31 March 2009

Whoot! Blue & Gold Vintage Rules!

It was blizzarding all day yesterday and is still going strong this morning with well over a foot of new snow. Just when we were actually beginning to see a little green grass around. Oh well...spring will eventually come. I think it's on the calendar??? So much for global warming in this area!

A huge thank you goes out to Lori at Fabricated Family for including our Deco necklace in her Blue & Gold vintage treasury! A beautiful treasury with uniform color. So if the spirit moves, head on over and post a comment. Big question for you techie do you get a thumbnail of a treasury on your blog?
Now I need to add a huge thank you for those that have already posted how to get the treasury downloaded. Here it is and many, many thanks!!!

And another whoot goes out to Altered Vintage for selling the gorgeous picture frame from a viewer of yesterday's post. Good things are on the horizon!

30 March 2009

Monday's Picks..a Little Frame

I am such a fan of very old picture frames. Most of the photos in our 1900's house are all black and white which even include all the pictures of the kids while we were on vacation. One of the best parts of having a fashion photographer for a husband are candid photos. As the house is old, every room has a dressing table that we put little curios and these gorgeous frames would be right in with the era. Even a nightstand would do for these beauties!

27 March 2009

ARGH...They Got Me!!

That's me fooling. Those nasty little people out there who think it is so funny to spread a virus through computer programs got me. I am pretty savvy when it comes to computers, viruses and the codes etc. but this one took over with such a vengeance that I could not load one program nor shut the darn thing off. I pride myself...I'm reminded of the ancient wisdom, "Pride goes before the fall"... in not having a virus in all the years I have used a computer. A brand new on one me! My right hand is now in the shop for the real techie gurus to figure out how to get me back up and running. One has to wonder...what did we do without this tool not that many years ago? How many of us can go without turning on the computer in the day without feeling some pang of withdrawal?

The sun is out and it's Friday...I am vowing to have a terrific weekend in spite of the little nasty people! Here's hoping your weekend has at least one sight that makes you stop and look with wonder!

25 March 2009

Goth Glam

For ages now, I have been enamored with Victorian mourning jewelry and finally found a piece I have always coveted...this gutta percha long locket necklace. I know it was produced around 1850-1860 and during the era, used to hold photos commemorating the loss of a loved one. Now that may seem a bit avant garde to some being it has to do with death, but it is such a cool chunky big piece that works with today's styles. Gutta-percha comes from a rubber tree indigenous to Malaysia and used in mourning jewelry because it was dark and could be easily carved into shapes. Now how ingenious were those Victorians? The product is used today in dentistry of all things!

To all of you who sent good thoughts our way yesterday with the flooding...we were blessed (if you can call it a blessing!) with temps in the teens last night along with 2-3" of fresh snow which seems to have slowed Mother Nature down a degree or two. Now we'll wait for the warm temps to roll into full gear again. The wonderful part about living in ND are the pragmatic people that take a challenge and just get on with it!

24 March 2009

All Washed Up..

Anybody listening to the weather news for the past few days knows that our little neck of the woods is in deep trouble with flooding. Rivers, streams and sloughs are already out of their banks in some areas.

The National Guard as well as college students are filling sandbags to help stop the onslaught of water. We just got word that our little hamlet has lost all of its lift stations which means all sewers will be backed up into the basements. UGH!! All this and snow is predicted for today and tomorrow. Mother Nature sure does have a sense of humor!!

All the doom and gloom aside, I have been honored by Couture de Papier with this wonderful blog award. Totally humbled...thank you for allowing me to be in such artful and creative company. Her blog is beautiful, full of eye candy and well written...I encourage all to take a look. And now I must pass this on to some of you wonderful people out there that I enjoy...a hard pick since there are so many but here goes and trust no particular order ;D
  1. Memories For Life Scrapbooks
  2. Some Like It Vintage
  3. The Blue Ridge Gal
  4. Just Jules
  5. Cottage Garden Studio
  6. Nod to Mod Vintage
  7. Droll Girl
All great reads and I know you will enjoy them. So bloggers out there...get clickin!!

23 March 2009

Monday's Picks...Steampunk

I'll admit, I have been sitting in the back row when it comes to steampunk jewelry. Not a term I was familiar with and a little out of my realm when selling antique jewelry. But is it really that far off from what the Victorians did back in the 1800s? They reused elements from jewelry that were broken and incorporated them into fine jewelry pieces. So the definition of steampunk fashion is modern styles filtered through the Victorian era. No wonder these caught my eye! Who out there is the Jules Verne??

20 March 2009

Five Birds and Good Intentions

Here's a Friday thought... My daughter, who is moving this weekend to her very own place, forwarded this email to me and I thought I would share it with you.

Five birds are sitting on a telephone wire. Two decide to fly South. How many are left? Most people would say three. Actually, all five are left. You see, deciding to fly isn’t the same as actually doing it.

If a bird really wants to go somewhere, it’s got to point itself in the right direction, jump off the wire, flap its wings, and keep flapping until it gets where it wants to go.

So it is with most things. Good intentions are not enough. It’s not what we want, say, or think that makes things happen; it’s what we do.

I frequently think of writing thank-you, birthday, and congratulatory notes. Unfortunately, only a sad few of these good sentiments ever make it to paper. Still, if I don’t look too closely, I can delude myself into thinking that based on my good thoughts I’m a gracious and grateful person. A truer and less admirable picture of my character is drawn by my actions.

In the end, we either do or don’t do. We either make the time to do the things we want to and should do, or we make excuses. As Alfred Adler said, “Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement.”

What do you want to do? Do you want to take a course, change your job, lose weight, make new friends, or spend more time with and appreciate more the ones you have?

What’s stopping you from jumping off the wire and flapping your wings?

Have a terrific weekend!

19 March 2009

I Need Your Help, Please...

Calling all you out there that may know someone or have something similar lurking around in your thrift store jewelry finds!!!

I sold this lovey Edwardian Czech necklace last week and the lady has a wee bit larger neck than the necklace measures. Not surprising as the women back then were super tiny with wrists measuring 6" at best and neck circumference of 12-13"! Hmmm...must be all the corn we're eating now! All that aside, I am looking for an open link that is similar to the one in this piece. Or even a flat ribbed chain..not very long. I'd settle for just about anything that might work! For the life of me, I have searched high and lo and it finally dawned on me to throw it out there in the blogosphere and see if anyone might be able to help. Just leave a comment or send an email along. I will be totally at your mercy!

Thanks all and get ready...Spring is finally here!

18 March 2009

When I Grow Up...

"It's difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It's a wonder I haven't abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart."
Anne Frank

Random question to husband:
Me: What did you want to be when you grew up?

DH: I wanted to be good.

Me: Wait a minute...didn't you want to be a fireman, police officer or cowboy?

DH: Nope...I grew up with the old movies and the good guys always won over the bad guys. So Good always won over evil and the heroes were happier.

What did you want to be?

17 March 2009

Awww Moment...Pink Not Green

This Dachshund is fostering this little guy and when put together, he had his eyes closed. She is the greatest mom nursing him back to health. Isn't he just the cutest Pigg-uppy you've ever seen?

And they say we all can't get along. His name? Pink of course! He's one lucky guy.

And speaking of luck, for those celebrating the infamous St. Patrick's Day...Enjoy!

16 March 2009

Monday's Picks

I guess pick could be a play on words. I have always loved antique combs...the more elaborate, the better. They are great to have out on a dressing table just for decoration. I have long hair but not enough to keep one of these in place.

Mantilla jeweled comb from Studio Steffi

Poinsettia jeweled comb from Past Perfect Vintage

Ever wonder watching those old movies or looking at photos pre 1920's how they got their hair to be so poofy with actual rolls on the side of their head? Back in the day, the Victorians would save their knotted hair from brushes, combs etc and put them into a hair receiver. Then to achieve the perfect hairdo, they would use nests of this saved hair as fillers to make the rolls. Must have been a tough comb out when they were done!

Blue Rhinestone comb from Red Stripe Vintage

Victorian Green Rhinestone Combs from Back Thennish Vintage

For now, I think I'll stick to using them as a dresser ornament!

13 March 2009

What's an Honest Person To Do?

Dear IRS,

I am sorry to inform you that I will not be able to pay taxes owed April 15, but all is not lost.

I have paid these taxes: accounts receivable tax, building permit tax, CDL tax, cigarette tax, corporate income tax, dog licence tax, federal income tax, unemployment tax, gasoline tax, hunting licence tax, fishing licence tax, waterfowl stamp tax, inheritance tax, inventory tax, liquor tax, luxury tax, medicare tax, city, school and county property tax (up 33 percent last 4 years), real estate tax, social security tax, road usage tax, toll road tax, state and city sales tax, recreational vehicle tax, state franchise tax, state unemployment tax, telephone federal excise tax, telephone federal state and local surcharge tax, telephone minimum usage surcharge tax, telephone state and local tax, utility tax, vehicle licence registration tax, capitol gains tax, lease severance tax, oil and gas assessment tax, Colorado property tax, Texas, Colorado, Wyoming, Oklahoma and New Mexico sales tax, and many more that I can’t recall but I have run out of space and money.

When you do not receive my check April 15, just know that it is an honest mistake. please treat me the same way you treated Congressmen Charles Rangel, Chris Dodd, Barney Frank and ex-Congressman Tom Daschle and, of course, your boss Timothy Geithner. No penalties and no interest.

P.S. I will make at least a partial payment as soon as I get my stimulus check.

Ed Barnett
Wichita Falls

Actual ‘Letter to the Editor’ from the February 5th edition of the Wichita Falls , Texas Times Record News…

Don't you just wish???

12 March 2009

Boho Beauties

I haven't posted about our shop on Etsy for a couple of days. Since spring is around the corner, I'm always thinking of bright colorful jewels. I love the Victorian jewelry just because it is classic and timeless. But there is nothing like the old Deco 1920s Czechoslovakian jewelry when it comes to fresh, colorful glass.

Many of the designers showed glass pieces for their Spring collection but none can compare to the old glass that has been around for decades. The best part? A fraction of the cost, sometimes one of a kind and vintage....all rolled into one. So "Czech" 'em out!

11 March 2009

Wednesday Wisdom

"Ever tried, ever failed, no matter.
Try again.
Fail again.
Fail better."
Samuel Beckett

Like Christopher Columbus...think outside the box.

10 March 2009

Ring in the Weekend

A giveaway? Still time to enter to win this jeweled ring. Check it out here! Drawing on this Friday...which just happens to be yet another 13th of 2009 for the superstitious believer.

Blogland Muse

There seems to be several blogs that I tune into every day for various reasons. Would I call them my muse? Not sure, but they all have a read that I try to garner something to broaden my horizon. Take for instance this blog...A Pinch of This and a Dash of That by SweetPeaSurry. The humor and wit is one you just can't beat...great way to start your day with a laugh reading the stories..includes some great recipes for the cooks in the crowd, too. Today's happens to be quite enlightening with a 4th grader and a cat. I had no idea that cats had a stutter!

There are several others I read for political satire, for decorating ideas (only because they look great..not because I can achieve the look), seeing what's happening in Etsyland, photography, art and fashion.


I've often you have a muse that makes the lighbulb go off?

09 March 2009

Top of the Mornin'...Monday's Picks

I'm crazy about hats...straw to be specific. I've lived in some very hot climates and needed it just to protect my face from the sun. But I still use them in the summer (I'm thinking and wishing warm here ;D). I couldn't believe the wonderful vintage straw hats available on Etsy so I'll share a few with you.

Edwardian Safari Pith Hat from Back Thennish Vintage

1920's Ribbon Straw Hat from Design Archives

Panama Straw Hat from Florida Garden Gal

Straw Boater from Anti-Nu

Do you wear hats? What's your style?

07 March 2009

I'm Stoked...

Queens of Vintage, daily global glossy for vintage lovers out of the UK, did an article on vintage lockets and I was stoked to see that my Victorian forget-me-not locket made their top five picks. How cool is that? For you fashion lovers, they have a free vintage dress giveaway of your choice from the UK based online store It's Vintage Darling. My choice? Check it out!!

06 March 2009

Wahoo!! Get Out the Vote!

Buy Handmade

I'm always sitting in the back not paying attention. Little did I know that Etsy was having a contest for St Patrick's Day. You get to choose which item you like the best and it will be featured in the Storque and on their blog. I got an email from katherynmd letting me know her antique silver spoons were in the running. So head on over here and cast a vote...pronto!! Hey...maybe we can have a voice in this "election" instead of the 546 idiots in Washington controlling 300 million people. I digress...that's for another post!

Cherry Lipped Roses who has a partner store named hearts a-bustin has included my Victorian bangle bracelet in her Adam & Eve treasury. Many thanks all around...check it out!


05 March 2009

Bald Eagle Sighting

They're back!! On the way to the barn this morning to do chores, we saw our first bald eagle sighting of the season...right in front of us. And wouldn't you know...I didn't have the camera...argh!

We are in a fly zone and every spring they start to appear. For me, it is a sure sign that spring is really going to come (we all know it does but the question is always when?). These majestic birds find their way to the barest dead tree and perch for hours watching the world...and every little creature...scurry by. We have watched a small grove of trees that had 27 at one time! Watching them swoop down in front of the truck to catch something to eat is breathtaking...a size you just can't fathom from a distance.

So on a brighter note...Spring is really here!

A heartfelt thanks to all who shared their camera best...still on the hunt but it sure looks like a Canon is the favorite! if I only had it this morning!?!?!

04 March 2009

Bummed...Any Suggestions?

I'm listening for any suggestions here. While shooting my jewelry yesterday, my camera went poof! Totally frustrating. I use a Nikon D50 and have had it for years...always have been a Nikon fan. Fortunately, when I got the camera, the salesman talked me into a service plan...which I never take. He was pretty adamant that I purchase it and I am certainly glad I did. I have had to send this in 4 times...this being the fifth time...for various reasons. It always takes a month to get back so I have another one that is my reserve. Just not the same as the original with all the bells and whistles plus the close-up does not work as well on the reserve one. Sooo...the long and short of it is that I am hunting for a new camera. Anybody have any ideas out there that can handle tons of pics, great close-ups and last longer than a year ?

On a lighter note, I found out about a cool giveaway (don't we all like to participate in those!) reading the blog Fluff and Finery by Frippery. Love her masthead...that's me years ago..joking of course. Tristan over at Enchanted Rivalry is having a Tussie Mussie giveaway for reaching 50 blog readers. Check out those cute pixies in his masthead! Cute and fun...just what I am up for today!

03 March 2009

Tribal Dance

My neice came over the other day thrilled to death to have been asked to their high school prom. Remember those giddy days? Just like they say in the movie What Women Want, it's all about the dress. I'm a bit old fashioned about prom dresses so I asked what her friends were wearing. The answer...animal prints and wild ethnic gowns. Hmm...not like our proms..but then again...I'm old fashioned. But maybe not that old fashioned. I listed a coral glass ethnic bracelet and necklace just because I was drawn to the style...a bit more funky than what I usually offer.

I listed this vintage ethnic fringe necklace last week and it lasted two days. Maybe my niece isn't so far off the mark or could it be that the current rage for tribal-art jewelry we see on the runway this season is seeping into my sub-conscience? No long as it's vintage, it's good for me!