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 anti-submarine warfare aircraft was used on aircraft carriers from 1955-1965. Granddad goes on to say that he served on an aircraft carrier during the 1962 Cuban Missile crisis. Wow! The missive concludes, “Your great uncle Pete and Oscar both flew these planes.”

Pete’s name is etched into the Vietnam War memorial, and Oscar, who retired as a Navy captain, died this week at 84.

Odd gift? Why give something like that to an 8-year old? Wouldn’t he prefer a “real” action figure? Won’t he break it? (Actually, upon reading this post my son informed me that he did, indeed, break the propellers!)

Well, perhaps it is for parents to buy the “real” presents. Grandparents have the supreme opportunity (even, responsibility?) to give context and meaning to young lives.

Thanks, granddad.

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, so I made sure I got that one!) Perfect for displaying the day’s baking – marbeled brownies and sunflower seed cookies. Add some good coffee and cream, and suddenly our Monday night supper was pretty darn special.

Best of all, someone else came for dessert that night: my mom.

Here’s what I love about using old things — chips and all, they evoke memory and longing. Try finding those gifts at the mall.

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 here!

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!