Sep 24, 2010

Welcome to Creating Vintage Charm ~ Now let's party!!!

First off, what does Vintage really reminds me of? It reminds my of my home country in my childhood years. The life we had back then, the way my family decorated their home. They way everyone dressed. Mind you I am in my 30's but you wouldn't believe the leap from being raised on an island in the 70's, early 80's to now being in the US. Back then Malta's commerce was highly taxed. Agriculture and local factories produced food and some furniture. Women were VERY crafty. My mom sewed ever piece of clothing we wore and curtains. So did Nanna and all my aunts. (Lots of inspiration there for me) My other Nanna, was into crochet lace. She did doily's and runners and table cloths. Crafts classes were mandatory since high schools there to this day separate girls from boys into different schools. So we get to learn sewing and crochet, cooking (didn't pay much attention in this class I think...tehee)

My mom adorned our home with Rococo and Baroque Era paintings and pieces. 
Pinky and Blue boy of course. 
The swing by Fragonard

I could look at these paintings for hours, looking at the details.
She had a lot of the pretty vases with flourescent paint and romantic couples.

She gave me a set of plates, last time I went to visit. They used to hang in the hall way in her home, and coming back to the US I felt like I was bringing a piece of home with me.

When I gave birth to my first child, she passed on to me, these lovely old baby gowns that I used to wear when I was a baby. The receiving blanket, in white linen, embroidery and lace. I love them!!!

The altered book shows a picture of my Nanna when she was a little girl (sitting on the chair) My great Nanna is wearing her Victorian gown.

I thank you all for celebrating with me the launch of my new magazine, Creating Vintage Charm. I also want to thank everyone who contributed whole heartedly for my new venture. Thank you for your time and for your faith in me. In return you will get a magazine full of your beautiful creations, share with you the lot of talented, beautiful people out there and hoping to inspire many others to create too. 

Please make sure to visit other blogs who are joining me in my celebration and read about their work and inspirations. 

Tomorrow I will announce the participating winners for the two free copies of the magazine!! The printed magazine is available to purchase online (only) and it will be shipped out to you. You can purchase here.

Enjoy visiting with us!! 


Unknown said...

What a beautiful post filled with so much eye candy. Everything in my life seems to be centered around Vintage these days.

Thank you for hosting this party. Congratulations on the launch of your new magazine. I can't wait to see the first issue.


Unknown said...

The link on the list for me is connected to my post announcing your party.

My party post is:

Have a lovely party.


Anonymous said...

So happy to have been able to join your sweet party!

I am looking forward to finding a copy of your magazine when I go to the big city next week!! It looks like just the kind of magazine I fall in love with!

bee blessed

Elyse said...

hi sonia,

beautiful post and full of vintage charm!

congrats to you on having this idea and making it all happen! so proud of you and hope you are proud of yourself, too!

enjoy the party!


Hearts Turned said...

Loved this post! How wonderful that your mother surrounded you with so many beautiful things when you were mother did the same...probably why we both love vintage like we do!

Enjoy the party and the success of your new magazine!


Bella's Rose Cottage said...

Hi Sonia, Lots of lovelies:-) How great to have grown up with a mother who shared her love of beauty:-) Congrats on the magazine, I ordered mine today, and can't wait!

Anonymous said...

Good morning all follow Creating Vintage Charm lovers! I will be heading out to set up for a craft show with Antica Treasures here shortly but had to stop in at the party to say Hello...I am still on Cloud 9 with my copy of Creating Vintage glorious are the pictures...makes me what to just create, create, create...I am so proud to part of such a great vintage adventure. I really enjoyed reading all the articles of the artists. The pictures were total eye candy..could look at them all day. In fact, I am taking it with me to the craft show...maybe just seeing it with make some others want their own copy. I will have to put the purchasing info on my index cards. Ladies have a wonderful party...I love being connected to all of you through our love of vintage...Celebrate! Becky of Becky's Rose Cottage

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

So excited to receive the magazine!

Your photos today are full of pretties...the lady on the swing is my favorite!!

Have a nice weekend,

Unknown said...

Congrats on the launch! I received my magazine yesterday and was in heaven! Page after page of yum.

Your memories are sweet! I can see why you love all things vintage!

Off to see more blogs!

Melanie said...

Congratulations Sonia - Launch day is finally here! I can't wait to see my copy of the first edition of Creating Vintage Charm - this is the perfect magazine for artists to be able to show off their cottage style creations!

Love, Melanie

Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio said...

This is going to be big! Thanks for including me, and enjoy your new venture. I certainly will.



Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio

Brenda ~ The Heminger Farmhouse said...

Hello Sonia :) Congratulations on the launch of your new magazine!! I'm going to be ordering my copy of it! Beautiful photos in your post!

Warmest hugs to you, Brenda

Jane said...

Congratulations on the launch of the magazine! I have ordered my copy and can't wait to see it. There is such a love of all things vintage so your magazine will definitely strike a cord with so many.
I've linked a project on my blog for the party and look forward to visiting the other participants.

Adeline Country Cottage said...

Hi Sonia,

First I would like to say Congratulations on the launch of your first of many magazine issues, and having this wonderful party...I'm almost visited them all and waiting on a few so I can go back visit...I have enjoyed myself so much that I ate two family blocks of chocolate (tummy bursting) thank you!!!

I can understand you looking at the paintings for hours, I love The Swing painting...something about feeling so free, the way her dress flows so beautifully, filled with love and romance, I love how your mother kept your baby gowns as did my mother, something so special to keep, and put our own children in....beautiful post Sonia.

PS: Mum said to say I had a good time...

Lynn-Teacupstitches said...

Hi Sonia!
I just found out about your fabulous new magazine thru Terri's blog and can not wait to recieve my issue!!
It looks like it is filled to the brim with inspirations!!
Thank you and all the ladies involved for creating such creative fun!!

Amy Chic said...

What a wonderful thing you are doing. So excited to see something like this and can't wait to get my issue of your new magazine!!

Everything looks so charming and fantastic.

Terri Gordon said...

Hi Sonia, What a beautiful post, I can't wait to get your magazine, congratulations, it looks wonderful. Lots of Luck. Hugs, Terri

debi said...

Beautiful post Sonia! How fun seeing all your special treasures. You have alot of beautiful pieces...and beautiful memories to go with them.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Sonia,

Vintage is the antidote to all things 'made in China'... Those items don't have a soul, no character and thus no sentimental attachment.
Glad you had a fine line of women in your family history that taught you early on how to value things.
By the way, my husband used to have a student from Malta at one of his short courses at his college... so it kind of brings us closer to you!
Congratulations for being able to publish your own magazine!

Sunny greetings from Georgia,


Unknown said...

Hi Sonia!

First of all congratulations on the launch of your new fabulous magazine. I am waiting for mine to arrive any day now. Can't wait! I'm a bit late,but having a fun time visiting all the blogs and partying with you all. Love,love,love your post! OMG...everything is gorgeous to say the least. Thank you for sharing and thank you for hosting this party. Come on over for a visit.I look forward to it. ;-)
Janet's Creative Pillows

Our Hopeful Home said...

I made it! Whew! Better a tad late to a party than never, no? Thank you so much for hosting this amazingly inspired party to launch an amazingly inspired magazine! I had a ball participating and can't wait to visit my fellow partiers' blogs and see what they've been up to!

Sherry Hicks said...

Sonia, Thanks for sharing your photo's and your story, I have spent the day going through 75 blogs What a fun party, and a chance to get to see many beautiful items and many heartflet stories!! Congratulations on your new magazine I hope it is a huge success!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

Dear Sonia,

thank you for hosting such beautiful event with so many beautiful vintagey pretties to be inspired and shared.. and your vintage paintings are just lovely! last but not least, Congrats on your new magazine and wish big success for you!