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Sunday, 18 January 2015

Mix Bag Of Stuff

Today I had no idea what I was going to post so truthfully I'm totally winging it.  All I have been doing is sorting, packing and moving furniture.  We have so much to get rid of to get ready.  To light a fire under my butt I called a friend who's a real estate agent to come through our house to tell us what we need to do to get it ready to go on the market  so we can list it in the Spring.  I suggested the beginning of February but she's going to Hawaii then and won't be back till the 12th so thank goodness I get almost 2 more weeks, we will need it.

This bag was a no brainer for me The Union Jack Harrods how much more British can you get.
A lot of the time when I find something British it's a toss up if I keep it or pass it on to my niece  who also collects British items.  This time however I'm keeping this find.

Royal Staffordshire
Clarice Cliff
Made In England

This was a Christmas present from my husband.

My husband found the two top mugs to add to my Fire King collection this past week.
I thought I would share what I have in my collection so far.

In our home I'm the one who collects airplanes and cars for in our office and luckily my husband supports my collections he picked up this plane for me for Christmas.

My husband found this huge pile of magazines about a year ago, I unearthed them this week.
I liked the cover on this one so I thought I would share it with you.

The Sunday Sun
Vancouver, B.C.
Weekend Magazine
Nov. 17, 1962

Fenwick Lansdowne's Birds

Well everyone this is my wonderful husband many, many moons ago.

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Sunday, 4 January 2015

It's A New Year & Back To The Hoosier

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and has been having a great New Year.  We had a good Christmas here and the New Year has been busy.  We're planning on putting our house up for sale in the Spring so we are trying to clear out junk, donating what we can and packing up what we need to put into storage.

I bought myself a kaleidoscope, the above picture I took through the small hole at the top which took awhile to get. I've always liked kaleidoscopes.

The Hoosier has in it my things and my husbands fishing stuff. 
On the top shelf are two Fire King dishes given to me by a friend.
The second shelf has a Scottish theme since Robbie Burns day is coming up this month.
The third shelf is fishing related which is my husbands stuff he always wants me to post.
The two Hardy reels are his favorite ones he's always on the hunt for Hardy equipment.

This dish towel came as part of a wedding gift I decided to use it as a curtain on my back door.

This is a unsigned brooch my husband found for me a couple of months ago.  It reminds me of a snowflake.

This mid century modern lamp I won in a silent auction.  I ended up going a little over my limit but I think it was well worth it.

 This Hair album soundtrack I found at one of my favorite second hand stores.
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Sunday, 21 December 2014

Christmas 2014 Almost Here

In a few more days Christmas Eve will be here our family dinner will be that night at my home.  I'm surprised how fast Christmas comes every year as I grow older.  It's still my favorite time a magical time but it is changing year to year.  I hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas and a great New Year.

My husband found me about 6 1950's Better Homes And Garden magazines at the local flea market I found this bow tree in it.  My friend Joy at (a Vintage Green) is always telling me to take pictures of projects as I do them but yet again I didn't but I will tell you what I did if you are interested.

1. I took 2 pieces of poster board cut out my tree shape then glued the 2 pieces together.
2. Then I took foil wrapping paper and wrapped the tree in it.
3. Then I taped the bows I got at a local dollar store on.
It worked for what I wanted and I think it turned out great.

These are some of my vintage ornaments on my Christmas tree.  It's a good thing that I have quite a few since I broke 4 decorating my Christmas tree this year. 

This is a picture of a Atomic Age Ornament in one of the 1950's Better Home And Gardens Magazine which I hope to try and make when I have a chance to find what I need at the second hand stores.

This Pyrex ad, 7 Up ad and General Electric ad I found in the December 1957 Better Homes And Gardens Magazine pictured above.

The above pictures are the shelves in my Hoosier decorated for Christmas this year.

This is a picture of my dad's cousin and I think of her co workers with Santa in the late 1950's or early 1960's.
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Merry Christmas

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Christmas Is A Coming

This year I'm doing a little better with decorating for Christmas.  We do have the outdoor lights up, the Hoosier is almost decorated and a few garlands have gone up.

A little so far but way more then nothing going up, last year it was just not a good decorating year.

Don't get me wrong we had a good Christmas, my cousin did the family dinner so there just wasn't as much pressure to go all out.

I took the picture of the barn  about 15 years ago, I saw it while  driving down the road one winter day.

Country Christmas

Snow is falling faster now
And dusting on a hill.
Skaters on the river,
Gentle dancers in the chill.
The children's laughter ringing,
As they overturn there sleighs,
Waiting for a country Christmas day.

The chimneys hold the promise
Of a friendly fire inside.
And so it's after bedtime,
All the children's eyes are wide.
There might be cakes and short bread
On a shiny silver train,
Waiting for a country Christmas day.

Christmas in the country,
Like another time and place.
I see it in the little things,
In every smiling face.
It's crystal nights and far of lights
And children count the days
Country Christmas and love will lead the way.

Dogs run after snowflakes,
In a never ending chase.
Soft lights trough the window,
Foster's dalycurtis lay's
And reunited love ones
Who've been far to long away,
Waiting for a country Christmas day.

Christmas in the country,
Like another time and place.
I see it in the little things,
In every smiling face.
It's crystal nights and far of lights
And children count the days.
Country Christmas and love will lead the way.
Country Christmas and love will lead the way.

I found this song on Roger Whittaker's album A Time For Peace.

The above pictures are all outdoor shots the blue Christmas ornaments are part of our outdoor decorating.  The top right picture is of my grandfather shoveling the snow off a building roof.  The bottom right picture is of outdoor Christmas lights from a friends yard.

This picture is out of a book I picked up at a second hand store of Anne Taintor pictures.

I collect old record covers for the art work, the ones with the bows are part of the Firestone Christmas record collection.  The one in the middle in the top row is Hank Snow, an old bus, snow, a Canadian in a Hudson Bay coat - what can't you like!  

I started my search for the soundtrack for White Christmas and this Bing album is as close as I got. I just couldn't leave Gene Autry and Rudolph behind.

I saw these starburst tree ornaments and thought they would be a good addition to my tree collection.

I can remember selling these candles when I was in school, every time I see them I just can't leave them behind.

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Monday, 24 November 2014

Elvis, Marilyn And More

It's hard to believe November is almost over I managed to hit most of my favorite second hand stores this past week.   It's been quite awhile since I've had any time to hit more then maybe one store if at all in a week. 

These dishes have a yellow and orange theme going on.  The bowl, salt and pepper shakers were made in Japan.  The mugs are not marked but if I was guessing it would be Japan too.  The yellow glass jar reminds me of ones from the 70's.

I picked up these two Russell Stover Elvis tins and added them to my collection.  The black and white page is a record sleeve to protect a record one side had early RCA album covers of Elvis the other side his later years.

The picture has a Marilyn Monroe calendar, 4 postcards and a book about her.

This blue brooch is unmarked. 

I believe this is my grandfather's half sister from England. I don't know anyone from this side of the family.  I've been trying to do a family tree but have not gotten very far.

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Monday, 10 November 2014

REMEMBER The 11th Month, 11th Day, 11th Hour

Tomorrow is Remembrance Day here in Canada which is a time to show we remember all the sacrifices our military people have and are making to keep us safe. 
So as I've said in past post to those who served and didn't make it home thank you, to those who made it home thank you and to those serving now thank you.

This mural is one of many found around Chemainus, British Columbia that I took on my honeymoon  it's on the post office building. 

These poppies are some of the different types I grow in my yard.

Remembrance Day
I'll remember the soldiers that fought,
I'll remember my freedom was bought.
I'll remember the soldiers that died,
I'll remember the families that cried.
I'll remember some were shot,
I'll remember some got caught.
I'll remember all the crosses,
I'll remember the sad, sad loses.
I'll remember no man's land,
I'll remember the praying hands.
I'll remember!

Monday, 3 November 2014

Back After My Wedding

I can't believe how fast time has gone by since my last post.  I got married, it was a very casual wedding but I was surprised how much work it took.  The whole summer was taken up with wedding preparation.  September was spent tying up last minute things for the wedding in October.  It was worth the work as so many of the guests told me it was one of the best weddings they had been to.  We enjoyed our wedding but I'm glad it is over.


The above pictures were taken on our honeymoon on Vancouver Island in British Columbia Canada.

The above vase and paperweight I bought on our honeymoon at Robert Held's glass gallery to add to my collection.
The vase I picked because I like poppies and the frost made me think of snow which appealed to me.  The paperweight is different from any I have in my collection including the ones I had already by Robert Held.

The blue Pyrex bowls my husband found for me at the flea market, the pink refrigerator dishes he spotted at the local second hand store and I bought for a really good price.  The large refrigerator dish with the green Butterprint pattern in the middle of the collage we found the same day we got back from our honeymoon.  I knew Butterprint came in turquoise, pink and yellow but didn't know it came in green till now.




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