Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Jaru Of California Roosters

My husband has had the brown rooster in the first picture, below, for many years.
 It used to be used as a prop in the family's appliance store which was on the main street here in our town from 1953-1985.
It would sit on top of a console TV, or maybe a stereo cabinet in the store for display purposes.
When the store closed, naturally he brought some things home.
And the rooster was one of those things.
I'm sorry this isn't a very good photo; I needed more light, so I had to just do the best I could:
I was so excited when I saw the orange one in the next photo on the "Evie's Haus" blog.
I had never seen another one like ours before.
I like ours because, well, it's OURS, but oh, the orange one that Evie has!
Could you DIE?
 (I LOVE it.)
 I didn't know until I read about theirs, that it is from Jaru of California.
You see, ours has no markings or sticker on it.
I found the last picture I'm sharing today online; it's from an issue of the Home Magazine from the Los Angeles Times.
Can you see the Jaru rooster in the bottom photo, just behind one of the green rattan chairs?
That one looks like it might be pink!
Or pink and red, maybe?
I don't know, but I will certainly let you know if I ever come across another one of them!
I think they are FABulous.

Monday, March 2, 2015

A Very Special Edition Of Patterns From The Past: The Sound Of Music & Butterick

Fifty years ago today, "The Sound Of Music" had it's premiere in New York City.
It's one of the most beloved movie musicals of all time, but I'm sure you knew that.
I happen to be one of the people who loves it.
I really enjoyed Lady Gaga's musical tribute to the film during the Academy Awards show last weekend .
But when Julie Andrews walked out onto the stage afterwards?
Well, THAT brought tears to my eyes; I simply love her that much.
Less than one week later, I received a vintage Butterick Pattern Catalog that I had purchased on eBay in the mail.
 As I looked through it, I discovered this:
 I had no idea that patterns even existed that were inspired by the movie!
Shown in the two-page spread above, the delightful young actors and actresses who portrayed the Von Trapp children are: Charmian Carr, Angela Cartwright, Duane Chase, Nicholas Hammond, Kym Karath, Heather Menzies-Urich ,and Debbie Turner.

 And here are two of the Butterick patterns, number 3701, seen on Angela Cartwright in the photo:
And 3702, worn by Heather Menzies and Debbie Turner:
 I was unable to find a picture of pattern number 3700, worn by the other two "sisters" in the Butterick catalog photo layout.
Three days after the Oscars telecast, I found this vintage hat with a label inside stating it is made of "100% Baumwolle" (which, from what I can gather, means cotton - cotton corduroy, in this case) at a thrift store for fifty cents.
 It reminded me of sort of an alpine-looking hat (I added the feather embellishment!), so I got a real kick out of the fact that, coincidentally,  it looked a little bit like the hat shown on the pattern - at least it does to me:
 "The hills are alive.....!"
And my love of "The Sound Of Music" will always stay strong and ring true.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Great Frame-Up

I'm always framing things, either for myself or to put in the shop, so here's the latest round.
"Tom, He Was A Piper's Son":
I picked up this tiny yellow frame at a thrift shop, and I was sure I could find something to put inside.
The little vintage iron-on transfer with my initial on it works for now:
Oh, the glare from the glass on this next one!
 Well, I couldn't get a very good picture, but you get the idea.
As long as these gorgeous Red Wing sheet music prints keep selling, I'll keep right on framing them:
I got a bit wiser with these next two, and took my photos before I put the glass in and finished them up.
I had my little Irish lass photocopied over a vintage piece of music;
I like the way it turned out:
And this is the sweetest little scene, below, isn't it?
It's called "Baby's First Ride", and it was a card that had some damage on it.
 I just happened to have a mat that was just the right size so that I could cover up the damage and put it in a frame:
Very sweet.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

More Vera Neumann Finds

Today, I have five Vera Neumann scarves to show you.
All of these have been purchased recently at thrift shops.
The first one here is my favorite:
It was tough to get a good photo of the next one.
 It's that semi-sheer sort of fabric  - I want to call it chiffon - I finally had to just fold it over on top of itself; this was the best I could do:
These two were found in the same shop:
Finding more than one at a time is always nice!
Loving the sun:
The last one, here below with the stripes has lovely colors, but unfortunately it also has a few spots.
I never know if they'll come out, and I have had colors run before, so I am always kind of afraid to even try to treat the stains!
Then again, even the ones with a bit of damage or small stains are pretty.
I mean: they're vintage, they're Vera, they've already got a LOT going for them, right?

Friday, February 27, 2015

My California (Tray)

I'm a California girl.
You probably already knew that.
I found this tray at a thrift store:
 You can find these types of souvenir trays all over.
Little scenes of favorite "hot spots", or tourist attractions.....
 Places throughout this wonderful Golden State of ours, many of which I happen to LOVE to visit:
 I'm not sure when the tray was made, but it did not escape my notice that Disneyland is not included:
 I'm not convinced that it was made prior to 1955, but who knows.
I didn't actually plan to keep it when I purchased it, but even though my Happiest Place isn't featured,
I am not sure that I am going to be able to part with it.
(I know - what was I thinking?)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

What's Penny Wearing? #111 A Pretty New Outfit

It occurred to me the other day that it had been a good while since I had featured Penny here on the blog!
So, here she is today, modeling a colorful outfit for you.
I found this gorgeous blouse at a thrift store:
The cotton skirt is from Ross:
And I couldn't believe how perfectly the sash -  also a thrift find - goes with them both!
You KNOW how much I love rick rack, so I was pretty happy when I spotted this colorful blouse:
 Penny is very fond of the new outfit I put her in today:
 And, I must say, I like it a lot, myself!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sunrise, Sunset in Kelsey California

Good morning. Tina here.

We have a lot going on here in Kelsey that takes up our time right now. I haven't been much into writing or researching, but I still have time to enjoy the sunrise and the sunset.

I love to check out the view from the deck in the morning as I wait for the coffee to brew.

We don't have a large view to the east like we do to the west, but it is still a beautiful start to the day.

Then in the evening I enjoy the sunsets reflected in our dining room window.

Sunrise, sunset
Sunrise, sunset

Is this the little girl I carried?
Is this the little boy at play?
I don't remember growing older
When did they?

When did she get to be a beauty?
When did he grow to be so tall?
Wasn't it yesterday
When they were small?

Sunrise, sunset
Sunrise, sunset
Swiftly flow the days
Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers
Blossoming even as they gaze

Sunrise, sunset
Sunrise, sunset
Swiftly fly the years
One season following another
Laden with happiness and tears

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Black Bates List Finder

I did a post back in May of 2011 about the vintage Bates List Finders.
(Click here to read it.)
Well, little did I know at the time that hiding in our little cupboard above the telephone nook here in our house that was built in the 1940's was one of our very own.
I was pleased as punch when I found it!
(Honestly, I did not believe there was anything else left to find, here in the house my husband grew up in!).
And yet find it I did, and I think it looks pretty great sitting next to our vintage red rotary telephone!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Patterns From The Past: McCall's # 5441 - A Vintage Blouse Of My Own

Today's pattern is from McCall's, a blouse pattern, number 5441.
 I actually showed this pattern before, back in May of 2011.
(Click here to go back and read that post, if you like.)
 Here's a close-up of one of the styles shown on the pattern front:
This one, another of McCall's "Carefree Patterns", dates back to 1977.
You know, I really DID think that pattern looked kind of familiar:
 Here's the back:
 So, guess what I dug out of a box of LONG-stored away clothing recently?
That would be this:
Yep, it's a blouse made from the pattern, all right:
I'm pretty sure Lori made it for me MANY years ago.
Like, back in 1977.
I used to pay her to sew for me.
You can see that an embroidered vintage handkerchief was used to make the little bodice portion, as suggested on the pattern:
A simple and pretty little floral print in cotton for the body of the blouse:
Oh, and eyelet trim - I LOVE me some eyelet!

So - get this - if it appears to be pristine, that's because it is.
It has never been worn.
Because it's never been hemmed.
Guess I couldn't even handle doing that by myself.
Good grief.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A Little Collection Of Houses

A quick post today, just to show you my little collection:
My little row of houses, made in the 1970's, mostly by Counterpoint I believe.
I have one more, which has not made it onto the top of the bookcase where the rest of them reside:

One of my smaller collections, but it's a NICE little one.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

"I'm Chiquita Banana...."

...."and I'm here to show you my cute vintage recipe book"
I have had this vintage book for a long time, but it sort of got lost in the shuffle, and I came across it on a shelf last week.
It's from 1956, and just too darned cute:
Tips on bananas:
Suit the color to use:
Sing a little song:
Have a banana milk shake:
Or, how about some Banana Oatmeal Cookies?
Banana Tea Muffins more your style?
I don't have any bananas on hand at the moment, but I'm kind of wishing I did have!