Thursday, December 31, 2009

Clothing Conservation

Came across these photos when I was researching images to go along with the "Down on the Farm" theme. These are from the Cornell University Library's photostream on Flikr. The 1st 3 photos are from a textiles and clothing department display at Farmers Week, February 1919. They are examples of garments made from men's shirts. The last photo is circa 1918 and is from a project on clothing conservation. It shows how to make a child's dress from a women's dress. People were way more resourceful back then. Here is hoping for a New Year filled with even a fraction of the amount of gumption these people had!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Antique Levi's

Here are some antique Levi's for you to take a gander at. The pair directly below was found in an abandoned silver mine in the Mojave Desert. They are from the very 1st production run of 501's. The pair on the bottom are Denim Waist Overalls which were used by miners. They had an extra side pocket for tools. These were found by a Nevada man while excavating his property and date back to the 1880's.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Women used to use feedsacks back in the day to make everything from aprons, children's clothes, and quilts to skirts and undergarments. Originally the feedsacks were unbleached cotton with the company logo printed on them, but in the early 20's the feed companies got wise and started printing them with colorful prints. Paper became cheaper and the printed cotton bags went by the wayside. How sad. How cool would it be to go to a store like Costco nowadays and get a mega bag of something in a sweet printed cotton bag. Sometimes progress just sucks! If you would like to learn more about feedsacks you can check out some history at the Womenfolk website.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Down on the Farm

Thought we would post a few more Spring Trends in the next couple of weeks. "Down on the Farm" is a trend we are seeing emerging. Key elements are gingham checks, white lace and eyelet, sun faded worn in stripes and checks, feedsack florals and distressed denim. Things are either crisp and clean like they have been freshly line dried or distressed and faded like they have seen much wear. Below are a few pieces from our collection that go along with the theme.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Happy Holidays! xoxo birds of ohio

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Twas the Night

Here are a few pieces of vintage holiday fabric. The 1st image is my favorite and was found on the site "True Up." The next 2 were found in the Flikr vintage fabric group.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


We like birds if you have not figured that out already. Wish we had some of these vintage bird ornaments for our tree.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas Lights

Here are some vintage lights to brighten your day. 3 days to go!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Countdown to Christmas

Christmas is quickly approaching. I can't believe how fast it came this year. Just a few more gifts to find, then we are set. Here are a few images of vintage Christmas ornaments for your viewing pleasure.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Vintage Elixirs

Is progress killing design? I would much rather have these bottles in my medicine cabinet than the ugly plastic child proof cough syrup and ibuprofen bottles we have today.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Bottles with Type

Who needs those pesky labels on bottles when the logo can be integrated into the bottle. I guess the nutritional information might be kinda tough to make out. I think I'd rather have a cool looking bottle than know how many calories I am drinking. I mean come on, if you are drinking a diet soda you know there are no calories but lots of scary chemicals. If you are drinking a straight up soda, you know it is probably not the best thing for you calorie-wise but............"Once it hits your lips it's so good." A little shout out to Will Ferrell's character Frank from the movie "Old School."

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Jeff and Holly Antique Bottles

More vintage glassware. I guess I like objects that are functional in pretty colors. These images are all from the site Jeff and Holly Noordsy. They specialize in the sale of Antique bottles, glass and such. The grouping above are utility bottles, the middle ones are flasks and the last ones are bitters bottles. If liquids were housed in bottles as cool as these we might all think twice about discarding them. Maybe things will come back full circle, with milk, soda and the like packaged in bottles you bring back to the store to be reused. I remember the days when we had to pay a deposit for the bottles in our 6 packs of soda.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Here are a couple more random pictures from the Rosebowl. I love how the glass above was arranged into mono chromatic color groupings. I have been drawn to colored glass as of late, not sure why. Maybe it is due to my upbringing in the "Glass City." Below is another downfall of mine, ceramics, and brightly colored to boot. These colors would make a sweet palette. Last picture is for my new obsession with ethnic blankets.

Monday, December 14, 2009

English Bus Stop Signs

It has been raining here like cats and dogs, but luckily it let up yesterday for the Rosebowl. Found some great things to add to the collection. Also snapped a few pictures of some things that caught my eye. Here are a few pictures from a booth that was selling British bus stop signs. Most of them were black and white but the one above was my favorite with brightly colored stripes.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Latvian Patterns

I did a little image research on Latvian Patterns after seeing the tons of examples at the Estate Sale we went to last weekend. I found a post on the blog Ilga's Knitting World from last year about an antique Latvian Pattern book set. It looks like it is filled with tons of examples, tried to see if there were any available to buy online, but they look like they might be kinda rare. Below is an example from the book + a random image of some hand knitted Latvian socks.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

A Few More

More examples from the Yugoslavia/Croatian Folk Embroidery book for your viewing pleasure.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

More Embroidery

Here are a few more examples from the Yugoslavia/Croatian Folk Embroidery book.