My 1978 Retro Spring Vignette is centered around a 1978 crewel embroidery sample that I purchased from the Salvation Army a few years ago. It is signed “SB,” and dated 78.’ Read the precise definition of crewel here. I’m not actually sure if the flowers in the needlework belong with the spring or fall season. They sort of look like pansies. However, I was inspired to pair them with spring colors in similar 1970s hues of orange, yellow, green, and purple.
I have several pieces of Indiana Glass from their 1978 catalog. The 12” Bowl is #1346, an Avocado Garland Oval Centerpiece Bowl.
The 5 part Golden Amber Fruits Relish Dish is #0852 in the original catalog. Both pieces come in several different colors. I also own two Loganberry Bon Bon dishes from the 1978 catalog, and will likely be featuring them in my spring decor later this month. If you enjoy learning about the history of American glass companies, read The Sad Story of the Indiana Glass Company here.
The Spring Bouquet Wreath was fun and easy, and cost less than $15 to make. I wanted the flowers to resemble a fresh spring bouquet.
I made a reversible, tacked quilt runner from some green polka dot and solid purple fabric. I hand-embroidered “spring” from an old embroidery font pamphlet, to give it a nostalgic look.
I used a kindergarten teacher’s trick to dye the straw-colored balls an ombré purple. To dye your own, place the balls in a quart-sized zip lock bag filled with water and egg dye (blue and red make purple), then let them set until the desired result is achieved.
The wooden bunny cutout was purchased at a thrift store this past week. I plan to use bunnies and lambs in all of my spring decor displays this year. This little guy was a perfect enhancement for the wreath!
That’s everything! I hope you liked my 1978 Retro Spring Vignette!
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