Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Roses in Winter

Good morning. Tina here. Lately here in the gold country we have had a lot of rain. The rain was so heavy it even had a special name, an atmospheric river. So we have been inside a lot.

However, out in the yard, a California phenomenon was taking place. Here in the midst of changeable days, wet and windy (up to 50 mile-an-hour winds), can't see past the hood of the car foggy, crispy frosty frozen fields, sudden flurries of snow, and "are we in a house or on the deck of a ship?" pounding sideways rain, some of our roses are determinedly blooming away

The bush of golden yellow climbers has two blooms.

My Joseph's Dream Coat rose below the front porch sparkles in the early dawn.

Another lovely climber is preparing to join its friends, a red rose in time for Valentine's Day?

As I sit in the living room this morning, looking out at the dreary weather, noting the rain has started up again, I think of the mid-winter roses and they bring a smile.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Just For Fun

One of my grandsons was here yesterday for a little while, and he brought something for us to play with.
Colorful foam sheets and letters, shapes, etc., with adhesive backing.
I made this one:
And he made three!
This one has his initials on it:
 M is for Monkey:
 And this one, I'm assuming was a tribute to his pet rat who got hurt when she jumped too far (there IS a reason why keeping them in their cage is probably a good idea) , and did not recover from her injury - though she did hang in there for a while:
And I put this last piece (below) together, but I didn't attach the letters and the stars to the backing; I merely made the assemblage and then removed them after I had snapped a photo of it:
I liked it - but the stars are precious to him (understandably, since they are so glittery and pretty!) - so I didn't want to actually use so many of them to make a picture!
Like I said, just for fun!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A Visit With Old Friends - And I Really DO Love Lemon

I had the pleasure of being invited to stay with some very dear old friends a couple of weeks before Christmas. Marcia and I have been friends since kindergarten, and I'm also very close to her sister Kim. Their mom now lives with Kim and her husband, just down the hill from Marcia. 
We had such a wonderful visit, and they treated me to lunch and dinner out in Placerville on Main Street, and a delicious dinner at home, as well, while I was there.
 I wish I had a photo of us together, but it seems I can NEVER remember to take pictures!
 (Too busy talking, I think....)
Kim brought out cookies for dessert one evening.
 She had lots of them in the freezer!
Some she had made, and other varieties, also, from a cookie exchange party.
They were ALL good, but my favorites were some lemon cookies she had made herself.
They were SO good that I simply HAD to ask her for her recipe, and she happily obliged.
 ( She's like that - the entire family is. The most wonderful people you could ever hope to meet. I adore them.)
 I'm sharing the recipe with you today, too:
 The recipe is from "Real Simple" Magazine:
As it so happens,we were given a huge twenty pound bag of Meyer lemons for Christmas.
We have lemons coming out of our ears, and that's just fine with me.
 Because - as I state in the title of my post - I really DO love lemon!
I'm juicing them and freezing the juice, and I can't think of anything I'd rather make room for in my freezer.
It took me a while to get around to it, but I finally had time to make some of the cookies this week:
 Another thing I enjoyed at Kim's was having a nice hot cup of tea.
She had a number of teas to choose from, as well.
Guess which one I chose?
Bigelow "I Love Lemon" Herbal Tea:
 And then, I had to try and find THAT, too, so I could enjoy it at home.
Our Safeway store doesn't carry it, but my husband found it for me at PriceCo here in Sonora, and it was on sale!
So, if you're in the neighborhood, and you want to stop by for a "cuppa", I've got lots of tea, and cookies, and lemons.
 If you like lemon.
Or if you LOVE lemon.
Like I do.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

January - A New Year, And a New Illustration

Happy New Year, everyone!
I wanted to be sure and share my January illustration with you.
 From my thrift store book, "The Year Around Book", written by
Helen Jill Fletcher  and illustrated by the illustrious Jerry Pinkney.
 "January is the first month of the year.
We celebrate New Year's Day January 1.
We have parties.
We wear fancy hats.
We blow horns and whistles."
 I didn't do any fancy hats, parties, or horns and whistles - we were in bed before midnight!
We still welcome and celebrate the arrival of the New Year, though!
Just in a quieter way, I suppose.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Vintage Barbie Dolls And More - A Fabulous Display

I made the time to go for a long-awaited, much-needed visit earlier this month with my very dear old friends up in Camino, and while I was there, we also went downtown (to Placerville) so we could have lunch and cram in a wee bit of shopping in our short time allotment that day. We ended up splitting up, and I headed straight for the antique shops (there are no thrift stores on Main Street!).
One of the shops I visited was  Empire Antiques (I hope I have the right place), and when I came upon these wonderful displays, I just HAD to snap some photos so that I could share them with you here!
First of all - a LOT of vintage Barbie, Midge, Ken and other dolls:
It was a couple of weeks before Christmas, and honestly I didn't even look at any of the price tags because I had no money to spend on vintage dolls or clothing for myself!
 I can't usually afford to buy vintage Barbies anyway - you can see some of the prices, here. They're just nearly always too "spendy" for my thrift shop budget!
But the displays! The rooms were large and all set up behind Plexiglass or something.
 I don't know whether this was something that had previously been in a collector's home, but I'm just assuming so.
I mean - they were fabulous!
Check out the kitchen:
All of the women and children are busy in the kitchen - so cute!
Oh, is that hubby sitting in an easy chair in the other room?
Gee - does that seem familiar to anyone?
What a delightful Christmas scene, though - preparing to have dinner in the dining room:
And I had to take a picture of this set-up, as well - with the sort of "mod" look furniture, and such.
I was extremely impressed with this vendor's doll display, as I'm sure you can tell by my post!
Sorry I did not get great photos of it all, but there was not a lot of light, and I was using my phone, and had the reflections to deal with, etc. I did my best!
I hope I have more time next time I go, and if I have any money I can afford to spend, I will take another look at those price tags!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

New Years Greetings from Tina and Jac

Good morning! Tina here. I hope everyone had a great Christmas!

I am going to share my present to myself which I just purchased from ebay. The seller purchased it at a garage sale, and lucky for me listed it just after Christmas as a buy-it-now. I could not resist.

This is a self portrait watercolor by Jac Turner, one of my very favorite local artists, who has been gone now for over twelve years. This was painted in April 1991, not long before I met him. Longtime readers of the blog might remember my post in August 2014 about Jac, and mentions of his art in March 2011 in my post on the Gutenberger house, and the May 2011 post about the M. E. Church in Coloma.

I want to wish all of you a very nice New Years, and I can't think of a better way than to show you than an antique (1909) postcard with my favorite flower, the nasturtium!

 May your wishbone always break in your favor, and may your New Year be bright!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Back To "The Drawing Board" Yet Again

Today, I have a few more examples of the colorful and delightful vintage stationery items that were produced by Drawing Board Greeting Cards, Inc. back in the 1970's and 1980's. I have written about them more than once because I am so "drawn" to the wonderful artwork they featured.
We'll start with this adorable Santa card, below - seeing as how it's almost Christmas, and all!
How cute is he?
Next, some adorable note cards with polka-dotted mushrooms, flowers, and a ladybug.
It doesn't get much better than these:
 I LOVE them.
The frog below is a gift box - and I love him, too!
 And this owl, below!
Begging you to "Do-O-oo Come!" to a party.
Don't even get me started on how great-looking I think HE is!
Hey, if you're going to send me an invitation as fabulous-looking as this, and invite me to a party - I'm coming!
Bet on it.
 More invitations to an "Open House" feature a sweet little home, sweet home, complete with a kitty cat in the window:
And one more that's pretty darned cute, too - A little birdie (or two) told me that you are invited to "Join The Party!"
That's it for today, because, well .... you know how everybody asks you if you're "ready for Christmas", like if you're out shopping and running errands and stuff?
Well, I'm not!
Gotta get busy, because I still have a lot to do!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Merry Christmas from the Gold Country!

Good morning, Tina here.

This is a very short post.

I just want to wish all our readers a very merry Christmas.

May you all enjoy your holiday and share your love with family and friends.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

What's Penny Wearing? #146 - A Christmas Ensemble

 Today, Penny wanted to show you the pretty sweater and skirt I found that would be just perfect for Christmas.
A crocheted cotton sweater in a pretty green:
And the skirt is red cotton denim, brand new with tag:
My tree brooch is missing a rhinestone or two, but it still sparkles, and I added a lone tree earring to be it's little "mini me".

I thought they'd all look pretty together for Christmas!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas Finds, Much To My Delight!

It's so much fun to discover vintage treasures, and I have gotten lucky lately, and have managed to find some wonderful Christmas items.
Angels are one of my favorite collections, and the ones in these two first photos on my post made me very happy!
This little candle-hugger is from Fitz And Floyd, and so is the candle holder holding the candle she's hugging!
I could NOT believe my eyes when I spied this lovely trio, below!
(Because I am OBSESSED with these colorful painted angels. Whenever I find any to add to my collection, I believe my heart skips a beat.)
I also found this cutie-pie snowman bell, and the little angel alongside him:
A vintage red reindeer Dream Pet, his little red-flocked reindeer friend, and a dear little elf:
Let's all dance and sing while Santa plays the accordion!
Found him at the Vets Thrift - he's a music box:
I added vintage bottle brush trees to the lamp posts after buying this adorable pair at the flea market:
And here's another pretty angel!
Santa and some reindeer, along with vintage wrapping paper as a background:
And a papier mache box in red and green, which doesn't necessarily have to be just for Christmas, of course:
I think I paid fifty-cents for a plastic bag containing all of these special angel ornaments......
   ....  along with these birds:
(I couldn't add that bag to my basket quickly enough!)
Four more Santa mugs are always welcome in this house, especially with smiles as sweet as these:
Colorful vintage tags:
I think that's it for today, only because I need to get this post up, and work on other things!