Thursday, July 31, 2014

Vintage Patterns From My "Stuffed" Bag

How cute and comfortable is the first pattern, above, for a little girl's top, shorts and skirt?
 Perfect for summer - you have to know the white eyelet top with the blue gingham skirt is MY favorite!
I went to a "Stuff A Bag" sale last month at one of the best thrift stores we've got.
They provide the bags - a brown paper grocery sack.
Boy, I'll tell 'ya, I can stuff a bag like the best of them!
They charge you five dollars a bag.
I put all sorts of things into my bag, including the best of the vintage patterns I could find:
You'd be surprised at how much you can get into a bag when you're really determined.
 The patterns are lightweight and, of course, they don't take up much room, either.
 Stuff them in and around other things; you can do it!
When it was all said and done, and I added it up, I had forty-six dollars worth of priced items in my five dollar bag.
And that's not even the best I've ever done!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Coloma, California: The site of Sutter's Mill on the South Fork of the American River

Good morning. Tina here. I am going to show you some photos from 1947 which I found on ebay. They show the old mill race in Coloma.  Sutter's Mill on the South Fork of the American River was the site where James Marshall discovered the gold nuggets which set off the Gold Rush of 1949. 

The State Park erected a Mill in the 1960's, which is near the original site, and it is getting tired and worn, so they are building a new one, which, although not in the exact spot where it once was, is very much closer.

These photos below are old press photos from 1947. The old mill race was being explored. They found artifacts and perhaps some gold.

The rock monument has been in and out of the river, through several large floods, has had its top knocked off and replaced. At the present time you can walk up to it. I plan a post one of these days showing the many postcards I have of the monument and the changes to it over the years.
 Digging for treasure in suits.
 Looks like they found something.

Across the river there is an old farmhouse where we have visited before. It has been added on to, but is still very much a piece of history.
 I am sure they must have found some gold during this enterprise.

I enjoy living so near a place with such important history. I drive over the bridge in the background of this photo quite often.

Hope you enjoyed our visit to a bit of Coloma's past.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


"Hello to all of you out there in Blogland."
"We are new (yet, vintage) at Heidi's house.
She has made us feel very welcome here, and we are well aware of the fact that we truly have her admiration."
"We are an extremely tall and rather statuesque pair, standing at seventeen inches high and we'd be happy to hold a candle for you, if you like.
That's what we were made for, but Heidi doesn't seem to mind if we just stand here and look nice."
"And yes, actually we DO know that we are beautiful.
But thank you very much, all the same."

Monday, July 28, 2014

What's Penny Wearing? #108 A Sleeveless Royal Hawaiian Beauty

Penny is keeping (and looking!) pretty cool today, in this full-length Hawaiian beauty:
I found this one at the same estate sale as all the rest.
I think it's stunning:
I washed it by hand, and even though I really tried, there was one little spot that I couldn't get out, dang it!
"Made and styled in Hawaii":
I'm hoping somebody will appreciate it, even though it's not completely perfect.
It's going into the shop.
Some things are still pretty, despite their minor flaws.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Disneyland Trip: Napa Rose (The Last Post)

One more first while at Disneyland was a visit to eat (finally) at the lovely Napa Rose restaurant inside the Grand Californian Hotel.
Wendy and Matt posed for me:
My salad was an heirloom tomato salad:
Both of them had the Smiling Tiger Salad. Here's the description of that one: Tempura Fried Lobster, Spicy Beef, Asian Greens and Coconut-Lime Vinaigrette.
Wendy declared it the best salad she has ever eaten in her whole life. Must have been pretty darned good!
I had the Rack of Lamb:
I should have taken a picture of the menu, because I can't find descriptions of our entrees now, but I believe this was pork tenderloin:
And I think this was duck:
 You know, we didn't truly "dine", not in the way I feel that is defined.
 Rather, we had dinner there.
(We didn't have a cocktail, nor any wine with dinner , we had only two courses each , didn't linger - you get the idea.)
And it truly is the type of restaurant where you want to spend some more time.
But, it was really wonderful to finally have the chance to eat there.
And with any luck, I will have the chance to "dine" some day.
So, that was the last of the "firsts", and it's also my last post about Disneyland.
From this trip, anyway.
Until next time.....

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Have You Seen These?

I just wanted to show you these new postage stamps, featuring Vintage Circus Posters, in case you hadn't seen them yet:
Aren't they fabulous?
I LOVE them.

Friday, July 25, 2014

"I'm Rather Useful, For A Pig"

"I can do a lot of things.
 Like, I can hold your letters.
And I can hold a pencil, too!
But I can also hold your money for you, if you need me to.
Plus, I'm pretty cute to have around.
Dontcha think?
How many other pigs do YOU know who can do all of that?
Yes, Ma'am, I'm really rather useful...
for a pig."

(Purchased from my Blog Friend Beth, over at Dime Store Chic, on Etsy.)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Disneyland Trip: Post Number Four

My posts and pictures from Disneyland are just sort of thrown together in no real order of any kind. I think most of the ones I'm sharing today are from one of the days when Lori was busy at her "Close To My Heart" Convention, and I got to hang out with my stepson and daughter-in-law, Matt and Wendy.
I'm pretty sure that even Mary Poppins, above would declare this salad "practically perfect in every way".
It's the N'awlins Salad from the French Market at Disneyland, and Wendy and I both had it for lunch one day. It was SO good. Here's the menu description, "Lettuce Medley, Julienned Yams, Granny Smith Apples, Caramelized Pecans, Lentils, and Tart Cherries with a Sweet Citrus Vinaigrette."
It was delicious:
We had breakfast one morning at Carnation Cafe.
I didn't see Oscar this time. Maybe he really has retired, now? We saw him when we were there last November. I had never been inside since the "new"  seating area has been there. We ate in there, and it was very nice:
Closeup of the photo hanging on the wall.
Mr. Disney in the Carnation truck:
Beautiful glass lampshade with beaded fringe. Love it:
My breakfast was a Ham and Cheese Omelet with fruit and potatoes.
Matt had the Mickey-Shaped Waffle with apple topping and sausage:
And Wendy had the Fruit Parfait, and Cinnamon-Spiced Hot Cocoa, which she loved.
 I'll have to try that next time!
I absolutely LOVE the "It's A Small World" attraction. I could go on it again and again. The last couple of times I had seen it, it was the holiday version, so even though I love that too,  it was nice to see it without the holiday this time:
And if we happen to see the adorable figures coming out of the clock, even better!
Matt and Wendy had turkey legs for lunch one day. I'd never had one before, and they shared some with me. It was good!
Here we are on California Screamin' at California Adventure. I only got to go on it once. We like to snap a picture (of our picture) when exiting:
This next picture is "somewhere in California" - on the river!
Grizzly River, that is. We got stopped while riding the rapids, and I was able to take a couple of photos, Seriously, doesn't this picture look like it could be taken anywhere, on a real river?
Back at Disneyland, and we did, indeed get to take a river excursion aboard the Mark Twain. Lori and I found it especially cool and restful one afternoon, seated on a bench cruising along the Rivers Of America. Ah, I wish I was there again right now.
A snapshot from Tomorrowland, with one of my favorite mountains in the background:
I invite you to guess: where in Disneyland was this Tiki photo taken??
Gorgeous "Tangled" artwork on display at the Disney Gallery on Main Street, U.S.A.:
It was all over much too soon, and we had to hit the road and head back home......
Hey, I'll have you know that it is no laughing matter..... wipe that goofy grin off of your face, Cheshire Cat!
(I'm ready to go soon as summer is over!)