Monday, December 10, 2007

Vintage Adornments & A Birthday Remembered

I have loved things of bygone days as long as I can remember. I'm sure my Mama had something to do with it. Daddy had an interest in old things, he even bought and sold junk and scrap metal the last few years of his life, but Mama was fascinated with every little piece of history she came across. She loved imagining who owned the pincushion she found at the junk store and what sort of clothes they were making or mending when they stuck pins in it. She wondered about the little pressed flower tucked between the pages of a book ~ did a child pick it for its Mother or was it a token of love from a beau? Today would have been Mama's 80th birthday. Sometimes on her birthday I'd call her and ask if she wanted to go to a junk store ~ yep, that was part of her birthday present! She LOVED to go prowling around at junk stores and was always ready and willing when I asked if she wanted to go with me. So, today I went to our favorite junk store. I couldn't help but think of her the entire time I was there. So many things I would have shown her and she would have loved to have seen.

My love of all things old is why I enjoy making these Vintage Adornments: Ribbon Rose Corsages. A few materials and a little time and you have a beautiful rose to pin on your jacket, a decorative pillow, or on your drapery tieback.... wherever you'd like a bit of vintage beauty.

This Ribbon Rose is made from 1 1/2" wide wired ribbon, velvet millinery leaves, and vintage stamens. The colors are perfect for winter... a deep iridescent reddish burgundy with a hint of black on the ribbon and matching burgundy velvet leaves. The vintage stamens are wired and are white dipped in red. The back of the pin is finished with a backing fabric and a silver pin back is firmly attached. The entire piece is approximately 5" - 6" in diameter including the leaves. Please note: it isn't quite as black as it looks in the photo.

I have 3 available of this color. Please email me ( if you'd like to purchase one or more of these Vintage Adornments.

They are $12 each plus shipping.



  1. The past is wonderful, old traditions, old lovelies...these are beautiful!!! Lana, pop over to see me at Esprit today (December 11th)...I've tagged you for a meme!

  2. I also wanted to say that I'm glad you still think of this as your mother's is. Even if she isn't here with is still her birthday. I do the same thing when my mother's birthday rolls around. We need to do that. For ourselves.

  3. Your parents sound so much like mine!!!
    Your snowman is incredible...and I love this flower ornament :)

  4. Junking is what my Mother and I always called it, and junking we did go! I'm SURE that your mother was very near you all that day.

    Lovely ribbon flowers, Lana!


  5. What a sweet memory, Lana! Your love of old and creativeness are no doubt part of the rich heritage they gave you.
    Thinking of you.
    xo Lidy

  6. What a wonderful post...reflecting on old traditions. I love the snowman and the ornaments are lovely.

  7. wow the ribbon rose is so stunning!!!!
    great to have such wonderful memories!

  8. I love this post and your parents were blessed to have such a special daughter!!

  9. Lovely, lovely, lovely! As always, in much admiration of your handiwork.
    BTW, I have a new pot of pintos, reserving a good bowl of it for you with some delicious cornbread.
    Merry Christmas, dear Lana.
    God Bless you.

  10. I know I am a bit late, but I wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy healthy new 2008, dear Lana. I enjoyed reading about your travels to the junk shop with your momma.
    Take good care.

  11. Happy New Year to you and yours !!!