a wee oil can ...
Tags: Vintage, vintage oil can, old photos, vintage Christmas tags, ephemera, vintage Christmas seals, cottage style decorating
Anybody besides me love the movie What About Bob, starring Bill Murray?  As I ventured out today for the first time in over a week, I kept rejoicing that I was taking "baby steps" by resuming a few of my normal activities.  I went to the post office, Amvets, and the grocery store.  And though I'm tired now and realize my stamina ain't what it used to be, I'm happy I pushed myself for a few hours because I know tomorrow things will be that much easier. 

So much sitting around has made my creaky and stiff.  That reminded me of a cute little oil can I purchase a couple weeks ago at an estate sale.  I thought perhaps, like the Tin Man, I needed some lubrication.  I also remembered the hunk of old copper wire my mom brought over to put in my garbage so my dad wouldn't know.  She's been working hard at de-cluttering their basement and knows that if my dad sees "good" stuff in the garbage, he'll reclaim it and put it back in his workshop.  I think she thought I was kooky for rescuing the coil of wire from her garbage pile, but I'm glad I did!

I cut a small length of wire and secured one end in a vice.  Then I wound the exposed end around a screwdriver, very tightly.  I had a hard time getting the wire into the teeny opening but eventually succeeded.  It's in there nice and tight and makes a fun perch for old photos, cards, receipts, or whatever tickles my fancy.  I paid $3.00 for the little can and I just love it.

I'm a sucker for old Christmas tags and buy them whenever I'm lucky enough to find them.  I know I'm not alone in this love affair.  What is it about these old graphics that warms the heart so? 

Someday I'll figure out a clever and cute way to use them.  I have lots of "someday" projects.  What about you?

I got into the Christmas colored M&Ms today too.  Just keepin' it real.  I know I'm not alone.  I guess that's why I love my blog friends.  Kindred spirits, as Anne Shirley would say.  Nobody minds if you're a little creaky and stiff, or if you're as loose as a goose.  Nobody judges one's sweet tooth or lack there of.  And like old friends, bloggers are encouragers.  I've gotten lots of encouragement these last few days and I'm so grateful.  The public comments and private messages have meant a great deal to me, so thank you.  Stay loose, ladies.  Whatever form your "oil" takes, apply it liberally because flexibility is the name of the Christmas game.  That's what I'm learning from all the Hallmark and Lifetime movies!  Who knew TV could be so educational!

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Reply from: Mom Wald on 12/14/2011 7:27 PM
 Well, you sure a creative little elf this Christmas season! You might want to give Mom a heads up about the recycling value of some of Dad's stuff. Copper went up a bit ago so much so that people were stealing copper wire out of building projects and bits of pipe off the outside of homes. We managed to collect a couple bushel baskets when we cleaned out Grandpa's "junk" in his garage.
Reply from: April on 12/14/2011 7:48 PM
 My whole house is a someday project ;). I love what you did to the oil can! Cute!
Reply from: Brooke on 12/14/2011 7:53 PM
 Love your blog! Returning the blog love from Spruce Your Nest, I'm your newest follower :-)
Reply from: Pamela on 12/14/2011 8:10 PM
 What an absolutely fabulous idea! I just love the vintage post cards! Thanx for coming to party! Hope your week is going well!
Reply from: Mary on 12/14/2011 8:53 PM
 You have some lovely vintage collections. I love old graphics as well. You have a beautiful blog!
Reply from: coloradolady on 12/14/2011 9:18 PM
 Oh, your tags are so sweet. Every time I find them, I grab them up. The remind me of Christmas' past! I love the faces on the Santas. Great use of that oil can!! Happy vTT!
Reply from: Marianne on 12/14/2011 9:48 PM
 Hi, Lynn...I'm glad to hear you're out and about. Oh, your little oil can is a delight and of course you made it so much more so! You know, you're so right about the vintage Christmas tags. I think the illustrations make us feel warm and fuzzy because of the nostalgia that they conjure up. Though I wouldn't think you're as chronologically 'mature' as I am , but for me they remind me of when I was little. They were always bright and cheery to behold and still are to me. I like M & Ms, too. I've been eating way too many at work these days. I try to get the peanut ones to make me feel better about eating sweets...COL....Glad the Christmas spirit is alive and healthy in your neck of the woods. Much love, Marianne...xox
Reply from: LaVoice on 12/14/2011 10:21 PM
 You certainly burned someones trash into a work of art. That is a great idea and looks so good.
Reply from: RobinfromA on 12/15/2011 12:19 AM
 I love your oil can and what you did with it! I also think those tags are so wonderful and remind me so much of my childhood - wonderful!
Reply from: Betsy on 12/15/2011 12:12 PM
 Love this very clever idea. I have a huge "someday pile" of things in my garage. I need to take inventory because I forget what I have. Glad to see you put the rescued wire to good use.
Reply from: RHome410 on 12/15/2011 1:19 PM
 Your outlook always makes me smile. And you always have such cute ideas!
Reply from: revi on 12/15/2011 1:54 PM
 What a great way to use that cute little oil can! I also love your chair within a chair - reminds me of the old "infinite regression" thing of holding up a mirror to a mirror! -Revi
Reply from: acorn hollow on 12/15/2011 7:24 PM
 I was blog hopping and found you love your blog, I am your newest follower. Cathy
Reply from: Lavender Dreams on 12/15/2011 8:21 PM
 You have so many beautiful things and put everything together perfectly! Love the old tags, too! I just bought some 'new' prim tags to enjoy! Happy holidays to you! ?
Reply from: Verna on 12/17/2011 10:09 PM
 I love "What about Bob", so do my boys. It has always been one of our favorites. I love what you have done with the oil can. I too love vintage Christmas cards and tags and yours look lovely in your little oil can card holder!


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