Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween Trick or Treat!!

It's not uncommon to see vultures here in southern California, but what's rare, is to have one hang around your backyard for a day and night. Yikes!

Trick or Treat, I have See's candy for Halloween!

The table is set, help yourselves...

Don't eat too much at once.

I hope all my dear blogger friends have a happy and fun Halloween!

Friday, October 29, 2010

I Am A Dunce!

I just remembered, there were two of you who tagged me with an award, and I never followed through with a post about it, and tagged others!

Arg! I'm so sorry, because now I forget who did this!!

I am under such tremendous pressure due to my businesses, that I have been letting things slip. I have to. I have no choice if I want to keep afloat. But the down side is, I forget things like this, then I feel a fool for forgetting.

So those of you who kindly awarded me, please do not feel ignored. I am so sorry I forgot!!

In addition, I think I make comments on your blogs that come off as snarky sometimes. If it seems that way, please know, this is NOT my intent! I try to visit and comment on as many blogs as I can, very (very) early in the morning before I have to jump on that fast running work treadmill that never ends, and often I blurt out comments before reading how they sound.


Happy Friday! How is everyone else doing? Are you as stressed out as I am?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

Just a reminder, for my U.S. friends that this childhood classic comes on tonight, 8:00 p.m. (your time zone).

I remember looking forward to watching this every year. Mom used to let us go to our babysitters house to watch it... In color !!! Yes, we had a black and white TV when I was a kid. I think we had black and white TV until I was 14. Ha ha. We didn't get a push button phone or microwave or VCR until about a decade after every one else did. Dad was... Thrifty. Love ya, Dad!

Being the creative kid I was, I used to make drawings of this show I loved it so much. But anything Halloween related used to thrill me!

Seems to me I watched this full program on youtube last year, but they have been taking down a lot of shows and songs due to copyright issues. Bah. But it can be bought on DVD.

Did you watch this when you were a kid? And how many of you remember the big sponsor at the time was Dolly Madison?

Happy Thursday to all my good blog friends!


Sunday, October 24, 2010


I really wrestled over these lamps.

If I should get them, or not

Why, you ask?

They are mid-century, sort of nice, but nothing too special.

Well, my folks had these very lamps when I was a kid.

Ours were a dark green, and I love these in pink. They would have gone in the master bedroom where the others had been.

I saw the matching lampshades, a pair, not too long ago on eBay.

But didn't get those, either. If I had, I would have grabbed these. The last time I saw a pair, they were in turquoise, and the seller wanted $200 for the pair. Uh, yeah, right. No thanks.

Trouble with these was, the seller had a poor rating of 98%, and I am tired of getting bum deals on eBay!!

I might be able to find the matching shades eventually, but as much as I wanted to buy for sentimental reasons... I let these pass. Sigh.

Have you ever bought things based on sentiment alone?

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Vintage 1950's Mid-Century Halloween Trick or Treat Bags

I love these large "lots" of vintage Halloween treat bags. These are the small bags, made to stuff a few pieces of precious candy into for parties or Trick or Treat.

(These are NOT mine, but can be found currently for sale, on eBay).

I remember the thrill of getting one of these while Trick or Treating. Not just one piece of candy, but a whole cute little bag of candy!!

Well, it was a big deal for me, I'm sure I am not alone!

(Click on images to see a larger version of these charmers).

And of course, we need a larger bag to fill up with the goodies we got while making our way around neighborhoods after dark, on that special night...

I was pleasantly surprised to find vintage Trick or Treat bags are quite affordable on places like eBay.

The history of Trick or Treating goes way back, to All Souls Day parades in England. During the festivities, poor citizens would beg for food and families would give them pastries called "soul cakes" in return for their promise to pray for the family's dead relatives.

Trick or Treating Facts:

*Kids’ favorite candy stops are homes that offer “anything made with chocolate” (68 percent) followed by lollipops (9 percent), gummy candy (7 percent) and bubble gum or chewing gum (7 percent). (Reported by National Confectioners Association)

*The National Confectioners Association reported in 2005 that 80 percent of adults in America planned to give out candy to trick-or-treaters, and that 93 percent of children planned to go trick-or-treating.

*For its historic neighborhood gatherings and holiday spirit, National Confectioners Association also crowned Boston the 2006 Trick-or-Treat Capital of the United States.

*Kids' least favorite items to get in their trick-or-treat bags were fruit and salty snacks like chips and pretzels.

How many of you have or collect vintage Halloween things?

Happy Saturday!!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Happy Halloween from 1950's Atomic Ranch House

OK, so it's a little early, but I got the opportunity to pull just a few of my Halloween things out from the over-packed hall closet which contains most all of my holiday decorations.

So cheerful! The ceramic pumpkin I got at the Thrift store years ago. Chipping a bit, I gave it a clear gloss to keep it from chipping more, and he comes out every year.

My fireplace apron houses my 1950's slate table, 1950's kinetic atomic particle sculpture (hard to see - click on image if you want to see a larger photo), but more importantly, more of my wonderful Fall and Halloween decorations! I love my plastic popcorn Jack O Lanterns as I had one when I was a kid. Other than a Ouija board, that's the extent of my vintage Halloween, because as much as I love LOVE Halloween, I am unable to afford to outbid other collectors.

Not sure if I will be able to get more decorations out. One lesson I learned: it's always better to get fewer, bigger things than a lot of small things. Well, I bought a lot of small things before I learned that lesson, which is why the holiday closet is so full! That's on my list of things to reorganize.

At any rate, how are all my good blogger friends doing?

Are you ready for Halloween yet?

What are your plans?

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Well, The Mystery Item Sold - While I Thought About It

Gravel art. Yes gravel art. The newest 1950's collectable, according to me, last year.

And I was right. Gravel art has increased in value significantly.

I said somewhere, I forget on which blog, maybe my own, that I wanted ATOMIC gravel art, and I had never seen an atomic design gravel art before.

So this was the mystery item. It was a Buy It Now, just listed yesterday, bought today by someone else.

Rare? Yes.

Something I can make myself?

You bet! In colors and in a design I really want.

And what is that yellowing at the lower right portion of this gravel art? Yikes!

Thanks for all your opinions on the matter, $200 was just too much for an "artwork" anyways. No regrets!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Arg! eBay!

I have been too busy to spend much time shopping eBay.

I needed to take a break from it anyways.

I have just about everything I need.

Items I have put on my watch list, passed me by, ending without me remembering they were going to end.

I kicked myself for missing out on a vintage red Eames footstool with hairpin legs, but meh, not the end of the world.

Then I started to look yesterday.

And I found something I never thought I'd see...

Arg but the total will be $200 or more!!


I started to post what it is, then thought: Maybe I might buy it...

But $200?


OK, how do you get over items you REALLY want, but are too expensive? Well, unless you eat boiled rice for a month... lol Would it be worth it? Tell me, I need help deciding here!

Happy Saturday all my good friends!! 1950's Atomic Ranch House lady has been working very hard. Reading all your blogs, trying to comment as much as I can, sometimes not... But reading!
So... A month of boiled rice and twice the guilt for a cool but over-priced vintage thingie, or just...let...it...go.... ?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Looking For A Mid-Century Movie Location in the Mid-Atlantic Area

I got this comment on one of my older posts. Have no idea if it's legit or what, but thought I'd pass it on, if anyone is interested in this. Because it was posted publicly, I am including all the info. I googled, but do not come up with any info on this person or this project, so do NOT give them any personal info until and unless you are comfortable knowing who they are, if you choose to contact them.

Please note, I do NOT know who this is, the comment was left "anonymous" and in no way endorse it or can verify it nor do I have any connection with them, nor assume any responsibility for passing this info on should you choose to act on it. =)

My name is Kristen Mosca, presently I’m working on a the pre-production of a film using some of the last rolls of old Kodachrome stock. In case you don’t already know, this pioneer color film stock was first introduced in 1935, and captured the memories of American families for decades (some of the greatest decades of American history). Kodak officially discontinued its production last year and now the last place on earth still processing the film has announced that it will no longer continue the labor-intensive and costly development. The official “time of death” for Kodachrome is planned for December 30th 2010, so we’re operating on an extremely tight schedule.

In a tribute to the history of the consumer marketed color film we’ve written part of the movie as a period 1960’s family Christmas story. We’re contacting you for your expert opinion, hoping that you may have some insight on where to locate a time capsule of 1950’s-1960’s d├ęcor and architecture. We would like to stay in the mid-Atlantic area, however are open to finding the right location.

Let me know if you can point me in the right direction…I would greatly appreciate any suggestions.

Thank you so much for your time. I look forward to hearing from you.

All the best,

Kristen Mosca
514. 699. 7081

I hope everyone is doing good these days!

I have been super busy with work. These days, you have to work hard to earn a living grrrr...

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Favorite Halloween Memories

Halloween was a magic time for me, when I was a kid.

By the way, the photo above was borrowed from the internet, it is NOT me. By the time I came along, after two older siblings, I think the thrill of photographing babies and kids had worn off ha ha.

But there was something special about Halloween. The idea you could dress up and go door to door, and people would give you free candy (!!!) used to amaze me.

My need to celebrate and decorate was a big deal even when I was a kid, and although we were a simple family, I got out my crayons and colored all sorts of Halloween drawings. Witches, haunted houses, black cats and pumpkins. Then I painted over each crayon drawing with black acrylic paint, which gave a neat effect as the paint did not cling to the wax crayon, only to the paper that was not colored.

I took pictures of some of those with my little box camera, but I must have thrown out those photos long ago.

Counting down the days until Halloween, reading books like The Wednesday Witch, the excitement of getting some sort of costume, watching the Charlie Brown "It's The Great Pumpkin" cartoon, then carving the pumpkin, signaled it was time!!

I have few memories of actually Trick or Treating for some reason.

Once again, by the time I was that age, my folks didn't seem that interested. Or maybe I just don't remember.

But I have vague visions of going around my block, face getting hot in those plastic or rubber masks, just happy that the magical night had finally arrived.

When it was over, the disappointment was always greater than the thrill of having so much candy (and candy was a big commodity I rarely had much of when I was young). But I was already looking forward to the next year.

What are your favorite Halloween memories?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A Beautiful Rainy Day - And Thank You Vintage Christine!!!

Hello all my good friends!

Oh Christine, I got my wonderful vase yesterday and I was so thrilled!

I am going to grab the image off your blog because I seem to be having digital cameras issues:

Oh gee, I just LOVE it and it looks fantastic in the master bedroom next to my mid-century sculpture couple made out of white plaster or whatever they are. Thank you SO much!!

I've been doing more boring stuff in my house. Moving things from one room into another. No where near as much fun as buying vintage goodies!

Work continues to be a huge pain. I brokered a big deal and now the client is messing around with the money part: in limbo for at least 90 days arg...

But it's a lovely rainy day, I got my little room heater out for the first time all summer, and while I am exhausted, I am happy enough. You have to find little smiles throughout your day. For me, it's watching my cats play, or the returning Western Scrub Jays in my trees, or catching the sunset or watching a good movie.

I hope you are taking time to find smiles in your day, no matter how stressful!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Happy October!!

Are any of you lucky enough to have vintage or mid-century Halloween decorations?

As much as I wish I did, these photos are NOT of my decorations.

I have complained before, about how much I adore Halloween, but it seems everyone else does too, so buying vintage Halloween stuff on a budget is like trying to shop Tiffany's with coupons lol.

However, I do have a lot of "modern vintage" stashed in my closet, and I'm happy enough with it. Still striving to get the living room pulled together in time to decorate for Halloween (and before it's Thanksgiving!) but work just keeps kicking my ass all over town ha ha. In this economy, it seems we have to work three times as hard, and there are no guarantees, are there?

At any rate, I am so happy it's October, it's cloudy and cool here lately, and I hope you all are decorating for Halloween too. If you have already, please share photos on your blog, and post a link here so we can check out what you have. Our friend zootsuitmama is already done decorating!

Happy Saturday, where every day is Monday at 1950's Atomic Ranch House lol...