Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Best Wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving

Good morning. Tina here. It is "Thanksgiving Eve" and I just want to wish all of you a happy Thanksgiving.

I hope you enjoy a lovely day with family and friends, and partake of a delicious meal.

I am offering my thanks that all my pets are still with us. Robbi is still unable to walk but he is a champion at dragging himself around after my hubby, he still has his joie de vivre. We may not have him long, but we have him for a while! Chessie is so skinny you can see his skeleton, but he is still loving and can take over a human's lap like no other. Luna hides in the attic but is healthy and still likes to chow down on those gophers, and Ishi is fluffy and has taken to sleeping with me as my soft little bed warmer.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Patterns From The Past: Simplicity 9878 - A Dress With Attached Apron

Today's pattern from the past is Simplicity number 9878, a cute dress to stitch up with or without an attached apron on the front:
 This pattern is from 1972.
I think all three views on the pattern front are cute, but I suppose I like the red calico and gingham ones the best.
And here's a look at the back of the pattern:
(Oh, and I like those red lace-up shoes shown with view number 2 on the pattern front - I would have so totally worn those back in the 70's!)

Monday, November 23, 2015

Time For The Sagittarius Calendar

It's November 23rd, and time to turn over a new calendar page on my old calendar!
I love this one!
And, as always, I had to find colorful things to clip on up above it:
Close-up on the array of items I chose this time:
And the calendar itself:
From my vintage 1970 Zodiac calendar, printed by Determined Productions, with artwork by the talented team of Bruce and Ann Butte, and mine, all mine for the past 45 years.
Have I already told you that I LOVE it?
Oh, yes, I believe that I have.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Toontown Mailbox "Encounter" At Disneyland, circa 1993

This photo was taken in 1993, when I went to Disneyland with my niece, Amber:
(This is a scan of an enlargement, which unfortunately suffered some water damage - but you get the idea.)
I could not resist this "photo op" in Toontown - crashing into poor Goofy's mailbox!?
You see, I was a rural mail carrier at the time - and I thought it was hilarious!
I am happy to report that I did NOT have any accidents while on the job.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Photos Of My Booth

I don't have a real big space at the shop I'm in now, (A. Flowers  at 18190 Main Street in Jamestown, California), and I wish I had more room for another table, but since I don't, I try to make my lone tabletop at least reflect the season as much as possible.
This is the way it looked when I left after my work day the first week of November:
And then when I went in last week, I wanted to put Christmas stuff in - so I changed it up again:
 I like this sparkly stuff on the table top - I couldn't get a good photo with the lamp switched on, though -
 there was too much glare, so here's one without:

And then in the rest of my pictures here today, you'll see some earlier versions - for instance, this photo was taken in August:
This one was in early September, I believe:
This one was in October:
And one more from late October:
This last shot shows some linens hanging by the side of the door:
That's it - just a few glimpses!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Let's Make That 28.......

I found three more vintage Peter Pauper Press Books the other day at one of my local thrift stores.
So, even though I only just wrote about this collection on the 13th of this month, I now need to update my total of these great little tomes to 28!
I am always so happy when I find another, and even more so when the dust jacket is still intact - but three?
 All sitting there on the book shelf at the thrift store waiting to become part of my collection.
"The Little Limerick Book" from 1955:
 One of the limericks from inside:
 This one - with a Halloween type of cover!
"Comic Epitaphs From The Very Best Old Graveyards".
I have never even seen it before; it's from 1957:
 And an epitaph from inside of that one:
 This one, another copy of "The Little Limerick Book", also 1955:
 Same book, different color on the cover and dust jacket - fine by me.
And one more limerick for you:
It's a good thing these books are small, because books are a definite weakness of mine - but I do still have some room on top of the little bookshelf where this collection resides.
I'm just sayin'.........

Thursday, November 19, 2015

What's Penny Wearing? #130 An Absolutely Stunning Vintage Skirt

I walked into a shop and spotted this skirt from clear across the room:
Oh, what a beauty!
 The colors, those embroidered flowers!
Very, very pretty - and unique.
It basically looks brand new, but it isn't  - no, it's definitely vintage.
Orange flowers on orange and blue plaid...... totally works.
I'm guessing it may have been worn once.
I love it, but it was made for someone TALL - and I have no intention of cutting it off.
So it will be for sale.
Made in Mexico, most likely in the 1950's:
I really do feel that the one word describes it best:

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Lounge Chair Road Trip No. 10: South on Highway 49 to Angel's Camp

Good morning, Tina here. I'm longing (lounging?) to be there:

Where? The lovely little gold rush town of Angels Camp. Let's put our feet up and take off on our road trip. It is going to take about an hour and a half to get there from Kelsey.

I am sharing a bunch of post cards from various years which show this delightful town, filled with old houses and buildings, and with the highway still running right through town.

This is a great town to park a bit and walk in. There is a great shop that sells wonderful sandwiches, if you get hungry. You can go see a movie, hit some thrift shops, or antique stores.

You can climb a hill above a park and look at the Victorian architecture.

There is a rest stop right in the center of town so that you can "rest" and get a drink of water.

Nestled here in a little valley, with a creek running through and gingerbread dripping from the eaves of many homes, is a very well preserved piece of the mother lode.

If you are lucky you can go during the fair and watch frogs jump to win a prize for their owners.

Once in a while they even get some snow.

A flooded creek moved some buildings around over a hundred years ago on the south side of town.

One of my favorite old homes which is right on the highway and very close to the creek just barely avoided the flood that year.

Luckily the lovely home survived and still stands with its gorgeous trim.

Thank you for joining me on this Angel's Camp visit.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Christmas Finds

Today's finds are all Christmas items. I'll start with these three vintage stockings, below.
The two on the right are older, and still have their original "Made In Japan" labels on the back:
Here's a little assortment - some ornaments, a canister, a snowman candle, and a couple of blue-eyed Santas:
Isn't this one a cutie!
A vintage box of red transparent Shiny Brite ornaments.
I've never found one before that says "K & W Glass Works" on the box - that's unusual:
This is such a lovely cross-stitched piece!
"I'll Be Home For Christmas":
A copy of "Home" Magazine from the Los Angeles Times:
Vintage paper coasters:
And a few nice, unused Christmas cards:
I've found other things, too, but I took them into the shop so quickly that I forgot to take photos!