FREE vintage digital images

I have a personal collection of vintage greeting, wedding, birthday cards, and other images that I have been wanting to share for quite sometime now. It's not really difficult, just tedious and time consuming. 
These are not the highest quality scans but feel free to use them for your creative projects. They can be found along the right hand column of this blog- organized by category.
Check back for updates! 

If you do happen to use any of the images and want to share what you've done, please provide a link and/ or #housesixvintage.

Basement Destruction

Over the Chistmas holiday our basement flooded- I wrote about it here. 
Slowly I have been removing the floor tile, floor molding, drywall, insulation, anything gross or questionable.
The floor tile came up fairly easily but was really heavy to haul away forcing me to do millions of small trips back and forth to the dumpster. Sort of like that prison break movie where the prisoner slowly digs a tunnel thru concrete to escape. To hide the evidence he fills up his pockets everyday and dumps the chiseled rock in the yard. Shawshank Redemption maybe?
Anyhoo, it has been a time consuming pain in the ass, but I have to admit the destruction is kind of fun.
Basement floor molding, lower walls, insulation, and floor tiles needed to be removed. This is how the previous owners "finished basement" was done: just cover the walls without drywall and stuff some insulation in there. No sealer, no vapor barrior.    
To see photos of the destruction and more ugly basement pics, click on "read more" below.

The Bloomindale Trail - 606 is open!

Opening day was yesterday, 6/6/15, and it couldn't have been more perfect. Even more amazing then I ever imagined, and there is even more planned... more parks, entrances, and a swimming pool at our entrance.  So excited!

photo via
Love this photo from Chicago Mag- our house is in this pic
I have had this photo saved for years- cannot remember who made this poster
official map
Photo of the trail from our porch taken winter 2015- easier to see without the leaves
here it is on opening day 6/6/15- behind the tree
These I took out walking the trail.
the western end at Lawndale

at Lawndale

entrance at Lawndale

Ridgeway entrance. Future home to a park and swimming pool.

Ridgeway entrance. Future home to a park and swimming pool.

At the top point at Lawndale facing west.

ymca is to the right

at Lawndale

at Lawndale

facing our house

Monticello- facing our house

our street

our street from bridge

our street from bridge


Look who we saw: the two dogs (and their owners) from the blog "Two Pitties in the City"

Overlooking the fest at Humboldt Boulevard. Just a little east of us.

the fest at Humboldt Boulevard

cotton candy

one of many parades

the bridge at Milwaukee

the elevated train for the Blue line

the Blue line

Milwaukee facing downtown

? on the Damen bridge

Damen facing downtown

This is the East end in bucktown at Ashland, just north of North Ave, next to the expressway.
This park is under construction.
My other posts related to the Bloomingdale Trail (606) are here and here.

New life to an old trunk: Part 2

I finally finished fixing up this old trunk and wanted to follow up with some photos.
Check out Part 1 with the before pictures here.



and here are the "after" photos:

Hardware: Rust-oleum Painter's Touch Ultra Cover Metallic paint
Black trim: Rust-oleum Black Protective enamel paint
Green:  leftover touch-up paint from our old car

Master Bedroom Paint

Last summer I primed the walls and painted the floors (check out the before photos here), and one of my winter hibernation projects was to finish painting this room. We are not quite there yet but getting close. The entire room is white now except for the wall behind the bed, which is the same wall as the attic door. Since we don't have a headboard, I thought it would be nice to paint this one wall. 

The color i mixed myself so it doesn't have a name.

Below is the closet now. The door and tracks were busted so we had to remove them. I hung my favorite vintage cotton sheet as a curtain. 

Below: the closet 'before' in 2009 (at closing) ...
yellow paint, beige rubber stick-on floor molding and mildewy industrial carpet. 
I get itchy looking at this picture. 

This is the wall behind the bed.
You can see the attic door at the top of the photo below.
We really need a pair of reading lights.
I just hung this pendant for now (still needs a light bulb).

Before: this is the room at closing in 2009: light yellow paint with brown wood trim.

Mr S bought us a grill

and guess who gets to put it together!  (hint: not Mr S)
Apparently it was over 100 bucks extra to have it professionally assembled, so Mr S said screw that we can do it ourselves.  (and by we he means me)
This is what it should look like:

photo from the catalog

This is how it was presented to me. It is stuff like this that can destroy relationships so it's best I do this solo. Have you heard of "the IKEA divorce test"?  

Hopefully Mr S will be grilling by this weekend. I will be in charge of the veggies since I don't eat meat.

Ta Da- the grill is together and fully functioning. Now we can sit back and relax.
newly assembled grill

Celebrating with Three Floyds Gumballhead beer
Ms A claimed her spot on the patio