Monday, March 30, 2009
Last weekend my favorite local store Patina had a birthday sale so naturally I had to go--this place never offers sales or discounts of any kind, so 25% off everything was a big deal! I picked up a few treasures, including these darlings:
I've been on the lookout for some old trophies for a while now with no luck--and I'm even willing to pay antique store prices--so finding these two little treats was exciting! I put them next to each other to see which one I liked better, then decided that they look so great together it would be a shame to split up the pair. They both came home with me! One is from 1957 and the other is 1955-56, and I believe they're both darts trophies from different British pubs.Here is a wide shot of the entire display atop my china cabinet. It has been like this since after Christmas and I like it so much that I hate to change it, even for Easter. Three whole months may be the longest I've ever gone without rearranging! My sweet little trophies add just the right touch of sparkle. :)
Friday, March 27, 2009
I'm amazed at just how much GS paraphernalia there was available in 1949! For example, the official GS bathrobe and bedroom slippers:Although you've gotta know that I'd give my eyeteeth to find one of those aprons at a thrift!
A whole range of GS wardrobe options. My favorite is the checked boy-style wool jacket on the right. Very evocative of the time period to me.
You can even make official trefoil-shaped GS cookies with this handy cookie cutter! I actually found a GS cookie cutter at the same estate sale that I bought this catalog, but it's a newer style. Still fun, though.I had to show this page because I once bought a charm bracelet exactly like the one in the picture! It was from one of the best garage sales I've ever encountered, run by a couple who were big time into buying at auctions and selling off all the stuff they didn't want for almost nothing. Really, the stuff of garage sale legend. Anyway, the charm on the bracelet is quite large and has "Be Prepared" engraved all over the front and back in many different languages. I ended up selling it on eBay but it didn't go for as much as I had hoped, so maybe I should have just kept it. Oh well. Maybe I'll come across another one, like Rebecca did!
Is anybody craving a Thin Mint, or is it just me? Good thing I have some still stashed in the fridge for just such an occasion!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
She sent me such a fun package! Caroline didn't even know that I collect Alice in Wonderland things when she chose this great edition of Alice for me--what a lucky coincidence! (And as an Alice aficionado, I'm embarrassed to admit that the idea of using Alice-themed things to fulfill the swap theme NEVER even occurred to me!) Caroline also included a neat handmade beaded bookmark that is perfect because I'm guilty of grabbing the nearest scrap of paper to stuff in my book, so it will be nice to have something pretty. She also made me a set of darling heart hairclips in my favorite colors of red and turquoise.
Another clever interpretation of the theme was the package of cupcake sprinkles and the beads that are definitely club-shaped! And last but certainly not least, a few of my favorite British candy bars, including the BEST peanut butter Kit Kat I've ever eaten, which is conspicuously missing from this photo because it made its way into my mouth immediately after its discovery. :) (The Mister and I loved it so much I'm thinking of starting a letter-writing campaign to the Kit Kat folks to convince them to sell them in the US). It was such fun to swap with Caroline and I love the package she put together for me!
I was tagged by one of my fellow blogland Heidis to share the 6th photo in my 6th photo folder. I have to admit that I've been tagged with this before but didn't participate because my 6th folder doesn't even have six photos in it! LOL I just did some cleaning and sweeping the old photo folder and moved things around but folder #6 still doesn't have six photos in it, so I'm going to improvise and choose the 5th photo in the 5th folder.
This was taken of Maren the Sunday after Valentine's Day. A friend gave me this dress even before Maren was born, and it just now fits her. It's very frou-frou and pretty--not something I would normally have picked out but it's awfully cute, so I wanted to take some photos to send to her grandmas. The string she is holding is the enormous heart-shaped mylar balloon that Daddy bought her for Valentine's Day. This wasn't the best photo of the bunch but the look on her face does make me smile. :)
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
This little card must have been given to passengers who flew United Airlines on St. Patrick's Day in 1966. It lists the menu served onboard the flight (click to enlarge). Considering that we're lucky to even get a package of pretzels and half a cup of Diet Coke on flights these days, it certainly sounds like quite a spread! There is even a little pale green chenille & tulle shamrock to be tucked one's buttonhole! They certainly thought of everything, didn't they?
Monday, March 16, 2009
(have you noticed that ruffles are everywhere this spring? I couldn't be happier!)
And my new shiny turquoise flats from Target:Oh, how I ADORE this color! I can already tell these are going to get a lot of wear.
So yeah, I did a little bit of retail therapy this weekend. Just doing my part to help out the economy!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Here are a few pictures from the (very short) ceremony:My in-laws were able to make a quick visit to share in the occasion. The Mister's father was a Major in the Air Force and so he used one of his old rank pins on The Mister's beret, which was a nice touch.
I'm so proud of my husband! He's a great officer, a great leader, and an outstanding husband and father--not to mention a Major Hottie too!. :)
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
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Comment #5 was left by the lovely Barbara! Barbara's blog Oodles & Oodles is one of my favorite reads, for both her witty commentary and great photos of fun vintage stuff. Congratulations, Barbara!
In other news, I don't think I'm alone in blogland in saying that I have the Spring Fever something fierce! I shouldn't complain because we've had an unseasonably mild winter here (although we did wake to snow this morning) but nonetheless, I'm ready to break out the bunnies and chicks and pastel colors STAT. I'm making myself wait another week or two because otherwise I'll be sick of the mess by the first week of April, but to tide myself over I picked up these gorgeous pink and white tulips at the grocery store last week. The bouquet was big enough to fill both my favorite Lu-ray pitcher from Sarah:
and the fab jadeite repro pitcher I got last spring. I love the combination of the pink & soft green, don't you?
I'm hosting book club at my house tonight (we're discussing Three Cups of Tea, a fabulous book that I highly recommend) and I had planned to make these cute treats that I found on a friend's blog. I opted to make homemade caramel instead of using the store-bought squares but darn it all, I overcooked it! Sheesh. I should have paid attention to my instincts and taken it off the heat earlier but I stubbornly cooked it to the recommended temperature and was left with a scorched, brittle mess. I don't have the ingredients to make another batch and I'm too lazy to run to the store for square caramels, so we'll be having brownies instead. :) I do still want to make the pops, but those will have to wait for another day (and until I can chisel the current mess out of my saucepan).
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
I was tickled then, when I found this puzzle at a yard sale one summer:I love to look at the photo and identify all the things I have in my kitchen: the red Krispy Kan, bowls of beaded fruit, stacks of printed tablecloths and dishtowels, green wooden-handled utensils, a red plaid metal picnic basket. There are also a few things in the photo I'd love to add to my collection, like the little chicky egg cups and the scotty dog light switch cover.
I've done the puzzle and it's complete. It has 750 pieces but it's not too difficult to put together. If you love vintage kitchenware like I do and would like to win this puzzle, just leave a comment on this post between now and Friday at noon. I'll draw a winner this sometime this weekend!
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
I'm feeling much better now, but those first three weeks of February were a bit rough (hence the lack of blog posts). The one thing I've noticed this time is the sheer exhaustion I'm feeling. I hit the wall at about 4:00 pm each day and from there on out, I'm good for nothing except laying on the couch under a blankie until it's time to go to bed. I'm learning that if I want to get anything done it has to be in the morning and early afternoon or it's just not going to happen. I'm nearing the end of the first trimester so I'm hopeful that soon some of that magical second trimester energy will kick in. I've also apparently lost my Crafty Mojo--it seems that once the baby moved in, it took a hike--but I'm hoping that will return quickly as well.
This past weekend we celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary by taking a little family getaway to Glenwood Springs, a small town about 3 hours west of Denver in the Rocky Mountains. On Saturday we went skiing at the local ski resort. While we watched and waited, Maren had her first ski lesson. We were amazed when the instructor took her up on the lift after only practicing for about 20 minutes on the small hill outside the lodge! I guess they figure the kids learn best by doing.The instructor said that Maren 1) didn't want to stop and 2) wanted "to go FAST!"...not a big surprise there! She's aways been a daredevil. After her lesson we stopped for lunch and then mommy and daddy got suited up as well to ski for the remainder of the day.
Suffice it to say, Maren's first run with us was also her last. Although she'd done great with her lesson, by the time we finally got going after lunch she was very tired and turned into that kid...the one you see throwing a huge tantrum and carrying on, the one that makes you think "I'm glad that's not my kid!" Just getting from where the lift dropped us over to the start of the hill was a 30-minute ordeal in which Maren was alternately sobbing, throwing herself dramatically into the snow, popping off her left ski, going boneless, and repeatedly expressing her fervent wish to go back to the hotel. Oh man, it was BAD, but there was nothing to do at that point but get down the mountain. I had to snowplow the whole way down with her between my skis, resulting in both my lower back and my knees feeling like they were en fuego.
From there on out, The Mister and I switched off staying with Maren and taking runs. By the end of the day we were absolutely wiped out (see my earlier note about feeling exhausted) but still glad we went.
Sunday morning we visited Glenwood Springs' namesake, the famous Hot Springs pool, which has been in use since the 1890s. I remember visiting when I was a child more than 20 years ago and not being terribly impressed with the salty-tasting hot water, neither of which are desirable for a kid unless they're accompanied by a beach to play upon. I'm old enough now that I'd rather be in warm water than cool so I appreciated it much more, especially on a chilly March day!
The big pool is kept between 90-93 degrees and is like stepping into a lukewarm bath. The pool itself is enormous--easily the largest pool I've ever visited and probably one of the largest in the world (it's over two city blocks long!). The therapy pool is kept at 104 degrees and has neat old-school coin-operated chairs that give 5 minutes of bubbles for only a quarter. The warm mineral water felt so good on our joints that were sore from the skiing fiasco the day before. It did seem a bit funny that we were skiing one day and then swimming outdoors fewer than 24 hours later!
It was a fun weekend and I'd encourage my local friends to plan a visit!