Monday, June 27, 2011

Cowboys, Indians and Pony Rides

When did the guy with the pony stop coming around to take a picture of you sitting on the pony?  We would dress up in a cowboy outfit - it was so cool.  He was still coming around in the early 1950s when my brother and I were little.  By the 1960s, I don't think he was coming around anymore.  My sister never got her pictue taken on the pony.  So, what happened that ended one of the most wonderful memory makers for any city kid?

My brother and I are only 13 months apart so we were constant playmates when we were little.  We always combined playing house with cowboys and Indians.  I'm not sure that we knew there were girl's toys and boy's toys.  We wore cowboy hats and had guns and holsters around our waist.  Dolls were our children.  We used big cardboard boxes to make a fort around our "house" which was a card table with a blanket over it that also served as a teepee when we were the Indians.  The rocker with a padded seat was our stagecoach.  The curved wooden oak arms of the rocker were our horses.  The dolls would sit in the stagecoach and my brother and I would sit on our horses.  The harder you rocked; the faster our horses would go.  We used string to tie our horses to a post (the doorknob of the front door).  In the winter time, the floor register was our campfire.  It would get pretty hot when my mother would shovel coal into the furnace.  She wasn't real happy when the clay (our food) melted on the floor register.  Oh, and the time we spilt chocolate milk down the register - she wasn't real happy about that either.

So, when the man came around and asked if we wanted our picture taken on the pony, we got so excited.  Now, we didn't have much money and mother didn't splurge on frivolous things too often, but she ended up saying we could.  And, here we are sitting on our pony.  This was taken in 1953 at our house on State Street.  We were full-fledged cowboys and our pony was the most beautiful and best pony in the world!

Sitting on the pony and playing cowboys and Indians with my brother are some of my most wonderful childhood memories.  I'm so glad that we were children in the early '50s and didn't miss the man with the pony.     

Sunday, June 26, 2011

ESN Scavenger Hunt - Looking for Fire Spitting Dragons

The scavenger hunt at ESN this week is FIRE.  My first thought was dragons breathing fire.  Dragons are known all over the world from the protective, highly respected beautiful dragons of the East - Orient to the monstrous, evil and feared dragons of the West - Europe.  Let's see what dragons we can find on our ESN scavenger hunt...........

Your Whatnot Shop has this wonderful mystery book by Nancy Atherton called Aunt Dimity Slays the Dragon.  I believe this is a dragon of the West. 
At ComycGyrl, I found this Dragon Man with Fire Breathing Action Action Figure.  Dragon Man is a fictional supervillian in the Marvel Comics universe.
At Bargain Express, I found this wonderful dragon Christmas ornament.  It is a Winged Dragon wrapped around a sword with fire.  Looks very pretty and it is glass and ceramic.
Had to go and check out our newest ESN member that joined the ESN Scavenger Hunt BloggersTwilight's Slumber.  She sells all sorts of wonderful mystical and fantasy gifts and collectibles featuring fairies, wizards and dragons.  What a beautiful decorative tile, Fairy Dragon Ceramic Art Tile by Carol Phillips.  This looks like a nice dragon so must be from the East.  This tile is 8" by 10" and would make a great wall hanging.
Please check out these and other ESN sellers for great gifts and collectibles.  And, please check out my eCrater store CAROLINABLUELADY Vintage Collectibles   

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Glass Hens On The Window Sill

Although I brought back 34 boxes of "pretties" that we will be selling, there were a few treasures that we won't be able to part with.  Going through the kitchen cabinets, my sister and I found some wonderful memories - some we had forgotten.  When my grandmother moved into the house in the early '70s, she had the kitchen renovated - this is an older house so it has 10' ceilings.  She had cabinets installed all the way to the ceiling on two walls - so you can imagine all the storage space.  She even had a new modern automatic washer and dryer installed.  The wringer washer was being replaced (actually, it is still in the old garage).   The cabinets still have my grandmother's kitchen gadgets, dishes and pots & pans.  My mother didn't remove anything; just added to it.  My grandmother's glass covered hens are still sitting on the window sill in front of the sink and the kitchen clock is still on the wall - a copper teapot design.  We haven't removed them yet.

You know, it is sort of weird.....the dishes, glasses, pots and pans were the same all through my childhood and even into my adult years.  We didn't change or replace dishes like we do today.  I don't think my kids are going to have as much fun going through my things.  Here are a few things that my sister and I found.  You may find this sort of funny, but we were like kids in a candy store.
Yes, that is an egg poacher.  My grandmother would fix me a poached egg and put it on toast - it was always a special breakfast.  Luckily, we found two of them so my sister took one and I took the other.  See that rolling pin?  Yes, the handle is broken off of one side and that is how I always remembered it.  I can see her rolling out the dough for "poppie" on Sunday morning.  She worked fast, maneuvering the rolling pin around and stretching the dough until it was perfect.  Then the dough would have to "dry" before she cut it up and put it in with the boiling beef or boiling chicken.  Sometimes she would let me drop the squares of dough into the boiling water and I could watch it puff up.  And, then her egg beater with the worn green handle - another prized possession. I just loved watching her cook and bake - she always explained everything and let me help.

We found a few more treasures - the beat-up tin pie pan that she always used to flour meat.  The tin measuring cups with the beat-up rounded bottoms.  We'll wait and divide these items later after we finish going through all the cabinets.  I know there will be some flat tin lids that I will want.

In going through our treasured memories, my brother, sister and I can get a little overwhelmed at times - there is so much to go through.  But then I look at the covered glass hens on the window sill all covered in dust and see the copper teapot clock on the wall that no longer works and a feeling of peace comes over me and brings a smile to my face.  Thank you Mother and Grandma for such wonderful treasures and memories.            

Monday, June 20, 2011

Cows and Seafood

This week's scavenger hunt at ESN is Better Butter!  Thought I'd better hurry up before the other ESN Bloggers get my goodies.  I love butter - none of this fake stuff for me.  I bet one of these days they will find that the real butter is better for you than that other "whose knows what it is" stuff.  At least that is what I am banking on. 

When I think of butter, I think of cows and seafood.  Well, you need cows to make the butter and what better dipping sauce for that shrimp, crab and lobster than that yummy rich golden butter!

Well, I found my cows!  This cute Happy Cow Salt and Pepper Set from Bargain Express is just too hard to pass up.  They look like Guernsey cows and they are particularly known for the rich flavor of their milk   Sounds like good butter making to me. 

Decided I would need an apron - butter and boiling seafood can get a bit messy.  So off to Embroidery Fashions Boutique.  I know she will have a cute apron for me.  And, sure enough, I found this wonderful Pumpkin Pie apron.  I love pumpkin pie.  I know it is for Thanksgiving, but I promise to be really thankful while dipping shrimp, crab and lobster in my melted butter. 

Now to the cookbooks.....  I found  two great cookbooks on seafood. 

The Southern Living The Seafood Cookbook from Eccentric Thrifter looks like it has some great recipes.  Hope you aren't watching your calories, though!  

And how could anyone who loves seafood not grab this cookbook up.  The Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Cookbook.  Actually, I think I already have this one.  But, you can find a copy for yourself at Your WhatNot Shop

Can't really stand here and talk - need to get busy cleanin' the shrimp.  Happy Eating! 

Friday, June 17, 2011

Closing A Store

I have been thinking for some time now about closing my Highwire (BISI) store.  It would just be easier to have 2 vintage collectible stores instead of 3.  One wall of boxes could be Auctiva Commerce and the other wall would be eCrater.  Yeah, I'm running out of wall space.  I really don't do anything with the BISI store, anyhow.  Not sure why I keep getting sales there.
But earlier this week I received a notice that Highwire was going to start charging me $19.95 for my store.  Currently, I pay $9.95 for InkFrog which includes my Highwire store.  I don't think the $19.95 includes the InkFrog either.  Don't use the InkFrog either.  The deadline is 7/1.  So, I have been busy all week transferring the items from Highwire to eCrater and Auctiva Commerce.  Shhhhh - please keep it quiet so I don't lose anything before it all gets transferred.

But just wanted to let you know just in case you click on something to go to my Highwire store and get one of those "ooops" pages.  Actually, I like my "ooops" page for Highwire - wrote it myself!  Wish eCrater and Auctiva Commerce had one that you could customize.  It's amazing how money motivates me!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Sewing Patterns - My Search For Paper

My grandmother was a seamtress and dressmaker.  She had her own business and worked from home.  My earliest memories are of sitting on the sewing machine cabinet leaf and watching her sew.  I was fascinated with the speed of the material moving under the presser foot.  I loved watching her make button holes and whip stitching - her hands, rough from working with the fabrics, moving so fast I could hardly see everything she was doing.  She would give me scraps of material to play with.  She would talk to me. 
She started teaching me how to sew when I was around six or seven.  I started with doll clothes, making pleated skirts, gathered skirts and simple crop tops.  She would even let me use her sewing machine which had a knee press.  She had a card table next to her sewing machine where she did her hand work.  She had a chair for me where I would sit across from her and work on the card table, too.  We would talk as we worked - I loved my grandmother.  
When I grew up and started a family of my own, she gave me her old sewing machine and cabinet.  It is one of my most prized possesions.  I love to sew - I love design and the feel of different fabrics. Every decade seems to have its own style and I love them all.  

Our scavenger hunt this week at ESN is for paper.  I decided on looking for sewing patterns, patterns that reminded me of sewing with my grandmother.  

Here is a vintage Vogue pattern from the 1950s.  See that bolero jacket?  I remember a princess style dress that my grandmother made me in the '50s with a bolero jacket.  I loved that dress.  This pattern can be purchased from Your Whatnot Shop.

Here is a 1955 McCall pattern for a jumper with straps from Comycgyrl.  My grandmother made me one just like it.  Even the material looks the same.  Mine was made in a white and blue plaid dotted swiss.

From Bargain Express, I found this cute girls Simplicity sewing pattern, Lizzie McGuire, for several different styles of tops.  I really like the top with the flared sleeves.  Reminds me of the 1970s. 

Stop by the eCrater Stores Network and check out these and other fine eCrater sellers soon. 

Music In My Heart

I love all types of music - classical, big band, early rock, beach music, country and bluegrass.  For our ESN Scavenger Hunt, we are looking for "music" items.

Found this Bird Lover Cardinal T-Shirt at Embroidery Fashions Boutique that has an embroidered cardinal.  Love to listen to the song that the cardinals sing.  Use to try and imitate them when I was a child. 

Found a wonderful Music Stand Figurine at Hazel's HodgePodge.  I think this is so cool.  Reminds me of going to the symphony - don't know why.  Maybe it is because it looks so formal like the orchestra and conductor wearing black tails and long dresses with the music stand in front of them.   
Then I went to Eccentric Thrifter and look what I found.  The movie Evita with Madonna.  A great story with some great songs.  Like You Must Love Me and Don't Cry For Me Argentina

I am a little late in posting this.  I did start early last week - really I did.  Just didn't get out the gate.  But, I think I found some real cool "music" items.  You can check these and other great items form the ESN sellers

Also, please check out my bookstore - CAROLINABLUELADY Book Treasures and find some great coffee table books about some of the great musicals in the Performing Arts category.   

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Family Grillin'

Our ESN Scavenger Hunt this week is "Grill Kings".  Although, I will grill a steak once-in-awhile for myself (and share a few bites with my hound dog, Bronx), most of the grilling done at my house is when the kids and grandkids come over for a day at the pool.  The older guys are usually in charge of the grill - what is it about a grill and men, anyhow?  I mean all of a sudden women don't know anything about cooking. 

I do have a couple of rules for the kids around the pool ---
  1. no glass outside - only plastic cups, glasses and plates!
  2. no running around the pool - yeah, right!
  3. no dunking - hey, I just don't think that is fun!
  4. no throwing rocks in the pool - don't ask! 
I found the following items at some of the other ESN bloggers' eCrater stores to help make our fun-filled day a safe one.
First of all the grillin' king has to look good while cooking the best hamburgers and hotdogs in the world made by the greatest grill king.  What could be cooler than this Winnie Fashion Hawaiian Shirt from Eccentric Thrifter.  It has beige and blue surfboards - perfect!  She has so many gorgeous Hawaiian shirts - you really must check them out.      
Next I found this wonderful West Bend Thermo Serve Condinment Tray for the relish, mustard and chopped onions.  It looks like wood but is actually heavy plastic - safe item.  You can find this at ComycGyrl
And to serve that ice cream after the best hamburgers and hotdogs in the world made by the greatest grill king, I found these vintage Tupperware Dessert Dishes. from Bargain Express.   Don't have to worry about breakage with these.  Perfect size for those kids that just don't understand that you shouldn't run around the pool or throw rocks in the pool.  
  So, check out these and other ESN sellers eCrater stores for other great summertime items.  And, don't forget to check out my store at CAROLINABLUELADY Vintage Collectibles.  Hmmmm, a cook out and pool party is sounding pretty good.  Guess I should ask the kids and the best grillin' king in the world to come over next weekend.  I'll go check to make sure I have enough propane.