Tuesday, April 29, 2014

the Tuesday Song of the Week

This song is awesomely awesome, even though I can't understand much of the lyric.
'Keep On Walking' - the Spanic Boys

Oh, What a Beautiful

vintage music box in the form of Beatrix Potter's Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle.

It plays 'Oh, What a Beautiful Morning,'

which is beautiful.


and paint = 

Aren't they pretty? 


This morning what looked like a winged ant had the effrontery to visit my kitchen.

Shlamoo, Starlin, and Lester spent an hour trying to intimidate it into leaving.

It hasn't been seen since.

Note that the big thing isn't the bug, it's a snow shovel.  We're not yet confident that we won't need it again.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

the Tuesday Song of the Week

What puts the kick in the chicken?  The magic in June?

It's just...
'Elmer's Tune' - Glenn Miller Orchestra

Dick and Jane

Remember them?

My school had very similar early readers, with very similar illustrations, but the characters were Jack and Janet, and their pets were named Tip and Mitten*.  There was also a boy named Billy who had a pet goat.  (Then again, EVERY vintage early reader textbook I've ever found has a boy name Billy who has a pet goat.  EVERY.  SINGLE.  ONE.)  The very first book in the Jack and Janet series was called Tip.
True fact: decades later I adopted a cat whose name is Tippy.

These were so sweet, and so not politically correct.

My brother, who was three years younger, got some new hifalutin' early reader called In the City ('Many many people live in the city.')  This was bo politically correct; one of the stories was about the neighborhood kids getting together to turn the block into Puerto Rico so that their new neighbor Rosalita would feel at home.  As you do.

 *This was the eagerly anticipated sequel to Tip

Monday, April 21, 2014

even MORE jewels !!

The mind-blowingly awesome costume jewelry keeps on coming!

As in darling earrings with little antennae at tops

neat 'n sweet Edwardian

Asian and AWESOME, signed 'Art'        

        Glorious HAR bracelet and matching earrings

EXPLOSIVE ropes 'n rhinestones

This is soooo pretty - reminds me of cherry blossoms
not that I've ever seen a cherry blossom, but I'm guessing they look something like this.

classic Mad Men - era finery

for Easter !!

'The Two Feathers' was a prequel to 'The Four Feathers.

Last -- and miles from least -- is a Weiss rhinestone crown.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Victorian Bacchus and friends

on what began life as a pitcher.

True, it's kinda beat up in places, but its mythological appeal is 100% intact.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

the Tuesday Song of the Week

I rushed off this morning to get my tax stuff into the mail, which got me thinking about...

'Money' - the Flying Lizards

jewels, beautiful jewels

The following is just a taste of the marvelously marvelous stuff now available in my shop:

Peeps have started to collect Bicentennial stuff.  You should get this. 

 These remind me of some cartoon with a similar-looking bird.

 What a pretty little bijou this is, no?
It's (high class) partay in brooch form 

Charmingly adorable AND it keeps good time.
and it's a wind-up, so you'll never have to replace a battery.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Z is for zodiac

And A is for awesome.


I used to date an Aquarius.  Lovely guy.

My grandfather's name was Leo.

I know two people who, in spite of the fact that they're college graduates, are driving Fords.

My hubs missed being a Virgo by one day.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

I'm back again

I'm so sorry you didn't get a Tuesday Song of the Week this week, nor did you get pretty pictures of my newest finds.  Or anything.

I was away visiting a relation in North Carolina for a few days.
the divinely awesome chapel at Duke University
they have an organ recital every Tuesday afternoon.  My sister-in-law and I went.  It was nice. 

I'm certain you're less interested in the details of my trip (although I got some AWESOME jewelry and one more bo cool thing at an auction, that you'll soon see here) than in seeing some of my latest non-North Carolina finds, including:

gorgeous GORGEOUS old damask

FIVE yards worth

Here we have a somewhat more humble item,
but it's very cute and cow-oriented.
 as you can see.

Next, we have this oh so cool carved bone dragon brooch,

And a way 1960s childrens book.
 I got a BUNCH of these from Goodwill a couple of weeks ago.

Now on to the last, but far from least...
1989 photo-realistic painting of a horse.
Signed F. Massa.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

the Tuesday Song of the Week

The other night the hubs and I watched True Stories, which I hadn't seen since it came out in '86.  It has one of my Top 10 All-Time Favorite Songs:
 Wild Wild Life - Talking Heads

At the time I could not believe that this did not get an Oscar nomination for best song, and yet that stupid piece of garbage ('Mean Green Critter from Somewhere') from that awful Little Shop of Dreck movie (which, yes, I did waste money good money on, and for my trouble lost 94 minutes of my life that I'll never get back) DID get nominated.


New old fashions

I originally wanted to call this post 'New old clothes,' but that doesn't sound very appealing.  

I have TONS and TONS and TONS of stuff to go through, but I'm very very busy with other stuff, so all I have to show you is...

darling darling dotted swiss dress, 

 with super-nice and VERY full skirt

Next up, ROWRRRR

You're seen leopard print lingerie, and leopard print outerwear, but have you ever seen...
a leopard print dress??

Me neither.

Here we have an unimaginably exquisite scarf
which I  just couldn't get a good picture of.
(Yes, I'm quite aware that the full view of the leopard dress is also, um, not a great pic.)

Anyway, the design of the scarf is in the weave.  Above the little treasure chests are
floating the treasures.  Neat, huh?

Speaking of treasures,
GOLD Mad Men era pumps.


I'm so sorry to have been MIA recently.

One minute I'm in Florida, the next I'm getting all kindsa stuff done to my computer, rendering it not useable on accounta it's in the shop being updated and what have you.

But here I am.  

I'm back.

And with some awe-inspiring stuff, to wit...

some exquisitely mahvelous Crown Ducal chintz dishware, Blue Chintz pattern

almost all of it sold ten minutes after I listed it,

  which you'd expect, right?
Replacements, Ltd. calls this piece the 'lily pond.'
Cause it's big, I guess.

Is nice, yes?*

*There's this game I play with my hubs when we're set up at flea markets, called 'the Russian Game.'  Where we live you get a lot of Russians at the fleas.  As they approach the table, when they find something they like, they say, 'How much is?'  And then you tell them, they offer an absurdly low-ball figure.  

So I'll come up to our table, pick up something and say, 'How much is?' in my best (and bo authentic) Russian accent.  He gives the price, and I say, 'I give you fyeefty cents.'  The fun of the game is watching people witness this with their eyes rolling, and sending pity  in my hubs's direction.