Thursday, April 12, 2018

Found: Colorful Vintage Afghans

I'll admit it - it's difficult for me to pass up a colorful vintage afghan!
Especially when it is extremely inexpensive, or, better yet - free.
That happened to be the case with the three you see here:
And besides, - they're warm....
And they're cozy...
 They're bright and pretty:

And I just plain LIKE them!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

New (Vintage) Vera Neumann Finds

 It dawned on me that I hadn't done a Vera Neumann post in a while!
That's not good - let's remedy that situation right here and now!
First of all today, I have some bright cloth napkins to show you that I found at a thrift store:

Big, gorgeous flowers:

And another gorgeous set of napkins with the golden glow of the sun:
And that dear little Vera Ladybug:
 I found these two completely fabulous vintage linen tea towels, both with their original labels still present:
 Beautiful colors on each - and in paisley, no less!
 Lori gave me this pretty scarf for my birthday last fall:
And most recently, I found a vintage leather belt and a butterfly bath towel:
I believe that's it for today.
I'll always write more posts as I come across more great vintage Vera items to share - it just might take me a while!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Then And Now # 108: See's Decorated Eggs For Easter

Here's wishing all of you a lovely Easter Sunday, and if you are very lucky, perhaps the Easter Bunny may have left you a beautifully decorated egg from See's Candies.
This advertisement from 1974 shows you what they looked like back "Then":
Yellow roses:
And pink roses:
And here's an example of one decorated with pink roses "Now":
The lovely picture above was part of an insert that came in our newspaper, along with a coupon.
 I wasn't able to make it to a See's Candies shop in order to use the coupon, unfortunately!
Have a wonderful day, everyone, - whether it includes chocolate, or not!


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!