Thursday, October 31, 2013

Vintage Purses Handbags For Use and Collectibles

                               Vintage Handbag and Purses

                    1940s Vinyl HardSide Rounded Handbag

Vintage Purses Handbags For Use and Collectibles too.

Your vintage attire of dresses, skirts, shirts, pants, and etc is not quite complete unless you add some accessories with it also. What better accessory to use than a vintage collectible purse handbag, right? Above is just a very few of them being noted to you. Upon a more extensive search you will see that they are still popular in todays times, and are often sought after by many people too. 

At Wikipedia I found this version for purses, handbags, and some vintage bags noted to everyone. A handbag, also a purse or pouch in American English is a handled medium to large bag that is often fashionably designed, typically used by women, to hold personal items such as wallet/coins, keys, a mobile phone, books, a pen and paper, cosmetics and jewelry, a hairbrush, contraceptives, or pepper spray. 

The term "purse" originally referred to a small bag holding coins. In British English it is still used to refer to a small coin bag. A "handbag" is a larger needed accessory that holds items beyond currency , such as a woman's personal items and emergency items to survive on. American English typically uses the terms "purse" and "handbag" interchangeably. The term "handbag" began to appear in the early 1900s. Initially, it was most often used to refer to men's hand luggage. Women's accessory bags grew larger and more complex during that period, and the term was attached to the women's accessory. Handbags are used as fashion accessories as well as functional ones. 

Like I tell many people I am carrying my mini suitcase with me, and it gets quite heavy at times too. I need my pens, notebook, wallet, checkbook, coupon organizer, address book, perfume, and in my zipper pouches of course some lipstick, lip liner, little mirror, some facial powder, and know.....a mini suitcase. Only thing not in it is a change of clothes, and shoes.

Thanks so much for sharing your time with LilacsNDreams, and hope you enjoyed your vintage purses and handbags visit. Hope to see you again soon. Have a Happy Day!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Vintage Clothing For Men Women and From Times Past

                                       Vintage Dresses and Trends

                      Vintage Men Women Clothing and Ads

                                 Vintage Clothing and Their Eras

Vintage Clothing For Men Women and From Times Past

Vintage Clothing, and the appreciation for the superior quality, fabric, and design that you will find within vintage clothing. This era of clothing is even more popular today with many of us including celebrities too. 

This type of clothing is a perfect solution for those wanting something that will make them look different, and make them stand out. 

One advantage is you can rest assure that you will probably not see anyone else wearing the same thing as you! Helps you to feel special, and to feel what celebrities feel when wearing these one of a kind pieces. Over time vintage clothing has become more popular again with finding such pieces, finding patterns for them, and reproducing garments from time past. 

Some of the wording, and phrasing I had found from Wikipedia when doing an internet research about vintage clothing. 

Generally clothing produced before 1920s is referred to as antique. Clothing from the 1920s to 20 years before present day is considered vintage. 

Vintage clothing is a generic term for new or second hand garments originating from a previous era. 

Retro short for retrospective, or "vintage style" usually refers to clothing that imitates the style of a previous era. 

Reproduction, or repro clothing is a newly-made copy of an older garment. 

Most vintage clothing has been previously worn, and a small percentage of pieces have not. These are often old warehouse stock, and can be more valuable than those that have been worn. Especially if they have their tags. Vintage clothing may be either commercially produced, or handmade by individuals. 

Where to find vintage clothing? Thrift Shops, Second Hand Stores, or better yet from your mother's closets, and especially from your Grandmother's closets too. If I knew then what I know now I would have hung unto some of the clothing of my Grandmother's. I can still remember her working in the kitchen, cooking, cleaning, and wearing her aprons. Course, now I wish I still had some of those things from times past. 

Thanks for sharing your time with LilacsNDreams. Hope you enjoyed this little bit about vintage clothing, and it would be great to see you again soon. Have a Happy Day!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Estate Jewelry of Vintage and Different Time Periods

                             Finders Keepers Vintage Jewelry

                           Boyler Vintage Ruby Red Jewelry

                           GGS Vintage Jewelry Brooches

                         Vintage Romantic Shell Cameo Earrings

Estate Jewelry of Vintage, and Different Time Periods. Sometimes this jewelry can be confused with Antique jewelry which is 100 plus years old. Not all estate jewelry will be antique jewelry. 

When dealing with vintage, antique, and estate jewelry it is very helpful for you to educate yourself with the styles, and the eras of such jewelry. Vintage jewelry is actually many things. Nostalgic, unique of course, artistic, and etc. Educating yourself with the different eras will help give you the confidence, and the peace of mind needed when viewing for your collections. 

As we have often seen over time when viewing vintage jewelry it has an enticing character all its own. These pieces are some of the most finely crafted works of art within the jewelry world. After learning what went into making such pieces you can appreciate even more their unique beauty on an entirely different level. 

Each decorative period has its own signature that helps us to date times, trends, and to spot reproductions. So, when you find a box of jewelry when you are thrifting, or maybe junking you might want to have a closer look. Some of the pieces you find will belong to a time, and maybe are not to be repurposed, upcycled, etc. 

Make sure to look for distinquishing makers marks, learn where to find the marks, sometimes marks are not found, and some pieces from time will have a patina with them too.  

Here are a few eras to look for, learn about, and get educated with:

Victorian 1835 - 1910
Edwardian & Belle Epoque 1890 - 1910
Art Deco 1915 - 1935
Retro and Mid-Century 1935 - 1960. This is one time that most women attach to due to their mother, 
                                                            or Grandmothers rings were from this period. 
Estate 1960 - to Present Day

There is much more out there noted with eras, and dates. It is a never ending process with vintage jewelry, and trying to learn more about it. If you find pieces you like, and maybe need some kind of minor repair please be selective in finding a handful of jewelers who will work confidentially on vintage pieces. 

Remember, it is important to do your research, and make sure to ask questions of selling places. If you find a dealer who maybe does not seem confident in the age, and authenticity of pieces it become a deal breaker for you. 

Enjoy viewing all the different pieces of vintage jewelry. Some of it has some really nice bling to see, pieces are unique, and they are treasures found to cherish for many more years. 

Thanks so much for sharing your time with LilacsNDreams. Hope to see you again soon. 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Why You Should Buy Vintage

                                         Vintage Manicans Dress Forms Attire

                         Vintage Cars and Girls at Dark Roasted Blend

                            Classically Vintage Wedding Dresses Attire

                             Vintage Hairdos Pinups and Books

Why You Should Buy Vintage

I know many of my postings I share have been mostly about diy projects, craft items, upcycling, repurposing, and so on. I honestly do like vintage as well, and just adore how some still like to dress from those times in todays times. 

There is really quite a bit of vintage items out there for us if we want to look for it, and have some fun with it too. There is vintage jewelry, clothing, furniture, patterns, home decor, dinnerware, glassware, kitchenwares, accessories, lighting, suitcases, travel trailers, cars, and so much more! I adore looking at pictures of those times, collecting a few pieces along the way, and believe it to still be a fun time to cherish too. 

While researching about vintage a little bit I had found a notation made about 7 reasons to buy vintage. Beware, a lot of the vintage things that get shown is with clothing. You just have to reword, and dig a little bit deeper to find a little bit of everything vintage. Anyway, those reasons I made a note of that I found are as follows:  

1) Vintage is Unique. 
     This is true really. If you were to buy some of the clothing you would not have to worry about wearing it, and having others duplicate what you have worn. 

2) Vintage has a positive environment impact. 
     Going green, saving items from the landfills, once in a while upcycling and repurposing some pieces to better fit with the times of today, and things like that. 

3) Vintage is the source of inspiration. 
     How true this is when you truly think about it. Sometimes in designing clothes, cars, home decor, and etc we refer to times past. From that time we sometimes use items from there as a model for us when we do things. 

4) Quality
     That old saying "they don't make things like they use to" How many times have we heard parents, grandparents, and some of our elders make this comment? In all reality things were made better back in those days, and of course that is how many of them have survived over time for us to cherish today. 

5) Vintage is an investment.
     For many people this is true. Right off the top of my mind I am thinking about car collections, how some like to collect toys that are vintage, art, home decor, furniture, etc. It truly is an investment as over time some items have obtained a value for their existence today.

6) Vintage has history. 
     This is so true! If only those walls could talk to us, and tell us everything, right? Like others I like to learn the past life of an item, how it was made, and the popularity of it back in the day too.

7) Celebrities wear vintage.
     Not only in the old movies that have been revised do they wear items then, but some like to wear it when they are at different functions for all to see. Hey, there truly is nothing wrong with that. It is kind of fun to see this done, and I applaud those who do this as well. 

Vintage is something that has seen, and already lived life. It has seen good times along with bad times too. Yet, many pieces have survived still looking good, and stylish today too. As mentioned before I think that the history of pieces is enjoyable too. Careful when shopping vintage because there are some new items that are made to look old, but are not vintage. That is fine because we sometimes cannot afford vintage, but make sure you know these things when making your lists and shopping. Vintage does not mean retro either. 

Shopping vintage can be overwhelming at times. It helps to make a general list of things you are looking for with maybe some small notations to clarify in your searches too.  Everything was made better back in the day, and you never know what treasure you just might uncover!

Thanks for sharing your time with LilacsNDreams about some vintage ideas. I look forward to seeing you again soon.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Clocks From Vintage Old Antique and DIY

                                       Mosaic Instructable DIY Clock

                               Wall Clock Art From Paper Scraps

                              Photo Frame Full Wall Clock DIY

                                Pretty Decorative Roses Clock

                               Doily DIY Wall Clock Handmade

                               Dinner Plate DIY Wall Clock

Clocks From Vintage Old Antique and DIY

Clocks of all shapes, forms, sizes, colors, textures, materials, etc. How many does a person have of them? Do you have a clock for each room in the home. Is maybe your clock a vintage clock, antique clock, a family heirloom, or maybe it is a diy craft clock done by you or by someone else. 

I never really paid attention to how many kinds of clocks there actually are. All the colors, the shapes, the sizes, and how they are made. When you are lounging sometime check with Pinterest, Google, Bing, Yahoo, don't forget your handmade sites like Etsy, or however you wish to search. You will see all kinds of sizes, full wall sizes, mid sizes, desktop sizes, etc. You will see them made from all different materials that consist of wheel rims, buttons, picture frames, plastic spoons, wood, ceramic, plates, personal photos, mosaic, and there is sooo many ways to mention. It becomes an endless list. 

Have a look with some that were shared above, and if you want more ideas check with websites for stores, look at pinterest, and make sure to check with your search engines as well. When you get to most of the places in searches if you click on the images tab you will see from there the kinds that many others have shared. 

So, how many clocks do you have in your home? Do you have one in each room, in the hallways, on your stair landings, in the basement, and please know you are welcome to share with us here too. 

Thanks for sharing your time with LilacsNDreams today, and hope to see you again soon. Enjoy your new founded clocks, and happy searches for more. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Patina Worn Aged Style Look Painted DIY

                       How to Give Aged Patina Look Style

                       Worn Aged Patina Look Style

                        DIY Worn Aged Patina Style Look Painted

Patina Worn Aged Style Look Painted DIY

Patina is a very interesting look of being worn, of being aged, and comes on many kinds of surfaces with many techniques. Many times you will see it with a worn weathered look, maybe forms of metal that have that outdated worn look from time, colored and rusty patina, and most frequently just that old worn time look. This is a look that many of us like to incorporate into our homes with different pieces, and over time have found that there are techniques for us to achieve this same look ourselves. 

There are many times that we can achieve this look with a little bit of sanding, and adding some different techniques of painting. When you layer like 2 to 3 shades of color in similar shades you can create a depth, and wonderful character for the piece.  Maybe using a sponge, or a brush and some layering we can also create this same look with another twist to it. Sometimes it just takes a little bit of paint to get the look that you would like.

Who would have guessed that some of this old worn stuff would later be treasured! Items that have texture, patina, and vintage character is a look that many of us have added to our homes over time, and a look to this day that is still much sought after too.

I adore pieces from another time without the new shiny look. Who needs the new items from factory. It's about balancing, and paying respect to the old with maybe some uneven textures, interesting vintage antiques, collectibles, and some aged items over time.  

So, if you admire that old worn look think about using the look for patina. Thanks for sharing your time with LilacsNDreams, and hope to see you again soon. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

LilacsNDreams Blog and Website

Welcome to LilacsNDreams everyone! Glad you found me, and that you are back to visit too.

Had a great weekend with our son visiting. Before I took him back to base we were able to spend a couple of days with a dear friend of mine. Never enough time to do it all, right? Enjoyed it while we could.

Got home, and was ready to relax, and of course get on the computer. That's all the further I got. Computer having some issue, and once I feel better i will need to take it for some help. Nothing serious I am sure, but won't let me fix it. I think it's wanting attention from someone

So, wish me luck, and bear with me. Just maybe I can get my son's laptop figured out, and use that while I am waiting. I am not a computer techie, and the laptop is foreign to me. Technology, right?

Thanks for sharing some time with LilacsNDreams, and hope to see you again soon.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Fruit and Cinnamon Stick Candle Holders DIY

                                          Fruitful Candle Holders DIY

                                 Cinnamon Stick Candle Holders DIY

Fruit and Cinnamon Stick Candle Holders DIY

It's Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and soon Christmas. Many of us like to have fun with our home decors, and decorating during this time. Some of us will store buy things to fill our homes, and then there are many of us who wish to be crafty with do it yourself projects.

During this time of year, and with the season we see more emphasis with candle holders. Oh, don't take me wrong these are popular all year long with festivities, weddings, celebrations, and etc. During this time of year we just happen to see a few more of them with all the sweet, and yummy smells that we can get from them. 

Above I have shared a couple of pictures found to demonstrate a little bit of what I would like to share. These are sure to get some of them creative juices going with some wonderful ideas for our homes. If you like the smells of fruits, lemons, limes, artichokes, and etc this is a fun project to do. Really simple for any of us to do as well. Take your favorite fruit, or with Halloween use some small mini pumpkins and ghords. Make sure to get some tea light candles for this, or you could use a little bigger candle too. Cut a hole into the fruit, or vegetable the size of the tea light candle which is commonly used. You can cut a little bigger for just a little bit bigger candle, or maybe a hole the size to hold a taper candle too. Then put the candles in, and light them up! Neat, cute, and wonderfully smelling too. 

Another idea you will see from above is using some cinnamon sticks. Hmm...smell those already! Perfect for this time of year too. You can either glue the cinnamon sticks to the candle, add some twine, and other embellishments too. You could also glue the cinnamon sticks to a candle holder, and then insert a candle. An idea for those who like cinnamon and apples is to maybe glue the sticks to an apple that has had the center cut from it, and then add a tea light candle to that. 

Endless possibilities, inexpensive, and what fun this would be too! Hope this helps with some ideas for this upcoming season, and the holidays. 

Thanks for sharing some time with LilacsNDreams, and hope to see you again soon. Have fun crafting, and decorating with your decor. Don't forget to share some ideas with us as well. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Websites Blogs Venues Market Places For Online Sales

 Website, Blogs, Venues, Market Places For Online Sales

Hi! Welcome to LilacsNDreams Everyone! Ever get into one of those funks that you know you want to make a change, not sure how much change you want, and if you do change things what is maybe the best way for you to go? I, like many others, do Online Sales. Not only do I deal with different venues/platforms, but I also like some of the social networking with it too. 

I use Etsy, Ecrater, Artfire, and sometimes Ebay too. With changes that keep happening with different places, the rules, how they do things, the expenses, how visible you are in searches, and of course dealing with the search engine changes too I often wonder if I am better doing things on my own. If not completely on my own, what is it I should do? What is the equation so to speak that one should follow?

Like many others over time I have signed up with different platforms to sell with. Some have done well for me, and some is like you are non existing. Many of them take work with titles, descriptions, keywords, links, and working with SEO. Seems like you do what you know to do, what you are told to do, and then something changes. When those changes happen there go your views, the traffic gets lower, and along with that comes low sales also. So, how does one get through this?

Many of us do have, or wish to have our own websites. I know those take a lot of work, and can become spendy as well. You do more work with them with SEO, and trying to place in search engine searches than you do with some of the platforms already set up by different places. Then, if you use the free websites like weebly you can hear good, and bad about them as well. Some have websites with a blog included. There are some that use wordpress, and you often hear good about that too. For me wordpress is good I understand, but it is also kind of complicating to me. I have also seen some use blogger blog as their site, and do sales with them too.

Often people will use their blogs, show their merchandise they are offering with links back to where you can buy them. Doing this you avoid having to deal with a shopping cart on your site. At least for a little while till you build more, and move on. The same is with some of the social networks too. The popular one is Facebook of course. That is one place I have not been the most active with. Some of the social networks allow you to show your goods with the links back to the shops you have them in, or you can offer to sell right from there. One place that has been doing this, and is growing is The Vintage Village where they have also been working with another addition called Vintage Rising. Vintage Village is for those dealing with vintage, and antiques while Vintage Rising is for items that are not quite vintage, crafts, handmade, supplies, and things like that.

So, what do you think a person should do? If you deal with Online Sales what is it that you do for yourself, your business, your brand that you have found to work? I have come to kind of a stand still myself, and have been thinking things through more than I have working with my shops. I have more pieces to list, have taken pictures, have revised the pictures, etc, and etc....I have things sitting out to work on as well making some new pieces too. Unfortunately, I am being slow with it all lately. 

Would love to hear from others on what they are doing, what they have found to work for them, some ideas, some suggestions, and a lil bit of this and that. 

Thanks so much for sharing your time with LilacsNDreams. It is Wednesday, and a Happy Hump Day to all! Enjoy, and see you again soon. 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Fall Home Decor Done Simple Not Complicated

                         Easy Fall Decorations Ideas Inspiration

                      DIY Fall Home Decor

                     Fall Interior Decorating Made Simple

Fall Home Decor Done Simple Not Complicated

Yes, it's Fall Autumn time, and was curious is everyone is ready for it? Have you decorated for this changing season of leaves, pumpkins, halloween, and cooler weather? So, if you decorate for fall do you decorate a lot, do things outside, inside the home, or do you make it simple?

Fall decor, or any home decor really does not have to be complicated. You can create warm, and inspired items with just a few things really. A simple candle in a bowl surrounded with some chestnuts, and berries sometimes is enough. So lovely, and so adorable too. Perfect time to be thrift store shopping for some electic bowls, some fall colors, leaves, vines, and etc. 

I have not done much for fall myself, or for Halloween....which I generally do. I am thinking ahead for Christmas because that is the one time I decorate everywhere. In the home, the bedrooms, the bathrooms, and of course outside too. Not too much, but just a little bit here and there. I am wanting to change things a bit this year, do it simple, a little bit of old with some of the upcycled pieces that I have done too. What fun don't you think?

So, how have you decorated so far this season? Were you able to do anything, find some inspiring ideas, or maybe you are waiting for the next following season. Whatever you have decided I hope you are having fun with it, and finding some inspiring ways to help you with your decor.

Thanks so much for sharing your time at LilacsNDreams, and hope to see you again soon. Have fun with your fall home decor, and may you enjoy all your decorating with your homes. Hey, it's always fun with help others who need it too. Till the next time everyone. Toodles . . . . . . 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Business Cards From Vistaprint, Moo, DIY

Business Cards From Vistaprint, Moo, DIY, and many more companies out there. 

Hope everyone has had a great week so far. A topic that is often brought up with many forums is the question Where do you get your business cards from. Everyone has different tastes, different views, different preferences, and places that they prefer to order from. 

There are many companies out there that you can use online, or maybe you have someone local you can give your business to as well. Some enjoy making their own business cards, the do it yourself creative person. A popular one to use is vistaprint, and they always seem to be running some sort of special to use as well. I know with Etsy there are some there who prefer I have seen iPrint mentioned, zazzle, 123print, and there are truly many options out there to use. 

I generally use I use to make some of my own cards, and have tried a couple of others, but I have come back to vistaprint, and that is who I have used for quite some time now. With my cards I put my name on them, that I am the owner, I share my business email address, show my sites I like to direct everyone to, and I use a tag line as well. I also have something printed on the back saying thank you, and I repeat my tag line as well. On the back is where I will sign my name, and I share the online address of the shop they bought from as well. 

So, who do you use for your business cards? What do you have printed on them? Would be great to hear some ideas from others, and their experiences as well. 

Thanks for sharing your time with LilacsNDreams, and hope to see you again soon everyone. Have a wonderful day!