Showing posts with label vintage sock monkeys. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vintage sock monkeys. Show all posts

Sunday, January 19, 2014

My new wardrobe.

Ask me if I want to go antiquing and the answer is
yes! Big surprise, right?



Ask me if I'd like to go shopping for clothes at a big mall .....
mmmmm, I think I'll pass.

During the first half of my life, I loved to shop for new clothes!  I bought fashion
magazines and read them from cover to cover.  Yes I did!
Since then, I've come to dread shopping for clothes.  I buy things out
of desperation and when I get them home I wonder what in the world I was thinking!



See!  Tag still attached.  Although I will wear this...someday.
It's not my normal blogging attire.

  Thank goodness I wear uniforms to work!

During our last trip to the Twin Cities, we had some time to kill, so we stopped
 at the Antique Mall of St.Paul, just a short drive from our oldest daughter's home,
and I bought myself some new clothes!




Darling plaid coat and matching velvet beret.



Martha Stewart's doll could have worn this dress.


The next 3 items came as a set.





Candy cane stripes, polka dots and rick rack.  Sweet!
Joan Crawford would be appalled by my handcrafted wire hangers.




Polka dot party dress.  My personal favorite.



Turquoise jacket from 1962.
Very stylish indeed!


What am I going to do with all this doll clothing?
I've got two shelves filled with sock monkeys from the 40's and 50's
who would be more than happy to dress themselves in these clothes.

Speaking of......


The nurse uniform was sent to me by Little Miss Maggie a few years ago.
Isn't it the cutest thing ever?!  Thank you, Maggie!





Can you believe I found a doll cupboard in just the right size to hang my new doll wardrobe?
It was marked half-price, so I couldn't very well leave it behind.
I was standing on a chair inspecting the cupboard perched the very top shelf when the clerk
came by and asked, "May I help you?"
Oops.  Maybe that cute chair wasn't placed there for me to stand on.


Mary and her little lamb.






I found the red sewing machine last summer in the river town of Hastings, MN.
There are several charming antique shops on the main street
and casual outdoor dining on the waterfront during the summer months.
Definitely worth going back again someday!



All that shopping and I still don't have a thing to wear!

Thanks for stopping by and
please do not submit my name to Stacey and Clinton (What not to Wear).

Vickie

*I'm joining the parties at:
Mod Vintage Life Mod Mix Monday
Cozy Little House Tweak it Tuesday
Savvy Southern Style Wow us Wednesday
Revisionary Life Thrifty Life Thursday

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Explosive discovery!


The jury's still out on this old cupboard I painted 
this past weekend.  I'm not sure if I love the color, or if I've
convinced myself I love it because I don't want to repaint it.

Here it is.  The Jolly Green Giant.

I bought my primitive cupboard at a garage sale
over 30 years ago for $10, and it's served me well.
For now, it's tucked into a recessed area behind the door of the
Never Ending Bedroom project.  If you're counting, that's now
two finished corners!!


Here's how it looked one week ago.
  I know!
Who would paint a century old cupboard with black semi-gloss paint?!

Well, that would be me.

In my defense, I painted it over 15 years ago so it would match yet another
old cupboard in the basement, also painted with black semi-gloss paint.
There is no accounting for taste.




 I brought a piece of original trim from another primitive cupboard to be color matched
at Lowe's, and they nailed it spot on!  So, I painted my cupboard with the flat green
latex paint and gave it a raw umber/Johnson Paste Wax aging treatment.



I'm still not sure.
It sort of sticks out like a sore green thumb, but I'll see if it grows on me.
The chair will be used elsewhere in the room,
 but the black pleather seat has got to go.

The top of the cupboard is a good place
 to stash extra quilts for guests.......

...and a state of the art cooling system.




Since the bedroom is where our grandchildren will slumber,
it seems only fitting that  Auntie Googie resides up there, too.
She loves to read bedtime stories to children and I think you can guess 
why The Princess and the Pea is her favorite!

When I removed the three hundred or so decorating magazines
 inhabiting the cupboard, I made an amazing discovery!
 No, not the petrified dog treat crumbs from over a decade ago. (Shame on me.) 
I actually unearthed a piece of local history!


The yellow paint inside has worn away in places from years of pulling
out stacks of magazines out for my daily read. (pre-Pinterest)

It may be hard to see, but the interior shelves are made from
 the DuPont Company explosive/dynamite crates.
The embossed lettering also showed up as I was painting the exterior.

The DuPont explosive plant closed its doors in 1918,
 but the shell of the power building stood as a local landmark at nearby
 Carey Lake Recreation Area, formerly known as DuPont Lake.

 Many of the DuPont buildings were destroyed in a devastating explosion in 1912
and the rest were burned down to prevent further catastrophes
 caused by the ignition of residual black powder left behind
 during the plant's productive years.


Sadly, the powers that be
 had the landmark building demolished this year.



So, I'm assuming whoever made my old cupboard out of DuPont wood crates
probably worked at the plant and brought home the discarded crates, dismantled them,
and built the cupboard approximately 100 years ago!


DY - NO - MITE!!!
Thanks for visiting.  It's been a blast!
Vickie

It feels like I'm sitting on a pea.
I'm joining the parties at:
Knick of Time Tuesday
Savvy Southern Style Wow us Wednesday
Common Ground Be Inspired
Have a Daily Cup of Mrs.Olson Share Your Cup Thursday
Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Feature Friday

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Five Little Monkeys

*One year ago today I published this post and I'm still in the same situation.  But not for long.

There comes a time in life when one must explore alternative pathways. Working 40 hours per week is seriously cutting into my creative time, so I thought I would present to you one of my "work-from-home" ideas.

   Virtual books for children!!!!  ( Please scroll down to my Playlist and choose 5 Little Monkeys.)





Five Little Monkeys

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed,

one fell off and bumped his head.

Mama called the doctor, and the doctor said...

No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

Four little monkeys jumping on the bed,

one fell off and bumped his head.

Mama called the doctor and the doctor said....

No more monkeys jumping on the bed!!

Three little monkeys jumping on the bed,

one fell off and bumped his head.

Mama called the doctor and the doctor said....

No more monkeys jumping on the bed!!!

Two little monkeys jumping on the bed,

one fell off and bumped his head.

Mama called the doctor and the doctor said...


No more monkeys jumping on the bed!!!!

One little monkey jumping on the bed,

she fell off and bumped her head.

Mama called the doctor and the doctor said...

No more monkeys jumping on the bed!!!!!




So you be the judge, shall I quit my day job?



Nope.




I just bought this magazine today and look what #6 of the top 10 finds is for 2012!
Thanks for visiting!
Vickie

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Lucky Lady

The time has arrived to pick the winner of my "blogiversary" prize giveaway.  As I stated in my last post, it would be a random drawing with a name drawn from a hat.....literally.


For the hat, I chose one of Bill's newly autographed hats.  I thought it kind of went with the "luck of the draw" theme.  So, without further ado................................


I elected Rhinestone Reba to do the honors.  No peeking!


And the winner is.....


Comment # 7.



Congratulations, Leah!!!!!
A signed copy of "Five Little Monkeys" is on it's way to you!

Thank you to everybody who participated in this event. 

(The next monkeylicious giveaway will be held during the Christmas holiday season. Ho!Ho!Ho!)
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