Friday, May 27, 2011

Happy Birthday BOB DYLAN

     Bob Dylan turned 70!!                                                                          
And his songs ..... still relevent today.................

Blowin' in the Wind.....

The Times they are A-changin.....

just to name a couple..........

and one of my personal favorites....

With God on Your Side....

(you can find the lyrics for this online,
but the last two verses are...)

In a many  dark hour
I've been thinkin' about this
That Jesus Christ
Was betrayed by a kiss
But I can't think for you
You'll have to decide
Whether Judas Iscariot
Had God on his side

So now as I'm leavin'
I'm weary as Hell
The confusion I'm feelin'
Ain't no tongue can tell
And the words fill my head
And fall to the floor
If God's on our side
He'll stop the next war                                                                  

My husband and I "bonded "over Bob Dylan...........
"you like Dylan? " ............"me too!!"

His music has been  in the background our whole married life,
and  continues to be.( bought the tickets, bought the tee shirts,
drank the wine!!!..........)
I still can't wrap my head around the fact that he's SEVENTY!!!!!!!!.......
(wasn't I just at his concert yesterday??)



(photos from internet)


Thursday, May 26, 2011


I think this memory jug dates from the 1850's or thereabout.  
If that is the actual date it could be one of the oldest ones I have.
There are a few things about this jug I particulary like.....
The photo of a young (?) woman, is an ambrotype,
and they were made starting in the 1850's up until the late 1880's.

You can see with this jug that the maker used the
idea of "focal points"
and arranged other objects around the focals
in an attempt to achieve symmetry and balance.
Usually on these older jugs the objects are more randomly placed.
Above the photo there is a doll head, and on each side of it
 objects placed in a balanced fashion.  
on the left, one of the two teeth that are on this jug.
I wonder whose teeth? Hers??

On this side, again symmetry.
A cracked mirror, a button over it with what
look to be horns on either side.
I looked at these real close, they are black, and I think could be horns from a young goat.
Maybe they aren't horns, but that is what they look like to me...
(the tips?)

This jug is 8 inches tall and 5.5 inches in diameter

At the bottom a metal piece that says "best wishes"
I love these jugs, am thrilled whenever I find a "new"
one, I hope you enjoy seeing them as well
and aren't TOO creeped out by teeth and other
oddities. As for just makes me love them more!!!

On a totally different subject...........I am one of the bloggers
 that is currently affected by whatever is going on
AGAIN......and I can't at present leave any comments.
(some of you might consider that a GOOD thing!!)
However I just want to say that I LOVE whenever any of you take the time to leave
one for me and I do try to get back to each of you individially .


Monday, May 23, 2011

ROSARY & BONES....mixing it up!

New Necklace...........

A little Bone, a little Rosary,
a little Indian,
a little Smaller......


Wednesday, May 18, 2011



This past week or so I have been sewing, trying to come up with a bag
or two , each to fill a specific need. This one was the easiest  to make, so the first finished. 
I needed a new bag for junking..............I have another one I made that I really like....

This "ode to Robin" .....
(if she merged with Annie Oakley)

But I wanted one that was a bit more seasonal.

Inspired by a bag I saw in Anthropologie catalog, made by  
Leslie Oschmann, I used an oil painting found at GW
for the front of the bag. I made one of these bags last year as a gift 
and on that one used a canvas front and back . I couldn't find a canvas
that went well with this one so I used a dropcloth from Lowes for
the back.  The lining was fabric I had, but it was black and white so I dyed it.
I put it and the dye in a plastic tub in the sink and forgot about it for a day or so.
It didn't dye evenly which gave it a "batik" like look that I actually really like.

Sewing the coin purse in for a pocket was inspired by the shopping cart 
liner Amy Hanna made that was featured in Flea Market Magazine.
I have a shopping cart, but I don't use it much. In my area we don't have big fleas
and the shopping carts don't work well in small booths full of people. 

Much easier than sewing in a pocket and
zippers are not my friend!!!!!
The swivel hook is for keys.

Any excuse to use a tintype....I'm there!!
This little guys clothes are so cute!!

All in all, I am really happy with the way this bag turned out,
and I am just hoping I NEED one this big!! 

I just got an email from a estate sale co. about a sale in my area this weekend.
Some of the items in the photos are "my kinda thing"!!!
In order to go and MAYBE be able to score any of them , 
I am going to have to get up at bird fart dawn to get in line,
no time to shower, hiding under my baseball hat. 
So I am wondering.......
do you do that?
Do you roll out of bed , throw on your sweats , pull your hair back in a ponytail ,
hide under a baseball hat and behind your sunglasses,
hoping you don't see anyone you know????? 

I can't be the only one can I???  


Took my bag to it's first sale yesterday.......
worked great.......was 27th on "the list"
OK, I showered first........but.......
there were others in my exact early estate sale garb!
I got what I was after, but probably paid too much.
When you are willing to bust it to get there and stand in line,
it doesn't leave much bargaining power. 
Going back tomorrow, 50% off,
hoping the gorgeous but totally overpriced saltillos will still be there.

Monday, May 16, 2011



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My sister in law  found this ad on Craigslist and sent it to reads:


"This was willed to me by my great grandmother and I can't hold onto it any longer.
Need the cash.She immigrated to The USA from Budapest in 1892
with money saved up from working on the railway. Will not ship."

You can find this ad on Craigslist, Seattle, under antiques.
( If you have been needing one.....)

Thursday, May 12, 2011


I AM LOVING THESE..........................

There's something  about seeing a large amount of these
colorful trade beads all hanging together  that
takes my breath away thinking of the possibilities.

Some of these are huge. I like big, but these are
really BIG.

These photos were taken at Tuxedo Junction, an antique mall
near me. I did a "walk thru" there a couple of days ago and came 
across this persons space. 

I am obsessed with these hats. Hard to get good photos, they are high on a shelf,
and this part of the Mall is a bit dark. 
Look at that bead work! And the birds on top!   

There were a couple of these bags.
Beaded mice anybody??

I bought a few beads , and these brass charms. I was told the Father of the person
that has this space used to have Ye Old Curiousity Shop . We used to go there (back in the day)
 and wander around
looking at the mummies (yes I said mummies) shrunken heads, Native American baskets and
crafts, African imports, and other weird and creepy objects. 
I think it still exists somewhere, but for years was located on the waterfront in Seattle. 
She said these brass charms are 30-40 years old.

(I am still thinking about those hats......)

Before the Mall, I stopped by an estate sale, found a few fun things.
I am always looking for cigar boxes.

And lastly, I found this Pottery Barn pillow
at GW. I have plans for it that involve cutting it up.
I know.... but I don't need another pillow, and I DO need a new bag.

I am looking forward to some good junking this weekend,
2nd Saturdayz is bringing their sale/market to Snohomish this Saturday
and The Queen of The Tin Palace was one of their contest winners.
The get to come on setup day for early buying.........
She gets to bring a friend....................:) 

They always have such good venders!!!

Wishing you good junking , good gardening, good times this weekend!!

Sunday, May 8, 2011


  I AM TAKING ON A NEW PROJECT.........................

This labyrinth is tucked into a back corner of a small church in  town.
The garden club I used to belong to meets monthly in that church, so  occasionally after our meetings 
I would wander over there and spend some time.

I stopped in a couple weeks ago.....there was a nice friendly couple weeding and
tidying up. In the course of our conversation I asked them if they were the ones that usually weeded and cared for it. They said that actually nobody did on a regular basis and that had become a bit of a problem.
SO............guess who the new" unofficial, parttime, as needed,  when, and if I want "
caretaker/weeder is???   
Isn't this a sweet, simple  labyrinth?
My understanding is this was a "project" of a former minister at the church.
Some of the bricks have the name of a church member that has passed on carved into them.  

I have always toyed with the idea of making a labyrinth of my own.
Over the years I have saved articles about making them, photos, etc.
But it just never happened.

I am hoping this will be a win win situation for all!!!    


Thursday, May 5, 2011


COLOR AND PATTERN.............

Probably my FIRST love is and always will be vintage textiles. Since my
SECOND love is all things western........Vintage Pendletons are high on my list.

Most of the curtains in our house are made from "cutter"
Pendletons. WHAT???????? you saw my black cupboards and my pdr room......
What were you expecting????? Something normal??
I like to stack the blankets, hang them over the backs of chairs,
bundle in them...........
I just bought a new one to hang on our headboard!!
And I love to sew with bits and pieces of them.

So here's a bit of our living room..........................

The coffee table is an old furnace grate from  Garys family,
I had legs welded onto it.

 Pieces of junkity junk gathered from here and there

For all you poultry lovers out there.

Case full of small treasures, all mean something to us for
one silly reason or another. Those two small beaded baskets were done by my sister.
(Frost Creek)
What's really cool is that she first MADE the baskets THEN she beaded them!!

Old pie safe full of memory jugs and nests.

Speaking of memory jugs..............................

Here is the "infamous" first jug AGAIN.......
I went over it, with a new concoction I came up with.

I am liking this much better.

What do you think??

(These photos can all be enlarged so that they show up better......
NO FAIR looking for dust and dog hair!!!!!)