Saturday, June 25, 2011

These are a few of my favorite things.... well this week at least....

Stuff makes me smile.  Vintage stuff makes me giddy.  Cheap vintage stuff makes me gasp, giggle and pat myself on the shoulder!   I wonder why people look at me funny and then back away slowly?

This week I found a Number 3 Barbie and Ken with clothes and case...$17.00.  Oh yay!  Did you play with Barbies?  From the time I was about six until I was ummm too old to admit to it and then when I was too old to care either way--I have loved Barbie.  I have a very good body image, by the way.   I love her little clothes, and the zippers on vintage dresses and the way her voice sounds a lot like mine but more confident.  Oh Barbie, someday I wanna be exactly like you, till then I know just what I'll do, I'll make believe that I am you! 

I grew up in a small northern Maine town and we had to travel about 15 to 20 miles to Lincoln, Maine to shop.  Newberry's was a five and dime on Main Street.  I never knew that it was a franchise and there were stores all over the U.S.  I thought ours was the only one.  I remember sitting at the lunch counter on a swivel stool and ordering french fries and watching the soda fountain pump red and orange fluid like a waterfall and being pretty sure it was magic.  I remember shopping for canvas tennis shoes to get me through the summer "and you know they would last longer if you wouldn't use them as bicycle brakes!"  The toys were down in the basement and I could sleepwalk right to the Barbie aisle.  It closed in the late 90's and that's very sad.  But this little basket makes me happy.  Giddy-happy. 

Oh, from 1984 to 1988 I also bought my weight in Aqua-Net hairspray from Newberry's.   Did you see MY hair?  Why so much hair? 

So did you have a Newberrys?  Another store like that?  Do you remember the smell and the asbestos floor and the aqua painted walls, the stairs? 

Oh, and have you found anything cool lately?  I love neat find stories--Go ahead share with me!


Monday, June 13, 2011

Always Prepared but never organized...

This is my TO-DO list for this morning. 

It is now 11:20.  I have one thing scratched off.  It says Animals.  Which means to feed, water, shovel poop, scratch behind the ears and call them shmoopsy.  Check.

Then I was supposed to do the dishes.  Not just wash them, but I bought new-old dishes at the auction yesterday and I need to banish the mismatched, chipped dishes from the cupboards.  These are my new-old dishes...It is a pattern called Blue Heaven by the Sebring Co.  Oh, how I love them.  I got plates and bowls and teacups, saucers, coffee cups, lunch plates, berry bowls, soup bowls all FOR...wait for it....$5.00.  Oh yeah...

Then I should be cleaning off the various drift that collects on the sideboards.

Clear off the overflow that lands on the table, sweep the floors, fold the laundry, clear off the computer table, change the boy's beds and become a Boy Scout. On my honor I... No, wait that's wrong.  I need to sew badges on a boy scout shirt for a customer. 

The list probably should have read...

Wow, look at how much I've accomplished this morning!  I amaze myself sometimes.

Smiles from the farm,


Thursday, June 9, 2011

Don't let the universe know you're happy...

Because on Monday I was and then the rest of the week saw two of my hens get eaten by a fox.  Then all 14 of my baby chickens also eaten by said fox.  There are still little fluffy baby chicken feathers all over my yard.  Then in the midst of being born--oh so very close--one of my baby ducks just gave up.  The thought of this big ol' world was just too much for her.  Then the little brown boy goat collapsed in the hot sun and I didn't get to him in time and he died. 

Anyone want to come to MY party. 

Blech.  Here's to nothing getting dead for the rest of the week.  Stupid death.

Nuthin' to smile about here.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

I'm sensing a pattern here....

The little girl and I went.........wait...

The little girl's name is Haley.  I don't know why I don't use her name.  It's not like someone is going to come and take her.  She's loud. 

And mildy weird.

Anyway.  Haley and I went to the fabric store this weekend to find a pattern for a 40's style dress for a fashion show she is doing for her French class. 

This is the one we chose.

And they were having a sale of 5 Simplicity patterns for $5.00, so we got a few more just for fun...

Then at the auction on Sunday, I picked up a few more...

This one was my favorite.  The bag says, "Old but good blouse pattern.  Used Dec. 1, 1995."

It looks very Katharine Hepburn. 

So there, I have a few patterns-so what?  It's not like I had bins and boxes and closets full of them already. 

I, um, well I think I need help.

Smiles from the farm,