Friday, November 28, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
...Saturday was spent making candy / snacks for stocking stuffers... (NOT to worry... My parents/DH &I exchange stockings the day after Thanksgiving!! It is our 'traditional' exchange with the requirement being that all items are 'sale finds' or 'homemade'!! Dad loves blackwalnuts, so I have several 'candy' recipes that I have revised to incorporate them. *Just for the record, in my book if it requires a candy thermometer or 'double boiler', then it is considered 'candy'!! **If you ever find any of the commercial size 'baking sheets' for cheap GRAB THEM - I found these two, new, at sales this summer for about $1 each and LOVE them - Too big for the oven, but other uses are endless!)
...and this past week, I found a couple of stores with their Halloween on sale 90% OFF!!... (ALL of this Halloween goodness - napkins, reusable plastic plates, socks..., plus a bag of gummie candy, not pictured, only cost $1.23 - GOTTA LOVE IT!!)
What Holiday are we approaching? What season are we in 'exactly'?????
ADDED 11-23: Oh Yeh, and as Shara so kindly reminded me... there are random Bits-O-Birthday scattered among all of the other seasons/holidays!!
It's a good thing I got the Thanksgiving decorations out last weekend, 'cause had it been left for this weekend, I'm sure they would have been bypassed and I would have gone straight to Christmas!!
** DISCLAIMER: This IS NOT going to become a 'weather' blog... but the first 'real' of EACH season is always noteable **
*STUFF FINDS of the week will come later...
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I have always tried to minimize my consumption of our natural resources. True.- that is NOT the only reason I hit the Thrifts and Garage Sales, but it helps! Lately I have been trying to step up our household awareness of our 'Carbon Footprint', and we have started composting, changing out light bulbs, etc. - nothing major, but 'small steps'. As the economy plumets, my main consoling thought has been, that maybe this will require people to start rethinking their 'disposable' ideas. I think it was.
Then, Sunday I stumbled on this LA TIMES ARTICLE. In other words, The total downfall of the economy is blamed on us Thrifters, Rummagers and second-handers. We aren't pumping enough 'retail' money into the economy.
Then, this morning on the news, I saw that Scrap and Salvage prices are WAY DOWN. To the point where it almost isn't feesable to 'recycle'.
What are they going to drop on our shoulders tomorrow??
Sunday, November 16, 2008
When all else fails, time to be productive!, and what a productive weekend it has been (and there is still most of Sunday left!).
I started by following Shara's lead... cleared and put away all the treasures from the Dining Room Table. It only gets used about twice a year, so it is a natural 'resting ground' for everything under the sun!!
That's NOT to say that there isn't some Christmas 'prep' going on backstage!!
Friday, I did make it to a few Thrifts for some Holiday Scores!! NO- not Shiny Brites! No - not Gurley Candles or even a Holt Howard Santa mug!
old, mismatched, glass punch cups!! .10¢ each!!
(still on 'drying towel' - sorry!) 'WHY?' you ask...
DH and I host a "Pre-company Xmas Party 'Happy Hour' " every year. To simplify things we just do beer and 'Punch'. The first year that I hauled my Grandmother's HUGE old crystal punch bowl out of the attic, DH thought I had lost my mind. "You know it's going to get broken!" I thought about it, yeh, I'd be bummed if it got broken... but I LOVE using it!! What's the point of being sentimental about something and never getting it out of storage to enjoy?? Over the years no harm has come to it, or the cups, or the ladle (Knock-on-wood)
Friday also netted two! KROMEX trays for under $1 ea..again you are asking
'The Crew' (college bestest buddies) and I get together annually and do a MASSIVE Christmas Cookie Baking weekend. Everyone has come to know and love our cookies, so that is what I am always asked to bring for Xmas get-togethers. I much prefer piling the cookies on one of these charming platters than a disposable plastic Dollar Store one. Same price, so if I don't get it returned, it's not earth shattering! I think the cookies taste better of them too!!
Last, but not least, in my Friday finds was the set of vintage basketweave cups that are in the back on the 'drying towel' with the punch cups. Lime Green! Vibrant Yellow! Sky Blue! I confess, I have my Mom's set of the iced tea cups, and I have added a set of mugs - but NEVER seen these 'pedestal' cups before - do you think they are for parfaits or high balls?? They look great with the others though!!
On the list of 'all things productive'... I also made a couple of meals!! Anybody that knows me, knows that I LOVE baking... but cooking, not so much! So, this is a MAJOR accomplishment! Homemade Enchilladas Sat. night, and as I type there is a crock-pot of chili filling the house with yummy smells - mmmm!
Yeh, the photo is kind of gross - SORRY - but I couldn't resist! My first attempt from scratch... complete with hot peppers that we grew in our garden this summer.
Oh, if anyone out there has a GOOD recipe for an easy 'alcoholic' punch for this years' Happy Hr., I'm always looking for ideas !
Thursday, November 13, 2008
AND!!!! She is having a Contest to win this painting ...
Sometimes, when I reflect on my collections, and my varied tastes, I wonder what will be going through peoples' minds as they attend the sale/auction of my 'stuff' after I am gone... Schizophrenic?... Ecclectic?... I'm sure these are some of the kinder comments that will be flying!!
I have been studying Diane's 'GHOST OF A MEMORY', and trying to figure out WHY I am so taken by it. It's not the flowing gown... Anyone who knows me, can attest to the fact that I am NOT of the Glamour Flowing Gown breed. A vibrant retro VERA is more of my style...
Marvella Costume Jewelry
Marvella is a costume jewelry brand that was founded by Sol E. Weinreich, who began business in January, 1906 in New York, New York. They were bought by Trifari in 1982. It is now owned by the Monet Group, Inc. This company has been called the Weirich Brothers Company, Marvella, Inc., and Marvella Pearls, Inc. Marvella created costume jewelry, many featuring simulated pearls and faceted beads
...and there we have it! With lineage of Trifari & Monet, I think I did okay for .75¢ !
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
The cool wind and rain of Saturday morning weren't enough to keep me from hitting a couple of local Church Bazaar Craft & Bake sales. The 'Craft' portion I can do without, and I only bought a few 'Baked' goodies... but, LOVE those 'white elephants'!! (Where did that term ever come from??)
A vibrant VERA scarf, retro metal 'Flower Power' belt and A SWEATER CLIP (.10¢!!) - does it get much better?
I also found this Staffordshire England China pin.
I must confess, these pins are another of my 'cheesy' and 'tacky' adorations!
The latest goal for my blog is to try and show some of the various collections which share our home, as I acquire new pieces for them. You've seen my sweater clips, now it's time to show you the CHINA PINS!
Come into the guest room...
The right end of the swag valance houses my China pins...
Okay, I think that's enough for today!!
Friday, November 7, 2008
Am I seeing double? No it REALLY is TWO (2!) medium size GURLEY SANTAS!! ... how much? a quarter you say? SOLD!
With this XMAS bug bite comes the realization that XMAS Retail is in full-swing.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
This is my ONE HUNDREDTH post (Can you believe it????????!!!!!!!!!!)
This P.W. bag was bought Saturday Morning for ONE HUNDRED cents at a 'Fill-a-Bag for a Buck' sale!
I think that an appropriate EBOR of my good Stuff Karma is a dispersal of some 'Stuff' via a '100th Post Giveaway'! Have to stay on the positive side when it comes to Stuff Karma!! The giveaway package will be customized for the person chosen by the random number generator (ie: DH) - so, if you've seen anything you are particularly fond of in any of my posts... leave a comment. NO GUARANTEES, But "Hey, you never know!!". Sign up will end next Sunday (11-9) at midnight!!
Now, back to the Piggly Wiggly bag... (We don't have these stores in our area, so how they got them, I have NO IDEA - but aren't they cute?!)...
A: TOO MUCH!! ...just take a look...~retro bibs w/ adorable graphics, green crochet Dress potholder, Disney fleece bag, random scarves, jersey knit drawstring gift bags (labelled MAGELLAN'S SANTA BARBARA??)...~Goebel Collector's club stationary pack (since they are ending production this year, will this be worth $$??), retro Xmas and misc. cards with envelopes, new pack of 'grape' dessert plates, metal recipe box FULL of vintage recipes...~Christmas GALORE... flocked!, retro!, JAPAN corsages!, floral picks!, garland, Swedish wooden ornament, vintage felt stocking in original package, tin cookie cutter, even a purple ornament for my Dining room Aluminum Xmas Tree (done in all orange~purple~lime green ornaments!)...~Grapes, eyeglass advertising key chain, my First Headvase (yes, heavily damaged, but...), Retro Holt Howard mug and tipsy snowman candle climber, bag of vintage wooden checkers and a pineapple dish (hmmm... the "Hawaiian Themed Porch '09 " maybe?!) and a vintage crepe fold out fan...
LEAVE A COMMENT FOR THE 'HUNDRED GIVEAWAY'!!