December 5, 2011

November 28, 2011

Free Vintage Image- Building a Snowman

It is not quite cold enough here in Arizona to build snowmen but I am so happy that winter has finally arrived. I love the cold!

November 25, 2011

Vintage Ornament

Here's an interesting antique ornament taken from a vintage children's book from the early 1900's.

November 23, 2011

November 18, 2011

Vintage Illustration- Sign Language

I'm back.... I have been swamped with orders over at my felt shop due to the upcoming holidays. But I'm taking some time this morning to post one of my favorite vintage images of the sign language alphabet.
Also I wanted to let you know that Mary over at Green Paper Packages is having a 25% off sale on all of her downloads until the end of this year. She has come out with a new Christmas Gluebook scrapbooking class this year that looks really cute and easy to do.

November 2, 2011

Viewer Submission

I received an email from Jackie, a viewer here on The Vintage Moth who used the birds over water background on an art print she sells on her Etsy shop, Willow of Wonder. You can see it used over the very top, very faintly on the print. Love it! Check out the print here. Thanks for sending me an email Jackie!

October 28, 2011

Vintage Clip Art- Haunted House

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I think mainly because it is all about having fun. There isn't any worry if the in-laws are coming over, if I'm bringing over the right present for Aunt Tudy this year, if I'm making the right amount of mashed potatoes, etc. Just pure fun. Oh and candy, lots and lots of candy.

What do you like most about Halloween?

October 24, 2011

Vintage Clip Art- Vintage Catalog Page

This weekend I sold more of my vintage clothing from my closed online shop to a local resale shop for some cash. I had become bored with my vintage clothing shop and want to really add more to my felt shop including other new items. So this meant that much of the clothing had to go.

My boyfriend is kind enough to give me an entire extra bedroom in the house for my shop items. Until this past weekend the felt had been sharing the space with the clothing and we have been sharing our living room with the felt. There wasn't enough space in the extra bedroom to cut the felt so I had to cut it on the living room floor.

However, on Saturday, I purchased a fabulous table from Ikea (to cut the felt on) with the money from the clothing I sold and moved all of my felt items from the living room to the extra bedroom. What a wonderful feeling! Not only can I now work in a quiet room (my boyfriend always has the tv on in the living room) but we got our living room space back! Oh joy!

I hope your weekend was just as great and productive!

***By the way- to my fabulous reader who recommended the Wellness cat food- thank you very much! I bought some this weekend for my sneezing kitty and he is in love with the food. I have never seen him lick the bowl clean before! This is sure to fatten him up!

October 19, 2011

Vintage Illustration and a Cat Update

I have received a few requests for an update on our sneezing cat. First of all I really, really appreciate all of the responses and advice that was given. You all are very kind! I looked at all of your solutions and researched them on the web to see if that was the problem.

He wasn't feeling any better a few days after that last post so I took him back to the vet. We saw a different vet this time and she really looked him over- in the ears, nose, mouth and we even ran a few tests. The good news is that he doesn't have Feline HIV or leukemia. I was really worried about these two diseases because we have another indoor cat and didn't want to spread those to her. On the other hand the vet thinks he has feline herpes (to which my boyfriend at the vet replied, "see I told you I got the herpes from the cat." He was kidding of course, he doesn't have herpes, but the vet thought it was funny.) Feline herpes is spreadable too but since the two cats don't share anything or get too close to each other, I'm not too worried at the moment.

I guess there isn't a good test available for the herpes and there isn't a whole lot you can do for it anyway. But if he does have it, it compromises the immune system so it will take him longer to get well. Actually, I think herpes is a pretty good guess because all of the symptoms match this link.

The vet gave us an antihistamine to try to dry him up so I gave it to him over the weekend. It made him super sleepy so after 3 days, I stopped the meds to see if it was any better. It seemed to work- the sneezing was quite less and he wasn't coughing at all. A couple of days ago he started really sneezing again, so I gave the meds to him and he was better. His appetite has improved tremendously and before the second trip the vet, he wasn't really wanting to eat- now he wants food every three hours which is great because he is underweight. It looks like this isn't curable but since I work from home, I able watch him closely to monitor any changes and then treat it right away.

I somehow came upon a website that says that you can improve a cat's well being with a raw meat food diet. I would like to try the Nature's Variety food and was wondering if anyone out there has their pet on a raw meat diet. Any likes or dislikes about raw meat for pets? Thanks! -Sarah

October 17, 2011

Vintage Baby Paper Doll

For some reason lately I really have had an interest in vintage Paper Dolls. I am always amazed when I find some that are in really good condition. How did they survive all these years without being cut out?

This is one of my latest acquisitions, from the Betty Bobbs Family, "Buddy Bobbs" found in an early 1920's Pictorial Review. His tub is too cute with animals painted on the side. I also have the full 8" x 10" image scanned at 300 dpi to purchase for only $1.00 here.

October 10, 2011

Vintage Clip Art- Drawing a Rooster

The holiday crafting season has begun! Well at least for felt anyway. I apologize for not posting here regularly lately but my Etsy shop has been slammed with orders. In fact I had no idea that so many people would want to purchase yardage of felt this year and I'm just not prepared for it. I am grateful that the shop is so busy but unfortunately it leaves me little time for this blog. However, I will still dedicate myself post but it will only be 3 times a week until the holidays are over. I hope that you will understand as the felt pays the bills and this does not. Thanks again for sticking around and reading the blog!

October 4, 2011

Vintage Clip Art- Musical Instrument

I picked up a fabulous old book from 1900 at the Goodwill today about Composers and Music. It has a bunch of great instrument images that can be hard to find. Here is one of a cornet. More instruments to come in the future!

October 3, 2011

Vintage Clip Art- On the Water

Being on the water with cooler weather sounds soooo appealing. Our temperatures here in Arizona still haven't dropped below 100 degrees during the day but the weatherman has promised that we will get there on Wednesday. Honestly, though I think he's just saying that because he's tired of the hate mail from viewers who are sick of the heat.

September 30, 2011

Vintage Clip Art- Meow!

My boyfriend and I are taking care of a stray cat we found wandering around the neighborhood. Yes, we are suckers for animals. Normally we wouldn't take another cat (we already have one and a half cats, one inside only and one only comes in to eat.) However, he was skin and bones and is just so sweet, loves to be held, and is always ready to cuddle. How could we resist?

However, the little guy wouldn't stop sneezing so I brought him in to our local vet. He was diagnosed with a respiratory infection and sent home without meds stating that it was a virus and would heal itself. When he wasn't better three weeks later, the vet gave me some meds and some chewy treats for his immune system. However, it has been another 5 days and he's not that much better. Is anyone out there familiar with this illness or had something similar with a cat? Could it be something else? Do cats get allergies? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

September 22, 2011

Vintage Textiles

I have a huge love of vintage textiles. So much so that I have a small antique collection of quilts and vintage feed sacks. I just cannot pass up a good deal on a textile. In fact, I've even considered starting a blog just about vintage textiles.

Last weekend, I took a trip to one of my local Goodwill stores. I almost passed out when I saw this beauty in the blanket section for $4.99!!!

It's an old crazy quilt that has been hand embroidered and the quality is amazing! There are a few stains and places where the silk fabric has worn away but overall is in excellent condition. It has now a permanent spot over a chair in my bedroom where I can look at it daily and marvel about how much time it took to finish.

Here is the back of it where you can see all of the work involved. I'm in love!

September 21, 2011

Vintage Pattern- Birds Over the Water

This piece is a pattern pasted to the inside cover of an old book. I love this pattern and wish it could be a fabric. Maybe when I get some time I will see if I can duplicate it in Illustrator and print it using Spoonflower.

September 20, 2011

Vintage Illustration- Playing Sports

I was never much into playing sports when I was younger. I played a little soccer here and took some tennis lessons there. I was more of an artsy person. However, as I get older I find that taking rec classes at a community college is a lot of fun. But oh does my body hurt more.

September 16, 2011

Vintage Illustration- Sleeping Child

I picked up a new old Victorian child's reader today at an antique store. It is falling apart, pages coming out, but it has some of the cutest illustrations. Here is one of my favs.

September 15, 2011

Vintage Illustration

Kind of narcissistic that one would just sit down to stare at herself but I do love the large flower fan that she is holding in her hand.

September 13, 2011

Vintage Paper Dolls- Ballet Dancers

I recently acquired Irena and the rest of her ballet crew from an auction. I didn't know how cute they would be until I actually held them and immediately fell in love. They are an awesome 7.5 inches tall and each one has three to four different outfits to dress them in.

If you would like to see more ballet dancers (there are actually 8 total), I've painstakingly scanned them, color corrected them and put them into a PDF document so that you can print them at home to play with and use. Just visit the link here.

September 12, 2011

Vintage Advertisement- Lawn Tennis

I'm so excited! I decided last minute this weekend to sign up for tennis lessons at a local community college. I took lessons as a child but haven't played in about 15 years. Hopefully I'm not too rusty! I thought this vintage advertisement from my Delineator was appropriate.

September 9, 2011

Vintage Illustration- Flowers

Today was a great weather Friday! It actually rained lightly and the temperature dropped below 100 degrees. It was our first day that was below 100 degrees in months. Fall is coming!

September 8, 2011

Antique Victorian Trade Card- Red Finch

Here is today's image: a pretty little red finch trade card by Arm and Hammer.

On a side note: Yesterday, my half-brother was driving on the freeway and took this amazing shot. I realize this isn't at all vintage related but it was too amazing not to share.Yes, that is a real person in the back of a trailer, holding onto a fridge on the FREEWAY. Seriously, what is he thinking?!?

September 6, 2011

Victorian Trade Card- Ready for Rain

Boy I wish it would rain here! It's been a few months since we've seen a good downpour. But maybe that's asking for too much here in the Arizona desert. Maybe I should just wish for temperatures that are below 100 degrees.

September 5, 2011

Vintage Trade Card- Morning Glories

Taking some time out to smell the morning glories. For those in the US, I hope you all are able to take some time off on this Labor day and smell some flowers!

September 2, 2011

Vintage Photograph- Industrial Building

I was super excited this week to get a link to this cute collage made by Tania, a viewer here on The Vintage Moth. She used my sailor boy image in her design. Thanks for sharing Tania! You can view her blog, Wild@Heart here.

Anyway, here is today's image of an antique photograph of an industrial building. Have a great weekend everyone!

September 1, 2011

Vintage Advertisement- Face Powder

Also taken from A Pictorial Review from 1923.
I really like the image at the bottom so I've enlarged it to show you the great detail.

August 31, 2011

Vintage Illustration- Children

Taken from an antique page of The Pictorial Review from 1923. These kids would look really cute colored in!

August 30, 2011

Vintage Clip Art- Packard Car

Cars these days are just not like the antique ones. I would love to drive around in one of these!

August 29, 2011

Vintage Photograph- Little Indians

Here is another photograph that my boyfriend picked up at an estate sale. I love the boy's expression on the right. Precious!

August 26, 2011

Antique Children's Illustration- Let's Go Rover!

I know I loved to tow my dog in the wagon when I was a child. The dog however, didn't enjoy it as much as I did. lol!

August 25, 2011

Vintage Illustration- Using Chopsticks

Actually seeing these chopsticks makes me a little hungry for Chinese. Perhaps that is what I will have for dinner tonight. Yum!

August 24, 2011

Vintage Illustration- World Map

This a really cool vintage image of the world taken from my antique book entitled, "Around the World with the Children."

August 22, 2011

Vintage Illustration

Vintage mother bird and her babies. Cute! Taken from an antique children's reader from 1903.

August 19, 2011

Vintage Photographs- The Christmas Play

My bf loves old photographs as much as I do. He picked these up at an estate sale along with a bunch of others that were of the area where we live- only taken about 70 years ago. Pretty cool! These are from the collection and so cute! They are marked Christmas Play, 1940. I love the costumes!