Thursday, October 20, 2016

An October Illustration

October is nearly gone, and once again, I find I had forgotten to share a page from my copy of "The Year Around Book" by Helen Jill Fletcher, with illustrations by Jerry Pinkney.
So here it is:
I love this one!
(As I do every single page of this wonderful book published in 1965!)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A Pretty Pink Lady

There's a pretty new (vintage)  pink lady at our house:
I was very happy to receive her, and I'm sure she feels right at home here with the rest of my collection.
(I only have one other candle holder in this particular style, and she is orange. You can barely see her reflection in the mirror in the top photo.)
In the next two pictures you can see the way she looked when she arrived (both sides):
Then again, you actually cannot even tell from these two photos how truly bad she looked.
She was, quite literally, dripping with wax.
You'll have to trust me on this.
More of it, and in more colors and layers, than you can make out in the photos.
 I am not sure how many candles were allowed to drip on and around her in the nearly fifty years she's been around,
but there were lighter colors that aren't visible.
It was a LOT - she was a hot mess!
I spent two and a half hours very carefully and methodically working to remove all of that wax without damaging her.
 But things did turn out all right in the end.
Let's just say "she cleaned up nicely" ....

   .... and we'll leave it at that.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

My Favorite Recent Finds

I just wanted to share a few of my more special finds from the last month or so with you today.
I found this gorgeous vintage Marwal bust:
And a pair of great orange ceramic Tiki mugs:
This fantastic vintage Bates tablecloth:
And "The Calorie Game" vintage framed print with artwork by "Pati":
This is part of an unfinished (not yet put together) vintage bargello purse, made from a kit:
And a lovely assortment of vintage crochet-covered coat hangers:
And if those finds aren't colorful enough for you, then I just don't know what to say!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Back To Mountain Treasures

The Gold Country Girls are back in business at Mountain Treasures in Sonora!
I wrote a post a few months ago about how the shop I had been renting space at in Jamestown had changed owners.
 Well, that didn't end up working out.
 So I have been incredibly busy moving out of one shop and into another.
We are happy to be back at Mountain Treasures. Lana and Larry Busby, the owners, are really nice people, and there are 40 vendors in the shop with a wide variety of merchandise. It's a wonderful store to browse in, even if you aren't looking for anything specific. I truly do believe there is something for everyone in there!
The only reason I left there was because Jamestown is more of a tourist destination, with a Main Street that has antiques shops, restaurants and hotels, and Railtown 1897 State Park right up the road. My items did sell pretty well there.
 Having to move out unexpectedly, and as quickly as possible (for a variety of reasons) was very difficult. I'm not going to go into it here.
It meant downsizing, and I'm still reeling from my attempts to find places to store everything that wouldn't fit.
 In the photo above, you can see many of Lori's great cards, calendars, altered clothespin magnets,  and notepads.
 Believe me, I fit as much as I possibly could into this new booth space!
 As soon as Tina gets over here with HER stuff, it will be changing!
Do you see anything you like?
 I'm kind of worn out, to be honest.
 This move has taken quite a toll on me.
 But I'll live.
Live and learn, right?
I've lived enough years now to know that THAT is surely true, believe me.
I created some little book stacks using some of my Reader's Digest Condensed Books.
I like the way they turned out - they are meant to be purely decorative:
 The ribbon and embellishments are all vintage; my little butterflies and leaves were all found years ago at a local estate sale from a long-time florist here in town:
Oh, and I'm going to try my best to get back to posting more often!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Tina's Collection Of Beads

In my sister Tina's newly remodeled master bathroom, she has created an absolutely fabulous display of her beads, along with their wonderful vintage pottery holders.
I suppose the pictures can pretty much speak for themselves, and I think you will see what I mean:
 Some of the holders are flowers:

 But there are some birds, too:
Her beaded necklace collection is pretty spectacular, right?
 And then, these wooden beads (most of the others are glass) are all hanging on the back of the door:
 A shot of all three:
 There are even birds for holding scissors:
 Here's another....
 And a scissor-holding flower, as well!
I found this photo of one of the "Jewel-Flower" holders on eBay, along with it's original box.
These lovely items were created by The Artist's Barn in Fillmore, California.
See - it says "hang by sink, basin, or dressing table", and that is precisely what she has done - in a very grand fashion!
I'm pretty sure no one back then ever imagined that sixty-five years later, there would be such an array of them adorning an appreciative super-collector's home!
Tina, I LOVE the way they look, they are absolutely splendid!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

What's Penny Wearing? #143 Some VERY Inexpensive Outfits!

Penny is back today to show off her new wardrobe pieces that can be mixed and matched in any number of ways.
 It's the most inexpensive array of items we have ever amassed from a "thrifting" day.
First up, this sweater, skirt and scarf:
Same corduroy mini-skirt, but with a brown velvet jacket this time, and a pretty vintage fringed scarf:
Here's a closer look at the scarf and jacket:
Next, a little black dress:
A simple and versatile dress, to which you could add a scarf, a jacket, a sweater, switch out the belt with another, wear a blouse or turtleneck underneath for fall, etc.
We also have a sweater and skirt combo:
You could wear something simple under the sweater - or add the striped scarf from above, or layer on the brown jacket.
A chartreuse green corduroy jacket with a vintage necktie worn as a sort of cravat  .....
   .....  is paired with a simple denim skirt:
And here, I went crazy and threw in yet another vintage necktie. This one happens to have a stain, so you could cut it up if you wanted, and make it into a "pocket square" of sorts:
You could also pair the blue striped sweater with the denim skirt, wear the fringed scarf with the black dress, the striped scarf with the orange outfit - you get the idea, right?
There are quite a few possibilities.
The grand total for every single mixable, matchable piece you see here in this fall wardrobe?
 It was $3.76, which breaks down this way:
Striped scarf from Dollar Tree, $1.08
Vintage long fringed scarf, thrift store, $1.61
Blue denim skirt, off of a 99 cent sale rack at the thrift store, $1.07
Every single other item shown was free at another thrift store that was giving away all of their clothing for free, so they could restock with new merchandise.
I think Penny did pretty well this time out!
Not bad at all.
(Oh, and there were also some shoes and purses (for free) that could be worn with some of these wardrobe items, but I didn't get pictures of those.)

Monday, September 19, 2016

Retro Jell-O Salad - A 1960's Betty Crocker Recipe

My gal pal Heidi and her husband invited a few friends over to their house Saturday night to watch "The Beatles: Eight Days A Week- The Touring Years".
 It was requested that each of us bring a dish, preferably Beatles-related.
Well, if you're me and you decide to make a Jell-O salad, the first thing you have to do is hunt down your favorite Tupperware mold that you haven't used for about twenty years:
I had decided on a "vintage" gelatin salad recipe from my 1969 Betty Crocker Cookbook.
60's - so, I'm in the right era for the film.
"Jell-O, Goodbye" Salad - get it?
"You say goodbye, and I say ..... Jell-O. Jell-O, Jell-O?
 I don't know why you say goodbye, I say Jell-O"
The next thing you do (if you're me - and I am), you take these ingredients along with a couple of others:
 And then you add some orange sherbet to the Jell-O, and then you put it into your vintage Tupperware Jell-O mold until it sets up:
 And then you mix up your ambrosia, and you serve it like this:
I used to make it years ago for holiday dinners, but I hadn't done so in quite some time.
I am so glad to tell you that the salad was a hit!
And, if you're me, that makes you very happy.
We all had a great time, and Ron Howard's film about the Fab Four was fabulous. (Thank you, Heidi and Wes!!)
The recipe is below, just in case anyone is interested.
"Triple-Orange Ambrosial Salad":
It's seriously yummy, believe me.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Saturday Farmer's Market

I finally made it to the Farmer's Market this morning for the first time this season!
 (Which is ridiculous, since it started in May, but, there you have it.)
 Our cupboard wasn't exactly bare - but we did go to the supermarket as well, after the Farmer's Market.
Here's the flower vendor, with their booth set up under our lovely mural:
 And a close-up of their gorgeous sunflowers:
 My favorite thing to get at the market?
These babies, right here:
 (LOVE tomatoes!)
 We got our tomatoes from one of my favorite vendors, who also happens to be one of the owners of a thrift shop I frequent.
These beautiful flowers were hers, as well:
 We also bought some squash:
 It would be far too easy to spend a small fortune at this market, if I could allow myself to get carried away.
The grapes were reasonably priced, though:
 This booth certainly was colorful and pretty:
And here's a close-up of their pumpkins:
I am going to make sure I go at least one more time before it ends next month!
And I'm going to leave you with one more photo of Kristy's flowers:
Hope you're all having a wonderful Saturday!!