Sunday, December 21, 2014

A Poem For Winter

 To celebrate the first day of winter:
Winter Frosting, by Marion K. Seavey.....
Illustration by Charlotte Rehfield.
This is from a cute vintage magazine that was given to me for my birthday by my friend Heidi, dated 1946.
No snow here, but perhaps there is some in your neck of the woods??

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Snowmen, Sweet And Jolly

Today is all about snowmen - vintage finds from thrift stores (of course!) - and we'll start with this cute picture from the back cover of a book of Christmas carols:
And then there's this little cutie:
And all of these happy little snow folks:
The last two are here, along with their friends, in this vintage Bucilla felt and sequins ornament kit:
Have a Holly Jolly kind of day!

Friday, December 19, 2014

More Vintage Christmas Finds

I feel as though I have gotten fairly lucky here lately, in the "finding vintage Christmas" department.
Here are some more examples for you today.
We'll start with these two sweet little Christmas girls:
And next we have a little "ChrisMouse"
These ornaments are quite large, and I found them buried under far less interesting stuff ( what I call "Christmas Crap") at the waste management store.
Frankly, I was surprised they survived intact. I just stuck the corsage in to fill up the empty spot:

I picked up two cute vintage (Made In Japan) boots and a little "rockin' Mrs. Claus shaker.
 I have no problem at all with buying lone shakers, who are missing their mate, if they are vintage Christmas - and cute:

These two were waste management finds, also:
I love finding cute tags at the thrift stores.
 Trouble is, I don't like opening them!
That's all right, I have plenty of other nice tags - enough to last a lifetime, probably:

I found three more vintage bell ornaments to add to my collection, too:

And I found a vintage box of bows.
 Now, why would you want to add just any plain old bow to your packages when you can use "Glamour Bows", I ask you, why?

Ribbons, too, all prettily packaged up in a Christmas tree shape. Good thing I have LOTS of other ribbon, too - because I really don't want to open this package, either!

I found three little vintage Santa lantern ornaments:
And last of all, two more vintage ornament hanger boxes for my collection, and some very pretty embroidered ribbon/trim that reminds me of stained glass:
That does it for today, folks!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Models, Revisited: More Susie Blakely

I found some more photos of the lovely Susie Blakely in my vintage Seventeen magazines and pattern booklets, so I decided another one of my "Models" posts was in order.
Here she is in an advertisement for Revlon from Seventeen, (October 1970):
In an ad for Maidenform, from August of 1970:
A cute ad, with cute clothing from Pandora, (April of '72):
From a Revlon ad, May of 1970:
Below, she is seen with the wonderful Joyce Walker in an advertisement for "Ship "N Shore", April, 1972:
And  this one for Laura Mae shirts is from August of 1970:
Another Maidenform ad - I didn't get the date on this one:
And I forgot to jot down what the next one was from!
Three Susies, side by side!
And in the next two, she is modeling lovely dresses made from McCall's patterns - perfect for your holiday parties.
McCall's pattern # 3790:
And pattern #3782:
She's gorgeous, isn't she?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas with the El Dorado Roses

Good morning, Tina here. 

A couple of weeks ago, while I was in Las Vegas, there was a lovely Christmas Parade in Placerville. The El Dorado Roses were there, minus this year's Rose (me). All dressed in their wonderful Rose finery, looking beautiful as always, my friends brightened the somewhat overcast day with their smiles. 


Having neglected to tell my son I was out of town, he yelled "Where's the Rose?" when he didn't see his sunbonneted pioneer-dressed Mom. Other than that, I don't think I was missed! It is so nice to have so many wonderful women to fill in when family business interferes with Rose business!

Today all of the Roses are gathering together for a much anticipated holiday lunch at the Diamond Springs Hotel.  Last week we went to a very special holiday tea party which also celebrated two Roses' birthdays, held at Carol's cozy log home in the middle of a huge rainstorm. She had many goodies, including chocolate dipped strawberries and lemon cake, with three kinds of tea. I tried both peppermint and ginger. It was very festive! Carol's hubby was there to meet us at our cars with an umbrella and assist us through the deluge to the front door. He took our soaking wet coats and served us in various other ways as the event went on. What a great guy!


As you can tell, we Roses have been busy enjoying the Christmas season, with the above events and the tree lighting which started it all off on November 28th.

One other fun event we took part in was the decorating of our tree along Highway 50 through Placerville. Some of us met one afternoon and made decorations for the tree, which were white roses tied with sparkly ribbons of mostly red.  I became a bow tying specialist that day. 

Then one very rainy day (we try not to complain about all this rain... after such a drought that we have been having) some of the ladies decorated the tree, and below on the left you see the result.


All in all this Christmas season with the El Dorado Roses has been busy and a lot of fun. And as I look forward to our luncheon today I know there is more to come!


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Mr. Jolly's Sidewalk Market

I found the cutest vintage book last week at a thrift store:
 Mr. Jolly's Sidewalk Market, written and illustrated by Laura Jean Allen, published in 1963 by Holt, Rhinehart and Winston.
I had never seen it before, and it's awfully cute!
 Each two-page spread shows Mr. Jolly and the people around his market as they go through each month of the year.
I think I'll share them with you each month.
Sounds like a plan.
The one thing you can count on with this sweet little book is this:
No matter what the time of year, Mr. Jolly says "Oh, Dear!".
Have a Jolly holiday, won't you?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Dorothea's Christmas

I'm sad to say that our wonderful Christmas shop here in downtown Sonora, "Dorothea's Christmas", will be closing at the end of this season.
The owners are friends of ours, and they are ready to retire.
They are having a sale right now , with everything in the store 50% off. I talked my husband into going to have a look with me last week.
 If you are in the area, you should come and check it out!
The box you see above (I'm so sorry for the horrible, blurry photo), was the only one like it in the store.
 They are VERY nice reproduction glass bell ornaments by Kurt Adler; I love them!
 I also got the silver ones below, (separately), and hubby picked out this lovely bird:
Here you see the silver bells again, tucked into a box with other ornaments I have found just within the last week or so at thrift stores:
 Those bells seem to fit right in with the true vintage things, don't they?
I also found this Flower Power ornament at Dorothea's, and found the cool platform shoe  to go with it at a thrift.
Pretty groovy together, right?
 We got a few other things as well - plus I saw a lot more things I'd have liked - but I didn't get pictures of everything.
I am sorry to see their shop closing; I have truly enjoyed shopping there over the years, but I am wishing them a wonderful, happy and healthy retirement!
(Note: "Dorothea's Shoppe" in Folsom, on Historic Sutter Street, which used to also be called Dorothea's Christmas, is still open. I haven't been there in years! I think i need to get back over there one of these days. )
















Sunday, December 14, 2014

We Three Kings

We Three Kings Of Orient Are......
 ....proudly gracing Heidi's shelf this Christmas season.
She found us earlier this year at Mountain Treasures in Sonora.
We look pretty spectacular as a trio, and pretty great individually, as well:
 Made in the 1960's in Japan, for Dickson, they are meant to hold pillar candles:
 I have very rarely seen these, perhaps only once or twice before on eBay:
 I was delighted to find them and add them to my collection!
 Three more kings are seen below, as depicted in felt on a little vintage burlap stocking, found at a thrift store:
And last of all, we have an illustration by F.D. Lohman, from a vintage book of Christmas Carols:
And the music, for your holiday enjoyment:
Sing a few bars with me, won't you.....?

Saturday, December 13, 2014

A Rare Bird

I found this "rare bird" at the Waste Management store.
An unique piece of art, on wood:
Then about a week later, I was looking through one of my vintage Seventeen magazines and I spotted this Hanes advertisement:

Artwork in the ad is by an artist named Lippman - quirky, colorful and pretty fabulous birds. I'm afraid I have no other information about the artist:





My little handmade wooden plaque was created by Aunt Pat for Lynn's 3rd birthday in 1971: 
 
I think it is safe to assume that Aunt Pat may very well have found her inspiration for the creation of her gift in this ad, which came out the year before: 
What do YOU think?
Aunt Pat - whoever and wherever you are, I'm sorry, in one way, that your niece Lynn did not hold onto this, but in another way, I'm rather glad she didn't - because that meant that I was able to find it and bring it home and I happen to think this Rare Bird is super-cool!
So, thank you for creating it 43 years ago!

Friday, December 12, 2014

A short visit to Spring Mountain Ranch Nevada

Good morning. Tina here. I am a bit late due to my usual "living out in the boonies" computer problems. 

Last week we weren't out in the boonies, we were in Las Vegas, Nevada for a birthday party, and we took a little side trip the next day.


Only about a half an hour's drive west of Vegas is this wonderful state park, Spring Mountain Ranch.
An oasis in the desert.


Over the years the ranch house developed from a small cabin to this lovely brick structure that is so homey I just wanted to move in and start Christmas dinner.


The tall, hatted, handsome ranger who manned the ranch house told me he had Thanksgiving dinner here, and cooked the turkey himself in one of these ovens.  I could imagine the savory scents wafting their way upstairs, no need to call the guests to the table!


If I was a ranger or docent here I would somehow manage to spend at least one night here, reading by the fireplace into the late evening, and snuggling in one of the bedrooms to wake with a view of the mountains, the new sun lighting the rocks as it rises.


The ranch has quite a history, which I am not going to relate here. A couple of interesting tidbits, the original owner adopted two brothers who were native americans and they inherited the ranch. One of those gentlemen helped locate the plane wreck on Table Mountain when Carole Lombard was killed. There are at least four springs located on the ranch. Howard Hughes once owned the ranch, although it is not known if he ever visited here. The last owner was a former actress who was quite a cattlewoman.


We were lucky to see some beautiful fall color although it was already early December. The weather was cool but very nice for a bit of a walk.


The mountains to the west are very stark compared to what we are used to seeing in the Sierra foothills, no trees, or at least very few, many-colored rock, lots of strata, some red rock, the interest and color comes from the minerals rather than the growth of flora.


We didn't have a lot of time to explore, there are many trails to follow, springs to visit. One day we will be back, we have family close by after all.


One last photo of the bell which hangs above the ranch house. What a great way to call everyone to the big Christmas dinner I am making in my imagination!