Thursday, December 31, 2009

Trash finds

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The other day I picked up my last trash find for 2009. It is a lovely framed painting of a castle. It is entitled Chateau Integem and in the other corner it says Belgique '69. There is also a signature, but I can barely make it out. It was just propped up against a bunch of trash bags, so of course I snatched it up immediately. This past year has been a wonderful year for trash finds. I managed to pick up a cute bird cage with fake bird inside, a Thai wall print, a stool, a bear phone, a weeping willow wall sculpture and my moppet prints. Some of my favorite items in my home are things that I've found in the trash. Here's to a new year of wonderful trash finds! Happy New Year everyone!

My favorite trash find...Moppets by Eden!

Love this weeping willow branch!

Picked up this cute little birdy in the cage just last month.

Thai wall print I found during my dog walks with Aspen.

This bear phone is cute and kitschy. Found it packed in styrofoam..and in working order.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

It's not easy bein' green

Does anyone remember S & H Green Stamps? I can remember my mom collecting them in a little book when I was a little kid. They also had a huge catalog filled with tons of items where you could redeem your stamps. I'm sure that the groovy furniture in the above photo cost about a million stamps! The stamps were introduced in 30s and were finally done away with in 1989, but I really can't recall seeing them after the mid 70s..when I was still a kid. I think that their heyday was the 50s and 60s and interest in them began to wane afterwards. The Brady Bunch had an episode where the girls and boys were collecting stamps (although in the show the stamps were from the Checker Trading Stamp Company) and there was a competition between them that hinged upon a house of cards..a very tense scene! The girls wanted a sewing machine and the boys wanted a sailboat. They had to redeem them before a certain time because the company was going out of business. In the end they all come together to get the whole family something they all could enjoy....aaaah togetherness! I hope that everyone has a safe and happy holiday season!

Top photo from Flickr user inmyjammiesintx
Bottom photo from Minneapolis MetBlog

Sunday, December 20, 2009


This weekend we got hit by the "mother" of all snowstorms for the month of December. The Philadelphia Metro area officially received about 23" of snow! My mom said that she hasn't seen a snowstorm like this in December since 1966. We usually don't get this much snow so early in the winter season (even though its not officially winter until tomorrow). It was nice to be stuck inside, watching holiday movies and making cookies. My Samoyed dog Aspen loved the snow, although he fell a few times because it was so deep and difficult for him to walk in. He especially loves rolling in it and sticking his nose in it. He even eats the snow! They are predicting more snow for Christmas eve too. My mom is a little worried, but I think it will be long as we don't get another 23"! Here are some pictures I took with my camera phone to document the storm.

This was taken around 3 pm on Saturday.

This was taken around 12 noon on Sunday

This is a little aluminum table that I got from my grandfather. It has quite a bit of snow on it.

This is the same table the next day, totally buried under snow.

Will post more photos as I make my way outside...right now I can barely open the door!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Santa Baby

I've always been intrigued by photos of kids with Santa. Some kids are terrified, or on the brink of tears, while others are smooth talkers, trying to butter up the bearded one in order to get the toys that they want for Christmas. Over the years, I've collected old photos of me and my siblings with Santa, but I've also collected photos that I've come across at flea markets and some at a local book store that sells vintage photos. It always makes me wonder whatever became of these children, and why were their photos discarded or given away? I used to have a wall of all the Santa photos that I kept all year round. Now that I no longer have the wall space, I mainly just bring them out for the holidays. Here is a sampling of my favorites:

Photo of my mother. Mom looks pretty defiant in not wanting to sit in his lap. Look how he's grabbing her arm!

I purchased this at a local book store that sells vintage photos. This girl must be around my age. I wonder why her photo ended up at the store?

I got this photo at a flea market years ago. This has to be my absolute favorite of all the photos! The background is interesting with the shelving filled with toys. I like the shadowy atmosphere, which is unusual for a photo such as this. Santa looks a little menacing too! On the back of the photo is information about the boys. It was taken in 1955. Scott was 3 years old and Jr. was 11 when this photo was taken. It also has the birthdays of the boys as well. Jr's birthday is August 19, 1944 and Scott's birthday is December 9th, 1952. Too bad there are no last names on this photo.

This is me, my brother and sister visiting Santa at Gimbel's Department store. Not sure of the date of this photo...perhaps 1970? Awww, Santa's eyes are closed!

I think that this photo dates from 1971. Notice that My sister and I are sporting the Jane Fonda hairstyle from the movie 'Klute'. The vests we are wearing were handmade by our neighbors from the 70s who were 3 sisters living together....think golden girls. Their names were Lily, Ruth and Loretta. During the summer, while we were all outside playing, Lily would call us over and do some quick measurements...and at Christmas, we would receive a handmade gift from them. They were the sweetest ladies.

This was my first visit to Santa's lap. The photographer managed to capture me just before I burst into tears.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Holiday Music

Here is some of my favorite Christmas music...Enjoy!

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Holiday Movies

I recently saw one of my favorite holiday films, Shop Around the Corner starring Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan. The plot is simple: Two employees at a gift shop can barely stand one another, without realizing that they're falling in love through the post as each other's anonymous pen pal. It was re-made as You've Got Mail, but I think the original is far superior, plus you have to love Margaret Sullavan's wardrobe in the film. She wears tons of cute hats and of course a fabulous polka dot blouse.

Another favorite holiday film of mine is The Christmas List starring Mimi Rogers playing Melody Parris, a perfume saleslady who feels like her life is in neutral. Her stick-in-the mud boyfriend won't commit and she gets passed over for a promotion at the store where she works, even though she is the best salesperson they have. Her friend convinces her to write a Christmas list, and not hesitate to be greedy. She decides to make a Christmas list listing things such as a new job, new car and and old fashioned Christmas. She shows her list to her friend, and her friend grabs the list and deposits it into Santa's mailbox at the store. Not long afterwards, she starts getting everything she wanted from the list, but it doesn't always turn out as she expected. Very cute and lots of fun. It used to be on ABC Family every year, but I've been having a hard time catching it. Hopefully, one of these days it will be released on DVD. Thankfully I have an old VHS copy so I can watch it.

'Christmas Everyday' starring Eric von Detten, Robert Hays and Bess Armstrong is a lovely holiday film. Its similar to Groundhog Day, but with a Christmas theme. Billy Jackson, played by Eric von D, is not having a good Christmas. He got a basketball for Christmas and just cannot make a jump shot. His Uncle David is coming to town to open a Valu-Mall, which will put his Dad's store out of business. When he tells his little sister Sarah that there is no Santa she makes a wish that it would be Christmas every day. Billy now has to relive Christmas Day over and over again. I originally caught this movie back in 1998 when I was in school. It was December 23rd and I can remember I had finals earlier that day, so I had been studying like a fiend and didn't have time or money to go holiday shopping. I decided that I would stay up late and make food gifts for friends and family instead. It was about midnight when this movie came on, and I absolutely adored it. After watching the film, I realized that gifts were not the most important thing about Christmas, it was spending time with friends and family.

This wonderful movie is so hard to find on TV nowadays. It's not available on DVD and I don't believe ABC Family will be airing it this year *sadness*. But at least I have my old VHS copy from many years ago, to watch.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!

Yay! We had the first snowstorm of the season! Everything is covered in a blanket of snowy white. Too bad it won't last very long, because tomorrow it is supposed to get much warmer and most of it will probably melt! We got at least a couple of inches and it definitely puts me in a Christmas mood. Below are some lovely snow images to help you get into the holiday spirit.

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Holiday Inspiration

Now that the holidays are upon us, I'm looking for inspiration for my holiday decorating. Below are some photos that I came across that get me in the holiday spirit. Enjoy!