Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Thrifted Treasures From This Weekend!

Here are the rest of the goodies from various yard sales this past weekend. I didn't have much time to shop, but managed to cram a few sales in on Saturday :) In the first pic, I found a set of old canisters that will be perfect in our kitchen. They are in need of a good cleaning, the lids are a bit hard to get off, but will have the hubby go to work on them. The set was $3.00.

I found a bunch of pieces of vintage satiny gold pleated fabric edging. I have no idea what I will do with them yet, but brought them home anyway. They were 25 cents for the bag. Below is a tattered old quilted potholder - I love the sweet fabrics they used to make it! 10 cents for the potholder.

I love this old shelf edging stuff, this is an old roll of Con-Tact Pleated Trim, in an aqua speckled design, originally priced at 7 feet for 49 cents. I got the roll for 25 cents.

I was "tickled pink" to find this large mixing bowl, it is gorgeous and I love the pastel colors used on it. It has a raised design of flowers and leaves on the pink background. It is in need of a deep cleaning, it has grungy junk stuck in the little ridges of the bowl rim. (Another cleaning job for the hubby...hee hee :) The bowl was $1.50.

This was so cool to find!!! A vintage 45 record holder, it is called a "45 Junior", the enamel paint on it is in great condition. I am not going to use it to hold records, but maybe a letter holder or something like that. This treasure was only $1.00!

One of the many things I love to collect is old advertising and packages, I couldn't believe when I found these at the first yard sale. A package of "Pulvex Dog Flea Soap", and a tiny box called "Save On Stockings", you are supposed to rub it on hosiery to prevent holes. Neither of these products have ever been opened! 10 cents for each of them.


Friday, April 20, 2007

Today's Thrift & Yard Sale Scores!

Hello everyone, hope you are all getting ready to have a great weekend! Sorry I have been "scarce" this week - we have begun our official "house hunting" phase this week, and took 2 lengthy road trips to search for a new home. We visited many nice little towns and are narrowing down the choices....actually the hubby and I pretty much have our heart set on one town, but will still continue to do some more searching just to be sure. We are taking another drive Sunday to start viewing some homes in the area we liked - please keep your fingers crossed & wish us luck! I forgot how tiring constant driving for a long distance can be, I swear I felt like I was driving for hours after we left the car. When I collapsed in bed, I closed my eyes and still felt I was in the car on the road...LOL

Well of course I had to find time to do a little yard sale-ing today, the weather was so nice out! Caught a few neighborhood yard/garage sales, and here are my
vintage treasures. First pic are the kitty cats - one is a little figurine with his paw up in the air, the orange one is a salt and pepper (my hubby is regluing its mate), the last one is a "gum holder". He is so cute, but ohmygosh - do people really re-chew gum????? Ewwwwwwww These kitties were all 10 cents each!

I could not pass up this adorable book, "The Three Little Kittens" the cover picture is soooooo sweet! It was 10 cents also.

Here is a darling little group of "green" critters! One vintage frog is smoking a pipe, the other is playing what I guess is a violin, there is a wee little turtle on his back figurine, and a tiny green glass rooster miniature. The frogs were 50 cents each, and the turtle and rooster were 10 cents each.

Is this little fella not the cutest thing? It is an itty-bitty little ceramic bird pitcher, not more than 1 1/2 inches tall! Maybe I will use him to hold toothpicks or something tiny. 25 cents for this little birdie!

I love the old chalkware stuff, this one is a little red bird, he needs a little touch up painting, and of course I could not wait to bring him home to the "flock" :) He was 50 cents.

I could not resist this salt and pepper set! A pair of "Florida Love Birds" made of hard plastic, sitting beak to beak on a green plastic branch. Awwwwwww :)

I don't think this tin is very old, but it sure was cute! (cuteness plays a big role in my purchases, in case you had not noticed :) It is a bird cage, and on each side are 4 different views of different birds. A mere 10 cents for all this feathery fun!

I have a few yard sales on my list for tomorrow, so hopefully will find some more vintage goodies. Will see you then! Have a great weekend!


Monday, April 16, 2007

More Goodies from Estate Sale

Hi everyone, I wanted to post these pix sooner, but I got wayyyy too busy over the last few days. They have been waiting patiently in the computer for you to see :) Here are the rest of the great items I got from the Estate Sale, I sure wish there were more sales like that - I lucked out and happened upon it when it just started, for some reason their ad did not get in the paper in time. Lucky for me, or it all would have probably been gone in a jiffy.

First pic shows a really cool plastic container that holds little pink, blue and white cotton puffs. The container has nifty gold glitter in the plastic, so 50's!!! It still has it's little tag and the puffs are in mint condition, not that I will use it, just too neat to look at!

Oh I wish, I wish, I could have found the rest of the set that should have gone with this brush, but this was the only piece that was there. Isn't is beautiful with those delicate little roses on it? It would make you feel like a princess with a vanity set like that, wouldn't it?

Next I have for your viewing pleasure 2 of the sweetest vintage little girl's headbands ever, they are adorned with vintage fabric flowers and netting in pastel colors. They are in super condition too. Underneath them is the cotton ball holder that I showed you above.

And lastly, a really sweet metal tissue box holder - it is an off white with roses and flowers painted on it. Here again, I wish I could have found some matching pieces of this set, but none were to be found.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend, the weather is starting to warm up here again!


Update on My Questions

Thanks so much to everyone who responded and offered suggestions to the questions I asked about Blogger earlier. Not even 2 hours after I posted that message, Blogger refused to let me sign in under the old system (which is exactly what "Mama and Jack" wrote that happened to her) Blogger must have known I did not want to switch over and just had to torment me... :) Well, I had no choice BUT to switch over, which I very nervously did. Good news, everything went fine, and it did accept my template since I had it in the system already. (When I had opened up a "test" site under a different Blogger account, it would not accept my template on a new account.) So after all, I was worried for nothing. I will get around to re-doing it on the new system, because I like the option to label your posts by category. I have temporarily implemented an option to that, by making a list of categorized posts through del.icio.us (it is in my right sidebar)

As for the e-mail reply question, everyone said that you have to have that option checked in your profile so others can reply to you. So if you want me to reply to you personally, you will have to send me your e-mail if you do not have it publicly listed. I put my e-mail on my front page for anyone who needs it. Thanks again so much for your help!


Thursday, April 12, 2007

Vintage Dolls & Doll Furniture

Here are some more goodies that I got at the Estate Sale this week, the same one where I got the wedding cake toppers! I found 4 little vintage dolls, 3 of them need a little TLC, but I could not pass them up (of course :) The first one's eyes open and close - too sweet!

This little doll says "Mexico" on her sombrero, I love her face.

Here is a little cowgirl doll, she has a bit of a problem standing up....(maybe she's a bit wobbly from getting off her horse :) Her hair could use some much needed attention, along with her hat.

Sorry for the crappy photo of this doll, she still has her little tag attached to her!

And then, much to my delight, I found some very old plastic doll furniture!!! The stove and fridge are old Ideal furniture, with the cardboard backs on them.

The dresser is Ideal, and the tub is Renwal I think - I know one of them is Renwal but I don't have it sitting in front of me.

And the best part, it was only $5 for the lot!!!!!!! All of it!!!! :)


I Have 2 Questions.....

Good morning everyone,

I have 2 questions that hopefully some nice people in Blogland can help me with. They are:

1. I would like to switch over to the new Blogger, because I like the fact that you can label your posts. Has anyone had any problems with switching over??? Guess I am scared of losing everything in case it should go awry. I set up a test account with new Blogger and it won't accept my template I worked so hard to get the way I wanted it. Does anyone know how long the old Blogger will still be functional, before they phase it out? Comments anyone???

2. I like to reply to comments that folks leave for my posts - but there is rarely ever an email attached to the comment so I can reply to them personally. I don't like to post answers on the original post, because most likely they will not be reading the comments on an old post. How do you deal with this situation??? I feel bad that there is no easy way to do this - is it because of the old Blogger/new Blogger thing?

Thanks for any comments/suggestions you send my way :)


Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Snow, Snow Go Away!

Can you believe this! Here it is, mid-April, and it was snowing like crazy here today......eeeeewwwwwwwwww.....huge, wet snowflakes everywhere....I almost fell on my rear end when I stepped outside this morning, it was so slippery. I hope this does not do any damage to the flowers and buds on the trees that have already started popping up everywhere. Crazy darn weather, go figure....hope it is warm and breezy in your neck of the woods :)


Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Vintage Wedding Cake Toppers

Wow did I luck out today! One of the many (many....many :) things I like to collect are old wedding cake toppers - I guess I am just a hopeless romantic, but these little remembrances of love from the past just warm my heart! I happened upon an Estate Sale that was not advertised, and got a whole box of these toppers for $3!!!! My heart skipped a beat! I have many more of these toppers I have collected over the years, and also have some from my dear friends that gave me ones from their relatives - I promised to give them a good home :) The wedding "couples" are shown in the first picture, there are 3 "spare" grooms in the last pic - any takers? (Wonder if the brides got cold feet....LOL)

Will show more pix from today's Estate Sale luck over the next few days, as I get pix taken. Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday - are you tired of eating eggs yet???? hehehe


Friday, April 06, 2007

Welcome to Virtual Blogger Potluck!!

Hello, and thank you for stopping by - welcome to the heart of the Midwest! As you know, SHABBY IN THE CITY has hosted a Virtual Potluck for all Bloggers, and I hope you will enjoy what I have prepared for you on your way to visiting all the Bloggers who participated in this FUN event!

Yesterday, in anxious preparation for the event, I did my grocery shopping for the recipes I wanted to prepare. I know this is for a potluck, and I asked my husband what his favorite dish was, and he gave me more than one answer!....LOL....oh well, thanks to my hubby, you will be treated with three different dishes! :)) Click on any of the pictures, for a larger view.

The first dish I will prepare is Swedish Meatballs, and I will give you the instructions and recipe in case you would like to prepare this for yourself in the future. For the Meatballs, you will need:

4 beaten eggs

1/2 cup milk or cream (I used 1/2 and 1/2)

7 soft slices of bread, and tear them apart into bread crumbs - I just whirled them in my food processor.

1/2 bunch of parsley, chopped finely

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 large onion, chopped finely

1/4 tsp. allspice

2 1/2 lbs. ground beef (you can substitute 1 lb. pork for 1 lb. of the ground beef if you would like a mix of meats)

Mix all above ingredients well and form into balls. I like to make my meatballs larger, but you can make them any size you like. You can either fry them in margarine or oil, or bake them. I chose to bake mine. They are all ready to bake in the picture below!

I chose to bake mine at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the size you choose for the meatballs.

In the meantime, prepare one package of wide egg noodles according to package instructions. Drain well.

For our Swedish Meatball Sauce, you will need:

2 cans cream of mushroom soup

1 16 oz. carton of sour cream

1/2 stick butter or margarine

1 tsp. beef bouillon granules (can add more to taste if you want)

Dash of freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup milk or cream

Some of the pan drippings from the cooked meatballs

It is not in the recipe, but I chose to add some fresh sliced mushrooms to my sauce. I added 1 whole package of mushrooms because my hubby loves them :) Mix all ingredients well and simmer on low range setting for 20 minutes.

Oooh, the meatballs have browned beautifully!

When the meatballs and sauce are ready, simply place a "bed" of egg noodles on the plate, add your meatballs, and top with a generous amount of sauce....ooooh, it is sooooo good!

Now, on to our next recipe! This was a favorite of my mother's, and now my hubby - it is called Watergate Salad, and it is yummy yummy!

You will need for this recipe:

1 20 oz. can crushed pineapple (do not drain pineapple, use the juice too)

1 package Jell-o Pistachio Pudding

1 1/2 cups Cool Whip whipped topping (or brand of your choice)

1 cup miniature marshmallows

1/2 cup chopped pecans can be added if you desire. (I did not add them today.)

Mix all ingredients in large bowl, then place servings in dessert bowls. Refrigerate for 1 hour. And enjoy!

Finally, after much begging and nagging from my husband, I gave in and also prepared his favorite deviled eggs. I do not have a recipe written down for this, I make it as I go. If anyone is interested in the recipe, I can jot it down next time I make them (and if my hubby had his way, it would be all the time! :) Here they are in the process of preparation:

And voila, they are done!

I am now ready to set the table for all my Blogger friends! The mouth-watering aromas have filled the kitchen!

Come on in, and have a seat - I hope you are hungry! There is plenty for everyone....

And here is a plate for YOU! Enjoy!

A BIG THANKS to Shabby In The City, who so graciously orchestrated this Potluck! I have had a blast preparing this meal, and I hope you have all enjoyed it - stop by again soon, my kitchen is always open :)