Snohomish Washington

I took a long overdue trip to Washington to my parent’s house on the Olympic Peninsula. I love the area because of the beautiful natural environment and all the trees. Daily life on the Peninsula seems slower, and it’s a good place to unwind and gather your thoughts.

Whenever, I travel I’m always hoping to find the mother load of long lost vintage treasures. Of course it usually doesn’t happen like that and most great collections of antique stores have been long before discovered by others. With that being said, if you’re ever in Washington and looking for antique and vintage items, Snohomish is a great place to start. The main shopping street is bordered by two bridges and the town has a very historic country feel.

Snohomish Washington

There are many antique stores in Snohomish, and their shelves are lined with rows and rows of antique and vintage glassware, home décor, toys, and paintings galore. The picture below was taken at the Antique Gallery.

Antique Gallery Snohomish Washington

Don’t get me wrong I love antique stores, but my favorite kind of shop has an eclectic mix of vintage, antique, and new items. I’m really into the whole shabby chic thing, and Snohomish has several stores right up my alley. The 2 pictures below were taken at a store called “Joy Works.”

Joyworks Snohomish Washington

Joy Works Snohomish Washington

The next 2 pictures were taken at a store called “Sweet Bee.”

Sweet Bee Snohomish Washington

Sweet Bee Snohomish Washington

Talk about inspiration! I love looking at all the different shop owners’ individual styles and preferences. Maybe just maybe, one day I will have a shop of my own. For now, I will continue hunting and gathering and selling my personal collection at my online store “Violet.”

DIY Felt and Paper Flower

I love making flowers out of fabric and paper, and this week I decided to combine the two. I have been making shadow boxes lately, and I wanted to create a flower that has dimension, but that is not too wide.

DIY Felt and Paper Flower

 Below is a set of instructions to create your own flowers:

DIY-Felt-Flowers

Iron Furnace Park, Lake Oswego Oregon

Today was a beautiful day to be in the Pacific Northwest. It was crisp and cold, yet the sun was shining! So like any true Oregonian, I decided to venture outdoors. My journey took me to a Lake Oswego Park called, “Iron Furnace George Rodgers Park.”

I have gone to this park several times in the past, and I really love it. There is a great play area for my 2 year old daughter, and beyond that there is a beautiful park alone side the river.

Iron Furnace Park Lake Oswego Oregon

Today, I took special note of the parks history. There is a beautiful old furnace that was built in 1866. The parks informational board states that the furnace was the first blast furnace on the Pacific Coast, and it is the only remaining stone furnace west of the Rockies. Hmm….I thought and what exactly is a blast furnace? Well come to find out, a blast furnace is used to produce iron.

Iron Furnace Lake Oswego Oregon

What a cool piece of history. As I continued reading the informational boards, I became intrigued by the old photos. I couldn’t help but wonder what life must have been like for these men and their families.

Minors 1866 Iron Furnace

It’s so easy to get lost in the day-to-day and forget about all the steps others had to take for us to be where we are. Here I am enjoying a great day with my family taking pictures in front of an amazing piece of history, but what was it like in 1866? Have we learned anything of true value and was there life of labor worth it?

Lake Oswego Iron Park

 

Of course I don’t have the answers to these questions. I think the point is to keep asking them, keep exploring, and keep enjoying those little moments of wonder.

My little wonder!

 

Depression Glass

When talking about vintage glassware the term “Depression glass” will inevitably come up. So what exactly is Depression glass? Unfortunately, this question is not as cut and dry as it seems. The Great Depression lasted from 1929-1939. During this time, millions of Americans were out of work and half of the banks failed. Interestingly, it was not during this time that Depression glass was actually born.

According to the book, Depression Glass by Ellen Schroy. I learned that Depression glass was actually being manufactured in the 1920s. The glass making industry was booming in states like Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Ohio. Manufactures where coming up with highly decorative pressed patterns and colors, and the public responded through their purchasing power. However, just when the industry was to enter into a golden age, the Great Depression hit. Manufactures were forced to cut back in the design department, and they began stretching material and ingredients, which is why the glassware became thinner and the bright colors became washed out.

Depression Glass

 

 

This matching sugar bowl and creamer pitcher is made of patterned Depression Glass. This particular pattern is called Florentine No. 2 and was manufactured by Hazel Atlas Glass in Ohio. They produced the pattern from 1932 to 1935. It is for sale on Etsy at “Violet.”

 

 

 

Many companies closed down; however, despite the hard times new glass companies formed and many imitated previous manufactures and patterns. Companies began advertising in women’s magazines. Because many people couldn’t splurge on glassware companies began giving pieces away at “dish night” at the local movies. This way their product was introduced to the masses, and any collector knows once you have one piece, you want another.

In conclusion, the term “Depression Glass” encompasses a wide scope. Some pieces coined with the term are not from the Depression period. I have also found that books and price guides can often conflict with one another. But in general it is dinnerware patterned glassware that was produced from 1920-1970, was manufactured in the US, and is highly sought after by collectors. Again in this article I used the book, Depression Glass by Ellen Schroy, as a reference. There is a ton of reading material on the subject. So check out a book, and hit up your local flea market and antique store, and see what you can find. You might just be amazed!