Showing posts with label My Day. Show all posts
Showing posts with label My Day. Show all posts

Featured In A Blog, Vintage Junky

>> Tuesday, February 1

Featured in Vintage Junky, a blog dedicated to creating character.
Michelle, blogger and Etsy shop keeper, lives to decorate, sometimes in her sleep!
Today, she regales us with her Friday favorites from Etsy including my Vintage 1965 



You are going to love her blog. She shares all her vintage finds like these:
I wish I lived close so I can flea market with her!



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What my son is listening to today

>> Friday, January 21

Nicol's Piano - Yuujou no Theme



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Featured In A Blog, Vintage Junky

Featured today in Vintage Junky, a blog dedicated to creating character.
Michelle, blogger and Etsy shop keeper, lives to decorate, sometimes in her sleep!
Today, she regales us with her Friday favorites from Etsy including my 



For a weekly sneak preview of Michelle's vintage finds, visit her blog Vintage Junky!


Creating Character ~ Vintage Junky ~ VintageJunky.BlogSpot.com


And her Etsy shop, Vintage Junky Style!

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The Joke's On Mom

I love using fruit as decoration. When we lived in California, I would
buy pomegranates in season, put them in a bowl and let them age gracefully.
They would dry up and wrinkle, fade into a dusty rose color and last
for years. I would do that with lemons too!
When I moved to Florida, I attempted to duplicate the process.
I bought pomegranates (at $1 each!!!), put them in a bowl, only
to see them rot and mold in a week! I got my introduction to
Florida humidity. When I saw these ceramic lemons at Pier One a few
years ago, I snatched them up knowing this was the closest I would
get to using fruit as decoration. The lemons sit in a vintage bowl
on a chair by the front door. As you can see, I am not the only one
who appreciates these lemons. Apparently, they can "talk."
One lemon says "LOL," and the other one plaintively asks "SUP."







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My Charger Station, Vintage Style

With the proliferation of hand held gadgets that (sometimes) dictate our lives,
it is necessary to organize all the chargers and wires and power supplies
for cell phones, mp3's, laptops, etc. After all, each one needs daily
resuscitation in order to survive. At Target, Walmart or Marshall's (my
new favorite store within 10 miles driving distance), you can buy a
charger station: a nifty box that skillfully hides all the guts and connectors for
these devices. Now me, being a vintage fanatic, always think: how can I use
what I already have and not introduce something modern to our home
and save money too?
Here is my vintage version of a charger station:
The vintage hat and the vintage rusty muffin tin hides ugly secrets.
(One day, we will get rid of our home phone/answering machine since we hardly ever use them.
I bought the smallest possible models so they take the least space.)


Under the hat:


 Under the muffin tin:


Since I am at it, here's a few more items I have in my kitchen. 
This "Mom's Diner" sign that I bought at an antique store that
my kids take very seriously (believe me).



A vintage adding machine that I picked up at a church yard sale for $3
 that for some reason my kids love playing with. 
Even my 80 some year old father-in-law seems fascinated by it. 
Maybe it's because it handles like a casino slot machine?


Okay, so maybe I haven't hidden all the wires but one day,
I will conquer this wires/chargers proliferation!


A few more things:
My mom knitted that raspberry colored tiny sweater. Originally an egg cozy,
it ended up as decoration because as my kids pointed out, 
where are the other 11? 
In an egg carton with a dozen eggs, the other 11 eggs will be cold.
My yellow green McCoy planter holds note pads and scrap paper.
My pink Franciscan (?) vase holds pens and pencils.
The mini quilts, vintage now since I got them years ago at a
yard sale in Tulare, CA are made more homey by the handmade
cinnamon heart my son made for me in school.
And one of my newest finds: a candle warmer. Purchased
at the flea market for $1, it warms the candle and suffuses vanilla scent all
over our house! Best of all, you can use the candle over and over
because you never really burn it! 
Now if I can only figure out how to hide the cord!

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My Son Will Love This Volksbus!

>> Wednesday, January 19

I found this model of the Volkswagen bus that my son will absolutely love!
See more models on Etsy's Natural Bamboo!












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Classic Norman Rockwell

>> Tuesday, January 11


 {What am I? Chopped Liver?}



{Can You Kiss The Boo-Boo?}



{Welcome Home!!!}



{Whew....}


{Self Portrait}

From a Vintage 1977 Norman Rockwell Book.


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Whenever I date a guy...

>> Tuesday, December 7


Whenever I date a guy, I think, is this the man I want
my children to spend their weekends with?

Rita Rudner


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Every flower of the field...


Every flower of the field, every fiber of a plant, every particle of an insect, carries with
it the impress of it Master, and can - if duly considered - read us lectures of
ethics or divinity.

Thomas Pope Blunt

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You Might be a Redneck...


You might be a redneck if you didn't put the pink plastic flamingos
in your front yard as a joke.

Jeff Foxworthy

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When we were children...


When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown up we would not longer be
vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability.... To be alive is to be vulnerable.

Madelaine L'Engle


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Etsy Video: Every Gist Has A Story

>> Sunday, November 28




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Christmas In The South, Jacksonville. FL

Held every year, I had never been to the Christmas In The South Craft Show held here in Jacksonville.
Armed with my coupons and an child less than 12 years old (free entrance fee), my mother-in-law, my son and I decided to spend the Sunday downtown.
The day was gorgeous, a characteristic mid-70's balmy day with sunny skies and a warm breeze.
The event parking charged $5 to park which my mil and I thought was not cool. We found a parking spot
a block away for free!
As we got closer to the Prime Osborn Convention Center, we saw a dead bird on the sidewalk.
Such a waste!

We did enjoy the craft show which had rows and rows of talented artisans and their wares. The best
part of the show? An impromptu performance by a ventriloquist/crafter with his handmade furry puppet!

The next best thing?
The samples of jams, dips, taffy, candy. Yummy!
Still hungry, we headed over to Riverside, an eclectic collection of artsy crafty shops. My son
had his favorite chicken fingers and my mother-in-law and I split a 5 inch tall German Chocolate
cake at Biscotti's. A perfect ending to a lovely day!





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On Loneliness

I have always thought that when my kids are grown, moved out and living their own lives, I would happiest being by myself.
I would immerse myself in my crafts, my books, my continuous pursuit of amazing vintage treasures. Once in a while, I would foray into my kids activities, maybe cook or babysit from time to time. Lately though I have been rethinking this idea.
I come across many women my age or older who are divorced and alone. And lonely.
Some of them try to play a vital part in their grown children's lives, not always successfully. They talk about their kids all the time and it seems to me that they are vicariously living life through their kids adventures.
These women tell me it is very difficult to find a good male partner and in their eyes I see the longing for attention and love. Years ago, I would staunchly tell women that they don't need a man in their lives. And although there is some merit in my point of view, I think no one can argue that everyone needs love and attention.
I still think that I will be perfectly content in my little house (a little apartment would be even better) with my little garden doing an endless array of projects, I think it would be a much happier life if I share some days with family and friends.


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Holidays in Reno (with a side trip to San Francisco)

>> Tuesday, October 19























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