Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Summer... The Fast and the Furious

Ah, summer. We wait so long for it and then before you know it the peonies are brown, the iris's have finished and it's time to clean up the garden, unpack the gazillion deliveries that are piling up at work, have a huge market at work, host the biggest 4th of July party know in these part, keep the Zumba routines fresh and the class motivated, prepare for a trunk show...


Anyone in the Midwest knows that summer is fleeting/flying/leaving us in the dust.
Sometimes I just want to be a kid again where Mom took us to the swimming pool for hours every week day. The smell of chlorine and the sounds of buzzing locusts in those huge trees at Harrington Park is a very strong memory for me.

I smile at the thought of my Mom and all the other ladies with their towels all next to each other lathered up in Coppertone chatting and solving the world's problems, while we slid, dove, flipped and splashed the summer days away.

Oh, I had such a crush on Adam Adams. (that's his name, so what?)
That boy could swan dive off the high board like nobody's business, flirt with every girl at the pool and leave every one of us in a summer swoon.

Exhausted and starving after, the feel of the air conditioner blasting in the car (this was Texas people... no where in the Midwest do you swim and then get in a car and turn on the AC!), and the the tunes playing on KVIL. We took great comfort knowing Mom would make some kind of great dinner. My mom... "you're gonna get cramps!", because we inhaled our dinner in the summer due to the neighborhood kids starting to gather for all kinds of games we would play late into the night.

I was a dodge ball force to be reckoned with. Just ask Carolyn Dale Nelson and she'll tell you about the time that the two of us took on all the boys in the neighbor hood and whooped em all.

(Just had to throw that out there).

The shouts of parents calling for us to come home around 10 or 11 at night was always disappointing, but we knew the next day we would do it all over again.

Man, those were the days.
So, I guess I should get on with what should be a busy, over the top kind of day, just like tomorrow and the next and the next, but that was a fun walk down memory lane.

I sure hope you take some time to slow down, enjoy and dwell on fond memories.

Happy Summer, All.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Vintage Market Vendors!

(side note, I am not able to link some of the vendors listed below correctly, will correct soon)

I am beyond excited about this years Vintage Market.

We have 18 vendors this year, as well as a new food vendor that promised to start us off with breakfast fare and continue to bring out goodies all day long.

So I went around the internet and "lifted" pictures from blogs and web sites of our vendors.

Be sure to click on the links, that if they have a site, you can go and check them out further.

Brilliant Stranger, Fish Creek

Altered Ever After

In A Haystack

Small Town Vintage

Lulu's Petals by Staci Schem

Vintage Retouche

Chippy Shabby

Our other vendors are:

Apron Strings with Mom and Me

Vintage Jules

Retro Textures

Loba's Art

Susan Livengood

Jane Herlitz

Tara Zimmerer

We're going to have a great time, and there will be treasures of all sorts to make the hunt fun!

Sat. July 9th 10am.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Update #2!

has checked in, read below!

The basket is pulled up to the trolley by a woven cotton rope ... When the basket reaches the trolley, it attaches by four little fingers that twist into a bracket. When all is secured (all automatic), one gives a good strong twitch/pull on the same rope just used and the basket and trolley (cast and polished aluminium .. with two 4" diameter wheels ..) are slung up the wire to the central cashier and wrapping desk. While the change is being made, another clerk would wrap the goods."
I have not seen this system in the UK.

Scroll down to check out my find and our research!

Thanks Jeanine and Debra!


I should have put my glasses on!

Lamson Air-Line.

It was a very clever invention using pulley sytems, to deliver cash for some reason.

Debra, at Common Ground, who clearly had her glasses on noticed the L, checked it out and, there you are!

Alex Joyce describes it like this: "There is a wire woven basket approx 20" long by 14" wide by 8" deep. The basket has a place on which to attach a small leather money/bill of sale cup."
The carriage bears the name "Air-Line".


Check out following post if you're wondering what we're talking about.


Most Interesting Find!

On a lark last week John and I headed out toward the UP to visit some antique/junk places we hadn't been to before. We really found some fun things, but this was the most interesting.

I may later ask myself why I didn't keep this, but for now it is for sale. (yikes). Samson Airlines, Chicago. I've googled and searched a bit, but nothing is coming up at all for the airline. If you look to the inside, right side of the basket there is a place that looks like it would hold a rolled up newspaper... perhaps?

There are four "thingy's" that would let another something hook into it.
Neat suitcases, BTW.

And a close up of the tag.

Cool, huh.

Any ideas?

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Wedding Styling, Reason To Get Off The Highway and Apologies toThe Graphic Fairy.

First things first. After hours of stewing and steaming over my problems trying change my blog, I finally got it right, went back to the Graphic Fairy site and she was right. In black and white she addressed exactly what I was doing wrong.

I am sorry.

I have taken many images from her site and they are wonderful, you should to.

Now, if you remember, I've tipped my hat into the "Wedding Styling" arena.

Or let's just say a really great gal asked me to help with her daughter's wedding and after seeing what she wanted, I could not refuse.

I may be more excited than the wedding party!

Here is the darling couple, Nick and Emily.

Nick and Em had photos taken at several different locations and a few wardrobe changes as well. I cannot stop drooling over Em's dress.... it IS vintage.

Absolutely dreamy, and she was stunning in it.

They hired a great photographer from Milwaukee, and here she is mid-shoot in our orchard.
How lucky to be in full bloom!

What you don't know is that it was about 50 degrees, and the fog was rolling in.

Em never once looked the least bit chilled, while her Mom was wrapped in a blanket and John started a bonfire!

Nick and Emily are a very sweet couple and I truly hope I can style their dreams come true.

Now, onto other important matters.....

Ever been here? It's about 30 seconds off Hwy 57/42 in Dyckesville,

and you can get these...


Okay, let summer begin! Hope you're having fun.