Sunday, June 30, 2013

Hollywood Stamps

The USPS has a "Legends of Hollywood" series. These are the ones I have saved. Grace Kelly isn't part of that series; hers is an earlier stamp. And I'm missing James Cagney. How did that happen? Think I'll have to check Ebay.

Is this really the last day of June?  Enjoy it!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Do You Collect Stamps?

So-- do you collect stamps? I guess I do. I never gave it much thought. I just save the ones I like, and I do always keep one of the Hollywood stars. Most of what I have is relatively new-- within 20 years. Here are some of the funner ones I have in my "collection."

Will be posting some more over the next few days.

Have a nice weekend!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Authentic Flower Power

Are you ready for this?  Doesn't it knock your eye out? I spotted the tie hanging amidst the clearance rack at my local thrift store. One glimpse, and I made a bee line straight for it. There's nothing like flower power fabric from the hippie era. Modern manufacturers don't quite cut it when they try to replicate the old, mod designs. 

It's handmade, a jumpsuit in case you weren't seeing that, in a small size.  I tried it on, and it's rather short. Maybe it was made for a young miss or teen; neither of which I qualify for.

And if one wasn't enough... Not as funky, this one is also handmade.  My daughter likes it and wants to keep it to play dress-up. I'm almost embarrassed to announce they each cost 25 cents!

Strangely enough, my mother made herself a jumpsuit very similar to the blue one back in the early 70s. It was navy blue with little flowers and a kind of patchwork design.  I thought it was very cool.

Linking to The Thrifty Groove with things very thrifty and very groovy!!

Have a nice Friday!

Thursday, June 27, 2013


Inspiration Avenue's theme this week is "Outfits For Any Occasion."  I have a number of old sewing pattern models cut up and ready to use. I went searching and came up with this exotic dress.  Just the thing for a trip to the Orient, don't you think?

And as long as I was at it, I decided to use this stylish swimsuit ensemble. Very appropriate to the weather around these parts lately.

Have a stylish day!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Wacky Pack Wednesday

As promised here is a newer version of Chef Boyardee spaghetti.  Which one do you like better?  They both have their charms (no pun intended from my recent posts). See last Wednesday's post if you missed "Chef Girl-ar-dee."

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

TT/Letter Y

Second to the last letter this week at Tag Tuesday. To be honest, my first choice was Grace Kelly, but believe it or not, I couldn't come up with a satisfactory picture of her.  Too big, too small, too something.  So I ended up with another Kelly. 

Singin' In The Rain is one of my favorite films.  If you've never seen it, make the time!

"I walk down the lane, with a happy refrain..."

Monday, June 24, 2013

Still Charmed

Since I showed my mother's charm bracelet yesterday, I thought I'd share an updated version-- mine. I've been collecting charms for the last 15 years or so.  I haven't bought any lately however, the price of silver went up quite a bit, and as you can see, the bracelet is quite full.

A tiny frame holds a photo of my old Lab.

I was married in Las Vegas so had to have this one.

Similar to a real camera I have and a VW bug in the background; my dad had an orange one in the 70s.

Charm bracelets are fun.  Each charm tells a little story of where it came from and why it's special to the owner.  It's also a great gift-- I gave one to an aunt and one to a cousin.  After that, you can always give a charm as a gift!

Happy Monday!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

How Charming

My mother had a charm bracelet from way back, the 1950s or maybe even late 40s. I'm happy to say it has survived.  It's quite full of interesting charms.

A trailer.

A doghouse, complete with a Scottie.

The first aid kit opens to reveal actual gauze.

Even the kitchen sink!

I never saw my mom wear it, but us kids always loved to look at it when we were exploring her jewelry box.  Pretty nifty.

Have a charming day!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Pyrex Test

Remember the Pyrex bowl I just bought and showed on Thursday?  Well, since it was washed and sitting out because I still don't know if it's a keeper or not, I used it to make cookies.

Yes, it works!

And in case you need a super good and super easy chocolate chip cookie recipe, here is the one I have been using most of my life.  It's from a Betty Crocker children's cookbook.


3/4 C packed brown sugar
1/2 C sugar
1/2 C room temp butter
1/2 C veg shortening
1 1/2 teas vanilla
1 egg

1 3/4 C flour
1 teas baking soda
1/2 teas salt

6 oz chocolate chips
1/2 C chopped nuts (opt)

Mix the first 6 ingredients well.  Add the next three ingredients; mix well.  Mix in chips and nuts.  Bake by rounded spoonfuls on a cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

A couple tips: using real butter is much better than margarine.  Don't over bake! These are best when slightly under baked and left on the sheet for a minute before removing to a rack.  I've always cooled them on waxed paper on the counter-- works fine.

Have a nice weekend!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Coonhound At The Wheel

See what happens when you leave your car open?

Good thing the keys weren't in it, or Rhody would have headed off for McDonald's drive-thru, I think.

Happy Friday, and it is now officially summer-- no wonder it's so hot!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Wacky Answer

We all know yesterday's (6-19-13) Wacky as Chef Boyardee canned spaghetti, yes? I just now realized, however, that they took the hyphens out of the name.  It used to be Boy-ar-dee.   The cost of hyphens has gone up like everything else, I guess. Tune in next Wednesday for a newer Wacky with a different take on The Chef-- if I remember to post it, that is!

June Thrifts

I was all set to write a pathetic post about the lack of finds at garage sales and thrifts stores around here lately.  I hit about 10 garage sales in the last two weeks, and this was my only purchase (with the exception of my daughter's must haves).  A nifty old carpet beater.

A down-right steal at 50 cents.  Wow.

It's already hanging above my basement stairwell.

Then yesterday, a visit to my local thrift store netted some good finds at good prices too.  Some old games:

1970s looking s & p shakers.  Marked "Japan" on the bottom.

And a large (4 qt) Pyrex bowl.  It may shock a lot of bloggers to know that I have very little Pyrex. Two small, red refrigerator dishes that belonged to my grandmother-in-law and a square, clear (well, once clear) baking dish that was my grandmother's is the extent of my Pyrex.  I'm not sure if I'll keep this bowl or not.  It is really cool, but I have very little kitchen storage space.  We'll see.

So a planned whining post turned out better than expected.  Linking to The Thrifty Groove with some welcome thrifts!

Have a good one out there!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Wacky Pack Wednesday

I may be running the risk of offending pc fans out there with this Wacky.  I find it very funny, and it's actually one of my favorites.  Us Chicagoans have a rather satirical sense of humor.  And keep in mind this came out in 1973-- worlds away.

Have a fun day!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

TT/Letter X

A little challenging this week at Tag Tuesday.  The letter "X".  There are a couple movie star choices: Francis X. Bushman, um... Francis X. Bushman.  Anyway, I went with one of my favorites, The Marx Brothers.

On a documentary, it was said during the darkest days of WWII, Winston Churchill took a break to watch a Marx Brothers film.  If that's true, it speaks volumes for what laughter can do.

Have a good laugh today!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Red Tag

The current inspiration at Dragons Dream Tag It On requires red, text, an embellishment, and one real (rubber) stamp.  I think I got it all in there!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Father's Day 2013

Happy Father's Day, everyone!  These are a few of the 1960s skinny ties I snagged from my dad's tie rack in the 1980s.  I wore them myself.  Yes, I was quite hip, and no, I never returned them.  That's okay-- Dad doesn't mind.

Have a great day!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Raggedy Ann and Friend

About a month ago I posted about two dolls my great-grandmother made.  That spurred Pat at Corn In My Coffee Pot to post her dolls.  Since she showed a Raggedy Ann doll in her collection, I decided to show mine.

It was made by my aunt, about 1970, especially for me.  The dress and bloomers are made from the same fabric as a dress my mom made for me at about that time. I don't know if that was intentional or they exchanged fabric scraps at some point.

And, yes, like a true Raggedy Ann, she has a heart.

While we're on the subject, the same aunt made this granny doll for me a year or two later.  She has bloomers under there too.  All those years ago, I named her Winifred since that was my aunt's middle name, and, no, my aunt was not too fond of "Winifred."

So, tag, Pat!  You're it!

Linking to Mockingbird Hill Cottage with two favorite dolls.

Happy Saturday!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Family Tag

It just so happened that this "tag pocket" I made tied into Collage Obsession's "sisters and brothers" theme this week.  It's made from a library due date pocket. Kind of fun to use.

Happy Flag Day!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Wacky Answer

Most of us have heard of Schick razors, right?  Well, yesterday's (6-12-13) Wacky Pack was Schick double edge razor blades for older style razors.  This is hard to explain... can you just nod and agree with me?  Thanks!


The last Friday of school my daughter's class took a field trip to Lincoln Park Zoo. My husband was a chaperone and shot some nice pictures.  Just thought I would share.

Animals are really amazing!  Have a good day!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Wacky Pack Wednesday

In honor of Father's Day this coming Sunday, here is a Wacky Package for all you guys out there.  This brand is still around, but I don't think this product is.  I never really thought about it before, but these Wackys sure are a reminder of how everything has changed over the years!

Have a nice Wednesday!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

TT/Letter W

The alphabet series is certainly winding down at Tag Tuesday.  This week is the letter W.  I always liked Natalie Wood.  Very pretty, hip, talented, and she looked like a cousin-in-law of mine.

Enjoy your day!