Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Moving To A Nursing Home: What Kind Of Clothing To Bring

Packing Up Mom or Dad's Clothing For A Long Term Residence (Nursing Home) 

How do you know what to bring to a Nursing home when you are moving a loved one from their family home to their new residence? I guess one might think that the answer depends on whether you live in a warm climate or a cold climate? On the contrary,  the answer is almost the same for a variety of climates because elderly frail patients or "residents" as we say, have their own thermostats which may defy the real world.

Dad Still Thought He Lived In Florida, But There Was Snow on The Ground

When I brought my dad up from Florida to the Northeast a few years earlier,  I needed to buy him a winter coat, boots and warmer clothing such as sweaters and flannel pajamas. But dad  had dementia and was convinced he was STILL living in Florida !  In his apartment, before he was moved to a Nursing home, he preferred to crank up the heat and dress in tropical clothing, a short sleeved golf shirt and Bermuda shorts. He had a closet filled with pastel colored summer clothing which he was very attached to. While I was wearing a scarf and several layers of clothing, dad was in beachwear.

Bringing Favorite Outfits to Nursing Home

When dad's dementia advanced further,  he was no longer able to dress himself or to "dress for success".  He needed help with his clothing and now dressed for comfort (jogging pants and a zip up light weight sweat suit jacket, worn out golf shirt).  I brought his favorite outfits to the Nursing home and relied on his aides to help him with dressing.

Do Need Boots in a Nursing Home?

As I packed him up for the Nursing home, I wondered if he would need a winter jacket in the Nursing home....after all where is he going?  Or did he need his boots, gloves?  I wasn't sure if he would be cold or hot in his new environment? Would he need pajamas or would he be wearing the Johnnie gowns you see in hospitals? You will see below my answers and tips on these questions.

 TIPS FOR WHAT TYPES OF CLOTHING TO BRING TO A NURSING HOME

1. Most Nursing homes are kept very warm.....so short sleeves or -shirts are fine.

2. Many older people are cold no matter what the temperature is so sweaters and light weight type jackets are needed.

3. Residents do leave the Nursing home to go to outside doctor appointments so you need jackets, boots etc on hand.

4. Clothes get soiled very easily so don't give everything away when you are making the transition.

5. Even couch potatoes who don't usually do very much in the way of activities or socializing may change their ways in the Nursing home environment and may want to dress up every now and then.


6. Loosely fitting clothing is often needed when medical conditions warrant catheters, IV's etc.

7. Be sure all clothing is labeled. You can use a permanent laundry marker. Or the facility may have a laundry department which places labels on clothing.

8. Unless you are willing to say goodbye to family heirlooms such as handmade or special blankets don't bring these items in because  frequent laundering may damage them.

9. Pajamas are personal preference, but Johnnie gowns are always available.

10,  Bring sneakers or safe shoes to the Nursing home.

11.  Keep extra clothing as back up in your home and bring in when needed.

12. Bring a gift of a new sweater or article of clothing every now and then.



 C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Decorating Your Antique Booth, Shop Or Home With A Vintage Valentine's Day Theme

 Antique Valentine's Day Decorating


Decorating your Antique booth or shop for Valentine's Day is easier than you think if you just use a little creativity in the process. Today I am inspired by visiting The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford Connecticut.  The photos shown were taken by me at this 22,000 square feet Antique Mall. I'd like to share some ideas with you about how to set the stage for a Valentine's look. Traditional Valentine's colors are red, pink, white so that is the palette you will be focusing on.


Ideas For Vintage Objects You Can Use For Your Valentine Display 

The first step is to sort out what antiques, collectibles, decorative accessories that you already have such as white plates, milk glass, ceramics, glassware, vases, figurines, tablecloths, lace, doilies, books, planters, jewelry etc.  Next, you may want some accent pieces such as crystal, silver candlesticks, shakers or greenery such as a plant or floral arrangement.

Creating Vignettes for Your valentine Holiday Display

After you have gathered all your "props" together in one area, your next step will be to combine objects together to tell a story or create what we call a vignette. You might find a nice tablecloth in soft colors to use along with a decorative plate or tea cup and saucer. Or you might turn a wooden box over to create a  pedestal and add objects at different heights.

While this article is suggesting that you stick with pinks, reds, whites, you can also add some soft yellow or soft mint green as long as the dominant colors are sticking with your Valentine's theme.

Planters, bowls, tureens etc. can be used to display cards, jewelry, hankies, or textiles etc.
Pretty vintage candy boxes or older tins are also lovely to use for Valentine's Day.

While you do not actually have to add hearts or Valentine'
s cards to your displays,  they are lovely additions if you have them. I have also seen people cut out red and pink hearts or add some heart shaped candy to their booth. or home decorating.

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists




Pink Grapefruit Style on Etsy.com A Source For Vintage Sewing Notions, Cards, Decor, Crafts For Valentines Day

Visiting Pink Grapefruit Style: An Etsy.com Store For Your Valentine's Craft and Decorating Needs

Pink Grapefruit Style on Etsy.com specializes in vintage sewing notions, trim, buttons, holiday decor, cards, craft supplies. It is one of the sweetest shops online that I have visited over the years.


The 1920s-30s Valentine shown in this post is listed at Pink Grapefruit as having  some old glue, creases and aging but she would be wonderful for crafters and artists who like to incorporate interesting images in collages and artwork. If you like to make your own personal gifts for Valentines Day, this online store may be very helpful to you.

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists
Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of

Retro Vintage: A Community That Celebrates Great Things From Yesteryear

The Kitschy Collector Discovers Retro Vintage:   

I have  been having a lot of fun this past week discovering some very busy Facebook groups and pages that appeal to those of us who love living in the past. RETRO VINTAGE is an online community   https://www.facebook.com/RETROVintage1/ which opened as a PAGE in 2013 covering all the "great things from yesteryear".  My followers will enjoy the variety of posts from the 50s and 60s covering home decor, family
life, pop culture, art and culture, decorating and more.


Visit Retro Vintage: https://www.facebook.com/RETROVintage1/

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT Has A New Facebook Page Managed By The Editor of I Antique Online.com

Visit The New Facebook Page For Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT



I spend way too much time on the internet...but I guess so do my readers. I now have added yet another exciting and informative site to my already crowded portfolio online. For the past few weeks I have been managing and nurturing the Facebook page for The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT.  Collinsville Antiques is one of the largest Antique Malls in New England with 22,000 square feet packed with dealers who carry everything you can imagine.

The Home of Kitsch n Stuff

The Collinsville Antiques Company is
also the place where I have my own booth called Kitsch n Stuff specializing in retro and kitchen collectibles. I have always carried Mid Century smalls, but now many of my co-dealers at our Mall are adding Mid Century furnishings as well.

Take A Day Trip To Connecticut And Antique

For those of you who like to take a day trip and hunt for  antiques, The Collinsville Antiques Company (open everyday 10-5) is located in an area of Connecticut with many antique and collectibles shops.  You can also have a delicious lunch right in The Collinsville Antiques Company at their retro cafe, "Crusin Cafe" (cafe closed on Monday and Tuesday).

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE NEW FACE BOOK PAGE
https://www.facebook.com/CollinsvilleAntiques/

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Please visit the Facebook page for the Collinsville Antiques Company and "Like" our page.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

"Re-Creative" this Holiday Season With Recycled Holiday Gifts You Can Make With Your Children

Spending Time With The Family Making Recycled Holiday GIfts: Tips From The Topeka-Shawnee Library 

Are you close to the holidays and freaking out because you are just NOT ready?  Chill...help is on the way...think about a trip to your local library to learn about homemade gift ideas that you can make.  The Topeka-Shawnee library might be helpful as a start, with a blog that they posted on vintage inspired crafts you can create with your family. Included in their article is a   book suggestions titled  Re-Creative ,
a book craft source which  features projects that transforms "yesterday's trash into todays stylish and useful objects". What are you waiting for...check out your library and start crafting with the kids!

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Entertaining For The Holidays Using Vintage Mosaic Candy Dishes and Trays


Ho Ho Ho...A Mosaic Holiday for Retro Collectors 

Retro funky collectors, this hoiday idea is for you if you like to serve your family and guests holiday snacks in kitschy dishes. I spotted these wonder Mosaic trays and candy dishes at The Collinsville Antiques Company in New Hartford, CT a few weeks ago. If you are asking me whether I bought these tiled treasures...the answer is...I didn't YET...I'm hoping by some miracle they are still there when I retun in a few days. You can however find these type of Retro craft items on eBay, Etsy and in shops selling for generally under $20.00. Making mosaic functional items such as ash trays, candy dishes, trivets bowls etc. was a popular hobby in the 1950s and 1960s. Let me know if you find these treasures.

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Kitschy Retro Camper Decorating Ideas


Go Camping In A Retro Or Whimsically Decorated Camper: Ideas From Country Living


If your dreaming about a Kitschy Retro Christmas spent in a vintage Camper, than you will adore the decorating ideas Country Living featured in http://www.countryliving.com/home-design/decorating-ideas/g1808/unique-rv-decorating-ideas/?slide=2 I love how this designer  used a bold turquoiuse wall with a rustic chic Bohemian flair.


C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Making Christmas Ornaments From Upcycled Sterling Plate Flatware Silverware

Have A Merry Merry Upcycled Christmas

Here is a great gift for those of you who love a vintage holiday look. Artisans at Twisted Metal  creative beautiful Christmas tree ornaments upcycled from Sterling Plate Flatware Silverware. You will so find so many unique holiday gifts and functional art  made by artist Neva Starr. Here is the link http://www.spoon.fish/shop

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Inspired By Origami: Face Masks Made From Toilet Paper Rolls By Artist Junior Fritz Jacquet

Wierd Face Masks Made From Toilet Paper Rolls: Artist http://www.juniorfritzjacquet.com/

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/08/toilet-paper-rolls-squished-into-funny-faces-by-junior-fritz-jacquet/

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Friday, December 9, 2016

What To Do With All Those Extra Chopsticks

 Chinese Take Out Extras That You Can Re-Use In Your Kitchen Or Craft Room

If you visited my dad over the years and you opened his kitchen drawers you would find compartments of  "extra" condidments that came with Chinese food take out orders. There would be  Duck Sauce packets to last a lifetime. Amazingly he kept his inventory of packets of Soy sauce, Duck sauce, Mustard, Fortune cookies, Chop sticks etc very organized in designated drawers. His closing line after he called in his order was always "please give me extra____".  Every Sunday was Chinese take out from "Kings", a nearby restaurant that expected his order and his plea to send along "extra packets". So over the years dad had quite a collection of Take out STUFF.


Upcycling Your Chopsticks: Holiday Trees and More  


I wouldnt advise saving food packets for too long, (certainly not as long as dad did) but Chop sticks and empy clean containers are another matter. There are so many things that you can do with chop sticks from making holiday trees to using as skewers for fruit or marshmallows. Not to mention converting chopsticks into lamps and baskets. Check out the links below for tons of ideas.

 What To Do With Chopsticks

 https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/10-uses-chopsticks

http://www.networx.com/article/50-uses-for-disposable-chopsticks

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2012/01/08/50-uses-for-disposable-chopsticks/

http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/chopstickscraftsideasforkids.html

Holiday tree image spotted on Pinterest.com

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Organized Clutter Features Charming Alternative Christmas Trees Made From Vintage Housewares



Making Homemade Christmas Trees Using Vintage Kitchen Funnels, Sieves, Rolling Pins

I'll start off by saying that my experience in making homemade Christmas trees ended back in grade school when my pal Sharon and I created a giant custom coloring book to take to children in the hospital. However  after seeing this wonderful blog post on making  "Alternative Christmas Trees" on the popular website Organized Clutter  I'm feeling somewhat creative.


 Funky Funnels and More

It's easy to get inspired with holiday creativity when you poke around the Organized Clutter website. As a collector of kitchen collectibles, I was delighted to see these funky Christmas trees made from vintage household kitchen items such as funnels, sieves,rolling pins etc.
Add a few colorful balls and a stand and you are all set with a unique
Christmas Tree for the holidays.

Where to Find Vintage Kitchenwares

You can find these household kitchenwares at Flea Markets, Thrift stores, Yard sales, Antique Shops.
You might want to start collecting during the summer months when there are a lot of outdoor sales and you can generally find these kitchen collectibles at more reasonable prices. If you are reading this article close to the holidays, you may need to not only romp around  your favorite haunts but also look online.

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Creating s Junk Wall: Spotted On The Whimsical Website "Organized Clutter"

Creating a Junk Wall Using Old Wooden Boxes and Collectibles

I found this really fun website called Organized Clutter which features a section on decorating with collectibles. I thought you might enjoy seeing a Junk Wall. I would love to do this in my home, but I just haven't gotten the nerve to carry it out get. Using old wooden boxes to create vignettes is really charming and leaves plenty of room to move things around when you feel like re-decorating. You not only get the inside of the box to use as a display space, but you can use the top of the box as well. This Junk Wall is organized quite well...I guess these gals who run this site really do specialize in   Organized Clutter!

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Handmade Scottie Christmas Ornaments Will Charm Collectors

Puffin Patchwork On Etsy.com Showcases Her Delightful Felt Ornaments For Christma


I get very nostalgic when I see handmade felt toys and ornaments, because my grandmother Sophie used to charm me with her crafts. In the spirit of the season, I wanted to introduce Puffin Patchwork on Etsy.com. a delightful shop specializing in vintage and Retro inspired felt ornaments. You will find adorable Glamper caravans, Scottie dogs, Dachshunds, Poodles, Owls, Elephants, cottages and more. Puffin does such a lovely job adding plaids, ginghams, buttons and other trimmings which really make her sewing creations extra special.


C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Monday, November 28, 2016

Collecting Matchbox Cars: What Grandparents Need to Know


Matchbox Cars are More Than Toys: They Are Collectibles 


I spent the Thanksgiving weekend parking cars...Matchbox cars that is. For three days straight I played with my grandson on the floor rolling vintage Matchbox cars down a homemade ramp I made from a piece of Foam board. After the cars rolled down the ramp, we parked the cars. When the parking lot got too crowded it was down the ramp again. After three days of parking cars...you get to know them really well.



Now my company is gone and I am packing away the cars. I am also wondering just how well do I know these little die cast cars? The answer is, I know squat about the history or value of these cars which are very collectible. What I do know after doing some simple research is that some of the cars we were rolling down the ramp are worth a bit of change. I had no idea these little cars could sell for $20, $40, $90 dollars etc.  Of course prices are related to year made,
condition, rarity, boxed etc. Whoa ...it is time to do some careful analysis of the matter before we play again.

Here are some great resources to check out:

Top Image from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/5990026/Real-money-from-your-toy-collection.html

http://www.collectorsweekly.com/model-cars/matchbox

http://matchboxclub.com/

http://www.toycarcollector.com/matchbox_lesney.htm

http://play.matchbox.com/en_US/

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Monday, October 31, 2016

Kathryn Frund Assemblage Artist Created a Whimsical Sculpture to Talk About How Balloons Are Killing Wildlife and The Envirnment

Assemblage Artist Kathryn Frund at Erector Square



On Saturday I visited the art studio of Kathryn Frund who delights in finding meaningful found objects that she reassembles to make an assemblage which communicates an important message. In this re-cycled Chandelier construction Kathryn has taken balloon, string, ribbon remnants that she found on the beach and as created an attractive assemblage
attached to old street sign signage.

Balloons are killing wildlife on land, sea, air. Read more at http://balloonsblow.org/impacts-on-wildlife-and-environment/ 

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Rediscovered Fabric Designs From the 1950s: The Kissing Fish Archive of Michale Nicholson

Michael Nicholson: 1950s Designer

Bopping around the internet looking for inspiration for my current series on 1950s Mixed Media art pieces, I came across an online website called Midcentury Magazine  which has wonderful articles on living a Contemporary lifestyle.  In this post on The Kissing Fish Archive, designer Michael Nicholson's fabric designs are uncovered by his nephew  Ben. You can read the article at http://midcenturymagazine.com/furniture-objects/kissing-fish-archive-fabric-designs-1950s/



 
C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Design Icon Irene Apfel Collaborating With Happy Socks For "Funky Chic" Prints

Knock Your Socks Off....Irene Apfel Is Designing For Happy Socks! 


My absolutely favorite designer, Irene Apfel is collaborating with my absolute favorite Swedish sock company to feature six new prints that will knock your sock off! At 95, Irene is such an inspiration! You go girl. Here are some links you will enjoy:

In Style article:http://www.instyle.com/fashion/iris-apfel-launches-happy-socks-collection

Happy Socks Company: https://www.happysocks.com/us/colabs/local-heroes/

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Picturesque 1950s-1960s Gravel Art Featured On Facebook Page

Gravel Art: Favorite Hobby in the 1950s and 1960s...Now on Facebook


Glenn Waters has taken the time to establish both a website and Facebook Page dedicated to the popular 1950s and 1960s hobby of making Gravel and stone Wall Decor artwork. These kits kept many  postwar dads and moms busy. My dad has made the Queen and King below and Im wondering if this image I came across could actually be dad'd work. I also fondly remember a set of parrots he carefully crafted at our dinette table.

Popular Gravel kit themes were exotic birds, Geisha girls, poodles, jesters,  Asian landscapes, musical instruments, florals, seascapes, religious themes, wine and fruit and more. Also check out: https://www.pinterest.com/jolene2628/gravel-art/

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.comDianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Susan Waggoner's Nostalgic Holiday Books Delight Baby Boomers

Christmas In October With Susan Waggoner's Delightful Holiday Books

I recently discovered Susan Waggoner's  series of books on Nostalgic topics: My readers will LOVE LOVE LOVE these books. The pictures bring you back to your childhood days and you will adore vintage images of your favorite memories! While the titles appear to be Christmas focused, the books will dazzle you with photos and advertisements of  your  favorite holiday catalogues, toys, shopping, gatherings, decor and more. These books are for everyone !

 For more titles see: https://www.amazon.com/Susan-Waggoner/e/B001H6WE8W/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

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