it's an upside down world ...
Tags: Vintage, nifty thrifty tuesday, cottage style decorating, vintage sewing notions, rick rack, vintage globe
Do you ever feel like the world is upside down?  I do.  Anymore, wrong seems to be right, ugly is seen (by some) as attractive, and purity is often mocked and considered old-fashioned and stifling.  So when I stumbled upon a diminutive globe/paperweight at the Goodwill and realized the world was upside down, I laughed and gladly handed over my $3.00. 

This little guy is marked Rand McNally  & Co.'s New 3 Inch Terrestrial Globe.  It stands just 5-1/2" tall.  I did some research on it and discovered it was made in 1891!  I don't know if the fact that the globe is mounted upside down makes it worthless or valuable ... any thoughts, my friends?

Regardless of its value, I'm glad I found it as it's very unusual and in great condition.  I tried to flip the globe, but the steel pins are inserted into wooden plugs and I was afraid to damage it.  Just goes to prove, you never know what treasures can be found at the thrift store!

The other goodies I picked up this week are not nearly as intriguing.  Bambi hails from Hong Kong and stands just 5-1/2" tall also.  I think these two "treasures" look awfully cute together ...

I also picked up this old brayer that I intend to use when I get back into making journals.  I told my art-student son (soon to graduate, Lord willing!) that I bought a brayer and he had no idea what I was talking about.  I told him it's a tool to smooth out air bubbles and the like when doing printmaking and collage ... he said, "Oh yeah, now I know what you mean ... "  I have to admit I was disturbed that a kid who has studied art throughout high school and college didn't know the word brayer. A case of in-one-ear-out-the-other, I'm sure. 

A big bag of vintage rick rack came home with me also this week.  One can never have enough vintage rick rack, I always say.  Rick rack manufactured today is made of synthetics and looks and feels like it.  Vintage rick rack is made of 100% mercerized cotton.  I think I paid $4.98 for the whole bag - some of the older packages are marked  $.15.  I was very happy with my purchase.

Easter is my favorite celebration ... "He is risen!  He is risen indeed!"  There is no better news.  So when I found a bag of wooden eggs, ripe for painting and perching throughout my humble abode, I snatched them up.  I bought two different colors of craft paint in soft turquoise and will soon paint these sweet eggs and sprinkle them with some brown speckles as fitting a true robin's egg.  Actually, I'm not sure robin's eggs have speckles ... but mine will :)

I purchased the ceramic egg carton at Ed Young's Hardware store when I went in for some 3" cabinet screws for the new vintage-inspired glass knobs I bought for my kitchen remodel.  I couldn't resist it, knowing I had the wooden eggs.  It was $7.99 and will be one of those decorations I use every year.  Cute as cute can be!

So despite the world being upside down, there's still an awful lot about it that's good and right.  Creating a family home that speaks of security, safe boundaries, consistency, respect, and tradition has always been important to me.  And even though my nest is empty, I carry on this mission because it blesses not only me, but whomever ventures inside.  Cuteness and kitsch evoke the warmth of yesteryear so it's my duty to carry on ... wink-wink!  What a mission!

Thanks for stopping by, friends.  And thank you to all those who made the decision to "follow" Cottage and Creek.  I cannot be considered a "newbie" anymore because today I got my 100th follower!  Woohoo!  Thanks for your support and encouraging words.  I'm a happy girl today!

Best wishes ... Lynn

Please visit the following blogs for more vintage inspiration:
Selena's Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl
Linda's Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Bonnie's Twice Owned Tuesday at House of Grace
Suzanne's Vintage Thingies Thursday at The Coloradolady
Leigh's Thrifty Thursday at Tales from Bloggeritaville


Reply from: Junker Newbie Stephanie on 3/1/2011 6:11 PM
 Love it!
Reply from: Beverly on 3/1/2011 7:20 PM
 Lynn, congrats on your 100th, how exciting. I really enjoyed your blog today and love the globe and Bambi. The eggs were a great find .. I worked on some Easter decorations today.. can't wait to see what you do with them.
Reply from: Sharon on 3/1/2011 7:26 PM
 Ha Ha this would make you 'Down Under' , Sharon 102 xxx
Reply from: Linda@Coastal Charm on 3/1/2011 7:31 PM
 How funny that it's upside down and what a cute cute bambi...thanks so much for coming to my party! Blessings, Linda
Reply from: Fiona on 3/1/2011 8:53 PM
 Your antique globe is so cool but oh how I wish I would find a collection of rick rack like that! Haberdashery supplies tend to be pretty few and far between in op shops in my area, unless you're looking for double ended knitting needles!
Reply from: Betty on 3/2/2011 1:20 AM
 Hi, I'm visiting via NTT. I agree the world seems upside down and backwards. I think it partly explains my attraction to vintage things. I love globes and I think yours is the coolest I've ever seen. Just think, 1891, just 3 years after the founding of The National Geographic Society, 30 years before the discovery of King Tut's tomb. It's a great find.
Reply from: Sherri on 3/2/2011 6:44 AM
 LOVE the litte Easter eggs.. can you believe it's almost that time.. The months are just flying by for me.. Can't wait to see your eggs when your done :)
Reply from: Ashlie on 3/2/2011 6:57 AM
 Hello there! Thanks for your comment on my newbie blog. I actually clicked to you last night from ATG before I saw your comment, guess we have similar tastes!
Reply from: Brittany on 3/2/2011 8:07 AM
 I wonder if your globe was made in/for a country south of the equator. Once upon a time I seem to remember hearing that some maps and globes are made "upside down" because in South America there are folks who don't feel that south needs to be down and north up. Just a thought...
Reply from: Carol @ Old Glory Cottage on 3/2/2011 10:31 AM
 I love that little globe. I guess by 1891 they knew that the world wasn't flat, but maybe they thought it was upside down! Great finds, and that sweet Bambi looks great next to the globe!
Reply from: Karie Jackson on 3/2/2011 1:44 PM
 You picked up some real treasures. I love the upside down globe. I would have bought it for sure. Also all the sewing notions is great. What a fun sort of stuff. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful day. Karie
Reply from: lavender dreamer on 3/2/2011 8:27 PM
 I LOVE that tiny globe! It really is the cutest...and wonder about the fact that the world is upside down! Fun to know if that makes it more valuable! I have a little deer just like this one! How sweet! ?
Reply from: Anna on 3/2/2011 9:30 PM
 Awesome finds, I can't get over that little globe, it is wonderful. And your so right, can't ever have too much vintage rick rack - especially baby rick rack!!
Reply from: sherrie on 3/2/2011 10:52 PM
 So many goodies. I had to laugh that upside down globe is priceless!
Reply from: Jocelyn on 3/2/2011 11:19 PM
 Love the globe and your little Bambi., But the real prize is the sewing notions!
Reply from: Robin on 3/3/2011 2:42 AM
 I love your finds. The globe is fun, I like that it is upside down. The the sweet little deer is adorable.
Reply from: ann on 3/3/2011 12:19 PM
 what a conversation piece the globe makes!
Reply from: coloradolady on 3/3/2011 10:34 PM
 Oh, what amazing things. Love the vintage ric rac and what a sweet, sweet dear! Happy VTT!
Reply from: sherry on 3/4/2011 6:46 PM
 You made some great finds. I love that little globe, how unusual. And who won't love Bambi!!! ~~Sherry~~


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