Thursday, January 28, 2010

B is for Bird!

B is for Bird!

(A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush!)

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Song I Love!


With Valentine's Day right around the corner, I've decided to share some of my vintage cards today. While this card is not exactly a Valentine, it definitely speaks to us of love. The little girl pictured on the card is an animal lover...and I love that!

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Valentine Bluebirds of Happiness!

In looking through some of my collectibles, I rediscovered this beautiful Valentine in my vintage greeting card collection and thought it brought forward a sweet and perfect message of love and friendship for my dear blogging friends. Bluebirds for happiness! So I'm sharing this today and wishing you all a beautiful Sunday and a week filled with happiness, peace, and goodness! Enjoy!

Tomorrow begins the 2010 One World One Heart global event. This is a wonderful event in which anyone with a blog may participate by having a giveaway and/or by simply visiting others who are having giveaways. The main purpose of this event is to get to know other bloggers by visiting their blogs, and in so doing fostering a feeling of friendship around the world. I will be hosting a OWOH giveaway starting tomorrow so be sure to stop back to visit and enter! It's going to be a lot of fun!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Paper Roses for Pink Saturday!

Four days before Thanksgiving and one day before my November birthday, Jim and I decided to take a ride to one of our favorite thrift stores! The sun was out, the breeze was mild, and the treasures were calling!

Spotting a very pretty stack of rose-covered vintage dishes across the room, I hurried on over to get a better look. They certainly were pretty—beautiful really! I turned a small dessert plate over to find any marking it might have but there was nothing written on the bottom of the plate. And there was no price marked on the dishes...a sure sign they would be more expensive than I'd want to pay for unmarked dishes. Still, they were VERY pretty. I walked away to think about it and to find someone to ask about the price.

The clerk, without looking at me, hurried over to the stack of dishes and with her sticker "gun" started shooting every piece on the shelf. I was afraid to look. However...the price was (gulp, it couldn't possibly be true) marked at only $29.95! I almost tripped over myself getting back over to the dishes to tell the clerk that indeed I wanted them. (Badly!) What an amazing bargain for such lovely pieces! Who cared if they didn't have any markings. Did it really matter? No, absolutely not!

So, it wasn't until the following day when I began to unpack the dishes from their newspaper wrappings that I turned over the first piece, a vegetable bowl, and discovered the words Blue Ridge! Of course, they were Blue Ridge! I'd been looking at Blue Ridge odds and ends for years in antique malls and thinking it would be such a privilege to own a few pieces. But a whole set! For $29.95! This was unbelievable! What a gift! My heart was absolutely dancing!In 1916 the owners of the Ohio, Clinchfield and North Carolina Railroads, wanting to expand their rail shipping business, started The Clinchfield Pottery in the small town of Erwin, Tennessee where the railroad stopped and which was centrally located close to raw materials and people to work as employees. The name Blue Ridge came about around 1932-33 because Erwin is located in the Blue Ridge mountains. When Clinchfield Pottery incorporated, the name was changed to Southern Potteries, Inc.

All pottery pieces were hand-painted in an assembly line with the more seasoned painters painting the major designs while less experienced painters dotted the blossoms and colored the leaves and stems. All in all, there were over 5,000 different hand-painted Blue Ridge patterns. I was fortunate to find a website for identifying patterns and discovered that the name of my dish set is Paper Roses! (How romantic!)
By 1946, Blue Ridge pottery was so popular that the company had showrooms across the U.S. During World War II the pottery was in its height of popularity, but by 1957 the boom had ended with the entry of plastic dinnerware. It took a few decades for the Blue Ridge pottery pieces to become as collectible as they are today but there are still some beautiful pieces available in antique malls!

And, once in a blue moon, someone might—just might—find a whole unused set in a thrift store! You just never know!


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Friday, January 22, 2010

Love's Message and Cherry Winks Cookie Recipe!

Today I'm sharing another Valentine from my vintage greeting card collection and also a favorite old Valentine Cookie Recipe called "Cherry Winks" from a 1960's Better Homes & Gardens Cook Book! I just love these old recipes!

Don't these cookies sound delicious and remind you of days gone by? Maybe they'll even bring back a memory or two for you! Happy remembering! Have a beautiful day, everyone!
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Thursday, January 21, 2010

A Is For Animals!

A Is for Animals!
(My love for animals is boundless!)


To learn more about Alphabe-Thursday click HERE!

Bluebirds and Sweethearts!

Here's another Valentine from my collection of vintage cards. I'll be sharing more of my vintage Valentines during the coming week. I know it's a bit early for Valentine's Day but I could enjoy these beauties all year long! Hope you are enjoying them too!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A Valentine for Ruby Tuesday!

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, I've decided to share some of my vintage Valentine postcards today and throughout the rest of the week.

I could look at these all year long, couldn't you! I vote for having a whole month of vintage Valentines to share! Hearts and flowers! Love and friendship! Angels painting hearts! Heartfelt wishes! Sending you all Valentine wishes!

Today, I am also participating in RUBY TUESDAY hosted by WORK OF THE POET. Click HERE to see more participants and their beautiful shades of red!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Reward of Merit for Blue Monday!

For more Monday Blues and to learn how to join, go to Smiling Sally's Blue Monday!
Thank you Sally for sharing this great blogging activity for all to join!

Happy Blue Monday everyone!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Snowmen Dogs!



Driving home from running errands the other day, Jim and I were tickled to see these beautiful snow characters guarding the walkway of a neighborhood home. I think they did a wonderful job creating this unique work of art! Snowmen dogs! Aren't they delightful!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Lassie and Old One-Eye!

Lassie and Old One-Eye is the final Lassie book in the weeklong postings of a small portion of my Lassie book collection. I was surprised and delighted to find an illustrated Lassie cover with PINK lettering so decided I just had to add it in for PINK SATURDAY!

I hope you've enjoyed all the beautiful Lassie book covers posted this week! Once again, many thanks for all your lovely shared memories and stories of your own loyal and heroic dogs! They are truly wonderful, aren't they!

Thanks to Bev at How Sweet the Sound for offering Pink Saturdays to all who wish to participate. She's doing a great job of coordinating and sharing. You can see other Pink Saturday participants HERE! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Lassie the MGM Movie Star!

I hope you've enjoyed the beautiful vintage graphics of a small portion of my collection of Lassie books! Today's book is entitled Lassie, Rescue in the Storm! Tomorrow will be the last of the weeklong Lassie book event postings at A Vintage Cottage Home. I have more to share sometime in the future, but we'll leave those for later on.

Thanks so much for all your interest and comments on this beautiful dog and the sweet, some sad, memories and stories of your own wonderful pets! I love all the dog stories you've shared! Have a lovely day, everyone!


Thursday, January 14, 2010

Lassie's Busy Morning!

This is Lassie week for Vintage Cottage Home so I'm sharing another wonderful vintage book with you. Hope you are enjoying the memories and tales of this beautiful heroic dog!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Lassie and the Kittens!

Here is a third offering of the Lassie books in my vintage collection. I'll be sharing these Lassie books all week so be sure to come back and see all the others I'll be posting. Today's book is entitled, Lassie and the Kittens. Don't you just love the colors and graphics on this cover?

As a child, I fell in love with Lassie and could never get enough of the stories about this wonderful collie! How about you? Did you enjoy the tales of rescue: books, films, and TV?

Today, I am also participating in RUBY TUESDAY hosted by WORK OF THE POET. Click HERE to see more participants and their beautiful shades of red!


Monday, January 11, 2010

Hooray for Lassie!


Here is another of the Lassie books in my vintage collection. I'll be sharing these Lassie books all week so be sure to come back and see all the others I'll be posting. Today's book is entitled, Hooray for Lassie and I'll also be sharing it on Smiling Sally's Blue Monday too.

What child didn't fall in love with Lassie? I know I couldn't get enough of that wonderful collie! Were you one of the ones who read about, saw a film, or watched a show on TV about Lassie?


For more Monday Blues and to learn how to join, go to Smiling Sally's Blue Monday!
Thank you Sally for sharing this great blogging activity for all to join!

Happy Blue Monday everyone!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Lassie and the Daring Rescue!

Many years ago as a child, I fell in love with Lassie and her tales of courage and wonder. The amazing stories told in books and film were enough to keep me dreaming every day and night of having my very own Lassie one day!

As it turned out, I have had the supreme pleasure of having several collies and shelties as dear beloved pets in my life for which I will be forever grateful. Their lovely personalities are a joy to behold!

Through the years, I began to collect Lassie books and now have a sweet collection. These I will share with you during the coming week. We start today with Lassie and the Daring Rescue!

How many of you have enjoyed the Lassie stories in books, films, and/or TV? Did you have a favorite?

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Fine Feathered Birds for PINK SATURDAY!


This week I have more beautiful graphics for your vintage hearts! Fabulous fantasy birds pose their stunning tail feathers just for you! If you listen carefully you may hear these whimsical creatures filling the air with poetic song. Another lovely work of art from times past!

Thanks to Bev at How Sweet the Sound for offering Pink Saturdays to all who wish to participate. She's doing a great job of coordinating and sharing. You can see other Pink Saturday participants HERE! Thanks for stopping by!

But, before you go, please take a minute to visit my new CHARMING VINTAGE RECIPES blog where you will find FREE 50'S FAMILY RECIPES! Please stop by! I'd love to have you join me as a FOLLOWER!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Nancy Drew Mystery Books!



I was very lucky to find these gorgeous Nancy Drew reproduction books in the Friends of the Library Bookstore. Thrifty buys: $1 each! Now that's the way to start the new year off! Don't you just love these great graphics!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Going for a Ride with Mom and Dad!


Our mom and dad take us everywhere they go...well, almost everywhere! We love riding in the car and now that we are senior citizens we love it even more.

That's my 12 1/2 year old sister Carrie behind me in the picture. You can tell who she is by her plain face (that's what she is called—a "Plain Faced Sheltie"—because her face fur is all velvety brown!) Isn't she beautiful?

That's me in front of her. My name is Bonnie Lass and I'm a sable and white sheltie. I turned 11 years old in October an I'm slowing down a little but I can still bark with the best of them!

Have a great day everyone! And remember to love your pets as much as our mom and dad love us! (We were rescued many years ago and have Mom and Dad wrapped around our little paws. It's best that way!) Happy barks to all!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Please! Please! Can She Go With Us?

(Artist Unknown)

To see more RUBY TUESDAY participants, hosted by WORK OF THE POET, click HERE!
Have a great day everyone and enjoy all the beautiful shades of red today!

Monday, January 4, 2010

A Scene in Western Spain for Blue Monday!

"A Scene in Western Spain" by Wells M. Sawyer

Today, I'm revisiting the beautiful 1930's scrapbook I found in an antique mall in Ohio last year. The wonderful works of art snipped and saved by a young woman many years ago provides a touch of true 1930's art for all us to enjoy! I'll soon be sharing her entire collection of art illustrations in the coming weeks, as each offers a treasure to behold! I hope you enjoy the selections as much as I do!

For more Monday Blues and to learn how to join, go to Smiling Sally's Blue Monday!
Thank you Sally for sharing this great blogging activity for all to join!

Happy Blue Monday everyone!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy PINK New Year on Pink Saturday!


Happy PINK NEW YEAR everyone!

For more Pink Saturday posts, go to Bev's blog: How Sweet the Sound!