Give Something Vintage

Give Something Vintage

Calling all grandparents (now that I am one!)…how about giving real treasures this holiday season? In 1998, Peter’s father gave this fine replica of a S2F1 Sub Killer to our then eight-year old son. From the card we learn that this particular...
Who came for dessert?

Who came for dessert?

A Monday night dinner with friends. I had a little extra time, so why not make it special? I rummaged  in the corner cupboard and found my mother’s Austrian desert set circa 1940: a lovely painted serving plate in warm pastels and four dessert plates. (One had a chip,...
Rose Garden

Rose Garden

Sewing basket transformed! Sometimes all you need is a little basket to pull out of the boot (trunk) as you head to the winery to swill the afternoon away. The reds and golds are rich with romance, and the basket handle is silk smooth, well worn with love.
C’est la vie!

C’est la vie!

Now this basket was tres charmant! From the fleur de lis to the architecturally etched glasses and classic toile, we built a basket perfect for some cosmopolitan newlyweds. Read about it...
Peacock in pink

Peacock in pink

A classic Peterboro, NH basket is elegantly transformed with a fresh lining, embroidered linens, Williamsburg shell silverplate and goblets, and Fitz and Floyd asparagus plates. Lovely!
Wine bottle bag

Wine bottle bag

We pull out all the stops to personalize your basket. From initialed “hang tags” to etched glass to monograms, we can really dress things up!
Go WC!

Go WC!

Question: what does one Washington College alum give to another — who happens to be marrying yet a third WC alum?  Answer: a custom basket in true Sho’men colors: burgundy and black! Loved outfitting this with vintage glassware and, gosh, the cutest duck...
Thanksgiving as first picnic?!

Thanksgiving as first picnic?!

What a needed, needed thing: our annual feast with family and friends. Near, far. Old and new. Hearts and minds release strain and turn grateful, like leaves goldening. We hold hands — not cell phones or newspapers — and pray for peace, good health, good...
Picnics for Cutie-pies

Picnics for Cutie-pies

Calling all aunties and grandmothers! Here’s a way to your loved one’s heart. One day last summer, my friend Pia came into the shop with a secret plan: her much adored three-year old nephew would be visiting and she wanted to take him on a picnic.  She asked if she...
Give a Unique Gift…that is all You

Give a Unique Gift…that is all You

My last blog…o so long ago…recounted the joy I felt in creating a basket for a young couple last spring.  Months later, the joy is returned to me. To recap: About a year ago, Chris came into Vintage Picnic with a need: a wedding gift for her son who was...
Zen of Ironing, Part II

Zen of Ironing, Part II

I know it’s been a while since I have blogged.  You can’t imagine the procrastination that set in when I said I would write more about…ironing. Last time I wrote about the bliss of ironing.  Well, I stand by every word.  Today I am writing about hand-to-hand combat...
Zen of Ironing, Part I

Zen of Ironing, Part I

I have been thinking about ironing a lot lately.  Not actually doing a lot of ironing…but thinking about it! It’s a topic that has come up several times with customers as they rummage through our drawers of vintage napkins and tablecloths.  “I have so many beautiful...
Sweet Linens

Sweet Linens

Doesn’t this embroidered tea towel make you smile?  We’ve got four of these little gals.  Perfect for the “powder” or a very sweet basket.  Four for $48....
BEE-utiful Vintage Sewing Box

BEE-utiful Vintage Sewing Box

Let this old sewing box hold your needles and thread — or the remote control!  The double-hinged box with original leather interior pockets has been “poshed up” with ocean gray chalk paint with gold finishes. $49  (Sorry, no shipping available. Pick...
Baby, it’s cold outside!

Baby, it’s cold outside!

Last Saturday’s temp did not break 50 degrees – with 50 mph gusts – and there I was, sitting in my bayside picnic shop full of things for fairer climes.  The “Open” flag was whipped into a frenzy.   Brrr! Not a lot of folks out on the streets that day.  One lady...
Two heads are better than one!

Two heads are better than one!

One thing I love about being a shopkeeper is the amazing people you get to meet.  One of my customers – nameless, you know who you are! – encourages me to no end.  She also has a passion for color that is boundless. As summer drew to a close, she ordered a custom...
Something Divine

Something Divine

Friday evening.  With friends.  The work week and all its stress, frustrations and traffic, a fading memory.  It’s October and we are eating Chinese and drinking reds on the patio.  The fire pit blazes warmth. Not exactly a summer picnic, but it is real and, well, so...
Wooden tool box

Wooden tool box

Freshly and beautifully refinished and extra long.  Perfect for, well, tools, or fall’s bounty:  mini pumpkins, gourds, corn cobs…you get the idea!
The Rosemary

The Rosemary

It’s such an honor to play a tiny part in family celebrations. Last winter, my sister-in-law asked me to make a nautical-themed basket for the upcoming wedding of her husband’s nephew.  She even provided me a pair of family wine stems with the family “H” etched on...
Picnics and trees — how nice!

Picnics and trees — how nice!

1957 was a great year for picnics.  That’s when Marc Simont, illustrator of A Tree Is Nice, by Janice May Udry won a Caldecott medal for “distinguished American picture book” for children.  With its lovingly simple renderings and sparse text, that precious book was...
Fall – Perfect time to picnic

Fall – Perfect time to picnic

Weather is so important when deciding to eat outside. We tend to think that summer is primo picnic time – think fourth of July and red checkered table cloths – but actually cooler fall temps make for some really enjoyable outings. We’ve seen some amazing college...