Thursday, March 26, 2015

Bookends - Something To Think About

I found this pair of "The Thinker" bookends at a thrift store:
Anything that can help hold up some of our massive amount of printed volumes in this house is a good find...
..... in my book,
 so to speak.
:)
Thanks, guys.
You're golden.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Lounge Chair Road Trip No. 5: Daffodil Hill 1968

Good morning, Tina here. We have had an early spring in Kelsey, and our daffodils, which are many, are almost gone. The poppies barely showed up. So I have been wanting to take a drive, and go searching for some wildflower color, but I don't think that is going to happen. 

A facebook friend from Amador County shared two photos of peacocks in Daffodil Hill from 1968. 


So this is my armchair road trip for today.


I guess these particular beautiful birds are no longer around, but their children and children's children are.  We have peacocks just down the street from our home in Kelsey, and it is almost time for them to proudly show off their chicks. They parade across the road showing off, and you can hear their calls from over a mile away.

Have a great day, and if it isn't spring yet where you are, try a lounge chair road trip to somewhere warm!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Because It Isn't Spring Without Azalea Photos...

I think I post photos of these every year, but I can't help myself.
Our azalea bushes out front look so pretty.....
 ... .and they don't last forever, so.......
 All the better to at least try and preserves them with a picture or two.
 
 Or, um, ten.

Yes, that's it.

Monday, March 23, 2015

A New Page

Just the other day, it was time to change my vintage Zodiac calendar over to a new page, and this is the face that greeted me:
How cool is he?
Previously, I was able to enjoy these cool fish representing Pisces:
As you can see below, Saturday was the day to make the change:
I LOVE this calendar, and I had it hanging in my room back in 1970, believe it or not.
I am delighted to be able to use it again.
The Ram looks like he's up to no good, doesn't he?
I decided that, since the colors vary with each illustration, I would try and hang little coordinating things on the clips above the calendar each time.
This is what I came up with:
 I also had to come up with a way to hang it, and I was so glad to discover that the vintage hanger with multiple clips worked the best.
 The calendar did have holes in it from my having used it 45 years ago, but I didn't want to make them worse, and I didn't want to have to deal with removing tacks or whatever every month, as our walls are stucco.
My fabulous vintage Zodiac calendar was printed by Determined Productions, Inc., and the artwork is by the fabulous and talented team of Bruce and Ann Butte.
Pretty cool, huh?

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Ladybug Fashions From the '60's And '70's - I LOVE This Artwork!

The artwork from the "Ladybug" clothing advertisements back in the 1960's and 1970's is one of my favorite things EVER that I have rediscovered as I peruse my vintage Seventeen Magazines.
I can't even express how much I loved - and still love  - these ads!
Cutest ads ever!
This one was a fabulous two-page spread, a "calendar" for March and April:
Completely and totally fabulous:
The illustrations, the color, the clothes!
The pretty girls and their sweet faces:
And here is another two-page spread:
Cute clothes.
Oh, I'm pretty sure I'd have been more than happy to wear Ladybug every day back then!
So totally adorable; I love it ALL.
I do not know the name of the illustrator who created these fabulous advertisements, but if I should find out, I will certainly add it here.
And I plan to show you some more of these in the future, as well.
(Advertisements from the Ladybug Juniors Company, photos of the ads were taken by me out of my own collection of vintage Seventeen Magazines.
 If you are going to take my photos from this blog, please at least provide a link back to this blog to show where you got them from. Thank you.)

Saturday, March 21, 2015

A "Frozen" Party

Last weekend, the special little girl in the photo below had a "Frozen" themed birthday party:
Everything reflected the theme:
There was even a game of "Pin The Carrot Nose On Olaf"!
One of the birthday girl's grandmothers brought these pretty and delicious cookies....
To heck with building a snowman, we don't have any snow, anyway.
Do You Wanna Eat A Snowflake?
(I do, and I did.)
The true highlight of the event was the surprise arrival of Elsa and Anna!
They played their roles perfectly, and they painted all of the girls nails, sang songs, taught a few little dance moves, posed for "photo ops", sat down for storytime.....
See - little girls enthralled during story time, a telling of the basic plot line of the film - entertaining and fun.
In fact, I enjoyed it as much as the girls - if not more!
 The Guest Princesses were also there for the cutting of the birthday cake - I'm so sorry I wasn't able to get a good picture of that.
Not ALL of her gifts were "Frozen" themed, but a lot of them were:
I was fascinated by them all, so I had to lay them out and take pictures!
A very lucky little girl, don't you agree?

I wouldn't mind 'helping" to play with some of these.
There was no time for that on party day.
I gave her the shirt on the right, below, and a cute pair of matching snowflake pants
Two happy little girls are seen in my last photo.
The birthday girl, who turned five, is wearing her Elsa "Frozen" dress, it even had music when you pressed a little button on it!
SO cute, and this fabulous party was definitely a HIT!
(Just like the movie - which I happen to love, as well - by the way.)

Friday, March 20, 2015

Patterns From The Past: For Spring - Simplicity 9890, A Two-Piece Dress

"For Spring: The New Two-Piece Things", we have, on the first day of spring, the lovely Shelley Hack modeling this two-piece dress, made from Simplicity pattern number 9890:
Young Contemporary Fashion, from Simplicity, (circa 1972) a "two-piece dress".
 (Also known in some circles as "a jacket and a skirt"):
I must admit, I like the version Shelley is wearing up top the best, with the black collar and cuffs added to that pretty floral fabric against a black background.
 Very pretty!
And the back of the pattern again:
What are YOU wearing to celebrate the arrival of spring?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

A Few Finds With a French Theme

Just a few finds today,with a French - or, more specifically, Parisian theme.
I found a lovely scarf, perhaps purchased in Paris as a souvenir, with the Eiffel Tower and other French landmarks prominently featured:
I got this large and beautiful book, below "Parisian Interiors", "By The Editors of Elle Deco" which had an original price of fifty dollars when new.
This gorgeous book has 275 pages and was published in 2008, an updated version of the original "Insider's Paris", published in 2003 and authored by Jean Demachy and Francois Baudot.
I paid twenty-five cents for mine:
 I photocopied an old piece of sheet music from 1918 and it fit into this vintage frame perfectly:
The frame is from the 1930's, and I purchased it at an estate sale with a photo of a distinguished gentleman inside.
 I had actually tried in vain to sell it with the vintage photograph intact because the frame is such an unusual size that I didn't know what would ever work as a replacement. It sat in the shop for a good long while.
It seems nobody wanted my frame with the unknown gentleman inside.
Luckily for me, the sheet music back at that time was made in a smaller format to conserve paper for the war efforts, and when I copied it I was tickled to find that it was a perfect fit.
Now, with the Eiffel Tower and also a Black Americana theme (by the way, the words to this particular song are most certainly NOT politically correct), maybe I will be able to sell it now.
And I have just one more find to share - this vintage copy of "Hugo's French Simplified", also with the Eiffel tower on the cover:
 That's it for today, and my French-themed thrift finds.
(Say those last four words five times real fast - you may find it's easier to start learning French!)