Thank you!! I am eager to finish making them, even though they are a fun pattern to make!! xo Heather

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  13. Oh how neat! It's so awesome to have all of those, I love history behind things and this time its in your family!!! :) Have a lovely Tuesday Heather! xo Holly

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    1. Thank you Holly!!Yes, I love the history, and that it is my own family!! Makes it an extra special treasure to have!! Have a great day, too! xo Heather

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  14. Your great grandma's vase is fabulous! My mom has a smaller one with that same shape. Your quilt blocks look wonderful together! I adore scrap quilts!

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    1. The shape of the vase is so fun, and unique!! I am sure your mother's is beautiful!! Thank you!! These blocks are so fun to make!! xo Heather

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  15. Dear sweet Heather,
    Thank you for your loving comment and birthday wishes for my Momma! She truly is a woman of God! She has served Him in so many ways throughout her lifetime. From raising six children...teaching elementary school, teaching in Japan at a Christian College, smuggling Bibles into China, feeding malnourished Haitian children, building churches in New Guinea, Africa, Venezuela, and The Philippines...Mom has had a full life and I know when she gets to heaven God will say, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."
    Your comments are so heartfelt, my darling friend!
    Blessings and humble thanks,
    Carolynn x x x

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    1. Ooh, Carolynn, your sweet mother was amazing, and what a life full of living for the Lord!! Such an inspiration!! Thanks for sharing about her life!! I love hearing about such amazing Godly women and what an honor to have her as your mother! Hope you are having a wonderful week my dear!! xo Heather

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  16. It's me again, my sweet friend...
    I love your beautiful blue vase! It is such a vivid shade of blue...like the sky! I'm so glad you were the one to receive it...It's clear that you treasure it and the memories that go with it! I love the shape...It does remind me of years gone by.
    I hope you are having a lovely week, Heather!
    Hugzzzz,
    Carolynn

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    1. Thank you Carolynn! I am cherishing and loving it in my home!! The best kind of treasure to have, is one that has been in the family for many years!! Have a great day!! xo Heather

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  17. wow Heather that vase is beautiful. I love the matches too, can you still find match boxes? I thought people would stop having them now you can't smoke inside! My favourite one is my name sake..... Little Joe's....although I'm not little!!! xx

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    1. Thank you!! I am not sure if many places still have them, but I know there are a couple places that I have seen carry them. I am going to keep my eye for vintage ones to add as well!! The Little Joe's is a great one! Oh,your funny!! ;) xo Heather

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  18. LOVE the vase! what a treasure...but i think i would have the best time just looking at the matchbook covers and trying to imagine the place in time -- the people involved -- a true blast from the past -- how much fun is that!!!!! thanks for sharing my friend -- you are awesome! hugs...

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    1. Thank you, thank you!! The matchbooks are so fun to look through! I would love to have visited the places, and I am on the hunt to see if any of them still exist! Have a lovely day Andrea!! xo Heather

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  19. Hi there! I just awarded you the LIEBSTER AWARD for new-ish bloggers. Check out my blog and please accept!! :) :) xo Holly

    http://damitasprettywrap.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you Holly!! So sweet of you!! And congrats yourself on getting the award!! How do I get the info to show it on m blog? Thanks!! xo Heather

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  20. oh my! I love that vase! My mom collected matchbooks too, when she died I got them all. and I have added some vintage ones since. I have some that you do :) I love it! I have a big display case I got from pottery barn I have them in. Thanks for stopping by and always saying such sweet words :)

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    1. Thank you Prudence! Oh, I would love to see yours, too!! How fun to have similar ones!! ;) I am sure they are beautiful in your display case!! Thank you for always leave sweet comments my friend!! xo Heather

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  21. Dear Heather, I am so happy your mom gave you your grandparents vase. It is beautiful and look perfect in your lovely home! I know you will treasure it always. How wonderful they collected the matchbooks and you will be adding to it, your and your hubby making more sweet memories! Your blocks are beautiful! I look forward to seeing your baby quilt. I hope you have a lovely rest of the week! Love, Paula xo

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    1. Hi Paula!! Thank you so much!! I love being able to carry on family traditions!! I am almost done with the quilt!! Yay!! Have a great rest of the week, too! xo Heather

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  22. Heather, your blog is amazing! I am a quilter and I especially love vintage fabrics, linens and projects. I found you via HOLLY of Damita's Pretty Wrap as you and I were both awarded the Liebster Award. I am your newest follower and will be visiting often. I hope you stop by SoulDelights. I have a wonderful new quilt to showcase as soon as I get the binding on! Have a wonderful day! Wendi

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    1. Thank you Wendi!! What an exciting honor!! Thank you for letting me know, and congratulations on getting the award, too!! So happy to meet you, and be your newest follower on your beautiful blog!! Have a lovely day!! xo Heather

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  23. Oh love your quilt blocks!
    I love how you laid out the matches..I think they would look awesome in a shadow box frame as aart!
    Your vase is wonderful and the colour stunning ..I remember those vases with Gladiolas in them when I was younger! (not as young as you as I actually could be your mom!) So fun to have a family treasure that you enjoy!

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    1. Thank you Colleen! Framing the matchbooks in a shadow box would be very awesome!! This might be a start of a new treasure to collect!! I would love to put some pretty Gladiolas in this vase!! Have a wonderful rest of the week! xo Heather

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    2. HI Heather....don't forget to show us any of these creations !

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  24. Cool vase! I was thinking it looked like something from the set of 'Mad Men' before I even read the text!
    Love your grannie blocks! Those are all coming out so cute. Can't wait to see the whole quilt!

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    1. Thank you Tina!! That's funny! I can't wait to be finished!! xo Heather

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  25. What a lovely post! And that tablescape is quite possible my favorite out of all the ones you've ever shown......the vase filled with matchbooks, the jars filled with those gorgeous flowers all sitting on top of that stunning cloth--simply perfection!

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    1. Thank you!! Oh, I am so glad you like it!! ;) I just love all the pretty colors together!! Have a lovely day my friend!! xo Heather

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    1. Thank you so much Amanda!! xo Heather

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  27. LOVE those vintage matchbooks! And of course, how sweet to have one commemorating your great grandparents anniversary too!

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