Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Valentines of 1916, A Hundred Years of Love

Good morning, Tina here.

I am wishing everyone a happy Valentine's Day by sharing some postcards which are all from one hundred years ago, 1916.


This little maid has a heart shaped dress and hat. I think she is waiting on the shore, for...


This little guy setting his heart-shaped boat a-sail, dressed in his best checked sailor suit.


In case the boat doesn't work out, our guy above can aim to be her love's target.


Meanwhile another maid goes fishing on the side of the pond for her love. Good luck to them all!



Another water-based love message, and a marriage proposal contained in a postcard! I wonder how that worked out?


Even a hundred years later, hearts, cupids, flowers, are all still popular themes for valentines.


I am ending with a pretty lass who reminds me of Nancy Drew, although this could be Nancy's mother, since Nancy Drew didn't come into being until 1930.

Have a wonderful Valentine's Day, and may your love last at least a hundred years!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Lucky Finds: Two More Books Ilustrated by Martin and Alice Provensen

I've written more than once about my love for Martin and Alice Provensen.
I collect their books, and when I happen upon one that I didn't have at a thrift store, I get a special thrill.
Well, I have found TWO recently!
"The Golden Bible The New Testament":
 A Giant Golden Book.
Their illustrations are so fabulous, their style so unique.
And this one - "Tales From The Ballet":
It was funny, I saw this big, beautiful book and snapped it up, just from the cover.
 It wasn't until I really looked at it later that I even realized the illustrations were theirs!
I should have known, it's true.
But I only knew at that quick moment that they were beautiful and I loved them.
"Of course, I loved them", I thought later, "It's the Provensens, after all"!
(The last two photos are from Coppelia, and then The Nutcracker, of course.)
Aren't they wonderful?
I felt so lucky to find them.Then again, I often feel almost as though things were placed on the shelf just for me alone to find.
There isn't anyone who would appreciate them more, I don't think.

If you are interested in seeing other posts I have done about these illustrators, click here for a search list of past posts.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Baker's Coconut Cakes #10 A Football For Super Bowl Sunday

I found yet another (different) copy of a Baker's Coconut "Cut-Up" Cake cookbook at a thrift store.
This one is a nice little Dell paperback, and it has even more cakes, photos and illustrations than my other two booklets.
I like this new one the best, and I will be featuring more of these cakes in my series of posts.
Today, we have a football-shaped cake in honor of Super Bowl 50!
First "some basic cake talk"......
And the coconut-decorated football:
Directions on how to cut and decorate it:
And there you have it - just in case you didn't have enough food already for game day!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A Plate From Shara, and A Couple Of Other Finds That Feature Disneyland

I bought a souvenir plate recently from Shara over at Monkeybox.
It has depictions of attractions in "Southern California"
I mainly wanted it because it has Disneyland on it, so it goes with my vintage Disneyland plates.
But also because I just get a kick out of it.
 Southern California, like it's a separate state.
I realize California is big, but did they make plates back in 1961 that said "Southern Texas" ( for example) and show only attractions in the southern portion of the state?
I love the plate, mind you - I'm not complaining.
 I'm only saying that I find it amusing.
Shara was so sweet, and she also sent me one of her gorgeous pendants she makes out of dominoes:
How nice was that?? It's so pretty!
And since I mentioned Disneyland, I also wanted to share with you this cute little single shaker, a vintage Disneyland souvenir item, that I found at a thrift store:
Sure, a pair would have been better, but I'll settle for the one, with my Sleeping Beauty Castle on one side and this pretty little gal on the other:
One more thing today - this vintage California scarf, also a thrift shop find:
"Disney Land", it says, with a surely non-authorized little Mickey Mouse on there!
The pictures depict many places and attractions in our state.
So many of these places hold memories for me!

As on the plate, Knott's Berry Farm is included, as well:


I've never found a vintage California scarf before, and it's not in perfect condition, but I love it just the same.
Oh, yes - and while the map may not show everything in precisely the right location (artistic license and all that, and it would have been difficult to achieve perfection on something such as this) - at least the entire state is included!
I'm proud to be a California Girl.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Lounge Chair Road Trip No. 12: We are going to play in the snow in Truckee, California!

Good morning. Tina here.


It tried to snow here in Kelsey yesterday. It was coming down pretty good for a little while. It even started to stick. Then it stopped. I was quite disappointed.


It made me want to go where the snow is.


That place is Truckee, California. We can go back to Auburn, where we were last week, and then head east on Highway 80 to Truckee.


Be sure and bring your chains, as they always warn us.


Ah, that's better, here we are in the snow at Truckee.


In the 1980's my hubby played softball and baseball quite a lot. One team he played with had a tournament each year in Truckee in the snow at the high school.


We would go up for the weekend and stay at the Truckee hotel.


They would play a game of softball in the snow, with florescent orange softballs so they could see where the ball was in the white expanse.


Once the game was over everyone gathered at the bar across from the hotel and we warmed up with liquor.



It was a lot of fun. The tournament lasted for quite a few years, but then petered out, as those things tend to do.


In the last few years it would have been hard to hold a snow tournament, as there wasn't much snow.


This year would have been a good year to start up again, except all the team members are pretty much just old farts nowadays, and golf is their exercise. Running in snow is hard!


But we still have our memories. And we could still go up and enjoy the snow and warm up with liquor.  We still have that...

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Close-Up On Fabrics And Linens I've Found

As some of our readers may already know, I can't pass up a fabulous fabric remnant when I see it, so here are some of the latest - starting with the bright and beautiful flower power, here:
Paisley swirls in orange and green:
A lovely vintage Alfred Shaheen panel:
Below, another floral in that gorgeous blue and green combo that I love.
You may think you have seen this one before.
You haven't; it's new:
Next up is this nice set of napkins in a blue and yellow fabric design that look as though they came straight from a table in Provence:
And then I have one more set of fabric napkins, a vintage set in a navy blue and reddish-orange checkerboard design with that "op-art" look:
I seem to find these types of things fairly often, so I'll show you more as I discover them!
I most definitely DO love a bright and pretty fabric!