My favorite color has been grey as long as I can remember. Thirty plus years ago, I took my bright blue Karmann Ghia to Earl Scheib to have it painted dove grey (sacrilege, I’m sure, to classic VW enthusiasts, but I thought it looked really classy!).
Lately, I’ve been trying hard to introduce color into my wardrobe and home décor … a bit of a challenge for me. But this huge vintage classroom map of California, looming over my shoulder here in my office, serves as an inspiration to bring a little vibrance into my life. I love the retro palette! I’m sure that time and exposure have softened the map’s original hues, and that’s fine with me. I can never imagine using all these colors in one space, but a little bit here and there couldn’t hurt. Right?
The Vista Press was the northern San Diego city’s newspaper for 69 years, beginning in 1926. I found this old newsboy’s canvas vest at an antiques shop in Vista. Designed to be worn over the carrier’s neck, it held papers in front & back pockets. I shipped it off to my infinitely talented sister to reimagine it as something new …
After giving the vest a good cleaning, she salvaged every part of it to create two fab totebags. She inserted small magnets where the original d-rings were as closures. The handles were made from leftover dark brown carpet binding, which she bleached to match the color of the logo. All lovingly created on Mom’s 1960′s sewing machine (on which she made our baby clothes!).
A classic workhorse being put back into service!