Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 119

 

Wednesday, already? Because I didn't get to Toys R Us before they pulled the Breaking Bad action dolls, here's a pretty lady


What was Toys R Us thinking? If you don't know what I'm talking about, I'll tell you. Toys R Us is a huge chain toy store, for the Christmas season (?) they were selling Breaking Bad action figures, complete with guns and bags of meth. Can you believe a mother complained and they acted shocked that she did?  The stores spokesperson said the action figures were in the "adult" section. IT"S A TOY STORE FOR CHILDREN.  What next? A Sons of Anarchy Gemma Teller action figure with a bbq fork?


Sometimes I just don't understand major corporations mindsets. ( oh, it's the $$$$, right?)

Sorry about  the rant, enjoy the day


 

 


Monday, October 20, 2014

IS IT FALL YET?

 

It might be and just in time for my BFF to visit on her vacation. She drove all the way from South Carolina by herself. Thank you, GPS! What do two long time friends do when they visit? Go shopping, of course. And by "shopping" I mean thrifting.

But first........


 I found this pretty jewelry box the other week. It looks pink in the photos, but in real life it's pale orange. I've never seen one with a split lid.  It's a little stained, but for a dollar I couldn't pass it up.

 I couldn't pass this vintage skirt hemmer, either.

But second........presents!

 A box of drugs? How thoughtful!

 No, drugs, just cool stuff. Lovely bracelet, soap and a smarty pants badge.

The craft stores have discovered Day of the Dead.


 Skulls, which will become a garland, little wooden coffin and Muertos Bride and Groom. Too bad I can't find my candle holders.

 Early birthday gifts: The wolf head is Betsey Johnson, I made the blue hand necklace (craft store) and the big hand is just cool.

 $5 special edition Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Oh, look! I got Draco!

On to the thrifting part

 Blue scarf is 100% silk from Talbots, the red one is from Saks, and the tie is Charles Jourdan. 2 silk scarves and a silk tie for $1.25!!!

And to carry all my treasures in.......


 A $5 suitcase.

The BFF brought me another gift. Her Mother was visiting for 6 weeks and bought a ton of stuff. One item was this....

 It's some sort of counter top oven that's suppose to make your live easier. I read some of the recipes and it's not that easy to figure out what to do. Frankly, I'm a little scared of it. The BFF doesn't cook (and she already has an oven). Free to good Home?

You know you always find strange things at thrift stores? I found this

A vest with a theater name tag in it. Wonder how it got to the thrift store 3 years after that person graduated? Dang, no wonder I had a hard time finding things. Bad, actor, bad. (no, I didn't buy it. I don't work there anymore)


Have a good week, and don't let Twisty get you!


 

 




Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 118

 

Not a doll from my recent travels, but she could be. She's an old  tourist trade doll from probably the 1950's. I got her in an auction lot.


The brown beads on her necklace are seed pods.




Wednesday, October 8, 2014

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 117

 

I took some quiz on facebook and did you know in a past life I was burned at the stake in Salem? Neither  did I. Maybe this guy had something to do with it


or maybe he's Snape's dad. I've been re-reading the Harry Potter book. Whatever he is, he's creepy!


Monday, October 6, 2014

TREND OR PROBLEM?

 

The weather has turned chilly (for here), which means I've been rummaging in my closet pulling out sweaters and long sleeve tops. I also found these.........

 

 9 pair of boots. ( "found", like I didn't know I bought them). Left to right: old suede pair, 2 pair of Docs, fancy fake cowgirl boots, beaten to hell knee boots, $$$ Fryes, new brown knee high boots from Payless, rhinestones and stud's, lace ups with a surprise bought on Saturday.

 Because I need them to kick ass. That's why.

 I'm wearing the Frye pair right now.



 The surprise on the lace ups and rhinestone and stud's. Just because.

 The stripped ones I've had for awhile, the other pair were bought during the summer and I haven't worn them yet. It's been too damn hot!

Fancy fake cowgirl boots. They have a blue lining. And that's just the winter shoes. I don't see a problem here. Except for the Frye boots, all these were in the $24- $100 range. Some I've had for years (suede pair, black knee highs) I have an idea why I , and other women, buy so many shoes. THEY FIT! I have big feet, size 10, and nice, pretty shoes are made in that size. Clothing on the other hand, is not made in my size. I have a hell of a time finding some items. After about 5 years, I finally found a pair of black jeans that fit.  But maybe that's a good thing, because if I was skinny, I'd probably have so many clothes, I'd have to turn a bedroom into a closet. I think the same is turn with handbags and purses. What do you guys think?

Or is that just my excuse for having a ton of shoes?






Wednesday, October 1, 2014

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 116

 

Another vacation doll. I bought this one new at an arts store in Seilgmen, Arizona. It's a Hopi Kachina doll. It's a bear and has F. C. on the bottom. You can tell if Native American pieces are real by looking for the artist name and official tag on the item. So much stuff sold at roadside stores is from China. If you're going to buy a piece of Native American art, buy it from an Native American artist. This doll was only $10.


oh, look, you can see the red Day of the Dead skull in the background. Heche en Mexico, not China. 


Sunday, September 28, 2014

PAST MEETS PRESENT

 

During our vacation, my sister-in-law showed us all the photos she'd gotten after The Doctor's  Mother passed away. I had just finished showing her our road trip photos.


 The San Antonio River Walk was on one of our stops. She gave me this one...



 her Mother (my mother-in-law) with an art exhibit on the San Antonio River  Walk in 1947! Even though the photo had Nov 1947 stamped on the top, we're not quit sure when the photo was taken. See that little girl in the playpen? That's the Doc's older sister and seeing as The Doc was born in Jan 1948,he could be in the photo, too. But the even cooler thing about this photo is we have 2 of the pieces of art in our home.

 This is Lulubell, and in the photos she's on the left.


And this one is of a Russian church in northern California. It's pretty much dead center on the bottom. Thank you people of San Antonio for not buying these two pieces.

I know Lulubelle was made in the early 1940's when Lila was in collage at San Jose State. She went on to marry Wes, have 5 children, be a special ed teacher in southern California, be a Grandmother to 9 and Great-Grandmother to 5. She passed away in 2011 a couple of months after her 90th birthday. 

Past meets present, indeed.