Monday, July 31, 2017

My Foyer Plate Displays - Three Ways

My first photo in today's post shows the way my display in our foyer looks currently.
I just decided a few days ago that I wanted to completely change it up!
 I found everything you see at thrift shops, including the Beatles LP, which I framed.
 I love those plates in the center, which I discovered once graced a "House Beautiful" magazine cover back in 1963:
They are the "Lea" pattern, hand painted and made in Finland by Arabia, and I think they're gorgeous. I only found a few, I wish there had been more!
The others with the black and white sort-of abstract pinwheel design are from CB2 (Crate and Barrel), and I think they're pretty cool, too!
Previously, my display had looked like this:
 I had taken some of my souvenir plates and stuck them up there in front of my other plates, from when it looked like this:
Those are my Thomas Kinkade plates.
I still like them - especially because most of the ones I have are Placerville houses - but I just like to do something different once in a while!
(Sorry, I truly do apologize for the terribly poor quality of my photos today!)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Patterns From The Past - And Pattern Boxes

So, I have a wee bit of trouble resisting vintage patterns when I find them, as you may have gathered over the years if you are a reader of this blog.
I just plain LIKE them, and they also remind me of when I was a teenager.
Going to The Quality Shop on Main Street in Placerville and picking out patterns and/or fabric was one of our favorite things to do!
But if you're going to buy a bunch of great vintage patterns, you will eventually need a place to store them, and I happen to think these cardboard pattern storage boxes are the perfect thing:
I had found a couple of them over the years, but now the owners of one of my favorite thrift shops are on the lookout for them for me!
I went in one day and they had acquired four brand new, unused ones!
I was very happy to purchase them, bring them home...
...quickly assemble them....
...and then promptly fill them up!
(Sorry, but no pictures of that, because it was done in the basement and I have very low lighting down there, unfortunately.)
But you'll just have to take my word for it;
I had MORE than enough patterns with which to fill them!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

More Oatmeal Cookies - And More Quaker Oats Tins

I'm back today with another post about oatmeal cookies.
Yes, I know  - You may think that I've already written everything there is to say about this subject in my previous post 
but, you see - I beg to differ, LOL!
I baked these yummy little morsels recently....
  ....  because I wanted to try yet ANOTHER recipe!
I had found some file folders in storage that I hadn't laid eyes on in years, and one of them contained recipes.
I don't believe I had ever made the Oatmeal Cookies with the Jell-O Pudding in the batter before. I had tried the Chocolate Chip cookies (many years ago) and I liked them a lot.
I added some cinnamon to the recipe, and then I froze the dough in little balls:
Then I baked them a couple of days later, as early in the day as possible, because it's so hot this summer.
The recipe did, indeed, make five dozen; I ended up with 61 cookies, in fact!
I also came across some more Quaker Oats tins that I had forgotten about.
I found this one in storage with some other tins; it's from 1984:
And the next two were tucked way back in the corner of a cupboard, and I'd forgotten they were even there.
From 1983:
And this one is from 1990:
So, now I guess I'll have to decide which ones I'm willing to part with, because we live in an old house - and there's no way that I have the space to keep five Quaker Oats tins in my cupboards!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Colorful Tiles From Taylor & Ng

I just happen to have found a few of these colorful tiles and tile trivets from Taylor & Ng, San Francisco fairly recently.
They were designed by Win Ng ( Like the name ? I do!)
I love the artwork; it's so original and unique.
I'll start with this one, found in May at a Goodwill in Oregon.
 I almost didn't buy it, but I ended up grabbing it after all.
Too cute and colorful to resist - "Chicken In A Basket"
I've had this next one, below, for a while.
 Most of the ones I've seen are from 1982.
 "Strawberry Snail":
I also found "Doggie Do Good" while we were traveling:
This is a smaller one "Kitty Katfish" -  pretty "kute"!
I believe this one, "Rascal Rabbit" was the first one I ever found:
But then - more recently - I found the small tile trivet and the coffee mug to match!
I was able to find a picture of one other online.
This one isn't mine , "Whopper Whale":
 Aren't they great?

Saturday, July 1, 2017

A Few Needlepoint Pictures From The Thrift Shops

I just wanted to share some needlepoint pictures today that I have found at thrift stores.
Let's start with the one below; I just framed it yesterday. I found the unframed piece at a thrift store on our trip in May, and, as often is the case, I had the perfect frame for it at home already:
 ( I think in the photo it looks small, it's actually 8X10".)
I also found this pretty still life recently:
And this cottage scene:
Those two were already framed, but the last one is another where I had a frame that fit the piece perfectly and framed it myself:
Muted colors, bright colors - they're all pretty to me!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A Charming Cookbook

Lori found the cutest cookbook at a thrift store on one of her visits here to Sonora. and the illustrations inside by Barbara Corrigan are so charming that I just wanted to share some of them with you today.
The title of the vintage (1953) cookbook is "Early American Recipes", and it was written by Heloise Frost.
First up, for  "Chowders, Soups And Stews", we see the lady of the house getting the large soup tureen down from the top of her hutch:
 (I love the framed silhouettes on either side in that one.)
Just look at all the kitty cats clamoring for some of her
"Fish And Sea Foods", below:
"Cakes 'N' Cookies" are next, and all I have to say is  "Yes, please; I would also like to sit in that nice big red wing chair,  a sweet kitty by my side, with a nice book in MY lap and help myself to some of those cookies, as well!"
I mean, there's even a footstool on which to place my feet:
It appears that this rising bread may have gotten a bit out of control, here in the illustration for the chapter on Breads, Biscuits, and Muffins:
Bringing a nice pot of "Vegetables" to the table, here:
(Don't step on any of those sleeping puppies or their Mama!)

We also have Jams, Jellies and Relishes  - ready for a nice slice of toast, anyone?
Looks like Fido is ready, willing AND able to help Junior out with his, any time!
"Fillin" Dishes" ( including a big turkey on the table) are precisely what you need to have ready and waiting when you are expecting company, who just happen to have been traveling over the river and through the woods - and snow - to reach your house.....
Early American Recipes that are "Smackin' Good":
Hope you enjoyed seeing the illustrations!

Friday, June 16, 2017

What's Penny Wearing? #147 A Colorful Embroidered Vintage Skirt

Today, Penny is wearing an absolutely gorgeous vintage skirt that I got at a thrift store in Washington.
 I can't say that I "found" it, because my friend Kari actually spotted it first and pointed it out to me;




It's a stunner, isn't it?
 Embroidery with mirrors - I'm pretty sure I had at least one item of clothing back in the 70's that was made from embroidered fabric like this.
 Unbelievably colorful and fabulous!
 Gratuitous close-up....
 And here's a shot so that you can see the underside:
 With the skirt, Penny is modeling a vintage blouse I've had since the 70's:
 White cotton, Made In India - a light and pretty little thing!
 (As opposed to the skirt, which is REALLY heavy!)
And yet together, Penny and I think they make a pretty good pairing!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Seattle, And A Long-Awaited Visit With My Dear Friend Patsy

Lori and I got to go to Seattle, too, when we were on our trip!

Neither of us had ever been there before, but I have a good friend who moved there two years ago to be closer to her daughter and her family, who live in Gig Harbor, Washington.
We were able to stay with her for two nights and we had such a wonderful time!

That's Patsy on the left, above - and me.
 (We don't know the other guy.)
Lori took the picture.
Patsy and I worked together at the Stagecoach Inn restaurant in Columbia, California 35 years ago, and I also used to babysit her kids back then, as well.
She has a lovely place; it's all her own and she was able to decorate it precisely how she pleased, and I am SO happy for her!
I do wish she wasn't so far away, though......
Don't you just LOVE it when you get to see girlfriends again after way too long apart?
I do.
Lori and I were thrilled to be there - Patsy is simply a delight to be around!
Patsy is a fabulous hostess and she took us around to see as much as we could in our limited time there.
We went home the first evening and watched "Sleepless In Seattle".
Of course, we have seen it before (and loved it!), but I hadn't seen it in quite a while, and it was so fun to watch it again - in Seattle!
She had made some fantastic homemade chili that we got to eat for dinner one evening, too.
Yum - wish I had some right now. I mean, it's June 11th and it is 63 degrees outside right now.
VERY unusual for this time of year - but I am loving it.
The picture below was taken while we were having a great lunch at Doc's Marina Grill on Bainbridge Island:
We had a drink at Ivar's one afternoon:
We went on a ferry:
We went to Pike Place Market and had some delicious clam chowder:
They weren't throwing fish around while we were there, but the fish counters were certainly impressive!
And there were some gorgeous flowers, too!
Love you, Patsy!
And I'm ready to come back - any time!
(But it will have to wait a while, unfortunately.)
I'd come tomorrow, if I could!