Welcome to my blog ~For Heart and Home~. Thank you to my dear friend Linda from New York who took the pictures I sent her and made this beautiful banner for me. I visualized what I wanted it to look like and she made it happen. That is my sister and I as youngsters and yes, that is the home I grew up in during the 40's and 50's. Right about now, you are all probably saying, my goodness she is old. I am vintage, just like fine old lace. Thank you also to my good friend Debbi, from Oregon who answered questions non stop while I was trying to navigate the workings of the blog world. What is so wonderful is that friendships can reach across the miles and even tho we have never seen each other in person - through the wonders of the computer, we have developed that bond. Also, a big thank you to my good friend Mona also from New York, who often helps me after I have totally screwed something up on the computer. I feel very Blessed to have you all as my friends. Thank you and I hope everyone enjoys my blog. I know I will.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


I have decided to do a series of vintage train cases over the next little while.  Today I have three to show you.  Each one different, each one with it's own personality.  The interior of each train case tells a story all on its own.  These cases are very time consuming but give back so much when they are finished.  I have never done a train case that I didn't like.  These train cases can all be found here.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Here is my French country yellow and blue pillow I have created. Ma Belle Maison. Hope you like it. It just says summer, happy, and bright. Here is the link for this pillow: http://www.etsy.com/listing/73454683/french-country-pillow-blue-and-yellow-ma

Monday, November 29, 2010

Mondays Alphabet W and X

My entry into this Mondays Alphabet W is a vintage Whimsey with little mink tails. I am still looking for a vintage treasure with an X - if I come up with one I will add it.

Saturday, November 20, 2010


Today I would like to share with you the Birds Nest Hats. They were basically round circles of various fabrics with an open crown. Most had veils attached. They were a type of whimsy as well because there really wasn't too much to them. Another example of fashion on a whim. Once again all of these hats are in my Etsy store if anyone is interested. The link is in the previous post.

Friday, November 19, 2010


I have recently been listing a bunch of vintage hats in my Etsy shop - I have some from my mother in law, my mother and an aunt who recently passed away. To be honest I actually do miss wearing a hat to church on Sunday. Easter Sunday in particular was a big deal - you matched up a special new outfit with hat and gloves - even a handbag sometimes. Growing up as kids every Easter we went to an aunt and uncles in Chicago for Easter - my mother sewed beautifully and would make my sister and I new outfits and then we would get a new hat. We felt so grown up.

Anyway - you will have to pardon me here as I digress. As I was taking pictures of all the hats I came across the whimsies or is it whimseys. It really doesn't matter as you know what I mean. In my growing up years it was a sign of respect and modesty to cover the head and wear a hat to church. Now how did the whimsy fit into this - most just had a veil with a few little doo dads - maybe a flower or two. Just for the fun of it I will show you some of the really neat whimsies I have for sale on my etsy site. I really feel that they got the name whimsey because it was fashion on a whim. Tomorrow I will show you the birds nest hats.


Saturday, March 13, 2010


If you are anything like me, I am always looking for the different and unusual to give as a gift - be it mother's day, birthdays or that just because gift. I think I have solved the problem with this wonderful vintage four tiered plant stand. I also refer to it as a novelty table because there are really many other uses for it, other than plants. So many of us are into collectibles now that it would be perfect for displaying your dolls, teddy bears or the like.

When I rescued this little table it was in very sad shape and after bringing it home, I really had to wonder about my choice of this purchase. After sanding and sanding some more - priming and painting it started to come alive. The rebirth really took place once the roses and greenery started to go on and with the gold leaf accents, something beautiful really began to emerge. I am thrilled with this little table and just know it would bring a smile to someone's face this Mother's Day. If you would like to know more about this little treasure please go here.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Hi Everybody! It's time for the Vintage Alphabet get-together. This month's letter is 'B'. Click on the banner above and you will see all of the participants in this fun get together. Hope you enjoy viewing my vintage "B" items.
This vintage Bedspread in soft butter yellow.
This Barkcloth tote made from vintage Grandma Moses Barkcloth - Springtime on the Farm.
This vintage Basket piece of silverplate which has been handpainted by me.
I have this vintage peach lusterware cereal bowl made by fireking.