Monday, March 31, 2014

Monday's Muster #13

Last April I shared my fairly big collection of vintage dog statues. I'm not adding a link because it spanned over several days (if you want to see it, check the April 2013 archives on the right). Anyway, every blue moon or so I put a few away and bring out a few different ones. After Christmas last year I did just that. So here are the "new" ones on display around the house.  All of these were my mother's from the 50s.

My sister and I always used to laugh at how tacky this guy is, but my daughter was going through the dog box with me and liked it. It's on her bedroom shelf now. Pretty unique whether you like it or not.

The one with the tam on the left has that "spaghetti" technique on its ears and paws. Cool, but a pain to dust. I always liked the terrier.

Too cute Spaniel (you think?) with a bow and a blown-glass example on the right. There are a couple other glass ones in the collection too, but I just pulled out the blue one for now.

So you are now up to speed with the dog collection. That's a load off your mind, right?

In other news... Today is the Cubs' season opener in Pittsburgh. As you can see, the grass in my yard looks anything but green, and when the Cubs' return home on Friday for their home opener, weathermen are predicting rain and mid-40s. Yea. The boys of summer might turn a little blue.

Enjoy your Monday!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Seen

I'd like to mention my husband started a new blog called "Seen." He walks quite a bit in Chicago en route to work and thought it would be interesting to post pictures of things he sees along the way.


I also have a link on the right sidebar. So, I'm taking bets... how long will he stick with this? I hope it lasts; I think it's a good idea.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Thrifting Wrap-Up

Okay, that title is a bad pun since I bought some wrapping paper this week. The old designs were so cute. This is the first time I've found any vintage wrap. Also a couple spools of ribbon to use for 25 cents apiece. Can't beat that when there always seems to be a child's birthday party looming on the horizon.


What do we think of this? A souvenir from Holland; it's a bank with a padlock and keys yet. Definitely different.

Would you believe this is the second rubber stamp carousel I've come across in a year?  I did sell the first one, and this one is in really nice condition.

Here's a better look at the wrapping paper. The baby paper on the left is unopened.

A falling apart old Atlas will work well for paper projects. I can never pass up a Polaroid camera if the price is right.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

1921 Baby Book

Several years ago my aunt gave me her baby book from 1921. I happened to come across it a couple of days ago and thought I'd share some of the sweet illustrations from it. The artist is Clara Miller Burd. She was from New Jersey and illustrated books and magazines.





Such detailed work. So unlike today.

In case you're wondering, my aunt is now 92 and doing amazingly well.

Have an amazing day!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wacky Pack Wednesday

This week's Wacky is one of my older ones. Put out in 1974, I think most of you know what it is spoofing.

Tropicana orange juice has been around since the 50s. Some of you may not know it used to be sold in cardboard cartons; most everything is plastic today.

Have a glass of sunshine!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Steampunk SPA

Sunday Postcard Art is using the popular theme of Steampunk this week.  I've never been into that, and did one ATC last year (almost to the day) so thought maybe it was time to give it another go.  The main image is a Xerox copy, watercolored, of an old photo of my great-great aunt and her family.


If you're interested, view the other entries over at SPA-- a lot more creative and "punky" than mine.

And I'm not posting any pictures, but would you believe we had snow yet again overnight???  When will this madness end?

Hope your weather is more Springy!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Monday's Muster #12

The collection I'm sharing this week just makes it over the minimum of three. I have these vintage tea bag holders hanging under a kitchen cabinet. The two reddish ones were my mother's; the two yellow ones are from thrifts.



These two actually stand up-- if for some reason you had a need to do that.

Kind of funny that each one has instructions on what to use them for. Think the tea bag police would come a knockin' if you set spoon in one?

Happy Monday!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Smashing Once Again

I'm showing three more Smash pages today. Below is an addition to the "Quotes" book. I watercolored the background which did not work out well. The paper is not heavy enough and rippled. NOTE to the Smash Book people: adding a few watercolor pages to the books might be a good idea.

A somewhat silly page for the "Favorites" book. In case you don't know these gents, they are (clockwise from upper left) Robin Zander of Cheap Trick, Jim Morrison of The Doors, David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin.

Here is the latest which I added to the Quotes book. After listening to that "Hello Dolly" record the other day, I liked this line from one of the songs: "There's no Blue Monday in your Sunday clothes." The ladies below were cut from old sewing patterns.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Thriftless

I guess being thriftless is better than clueless, but I am at a loss as to why the thrifts around here are still far and few between. Crummy weather? Well, whatever the reason, these three finds were it for the week.  Whoop-dee-do.

The vintage baby shoes are cute and in great condition. I plan to use the reinforcement rings for tag making. See the 15 cent price on the box? I paid 20 cents-- that type of inflation I can live with!

So what's an "ideal baby?" One that doesn't cry, takes regular naps, doesn't stuff peas up its nose? I never had one of those.

Here is a better view of that tablecloth or dresser scarf in place. It's very nice, and I'll use it myself if it doesn't sell (that's a sure way to get it to sell!).

So how have the thrifts been in your area?  Better than mine, I hope!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Homely March

Question: What could be more attractive than Illinois in March?  Answer: Almost anything!!!!!






Those are sun deprived resurrection lilies looking for warm weather too.

Hope your views are more pleasant today!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wacky Pack Wednesday

This week's Wacky Pack is a bit of a test. I wasn't even sure what the original product was. Do you know? Do you remember Pom Poms candy by Nabisco? I don't either. They look sort of like Milk Duds, and I couldn't find much info on them so I'm assuming they weren't on the market very long. Long enough, apparently, for Topps to come up with this sticker.


Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Another Kaisercraft LO

Another layout for the Kaisercraft Saturday Sketch (March 2014 #2). This is a copy of a small photo from about 1920. My grandmother is the one in white and her sister is on the far left. The two on the right are mystery women. Friends, neighbors, cousins? I'll never know.



How about those fashions? Long skirts, hats-- wonder why Grandma wasn't wearing a hat?

Have a fashionable day!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Monday's Muster #11

This week's collection is about as far away from last week's Depression glass as you can get. Little plastic Snoopy figurines. Whitman candy used to include these with holiday candy back in the 90s. Although a couple of them I bought at a Hallmark shop in the late 70s or early 80s.


Here we have Valentine's Day Snoopys.

I only have two Easter ones.  Love the one on the left.

Halloween Snoopys.

And quite a lot of Christmas ones.


The pirate and the Indian are the ones I bought at the card shop. I have set these out for Halloween too as Snoopy appears to be in costume.

So where do I store these off season? In a Snoopy lunch box of course!

Hope this collection brings a smile to your face. Have a great day!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

St. Patrick's Day 2014 (Almost)

Since tomorrow is "Monday Muster" around this blog, I'm wishing everyone a Happy St. Patrick's Day a day early.

Enjoy!!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

If It Doesn't Sell Thrifting

The thrifts have still not been any too plentiful around here. I picked up several items this week that when purchasing, I thought, "If it doesn't sell, I can use it" which is a good justifier-- don't you think?

Cigar boxes-- these don't appear to be too old, but they're still kinda neat.

A 1980s postal scale that works fine (first class was 25 cents!) and a wooden hanger all the way from London. If I ever come into big money, I want to trade all my plastic hangers for wooden ones. Now that's living!!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Mean March

It was only a few days ago I mentioned March in the Midwest can be very fickle and mean.  Well, I rest my case...

This was the scene yesterday morning.





Our poor little pine is stooped over once again.

The sun did shine later in the day. A small consolation. 

Hmm... how to end this on a positive note? Um, uh... tick...tick... It's almost Friday? That will have to do.

Hope your weather is better!