Posts Tagged ‘ vintage ’


When I was about 10 years old I was given a few boxes of old books.  These were books that belonged to my dad’s side of the family – his parents, aunts, cousins, etc.



I was in heaven.  Two of my passions: books and history, together.

Those books followed me around during my growing up years. I read them, loved them, tried to imagine the lives of the people who read them before me.

Some have names inscribed.   Ellis Van Gilder.  My Grandpa.


Lorena. 1948. My great aunt (Ellis’ sister). But who is Grandma Van? I’m assuming that is my grandpa’s grandma, but I don’t even know her name. Thanks for the book though, Great Great Grandma. It’s still in the family.

Betty Ellis. Theora Ellis was my great grandmother, but who is Betty?


Ahhh, the beginning of my love affair with old westerns. Louis L’amour will always be my favorite, but Zane Grey started it all.


I really heart books.

Lessons from an old farmhouse

Lesson 2: Vintage is cool.

I wish I had appreciated this more while we were actually living in our farmhouse. Check out these cool antique doorknobs! These were the kinds of things that we took for granted in our house.

3029995097_70271188dcWhile these aren’t actual doorknobs from our house (thank you, google, for the wonderful image) they are similar to what we had.

The tricky thing about vintage, though, is that it sometimes is synonymous with “doesn’t work that well.” Our doorknobs, unfortunately, came apart in our hands. The bathroom doorknob in particular. Try sharing 1 bathroom among 9 people and just see if that doorknob doesn’t get rattled.