Wednesday, September 29, 2010

And. . . I Keep Missing The Closing Bid!

I have greatly curtailed my buying lately, but once in a while, I see something I like, for what looks like, it will close at a great price.

Well they do, and even though I am sitting right here, I keep forgetting about them when they end, right in front of my face ha ha.

Oh well, I keep shrugging it off... But it still annoys the heck out of me lol...

Thanks everyone for all your chocolate advice last post.

And our friend zootsuitmama is inspiring me to try to pull the living room togeather so I can decorate for the holidays, starting with Halloween. Two more days and it will be October! Yea!!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Who Makes The Best Chocolate?


If you are diabetic, back OUT of this blog post NOW!!

See's is vintage... As a company, See's candy has been in business since 1921. I have tasted chocolate of all kinds, and hands down, I believe this is the best. It cannot compare to 99.9% of the chocolate you find at the grocery store, and tastes better than a lot of other "fancy" chocolate I have tried.

I ordered a box of their nuts and chews (my favorite) last year, online. A gift to myself. I don't eat a lot of chocolate, certainly not like when I was a kid, (I still have Halloween candy left over from last year, in addition to Christmas and Easter candy I discovered in the back of my fridge!) but this set me up to a doomed existence.

You see, once you order one thing, you get these regular emails, detailing each sale and seasonal candy they feature.

And I am a "sucker" for Halloween, so when their Fall and Halloween line of candy showed up, I started to calculate what it would set me back to order some of this. Hard decision to make: What to buy!?

Here is a link to their Halloween candy, but shop around. Beware, you won't be able to resist!

So here is the question for all of you: International bloggers opinion most welcome too...

What is the best chocolate you have ever had? And please provide a link or brand name so we can check it out!

I have tried real Belgium chocolate, and it was wonderful too! I'd love to sample some from around the world.

Thanks to our friend zootsuitmama for her early Halloween inspiration, and all the decorations she has put up in her vintage home already.

I can't wait to buy some See's and display it on my tidbit trays!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Heat Wave

Gee, I bet in some of the places that some of you lucky people live, it's looking more like the photo above.

But after a wonderfully cool week complete with one fabulous foggy morning, it's back to 110 F. Yeah, lucky me!

And if you consider THIS "Fall color", then this is about how it looks in my little part of the world!

(All photos nabbed off the internet this time, because it's too hot to take photos of anything).

So here I sit, slaving away in my office, the only air conditioned room, and waiting for the heat to pass so I can move around again.

I just found out my eBay account is at a minus $3!! Oops! What the heck! They must have penalized me for not having a certain amount in there, because I had at LEAST $12 in there last time I checked!

OK, so I will add money to that account as soon as I can get in my car and not burn my fingers off on the steering wheel so I can take a deposit up to the bank.

Meanwhile YES I have been reading all your wonderful blogs, but I have not been commenting as much. Bah @ me. Busy, very, very busy. And tired because I am so busy.

Just a little "work hump", it'll pass lol...

Hope to be posting more soon, meanwhile I do hope each and every one of you is experiencing wonderful Fall weather (or Spring if you are a friend on the other hemisphere!) and big hugs to all of you!!

Friday, September 24, 2010

1950's Interior Design - Before and After

I thought this was really interesting. Take a house already designed in a 50's style, and make it "better"!

Only 3:35 long, worth the time.

I think many of us collect a lot of vintage "things", but find it difficult to pull it together in a way that feels right.

Well, anyways, give it a watch and let me know what YOU think!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Vintage Tidbit Trays - How Can You Not Love Them?

I've had my eye on tidbit trays, ever since I saw a photo of one on a vintage green formica kitchen table I saw and posted last year. Oh it's not a mad passion, but I just love them!

And for our friend Vintage Christine, see? I have not stopped shopping eBay, this silver beauty arrived a couple days ago. I love it!

And because I saw some very similar to this kind on Barbara's blog giveaway a while ago, I had to have one in this design!

I like things I can use, and these can be used for all sorts of snacks and such. I suppose you could display all kinds of clever things on these tidbit trays, couldn't you?

Some have matching things that go with them.

Don't fret over any minor scuffs and such, just lay your candy, cookies, cupcakes or vintage jewelry on them, and scuffs vanish!

I bet every one of my viewers has at least ONE tidbit tray, right?

As an anxious Mom, I finally let Chris out back to spend kitty time. The tube removal went exceptionally well, a couple more days of bandage, and now finally free of any wrappings, he looks so nekkid out under my orange tree, dozing and sunning his toesies.

Thank you all again for all of your warm regards with Chris, I wanted to show him a month later, back to his smiling self again. Still a bit thin through his hips, I am trying to plump him up, but otherwise, doing fine.

The diva, Miss Kitten, dozing and sunning her toesies too.

I have no back yard to show off until I get that seeded this spring, but the cats don't care!

Gosh your support came as a bit of a surprise, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Hugs to all of you who have pet friends as well.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Do You Remember Saying: "I Can't Wait Until I Grow Up!!"

We all remember saying this to a parent or caretaker, don't we?

I was about 7 or 8, Mom and I were out back, after dark, and I remember hugging her and saying:

"I can't wait until I grow up, I'll get to do anything I want to!"

Mom hugged me back, and in her wisdom said:

"Oh dear, it's wonderful to be grown up, but you will have to listen to what your boss says and what your husband says and a lot of other people too."

Now she didn't mean "cater" to a husband, but she meant, you will always have to be taking direction or the consideration of others.

So here I am now, listening to no one but myself, doing exactly what I want, and that's the way I wanted it! It didn't happen all at once, but I finally arrived, for the most part. Sure took me a long time to "grow up" lol...

What is your "I can't wait until I grow up" story?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Did You See It Happen!? Apollo 11 - Where Were You In 1969?

Where were you July 20, 1969? Did you get to see the first man walk on the moon?

We take space travel for granted these days we do it so often. But back in 1969 this was a big deal... A HUGE deal. The Soviets got the first man in orbit, but it was the challenge of the nation's pride to have the first man on the moon.

It wasn't just a big deal in America, the whole world watched this event. It was a time of excitement, and due to the Viet Nam war, the nation needed the moral boost, and we did it!

I just finished watching a wonderful video on this subject, with exceptional interviews of the astronauts and what their thoughts were at the time.

Called In The Shadow of the Moon, you can easily rent it from Netflix, I imagine it's on cable, or take the time to watch it for free on youtube. Part 1:

Click HERE for the link to the first part of In The Shadow of the Moon on youtube and to watch all parts of this wonderful documentary.

Were you lucky enough to see this happen live? What do you remember about it? Do you remember the excitement of the world at the time? Incredible!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A Long Post Waxing Philosophic

This is a wordy post, no pretty photos, I understand if most if not all skip this one over lol...

So I made a post the other day about how I was disappointed that the seller of the cloth doll have mailed everything in one of those tyvex bags, and the dolls neck was bent at a dangerous angle because of it.

Then the Sputnik clock? The gears or whatever are SO loud, I can't use it, not even in another room. This baby runs like an old farm tractor.

And I sure get tired of laying out my hard earned money for disappointments. Life hands us enough of those already, no need to pay for them!

And I deleted it because. . . I get tired of complaining.

So what to blog about?

I haven't made the time to get out any of my Fall or Halloween goodies just yet. Working too much to make any real progress in the house... (Gee I get weary of the treadmill of work, don't you?), I don't have cool vintage clothes to dress up in and take photos of . . .

Chris goes in this morning for feeding tube removal, no anesthesia, ick, my heart aches for him and I hope they treat him well because this will be traumatic for him (and me!).

Gee I will be glad when this round is finally done. I am too sensitive for this stuff.

So my fellow bloggers, just a post to let you know, I am trying to figure out what direction to take my blog in next, when it does not include weekly eBay shopping nor photos of my finished house, because it is not!

Happy Wednesday, keep blogging while I figure out what to do so I can read what all of you are up to and be inspired!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Vintage Handmade Cloth Dolls - Do You Have Any? Collect?

My new old doll.

I've never been much of a doll person. Mom did that for Me. I collected Breyer horses as a girl, Mom had the antique dolls.

About 20 years ago, Mom started to make her own cloth dolls. Why?

When Mom was a girl her Mom made her a rag doll for Christmas. Mom always loved that doll she named Katy.

When Mom's Mom passed away, she came to the funeral and to the division of her Mom's estate. All she really wanted was Katy.

But Moms sister had always been a witch to Mom, and so absconded with Katy. Oh there were denials of finding Katy in their Moms stuff, but my Mom knew, Katy had been carefully kept in a wooden Hope chest all these years, her Mom had told her so throughout the years.

After her sister passed away, she knew there was no chance to ever be reunited with her childhood doll.

The only thing she had left of Katy, was this photo her Mom sent her, years ago. Katy is on the far left. The rest are also Grandma's dolls, many which she collected through the years.

So Mom started to make her own cloth dolls. I think she was always trying to replace her beloved Katy.

She made dozens of them, all mostly large. "Huggable" as Mom called them. I still have all of them, some displayed in the Pink room. (I can't display them all at once, there are too many!

What my new old doll has on underneath:

So it was Vintage Christine who mentioned on her blog, something about expanding her searches on eBay beyond buying glasswares. Damn you Christine lol, that gave me the idea to expand my usual searches.

On a whim I did a search for "vintage cloth dolls" and found this oh-so charming lady. Hand stitched and hand made like Mom used to do (no machine sewing). The seller was selling off dolls from the estate of a lady who made these, and had passed away. The original owner had been a designer and architect the seller told me, and most of the clothes looked like they fit the doll I bought. The seller (and presumably the estate) was located somewhat local to me, which makes my new old doll a native of California.

OK, so I had to have not only her, but as many of the little hand sewn clothing that came with her.

And here is the entire take, most vintage to about the 1930's - 1950's judging by the materials:

So, today's lesson: BEWARE of expanding your searches. You WILL find things you HAVE to have! Oh gosh, and I see a cute doll trunk on eBay that would go with these clothes perfectly. Arg!

Only ONE doll, this is the ONLY "new" old doll I can ever get. Mom has so many already!

Are you a doll collector too? What kinds? Do any of you have cloth or rags dolls?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Sputnik, Calyx and Pottery - And A 1957 Airfloat Flagship

Yesterday was a holiday, and usually that means some good deals on eBay while folks are out having BBQs or whatever it is they are doing.

So, being the hard-working entrepreneur I am, I was, of course, working yesterday. And since I work so darn hard (I really do) and because I usually have time to comb through a lot of searches on eBay, I thought I'd give it a go.

Above is a 'Sputnik Remembrance' clock. The red thing it the hour part, the little gold ball on the outside of the earth map globe is Sputnik. I think Sputnik is the minute hand part.

The clock is deep and resembles a dashboard dial or something.

Anyways, this will go in my office space room.

I got a pair of these Calyx pattern chair cushions. Well, they are cushion COVERS which the seller didn't make clear until I saw a "question from buyer" as I was emailing for the combined invoice.

Still, a good deal, I'll simply buy a couple inserts to fit. (Grumbles at seller for photographing them with stuffing and NOT making it clear).

I expanded my unknown pottery makers of the 1950's to include bowls lol. This one is dated "1954" and has age wear on the bottom, so looks like the real deal. I know, you are rolling your eyes at this one. I think I paid $1 for it.

All cheap cheap cheap. I passed on a cool clock that didn't work and needed a battery operated replacement housing on the back when my $13 bid was dwarfed by a $51 bid. No thanks!

That orange clock in my prior post sold for $280.

It's a DARN good thing I didn't see this 1957 Airfloat Flagship Trailer for sale until an hour before the end of the auction. Located within driving distance, it sold for only $2,700!

But this is 1950's Atomic RANCH HOUSE, not 1950's Atomic Trailer! I need another project like I need a hole in my freakin' head!

I can just see the look on my neighbors' faces as I have this roll up to my house. They already think me eccentric, this would only confirm it.

Check this out:

Soooweet. But NO NO NO I had to let it pass!

I hope everyone had a good weekend!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Happy Labor Day USA and International Friends

Chris is still confined to the house, so I allow him to roam the house during the day as opposed to being stuck here in Sing Sing Office Prison like he is at night. He decided the musty stinkie pink atomic footstool was just fine for him.

What the heck!?

The unorthodox stuff around his neck is to protect his feeding tube. Back to the vet this coming week to have removed. Won't he be thrilled?

You tell me how he folds his front leg up like that, I have no clue. I get leg cramps just sitting cross-legged!

Not much to say, while Chris is kicking back, I am laboring as usual on this Labor Day.

Chris and I hope you all are having fun and finding those great deals!

That clock in my prior post is up to $255.00. I hope it makes someone happy!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

1950's Geometric Eames Atomic Clock

Sweet clock! Love the style, but the colors... Not my thing.

I imagine it would be easy enough to make something like this. I may give it a try one day.

It can be yours CLICK HERE. Currently $137.50, too rich for my taste.

I passed up a nice 1950's reddish slipper chair. I'm so afraid to get another musty problem.

Besides, I really want a couch. It can't stink, it's got to have the style of the 1950's, it has to be black, and it has to be something I can actually afford, AND it has to be delivered. I don't think I will ever find one.

Maybe if I buy new, which I just might do, as long as it's not make like a piece of junk. I see quite a few reviews on new furniture, couches in particular, that have the right style, color and price, but people who bought them seem to claim they are shoddy.


WHOO HOO! My statues and Sputnik ornaments arrived yesterday and I love them!!

MmmmHmmmm the Mr sure does like checking out the Mz. Looks like he's making eyes at her. Think there may be sculpture babies in their future? Little Eames running amok all over my 1950's Atomic Ranch House?

Oops too dark in the living room to photograph the ornaments, ah well, scroll down to prior posts if you want to check them out, I've already posted them.

The seller jinglekell is a dream, check out her current auctions HERE. After so many blah purchases, it's really nice to have great experiences!

Have you found any great deals or anything fantastic lately? I think I have the end of summer blahs, excited to know Fall is almost here.

I have been reading all your blogs, but didn't get to reply to a few of them the last couple days. Work is kicking my ass again, and some mornings I am too incoherent to speak!

Happy Sunday!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Do You Ever See Things on eBay or Etsy That You Already Have, and Get Excited?

Am I the only one who will come across something on eBay that I already own, and get excited to see it there? Or is this some kind of bizarre validation deal on my part?

I have this bracelet. Well, Mom did. It looks fab, though it's a simple paste bracelet. When I saw it on eBay with a BIN for $95, I was excited.

Do you get excited to see things you own in these auctions?

This was really something to see. Years ago, Grandma, Mom's Mom, sent me a box of small and treasured dolls. In the same box was the female of these two porcelain wall plaques. You see? More of that Colonial Revival stuff from back in the 1950's.

Ay any rate. Mom always told me it was special and to take good care of it. So I kept it packed away until last year when I started to display it in the Pink room. After all, what good is something if you keep it packed away out of sight?

So then I unexpectedly come across it again, on eBay, and see it's actually one of a pair.

And the pair was priced at $7.99. So much for "rare and special". Ahh but mine is of course special because it's sentimental.

I didn't buy this pair, and it did not sell. You can't give away Colonial Revival stuff on eBay. Besides, I have enough frill and froo in the Pink room already, but it was a surprise to see it as a pair.

So good people of blogland, how do you react when you see things you already own on eBay or Etsy? Excited? Chagrined? Happy? Or nothing?