Monday, February 27, 2012

View Master Reels

I always loved my View Master - every Christmas Santa left a couple of reels in my stocking.  My original View Master is long gone but I still have the one that belonged to my kids.  I found something really interesting last week at the Salvation Army - a baggie of old View Master reels - for $2.  I was browsing around the store,one of the older lady volunteers stopped and asked me if I knew what was in the bag, I said I sure did - three reels of the Queen's Coronation - from 1953 - what a special thing to find, especially since this is the 60th year on the throne for Queen Elizabeth.  The reels show the coronation, the crowds, family pics - they're just so neat.  There was also a set of "The Night Before Christmas", one of Banff, one of Lake Louise and Roy Rogers.  It's a funny thing too because I had just read this article in Reminisce Magazine about the View Master - they make mention of the earlier reels that depicted sculpted clay figures - I have some of those - Huckleberry Hound, Three Little Pigs - do children even have View Masters anymore??

My old reels - I was looking at my favorite - The Partridge Family  - I spotted a Pyrex bowl and a snowflake casserole on the table.

I was lucky to find some Pyrex too - a Spring Blossom 043 and a cheery little yellow 473, 1 pt. dish - I think it might belong to the Daisy pattern, I will probably never find the lid..

It's Monday so I'm linking up to Flea Market Finds and Apron Thrift Girl - I like to see what people have found through the week, you must check them out.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

My Grandmother Would Be 100 Today!

Today my Grandmother would have been 100 years old!!  She passed away 9 years ago - it doesn't really seem like 9 years ago - so much has happened since then!! My name for her was "Ma Weise" - to tell you the truth I don't even really know how to spell that - I always just wrote - M. Louise, her name was Louise.
My grandparents lived right across the road from us - I probably saw her just about every day of my life until I was about 20- and now that I'm looking for pictures of her with me, there don't seem to be many - here she is gazing at me.....I was 5 months old....I was the only grandchild they had.

I remember trying to get her to teach me how to make her porridge - it was so creamy and smooth - I had a special bowl that I always used with stripes on it - I have the bowl but I sure don't know how to make the oatmeal - oh, to taste that porridge again....

She was a great baker -her thick molasses cookies - so good - I remember my grandfather spreading butter on them.  I have all her recipes written in her own hand, I think I really should try a few but I know nothing I make will taste as good as her baking did!

Ma Weise became Great Mom when my children came along - they loved going over there to have lunch - usually Kraft Dinner, eat in the livingroom and watch "The Price is Right"

I've been transferring Dad's slides to my computer - just wanted to include a couple of neat ones that I found...

My grandparents - Carl and Louise

I have the beads that she's wearing..  And, I hate to say it, but we still have this old blanket  - Darcy has it in his truck right now!

I think they were in a motel room in this picture - she was acting the fool!

I have this great old picture of them - this would have been prior to 1936 -  taken at a beach in Prince Edward Island  - their home.
I may be far away from the little fishing village where I grew up, but my Ma Weise is not far away in my thoughts...


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Eloise Wilkin and her Illustrations

Just about every time I go on Pinterest I see something that I remember from my childhood or that my children had - after seeing many many Golden Books that were illustrated by Eloise Wilkin - I wanted to get the containers out and see just what we did have -  her illustrations are just beautiful - especially the babies and toddlers.  I found five books that belonged to Carla and Darcy - back then I didn't take any stock of Eloise Wilkin - the books were just ones we liked.  The bottom one is a book of poems and not a Golden Book,   Mom and Dad gave it to Carla for her first Christmas in 1982.  The artwork is so unique - the inside pics are from "We Help Mommy", they just take you back to another time....  If you want to see more Golden Books and other great old children's books, I have a Pinterest board  - Beautiful Children's Books - I'm finding new ones every day....  And, because it's Rednesday, I'm linking up to Rednesday at Sue Loves Cherries - drop on over and visit Sue.  While you're browsing around - check out Vintage Thingie Thursday too - always a few interesting things to read about over there...

Aren't they just so cute?  Do you have any Eloise Wilkin  books at your home??

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I Found Something I Wanted!!

I didn't hold out much hope of finding anything on Sunday when I walked into Value Village, it was half an hour before closing but I did and it was something I wanted - a syrup dispenser.  I spotted a set in this great book I received for Christmas and it was just took my eye.  I really don't expect to ever find the other pieces of the set - the batter dispenser and a pitcher.  According to the book, it was made by Anchor Hocking, I only paid $2.99, there are no markings on it, that is probably the only reason I got it for so cheap - the Value Village people didn't know what a little gem it was!

I had three sales over the weekend - two on Ebay and one on Etsy - it's slow going but it's better than no sales  - I  just started listing a few vintage items again - if only postage wasn't so expensive, I might be mailing out packages every day.  I did find a few new items to list though....

Mug by Federal

Glasbake Orange Soup Bowl
Love is...letting him have the last sip of your wine.  Remember the "Love Is" line from the 70's?

Every time my daughter and I see the Tom and Jerry set, we want it, we don't know why, but we just do!!!  I was browsing on Ebay last week, I didn't hesitate to click the "buy it now" button,  the bowl was only $5.99, no cups, but it's really the bowl I wanted anyway, even with the postage, it was way less then we usually see them for.  There are no markings on it, I wonder if it's Anchor Hocking or Hazel Atlas?    All I know is that I'm glad to have it and I love it!!

I'm linking up with Sophie - Thrift Share Monday at Her Library Adventures andThrift Share Tuesday at Apron Thrift Girl - I've discovered many new blogs that I started following after linking up, check some of them out..

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Pyrex - Made in Canada

A couple of weeks ago I found a few pieces of  "Delphite" - the blue Pyrex - which was made in Canada.  That day this little shop also had three white cups, which I've been thinking about ever since, I went back yesterday and bought them, thinking they might be good for resale - changed my mind, not selling them!!  I started researching them when I got home, they're stamped "Corex" - I had never heard of them before.  According to an article on The Corelle Corner (check it out, it's really interesting) this ivory piecrust design was made in Canada and maybe not produced after 1949 - these little mugs could be at least 63 years old!!  I paid $1.50 for each one.

So, that got me to thinking about my other Canadian made Pyrex - I always call the blue "Delphite", in the Corelle Corner article they refer to it as Pastel Blue Pyrex - here's what I've collected so far, every piece has been dirt cheap - like a few cents for a cup!!

I have one large serving plate, two supper plates, seven side plates, one bowl (six plates and one bowl, never used, still with Pyrex sticker), cream and sugar, five cups and now my three new Corex ivory white cups.

How could I forget my fridgies - they were all given to me!!!!

That little plant in Leaside, Ontario must have been a busy one - just think of all that lovely Pyrex that was being made right here - where is it all now???  I went through the cupboards looking for more Canadian pieces, I have more than I thought...

These two divided dishes are not Canadian pieces, $2.99 for the Town and Country and $1 for the Compass - I already have that one so it's going to Carla

Today I'm linking up to Vintage Thingie ThursdayFlea Market Finds and Thrift Share Monday - there are just so many goodies to check out on these great blogs!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Birthday, Mom

Mom - age 17
I think this might have been Mom's first Christmas as a married lady
Mom and Dad
Mom and I

Tomorrow is Mom's 75th birthday, I am thousands of miles away but there is not a day that I don't think about her.  Mom has been waiting in hospital for a nursing home bed since June, I hope each  day that the phone will ring and she will have her bed....  It's such a long wait....

Happy Birthday, Mom!

My Little 80's Valentine!

Dad made this special Valentine for Carla one year, I found it going through some of his pictures last night - love it - she was stylish that day with her plaid vest and skirt set.  And, of course, just like now she needed some jewellery-her Popple heart pin is proudly worn,  now she would be wearing probably at least five broaches at a time!!

Happy Valentine's Day!!
                                                                Linking up with Rednesday

Thursday, February 9, 2012

My One Valentine Decoration and It's Old!

I don't do much decorating for Valentine's Day, I used to when Carla and Darcy were small but now I just put out this lone decoration.

An elderly lady I know quite well gave me this a few years ago, before Christmas she gave me some vintage cookbooks which I blogged about as well.   This is the sweetest old honeycomb Valentine, it stands about 9 inches high and was made in Germany, it's getting a little faded and I have to put tape on it to hold it together when I put it out but it's standing the test of time.   Wouldn't it be nice to go out and purchase a Valentine like this for your special someone...  The Valentine wish is on the little slip of paper stuck on the honeycomb. I'm going to link up with Vintage Thingie Thursday - hope you check it out,  I just bet there will be a few more Valentine posts this week..

To My Valentine
Muse bid the morn awake
Sad winter now declines
Each bird doth choose a mate
This day's St. Valentines.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Some Pyrex, Some Vera and Some Other Stuff

I think it's about time I sit down and share what I thrifted last week.  We started kitchen renovations here on the weekend, it's hard to concentrate on composing, taking pics and all that stuff when there's saws and hammers making a lot of noise, and well, let's not even talk about the dust!!

I was so lucky at Value Village last week - I haven't found a casserole of any type in there for quite a while, I turned the corner to housewares and started walking fast at that point - here's why..

I'm going to call this Kelly Green - it wasn't quite so bright when I brought it home and when I look at the picture closely, I can still see some areas that I need to scour a little bit more. It's a 024 - 2 qt. casserole - I see one in the Pyrex Guide with a Jetson like warmer but the lid is different -I wonder if this one goes with that??    I paid $4.99.

I said I wasn't going to buy Cinderella bowls but guess I can't help myself and for a $1 each, what's a person to do??  But, I really can't buy any more 444's - they just take up too much room.

Today was a great mail day - my blue Dots 403 arrived all the way from sunny Florida - thanks Sharon, for the great trade!!

Now onto my thrifted scarves - I was lucky enough to find a couple of Vera's, which I'm keeping for myself, the others are going to my Etsy shop.  The first Vera is huge - about 27 x 27 - way bigger than any of the other ones I have..

I found some other odds and ends too - a couple of old games for $1 each - we tried "Ginny-O" on the weekend - it wasn't too bad, we'll definitely play it again. " Pit" is a commodity trading game with the cutest orange bell - we'll be waiting for Carla and her Darcy to come home to play that one!!

Carla will probably be getting this cookbook for her collection too - but not before I go through it first.  I paid 50 cents.  Don't the recipes always look so elaborate in these old cookbooks?

I linking up to these great blogs -Flea Market FindsApron Thrift Girl, and Home Maker on a Dime  - check them out if you're interested in thrifty living!