Monday, March 31, 2014

Look At Us

I found a vintage Sonny And Cher LP at a thrift store in Placerville.
Unfortunately, it didn't have the album inside.
 But since it was missing the record, the nice man only charged me a quarter for it........
 So, I will just put it inside an LP frame, and hang it on the wall instead of listening to it!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

A Dapper Gent For My Collection

I found this rather smug-looking little gentleman at a shop downtown.
Despite his apparent all-important air, I just thought he looked like he belonged in my collection!
It has occurred to me just now that he looks a bit like Mr. Banks, of "Mary Poppins" fame, so in honor of that I believe I shall name him Mr. Theodore Tuppence Tomlinson.
It suits him. 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Big Bright Storybook Pages

I found these pages from a very BIG story book at a yard sale:
 I absolutely love the artwork!
Out for a stroll:
A goat who is out standing in his field:
Loving the colors!
It appears that the fox did NOT get him!
A good, happy ending.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Patterns From The Past : McCall's 8612 - A Sleeveless Dress & Colleen Corby

Today, we have the lovely Colleen Corby modeling dresses made from McCall's pattern #8612 from 1968 in this advertisement from Seventeen Magazine, above, and below:
"Sew Wild!".
An "Easy To Sew" sleeveless dress in two versions:
Seventeen says "It's Young Fashion!"
I love the fact that the dress on the right on the pattern front was drawn to look like exactly the same fabric as the dress Colleen is wearing!
On the the back of the pattern, below, you can see that it was "Recommended For Beginners"
I  think I used to have trouble with facing and interfacing, but I was never very good at sewing, anyway.
That's why I paid Lori with my babysitting money to make clothes for me to wear to school!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Shades Of Orange In Vintage Room Decor

First of all today, we have a bright and beautiful kitchen featuring Armstrong flooring, from a vintage advertisement I found in one of my magazines.
 I think I'd like cooking in this kitchen:
We have orange on the shelving unit, the sofa, and in the painting, below.
 And there's even an ukelele ready to go and a set of bongo drums - let's play!
An orange fireplace. I mean, come on - what more do you want?
 Oh, maybe just some orange fringed trim on the drapes and furniture, and some fabulous ceramic mushrooms.
Yep, I think that'll do it:
A circus-themed bedroom is the last picture I have for you today.
It's lively and vibrant and ready for sleep or play:
Pretty cute.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wild Turkeys, Wild Poppies, and My Pets Enjoying Spring

Spring is sprung, and around Kelsey that means the turkeys are getting their groove on.
 The big handsome boys are strutting their stuff.
 The hens are all for it.
 Check out the tail fan dances.
Can the little chicks be far behind?
 The poppies between our home and Coloma are glowing on the slopes above the river.
 The view from our front porch, living and dining rooms, and two bedroom windows can't be beat.
 The best time for viewing is about 3:00 pm on a sunny spring day.
 Due to low river levels because of the drought, not many rafters or kayakers are viewing this wonder this year.
 My animals didn't want the turkeys to have all the glory today, so they posed for me. Ishi on the front porch steps.
 Luna on the porch railing.
 Cheshire Cat on the temporary bed for still recuperating hubby in the living room.
And Robbi in the living room wishing you all a happy spring.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

"It's New... It's Fun... Coordinate Rooms And Fashions", Circa 1965

In all of the best homes of the day, the ladies of the house enjoyed having skirts that matched their window treatments.
Or at least, that's how it appears.
In my first photo today, (and I do wish it were not the only one in color!), the caption reads "Richly colored cotton print by Everlast provides a beautiful window treatment. An extra two yards of fabric becomes a coordinated floor-length skirt for evening entertaining at home."
If the evening entertaining at home included guests, I am certain all of the women were envious when they arrived, and went home wishing that they, too had clothing that matched THEIR curtains.
 And below, a "colorful kitchen print by Thibault is used for apron with a scalloped and trimmed edge to match cornice."
 In the example below, the dress actually came first, as you can see in the caption:
(In my next scan, I accidentally cut off part of the caption. sorry - still trying to figure out how to scan again after computer updates were done by my stepson! Everything changed!)
 It should read:
 "Family room below has beige corduroy Roman Shades with a gold and yellow....
And last of all,  "The ever popular gingham check was used in this young girl's room {below} for brief cafe curtains and a matching shade.
 The extra yardage was quilted and made into a bathrobe with ball fringe collar and cuffs to match shade."
(All images and descriptions, including the post title, which was also the title of the article, are from a booklet "1001 Decorating Ideas", published by Conso Products, Inc.)
So everyone - please remember this next time you have fabric left over from your new window treatments.
Waste not, want not!

Monday, March 24, 2014

More Vintage Vera Neumann Sheets - In An Ad From May Co.

Yes, more Vera.
 Because you know I  simply HAVE to show you when I find these things!
This time, it's an advertisement from an issue of the Los Angeles Times Home Magazine I found recently. It's from the summer of 1970. I remember reading these Home magazines when we would go visit our grandparents in Hawthorne, California. I loved looking through them just as much as I did the old Better Homes and Gardens magazines.
Vera's new sheets from Burlington house were on sale at the May Co. department store, and I wish I could go back in time and buy dozens of them, in every colorway!

 Believe me, if I ever find any of THESE patterns in a thrift store, you can bet I will let you know.
 (I'm sure I could probably find some of them on eBay - haven't had the time to search!)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Another Ole! Ad

I recently found this advertisement from The Stanley Furniture Company - that I don't believe I've ever seen before - and which just happens to include two pieces of my favorite furniture EVER, the Ole collection ( along with other styles from Stanley's line):
You cannot even have any idea how excited I get when I find a new photograph in a vintage magazine that features "my" furniture!
I bought some magazines at Mountain Treasures (where we have our booth), and didn't even know this was inside.
I was pretty tickled to turn the page and see it.
"If you want a sassy bedroom, you can have it".
I do! I want a sassy bedroom! I want that Ole twin bed and the little matching nightstand!
Well, okay - I DO already have the bed - in yellow.
But, still.
"If everyone liked the same thing, wouldn't life be dull?"
You said it, Stanley.
And I like your Ole furniture collection. 
I like it a LOT.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Dig This GORGEOUS Vintage Bates Bedspread!

If you'll excuse me for saying so, this is one FABULOUS and gorgeous thrift store find!
 A glorious orange and yellow vintage Bates bedspread, complete with fringe.
I have actually searched for these on eBay and Etsy in the past, simply because I think they're so fantastic.
So, can you imagine my delight when I spied this sitting on a thrift shop shelf?
I am LOVING it.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Patterns From The Past: Simplicity 6287 - Jiffy Knits Dress, Pants And Top

Today's pattern from the past is Simplicity 6287 from 1974, a "Jiffy Knits" pullover dress or top and pants.
For stretch knits only, make this dress out of a patterned or solid fabric and then embellish it however you like.
Perhaps with appliqued flowers:
Or maybe with a fish or even a peacock as shown on the pattern front:
Dress it up with stars or a stylized vintage automobile:
Stitch it up in a cool patterned knit or add a clock face:
The possibilities are endless!
It looks pretty cute - and comfortable - to me.
If you have the right type of figure for it, that is!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Welcoming Spring With Flowers

I found yet another lovely crewelwork stitchery picture at a thrift store.
It's just bright and pretty, and I wanted to share it...... I am.
Happy springtime, everyone!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Lounge Chair Road Trip No. 2 - Highway 50

Hubby is home from the hospital, it has been a just a bit over two weeks since his hip replacement surgery, and he has had a couple of outings, but can't drive yet. So we are still kicked back, he on his bed and I in my lounge chair, and since we are getting tired of watching movies, we are taking another road trip up Highway 50. There is a lot to see!

A quick stop at Fresh Pond, above Pollock Pines, top off our coffee and maybe grab a donut or two.  This old place above is no longer there, but there is a gas station and a store. 

Too bad it is too early for a drink, Pacific House is a great stop with that in mind. Hubby can say hi to an old friend, he once delivered beer here, around thirty years ago.  Sadly, a fire has severely damaged this wonderful old rock building. How I wish I could restore each and every one of the old Highway 50 road houses!

Bridal Veil Falls is a beautiful spot, the falls is across Highway 50 from the South Fork of the American River, and at the picnic area along the river you can swim. I have many old postcards showing the falls. My son is quite fond of this place.


Whitehall, up close to the road as most of our stops, just pull off, jump out and enjoy!  The building is still standing but sits sadly waiting for someone to rescue it.

Wasn't it thoughtful for the builders of all these old places to put them so close to the road? My hubby can hoist himself out of the armchair and hobble forward with his walker, and belly up to the bar much quicker that way.  Above is the little community of Silver Fork. It is named after the river, however, not cutlery.

We arrive in Kyburz for a spot of lunch with an ice cream chaser, admire Sugar Loaf rock, and decide that is it for our road trip today. On the eve of spring, the weather is wonderful and the mountains smell fresh. This was just what we needed.