When I see Christmas cards from the 50s and 60s I think of when I was a kid and my mom would work at the dining room table where she’d set up piles of Christmas cards, the address book, holiday postage stamps, and her favorite pen.

She sent out many, many cards each year to family and friends, with most cards including a handwritten message or letter.

My friend gave me a box of vintage cards that had been sent to her family years ago.

They reminded me so much of the cards on the dining room table, and that makes me feel happy!








The inside greeting may be a sweet little poem or a simple line.

Happy New Year wishes were often included in the Christmas greeting.






Of course, there are plenty of Christmas angels to point the way to the meaning of Christmas.


Don’t you just love these little angels I found at a thrift shop in Germany?


I love their golden crowns and Princess Leia hairdos.

Opps…oh no!….after my photo shoot an angel fell and broke her wing.

But be not afraid!

For I have come with glue and good news that we all fall down now and then and what is broken in your life can be fixed with a little time and love.




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Take advantage of lazy summer days by creating a vintage style sitting area that takes only a few minutes to set up!

Follow me to my backyard and let me show how you can put together your own lovely summer place where you can escape to without having to leave home.


Wasn’t it just summer with birds singing and morning coffee outside on the back steps?

I was looking back at fall pictures I took (before I got my fancy shamancy camera) and pulled out some favorites taken with my plain old camera.

Looking across the street.

autumn leaves in MN


The sun cast a perfect light for a photo shoot.

Fresh flowers were arranged in a vase and a cake looked pretty on a glass cake plate.

Then, before I even took the first picture I got the call….

vintage white vase


Hi friends! Thanks for stopping in here at Renew and Remember.

Life has taken some twists and turns for me this summer, but I am getting back to what I like to do…blogging about vintage treasures!

Stay tuned.

A new blog post is in the works and it’ll give you the scoop.

In the meantime, I’m on Instagram most days.

Take care and check back soon…..!!!!

A warm hello from a cold place.

That place is Minnesota.

When I look out my window on a winter’s day, I can hardly believe that in a few months green will replace the white and warmth will replace the cold.

But for now it’s as winter as winter gets.

winter window


I love looking through cookbooks printed by community or church groups.

The older the better.

These softcover, low budget books that are spiral-bound or held together with staples, even yarn, contain tried and true recipes that women were proud to share.

From a typewriter to an office mimeograph machine or a local print shop, they were usually sold for fundraising needs such as a library addition or missions work.

Here’s a gem I found in a Duluth thrift store.

Twig MN cookbook

Smorgasbords in Minnesota’a Northwoods, by the Ladies Aid of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Twig, Minnesota.


The little birdhouse that came from my childhood home now sits in our backyard.

A few birds poked their beaks in this summer, but none settled in.

It looked so lonely and birdless especially on a foggy morning, that I felt I needed to do something for this old house.

So on a perfect sunny day, I enjoyed sitting at the picnic table while I worked on the makeover.

Here is the BEFORE….


And, here is the AFTER!