What Does Vintage Mean To You?

DSCF2269        Vintage is a word that you might find anywhere, from magazines to antiques to the runway, the model kind. They say history tends to repeat itself right? If that adage holds true then why wouldn’t the furniture, clothing and other items that people attach the vintage logo to make a comeback every 30 years, give or take. But does it come back in the original form or does it come back with a touch of modern flare to it? While you might find something vintage at an antique store, flea market etc, you are more likely to find something new as “Vintage Inspired”.

Lets look at the difference to be Vintage means, even that needs to be defined. A search on the Google machine, too lazy to find the real DSCF1803dictionary, actually says that Vintage is as noun defined: 1. The yield of wine or grapes from a vineyard or district during one season 2. Wine, usually of high quality, identified as to year and vineyard or district of origin or 3. The year or place in which a wine is bottled. I will concede that vintage wine is the best kind, I’m not writing about wine. If we look at vintage as an adjective it means, 1. Characterized by excellence, maturity, and enduring appeal; classic, or 2. Old or outmoded. We’re getting somewhere now, classic, mature, old, uummm maybe not getting somewhere. Vintage inspired is an item that has been inspired by or modeled after something old, out of date, etc.

DSCF1960Why am I going on and on about definitions. I was recently, 4 months ago, that’s recent in my hectic life, stumbled upon a blanket pattern and instantly fell in love with the pattern, not the price of the pattern, but the pattern. It was unlike any blanket I’d ever seen. I found a link on Pinterest while searching for crocheted blankets. It took awhile to find a link that wasn’t broken, but I did and for a few weeks I admired it, as its now pinned to my Blanket board. I gave in and bought the pattern and looking back now I’m sure glad I did. The name you ask “Vintage Crocheted Blanket” by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas. While I purchased through Raverly, on online pattern website, you can purchased from the website. There are two versions. The baby blanket or the adult throw and afghan. I purchased both. The blanket had vintage in its name and when you read the description on the blanket from the website it says this to describe the blanket:DSCF1810

“Nostalgia with a modern twist.” Among the many things we miss about our dear friend Pam Reece is her crochet savvy. She loved to take a familiar, even nostalgic idea and give it a modern twist.”

No matter which semantic you use, vintage, or vintage inspired we can revel in that nostalgic feeling, something that maybe reminds of years or people that have passed but allows us to impose our personality into it.

For me Vintage is an idea of things from the past. Things that may be gone, old or out of date but can be reinvented, revamped and be useful today, it simply takes someone willing to see the potential in the old to be new.

So I urge you to not pass over things that may seem old, or out of date, but to embrace your creatively and add a bit of the modern touch you may like. History repeats itself after all, its your job to make your history just a bit better, because someday someone will reinvent your idea of history.

Go forth and be creative. On your way I hope that you find inspiration in my “Vintage” blankets or search for vintage inspired patterns….

~Mel DSCF2270