Tuesday, December 16, 2014

When last I blogged, I was preparing for a weekend away and had just uncovered a 'treasure box' of previous Xmas Saling finds, which I decided I would add to my Garlands before departing...

Well, you know the proverbial saying 'The straw that broke the Camels back'??
An 8' garland of over 75 vintage GLASS ornies broke free on one end, came crashing down, swung across a nine foot opening, and crashed into the other door jam...
GOOD NEWS: The stock value of vintage ornaments has gone up - so keep up YOUR HOARDING!!
**I did luck out and 'only' 15 got broken...

The roadtrip was Wonderful.  Day trip to NYC was soggy and wet - but luckily NO PROTESTORS were seen anywhere (and we WALKED that City!! - Pedometer read 12.3 miles at the end of the day!)

Back home for 2 days to 'repack' bag and 'rehang' Xmas decorations...
Then off to the Annual COOKIE BAKING w/ the College Crew!

We had our 'stocking gift' exchange...
2014 HAEGER #6, 7, 8 & 9
The girls just.can't.resist buying HAEGER, though I've told them repeatedly 'NO!'...  the blue is a pretty sweet piece though ;-)

VERA 2014 #12
a NEW VERA (my first of the re-make's!)

My first day at Cookie Baking, J sent me a text
It was my Vintage Xmas Swap (sponsored by Shara of MONKEYBOX fame) from my Lovely swap partner T (who MUST start a Blog for her current Life Chapter!!)
Do you know what it is like to have to wait THREE.entire.days before you can even think about opening a Swap Package?!!?
It was WELL worth the wait!

T. went above and beyond the 'shoe box'...

Spoiling me rotten with lovely RHINESTONE and PEARL sweater clips
(2014 Sweater Clips #14 & #15)

A beautiful SET of VERA napkins!
(2014 VERA #13)

MORE goodness...

...AND...     More FUN!!


(and I will try to do more research on YOUR Haeger - SOON!!)

So, after being AWOL for so long, it was decided some MALL Xmas shopping was in my cards. :-/
But, alas, I got SERIOUSLY sidetracked by a store closing in our local mall - and a Large amount of Store Fixtures were for sale (Yes, J & I are serious suckers for old store displays!)

OF COURSE, we ONLY came home with 'completely' NEEDED Stuff (ha,ha)..

Large (20"+) advertising numbers, and 'backdrop' photo screens (each is double sided, 9' x 4')
 ...'Time for school' (see Haeger photo)
...'Brick Wall'
...'Variegated Maroon'
... 'Beach'
OH, I can see some serious FUN photo booth shots at our next house party !!

(MORE sweet goodness from T)
Now, I must go add my latest 'green ornie' to our Dining Tree - if all goes well (keep your fingers crossed!) I will show some finished Xmas deco photos SOON!!
(...and I must 'find' Tweed, he has been missing in action...)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

...Seagulls or DOVES??

Last Saturday was our 'stockings' w/ my Mom & Dad!
'Santa' was VERY Good to me...
...purse ashtray, Diamond Match Co match holder and a Souvenir metal change holder (kinda weird that it just happened to be a Missouri...)
a Double "Tri-fecta"+ !!

2 Haegers (2014 #3 & #4)

SIX (6!) Sweater Clips (2014 #8, 9, 10, 11, 12, & 13)

and Two (2!) VERA (2014 #10 & #11)
 Not much along the lines of 'saling' lately, but I did find this plastic 'Baby Spinach' container of goodies at the thrift the other day for $1.  I didn't open it to examine things closely until I got home - I saw PURPLE and that was all I needed to 'make it mine'.
Imagine my giddiness when I uncovered
A mid-century Tree Topper!
Aluminum reflectors (one is even aqua) !
'Fish-scale' ornaments in pink & blue!
an older Humpty Dumpty!!

At the same stop I found this GREAT VERA!!  J saw it and stated 'SEAGULLS.'  I tried to explain to him that since it was found in December, they MUST be 'DOVES'.  I don't think he bought it.
Either way I Love finding unusual VERA graphics, and I had never seen this one before.
VERA 2014 #12 (.25¢)

 As for decorating...
We did manage to get our Four major garlands w/ ornaments up before the stocking exchange (HAD to have things a 'bit' festive!)...

Since then, I have been rummaging through my hoardes and came across 'the box'.  For the 11mo. during the year that the Xmas deco's aren't on display, I have 'this box'.  When I'm out saling and find some 'Xmas Goodies' for ME, rather than pulling out the LARGE Totes and putting them in their proper homes, I just stash them away in 'the box'.  Come December, when all the other decorations come out, I unpack 'the box' and incorporate it with my other treasures!!

OH! I had forgotten about the whole slew of 'fish scale' ornies I had found this summer!! (I know 'fish scale' is a horrible way to describe them, and they are probably supposed to mimic 'pine cones' - but when I see the aquas, all I can think of is a Mermaid's tail!!  ...and I Love Mermaids!)

LOTS of orange~pink~purple additions for a Dining Room Aluminum tree
vintage light bulbs!
tree huggers!
bottle brush trees!

...and that was just the First Layer of 'the box' !
How do YOU do it - put your 'new' decorations away immediately, or accumulate and stash???

Now me and 'A' (of cookie baking Crew fame) are going AWOL for the weekend - doing a Holiday roadtrip, ending it with a DayTrip to New York City!!
**Knowing that 'svelteSTUFF' is in the heart of the state of NY, you probably think this trip to NYC is a common occurance, but it is only A's 2nd visit, and my fourth!!!

Catch you on the flip side!
Stay safe and BE HAPPY!!

Friday, November 28, 2014

...doing what we do best

The 'boys' shared a little bonding time...

...while I spent a little 'quality time' w/ my pretties!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

...he's BACK!

TWEED IS BACK~ with bells on!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

...getting my Holiday shopping groove on!

I've had T.W.O. Glorious days of Holiday shopping, and T.W.O. additional of Holiday Handcrafting...
and I think I've just about 'wrapped it up'!  
(*DISCLAIMER: the literal wrapping has yet to be done!!)
Now, I'm sure you're scratching your head, wondering WHY? / HOW? could this person possibly enjoy this process so?
Allow me to explain...
Other than (3) larger, 'high-tech' gifts that HAD to be 'BIG BOX' bought, the rest of my 'gifties' are for people with whom we have an "agreement" that the 'stocking stuffers' (aren't those always The.Best.?) we exchange are either thrifted or crafted!
This weekend our house looked like HURRICANE CENTRAL!
SATURDAY was 'Candy Making' day!
Mostly gifts for my Dad's stocking ~ Black Walnut Brittle, Black Walnut Fudge, Spiced Black Walnuts, ...
Can you guess that my Dad likes Black Walnuts?? - and he keeps me supplied in them ~ one of his Winter hobbies is cracking them by hand!!

SUNDAY was Studio Groovin' day!

This is our kitchen counter...
  The jar on the right is full of bulk Flax (yes. I'm old. Don't judge me.), with a measuring spoon that has come to live it's life perched on top...

This was my vision for it:
Quite a simple process of wire-wrapping...

and beading!

This was about the ONLY project of the day that turned out as planned though.  I can't share the details of the others, as some of the recipients drop in on this blog occasionally!!

FRIDAY and MONDAY were Shopping days!
Found LOTS of goodies - MOST of which I also cannot share here!
Of course, I did pick up a few things not 'on my list'
(Christmas List, that is!!)

(Pampered Chef Cookie Press, New Dansko shoes, vintage aluminum measuring spoons, Oneida & Ikea flatware)

(Set of Xmas JAPAN stacking mugs, Swedish- ?Iron Stand?, Dallas Cowboys / Taz Ornament, Snowman Candy Holder, Am Girls Cookbook, and a Skeleton Doll - **WHICH WE HAVE NOW IDENTIFIED AS 'LALALOOPSY'? WHO KNEW!!)
A few crafting goodies for ME!
(**Had NEVER heard of 'Kendall' towels before!!  'Kendall' is the name of the tiny town I grew up in.  Not 'the same' location as the towel origin, but still cool!)
 Would any shopping be complete without...
(VERA Scarves 2014 #8 and #9 - .25¢ each!!)
Sweater Clip 2014 #7 - $1.)
Of course, by now you all know the Thrifts are near 'my' seaglass beach, so I HAD to stop...
(AFTER I had picked up my FREE 2-scoop Birthday Sundae from Friendly's - as a 'to-go' to eat at the beach!!)
The STRONG Southerly winds overnite had melted the snow and washed in some 'stellar' finds!!  Could have watched the waves carry in treasures for hours, but the rains came!  
 Oh well, don't mind the rain so much when it gives me this to look at my ENTIRE ride home (45min.)!!

Now it's time to clean up 'The. Mess.'!
 'Round one' of stocking stuffer exchanges is THIS SATURDAY!!
Then, the decorating begins...


Monday, November 17, 2014

... from GROSSINGER's to The Concord

Last Saturday, on my way to meet a friend for a day of (GASP!) RETAIL MALL SHOPPING; I made a Quick stop to an Estate Sale.  Well, I am HAPPY to report that the $2 I spent at the Est. Sale is MORE than I spent at 'The Mall'!!  Some people have their penchant for Shiny Brites, some for Redman Baskets, well 'one' of mine is retro Train Cases!
I found this one for a song ($1), and it has ALL of the "bells and whistles" like none I have ever found before!
...pristine interior (complete with mirror intact)
...ORANGE (need I say more?)

 ...ORIGINAL travel tags from '1957'!

...and a VERY Conscientious previous owner, who went so far as to have HER name & address & phone # (see the phone # above and below the rivets?!) ENGRAVED on the latch!!!!

Of course, since I was carrying around this 'convenient shopping basket', I HAD to fill it up with various bits ;-)

(2) soldering irons, TINY pipe cutter - Made in USA, 1920's tin of Solder (For Graphics - NOT for use!!), small pocketknife size set of tools (Spark plug Cleaners?!?!) and (2) metal blocks that I thought would be useful for 'hammering' on.  
LOADS of inspiration to do some Projects - all for $1!!

**Come to find out those 'blocks' are St. Steel ~hmmm~ What would the scrap value be for #9??

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

...HAEGER tour!

This post is NOT for the faint of heart
...faint of HAEGER Pottery heart that is!

I hope I don't put Anyone on OVERLOAD - but you have been WARNED!!
Over the years I've squealed with joy over random HAEGER finds/gifts, but I have never given you the FULL.HOUSE.tour.
Are you ready?
Here goes...
PLEASE forgive the dust & clutter (but I DO collect a 'few' things other than HAEGER - ha,ha!!)

Entering through our KITCHEN, you will find just a few select Red/Black pieces scattered about (They don't all normally live in the Middle of our countertop - they were gathered here for photo purposes only!)

Through the doorway to the DINING ROOM: Our dining room is done in MCM hand-me-down furnishings, and our china cabinet houses some of my fav's.!

and a built-in corner of the Dining Room 
Throughout, the HAEGER is put to use holding odds-ends.  This area is home to a LOT of Seaglass and Shells!!

 We played around for a l-o-n-g time on the 'best' way to group/display our vast array of Haeger...
Some things we group 'like-shapes' together, but for the most part we are grouping pieces according to glaze / color... but it is ever changing!

A couple of shelves in our 'COMPUTER ROOM'...

This shelf is a bit of  HAEGER, VERA (plates & airplanes) and BENNINGTON - 

Our FRONT HALL is probably 'changed up' most frequently - right now it is home to aqua's in a 'seaside' theme...
VERA linens and HAEGER accent each other quite well!!

Not much of a vignette, but Love the Lady Bug and the Lady!!

 In the TV ROOM:

is our Mauve Agate Collection

...and our Gold Tweed!
Can you find 'TWEED' (Our Elf)??

This room is fondly called THE HAEGER ROOM.  Can you guess why?

Extra Oak house-trim pieces have been used to create Ceiling height shelves around the room!
 Onto the GUEST ROOM: 
Rather 'tucked away', this is home to our plain 'Garden House Variety' of whites...

You have probably noticed throughout, our pension for using multi-plate racks to display HAEGER's Numerous atomic dishes and ashtrays!

 Even the ATTIC STUDIO has it's share of shelves, home to more of our 'less-favored, but can't part with' pieces!

Yes, it is a sickness, this HAEGER LOVE.
When I first started collecting & learning about HAEGER, I picked up ANY piece I found on 'the cheap'.  I've grown away from the simple Garden House designs and don't buy them anymore (well, not as much!)  ~BUT~ still have a diverse love of the variety of glazes and figures... and HAEGER made a LOT!