December 16, 2012

Vintage Photo Sunday - Brother and Sister

I realize I haven't posted in a long time, but I've been busy since getting back to California.  Really.  Well sort of, kind of.  OK, just a bad blogger.

Today I want to share an old photo with you.  On Thanksgiving my friend gave me another box of old photos.  Did I say how much I love old photos.  This photo is of two young children, perhaps brother and sister.  I don't have any idea of the date, but the clothing is unique and should give clues about when it was taken.  The girls hair is done in long ringlets, and her shoes are tied with sashes.  Do any of you have any ideas?

November 18, 2012

A Fellow Blogger's Antique Booth

On our trip back to California this fall we stopped to shop a little while at Merchant Square, an antique mall, in Chandler, AZ where a fellow blogger, Judy at My Artistic Side, has a booth.  The mall is huge, and a really fun place to shop.  Judy's booth is so cute, and I bought some small things to take home.

Merchant Square Antique Mall - Chandler, AZ
Judy's Booth
A Happy Shopper - Me!

I bought the items in the photo below.  There are two dozen weathered clothes pins,  an old photo of a young woman, and a broken black bead necklace.  The necklace was sold as broken, which is perfect for me because I will be able to use the beads guilt free.
My Treasures

November 5, 2012

Painted Desert & Petrified Forest

Here are a few pictures from the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest for you to enjoy. They include pueblo ruins, petroglyphs, and petrified trees. (I have been using the Blogger iPhone app while traveling, so the pictures aren't appearing in the correct order.)

November 4, 2012

Old Town Albequerque

Here are a couple pictures from Old Town Albuquerque, NM. The beautiful old Mission is an active Parish. The weather is perfect this time of year, and we enjoyed a patio lunch.

Santa Fe Railroad - Shawnee, OK

This old depot in Shawnee now houses a railway museum.

October 21, 2012


The Maple trees are turning red. It is difficult to capture the intensity of the colors.

October 10, 2012


I saw a segment on a TV show tonight about Pinks hotdogs, and remembered a picture that I took earlier this year while waiting at a traffic light. ( I wasn't the one driving. ) Pinks is in Hollywood and very popular. We didn't eat there, but I see they do have veggie hotdogs - so maybe I will be able to convince my vegetarian sister to eat there the next time I visit her.

October 8, 2012

Rock City Barns

Barn sign paintings were a popular advertisement media in the past.  Most everyone is familiar with the Mail Pouch Barns, but there was another popular barn advertisement - Rock CityRock City is located in northern Georgia, not too far from Chattanooga, TN.

The three barns pictured here are located on 31 E in Kentucky. Before the interstate, this was a major north/south route, and the barn advertisements were designed to entice travelers to visit Rock City.

To those of you who read The Road, you'll recall the father and son saw these Rock City advertisements along the road they traveled.  Since they ended up at the sea, this was a clue that they were traveling south, and were north of Georgia.

It is nice to see that some of these historical treasures are still standing.  I have never visited Rock City, but think this may just be the year to do it.

September 7, 2012

William Morris Pillows

My sister, who sent all the wonderful buttons to me, purchased two yards of William Morris Designed fabric from the United Kingdom.  She asked me if I would make pillows for her - of course I said yes.  I made five pillows, and all have piping in the seams.: three 16" x 16", one 12" x 14", and one 14" x 14".    I printed an image on fabric that I had scanned from an early 1920s magazine, and sewed it to the 14" pillow, and there is a vintage celluloid button attached to the lower left of the image.  Here is a photo of all of them.  I'm going to get them packaged for mailing tomorrow.

September 2, 2012

Antique Bird Cage

I really enjoy going to an auction.  Kentucky has auctions rather than the estate sales we have in California.  I went to an auction yesterday, and bought this amazing antique bird cage by Hendryx from the late 1800s or early 1900s.  The wire is green, and the brass is tarnished.  I must confess that part of me wants to get the Brasso out, but really don't think I should do that.

August 26, 2012

Vintage Photo Sunday - What Kind of Getup is that?

This woman is wearing an elaborate dress and hat, or as my mother would have said, "what kind of getup is that?"  She is in Nebraska, but I don't know anything else about the woman, or when this photo was taken.  By looking at her clothing, do you have any ideas of when this could have been taken?  Do you know what is the style called?
What Kind of Getup is that?

August 13, 2012

Button Jar Buttons

I sorted through butons that my sister sent to me, and put some of the more interesting ones in this cute little jar that she also sent to me.

And, here is what is in the jar.

August 12, 2012

Vintage Photo Sunday - Oops! In the Ditch

Looks like they ended up in the ditch.  The men are working to get the vehicle out of the ditch, and the women are supervising.  They are pretty dressed up, and probably on their way to some timely event.  Don't know the location or date of this photo, and I can't see the license plate close enough to know where it is from.  It was with a group of photos that are labeled from various parts of  California. 

August 11, 2012

A Little Pillow Surprise

I received this pretty little pillow in the mail yesterday.  It came straight from the EBay seller where my sister purchased it.  The same sweet sister who sent the buttons. 

I placed it on the seating area in the bedroom that I created using an antique iron/brass baby crib.  I think it is perfect for this spot.

I loved this crib the minute I spotted it buried in an upper room of an antique store.  It's very sturdy, a baby crib mattress is a perfect fit, and I use the removable railing as a magazine rack.  We redid this little house in Cottage Style, and I liked the way this area turned out.

I made a mattress cover, and pillows using some my vintage textiles.

August 10, 2012

Butterfly Bushes and Butterflies

The best part of a pretty Butterfly Bush, is the beautiful butterflies it attracks.  Here is a short video of the type that are eating here today.

August 8, 2012

Button Treasures From My Sister

My sister sent a box of goodies to me the other day.  Here are some of the buttons - aren't they wonderful?  Sweet sister!

These Indian/Buffalo Nickels made into shank buttons are so unique, and there are nine of each.

Indian Head

Large buttons and Wooden Nickel

Small Buttons

August 4, 2012

Fabric Collage Greeting Cards

I like to send handmade cards to family and friends. I made three of them a couple days ago. I used bits of vintage fabric, lace, buttons and images printed on fabric. Each collage is stitched to the front of a card, and vintage sheet music is adhered to the inside of the card to cover the stitches. I left a blank page for the handwritten message.