Thursday, July 09, 2015

~ Vintage steel and enamel wares... in pink!

Now I have seen oodles of these pretty Ames Maid step stools - chairs for years. These were built to last. I have not seen a lot of them in pink though. But in red or black. Oodles of them. And for the most part they can be located with a minimal amount of rust on the lower legs. 

These stunning pink enamel pans have been pretty hardy too. They came in all kinds of color combinations. Including turquoise and yellow with the black trim. I have shown off my pink enamel roasting pan before... there was really a large line of items that were made. So starting a collection of them is not hard to begin. 

Saturday, July 04, 2015

~ Vintage Stanley Hostess - Stan Home Products...

Let's talk about Stanley Home Products. The height of women selling from their homes, really seem to start in the 1950's.  There were many options of style of products to sell... and not just Tupperware!  

This is about the Stanley Home Product line... that was based in cleaning products for the OCD housewife. From liquid cleaners to all kinds of brushes. Brushes for all occasions. And if you are active estate sales/flea market shopper. You will stumble across those vintage brushes without trying. Especially those old shoe shine brushes. 

image from here... and currently for sale... 

As with all these at home sales, there were Hostess Gifts. It is the Hostess Gifts that always become the ones you want to find. 

Stanley Home Products had all kinds of things for the hostess to collect. They had a nice line of kitchen ware items. That I can not find a catalog to show what the line had to offer. Believe me... I have been stalking eBay for months looking for this stuff.

There was a lot for a lady to buy for her home. But first she has to hustle and sell some product! Get that cash flow going.

Now there was more to the Stanley Home Product line... than the home cleaners and brushes. 

item from here... and currently for sale...

They also had the Lady Catherine Line. Items for your bath... makeup for your face... and body brushes. 

item from here... and currently for sale... 

I actually recall my Granny having this exact brush in her bathroom. Matter of fact, I am thinking she had a couple of them still in the boxes, thirty years after she purchased them. They really did not wear out. 

item from here... and currently for sale... 

Or how about a Lady Catherine powder mitt? How fancy! 

image from here... and currently for sale.... 

Of course there were the small gifts, for attending a party. Such as these sweet needle packets. 

I went looking through my kitchen to see what Stanley Hostess items/kitchen wares I had in the drawers. 

Farm Girl Pink Kitchen items... 

The pink cookie cutters are from Stanley... and the pink cake knife with the slots. (Ignore the other stuff... I had this picture handy.) They both came in numerous colors. I am just the weirdo who collects the vintage pink ones.

Now for me the ultimate thing that was ever offer from Stanley... is the canister sets. They came in many colors too! White, yellow, pink.... and turquoise! 

Yep. Those are from Stanley Home Products. And they must have sold a million of them in about 6-7 different colors. I go through phases when I see them every where. (I pinned this picture from an eBay sale, from at least two years ago)

The best thing about these canisters, they were made out of a plastic that had a little give to it. It was not some cheap hard plastic, that would shatter when dropped. These have a little softness to the plastic. So they held up beautifully over the decades.

Recently, I saw that this collector @ They call this America...  had herself a great collection of the canisters in her kitchen! 

image from here... and currently for sale... 

Stanley would often do a cross promotion, with other name brand product lines. Such as Libbey Glassware. The above is their Pink Duchess juice set. It was offer exclusively through Stan Home Products.

Yet,  I suspect it is that Pyrex Casserole... Pink Duchess... that would be the most sought after piece of kitchen ware that they promoted. 

I had pinned this image back in 2013 from eBay. And it sold for 189.00 and I bet it went to a lovely home too!

~ Independence Day... Be safe out there!

~ Have a great weekend ~

Friday, July 03, 2015

~ Fun choice's for decorating that vintage kitchen.... Morgan Jones Linen's

I am a huge fan of cotton linens for the kitchen. Good traditional cotton. Not some odd ball cotton-poly-plastic blend. That does nothing but repeals water. I want real cotton!

I have shown off the bed linens advertisement for Morgan Jones before... with their wonderful hob nob and chenille bedspreads. Which were just top notch quality. So many of those bedspreads are still very actively found for sale, on eBay. And practically any antique mall. 

Sadly, most of the kitchen cotton items... never made it that far. They can only take so many trips through the washer. Yet, I do see odd things, like wall hangings every so often still in decent shape.  Or those old linen wall calendars.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

~ Picking Mid Century paint colors... for the Kitchen!

Image from here... and many more to see there!!!

Pinterest is really the devil. It really is. Once you get to clicking around... so many wonderful pretty images keep popping up. When I see something amazing... I always click through to the website, were the image was pulled from. Just to see if I am missing something good. 

There is stunning collection of vintage paint sample booklets to drool over, right here. So be sure to go look at all of them! 

I am  using one page from the Dean and Barry Booklet. But there are wonderful paint choices from Benjamin Moore, Sears Harmony House, Sherwin Williams, Dupont... all of them are just a wonderful reminder that once upon a time... ladies used to have so many bold pretty paint choices, for their homes. 

That had nothing to do with the color brown.  :)

~ Looking for more Turquoise.... and Chickens!

There is so much to love about this kitchen. During those mid-century years, there was some really great use of color. Like turquoise. My goodness, those are some exquisite turquoise painted cabinets. Accessorized with those amazing wooden chicken canister sets. 

 Currently for sale... and looking for a new home!!!

I love those wooden sets of chicken goodness. I have collected some of the wooden chicken kitchen items... that were not canisters. Spice and general use, shakers mostly. 

Somewhere, I even have a set of wooden hamburger patty presses, with the painted chicken design on them too.  I had no idea what they were originally. But they were cute! And they matched a couple of my shakers. So they came home with me. And my Mother told me what they were. 

I will say, that these wooden chicken kitchenware's are actually plentiful, locally. These must have had a good 20 year run, before they died off.  The one thing I have looked for and not found locally... is the long handle shakers. The ones that would have been part of a BBQ set. I suspect they just did not make it past a decent Summer of use here. The heat and humidity are awful and just warps all kinds of good things.