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Thursday, July 28, 2011

It's a vintage Summer

Can you believe that it is almost August?

The summer is just whizzing by.

I decided to put away the patriotic decor and put up something more summery. I'm a vintage kind of gal, so I decided on a vintage beach theme.

I still haven't finished my mantel. I gave you a sneak peek last week or so, but I still haven't finished it. So you will have to wait a little longer. But I did get this shelf area done. Let's take a look.

I "googled" vintage beach images and came up with these fine specimens.

I don't think I would have wanted to live during these time periods. It seems all romantic and all, but I'm sure I would have hated not having all the conveniences we have now.

I had to use this vintage photo of the Hotel Del Coronado as I grew up in San Diego County. And besides, who doesn't love the Hotel Del Coronado? The sand at the beach at the Del is softer than any other beach in San Diego. They have "special" sand.

I made all these images "wallet" size on Picasa. Then used mini clothes pins found at Walmart to hang them from some Dollar Store twine. Cheap is my middle name.

These three images I actually found on Pinterest. At first I didn't see what all the fuss was about in regards to Pinterest. Now I'm officially "hooked". Just not enough hours in the day to surf around it.

These bottles have stayed on this shelf for almost a year now. I think that is the longest I've left something in my family room. But bottles say "Summer" to me. I should have put a message in the bottles. I might still do that. If I can remember it by the time I get home tonight.

I love this vintage image of all the beauties in their swim suits. I was going to put this image on a pillow, but I'm too lazy. I was even too lazy to frame it. Just plopped it on an easel.

Added some shells, a starfish and my vintage beachy vignette was complete.

So what do you think? Should I add a message or two or three to the bottles? Or leave as is?

And speaking of Pinterest, while cruising around I found my perfect mantra.

Linking to:

Sat Nite Special @ Funky Junk

Weekend Wrap up @ Tatertots & JelloLink


  1. Hi Kim,
    I love this idea! Thank you for sharing it-I even have a mirror similar to yours.


  2. Such a super vignette. I love all the old photos. This is such fun and so pretty too. Hugs, Marty

  3. I love this post. Do these vintage images appeal to me because i'm old as the F word... can i say that? I don't know... but i love this vignette to death! It's nostalgic in the best way.


  4. Great header picture! It draws you right in.
    I think the beautiful soft beachy colors ares my favorite.

    Those old beach photos are a fantasitc addition to your shelf. Loved the one of the "bathing beauties" all lined up. I bet those suits were scratchy as heck. I think some of them were wool!?

    Now that I live here in the Desert I take off and go to San Diego every few weeks. I just posted some pictures of The Del on a post the other day. It is a beautiful hotel. Very expensive... I don't stay there, I just visit for the ambience.Ha!

    I sure can relate to your little message at the end of you post.

    xoxo Bunny Jean

    Yes, put a message in one of the bottles when you get home.

  5. Kim,
    I think this is my favorite of all the mantels you've done... LOVE IT!!

  6. I JUST bought those clothespins at Walmart yesterday, thinking of a Christmas card display, and here you go creating the perfect summer beach theme with the vintage photos! Love it!