Thursday, August 30, 2012

Hot August Thrift Finds

These sure do seem to be my favorite colors, here lately - on a bright floral tray, a Takahashi bottle and then the little white vintage Otagiri vase fits right in - they're all from the same era:
Orange and yellow here again, with green this time on a striped cotton fabric I think I will use to cover a cushion on my patio furniture. I also found a crochet collar that is perfect for work, and another tin recipe box:

A floral journal, lime green tablecloth, vintage paper party tablecloth, and - yes - another pillar candle holder:

This platter looks like Blue Ridge Pottery to me, but is unmarked:

A wooden plate with bright hand-painted flowers, and an orange pottery piece that may be an ashtray, but I am liking it as a spoon rest, instead:

Anyone ready for autumn? This next group has a rather fall-like look. Mushroom fondue pot, a handkerchief, and a pair of Franciscan Ware handled bowls:

This great vintage Scotch brand tape dispenser, below, may not look it, but it's a lovely salmon color. And I found another one of these note holders, which to me has a very mid-century modern look. It fits Post-It pads perfectly, and looks pretty cool on a desk:
And I won't ever pass up finds that are useful and inexpensive:

I was pretty happy with my finds!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Then And Now #89 Nabisco Cookies

"Then": 1969 - Sorry the two page ad above wouldn't fit on my scanner, but I'm sure you can picture how they'd look side by side. A close-up on the Mint Sandwich Cookies:
And here is how they look "Now":
If I were asked to pick a favorite store-bought cookie, I think I'd have to go with the Mint Oreo Fudge Cremes. They're GOOD.
And below, a close-up on the Pinwheels package from 1969:

And here is how they look now:

I can't even remember the last time I had a chocolate Pinwheel - but I'm pretty sure I like them too!

These are dangerous things for a Weight Watcher's gal who is trying to watch her "Points"!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Was It A Good Trade?

This little discarded library book was, quite literally falling apart at the seams, so I took the pages out and scanned them so I could share the little story with you.
"Was It A Good Trade?" by Beatrice Schenk De Regniers, with drawings by Irene Haas was published in 1956 by Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., New York:

Too cute.
I'm glad the little guy is happy with his little wife.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Puzzle Fun - Part Two, I'm Done.

A bit more of my "puzzle" fun today - first up - let's all make hay while the sun shines:

A star and, um ...not a star:

Another pretty flower, in sunny yellow this time::

A pineapple:

A simple candle:

And last, but certainly not least, we have:
"Little boxes on the hillside......

"....and they're all made out of ticky tacky and they all look just the same."

Have a good day, everybody, and let a little sunshine in!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Puzzle Fun - Part One

I've been playing with these puzzle pieces I found in a bag at a thrift store. I do not know whether they are from a game, or what? But I had fun just putting together as many different things as I could come up with.
A variety of star shapes:

A butterfly:
A potted plant:

Christmas tree:

A flower:

All made with these pieces - the bag was marked $2.50, but since I found two quarters in there along with all of the with the colorful pieces, it really only cost $2:

I'm afraid I don't have a name for this one, but it did utilize the most pieces:
Part Two coming up tomorrow, so please stay tuned!

Friday, August 24, 2012

What's Penny Wearing #78 A Beautiful Vintage Caftan

I found this beautiful dress or caftan at a thrift store in Jackson. It's in wonderful condition:
Chocolate brown with embroidery in green, white and red:
I am reasonably sure that it is from the 1970's.
Unfortunately, it is too long for me. It was meant for a taller person, with longer arms than mine. Sigh....

I'd be happy to keep it forever if it fit me, but since it doesn't, I am planning to sell it.
I have never really minded being short - but sometimes.......

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Just a few Mokelumne Hill postcards... More to come

Good morning. Tina here. This morning I am sharing just a handful of Mokelumne Hill postcards.  I still need to photograph the postcards that are not already on my computer, and I will show you those at a later date.

Below is a wonderful Bird's Eye view of the Hill.  I am very fond of the old bird's eye views.  Just look at the wonderful rolling hills surrounding this village nestled above the river.  Farmlady, can you see your home?

It always amazes me when I take the little turn off of Highway 49 and all of a sudden there is a wonderful little town like a special surprise waiting just seconds away from the traffic.

I know there are ghosts walking the streets.

Lots of old rock walls, water troughs, climbing vines, old iron shutters... Notice the curious fellow watching the photographer on the lower right?

Old postcards are a great way to go traveling while the weather is hot.  I can settle back in my lounger and enjoy the air-conditioning and lose myself in another time.  Where is my magnifying glass?

I promise many more of Moke Hill next time!