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Sunday, 23 August 2015

A Week Off & A Road Trip

A lot has happened this past week on Saturday we had a new addition to the family arrive.  My cousin and his wife had a baby boy who I can't wait to go visit since it's been many years since we've had a baby to fuss over.  They decided to wait till the baby was born to find out the sex which I totally supported, I've been looking at some baby stuff now we can shop.

My Finds 

The above items are some of my finds in the last few weeks,  The Beatle's lunch kit is a reproduction which I'm sure is the only way I could have afforded it.  The orange pattern vase is made by Poole in England it's the second one I have the first one was a gift from a friend so she started this collection.  The green mugs are also made in England by Biltons.

                                                 
His Finds For Me

My husband found these Fire King mugs for me at the flea market last week. 
Some times he has some great finds it's very rare he has a total miss.
He hit it out of the park with this find.


So this past week I had the week off but the husband only got Tuesday off  so I ended up doing things on my own.  The above pictures are from a new local store here in Abbotsford I love to visit.  All the sellers have great items and ideas as you can see in the above pictures.  If you are ever in Abbotsford I encourage you to visit The Market  and other stores on Montrose  Avenue.


On the one day my husband had off we hit the road and did a road trip within an hour and a half of home the pictures above are from this road trip.  We started off in Chilliwack stopping in at the second hand stores.  Then we went to  Harrison, British Columbia for an ice cream cone and sat on a bench taking in the views.  Our next stop was at the Kilby historic site.  We also stopped in at the Kenmode Wild Berry Wines in Dewdney, British Columbia so I could pick up two bottles of the apple wine they make that I like.



Our last stop before heading home was at the Westminster Abbey In Mission, British Columbia which houses a community of Benedictine monks.
The Abbey was built in 1939 it's official name is the Abbey of Saint Joseph of Westminster.


These pictures are from the husband 's family albums and just made me think of summer.


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Sunday, 9 August 2015

In The Garden and Finds

 This past week has been weird around my place I have not had time to hit any stores though I saw a new store I can't wait to check out but won't be able to do so till next Friday.  Hopefully I will be able to tell you about it on my next post.  On Saturday I had most of my family over for dinner it was a good time which always makes all the work involved worth it.


I'm only sharing one of my new paperweights today.  This one is by Selkirk made in Scotland it's a limited edition 229/450.

I took a walk around the yard this week and snapped  the pictures of my flowers above. 


My husband and I both liked the covered stoneware dish above we can't make out the makers name but it was made in Japan.  A friend of mine believes the vase the flowers are in is End Of The Day Glass the vase I inherited from my husbands mother once we got together.



I found the large amber jar a couple of weeks ago and I went downstairs and dug the smaller one out of a box I had it stored in I found the smaller one quite awhile back.



These mugs look like Fire King but have no marks I haven't had time to figure out who the maker is yet.
I like the colors and the design on them so when I saw them I knew they needed to come home with me.


You may be wondering why I have a picture of the Good Year blimp in this post but it's because on Friday August 07th to the 9th 2015 was the Abbotsford Airshow.  I have watched planes fly over the different homes I've lived in for decades but have never attended the airshow I would like to but I don't like crowds much and it's very crowded plus I burn so easy so I have not attempted it.  My dad's cousin took this picture as you can see it had quite a audience as it hovered over a farmers field there's another picture that shows cars way down the road stopped.



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Sunday, 26 July 2015

Blue, Blue And More Blue

I can not believe how many blue items I have found in the last two weeks since my last post.  Everywhere I turned blue was the color I saw and brought home.  It's a good thing blue is one of my favorite colors.  Well I hope you all like the color blue since this post is all about blue.
I found these three pieces of art glass in a day of each other for a price that amazed me and made me very happy.  Two of the pieces are marked Chalet Canada and the other is unsigned.  The piece on the stand that looks like a raindrop has fallen hit the ground and splashed up is one I already have but this one is a bit smaller in size.  Glass has always been something I've collected it started with collecting pieces that washed up on the beach at my grandparents cabin.  And grew from there.


The paperweights are not from my last two weeks of hitting the second hand stores but some more of the ones I received last month.  These are all signed Skookum which are pieces from Robert Held Studio.  I have some other pieces by  him and when on our honeymoon last October we stopped at his studio in Parksville and I picked up two pieces with some of the money we received for wedding gifts.  If you are ever in Parksville on Vancouver Island in British Columbia and like glass I would recommend it as somewhere to stop.



Blue Mountain Pottery is another one of the things I like to collect and was happy to find this piece a few days ago to add to my collection.  This Canadian based company is no longer in business and quite a bit of their product is out there.  I collect pieces I don't see very often which helps me from filling my house up with a lot of pottery.

From The Kitchen



This Pyrex bowl and casserole dish was a nice find in the Colonial Mist pattern.
The blue metal mug holder is one I've never seen before and now holds my blue Fire King mugs.
I picked up three of the plates shown made in England at the Staffordshire Potteries Ltd.
The Canuck mug brings back childhood memories the logo shown on the mug was the uniform logo I remember seeing on their uniforms when honkey night in Canada was on as a kid.  When we were at my mothers parents place when a game was on I was allowed to hear the theme song that was really the only part I liked then I was banned to the kitchen.  I'm guessing this was so I wouldn't nag my grandfather to put on a show I would like.




I collect Celtic jewelry and added this brooch to my collection this past week.  I have one just like this piece with red stones but it's not a brooch but a clip for scarfs to wear around your neck and hold it in place.





This scarf caught my eye and I decided to bring it home.




Do you have songs that all you have to do is hear them and they transport you back to somewhere in your memories. "Crystal Blue Persuasion" when I hear it by Tommy James And The Shondells sends me back to the early 1970's me and my sister were being babysat by the neighbors teenage kids and we spent the day in their backyard surrounded by all their friends who set up a kid's pool for us maybe the song was playing on the radio. 




These pictures are from the husband side they are of his grandfathers beach vacations.  You would not believe how many pictures we have of him in bathing suits.  The funny thing is my husband won't even wear a pair of shorts.
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Sunday, 12 July 2015

A Whole Mix Of Things


I cannot believe we are almost half way through July my days are flying by.  Here in British Columbia this past weekend we finally got some cooler days with some rain thrown in.  Last weekend the husband and I went out to Chilliwack and I saw this sign outside one of the businesses & liked it so I took a picture to share with you.


The above items are some of my finds this past weekend I was quite happy to find them.  The jug has a totally 70's feel to it.  The chip & dip set was a nice find I've found the same set in orange before and traded my cousin for one he had that I liked better.  The fondue forks are larger then the ones I usually find but my cousin suggested they may be  for meat.


These paperweights are some out of the 64 I was given last month.  I have not yet identified the makers of them. 


THE KID`S  CORNER


I saw this Curious George in a box and scooped it up I've also been collecting the books which I've taken pictures of a few above.  My cousin and his wife are going to have a little one soon so these items are for the baby.


I planted my garlic this past Fall and last weekend I pulled it I've never had it ready quite this early before.


I liked this picture it's out of an album I bought it reminds me of all the fruit stands that open every summer in the Okanagan here in British Columbia.


In my last post I had someone else`s pictures from an album I bought who had done a trip up and around the Cariboo  in British Columbia but they didn`t go as far as Barkerville but in my post comments Diana asked me if I had been there and yes I have twice as a child with my parents and twice as an adult.  When I read her question it brought to mind some things that happened on these trips that I thought I would share with you. 

On my families second  trip as a child my dad`s parents came with us and campers they weren`t we were tenting and my grandmother had brought her electric blanket with her this was the 70`s no electric sockets in the campsites.
 
My grandmother was scared of bears and thought for sure a bear was going to get us one night we all woke up to her pounding the side of the tent with a stick because a bear was trying to get in.  It took a few minutes for my dad to convince her it wasn`t a bear but my grandfather trying to get back in the tent who was flat on his back outside the tent. My grandfather had early Parkinson disease at this time which is why she managed to land him on the ground, he could not move away fast enough. 

My last trip was with my parents and my six year old  nephew while we were there my nephew got a pop gun.  The following year my parents asked my nephew where he wanted to go for his vacation with them and he said Barkerville my dad pointed out to him he was there last year wouldn`t he like to go somewhere else.  My nephew was determined to go back to Barkerville so off they went.  They got up there he went to the general store got another pop gun then told my dad he was ready to go.  My dad told him you picked Barkerville and my nephew said I saw everything last year my dad told him too bad I`ve paid for the day you are here for the day.  Lesson my parents learned find out my nephews reason for wanting to go somewhere.

The above pictures I took on my last two trips to Barkerville, British Columbia if you like historical towns I totally recommend it as a place to consider visiting.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by.
Have a great week.
Denise

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Sunday, 28 June 2015

Canada Day 2015

Once again Canada Day is almost here.  On Wednesday, July 01st here in Canada we will be celebrating Canada turning 148 years old.  So most of this post has either a red & White theme or something that has to do with Canada.


 
I grabbed the Canada Keep Calm I Love You mug off the shelf at a local second hand store since it was perfect for this post.  The postcards of the Mounties is so Canadian. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police formed in 1873 it's title was shortened down to the RCMP in the 1920's. 
Then we have a dress mannequin sporting a vintage homemade polyester dress in red with white polka dots.
This red flower brooch by Coro was a second hand store find too.
And what can you ask for more for a Canada day collage then Canada's crest and Canada written across the bottom on a record cover.


I went looking for a red and white paperweight in my collection and found I do not have one in the almost 200 that I have, so to represent red and white I'm using these red and clear paperweights.


You may be wondering how this book fits into my Canada Day theme well it's the trailer and camping idea everyone was bailing out of town on Friday hitting the road to find their camping paradise.   I'm sure many will make a extra extra long weekend on the Monday, Tuesday side of Wednesday or the Thursday, Friday side.  I love the cover of this book with it's 50's look.


I love old pictures and these ones are from an album I bought a couple of months ago the above pictures are from someones trip here in British Columbia going up the Fraser Canyon up into the Cariboo.  I have many memories of doing this route with my family when I was a kid in the 1970's.
Some Facts About Canada:
We are the 2nd largest Country in land mass which is made up of 10 Provinces & 3 Territories.
Provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland / Labrador.
Territories: Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut.
Canadian Sport: HOCKEY and more HOCKEY
Canada's National Animal is the beaver.





And of course our neighbors to the South of us in the United States will be celebrating Independence Day on Saturday July 04th I thought I would add the flag picture from my husbands family collection and some red, white and blue with the paperweight.
I hope both countries have a great holiday day.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by.
Have a great week.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

A Week Of Surprises


These last two weeks have been full busy days also they have been full of surprises to do with family.
My husband had something really good happen on his family side which I'm not able to go into detail about.
My side of the family also had something happen which was sadly not a happy event as we said goodbye to my great aunt yesterday.
It's always nice to see the family it's just not the event you want to bring you together.


The poem above was used at my aunts funeral I had never heard it before and I liked it so I thought I would share it.
Whenever I think of my aunt the one thing that always comes to mind is dancing, her and my uncle where great dancers.
She was at my wedding last year and it was funny because I did mostly 50's music and slowly added other decades music throughout and she said to my friend that she was enjoying the music and when the new stuff started it would be too bad my friend told her not to worry she wouldn't have to suffer through at lot of new music.  It was nice to know she enjoyed the music I picked. 


My uncle and aunt gave me 64 paperweights to add to my collection so for the next while I will be sharing them with you.
I'm starting with the above ones which are not signed.



I found this mug holder it was originally avocado green and someone spray painted blue it but missed some spots I've decided to leave it the way I found it.
The mug was made in England and has blue and avocado colors the same as the mug holder a perfect fit.


This Rubik's cube is great and had to come home with me. 

Thanks for taking the time to stop by.
Have a great week.
Denise

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Sunday, 31 May 2015

Finds, The Garden And Father's Day Is Coming


I saw this poster at work on the wall and took a picture since it sums up pretty much how I feel.  Things have been crazy around my place and I'm slowing down in the getting things done category.  The husband's and my work schedule are about to get really crazy so getting things completed may take even longer.



I recently bought the vintage cat glasses and sunglasses and was in a bit of a crazy mood when I took the pictures which is the reason for the mixing of fabrics it just seemed the way to go.


The last couple of weekends have been spent in the garden I took a walk around the yard this morning and took these pictures of some of the plants.


It's been a long time since I've gone to a second hand store and on Saturday we stopped at my favorite store it was half price for all color tags.  I found the cute little tea strainer and the Pink gooseberry pattern Pyrex dish and was surprised to get it.  The paperweight my husband found at the flea market for me this morning.

The Husband Corner:

The postcard in the top picture is what my husband would like to be doing every day of the week.  The fly fishing tie is the tie he wore for our wedding.  He grudgingly agreed to track down a tie that met with my approval and wear it at the wedding.  He was quite happy when people kept commenting positively about his tie.  The two books are Hardy's guides his all time favorite fishing gear company.

Father's Day

Since I won't be posting again till the evening of Father's Day I wanted to wish all the fathers out there a Happy Father's Day.
My dad loved old cars the 1928 Ford Model AR was his first old collector car when he got it, it was a shell he didn't actually get to do the restoration work on it as he was having chemo treatments at the time the gentleman who did the work was kind enough to do it in my dad's garage so when he felt up to it my dad could be there.
His next car was the 1966 Chevy II Nova which my mom still owns.
I found the 76 antenna ball in my moms stuff so why not add it.
My dad's favorite song when I was young was Chantilly Lace by the Big Bopper I've added a link if you would like to listen to it.  The Big Bopper like my dad left this world way too early.





The above photographs are from my husband's family photo's and I picked them with Father's Day in mind.



Thanks for taking the time to drop by.
Have a great week.
Denise


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