Sunday, September 5, 2010

a wild west extravaganza & a Winner!

Howdy Y'all!!!!
Since all things in my life right now are pointing towards TEXAS & Round Top & meeting my bloggie buddies & shopping like a fool & going to a prom & driving like a CRAZY person, alone, from California...
I thought this Give-Away should have a western theme!
So Round-Up your little doggies or whatever it is they round up in Texas, get out your pistols, put on a petticoat, hold on to your hat & let's get this party started!!!

In honor of this special occasion I've asked my friend & fellow Wild Child, Annie Oakley, to say a few words. Now, I don't know if any of you were in LOVE with the HBO series 'Deadwood', but I was & if that's really how Annie talks...I think we'll keep this PG & just wonder at her amazing 'Peerless Lady Wing-Shot'.
As she goes through some of her sharp shooting techniques the audience is enthralled, though silently praying she doesn't have to sneeze.

Another great friend of mine here to CELEBRATE, is Darlin' Dinah. She's a hard workin woman who works 2 jobs to keep herself in bullets. By day she's a daring gunslinger, but when that sun sinks slowly in the west, she's off to the 'Red Lamp District' where she sinks into a feather bed & rests her weary feet. {ps: her jewelry was designed by the junk gypsy's, sooo coooool}

I've done heard it said, that a man's best friend is his dog? Well, as you can see, a women's best friend is obviously her gun & her horse!

These gals came by especially to find out who the 'WINNER' is of my 300 Friends 'Wild West Show Extravaganza' & sadly to say...they meant business!
The gal on the right is wearin, my lamb from 'Lambs & Ivy Boutique' & the one on the left told me I'd better give her the prize cuz "she was Joni on Happy Days"!
Geez...the things a person has to go through to give away a prize. Those fools, don't they know I only do these things Fair & Square?
Enough Ladies...let's get to the GOOD STUFF!!
Drum roll please.
The much anticipated winner of my
300 Friends
Wild West Show
Extravaganza is...

Carol Anne of Carol Anne's Boutique, Congratulations Friend!!!!
As the crowd starts hootin' & hollerin' & shootin' off rounds into the air, some swearin' can be heard in the background from the gals who DIDN'T win vintagesusie's big prize. Joni's pissed! Since vintagesusie knows how to handle disgruntled women, she yells out into the crowd "whiskey shots on me"!
Enthusiastically the women all run over to the local bar to get drunk & brawl. Susie on the other hand, quietly climbs onto her appaloosa 'Mirage' & rides slowly in the opposite direction towards the setting sun & Round Top!
{oh yeah, that's a pic of my hubby tryin to lasso me back home, fearful of what kind of trouble this ole, crazy gal might get herself into in Texas without a man...sorry honey, I love ya...but a bloggy girl's gotta do, what a bloggy girl's got to do!}

Happy Trails Gals...

XOXO

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Give-Away in 3 days???

OK, can somebody tell me where time goes when it fly's???
Cuz I can't believe we're already 3 days away from my 300th Friend Give-away & I didn't even have a chance to have my Sneak Peek or remind everyone who hasn't had a chance to enter, to Enter, or go on & on about all the bloggie buddy love that's going to be in the winners box when it arrives! What's a CRAZED BLOGGER to do?

So why am I a little more CRAZY then usual you may ask? {or maybe you didn't ask, but I'm going to tell you anyway}

My Grandson Kai has started kindergarten this week & it's been CRAZY around here. Last minute shopping trips to Target & Payless for the usual Back to School supplies, kindergarten orientation, {orientation??? when I was in kindergarten they just threw you out of the station wagon & said "be good & listen to your teacher..I'm pretty sure that was the extent of my "orientation"} And today is his 1st day of after-school care at a portable at his school run by the Parks & Rec. Will he make it there OK??? Will he know he's suppose to go with that teacher?? Will he sit alone waiting for Mommy or Monga to pick him up & we won't be there? Will something horrible happen? OMG, I watch WAYYYYY to much Nancy Grace!

Enough of that silliness! I just want you to know that I am so excited about this Give-away & can't wait for 1 of my friends to win something wonderful, hand-made with love & heartfelt from me to you, because as far as I'm concerned...you are all just
Sooooo Awesome!
Thanks for being my friend!
XOXO

Monday, August 30, 2010

long lost friends...found!

Can 36 years go by in the blink of an eye?
Growing up in Huntington Beach, CA was something of an idyllic childhood. We had a modest home in a lovely little neighborhood where all the kids that lived there, played together, joined Scouts together, played softball together & went to elementary, junior high & high school together. One of my bestest little friends was Susan Jacques.

My family took very few photographs, so this is one of my prized possessions...an old black & white photo of my 11th birthday party. My face is covered by a reflection, but on the right you can see Susan sitting on the floor next to me. {my little sister Kristen, who has the llama's in CO, is standing on the left}

I was in the sixth grade then & Susan & I did everything together!
Things I remember about Susan...
Her parents were French & had accents & sometimes I had a hard time understanding them.
She lived just a few house away from our elementary school Schroeder, so it was always fun to go to her house right after school.
We went to Girl Scouts together & our leader had a wandering eye & I could never tell when she was talking to me...so I got in trouble a lot cuz I wouldn't stop doing whatever she was telling me to stop doing. I thought she was talking to someone else. lol
I sold her sister my entire collection of Barbie's for $5 when I was in HS so I could go to a movie. I still kick myself for that.
And she was my bestest friend.

After HS, the gypsy in my soul took me to far off lands like San Francisco, Durango, Co & Salt Lake City & sadly, I lost track of so many of my childhood friends.
Fast Forward.
Through the super powers of facebook, Susan & I have just found each other after being separated for 36 years....how Crazy & Wonderful!
This is her sweet hubby Phil standing in front of the sign of my local lake, the lake I see everyday.

As serendipity would have it, they have been coming to Crestline for years. They have friends with a cabin here where they often come to relax & get away. They have eaten at the Cafe directly across the street from my shop. We have been feet away from each other all this time & never even knew it.

They came up this past weekend & we got to see each other face to face & it seemed as if time had stood still & we were still those 2 little girls who loved to talk & play.

She loves to make handmade jewelry...just like me.
She has her house decorated in lovely little vignettes...just like my shop.
She loves antiques...just like I do.
There was a reason we were such good friends when we were young.
We are so very similar.

So Sweet Hearts...today, if I could wish you anything, I would wish for you the pure joy of standing next to, talking & laughing with & being able to give a hug to,
a long, lost friend, found.
It's Magic!


Click here to view this photo book larger


{a photo book from Shutterfly I made a few years back with some of my childhood pictures}

Friday, August 27, 2010

vintage trailer rally, a potluck & dutch ovens?

Hi Sweet Hearts!!
I'm back on my final chapter of the Vintage Trailer Rally Saga & it's time for a 'POTLUCK'!

Now, we've established in an earlier post, '10 Little Things About Me', that I don't cook. So, when I heard about the Potluck long before we were at this event, I thought to myself...

Self...since you cook like crap & it's gonna be real hot & you won't have room in the trailer to make anything big enough for this size of a group...

{this was my absolute favorite!!! I had 2 helpings of it, it was like an enchilada casserole & it was delicious...thank you to whoever made this yummy dish!}
maybe you could just bring a big seedless watermelon & cut it up into nice little cubes. That would be refreshing & you wouldn't have to cook!
{my mind is always trying to come up with new ways to get out of cooking}

So it was thought & so it was done.
Now, walking over to the potluck with my refreshing watermelon cubes displayed in a cool vintage enamel frig container, I felt..."this is good, it's gonna work, this is probably the same kind of thing everybody else is bringing". Until I saw 35 of these!!!

Now, we've been to many different Vintage Trailer Rallies over the years. Maybe I was drunk, maybe I was a hermit & didn't go out, maybe I just wasn't looking, but I have never seen or even heard of a 'Dutch Oven' until this event & all I can say is WOW!

As I walked over to the tables & saw this vast array of cast iron pots filled with the most delectable smelling & looking dishes I had ever seen, I thought..."I must live under a rock or someone didn't send me the memo, cuz nobody told me to cook anything in one of these crazy pots". My watermelon looked ridiculous!!! ;(

Thus was my sad, but enlightening, introduction to the
Dutch Oven!

Now this is an art people! It goes something like this...

You add all of the ingredients of your fabulous dish into this huge cast iron, well seasoned pot. You heat up charcoal brickets & place them in a strategic way under & on top of the Magic Pot.

The general consensus is...4 or 5 brickets on the bottom & 14 brickets on the top lid.

This slowly cooks for about 1 1/2 hours in which you give the lid a quarter turn every 15 minutes or so. There is a special handle you use to turn the lid so your hands don't 'CATCH ON FIRE'!

The benefits...
You can cook a heck of a lot of food without getting your trailer hot.
You can cook everything for your meal in 1 pot.
You can even make dessert & biscuits in this same pot.

The downfalls...
I don't even think I could lift this pot. This is a 2 man show & when I say man, I do mean man. Do not attempt this alone. And I was wondering...do they make elbow length oven gloves???
Oh look, I took a 2nd picture of my favorite enchilada dish...sooooo goooood!

I have now shared with you my complete knowledge about dutch ovens, other then every single thing we tried out of one was delicious. Needless to say, this group knew what they were doing & now comes the monumental decision...do we get one?

OK, do you see how all the campers are serving themselves from this cute horseshoe bench that had all the dutch ovens on it??

My watermelon & the items brought by the other non-cookers, were sadly designated to the table where, as you can see above, not many people circled around.

Not even I circled around.

Why would you fill up on watermelon when there was so many astonishing meals to be had on the horseshoe? I didn't. So in conclusion of our Vintage Trailer Rally's Potluck I would have to say...WOW!
Loved it, stuffed myself, gorged myself, it was fantastic & fun too! We laughed, we ate, we looked at old trailers & spoke vintage trailer to each other.
The Best!

So friends, it looks like we will be looking into purchasing a Dutch Oven. I only said LOOKING. I have issues with the microwave, so this is really a huge decision for me.
Now, as you may remember the 1st night we didn't crank up the generator, but after the potluck we were fired up like the Space Shuttle getting ready to launch at Kennedy.

And just in case there are any Dutch Oven cookers out there, I will leave you with my friend Kristy's wonderful dessert recipe. {& you can even do this in a reg oven too!}
Berry Cobbler
Fresh or Frozen bag of any misc. berries
1/4 cup of berry jam to add for sweetening
1 box of yellow or white cake mix
1 cube of butter
Add the berries & jam together & place in the bottom of pan
Sprinkle the cake mix on top
Melt butter & drizzle on top
Cook for 1/2 hour or more, checking to make sure the top is brown
Soooo Yummy!!!!
Happy Trails Friends, until we meet again!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

vintage trailer rally, day 2!

Greetings Friends...Welcome to Day 2 of our Vintage Trailer Rally in the mountains of beautiful Southern Cal!!!

{isn't this one fun??? a vw pulling a teardrop...love it}
For me, Day 2 is always the most fun! By now, everyone has arrived & set-up their adorable vintage trailers.

{love this painted Route 66 Tear}
You've had your morning coffee & with camera in hand, you head off to check out all the other trailers at the Rally, meet the owners, make friends & talk 'Vintage Trailer'! It's a language totally unto it's self!

Some trailers are in the process of restoration...

and some trailers are a 'Dream on Wheels'!

And there's always a Pink Flamingo somewhere to be found!!!

{my hubby is standing under the awning}
These were our next door neighbors & we adored them! They fed us berry cobbler & fresh morning biscuits cooked from a Dutch Oven...delicious!
{more to come on Dutch Ovens in the next post}

Look how they painted the truck to match their trailer...just toooo coooool!

Teardrop camper trailers evolved after World War II, and were originally constructed with surplus war materials. The exterior skins were usually made from the wings of World War II bombers.

Teardrop's are made to sleep two and have a raise-up deck lid for the rear kitchenette usually with an ice box, stove & storage.

At this Rally, I felt like I was at a 'Vintage Trailer Smorgasbord'! :)
Canned Hams...

awesome Old Pop-Ups...

full size trailers of all shapes & sizes.

Look at this Old Pop-Up, the metal slides are to die for!!

And who doesn't LOVE a Shasta???

Isn't this Woody Tear Cute?

And I thought this kitchenette had all the comforts of home.
{loved the rear tail lights}

The one thing about a Teardrop Trailer is...
you really do have to love the person your camping with cuz it is close quarters!

This Aljoa was adorable & totally vintaged out on the inside! I really loved the front window awning which works great for shade, but is also a rock guard while your driving. I think we NEED 1 of those...don't you?

And this was the smallest little Tear I've ever seen...so cute!
He had to add extensions on to the back in order to lay down. lol

Are you still hanging in there with me??
I had such a hard time editing my pictures to make this post short enough to enjoy & yet still really give you a taste of all the amazing eye candy that was there.

How cool is that? To pull your Tear with a Classic Ford Mustang!

Nice!

This was 1 of my favorites! A vintage Tear being pulled by a fully restored, 1955 Montclair.

This vintage car was sooooo SWEEEEET!

They had just gotten back from taking it to Las Vegas...
can you imagine driving up to the Bellagio in this jewel?
Vegas Baby, Vegas!

Just Yummmmy!!!

This gem was in complete original condition. They bought it with the Coke Cooler in the back just like it was left. For us vintage trailer people, these are things that dreams are made of.

If this cooler could only talk...how many little hands have reached in there to grab an ice cold soda during a family vacation?

Look at the shine on this Baby!! Somebody's got a sore arm after all this polishing...but OMG, it is well worth it! This is a DeVille, we have one in our yard that we use for storage, but it's body sure doesn't look like this.

Back home after a day of touring. It was hot & we were a little thirsty & tired, but we had big grins on our faces just like our Vintage Baby!
Stay tuned for my next addition to the Vintage Trailer Saga...it's time for a Potluck & what I learned about 'Dutch Ovens'. Who would have known?

XOXO