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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Happy Birthday to Me!

What's It Wednesday #63

Today I celebrated my birthday. I started the day off by thanking God for His many blessings. Then I treated myself. Many of you may remember that I love to collect cigarette cases. 

If you didn't see that post, go to my Up in Smoke post. 

Then you will see part of my collection and how I have turned them into picture frames.

Well I decided to buy myself a birthday present so my BFF and I went to visit one of my favorite local antique dealers and she just happened to have this adorable compact purse. Of course, me being me, I could not possibly leave it in the store. 

I could not believe my luck. This purse is several of the things I love to collect all rolled up into one compact purse. I think I will call her Rose. Rose dates back to the early 1930s. 

On the outside of the purse is a place that holds your tube of lipstick. When you open her up, there are a couple of compartments. I was pleasantly surprised to find the mirror intact. On the right side of the first compartment is a compact.

As soon as I opened Rose up I wondered about the very fashionable original lady that once carried this purse around. Here you can see the compact was well used.

When I went into the second compartment, I found that this is where the dance cards and cigarettes were kept. I of course placed a picture of my darling son Sebastian in there immediately. 

I sang "Happy Birthday" to myself all the way home. 

I couldn't wait to take Rose out for my birthday dinner with the family. It was the perfect accessory for the evening. I can't tell you how many compliments I received carrying around this vintage purse. I can imagine how special the original owner must have felt when she carried it around. 

How will you treat yourself this year on your birthday?



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Artsy VaVa said...

Happy Birthday!!! Thanks for hosting the party!

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday Paula! I'll bet you felt special indeed carrying around that sweet little purse. Blessings, Patti@OldThingsNew

Unknown said...

Happy, Happy Birthday to you Paula!What a sweet treat you bought as well...

Shabby Brocante, Karen said...

Beautiful collection! Great featured posts! Happy birthday!!

Scrappy Pink Corner said...

Happy birthday Paula. Glad to see you have treated yourself to something you love and collect.
I will be celebrating my Birthday next month, at the youth fair again. love that place just to eat all the greasy and fattening foods.

sweet violets said...

Happy birthday dear lady!!! So glad you treated yourself to something special!!!

Maureen Wyatt said...

Happy birthday to the elegant lady with the chic evening bag!

SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Happy Birthday, Paula!! Hope you have a fabulous day with your loved ones :) Thanks for taking time to host on your special day too! Greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

Fete et Fleur said...

Happy Birthday to you! What a wonderful idea, turning old cigarette cases into frames. It's brilliant. Your little guy is such a cutie. You're so lucky! Have a lovely rest of your Birthday week.


Biljana said...

Thanks for hosting.
Happy Birthday dear Paula!

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

I love the ideal of turning the cigarette cases into picture frames, and Sebastian looks adorable. Happy Birthday.... love your purse, it's so sweet!!!
Hugs~~~ Daphne

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Paula. You certainly added a little beauty to your collection. Sebastian is so handsome, and that little purse is quite pretty too.Thanks for hosting..Happy Tuesday and Happy Birthday..Judy

Wesens-Art said...

Happy Birthday! Hugs from Germany.

Sandy said...

That is quite a collection and
it's nice that your friends and
family are finding more of those
really pretty cases for you.
Happy Birthday and many more!
Thanks for hosting once again!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Happy Birthday and Thanks for hosting the party.

I usually don't make a big deal out of my Birthday and I am usually working on it so it is no big deal but this year, I did do a post on being Live at 55! Because there was a time when I didn't think I would live to see 55....


Diane | An Extraordinary Day said...

Happy Happy Birthday!! I love your new treasures and your son is sooo cute in your lovely "frames."
Hope your day is fabulous in every way!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Well, Happy Birthday!!! And, thank you for the feature and for hosting. Wishing you a pretty week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

shannon i olson said...

Happy birthday!!! and thank you for featuring my chalk board. Have a great day ;)

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Happy Birthday Paula! You've picked out a fabulous gift for yourself and filled it with a your most valuable photo. :)


What a great colllection ! I'm a collector's addict so I can understant your passion.
thank you for hosting my French blog.
xoxo from PARIS

Alessandra said...

Happy Birthday!!!Another wonderful collection. I love the trasformation in' s a great idea! Your son is very sweet. Madeimoiselle by Coco Chanel is also my favourite parfume.

Alessandra said...

Happy Birthday! Another wonderful collection. I love the transformation in frame, it' s a great idea. Your son is very sweet. Mademoiselle Coco Chanel is also my favourite parfume.

Sarah Coller said...

That is just beautiful, Paula! I have seen your post(s) where you show placing pictures in an old compact and have always thought it was a neat idea! I can't wait to start estate and yard sales again!

Thanks for the party. I'm hosting my Homemaking Linkup Weekend and would love to have you join, if you haven't already!

Mrs. Sarah Coller

Anne said...

Happy Birthday!!!! What a lovely gift for yourself.I love the idea of using these as frames too!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Happy Birthday!!!!! Hope your day was super special. Thanks for hosting such a fun party. Hugs, Marty

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday and I'm just drooling over your treasures.
Love the sweet photo of son.

Cottage and Broome said...

Happy Birthday!!!! I love how you repurpose the cigarette cases with photos, a much better use. Love the roses on the your newest one. Thanks for hosting, Laura

lynn cockrell said...

Paula, your new case is so pretty! I hope your birthday will be very blessed and happy.

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!! I love your new compact. Couldn't believe there was stillpowder in there!!! It reminded me of my Mother who always had oe and I still have a little tube thing that held a lipstick tghat was hers. I love how you have turned them into picture frames, Your son is ADORABLE!!!! Thanks for hosting each week. Can you tell me what time you put the party up so I won't be so late???? Thanks!!!! XO, Pinky

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

Happy Birthday! I love your cigarette cases! My husband collects smoking stands, old lighters, etc, I need to find him some beautiful cases like yours! Have a great week....hugs, Penny

Christina Paul said...

A very happy Birthday! - Such a delightful post and what lovely gifts you found! Also thanks so much for featuring my Ireland in a jar craft- I'm thrilled!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Happy Birthday....and good for you to get yourself a treat! I just had my birthday and I bought a little bike for my outside...a treat for me!!

Terri~terrileeauthor said...

Happy Birthday to you and what a lucky find.
Looks like the perfect gift. And your son is too cute.....are you sure that's not a FAKE picture???? ha ha

Antiques And Teacups said...

And a very happy birthday to you! Love your purses and compacts! Great collection. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful birthday week!

Trisha said...

Happy Happy Birthday! Love the sweet Birthday gift you treated yourself to!


Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Happy Birthday to you!! I love this idea for using the cases as picture holders and your birthday treat is stunning. I have a little purse/case that belonged to my aunt, now it's going to have to come out of hiding.
Thank you so much for featuring my French canister set:-)

Barbara F. said...

Happy Birthday Paula! Sounds like you had a perfect day. Happy to join the party this week. xo

Curtains in My Tree said...

Happy Birthday Girl

Also great minds think alike. I also posted about my vintage cigarette cases on today's post

I love Birthday's I always want to make someone a Birthday cake, wish I was closer I'd bake you a Birthday Cake

Kathe said...

Happy Birthday Paula!! What a lovely treat to get for yourself! I love it :-) Thanks so much for hosting!

Anonymous said...

HAppy birTHdaY to yOu!
Hope this day brings everything you wish for!

Unknown said...

This is the first time I've linked up to your party. :) Thanks for hosting and Happy Birthday!

Temple said...

Happy Birthday ;-}

Donna Wilkes said...

I have spent my afternoon break here enjoying the links. I will return. Thank you for hosting!

Barbara F. said...

Patty/Paula, I don't know what that photo is that is shown for my post!!!! It is not mine, and makes no sense. I don't know how to fix it? xo

Jeannie and Linda said...

Paula, thanks for hosting the party. We appreciate you working so hard for us each week.

Have a lovely evening,

Linda and Jeannie at The French Hens Nest

Tablescapes By Diane said...

Hi lovely lady.
Happy Birthday!! Thanks so much for putting my St. Patrick's Day Tablescape on your blog so sweet of you. I hope you have a wonderful week with your family.
XXOO Diane

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Happy, happy birthday Paula! Sebastian looks so cute in your glamorous compact.

Bonnie said...

I enjoyed hearing about your passion for collecting and your delight with your find. Happy Birthday!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Happy Birthday Paula!! What a joy it always is to visit your most splendid blog!!

Boxwood Cottage said...

Happy Birthday dear Paula!
Your son Sebastian looks gorgeous and so handsome!
Great present you found for yourself!:)
I always treat myself with a trip to the antique market around my b-day too! This time I was happy to find two gorgeous bunnies ( a paper maché one and a Steiff one) for my collection and they come in very handy for my Spring and Easter decor. Hope I'll get a new blog post done soon.
Have a wonderful day!

Teresa said...

Happy Birthday, Paula!

"Doing collections, doing fashion is like a non-stop dialogue.
Karl Lagerfeld"

I might take courage this year, on my birthday, and begin a collection... the house where I grew up was full of collections, that were not to be touched just admired and one day they were gone and I felt homeless so deep inside I must have vowed not to collect. At all. But soemtimes I wish I did. Touchable things. So, who knows?, maybe this is the year...

You have a very handsome Family! Congratulations all around!

Pride In Photos Beauty said...

Well first of all thank you for inviting me to your party here! won't believe this...we share the same birthday!! So Happy Birthday my friend! Third, what a unique collection you have...I have never seen anything like this. Kudos to you!

The Wilderness Wife said...

Happy Birthday from the North Maine Woods!

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday!
Hope it was a Wonderful day.
Thanks so much for hosting the party.

Allison said...

Happy birthday! that is a beautiful purse

Blessed Serendipity said...

I'm a bit late but HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! I hope you had a great birthday. You have a wonderful collection of cigarette cases and they display so beautifully together.

xo Danielle

Home Chic Club said...

Happy Birthday dear Paula!!! All the best sweets!!
Thanks you so much for this lovely party!
Hugs and kisses,

Katie B. of said...

Thank you so much for inviting me to join your link party. It's fabulous!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Paula,
Happy belated birthday!
You managed to find some real treasures over the years. Enjoy them and hope you will be adding many more years in good health.
Hugs to you,

Iris said...

Happy Birthday Paula!Thanks for your invitation.I happy to join the party

Hugs, Irina

Leslie Harris said...

What a great day to visit. Thanks for the invite Paula, and I hope you have a wonderful birthday.!
Leslie (aka Gwen Moss)

Liz @ Quirky Vistas said...

A very happy belated birthday to you, Paula. I hope you enjoyed the day and were celebrated with style!
Liz @ Quirky Vistas

Audrey said...

Thanks for the invitation to link up to your weekly party. I'm your newest reader and follower and would LOVE for you to do the same.
Audrey @

The Liberty Belle said...

Happy Birthday! Many returns of the day!

Karen said...

Happy Birthday Paula, beautiful compact!

Terra said...

Paula, I like your cigarette cases and how you transform them into picture holders, and the other sweet treasures too. It looks like you had a fine birthday.


Thank you so much Paula for your message. I'm pleased to add my link with my Venice costumes. (I alreday played in tuesday :) !!!!)

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Happy birthday, Paula.

Wow, that's just beautiful! I also love those cigarette cases. The engravings are so pretty and detailed.

Years ago a former boyfriend gave me a plain brass one that just happens to fit my bank cards.

Treat and Trick said...

Happy birthday and thanks for the invite!

The Porcelain Rose said...

Happy Birthday to you!!
Mine was Jan. 26th.
Thank you for the personal invite.
Wonderful link party!

Maureen said...

Happy Belated Birthday Paula!!! It sounds like you had a wonderful time. That purse is exquisite; what a great way to treat yourself!

Doll in the Looking Glass said...

Happy Birthday, Paula! What a lovely vintage purse to pamper yourself on this special day.


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!
You really got a neat, neat present there!
I was just thinking about your blog the other day - it's been a while since I've stopped by. I had reopened my Pintrest (account?) and had seen a couple of photos I'd liked from your blog - got me to thinking. Nice to see you again.
I was looking at business card holders the other day - thinking about how cool they can look in their little snappy-snapping cases. Then, seeing what you've done w/the cigarette cases ... that's really neat. Some nice whatchamacallits. And, your featured links have some great items in them too!
I'm visiting by way of Sarah's Homemaking Link Up, but I think you might also be on Pink Saturday? I'm link #47 on Sarah's and 78 on Beverly's. (My ID takes you to one of my other blogs.)
Enjoyed my visit and seeing you once again!
Thanks, Jenn

Pieced Pastimes said...

Hi Paula, Thanks for the invitation. I linked up my 'Tricycle Diaper Cake' and look forward to visiting some of the other links.
Take Care,
Pieced Pastimes
PS - 'Saturday Sparks' is still open if you would like to link up.

Palomasea said...

How late I am, dear Paula....but I wish you a very Happy (belated) Birthday!!!
What a beautiful gift...
- Irina


Happy Birthday sweet lady and many blessings!! How nice to be here and party with you, thank you for having me! I love your own birthday gift, I adore that adorable little purse!!

Laurel@ChippingwithCharm said...

What a fun collection!! LOVE them used as frames...your son is ADORABLE too!!


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