Monday, June 11, 2012

chocolate, cheese, and...

 Happy Monday!
Over the weekend I went to my local monthly flea market and got some fun treasures I will be showing later this week. Today, I bring you vintage boxes from that estate sale last weekend. I love wooden crates and boxes, and these pretties are so neat!
 There were about 50 or more of these boxes, and people were grabbing them like crazy. Once I got my two home, my husband looked into the company. These boxes had chocolate in them, filled to the brim. Yummy!! This couple must have loved chocolate, with so many of them. 
 The Walter Baker & CO. was established in 1780, in Dorchester, Massachusetts. 
 The company was sold to different people throughout the years, and in 1979 it was incorporated into Kraft Foods. Wish we still had these small companies around. 
 The couple had turned them all into drawers, that were kept in their garage. Now I have some sweet boxes for storing some of my goodies. 
With chocolate...comes the cheese. These were some fun cheese boxes they had in the garage, also turned into little drawers. I love the craftsmanship and creativity this sweet couple had! 
 Today in the mail I received a wonderful patriotic treasure that I bought from the most talented and lovely Laurie of Magpie Ethel
 I adore her beautiful, vintage creations and had to have one of her patriotic vintage foil candy container ornaments. I love the blue bell, the sparkly star, and red mercury glass picks. 
 It is so pretty and just full of special vintage goodies! Thank you so much Laurie! I love it!! Make sure you pop over to Laurie's Etsy shoppe to see her other wonderful vintage creations! 
 I was only able to get one grannie block, and a pair of granny squares done over the weekend. Thank you to the sweetest Renee of My Vintage Mending for introducing me to the cute birdie clips! I love them!!
And here is a little sneak peak of some new products I am working on for my shoppe!

Wishing you a creative, and sunny week! 


65 comments:

  1. Are they not the cutest clips ever...makes you want to do laundry. I even put them on packages instead of bows sometimes...I am so glad you got a Laurie creation...she really makes vintage amazing. Those boxes are lovely. I love ingenuity and these are perfect. Can you see a few years from now when they find our garages full of plastic? Love that granny square...great stuff here...smiles...Renee

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    1. Oh, I like the package idea using the sweet birdies. Great job for finding them! I always think how vintage hunting will be in the years to come. So much plastic, and throw away things. Hopefully, there will still be treasures out there! xo Heather

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  2. Loved hearing the story behind the boxes and the way you used them. Bravo!
    I have one of Laurie's little birdies sitting here watching me as I type. 8+)

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    1. Thanks, it was fun looking into the history. Oh, Laurie's creations are just the sweetest! xo Heather

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  3. Very cool finds!
    Makes me wonder if the previous owners of those vintage boxes owned a bakery, or something similar.

    Looking forward to seeing your new creations!
    Are they going to be hot pads?

    Love your sweet gift too... charming and such a generous present.

    Have a great evening....

    Kerin

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    1. Thanks Kerin! They could've had a bakery, that would explain all the boxes! ;) You are very close in your guess, they are going to be coasters. Wishing you a lovely day!! xo Heather

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  4. Oh my! Those Depression era folks used everything didn't they? I use my Gold Medal Flour box as a display spot for Reminise magazines! I love the colors in the Granny blocks! So cheerful!

    Tammy

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    1. They were so creative, and I guess they had to be. I was thinking of using one for magazines, or books. Thanks, the grannies are coming along. xo heather

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  5. What great finds. Treasure hunting is much fun.
    Oh my gosh I love you quilt block.
    Hugs
    donna

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  6. OH my ...your wooden boxes are wonderful!
    Love all these fabrics!....excited to see what you do with it all!
    Have a great week!

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    1. Thank you Colleen! Hope your week is going wonderfully! xo Heather

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  7. The boxes are terrific but I LOVE your quilt block!!

    chris

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  8. Love the boxes - the advertising details are wonderful.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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    1. Thank you! I think the advertising make the boxes! xo Heather

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  9. Love those boxes..and the story behind them too. And as for those little birdie clips, they are just too gorgeous :-) Have a happy week xx

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    1. Thank you, such history, which I just love. Hope your week is lovely! xo Heather

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  10. Hello!
    Fab finds...
    Very interesting the story behind the chocolate boxes....
    Loved your quilt block!
    Have a happy Tuesday..
    Maria x

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    1. Hi Maria! Thank you so much! Have a lovely day! xo Heather

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  11. You always find such lovely things :) x

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  12. Hi dear Heather,
    Your wooden boxes are increbible.. I like them and you find very beautiful things all the time..
    I want to give you liebster blog award.. Thank you for your all your friendship..:))

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    1. Hi Beck! Thank you so much! Your so sweet to give me the award. I just did a few weeks ago, but I am honored you thought of me!! Congrats on getting it! You deserve it my dear!! xo Heather

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  13. Your boxes are just perfect. I have a couple I use for storing records in my craft room. Your magpie creation is just delightful. Mine arrived yesterday too. Laurie does such good work. Gorgeous granny squares too.

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    1. Thank you Kim! Storing records is a great idea for them. Ooh, Laurie has the sweetest creations! xo Heather

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  14. Wow -those boxes are really nice. What great storage! I also had to comment on a previous post-your vintage goodies. I love the flashbulbs too. They are such a pretty blue and do look kind of patriotic. Love the latest quilt square-such pretties!

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    1. Thank you, and they are such great storage. The flashbulbs were such a fun find, and I love that they were all there. ;) The grannies are coming along. I think 6 more grannie blocks! ;) xo Heather

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  15. You find the neatest stuff. I have an old butter box my folks used to use as a cupboard : )

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    1. Thank you! Ooh, that old butter box sounds neat! ;) xo Heather

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  16. Score on the boxes! I love how they made drawers out of them. I've had an old dynamite box since the 80s'. I've used it for sooo many things through the years and I'm always thinking about painting it or altering it in some way but I chicken out and leave it be! ♥

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    1. Thanks Holly! Ooh, your dynamite box sounds so cool! I know how that can be with projects, but I am sure it is beautiful they way it is!! ;) xo Heather

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  17. What a lovely post full of gorgeous things! I am kicking myself for not buying up an old wooden strawberry box that I came across this weekend.

    Looks like you have some nice things in store for your shop!

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    1. Thank you! Ooh, those vintage strawberry boxes sound like they were neat. I have done the same thing. Hopefully you will come across them again! :) xo Heather

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  18. Those boxes are awesome! I love the bird clips too!
    -Denise

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  19. So I am going to take a guess, are you making pot holders? Coat hanger covers? Those box drawers are so charming. I love the nostalgic feel they give me. So is the company that did the chocolate the same as Gold Medal Flour? I love the lady on the box with the tray! So glad they only painted the drawer fronts! And your patriotic vintage decor is so nice. I will have to visit Laurie.
    Bless you,
    Susie

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    1. You are so close with your guess on the first one (they will be coasters :). They are such charming boxes. Oh, that is a good question. I will have to look into it, maybe. I am so ready to start decorating for the 4th of July! Wishing you a blessed week! xo Heather

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  20. Thanks for the shout out and glad your order arrived safe and sound. I do love the red, white and blue!
    Dang! That sounded like a great estate sale to have all those wooden boxes made into drawers. Glad you were able to snag a few!

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    1. Thank you!! ;) It was such a fun one. I always love going to the ones were the owners have lived in the house for a long time. They are the best!! Have a great day! xo Heather

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  21. Love the old boxes! They have such potential. I have a couple old boxes that I want to make into planters. You have great luck finding nice things! Jean

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    1. Thank you Jean!! I like the planter idea! So many great uses for them! xo Heather

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  22. Hello sweet Heather, What wonderful boxes! The chocolate ones are really neat and they all will be wonderful for storage. Your patriotic goodies are so sweet. Thank you for sharing the link. Your creations are beautiful as always! Have a lovely rest of the week! xo~Paula

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    1. Thank you Paula! Your comments are always the sweetest! Have a beautiful week! xo Heather

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  23. Oh, Heather! This post is so full of fascinating treasures...new and old! The images on the boxes are a delight! What great storage you will have...and my very favorite...Red, white and blue!!
    I am so inspired to put together some quilt blocks...Sew much to sew...Sew little time!
    Than you for your thoughtful comments, my sweet friend!
    Blessings,
    Carolynn xo

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    1. Thank you sweet Carolynn! The images are so wonderful, and really make the boxes! They are such a fun block to put together. Can't wait to see yours if you do some! ;) Have a beautiful day! xo Heather

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  24. Heather, your boxes are fantastic, great finds!
    I love visiting your blog.
    Besos from Argentina. Silvina

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    1. Hi Silvina! Thank you so much, and thanks for coming by for a visit! Love to have you here! xo Heather

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  25. Those boxes are so unique! You have the best luck finding beautiful pieces! Hope you are having a wonderful week!

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    1. They are so unique and fun to have found. Thanks, I am always on the hunt. ;) Have a wonderful rest of the week, too! xo Heather

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  26. I love those wooden boxes. Also, I will figure a way to send you a photo... I found my needle package like the sewing girls in your past post. Soooooo funny. Mine is different still. Cute and VERY VINTAGE. Mary.

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    1. Thank you Mary! Ooh, yes please send me a photo of your needle book! ;) xo Heather

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  27. I love chocolate and cheese and now I know I love the boxes they come in! You have a lovely blog, I found you from Hen's Rule!

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    1. Hi Kay!! Thank you so much for coming by, and I am so happy to have you here! Thank you, the boxes were such a fun find! Have a lovely day! xo Heather

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  28. Those wooden boxes are just perfect! They look right out of an Anthropologie display!

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    1. Thanks! Anthropologie is my favorite store for their displays, and of course everything else. Only wish I could shop there more. ;) xo Heather

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  29. Your new boxes are wonderful! My husband and I both really like old boxes, just something about them! :) And it makes even better that they use to have chocolate and cheese in them! So many exciting things in your lovely post!! I love love your new granny sqaure, love those colors! Where did you find those cute little birdie clips!? Have a Happy Wednesday! xo Holly

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    1. Thank you Holly! There is just something about them, and I love when they have great graphics! The cute birdie clips are from amazon. Just type plastic bird clips, and they should pull up. They are just so cute! Have a great day! xo Heather

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  30. Hello, thank you for your comments on my blog. You've got a lot of crafty things going on there! I love those boxes, they were a lucky find. xx

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    1. Thank you for coming by for a visit! So happy to have you here! Thank you, they were such a neat find, and they will make such fun storage! Happy Monday to you! xo Heather

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  31. Oh my! Those drawers are absolutely fantastic! Talk about taking something and repurposing it. Those crates and boxes as drawers are fantastic. Of course, in those days, everything that was made was done so with love and care, not like the throwaway items of today. Lucky you for scoring big time! Those birdie clips are adorable and your work is always so lovely. What are those last crocheted pieces? Have a great day! Tammy

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    1. Thank you Tammy! Aren't they so fun, and such neat storage with history. The last crocheted pieces are going to be hanger covers. I have been trying to create some like my grandmother gave me, and hers are so perfect, but it is hard. I have to redo the ones I made, and go longer in the chain to make it rounder at the end of the hanger. It is amazing the skill women had, and I only wish I could've learned. We'll see how it goes! Happy Monday! xo Heather

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  32. You new boxes are so unique and cute. What a fun way to organize and keep your treasures in. Can you imagine their history? What stories they could tell.
    Another adorable granny square! Love the strawberries! And your collection of pretty crochet granny squares is sure growing! :0)

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