What to get that guy??

Everyone has one or two guys on their list that you have no idea of what to get them.

Make them smile with a Pin-Up matchbox.

Happy shopping.

Have you been Naughty or Nice????

The elves at Shandell’s have been busy making lots of new matchboxes themes for you to enjoy this Holiday Season.
Naughty or Nice, Peace & Joy, wonderful vintage pin-up girls for your guys to smile at. “WTF” to make gift giving fun.Vintage state souvenir postcards, you have a cousin in Mississippi that you do not know what to give, a Mississippi matchbox will make them smile.

Cyber Monday *15% off*

Take 15% off of your online purchase today

Monday November 28, 2011.

Enter cyber as a coupon code.

Stock up on all for the holiday season.

Home Page of MSN!!!!!


Got an email from a friend saying “Your matchboxes are on the home page of MSN.com”

How fabulous is this, Shandell’s vintage chicken matchboxes front and center.

50 Things Under $50.00 That’ll Make You Smile.

 

 

Baby It’s Cold Oustide!!!

Grab a box of matches,

light a pretty candle,

build a fire,

open a bottle of wine,

wish everyone,

PEACE, HOPE & JOY

Enjoy this Holiday Season!!!

Susan

House Beautiful-Thank you

I get a call, House Beautiful is putting one of Shandell’s matchboxes in their magazine.

All I can think about is how grateful I am.

A big thank you for putting Shandell’s matchbox in the pages of “The Best”.

Susan

Grow It Your Self

One of my daily reads, A Way To Garden did a story on WPA posters.  The graphics alone make you want to plant your own garden.  Well this year I was unable to plant a garden (but have big plans for next year).

The garden I have been growing has been Shandell’s, rearranging and planting new seeds in all different area’s.  In the next few weeks I will be adding a great new online store and my website get updated with lots to make you smile.

Enjoy the rest of your summer, see you in September.

Susan

Summer is around the corner, so are the parties.

matches on etsy

I cannot believe that the summer season is just around the corner.  Parties, events and plenty of barbecues are being put on the calender. As the invitations are being received, thoughts of hostess gifts will come to mind.

The editors of House Beautiful had Shandell’s matchboxes on their 2009 best “Holiday Gifts for under $25.”

Vintage Greek Key  wallpaper patterns, perfect for any party, cowboy boots for the summer barbecue, a polo themed matchbox for a day of watching games, a barnyard of chicken for a country picnic, vintage New York  images for your out of town guests, 19th century shells for a weekend at the beach.  The list goes on, along with the choices.
As a hostess gift, they will last longer than a bottle of wine or a box of cookies, and our large collection of styles—each drawn from our unrivaled 30-year collection of vintage imagery—would match any décor.

Let these light up your summer season.

Susan

Vintage Seed and Plant Catalogs inspired me this winter.

Vintage Seed Catalog Collection

Vintage Seed Catalog Collection

This winter, as I was organizing my flat files, I came across a wonderful bunch if vintage seed and plant catalogs.

The graphics intrigued me, they are an artistic travel through time.  Each tell a story of what was happening in this country when the catalogs were printed. I just could not resist putting these images on everything I make.  The winter months went by much faster as I was dreaming about my garden.

I think Sweet Peas were a very popular flower, there are so many catalog covers with them on it, one of my favorite I put on a night light.  This one was on a Burpee catalog from 1898.

David Landreth was the first person to produce a mail order seed catalog in the USA.  The art of hand drawn catalog covers have been replace by the camera.  The photos are beautiful, but pen and ink are my preference.

I love to garden, having my hands in the earth is a pleasure I share with millions. My dogs like to help me with it as well, they dig and I plant. How perfect.

Seed catalogs start arriving in early fall and are all in a basket waiting for the long winter days.

My friend Margaret, from A Way to Garden has been talking about them for a while.

This year I have decided to order only Nasturtiums and Morning Glories in as many colors and types I can find.  The white picket fence in front of my yard will be filled with lots of color.

Enjoy your journey through my seed catalog collection.

Hope they make you smile.

A Project for “The Sister Project”

the sisters group

There is this amazing place on the internet called The Sister Project, a network of blogs about sisters and sisterhoods of all kinds. A place where I have met the most incredible women from all over.  A place to learn about myself and sisters.  To share with sisters parts of my life.  This blog is the creation of Margaret Roach, a non blood sister of mine, a person that I thank daily for all the help in my life.  She is a true sister and seriously rocks.

I went on a journey to do a project for The Sisters (you can read all about it at TSP) using my vast amount of old stuff that I have collected and some that I went hunting for.  The results came out great.  This picture is the first part that I have finished, with lots more to come as I keep finding more fabulous ephemera, I will share it with you.

My favorite images are of two sisters??? friends??? washing each others hair.  The way they are smiling is wonderful, look at the Saddle shoes, the clothes and the hair.  What an amazing time in our history.  I put these images on matches.

You can have a chance to win them, just visit The Sister Project and leave a comment.  The winner will be picked on the 21st, just in time for Christmas.

Wishing all of my sisters who have supported me lots of PEACE, JOY & HOPE.

Susan