Etsy Treasury: Alamo Day (Every Day is a Holiday)

Okay, you got me. Alamo Day isn’t exactly a holiday, but it’s still a pretty well-honored day in my household.

On the dawn of March 6, 1836, the Battle of the Alamo was fought in San Antonio, Texas. It was fought between the Mexican army (led by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna) and 200 men defending a fortified mission, among them William B. Travis (a lawyer and soldier), Jim Bowie (a pioneer, smuggler and land surveyor who popularized the Bowie knife), and the famous Davy Crockett (a frontiersman and former Congressman from Tennessee).

All of the men defending the Alamo died in battle. When news spread of their decision to continue defending San Antonio despite being hopelessly outnumbered, the Battle of the Alamo became a rallying cry for other Texans and Americans to join the ranks against Santa Anna. Six weeks after the siege at the Alamo, General Sam Houston led the Texan army to victory against the Mexican army and capturing Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto. “Remember the Alamo!”

How do I know about this battle? My husband. He’s a huge Alamo aficionado. Ever since he was a kid, he’s been completely obsessed with anything and everything about the Alamo and the battle fought there. He owns nearly every book on the subject, several movies, vintage collectibles, even Alamo ties and coffee mugs. He could confidently go head to head with any historian on the subject: the history leading up to the battle, the lay of the land, positions of various regiments and individuals during the course of the siege, the number and size of the cannons, which walls fell first, who escaped… all of it. It’s also possible that one of the men who died at the battle—Cavalry Captain John Hubbard Forsyth—was a distant relative of his, though we never quite got the ancestry records to make a definitive connection.

Due to this lifelong passion for this battle, my husband gets Alamo-related stuff every birthday and Christmas. It’s getting to the point where it’s difficult to get him something he doesn’t already have, and he has a birthday coming up in a couple months.

So honey, if you’re reading this (I know he doesn’t read my blog, but I figured an Alamo blog on Alamo Day would get his attention), happy birthday! I found all these vintage Alamo items available on Etsy so you could pick your own birthday gift. Anything that’s in this treasury, you can have it. Perhaps even more than one item if you ask nicely. 😉 Clicking on the image will take you directly to Etsy, where you can click on each of the items featured in the collection and read more about them.

I love you baby! Happy choosing!

And for the rest of you, you can see my other Every Day is a Holiday treasuries here!

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Click on the image to see the treasury on Etsy, complete with links to the featured shops and items!

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“Every Day is a Holiday” is my Etsy Treasury project for 2014. I’m hoping to find unique and beautiful items that exemplify the holiday of the day—the sillier and weirder, the better! What’s better than finding something worth celebrating each and every day?

Etsy Treasury: Old Stuff Day (Every Day is a Holiday)

Old Stuff Day represents an opportunity to reflect on anything and everything that’s old. That could mean visiting an antique shop and marveling at the age and history behind the pieces you find and perhaps making a purchase or two. It could also mean going through all the old stuff that’s collected in your home and deciding what you need to keep and what can be tossed or donated. Or instead of mulling over physical items, you can focus on learning about the past by researching a historical subject of interest to you.

I decided to find the oldest pieces available on Etsy. To my surprise, there are some really really old antiques to be found, and several items go back to the 1100s. I even found a small Roman terracotta jug circa 100BC (see top right of the treasury)! Now that’s pretty darn old!

Take a peek at the treasury, and take a moment to think about the history that all of these featured pieces could tell. Plus, I encourage you to visit every shop as they each boast dozens of incredible and awe-inspiring antiquities. You can also visit my “old” Every Day is a Holiday treasuries here!

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Click on the image to see the treasury on Etsy, complete with links to the featured shops and items!

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“Every Day is a Holiday” is my Etsy Treasury project for 2014. I’m hoping to find unique and beautiful items that exemplify the holiday of the day—the sillier and weirder, the better! What’s better than finding something worth celebrating each and every day?

Etsy Treasury: Backwards Day (Every Day is a Holiday)

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Today is Backwards Day! A day where it’s perfectly acceptable to do whatever it is that you’re doing backwards! Though I suppose if you drove your car around town in reverse, that could be a problem… This gave me the perfect opportunity to explore on of my favorite things: printer’s blocks!

As a fan of print and paper, I’ve been interested in printing methods for a long time. It’s a shame that in this digital age, we’re losing good, quality printers left and right. Thankfully, some old-school printing methods are experiencing a bit of a renaissance, particularly letterpress. It’s a method that uses plates with raised areas that collect ink and deposit it onto the paper with the help of pressure. You can have plates with all the text and imagery already set, or you can use individual letters, numbers and punctuation, either cast in metal or carved from wood, to spell out your message.

A couple years back, I came *thisclose* to buying a tabletop 8×12 Sigwalt letterpress. The only thing that stopped me was the idea of having it freighted from the other side of the country, and prospect of getting a 300-pound piece of steel down the rickety stairs into my basement (unfortunately, the only place it could go). If I planned on staying put forever that would be one thing, but I hate my apartment and plan on buying a house as soon as it’s financially feasible. I knew getting that thing back UP the stairs would be too much adventure for my tastes.

I pored through Etsy and found some gorgeous examples of this element of past printing technology to represent things being backwards, since they’re always made in mirror image—that way the final printed piece will read correctly. While creating this very nice collection, I was reminded me that I do still want to buy a letterpress. One day, I swear. One day.

Have a look through some of these beautiful vintage items, and see some of the other antique treasures these shops have to offer! And don’t forget to have a gander at some of my other Every Day is a Holiday here!

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Click on the image to see the treasury on Etsy, complete with links to the featured shops and items!

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“Every Day is a Holiday” is my Etsy Treasury project for 2014. I’m hoping to find unique and beautiful items that exemplify the holiday of the day—the sillier and weirder, the better! What’s better than finding something worth celebrating each and every day?