Monday, March 26, 2018

Lori's Trip To New York October 2017 - Post # 2

On our second day in New York on the street outside our hotel these food trucks were lined up. 
Kimberly wanted to try one out and she did. I don't remember what she had, but she enjoyed it!

Just a few of the things that we thought were interesting as we walked the blocks to find the Highline......
These were some of the cool features on the High Line which is best described here:
The High Line rail-trail is an urban marvel, stretching 1.5 miles and towering almost 30 feet above street level through several neighborhoods in the lower west side of Manhattan.
The first section of the High Line was opened in 2009 and runs approximately 10 blocks from Gansevoort Street to the north entrance at 20th Street.

 The second section of the High Line, from 20th Street to 30th Street, opened in June 2011 and doubled the length of the current trail. In September 2014, a new segment, known as High Line at the Rail Yards, extended the trail farther north to W. 34th Street.
The corridor was built in the 1930s to remove rail traffic from streets bustling with industry. The elevated design improved street-level safety and allowed freight cars to roll directly into the buildings so that workers could load livestock and meats at the slaughterhouses and agricultural goods at factories and warehouses. The corridor fell into disuse in 1980. While owners of property under the High Line lobbied—unsuccessfully—to level the structure and make way for development, the neglected corridor quietly turned into an overgrown natural landscape.
In 1999 Chelsea residents Joshua David and Robert Hammond founded an organization to preserve the demolition-bound corridor as a public park. Friends of the High Line waged a hard-won battle that resulted in the support of city officials, and in 2005 the transfer of High Line ownership from the CSX Rail company to New York City.
To experience the High Line is to have a rare view of the city skyline and the Hudson River, with the amenities (and restrictions) of a popular public park. The finished portion of the greenway artfully incorporates characteristics of the old corridor. Sections of original railroad track are visible in the concrete slab designs that make up the surface of the path. Other sections of the trail reveal original art-deco steel railings paired with modern wooden benches that organically connect to the concrete surface.
Heading north from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District, you pass through a series of unique features, including the Gansevoort Woodland, Washington Grasslands, Sun Decks and Water Features, Chelsea Grasslands 23rd Street Lawn and a wildflower field. The grasslands and gardens have been planted with many of the wild grasses and other self-seeding plants found on the corridor during the 25 years it lay dormant.

 The overall effect is a wholesome combination of organic beauty and stylized form that will leave you longing for more.

    Just a cool quote I thought was appropriate for a storage unit advertising!!!


If you get a chance to be in New York City, don't miss this High Line walk; it's a wonderful one and you can take your time and occasionally sit and rest and you will end up at the Chelsea Market. At least, that is what WE did, anyway - and that was Awesome!
 More about that coming up next in Post#3!!!!!!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Found: Random Cool And Colorful Stuff

Just popping in again with some more random finds from the thrift shops.
The thrill of the hunt surely does result in some pretty great finds, I must say!
I have never found any of this great vintage Dennison crepe paper before:
"Psychedelic Streamers"; I LOVE the bright colors on these!
Groovy, spiky, colorful package bows from American Greetings:
 A vintage tray and a gorgeous painted cookie jar, which isn't marked but I believe is most likely a Ransburg piece:
An adorable pair of vintage ladybug salt and pepper shakers in a nearly fluorescent orange, made by Holt Howard:
(I have never, ever seen anything like those before!)

This enameled copper plaque, below, is pretty cool, too:
And last of all today - Magic Mosaic, a vintage puzzle game:
Colorful vintage finds always make me smile!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Cherry Crumb Cake: A Farm Journal Recipe

I found this old recipe I had hand-written on a piece of paper when I was going through some old stuff.
I knew it was from the cookbook, below - and I believe I had gotten it from Mother back before I had a copy of the cookbook.
"Farm Journal's Best-Ever Recipes", seen below.
I've written about the vintage Farm Journal cookbooks a number of times before, as they contain some of our family's all-time favorite recipes that Mother used when we were growing up.
This one just sounded good - and easy - to me, and I wanted to try it.
We liked it - but we didn't love it. I'd rather have cherry pie.
Honestly, I liked it better the next day, for some reason.
The can of cherry pie filling I bought to use was not really quite enough. You know how sizes of grocery items have changed over the years, right?
If I should decide to make it again, I would buy two cans and weigh out 24 ounces to use, which is what the recipe calls for.
But I'd probably make a pie instead! And I would use canned cherries, rather than cherry pie filling.
It's funny - I think I must have had this - and liked it so much - at the time, that I wanted the recipe. But I think my taste has changed over the years. There's another old recipe that I used to LOVE when I was younger, it was a cherry cream cheese pie, made with "ReaLemon" brand juice, I think, and cream cheese and maybe sweetened condensed milk. I don't think I'd like that any more, either. It sounds kind of weird to me, now.
So much so that I don't even think I'd want to bother trying it again - why make something you don't think you will like?
That wouldn't stop me from trying it if somebody ELSE made it, though, LOL!
(Please don't let my musings keep you from trying today's recipe, if you think it sounds good! The Farm Journal recipes are, by and large, very, VERY good.)
Try it, you might like it!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

And Even More Ole! (From Stanley Furniture)

Here I go again, with even MORE photos of the glorious vintage "Ole" furniture made by Stanley Furniture Company back in the late 1960's.
This yellow set was offered for sale a while back at a place in Southern California.
Would that I could have driven down there, purchased it, and brought it all back home.
Alas, I could not - so these photos will have to suffice.
First we have a corner grouping with a hutch on top, four pieces in all their astounding yellow glory with green, orange and pink painted detailing:
 Here are two photos from a Stanley advertisement that show a  different corner unit set-up, with larger pieces on either side:

 As you can see, the cabinet on the left above is like this one, below:

 And I did find this one photo that has the same type of corner set-up as the one featured in the advertisement:
Here's a nice dresser:
And the nightstand - oh, how I LOVE this little piece!
That cut-out detailing, with the sort-of Moroccan style just kills me:
Here's the gorgeous headboard:
 And here's a photo of that same headboard from an old Better Homes And Gardens magazine :
 This isn't a good photo, but here's one more, featuring a pair of them:

You can see how those differ from the bed I found:

 Extreme close-up:
And here's another picture I found that IS like mine:

And I'm assuming this is an armoire, below - I rarely see photos of this piece:
 Last of all, I'll just throw in two more (poor) photos of Ole pieces in yellow, since that color is the focus of today's post - a different nightstand, with one drawer:
And the low dresser and mirror combo:

And there you have it, the latest in my series of Ole furniture posts.
Because I love it, and yes, I am obsessed with it - in ALL of it's colors, more than mere pictures and words can express.
Call me crazy if you like; I care not a whit.
I love it; I always will - and that is a fact that you can take to the bank.
(And if you're headed to the bank, take me with you, if you don't mind?
 And pull out enough money for me to buy one of these sets the next time I see it for sale - no matter where in the country it is located.
 Pretty please?
 Hey, you can't blame a girl for trying.....)

Please Note: If you are interested in this furniture, then I am happy you are reading my post(s). But this is just my personal blog, and I am not set up for trying to sell any Ole pieces you might have, so please don't try to contact me regarding furniture for sale. Unless you live in northern California, I wouldn't be able to buy it from you (and even if you are, I may not be able to afford it), and I'm not a furniture broker. I would suggest listing your pieces on eBay or Craig's List in your area to find a buyer.
 However, I certainly DO appreciate any comments from fellow lovers of Ole like myself, but comments including e-mails and/or phone numbers may not be published, or are subject to deletion.
Thank you.