Sunday, August 29, 2010

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Kiss

Sixteen years ago today, The Husband and I sealed the deal with "The Kiss!"

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Man Trip

The Husband has been on a "boy trip" to Colorado.

What more could a man want?

He had a great time on his vacation.

I had a great time at home, by myself.

We are, however, happy to be "together again!"

Happy Birthday, Princess Bony Shoulders

It's my sister's birthday.
Doesn't she look like she has bony shoulders?

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Public Service Announcement

I told you earlier this week that I was busy sorting and cleaning my button collection because I have an idea for a project that will utilize some of them.

You know how a stash of buttons is created, don't you? You keep those little plastic bags of extra buttons attached to new clothing. Or, before you throw away an old piece of clothing, you remove all the buttons and put them in a jar/box/basket. Or, if you are like me, you add to your button stash by collecting button stashes from your mother-in-law, grandmother, mother and complete strangers.

As I sat at the table cutting off old thread and bits of cloth, I decided it was my responsibility to tell you that you should do this work when you cut the buttons off the clothing.

Don't say to yourself "I'll just snip these off the blouse/dress/sweater now and will go back and tidy them up later. They'll be fine in this jar/box/basket until I get back to them." Just DON'T. Because you'll never go back to them.

When your family has the garage/yard/estate because you are "downsizing," "moving," or are "no longer with us," someone will buy them and the purchaser will have to spend hours cleaning up YOUR button collection. So, be a good person. Please clean up your buttons as you collect them.

Of course, you could find yourself in a situation where you need your buttons in a hurry because of some huge disaster. A disaster that also ruined your clothes. You could have time to sew on a button, but not to clean and sew on a button. Get what I'm saying?

Don't think it can't happen. Look at Jericho, or the Terminator series, or Lucifer's Hammer or The Stand.

What if, when the disaster happened, all the button factories were destroyed? No more new buttons. Your old buttons would be really important then, wouldn't they? Maybe you could barter them for other things you need. Maybe you could corner the market on buttons in the new world. Collect buttons now, while you can, because the last thing you want to have to do after a disaster is root around in trash cans or at the dump looking for buttons.

* One last thought: If you are donating clothing do not cut buttons off. Because that would be mean. Even if the buttons are really pretty. Or old. Or valuable.

This has been a Public Service Announcement based entirely on my weird thoughts during my button cleaning exercise.

Back now to regularly scheduled programming on this blog.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Vintage Cocktail Paraphernalia

I picked this item up at the Tulsa Flea Market a couple of weeks ago. It's a white, plastic box with "What's yours?" on the lid.
On the inside of the lid, the embossed name is Alexander & Wilson Co., Pasadena, California. When you open it, you see this:
Eight sections containing multi-colored tabs with gold writing on them. The writing on the tabs:
  1. Bourbon & Water; 1-4 (pink)
  2. Rye & Soda; 1-4 (dark blue)
  3. Special; 1-4 (yellow)
  4. Rye and Water; 1-4 + Bourbon & Ginger; 4 (red)
  5. Bourbon & Soda; 1-4 (light green)
  6. Scotch & Soda; 1-4 (orange)
  7. Scotch & Water; 1-4 (light blue)
  8. Bourbon and 7-Up; 1-4 {+ extra 3} (green)
The instructions on how to use the tabs:
What's yours? The Scotch and Soda or the Bourbon & Ginger?
We enjoy collecting vintage cocktail paraphernalia. I paid $5.00 for this conversation starter!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Buttons, Buttons Everywhere

I rescued my stash of old family buttons from the closet this week. Why, you ask? Three reasons:
  1. I have an idea for a sewing project, for which I will need a few.
  2. A neighbor saw an old mayonnaise jar full of them at a garage sale and picked it up for me because she knew I had done this little project.
  3. I recently saw this done and thought it was cute.
I have buttons spread all over the dining room table. The Husband, as you may imagine, is thrilled (not).

Lots of the buttons from our grandmothers and mothers were cut off clothing that had outlived it's usefulness. Buttons were removed with the intent of reusing them on other items of hand made clothing. Our grannies and moms weren't good about removing the bits of cloth and thread attached to the buttons, so I'm spending time doing that as I sort by color.
I have a ways to go, as you can see from the containers below. 
I did find this little bracelet in the big tin of buttons. I wonder who took the time to make it and why?
I've spent a lot of time wondering about the clothing the buttons were from originally. What was it? Who wore it?

In my personal stash there were lots of black and white buttons (of course, because I'm a black and white dresser), but there were also tons of red and purple buttons. Red and purple are my "go to" colors to add a pop in my wardrobe.

In this collection of buttons there are pretty pastels; pink and yellow, but also vibrant orange, green and blue. What clothing were those buttons on and who wore them? Were they party clothes? Church clothes? Work clothes?

And my, my...the tiny little buttons! Probably from baby clothes. Boy clothes or girl clothes?

As I continue with my button sorting project, I'll continue to wonder about where they came from and where they've been and, more importantly, where they will end up after I'm finished with them!

What about you? Do you have a jar or tin or box of old buttons? What are you planning to do with them?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Brass Armadillo - Kansas City, KS

The Brass Armadillo is a unique chain of antique malls located in 5 US cities (Des Moines, Phoenix, Denver, Omaha, Kansas City). I posted recently about the fun The Husband and I had at the Denver location.

Before we drove home last Sunday, we went to the Kansas City location. I was very excited to visit this site, based on our previous experience.

We were both very disappointed.

In Denver, I would say 90% of the booths were clean, organized and full of good items that were displayed very nicely. In Kansas City, it felt as if only 10% of the booths were well done.

In Denver, the mall staff and dealers greeted us cheerfully and, as we shopped, they were helpful and chatted us up. In Kansas City the mall staff didn't greet us until The Husband said "hello." And it wasn't so much a greeting as it was a grunt. After that point, no one spoke to us again until we left, again only after The Husband said "good-bye."

We walked out without purchasing one item. Which is unheard of with us in an antique mall.

It was a disappointing trip. We will not go back to that location.

Monday, August 16, 2010

A Weekend With Family - Olathe, KS

The Husband and I drove to Olathe, KS last weekend.

I went to visit our niece-in-law, who is expecting our great-niece in November.

The Husband went to attend the Kansas City Royals vs the New York Yankees games with his brother and nephew.
Brother, Nephew, The Husband

The Husband, Brother and Nephew having fun.

What, you ask, did the niece and I do for entertainment? We talked and talked and talked. Plus, we went out to dinner and watched movies. It was a nice visit.

On a side note, we all went to lunch together on Saturday and ate at Five Guys Burgers and Fries. Zagat just rated their burgers as the best fast food burger in America. We agree, the burgers are good. Don't, however, order fries for everyone. Get one order and share! They are very generous with the fries, trust me.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Woodland Hills Mall - Tulsa, OK

The Husband and I have been to Woodland Hills Mall twice this week.

That fact does not, on the surface, seem to warrant a blog post. If you know us, you know pretty much the only reason we drive south of 41st Street is to visit my sister and her family. (And to attend estate sales. Please don't tell The Husband.)

We are "near downtown" Tulsans. We live near downtown and play there, as well as in various mid-town spots. We go to Woodland Hills Mall maybe once a year. MAYBE. Why, you ask, have we been at the mall twice this week?

We needed a genius. Yes, we did. An Apple Genius.

Him: What's your problem?
Us: Yadda, yadda, yadda
Him: Okay, let me look at your machine settings. I can multi-task, what's your next problem?
Us: Yadda, yadda, yadda
Him: Here's the answer to your first question. I'm looking for the answer to your second question. What's your next problem?
Us: Yadda, yadda, yadda

The folks who work at the Apple Store are freaking smart. And technical. And SMART!

It was a great experience and lots of fun. Plus, our brains were spinning when we left with all the new information that had been downloaded into them!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Touring Tulsa, OK With Relatives

The Husband's cousin and his wife from California were just here for a visit.
Cathy and Gary

They arrived in time for dinner Thursday evening. We served them our quick and easy company meal: a boneless, stuffed chicken from Hebert's and a salad. Fortunately, they really liked it. You never know, when you tell your guests the chicken is stuffed with alligator, how they are going to respond!

Friday morning, they accompanied The Husband on his daily walk. It turned out to be a trek covering 6.5 miles. They were hot and tired when they returned to the house, but were happy to see so many beautiful houses in Mapleridge and walk the Midland Valley Trail to the Pedestrian Bridge in Riverparks.

We took them to lunch at Brownie's Hamburger Stand, which was really good. Afterwards, we drove them around various neighborhoods so they could get a feel for the different areas and marvel at the variety of architecture. Dinner Friday night was at McGill's on 21st Street, where we are always treated to great food and even better service!

Saturday morning, The Husband and Gary went on another long walk through Mapleridge, to Woodward Park, The Arboretum, and the Tulsa Historial Society. In the meantime, Cathy and I walked to the Cherry Street Farmer's Market to pick up a few items for dinner.

We decided on lunch at White River Fish Market, which is never a bad decision! They enjoyed it so much, they purchased a quart of gumbo to take home with them.

We drove them through Expo Square and ended up in the Quik Trip Center, which is very interesting because it is one of the largest clear span buildings in the world.  Oh, and look there, the Tulsa Flea Market was in session that day! We can't pass up a flea market, can we? Of course, not!

We then visited the new Quik Trip at 15th & Denver, to show the out-of-towners the next generation of Tulsa convenience store. This was my first trip to the new concept store and I was impressed. We all were impressed. Good job, Quik Trip!

The Husband's brother, Bill, came over to visit in the afternoon.
Brother Bill, Cousin Gary & The Husband

Saturday night's dinner consisted of The Husband's smoked ribs, bbq beans, corn on the cob, sliced tomatoes, cucumbers and Farrell Family bread. Dessert was a delicious yogurt cheesecake from Wagon Creek Creamery. Dinner was great, but the dessert was mighty fine, just so you know!

We were happy to show our guests a few of our favorite Tulsa places and activities that we sometimes take for granted. Experiencing these places with out-of-towners gave us a renewed appreciation for all things Tulsan. We can't wait for the next time they visit, as Philbrook Museum and Gilcrease Museum, as well as many other locally owned restaurants are on the "to do" list!

How do you entertain out-of-towners? Do you have lots of local places you are proud to show them?

Thursday, August 5, 2010

elZocalo - A Cooperative Gallery of Local Artists

As my regular readers know, The Husband and I have spent a lot of time in New Mexico this summer.

During our last trip to Las Vegas, NM, we visited elZocalo - a cooperative gallery of local artists. The gallery is located on The Historic Plaza.

We purchased this wall pocket:
It was created by artist Diana Whitten, who lives in New Mexico. It is made of copper, with lovely, attached beads and a beautiful, blue glass cylinder to hold flowers. This is a great piece of art that we were happy to bring home to Oklahoma.

The best thing about this piece of art? It only cost $48.

The lesson here is, look for local artists that are creating items that "speak" to you and then purchase those items.

You will never regret it!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Halloween Decorations

I don't collect Halloween decorations that are "scary." I am not a "cutesy" decorator, but I have decided that I prefer Halloween decorations that are sweet and innocent, as opposed to scary and gross.

I purchased these hand painted, ceramic figures recently at a Tulsa estate sale. How cute are they? The little devil has adorable freckles on his nose!
How much, you ask, did I have to pay to own these lovelies?  I paid $1 each. One dollar!

These kids will be part of my decorations for years to come.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

I Changed My Blog Template

Did you notice? (ha ha)

I don't know how long it will last. As long as it amuses me, I suppose.

Feedback is welcomed!

Mullinville, Kansas - Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose

After leaving Dodge City, we drove and drove and ended up in:
This was a very interesting little town for a couple of reasons. First was a Yard Art Studio.
The artist making one, of many, statements:
The artist has created an OVERWHELMING amount of yard art. We took the following video, in an attempt to give you an idea of the quantity. Let me just say, the video does not capture the awe inspiring reality.
As we drove around the town (all the better to get the video), we saw that a number of the houses proudly displayed items from this artist. We took photos of a few pieces in a couple of yards.

Yard # 1:
Yard # 2:

Second interesting item, as we drove out of town:
Our thoughts were "Not the kind of sign a person expects to see in Kansas."

As we continued motoring down the road, we came to the town of Greensburg, KS. On May 4, 2007, an EF5 tornado destroyed 95% of the town and killed 11 people. Greensburg is rebuilding as a "green" town. As we drove through town, everywhere we looked there were signs of construction, which equates to progress in the rebuilding effort.

The contrast in these two towns made me think:

  • It just goes to show, it can be "fun & games" in one location, while it is "life & death" in another location not far away.
  • Practice tolerance. (You don't have to accept, but peacefully tolerate).
  • Support others through their tragedies.
  • Enjoy life every day.
Thanks, Kansas, for providing an interesting drive.