Friday, September 21, 2012

Happy Almost Fall in the Southwest USA

Of course here in the southwest USA, even though it's mid September, it's still around 100F/37C and hot as the dickins! My little kitten is trying to stay cool by rolling belly up. She's not really a kitten but she's so small except for her little round tummy, I call her that.She says: "Hello, it's hotter than hell here!"

So what the heck have I done in the last couple months? Not a lot! I did buy a few things. I don't buy much these days because I pretty much have most of what I want.

Buuuut since I work, a LOT, and I am at my computer, a lot, I do browse eBay sometimes just to break up the monotony.

Sooo here is what I have snagged since the last post:

This darling Daisy clock is going in the pink room or my old childhood bedroom. Not what I had as a kid, but since as adults we can buy a BETTER childhood, I got this wonderful addition. It is vintage, but in "new old stock" condition. So cute!

Snagged a second one of these atomic mirrors like in my last post. There are advertised as "vintage" but they have one of those bar codes stuck on the back so they are new-vintage style. I made an exception (one of an extremely small number of exceptions as I tend to be a vintage purist) because I love the style so much and they are made solid! Very heavy. Good deal because they are not "real" vintage. I will paint both to match.

Oh my gosh! When I saw this vintage Sputnik animated alarm clock, I could NOT say no!

Do you see Sputnik on the clear dial that spins around in space (it's the second hand)? It was advertised as a [sic] "sattelite clock", not Sputnik, so I jumped all over it. Needs a little fine tuning, but I'm thrilled with it!

eBay furniture and I never seem to mix, but these "Paul McCobb style chairs" (I didn't care what they were, I just loved them!) were a deal at $20 each. The assembly on one was a breeze, the second one, not so much. But, all in all, I am most happy with them.

I'm sure I mentioned, I have been buying a few things I used to have as a child. The cool thing about being an adult, and gosh knows we have enough grown up responsibilities to do already, is that we can buy back our childhood, or an even better one! Yay adulthood!

We weren't exactly loaded with dough, and my memory is sketchy for some reason, so luckily I can't remember a lot of the things I had as a kid, but...

Mom got me this perfume with the cat some time back there when I was less child and a bit more teen, I think (I forget) but for $5 US, what the heck, right? Cost more back then.

And Mom used to have this birdcage that has solid creme perfume in the base. The cage part has a hinge and it opens up. Long story, she lost it, and now it is home again. Well, one just like it.

I couldn't believe when I remembered having this horse necklace one day, and when I checked eBay for "horse necklace heart", (I didn't know what else to call it), there was one just like it! I love eBay! It's cheap, but there's a whole story about the one I got. I'll spare you the boring story! Just glad to have another one again. Cheap, only cost me $2 US.

I also found, to my astonishment, a blank copy of a diary I used to have as a kid/teen. Not the one that got stolen from me (long story, I'll skip that too), but the same make and style as the one I had, only blank. Wow, that was a surprise. $5 for that, couldn't say no!

This cute little vintage art smock for when I can get my vintage oil paint sets out and do some art.

Sweet art print.

And ONE last thing I'll mention. These vintage glass vials are very small, and for my Altered Art. I also got some vintage watch clock faces too. They list them under "Steampunk" and that makes the price go up, but I am set to get back into my art this Fall and Winter, so splurged a little bit.

I got a few other little things I had as a kid. A couple teeny tiny 1" tall dolls. Luckily I only had two as a kid, because now they sell for $35 and up, each! Some kid things sure get pricy!

Not much progress in the house due to my insane added work load. Gearing up to paint the last few rooms as soon as this heat subsides - bathroom, my office and the kitchen (which I have had to think long and hard about how and what I would paint). I don't think I'll ever resolve the curtain issue in the living room using real vintage material, there's just far too many huge windows, (6, floor to ceiling), so I will have to find something new and suitable.

That's it! Hope you all are well, I will make it around to your blogs as much as I can while I am taking a blog break!

Monday, July 2, 2012

New Additions

I have not been able to keep up with my blog very well. But rather than dwell on that...

I did get some curtains for my office. I have some material for curtains, but decided to buy two pair already "made". I have two windows in my office, different sizes, so finding 4 pair that would work has always been a challenge. So I settled on these, for now.

LOVE this radio, and of course it works. This is for the master bedroom, whose color scheme is pink & turquoise. Love the empire style of this radio.

This was too cute to pass up. Just a little addition for fun. Vintage calendar.

Finally! I was able to get one of these Atomium paper weights for an affordable price. From the 1958 World's Fair, these babies have been selling for upwards of $80, and I refused to pay that much for a small item. Snagged this great deal on a holiday weekend when no one was bidding.

These are so much fun! Atom model kits. You can make atom shapes in any design, and they become mid century sculptures. Snagged a great deal on these too.

This mirror is not "vintage" per se, but it was so damn cool, I had to get it. Very heavy, solid, and looks fantastic with my molecule clock and starburst temperature dealies. Is that an official word? Dealie?

I continue to do the most boring work, clearing out my shed to get stuff in there and to get the few things still in the living room out of that room. Fingers crossed I can get to painting the one bathroom and my office soon! My work schedule is crazy.

Hope all my friends are well, I'll try to make it around to all your blogs, but I'm still having trouble with the new flash format or whatever it is and I can't always respond. Frustrating!

Happy Monday and Fourth of July to my friends here in America!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Vintage Cold War Atomic Bomb Civil Defense First Aid Kit

While the rest of you are discussing jello molds and fashion, I am preparing for civil defense!

Good people of the mid-century, the threat of an atomic bomb is real! You must prepare!

Looks like I will be prepared for all sorts of things with this very cool real civil defense first aid kit.

All sorts of goodies like these safety pins which I will need to pin up bandages on hurt people. You know, those who did not prepare and build a fallout shelter!

Dressings and important "stuff" for when we are attacked by that big bad nuclear bomb! Don't forget to be well advised on what to do in case the atomic bomb is dropped!

A booklet to inform and . . .

. . Enough body tags to assess the wounded. Don't be one of them!

I do not want to frighten any of you, I only want you to be safe in case of a hairy nuclear attack on your neighborhood. Take the time to learn the right things to do . . .

This really is cool, and it goes well with my other civil defense Atomic Bomb items. It pays to be ready, just in case!

Happy Wednesday to all my blog friends!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Vintage Metal Western Horse Toy

Dipping my toe back in the eBay shopping market. I swear they changed the format again, as I was shopping today. Used to be a little secondary search window at the top, right, now that's gone.

At any rate, I snagged this charming little vintage metal western horse toy with great patina for only $0.99 US. Big buy!

I have a similar vintage or antique metal racehorse Mom gave me years ago. So this guy will fit right in.

I checked all my usual categories on eBay and find I am more selective than ever. I don't want "stuff" but only things I cannot live without.

Was tempted to bid on a vintage red slipper chair. The price was right as was shipping, but when I inquired about musty or moldy scents, the seller not only dodged the question but said a "bad smell" was no reason for a return.

Wow! Lost a sale!

I bought a beautiful vintage slipper chair a couple years ago on eBay, and it had a heavy musty smell. No matter what I tried, there was no getting rid of that smell! It's been in the dry heat here long enough where the smell is not noticeable much anymore, but I'm not going through that again. No thanks!

I hope all my blog friends are doing well!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Vintage Luggage Suitcases

Hello! Thought I'd post a couple photos of some of my vintage suitcases. Don't you love these? I collected them at thrift stores over the years, and bought authentic vintage travel stickers to put on them. Others already had some on them.

They are in a closet and make great storage cases. Mine are filled with vintage quilts, laces, some of my vintage art supplies and other goodies.

I have literally not looked at eBay auctions in months. And for the first time today, I checked out some of my saved searches. What fun! I have missed it! I haven't bought a thing in 9 months so now I think I can buy a little bit, guilt-free.

But there's always that decision: Should I get it or shouldn't I? Will it fit in that spot, or not? The troubles of us vintage buyers! Ha ha!

The last couple posts I made, I was not even able to view comments or your blogs due to some kind of browser incompatibility with this new fangled upgrade blogger made. If I look on another browser I can read, so will have to try switching this to another browser, dig out passwords and get my email for this blog on the other browser too. I have so much going on in each browser it's a whole process.

At any rate, I miss you all terribly, and am excited to get back to my home project as I have made no progress in the past 9 months.

. . . Oh geez! Now I see I am unable to make paragraph breaks in my text to make this easier to read even though I see them in my "compose" area! Oh dear, this is a problem! My apologies.

Wait, I solved it by adding html, which luckily, I know. Hmm I hope the rest of you are not having problems with this new blogger like I am, this is terrible!

Happy Saturday!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Pink Room #2

Continued from my last post...

In my attempt to keep up with blogging, even a little, I snapped some poor photos of the details in my pink room. Please forgive the poor quality! Also, I know my dear regulars will recognize these things already, apologies for different photos of the same things.

I have a set of poodle pictures like the one above. The pink girl poodle with her pink pom poms. So cute! The male version has black pom poms and they are talking on the phone to each other.

Somehow the flash didn't go off, but I couldn't resist getting these 1950's Eames ballerina lamps. I never was a ballerina person, but I also wasn't a poodle person, but some rooms just need the old standards when it comes to 1950's decorating.

As all of you know, you can click on the images for a larger look.
These little perfume bottles and little things may not look like much, but Mom bought some of these for me as a kid, and the other little things I kept from my childhood, including the little wooden Disney "Lady" necklace from Lady and the Tramp.

Dolls given to me by my Grandma when I was a girl, (and a few other things), some very old, like the paper thin celluloid twins in the red check dresses, and a Lenci felt doll.

The handmade small cloth doll and her handmade clothes in a little trunk. I bought her off eBay because I simply could not resist! I'll take a few photo of her wonderful hand sewn clothes and post soon. She's styled like a Flapper and the clothes appear to be from the 1930's. Any other handmade doll lovers out there?

The little wooden cats, chenille white cat and rabbit were all things I had as a girl, including some of the cats Mom bought me over the years. The RCA transistor radio that kept me company many a long night as I had insomnia as a kid, too.

Again, no flash! But I love my RCA Vibra AM radio with the snowflake grill! I have this playing 24/7 in my pink room. I wish it were FM so I could dial in a oldies radio station, but I have a 24 hr comedy show on AM.

The horse dish is a wonderful sweet 1940's trinket dish, and I loved horses as a girl, so I got this off eBay too.

I haven't even looked at eBay I have been so busy the past 8+ months. In a way this is good. I saved money while working new businesses, but in a way I am sad for all the deals that slipped past me.

I pretty much have everything I want for my house, but if I just logged into eBay, and I think I will check all my old searches. Maybe I can add something new!

Won't keep apologizing for not having much time these days, I know you all understand. Seems we have to work harder these days to make ends meet.

Last time I made a post I could not post comments on your blogs because blogger was being a pain, but will try to make it around and visit even if I cannot comment. Will try!

Happy Monday to all my friends!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Pink Room

Hello! it's been a while, but I thought it time to show a few photos. The pink room, as I call it, and the master bedroom are really the only two rooms I have essentially done on my ongoing project. Work getting in the way lately.

The above charming embroidered cottage Mom picked up at a Thrift store years ago. Isn't it sweet?

My vintage calligraphy pens & a few vintage brushes on top of one of my vintage artists supply boxes. I love how these look in the vintage pottery.

My darling Steiff Gussy cat, Floppy cat and Tiger. I adore these!

Three compo or composite dolls, from the 1930's or 1940's I believe. A little early for a mid century 1950's home, but Mom loved dolls so much, I had to get these darling girls. Wish I'd had these to play with as a kid! Aren't they sweet?

My bed, also a very vintage iron bed with the original excelsior stuffed mattress. I bought this at a Thrift store over 25 years ago.

The comforter is very much like the one I had as a girl. Silky, ruffles, with pink rosebuds. The two King & Queen pillows are pillows Mom bought me back in the early 1970's.

I bought some of my beloved childhood books. The Black Stallion series. I was a typical horse crazy kid. Dawn doll, Little Wooden Doll on the book that came with her, and a little green clay pot I made in grade school.

And the dresser with the ballerina lamps. I adore them! I wasn't a ballerina kind of kid, but I love them now.

That's all for this post, I'll post more tomorrow (fingers crossed). I know some of you have seen this room already, but I have so little to actually show!

I apologize for not even visiting your blogs. I launched a few new businesses and that was it. All my time and effort had to go there. They still are eating my time, but I could not let any more time pass before I updated.

I miss you all terribly and hope to have a bit more time for blogging!

Happy Sunday!

I tried to respond to some of your blogs, but blogger is being a pain and won't let me view them! I hope to check them out soon . . .