Monday, January 31, 2011

What Are Little Boys Made Of?

From a popular nursery rhyme dating from the early nineteenth century:

What are little boys made of?
What are little boys made of?
Snips and snails
And puppy-dogs' tails
That's what little boys are made of.

Our Scavenger Hunt at eCrater Stores Network this week is to look for items with the theme:  Birthday

Two of my grandsons are seven and six.  What one doesn't think of, the other one does and they fit that nursery rhyme to a tee.  Mischievous and full of energy, I wouldn't change them for the world.  I also have another grandson that just turned two and a great-grandson who will be two in a few weeks.  So, I'm sure that we will be surrounded by "puppy-dogs' tails" for several years to come.  Oh, it is so nice to be the grandmother!  Here are some items I found from our eCrater store owners for my younger grandsons. 

Naturally, a cake for a special grandson using the Wilton Godzilla Dinosaur cake pan from Eccentric Thrifter.  Use green or brown icing and gumdrops or other candies for the mouth and eyes.  Green-color coconut for grass around the feet of the dinosour.

This cute little Disney Pluto Dog barks, wags his tail and growls.  You'll find him at Hazel's Hodgepodge.  Perfect gift for that little grandson of yours and sure to put an angelic smile on his face and a mischievous sparkle in his eye.

And, if your little boy is into cars and trucks, take a look at this vinyl wall lettering decor for his room for Boys Only from Walls That Talk.  Perfect for the play area of his room to let him know just how special little boys are.

Hope this has given you some ideas for celebrating birthdays for that special boy in your life.  Enjoy those "puppy-dogs' tails" years - they grow up so fast!        

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Shaggin' At The Beach

The Scavenger Hunt at ESN this week is finding "water" items for sale by our eCrater sellers.  I am letting you know that at this minute I am listening to The Drifters on YouTube - Stand By Me, Under The Boardwalk and my favorite, Save The Last Dance For Me.  Beach music at its best.  Anyone mentions water and The Beach is my first thought.  If there is one thing that I would like to do before I hit the bucket, it is to learn how to shag.  Now, granted, I have two left feet, but maybe if I just close my eyes and go with the music, I could learn.  The Southeast is famous for "Beach Music" and the shag was The dance.  Someday I am going to learn how to shag!  I know, I probably should fast-track that "to do."  

In the meantime, I found this beautiful Shell and Fancy Jasper necklace from Jewelry Designs by JSJ to wear - must have a nice necklace that will swing when I dance.  Isn't it just too cool and beachy?      

Then I found these Lilly Pulitzer capri pants from Gigi's Consignment Closet that are very beachy and will match my necklace.  The carefree beachy look!  A nice white shell would look great with them.  Love the big flowers!

Then, I thought, maybe I should practice behind closed doors before I shag in front of real live people.  Bargain Express had just the album, (vinyl, too), with Connie Frances - great voice and the darling of Dick Clark.  Remember the old American Bandstand?  Shaggin at the beach is what I want to do!   

I love the beach - the warmth of the sun, the feel of the sand on your feet, the sound of the ocean, the rhythm of beach music and the contentment felt in your heart.

Make sure you check out the eCrater Stores Network and find some great items yourself and meet all the wonderful eCrater sellers.  But, don't forget to save the last dance for me at carolinabluelady.    

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Oh, Silver Christmas Tree!

Just removed my Christmas tree from the house and it is now down at the curb.  Surely, they will still pick it up.  I know, it is January 22nd.  There was still some water in the stand and you know, it wasn't as heavy as when we brought it into the house.  I just follow the saying "Don't do today, what you can put off until tomorrow."  Oh, that's not how it goes?  Sorry, too late to change now!
I'm not sure why or exactly when I started thinking about my Grandmother's silver Christmas tree, but I have been obsessing about the tree for sometime now.  Is it still in the house somewhere?  When was the last time she used it?  In Indianapolis?  In Marion?  In Greentown?  Just can't remember and my sister doesn't remember either.  (By the way, she was of no help in trying to talk me out of getting a silver tree).  We haven't gotten through everything at the house, but is it even there?  Now, my grandmother would have gotten rid of something she no longer wanted.  Just don't know.  Hmmm!  Maybe I need to start looking for one.  It would just be so cool.  Oh, I would still have to have a real Christmas tree.  Maybe I could set the silver tree up in my pretty lavender guest room - that room faces the street and wouldn't that be so pretty and festive.  Ok, searched for one in eCrater - no vintage silver aluminum trees.  Well, let's just check eBay and see how much they run.  Oh, quite a few and wouldn't you know it - lots of people are searching for vintage silver aluminum Christmas trees.  OK, we'll just put a few on my watch list and see how it goes.  I'll need one of those rotating color lights, too.
In the meantime, I will look through old family pictures to see if I can find any pictures of the silver Christmas tree.  Wow!  Found some pics.  Christmas at my Grandmother's with the silver Christmas tree.  This was when we lived on 34th Street in Indianapolis, In.  This must have been when I was around 15 so in the early 1960s.  My grandmother's sister, Goldie and her husband and daughter had come up from Florida to spend Christmas with us.   
My Grandmother would also decorate the fireplace, stringing lights and hanging net stockings filled with fruit and nuts.  By the way, that furniture is still in the house that we are going through.  This second picture is of my brother, sister, mother and I (sitting in the rocking chair). 
The last picture is my Aunt Goldie (my grandmother's sister), Uncle Earl, Uncle Acel (my mother's brother), my grandmother, sister, mother and me.  Isn't it weird that we use to dress up to open gifts?  I love looking at old pictures and remembering my wonderful memories. 
But, I really need to get back to cleaning up my living room and rearranging the furniture back to pre-Christmas.  Tomorrow is football!  So, I really need to get it done.  Can't put it off until tomorrow ......... or can I?

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Cuddle Bear Makes It Feel Better

Our theme for the Scavenger Hunt at ESN this week is Children.  The holidays are over and the January cold and gray skies have gripped our souls.  This is the time of year that kids start coming down with the sniffles and feel the need to be cuddled.  What better childhood toy than the cuddle bear to make everything feel better.  Looking through the ESN photos, it didn't take long to find some wonderful bears to make things all warm and fuzzy.  Just look at this cute TY stuffed bear with a plump tummy.  It's a beanie baby  - Romance the Bear from This n That from Linda426.  I'm sure he would make you feel better snuggling up to you.   

Then I found this wonderful bear pan from the Eccentric Thrifter.  It is the Wilton Animal Crackers Pan Bear Face.  You could use it to make a jello mold and wouldn't that make you feel better.  I'm sure you could come up with a lot of fun and soothing comfort food ideas with this pan. 

Look at this adorable Teddy Bear Gift Box Kit you could make and use as a container for some paper and crayons for you sick little guy.  I found this at the Lil' Bit of This 'n That eCrater store.  She has a lot of neat crafty stuff.  Perhaps you could even find something for your child to make while she is under the weather.
Don't forget to check out other eCrater photos on eCrater Stores Network.  I'm sure you can find something that would help make it feel all better!  Stay well, but if you come down with the sniffles, cuddle up with a friendly bear!   

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Found "Bird In Hand" Worth "Two In The Bush"

I'm sure you have all seen the Geico commercial where the man asks the question "is a bird in hand worth two in the bush?"  Then off to an Antiques Roadshow spoof where this woman brings in a "bird in a hand" figurine and the appraiser marvels at the perfect fingers and mint-condition bird and delivers the surprising response that it is worth "two in the bush."  The response of the owner of the "bird in hand" is priceless when she simple says "really?" in a pleasantly surprised reaction.  I think it is one of the funnier Geico commercials. 

This past weekend, I was going through one of the boxes of Avon "pretties" in order to do some listings on my CAROLINABLUELADY Vintage Collectibles eCrater store.  I've lost count of how many boxes I have brought back of vintage Avon.  With everything still in their boxes and all the saved Avon brochures, it's not too hard researching the items, just a lot of time going through those pamphlets.  OK, so I'm pulling things out - several more boxes of jewelry, pretty decanters of cologne and a couple of pieces of that beautiful ruby-red Cape Code dinnerware. 
About halfway through the box, I pulled out this pretty box and what does it say - Bird-In-Hand.  LOL - oh, how funny!  Opened the box up and there was a milk-glass hand (nice fingers) with a flower design at the bottom of the hand.  The box also contained 3 teal blue bird guest soaps in very nice condition.  This would look really nice in a guest bathroom.  So, what is it worth?  Well with the beautiful milk glass hand in perfect condition and nicely carved soaps, looks to me like it's worth at least "two in the bush."  Unfortunately, I have to put in a dollar amount.  So, if you want a really pretty soap dish with soaps for your bathroom that will surely spark some funny comments from your guests, you might check the vintage Avon Bird-In-Hand Soap Dish with Fragrant Bird Soaps out at my eCrater store.  The price is well below the value of "Two In The Bush"        

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

What, Christmas Is Over?

It seems as soon as Christmas is over, people take down all the pretty decorations and by New Year's, the Christmas tree, now stripped of all the glorious decorations, is discarded at the curb waiting to be taken away.  Everything is packed away (and next year you will know what box the lights are in) and carried to the attic.  The room that you had your tree in seems much larger now - hmmm, maybe I do have room for that other curio cabinet I need. 

Well, not me!  My decorations are still up, even the dining table is still pretty with the Christmas napkins and candle centerpiece.  And my Christmas tree is still beautiful.  Every evening I can sit in my rocking chair and look at the pretty lights on the tree and smell the scent of burning candles.  The glow of the candles along with the Christmas tree lights are just so warm and soft - no other lights are needed.  Most of the time it is at least a week or two after New Year's before I must pack my Christmas glow away and haul my tree out to be taken to mulch heaven.

So, while I am here relaxing and enjoying the Christmas warmth, the first scavenger hunt at ESN for 2011 has been announced.  You know, where is the "stop and smell the roses" mentality around here?  OK, find three items in warm colors.  Well, that doesn't sound too hard.  Let's go ahead and get this blog done so I can get back to my rocking chair. 

Yellow - that's what I'm going to look for!  Yellow like the sun - love the sun - warm, beach, ocean, blue skies, sand, shells.  Oh, summer and the beach.  Yes, we will look for yellow items.  Well, look what I found.  Such a wonderful yellow cat planter at Katzzs-Kloset.  It is too cute and isn't it almost time to go to the garden center?  Ok, after I put my Christmas decorations away. 

Let's head over to the Eccentric Thrifter.  Warm means Hawaii and her hubster tends to favor those Hawaiian shirts and there are plenty to choose from in her store.  Whoo, I think this is one of the prettiest Hawaiian shirts I've ever seen.  No, I know it's not yellow, but I really like this one.  Very nice!

Have I told you all that I'm now into "pretty" dinner table settings?  It started with pretty napkin holders, the Christmas ones, I found in Pigeon Forge last Fall.  Well, Pier I has some really pretty ones, too.  (Isn't everything at Pier I pretty?).  So as I was passing by Bargain Express, I happened upon these pretty Baroque Bleu berry bowls.  There are 2 of them.  Sometimes, my mother would buy 2 place settings of a pattern she liked and called them "honeymoon sets".  I'm not sure if she just made that term up or not.  But, I thought it was a cute term.  Yeah, they are not yellow, but they are so pretty and you could really set a pretty table with them.

Well, that's my three warm items or at least they make me feel warm.  I know it was sort of a random scavenger hunt, but ............ Hold on .............. what is this?  Oh, my!  Johnny Depp!  Oh, he is just too cute - very nice to look at!  What is this?  a book?  movie?  Let me see.  What it is and who is selling this?  It's a book cover from Comycgyrl.  Oh, wow!  I could just cover any book that I was reading and keep it by my rocking chair.  Wouldn't even have to be reading the book.  Yep, sitting in my rocking chair looking at the pretty Christmas tree lights with the scented candles glowing and Johnny Depp at my side.  Oh, yeah!  I've got my warm things! 

Have a nice evening and don't forget to check out ESN!  Just click on the Photos - no telling what warm items you might find!