Saturday, June 27, 2009

The pumpkins are here, the pumpkins are here!

I have been trying to get to my blog and let you know what is going on. The main problem is either I need more arms and hands or another one or two of me. Enough of the tap dancing and excuses. I have just listed these Hallowe'en candy container/ornaments on Etsy. Go to my Etsy shop for more a detailed look, descriptions of these candy container/ornaments, and prices.


"Treats.....Please."  SOLD


Set of 5 mini Jack-o-Lanterns. SOLD


"Puttin' on the Ritz". SOLD


"King of the Patch". AVAILABLE


"Jack and the Party Rattle". SOLD


"The Very Big Party Horn". SOLD


"Jack and Bob". AVAILABLE


"The Starlight Shoe - From the Haunt Couture Collection." SOLD


"The Party Hat." SOLD


"Bert's Autumn Bouquet." AVAILABLE

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Fathers Day - Again!

I have the correct day. When I did my last post for Fathers Day I did not post any pictures of ties. Here they are. Just what every Dad needs, a Fathers Day tie.


The centre tie looks like three flying UFO suckers ready to take out your brain and use your body as a repository for an alien being. That observation comes from watching too many cheap budget 50's and 60's sci-fi movies.

I don't usually wear ties and I have never worn these ties in particular. I have a few more vintage ties that I will post at some time.

The pumpkins and squash are coming along and I will have a post about them in a few days.

Happy Fathers Day.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Baby Shower Update


I thought that you would like to see the decorations for the baby shower. These flowers I had originally made for our oldest son's wedding party that we had for him and his lovely Swiss wife Sabine (pronounced Sah-BEE-nay). They came over a few days after the wedding and wanted a big party as soon as they were here so that they could get it all of that over with and then just relax. I had put so time in making them out of crepe paper I couldn't throw them out.

This small round table was in the centre of the room. You can see one of the guest tables with two of the arrangements on it and the gift table in the back.


This is a close-up of the vintage felt stork and a baby crib vase filled with pastel candy marshmallow peanuts. The candy colours were perfect and the taste less than perfect. Think sugary marshmallow with artificial flavourings. Once you tasted one though they were a little addictive. People remembered having them as kids.


These vases were on the head table. I used the candies as recyclable confetti on the tables. Any that weren't eaten were tossed. A little greener than plastic confetti.


This is the gift table before any gifts were on it.


Here is a close-up. That is a token gift from my wife and I because the main gift (with many more to come) had not arrived yet. I used the green bucket to make the table look asthetically pleasing without gifts and later to hold gifts that were a little unstable standing up.


The gifts are starting to arrive.


A cake from the Dutch Bakery. It was very sweet, not to my taste, but it did look wonderful.


I had finished an hour early so I went for a walk and came across a garage sale. Two little old ladies had all kinds of stuff. Most of it was common garage sale stuff. I bought this Art Nouveau bisquit jar for $2.00! It has a silver lid and handle. When I got home I immediately put it the mantel.


This 15" oval platter was 50 cents. Amazing prices and an amazing day. I also had a birthday party to go to in the evening. Bed looked great that night.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

I guess it doesn't pay not to look at the calendar.

Well, yesterday I posted a blog about Father's Day thinking that today was Father's Day. Hmmm... I just looked at the calendar for some reason, after posting my blog a day early at that, and next Sunday is Father's Day. Hmmm... Let's pretend that I didn't do that.


In order to distract you I am going to show you a picture of our garden. You will not remember anything but this garden. The green is very soothing. You will only remember this garden.......


.....and these really beautiful red Oriental poppies.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Happy Father's Day

Well today is Fathers Day. Here is a little look back at some items that were given to "Father" or "Dad" or "Pops" or "Old Man" (as I sometimes get called) on Fathers Day. I have been refered to the affectionate term of "Old man" by our middle child, the youngest son since his early teens. I still love him anyway.


This set of cards from the 1940s or 50s show us Dad likes to smoke.


He reads the newspaper while he smokes.


He loves outdoor sports such as fishing while he smokes. The times have certainly changed.


This embossed brass plaque looks to be from the 1920s, but don't quote me on that.


This cup and saucer was made in Japan. The word Father is highlighted in gold. The saucer is 7 1/2" wide. The cup is 3 1/2 " high and 4" wide. That is for one serious coffee drinker. Starbucks would love him.


This last picture I had to remove from its frame in order to scan it. By modern standards it is a little corny, but it really does show us what a "Father", "Dad", "Pops" or "Old Man" needs to be to his kids. We can only try. Happy Fathers Day. Did you notice that there are no ties. I do have some old ties but totally forgot to include them.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Pumpkins are Coming...


...and the squash and other autumnal goodies. I thought that I had better let you see that I have indeed been very busy. This is just a sneek peek of ten of the items that I have been growing in the workshop garden. Yes there are ten moulds, some are hidden. I am letting the moulds dry. Once they are dry I can then cut them off of the clay original and start casting. You can't really see what they are like, just a little teaser.

Lori Rudolph of Retro-Rudolphs sent me this blog link called It's All About Hallowe'en. Go over and have a look, leave a message and encourage him. While you are floating about in Blogland drop on by Retro-Rudolphs and visit Lori for a while. If you come across any interesting and informative blogs relating to holidays, send them by and I'll post them for all to have a look at.

Well, I must get back to the studio garden and tend those veggies.
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