August 24, 2012

Vintage Receipts

When time passes I normally do not keep the receipts of my shopping or other things, but I must admit I like vintage receipts, and over a period of time I have started collecting them.

I share today two receipts, one is panamanian and it actually belongs to my grandfather.  It is a receipt for a payment he made at a local store back in 1964. 


The next one is a British receipt with a nice queen Elizabeth II stamp on it, from 1958.



These images are nice ephemeras that can be used in different crafts or collages.

Have a nice weekend,

Erika

August 23, 2012

Antique Soviet/Russian Airplanes

Something new I will share about me is that I am Panamanian but I was actually borned in Moscow, back in the times of the Soviet Union.  Unfortunately I do not speak russian, I was brought to Panama when I was still a baby, but I have always had a nice love connection with that beautiful and rich country (Russia) and still today part of my family lives there.  I have a collection of vintage russian graphics I will be glad to share with you. 

Here I post today two lovely illustrations of antique airplanes from the former Soviet Union days: 




I think I'm going to use these images in a project I have in mind for a young boy (my nephew).

Thank you so much for reading and following.   Enjoy your crafting and have a wonderful weekend, 

Erika

August 21, 2012

Vintage Ladies Notebook

We will be visiting my husband's family very soon and to me it is a nice opportunity to prepare some special and unique gifts for them.  Today I share with you one easy project: A Notebook that I have decorated with some vintage graphics.


Just with few elements and in few steps a simple blank notebook can be decorated in any style making it different from the rest.  This notebook is for my young cousin who is in College and I'm sure no other classmate will have the same one.


An architectural background paper, some postage stamps, an antique clock and a couple of Vintage ladies are the main focus of the collage.


For the inside the notebook I choose a beautiful graphic of a greek lady for the back of the cover and a vintage clock for the first page.


The materials or supplies I used in this project are:

August 17, 2012

Vintage Magazine Illustrations

Sometime ago I posted about an old issue of the Collier's Weekly magazine I had purchased and I mentioned it had great graphics and illustrations.   Today I share two nice illustrations from a story written in the magazine:



Enjoy your weekend and your crafting,

Erika

August 14, 2012

Retro Shoe Store Ads

Today's Graphics are three lovely Retro Shoe Store Advertisements I found in the yellow pages of a Panama's local Phone Directory from 1978.  




I hope you like these advertisements, have fun when crafting.

Thank you very much for visiting us and have a wonderful day,

Erika 

August 12, 2012

Antique Wood Plate Transfer

Few weeks ago we posted a project of image transfer on a Wooden Chopping Board and I thought I would do one more item to combine both together for a kitchen corner decoration, so I chose a wood plate to apply the same technique.  Here it is the finished project:


The graphics are from one my favorite books of Dover Publications about “Old Advertisement Cuts” which I love very much, and I put them all together in a composition. 



I painted small squares in red and white color in all border of the plate.


The transfer was done very easy in 24 hours with the wonderful Mod Podge and the procedure is more or less the same one as the previous project of the Wooden Chopping Board, but I will write the steps in this post as well.  


August 10, 2012

A Walk in Time: Titanic 100 years Festival

"A Walk in Time" series takes us today to the beautiful city of Belfast in Northern Ireland where its most famous creation, "Titanic" was commemorated in an extended annual festival from 31 March to 22 April 2012 and the inauguration of the world's largest Titanic visitor attraction.  We visited the city before this event, but even then, there were different and nice interesting informative boards around downtown all related to the Titanic and the Belfast city, which we would like to share today:



RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on 15 April 1912 after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, UK to New York City, US. 


The sinking of Titanic caused the deaths of 1,502 people in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history.  The Titanic was the largest ship afloat at the time of her maiden voyage and she was built by the Hardland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland. 


August 7, 2012

Vintage Birds on a Cloudy day

In Panama we are right now in our rainy season, therefore it is very common to see cloudy and rainy days, and maybe I was feeling blue but I thought of decorating a box with vintage birds on a cloudy day.  It is also meant to be a gift for my lovely sister in law.  Here it is the result:


I started by painting a rainy and cloudy background using gray, white and light blue colors combined all together at the same time in the brush on the lid of the box, and same colors but without the clouds in the rest of the box.  The clouds were painted with a white base and then gray touches to add light and dark shades. 


Next step was using a stencil to paint the branch & leaves where the main bird would be standing on, I chose brown for the branch and orange shades for the leaves.


Then I glued the birds to the lid of the box with Mod Podge along with two postage stamps to complement the composition.  The box was a new wood box I had purchased some time ago, and therefore it did not required further surface preparation than sanding and one coat of liquid gesso.



I love stripes and so I thought to paint some and give the box a special look.  I chose the orange color to maintain the same color palette existing in the bird’s feathers and painted uneven edges to create a rustic look.

August 2, 2012

Vintage British Newspapers Advertisements

Today I share two cute advertisements from an Old British Newspaper from the 1950's. 
 


Hope you like these advertisements.  Enjoy yourself working in your projects.

Thank you very much for visiting and have a wonderful weekend,

Erika