Vintage Glass Stamped Cookies.

I am always looking for fun things to do with my kids during the holiday season. I picked up these beautiful vintage glasses from a thrift shop the other day and the design inspired this vintage-inspired baking activity.

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You know I stay inspired not by looking ahead at the trends but instead by looking back to the past. Back in my grandparents era they were resourceful as the day was long. There was no Amazon to order a cookie press on a whim (let alone have it delivered two hours later …) so they looked to common household goods for inspiration and delight. Makers, companies and designers kept this in mind too which makes the story all the better. These little starburst-sided, flower-bottomed cut drinking glasses were meant to be both beautiful and functional.

A few little tips before you get started on this little DIY baking project yourself.

Before you create your dough you'll need to find the perfect glass for inspiration. Bring the kids along and turn it into a fun family outing, letting everyone pick out their own pretty glass. Thrift stores, Goodwill or antique malls are the perfect place to go as they usually have a million discarded glasses looking for a new home and most can be found at a great price point.

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Search for glasses that have a pattern on the sides of the glass as well as on the bottom. This will give you multiple options for your cookie stamp. I found these beautiful patterned glasses at my local thrift store. 

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To create your cookie dough, use your favorite family recipe or this one!

Sugar Cookies

Yield: about 3 dozen
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These vintage-inspired cookies make for a fun baking activity.

ingredients:

For the Cookies
  • 2 3/4 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup of softened butter
  • 1 1/2 cups of white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

instructions:

How to cook Sugar Cookies

  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 375 degrees F. Then, using a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda and baking powder. In another bowl combine butter and sugar until the mixture is smooth. After all your ingredients are mixed, gradually beat in vanilla and egg. Next, Combine with the other mixture. Finally you will want to stamp your cookies with the glasses you have chosen. Once you have stamped your cookies cook for 8-10 minutes. Let them cool before serving.
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Once your cookie dough is mixed, begin rolling it flat using a rolling pin. Then, use the top of your glass to even cut circles into the cookie dough. 

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Once you have your circles cut out flip the glass bottom down. Gently press down to leave your pattern on the cookie. A little tip, coat your hands and glass in flour so that it does not stick to the cookie dough. 

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Place your cookies on a baking sheet, bake following direction, and enjoy! 

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I hope you enjoy this fun and delicious activity with your loved ones this summer. Head over to your local thrift store for the glasses, or shop our Vintage Goods to see the glasses I used! Let me know in the comments how these cookies turned out for you! 


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3 Ways to Use Vintage Floral Frogs.

When I first picked up this collection of vintage floral frogs from a local antiques market I was visiting, I posted a photo to my Instagram and asked folks to guess what they were. The answers were pretty funny but so many people guessed it right.

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The flower frogs reached their popularity in the mid-twenties to thirties, which is rather apparent by their sturdy nature and craftsmanship but they date back to as early as the 16th century. The frogs are used to make floral arrangements more productive, by stabbing the flower stems into place with the spikes below, also allowing for separation and thoughtful placement of the sprigs.

They are generally made of a heavyweight metal, though you can find varieties in glass, ceramic and porcelain too. Ball ® has also made these floral cages pretty popular over the years too. They come in all shapes + sizes with the most common being the rounds, but you’ll also see rectangular and even these sweet caged frogs that I just love.

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Now that you know, you’ll definitely begin seeing these at vintage and antique shops (or you can shop from our Vintage Goods collection here) so I thought I’d share a few ways in which you can get creative and use them in your own home.

 

3 CREATIVE WAYS TO USE VINTAGE FLORAL FROGS

1.  SPONGE HOLDER

The little metal spikes and solid base provide the perfect rack to set next to your kitchen sink for drying a sponge. You may way to set two next to each other for a maximum area, but this would even work for setting a bar of soap atop the spikes

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how to use floral frog as sponge holder

2.  PHOTO DISPLAY

Again the little spikes are so utilitarian and the frogs make a beautiful way to display single photographs on a bookshelf, desk or hallway table. They’re especially great where space is limited as they’re much more compact than your average picture frame and I of course love them for displaying beautiful black-and-white vintage photos – the perfect pairing. They're fun to stack too so you can play with the scale and height easily if you have quite a collection of them.

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how to use floral frog as photo holder

3.  RECIPE CARD HOLDER

Along the same lines, the floral frogs are super helpful in the kitchen as a recipe card holder, keeping  those family recipe cards a bit less splattered. Simply insert the card into the spikes and you’ll have the flexibility of being able to view both the front and backside of the card while cooking or baking those family favorites. If that’s not for you, you can shop our Wooden Recipe Card Holders instead.

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All in all, these sweet little floral frogs are so beautiful for display in a collection on a bookshelf or coffee table and make great conversation pieces. If you have a potting table or craft room, they make the perfect presentation. Or of course you can use them just as they were intended, for putting together beautiful floral arrangements for your home

Love to know any other ways you can think of to use or display these vintage treasures. #HEIRLOOMED


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heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories about family recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen apronstabletop linensartceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com