Old Things from the Basement

I am spring cleaning my basement and have found a treasure trove of things. As I have way too many things - and am constantly tempted to buy new old things - I am selling some of them on my Etsy shop.

This is a really cute - sort of shabby chic - wall hanger. It will be perfect in the bathroom, kitchen or bedroom. I think it is from the 1950's or 1960's.

These dollies - six in all - were very popular in the 1950's-1970's in Denmark. I use them sometimes myself when I host a fancy dinner party.


Paper Dolls

I have begun to scan some more of my old paper dolls after I found a bunch in the basement. Some of which have belonged  to my mom, so they date back to around 1950-55. They are in pretty bad shape since they have been played with a lot - by my mom, my sister and I. My daughter can play for hours with paper dolls, but I have decided not to let her play with the original, falling-apart-dolls. Instead I will scan them, Photoshop-repair them and print them. Good as new :)

This is what one of the dolls looks like pre-repair. Front and back.

It was drawn by the Danish artist Ulla Pihl who gave her dolls a really sweet personality. According to online research this doll was called Askepot (Cinderella). In spite of trawling the Internet I have only been able to find a poor copy of a Finnish version of the whole sheet:


More Christmas Gnomes, Elves and Ornaments

I have sold about half of my Christmas elves, ornaments etc. on Etsy. Yay :) So, today I have stocked up and put more wonderful, Danish vintage Christmas decor on my little Etsy shop.

This is some of what's new:

Danish Christmas Heart Ornaments made of Papier Marche

Danish Felt Christmas Hearts on a String

Danish Yarn Christmas Elves on Wooden Sticks


Art Seiden - Illustrator of Books for Children

I really like these drawings by Art Seiden. These are from a book about what a great thing water is. In Danish it is called "Vand er vådt, vand er godt" (Water is Wet, Water is Good).


David McKee - Wonderful Stories and Colorful Illustrations

David McKee is perhaps best known for Elmer the Elephant. And cute as Elmer is my daughter and I have read another of McKee's works over and over again. It is called "The Sad Story of Veronica Who Played the Violin". It is nothing like Elmer, and it is targeted at a different age group so don't expect Elmer v 2.0. This is something completely different - and not very cute ;)


Steffie Lerch - Illustrator of Books for Children

Steffie Lerch was - I believe - a German illustrator of books. I haven't been able to find any information about her other than bibliographies. If anyone knows anything about her, please let me know and I will update my post accordingly :)

I know that she illustrated two much loved books. "Heidi" and "The Surprise Doll" ("Søndagsdukken" in Danish).

These images are from the latter.


Just Four More Christmas Gnomes - Nisser :)

Okay, so I just got to show these Christmas gnomes that I found yesterday. They were very photogenic and so here they are. They can also be bought at my Etsy shop. Though I don't mind keeping them for myself this Christmas. As you can see the twins have already moved in ;)