Saturday, May 23, 2015

One Fish....

One fish....
 Two fish.....

 Many fish.......

  VERA fish!

And I also found this green beauty with the ladybug logo:
 Green, yellow, and white - all in an abstract design by Vera Neumann:
 Just two more lovely Vera scarves for my collection, both found on the same day.

Friday, May 22, 2015

It's Time For Gemini

It's Friday, May 22nd, and time for me to switch over to the next page on my vintage Zodiac calendar!
Here's Gemini:
 And what a lovely pair of twins they are!

 I'm having fun every month, trying to find things to hang on the clips above it, since the only way I have to hang it (without damaging it) is using this multi-tiered hanger with clips:
 I just dig around until I find things that I deem acceptable.
And there you have it!
(Calendar artwork by Bruce and Ann Butte.)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

What's Penny Wearing? #116 A Vintage Alfred Shaheen Dress

I found this formal-length dress at an estate sale.
A vintage dress by Alfred Shaheen, in a rather outdated style:
But the fabric?
SO cute in pink, with these little Kokeshi Dolls on it in aqua:
The Shaheen label:
I have written about him before - here and here.
I think that if somebody didn't like the style, it would be wonderful to "re-work" this dress into something different. You could lose that entire bodice, keep the skirt and use the fabric that was removed to fashion a strapless top of some sort?
 The sheer fabric on the sleeves could be made into a sash , perhaps?
Or you could make a shorter skirt and have even more fabric to work with in order to fashion a different top, somehow.
I'm full of ideas - in my head - but not so great with the actual creating part of it.
Because the fabric is too sweet to be unused, and unworn - you know?
I just like the idea of it being made into something fashionable and wearable - and I would surely reincorporate that label into it - THAT has to stay!
I've got to leave the work to an expert though.....
...that's just not meant for me to tackle.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

History in a Quilt at the El Dorado County Museum

Good afternoon, Tina here. I am late. I had (still have) a bit of a glitch in the post I was trying to do this morning, so I had to give up because I had an El Dorado Rose Association meeting in town, and so here I am back home. I tried again and gave up again, although I will try to finish that post for a later date.

I am showing a beautiful quilt which was displayed at the El Dorado County Museum when I was working there in 2011. I don't know if it is still on display there, I wasn't planning to write about it so unfortunately didn't research it. I don't even know who made it, my bad.

However, it is a quilted pictorial of some of our El Dorado County favorite happenings and landmarks, and says Rescue, California on it, so I imagine that is where it was made. It is absolutely gorgeous.

Besides other places, the quilt depicts the Rescue Store (still standing but all boarded up and in disrepair), the building the Rescue post office is located in, and the Emmanuel Church and Sutter's Mill in Coloma.

Although I am not a quilter, I have always wanted to put fabric together to make a picture, this quilt is making me want to do it even more.

The Emmanuel Church in Coloma is where Gold Country Sisters Lori and Tina (me) had a double wedding about a zillion (well, 30 +) years ago, with Heidi and our dear cousin Elaine as maids of honor. This church has probably been photographed, painted, and depicted in fabric or other forms over thousands of times, since it is so iconic.

Well that's it for today, thanks for your patience and I hope you enjoyed this pretty quilt.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Frame From The ReStore

It is so rare for me to find one of my vintage art deco style picture frames at a thrift store that I still get pretty excited whenever I do.
This one was sitting on a table at the Habitat For Humanity ReStore, with no price tag on it.
 It wasn't with all of the other frames, so I wondered about that.
But when I asked the young man at the counter for a price, he said fifty cents!
And I just happened to have this sweet little photo which I believe I picked up at a yard sale about a year ago, and which just happens to looks pretty darned cute inside of my "new" old frame.

Monday, May 18, 2015

The "State" Of The Fabric Remnant

I love finding neat vintage fabric remnants at the thrift stores.
This one caught my eye, with really cute artwork depicting a number of our United States.
 I didn't get close -ups on all of them, but I''l share quite a few.
We have Oregon:
And Washington - (not "Washinton", which is what it says - really? Geez.)
South Dakota:
Texas - and another misspelling it's tobacco, folks:
New York:
New Jersey:
New Mexico:
And Nevada:

I love all of the colors, and I wish I knew who the artist was.
(But I think they should have used a dictionary - or something.)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Chez Panisse

I have always wanted to dine at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, but I've never had the pleasure.
From the very first time I ever read about Alice Waters, (most likely back in the 70's, in Bon Appetit magazine) I was intrigued.
So, when I came across this copy of "Fanny At Chez Panisse" at a thrift store, 
I was happy to bring it home and add it to my cookbook collection:
With delightful illustrations by Ann Arnold:
It's such a lovely book!
And then, just about a week later, I came across these note cards below.
They feature the gorgeous artwork of Patricia Curtan:
These illustrations were done for menu covers at Chez Panisse;
aren't they wonderful?
Lovely, lucky finds.
It's awfully nice when that happens.
And, perhaps I WILL make it to the restaurant - one of these days.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

A Ladybug Charm Bracelet With Something Extra

I decided to make myself a little charm bracelet using this cute ladybug bracelet my husband gave me as a gift years ago.
I simply added the charms I have received as little "rewards" from Weight Watchers:
 Little rewards are something that one can be proud of.
They actually help me to keep going, even when I am faltering.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Patchwork Was The Theme That Day

I had admired this little patchwork throw so many times, and I finally decided to purchase it the last time I was up at Mountain Treasures - mostly because I was afraid it might be gone the next time I went.
(You KNOW how that goes, right?)
I'm glad I decided to bring it home:
So many great fabrics were chosen by the person who made it:
Paisleys were included:
And I always love a bright floral:
The backing was a lovely choice, as well:
At my next stop, I spied this vintage Anne Murray LP from 1974:
I've always loved her voice, I love the cover artwork with it's patchwork and embroidery, and the album even features one of our Daddy's favorite songs, "Snowbird".
How could I resist?