Sunday, October 22, 2017

My Childhhood Friend Colleen And Paintings by Her Dad, Principal Tom Collins

When Lori and I were planning our trip this past May, I had contacted a dear childhood friend, in the hopes that we might be able to meet up while Lori and I were in the area. Colleen and I hadn't seen each other since her family moved away the summer before our 7th grade year.
Not only did we get to go see her, but she and her "significant other" Bruce even invited us to stay overnight in their lovely home!
How often do you get to see somebody whom you have not laid eyes on in close to 50 years?
I have tears in my eyes as I write this - you cannot even begin to imagine how happy I was to see her again!
I put together this assortment of Colleen's school photos, which I had save over the years. ( I mean, of COURSE I did!)
Her father was the principal at our elementary school, Gold Oak Union in Placerville for a number of years, and, until I saw these paintings hanging in her home, I had been unaware that he was also a artist.
The first one I'm sharing in today's post might be my favorite, because it brought to mind Heidi's Grandfather's cabin from the Johanna Spyri classic, complete with goats:
Here is a photo of the Gold Oak Faculty, pictured in our old elementary school yearbook  from 1966:
And I took this photo of a portrait from when Tom Collins was in the Navy, and you can also see the small picture of he and Colleen together (taken around 2007) tucked into the bottom of the frame.
And here are a few more of his lovely paintings:
I walked around their house snapping pictures, as you may have guessed!
So pretty!
I love this red barn in the snow:
And this is a beautiful scene:
I'm sorry to say that Colleen's mother Nidabelle passed away in 2004, and her father Tom died in 2009.
I'd have loved to have had the chance to see both of them again, had that been possible.
 I found out something surprising during our visit that I had never known.
The Collins family had actually lived in THIS area prior to moving to Placerville, and Mr. Collins had been the principal at Jamestown Elementary for two years! That school is less than five miles from where I live now.
I realized, after finding that out, that Colleen's sister Ruth and my friend Mallory who owns The Emporium, a wonderful antiques store in Jamestown would have been in the same class, so I asked Mallory later if she remembered Ruth, and she did - and Mr. Collins, as well!
Now, it really IS a small world, isn't it?
I have a few more photos to share - so please come back tomorrow for part two!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Vera Finds

So, I HAVE found some more vintage Vera Neumann things, I simply haven't had the time to post about them!
First up, we have a gorgeous set of yellow tulip sheets:
And the "Vera Collection by Burlington" label I'm always so tickled to see:
And another set of sheets:
And the label on those:
I had gone in to one of my favorite thrift shop and had found one of those sheets, above. One of my favorite gals who works at the store told me she was sure she'd seen another. Sure enough, she called me later to tell me she had found it, and would set it aside for me!
Thank you, Robin!
I found this one vintage vinyl place mat - it may be all alone, but it's fabulous:
A terry velour daisy bath towel:
And then one huge king-sized pillow case in the "Waterways" pattern:

And, again - the label:
I also found one scarf - this pretty striped number:

That's it for today - but I'll be back with more, and that's a promise!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Old Mississippi House, Shaws Flat (Sonora) California

I found this original painting recently of the Mississippi House:
It's very nicely framed, but I was unable to find any information on the artist.
The signature appears to say "J. Canale".
I found some other images of it online; the postcard below gives a little bit of history about the place
I found this great photo with some information at
Charles F. Surendorf , who had a gallery nearby in Columbia, painted it as well:
Another great old photo, here:
A good shot showing the old gas pumps:
When I found the Mississippi House painting, I also found this one:
I'm thinking that one may very well also be from a local site, but I have no way of knowing.
I love finding original paintings.
I actually sold the two you see below recently; they were in our booth at Mountain Treasures.
This pretty scene with deer at water's edge:
And this sweet little shed or barn:
And I'm always on the lookout for more of the same!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Potpourri Press Books By Irena Chalmers

I have a small collection of these fabulous little paperback cookbooks written by Irena Chalmers and published by Potpourri Press in Greensboro, North Carolina. All of mine were published during the years 1969-1977.
 This one, the only one that is NOT a cookbook, is the one that started it all for me,
 "Napkin Folding":
Here's one little bio and photo from the back cover of one of my books:
And here is another:
The first cookbook photo below, the "Cookie Book" is one that I do not have.
 I'm hoping to find it: I love the illustration on the cover:
I think I found nearly all of my others at thrift shops.
And I like the covers on all of them.
The next four volumes pictured here today all feature artwork by Bob Penny. 
"Crock-Pot Cookery":
"Lover's Dining":
"Cooking In Clay":
"Souffle Spectaculars":
"Wok And Tempura Cookery" was written with Barbara Farr and has drawings inside, also by Ms. Farr:

And "Crepes And Flaming Desserts" has cover artwork by Mr. Penny, with drawings inside done by Sara G. Skardon :
 In perusing these little cookbooks, I see a lot of recipes that I want to try.
Here's a Beef Stew recipe from "Crock-Pot Cookery":
 There are at least a half-dozen more that I do not have, but I'm still hoping to find them very inexpensively at thrift stores, rather than buying them on eBay.
Because I don't NEED them, you know?
 I'd just like to have them if I happen across them - and perhaps I will!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Patterns From The Past: Simplicity 7430 - A Dress And Matching Bag

Today's pattern from the past is Simplicity 7430 from 1967.
It's The "All Girl" Look :
I found the poster seen above at Urban Basics And Company in Battleground, Washington, which I mentioned in yesterday's post.
I'm assuming this picture must have been on the cover of one of those huge pattern books we used to love to sit and look through at The Quality Shop, our wonderful fabric shop that used to be on Main Street in Placerville.
 How I wish I had color photos of the inside of that wonderful shop!
 I miss it.
I had no idea such a thing as this even existed - a new poster featuring a 1960's pattern and my favorite models Colleen Corby, Lucy Angle and Shelley Hack!
 Seriously; I bought it, brought it home, framed it and hung it on my wall.
 Love it.
There were one or two others, I think, that were similar. I couldn't buy them all, unfortunately. But I wanted to.
(Again - I don't always know all of the models, so if you know the name of the blonde, please fill me in!)
Here's the front of the pattern:
I love the little matching bag.
In fact, back in about 1966, when I was in elementary school, I got three new dresses from Sears catalog one year and one of them had a little matching purse that was similar to this one.
 I remember being SO happy with my new dresses, because we didn't get a lot of new clothes.
And I WAS the youngest, so I got hand-me-downs.
 Don't get me wrong, I was happy to have the hand-me-downs! I liked them! It's just that new was always nice.
Funny how times have changed - I seldom buy anything new these days. I'm thrilled to find very nice - and very reasonably priced - attire at thrift stores. I don't even WANT to pay the price for new retail merchandise. In fact, just last week I found two new-looking pairs of Coldwater Creek jeans in my size for $3.00 each.
(By the way, my poster may say 1968, but the pattern is absolutely dated 1967.)
 Making your own clothes was  definitely a money-saver back in the 60's and 70's, and I have mentioned before that in high school I used to pay Lori to sew dresses for me, because she was much better at it.
Here's another version of the dress with the swingy little handbag:
The back of the pattern:

I think it's a cute little dress.
My favorites are the rick rack-trimmed, long-sleeved aqua gingham, the blue print with the matching bag, and the bright floral with the bag.
Which one of the six versions seen on the pattern front do YOU like best?

Saturday, October 7, 2017

On To Washington State: Ridgefield & Vancouver

The day Lori and I left the Tillamook Cheese Factory on our trip last May, we headed up to Washington.
We have a cousin who lives in Ridgefield, Washington, and we got to stop and have a visit with her.
She took us to Battleground, and we had just barely enough time to visit a few shops there before closing time, including  Urban Basics And Company and Rusty Glamour. I loved every shop we went into!
Here is an article about our cousin Stephania that had JUST been in the paper the day before!
I can't even think about forgiving myself for forgetting to get pictures with her while we were there, but here is a photo of our dear cousin Stephania and her husband Richard:
 We had visited them back in 2007 when we went up there, but at that time they lived in Washougal. We also got to see our cousin Madeline (her sister) during that same trip at her studio and home in Portland, but I'm sorry to say that both Madeline and their third sister Mary Ann have passed away.
We didn't get to spend enough time with them, and I am truly hoping to be able to go back soon and stay longer.
Little did we know (although I believe I had a sort-of "feeling" about it at the time, so inside, somehow, I DID know, apparently), we were, literally, right across the street from where my friend Kari works! I mean, she would have been leaving work, and we were right there - it was nuts! I kept saying "For all I know, Kari could be right here somewhere...", and things to that effect. Well, she WAS, as it turned out. I was trying to reach here but I didn't know the name of her boss, nor the address where she worked. Oh, and in my haste, I was sending my texts to another friend, rather than to her! I didn't even know that at the time, because my friend was busy and didn't have time to reply until later. We learned all of this later, and it was an interesting conversation!
We had arranged to arrive at Kari's house right around the time she got home from work.
We were delighted to be able to stay at her home again (we'd been there 10 years prior, as well).
We had a great time with her. She's like the little sister I never had, me being the youngest.
We went out to dinner at Farrar's Bistro in Vancouver, and it was superb in every way.
We also went to a couple of thrift stores, and she even found some great, very reasonably-priced outfits for her office job.
(It was on that same day that I bought the skirt I wrote about back in this post.)
She also works part-time at the fabulous Heathman Lodge, and she took us there so we could see it.
What a gorgeous place!
Here's a pic of Kari and me that Lori took while we were there:
(I love that little gal SO much!)
We were there at just the right time to enjoy happy hour at Hudson's Bar and Grill, so we made that our early dinner that evening, and it was fabulous, too.
I mean, check out this menu. Yum!
I took this picture of a gorgeous Pendleton blanket we saw at the gift shop there at the Lodge - simply because I LOVE Pendleton!
 I found this little vintage mirrored advertising thermometer/picture at one of the thrift stores we visited:
I loved it - but Kari fell in love with it, too - and I mean she LIVES there!
So it stayed with her, and she took it and hung it up by her desk at work.
I like knowing that it's there.
And I hope to be able to go back and visit HER before another gosh-darned ten years go by, for Pete's sake!
(Please, Travel-Gods or whomever, help me save up enough dollars to make that happen - sooner rather than later!)