Monday, May 18, 2009

Up-Scale

There is just something so nostalgic to me about old metal things with numbers...old clocks...
old rulers...old thermometers and old scales. I found this old metal air mail scale last
week and just LOVE it! It is perfect to use to "up-scale" the vignette on the entry hall table.
This scale allows me to add height to this little vignette of an old clock, Syrocco squirrel tray and a metal flower frog that holds a favorite old photo. It is also just a fun and funky piece to have around the house.
I love to layer and here is an old suitcase topped with a great old book and an ironstone plate with a bird's nest and cloche.


Wouldn't it be wonderful to only mail a local item for a mere .07 cents?
Man, times have changed! Sure wish we could "scale" things back (yeh, pun intended).

36 comments:

A Stitch In Thyme said...

I'm loving the old suitcase you have! I can see the corner of it sticking out. Love the air scale. How cool is that?

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Very cool pictures. Your scale added great dimension. I love to display old things.

Jocelyn
http://happycottagequilter.blogspot.com/

Cindy (JunqueArt) said...

Love your scale! I found one several years ago for a few dollars and it reminded me of my Grandfather. He was a Post Master. I use mine for height too and am constantly changing what's on it and around it! Enjoy yours!!!

Vee said...

That's a sweet vignette...not romantic as in roses and lace, just sweet as in charm. Yes, wouldn't it be nice to scale back on those things that weigh us down?!

Faye said...

My sweet Becky,I loved your post. Hope you are having a great day! Blessings, Faye

Allidink said...

My stepdad has worked for the postal service for 30+ years and has a really old postal scale LOL. It's fun to play around with. I love your vignette! I really really love it lol. It's so nice and totally awesome and vintage! Love vintage :)

All the best,
Allison

Amy said...

Hi Becky,
Great, great find! Very nice grouping. I can't believe mail postage used to be so inexpensive. It so happens... I just got back from the post office and thought how crazy expensive it is to mail a package. Thanks for taking us back.

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

Becky, How I wish you lived close by and could come help me set up by booth for the Memorial Day Flea Market - I have the best spot in the whole place - the old post office. I don't have to run if it rains because it's inside.

Thanks for inspiring me with your gracious style.
Lynn

Rochelle said...

Such a cute vignette...you have a way with decorating! :) That scale is such a find!
Have a great day!
Rochelle

becky up the hill said...

Lovely..just perfect. Do we love old paper, metal, wood, fake wood..lol..vtg textiles..throw in old numbers and you make me smile. Vtg is where it's at Missy..except I'm tired of my vtg van! Ha!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a wonderful piece to decorate with! We have an old typewriter that was my husbands grandfathers. It reminds me of your vintage scale.
Hugs,
Penny

Rosemary said...

I'm with you on that!
Love the vignettes!!
You always do a great job.
Thanks for visiting,
Rosemary

Connie said...

I love the idea of a little florist frog holding the mail or other tidbits, sugar. Very nice and creative.
xoxo,
Connie

The Tattered Cottage said...

Beautiful photos and arrangements! Love the new scale, the cloche with the nest is so sweet. I visited your "Cottage Photos". You are so talented and the pictures reflect a very inviting & warm home. I love how you have dispalyed your treasures and the vignettes....Love it.
Toni

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

Hi Becky,
I was at an antique show a few weeks ago and saw the coolest scale! I would have loved to buy it, but it was close to $1000.00 dollars. Darn! Just $20.00 over my budget. Hahahaha

Love the way you have it all displayed. Especially with that lovely old suitecase. Very cute!

Patricia :o)

PS: Aren't you glad you're too far to feel that earthquake? My daughter is visiting family in CA when it hit. And last year when my son was visiting, he also got to ride one out. I guess my kids really like to shake things up when they visit!

Tammy said...

Love the puns. ;D Cool scale. Nice vignette. I like how you gave the photos a soft focus look.

skoots1mom said...

love, love, love it

i'm not sure there's anything for $.07 anymore...most gum machines are $.25 nowadays

thanks for your prayers...she got thru surgery well...now on to rest and recovery :)

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What a charming vignette. That is such a neat photo you have in the frog, and I loved your puns! So witty. laurie

The Little Uke's Cukes! said...

Oh this is SOOOOOOO COOL Miss Becky! I have an old slide scale ruler that belonged to my father from waaaaaaaaaaaay back when ~ I love to still take it out and look at it...but a scale ~ too fun!
Hugs, NEBS

Kris said...

Love the old scale and how you've incorporated it in the vignette.

Kris

♥Mimi♥ said...

Old pieces always bring me to wonder about the first owner. The person who went into the store and bought the state-of-the-art "whatever", brought it home and was so pleased that he or she had something "modern".

I collect vintage linens. Sometimes when I'm laundering them or standing at my ironing board I'll wonder about the hands that made my precious item. How old were they, how long did they live, why their family chose not to keep their labor of love.

Guess I'm just a sop for nostalgia but there's just something so comforting about having pieces of the past around my home.

Liz said...

A totally upscale vignette! :)

~Liz

My Shabby Roses said...

Your vignettes always are so wonderful!
You inspire me! I don't know if that's good or bad as you always give me something more to look for while out treasure hunting. (o:
Hope you have a GREAT day Becky!

Rue said...

I love things with numbers too! I have a Baby Ben just like yours in fact :)

I have been trying to find the perfect scale, but although I've seen a few of them I like, I haven't found "the one" yet. Yours is wonderful!

love & hugs,
rue

Elizabeth said...

You are the Queen of Vignettes! And of course now I want to go shopping. Grrrr...
But we've GOT to get together soon!

Gary and Elizabeth~ said...

Hi Becky,
It looks great!I love your little frog. Speaking of frogs, my husband went swimming on Sunday and we had a big frog in our pool. It sure was a hot weekend!.
Enjoy your day,
Elizabeth

Sue said...

How unique and unusual this piece is! I can remember when sending a letter via airmail was very special. I love what you did in this little vignette! :-)Sue

The Green Pea said...

Oh! Becky, love the scale pun.....To cute. What a great find, I love scales. Your display of old things is fun. Hope that bug goes away soon. Hurry up a go away. Sandi

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

Such a lovely vignette. You have such an eye and talent for creating such charming groupings. Your pictures look better than many I've seen in magazines. Great post!

BittersweetPunkin said...

Oh thats lovely...I would've grabbed that too for display for sure. I keep more treasures than I can part with...

Hugs,
Robin

Kathleen Grace said...

Great photos Becky and the scale is one of those unusual items that are real conversation pieces:>)

Elyse said...

hi becky,

so very cool and clever!

xo

Linda Crispell said...

I have a couple of old scales, too!
How did I miss your big sale? The cute red phone? I'm a knuckle head.
Your Pal,
Linda

Mimi Sue said...

Love your little vignette. Just read the post about the butterflies. The Holy Spirit is a power that is so awesome. I, too, have felt it in my life. It is such a comfort. I'm glad you have felt that peace in your time of need. Mimi

Tara said...

Oh Becky, I love #'s too. That is a gorgeous scale...the vingettes are just perfect, i have a soft spot for old things one of them being suitcases! thank you for sharing, lovely photos too!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I thought I had commented on your cute little birdies..but maybe it was on the chick and egg..I don't know. I hardly know my name anymore..
I just came to let you know I'm thinking of you...sending you love and a hug..
Fiona is getting SO big!
Mona