Thursday, July 7, 2011

Spoonin at Mount Vernon


I hope all my Sweetest of Hearts...
had a fabulous 4th of July weekend filled with Family, Franks & Fireworks! ;)
I've been SPOONIN & just had to make myself a necklace when I found this
awesome, vintage Mount Vernon, silver plate spoon with
George Washington on the handle.
The sari ribbon just looked perfect on it, giving it a feeling of days long past.
I've got 2 orders I'm trying to work on finishing today, so I guess it's
pound, pound, pound
for me...love it!


Here's a pic of Kai & Munga at our small town 4th of July Parade.
I wish for all of you, the simple magic of a small town parade.
It doesn't matter if it's 1911 or 2011,
in those moments as the simple floats go by & the band plays,
war veteran's march in uniform, carrying our red, white & blue,
children dressed in clothes from the revolutionary war proudly wave to the crowd,
policemen, firemen, scouts & their leaders, toss candy to the kids
faces sticky & wet from snow cones & ice cream,
horses & their riders prancing stoutly down Main Street...
time stands still.
In that instance, we're all just Americans, united in the common belief
that we live in the Greatest Country on earth & it's our moment to
SHINE!
I LOVE the 4th of July!!!

XOXO
vintagesusie

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Freedom Don't Come Free

{listen too...}
"Let the world go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike,
that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans,

born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace,
 unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship,

support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and success of liberty. This much we pledge and more."

"to those nations who would make themselves our adversary,
we offer not a pledge but a request that both sides begin anew the quest for peace..."

"Since this country was founded, each generation of Americans has been summoned to give testimony to its national loyalty.
Now the trumpet summons us again, not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need, not as a call to battle, though embattled we are,
but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle year in and year out, “rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation”,

a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself.
And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America can do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man."

John F Kennedy's Inaugural Address
January 20, 1961

Have a Happy 4th of July my Sweet Friends!

And when the words 'Thank You' don't begin to express my feelings of pride & honor & gratitude towards our American Hero's,
when I am at a loss for words & can find nothing else to say,
I am always mindful that...

'Freedom Don't Come Free'!
XOXO

Monday, June 27, 2011

The Cottingley Fairies, Elsie Wright & Frances Griffiths

{frances in the 1st of the 5 fairy pictures taken}

Do you BELIEVE in Fairies?

{frances & elsie at cottingley beck}

Two young cousins who lived in Cottingley, England in 1917 did.
Elsie Wright, 15, and Frances Griffiths, 10, took a series of 5
photos at Cottingley Beck that fascinated the world &
caught the eye of the renowned writer & spiritualist,
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

{the 2nd photo, elsie with a winged gnome}

This magic all began, when 2 little girls were trying to convince
their parents that they had seen fairy's in the Cottingley Beck.
Elsie took her father's camera, went down to the beck & came
back with the 1st two pictures of the Cottingley Fairies.

Today, we may think it fantastic that anyone could be fooled
into thinking these pictures were real, but in 1917 a camera was
a piece of scientific equipment & took pictures of what was
in front of it & nothing else...the Fairy Magic had begun!

{frances & the leaping fairy}

Elsie's mother was interested in the occult, having had some experiences
with the paranormal & went to a Theosophical meeting that was
taking place near her home. The lecture was on Fairy Life.
Polly mentioned that her daughter & niece had taken some
photographs of fairies & it became sensational evidence
of the existence of fairies.

{the 4th photo, a fairy offering posy harebells to elsie}

In 1920 the photographs made there way to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,
creator of Sherlock Holmes & he contacted the family for permission to
use the photos in an upcoming magazine article he was to write.

Several different researchers looked at the photographs for authenticity
& yet no one could confirm that they were fakes. After publication,
Arthur Doyle brought the girls 2 cameras & 20 photographic plates
in hopes that they would return to Cottingley Beck & catch
more images of THEIR fairies & they did!

{the 5th & last photograph, fairies & their sun bath}

Staying true to their tale for more then for 60 years, the girls,
Elsie & Frances now old women, finally admitted that their
fairies weren't real. That is none were real except for the 5th &
last photograph. Until her death, Frances swore that nothing had
been done to create the transparent images of the fairies dancing
& sunbathing in the grass. Her daughter, grand-daughter & great
grand-daughter all believe this one image to be true.

So my question for you today is...
Do you believe in Fairies??
I LOVE these...


I DO BELIEVE IN FAIRIES!!!
Clap your hands if you believe in fairies!  ;)

XOXO
vintagesusie

Friday, June 17, 2011

A Vintage Trailer Adventure!

TGIF Sweet Hearts, I can't believe it's already Friday!
Time goes by so fast at this point in my life, I'm surprised I don't get
whiplash from the changing of the days. LOL
Robert & I have been buying, selling, restoring & keeping vintage trailers for about 10 years & have probably had about 50 or 60...we've kinda lost count by now.
I thought it might be fun for you to come along on one of our Vintage Trailer
finding & buying excursions, they're usually quite a Hoot! ;)
This particular adventure went kinda like this...
Yesterday morning I woke up & hadn't even had my coffee when hubby said,
"Hey, ya wanna come with me to go look at a vintage trailer I found for sale in in Needles?"
Now, my mind works in mysterious ways.
From our house up here in the So Cal Alps to Needles takes about 4 hours...but,
Needles is next to Laughlin, which is a mini Vegas, which means a possibility to gamble,
so I said, "Sounds Fun, let's go!"
We packed the cooler, added some tools, got some $$$ & hit the road
prepared to be back later that same night.
With Fleetwood Mac & Willie Nelson blaring out of the speakers
we were both joyful to simply be
'On The Road Again!'
Fast forward,
I had put the end destination into my Garmin. Now, Garmie doesn't
tell you how far to your end destination, she tells you how far to your next turn.
As we approached Needles, she didn't have an inclination to tell us to turn anywhere,
which deeply concerned hubby & I as Needles could be seen getting further
away in our rear view mirror as the gas gage was getting closer to empty.
Still trying not to get too crazed, I optimistically say "Well it can't be too far right,
you also mapquested it!" Seems he did, but now thinks that maybe he didn't read it
quite right. Might be down the road a little closer to Kingman, AZ then to Needles, CA.
Hummmm, well we better find some gas quick before we have to start
pushing this thing across the desert, it was only 106 degrees outside.
Garmie tells us to turn left at Kingman & go another 38 miles down the road.
OK...we're getting close, Thank God! Until Garmie tells us to turn right & go
another 28 miles down the road, we are truly in the middle of NOWHERE now!!!
There were dirt roads involved, some Grand Canyons & 6 hours after we left our house for
a little day tour, we finally arrived at a house in the desert with a white canned ham
sitting in the driveway, it is now 4pm.
I was immediately TAKEN! I looked in the door & saw that cute yellow & white
original stove & fell in love...my hubby, not so much.
The owner had told him no water damage, which there was...
he now had spent $120 in gas to get here and was not happy...
 her asking price was $800, but now there's damage...
and as all this was going on, all I could see was...
The Diamond in the Rough!
The more original a trailer is, the more I fall in LOVE with it!
The original counter top & table top were there,
the original front bench seats were in amazingly good condition,
the back sofa bead was still plump & pretty in it's original fabric,
all the light fixtures were still in place, the sink, the icebox,
the hardware on the cabinets...it was all there, just waiting
for somebody to SEE it & bring it back to LIFE!
I saw it & loved it & I knew we hadn't driven 6 hours, to the middle of nowhere,
to come home empty handed!
Unexpectedly, I blurted out "How about $400 cash, right here, right now?"
Robert cocked his head at me with that, no...she didn't really just do that kinda looks.
{have you ever gotten one of those, awkward}
Veronica, the woman who owned it, looked at me & said, "You gotta a deal!",
while my hubby's still trying to catch his breath & back peddle, saying something about $350.
And thus went the purchase on our next vintage trailer...a 1955 Hummi,
she's exactly 1 year older then me!! ;)
It was 9pm by the time we got back into Kingman, AZ & took a room in a classic, crappy little
motel for $25 bucks, just too tired to go any further. We had started this journey with the idea
of buying a vintage trailer to restore & fix up & sell for a profit.
But as we drove home, I knew I just couldn't part with her.
I didn't know why, but this particular jewel was singing to my soul &
inspiring me to want to transform her into my jewelry design studio.
On the ride home, I told Robert I wanted to keep her & write vintagesusie & wings on the sides.
I could just see her, a huge heart on the back with wings stretching out of it onto each side,
she'll be GORGEOUS!!
As we pulled into the drive of our house, got out & started putting everything away,
I walked over to the front of our new little white, vintage trailer & thought I saw the outline
of something at the top, a wing. I called Robert over & he too could see it. Wiping away
some ancient dirt, we could see the original outline of the name of our trailer...
Hummingbird it said, with a small outline of a bird attached to the lettering.
A little stunned, we walked over to the side of the trailer, looking closely to try & see what
was hidden under the paint & there it was.
The 1955 Hummingbird's original graphic, a huge wing that started at the back
& turned into individual feathers towards the front. I'm speechless.
You tell me what that all means...
there is magic in each & everyday, I'm sure of it.
You just have to find it!

XOXO
vintagesusie

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Dreamin of Forth Worth Texas


I LOVE a lazy Sunday afternoon, don't you?
Having a late breakfast & hanging out in your jammies till noon...what's not to like!
But on this Sunday afternoon, I'm missing my Sweet TEXAS.
Maybe it's all the pics I've been seein of all my Girly Friends in Canton...
Sewww, I'm taking a trip to Fort Worth today, ya wanna come along??


There's nothin quite like the neon glow of Old Town Fort Worth & The Stockyards.
I dream that I'm rich enough to go into Leddy's to have
a pair of custom Cowgirl Boots made just for me.
What kind of design would I chose?
Would they fit me like a glove & not even kinda hurt?
Oh, that would be pure Heaven!!!


When I was there in the spring for the antique festival in Round Top,
my sweetest friends Charlene & Cindy took me & Karen
for a night on the town in the Stockyards & that red & green neon
has been glowing in my memories ever since.


The streets look like an amusement park, with one little restaurant & bar after another.
Can anybody say, let's party 'Texas Style'??  ;)


Now, partyin Texas Style requires two main courses,
Beer & Beef!!!
Can I get a Yell Yeah???
{sorry to all you vegetarians out there, my sister included}


Our chaperone's, I mean tour guides, took us to what has to be one of the
COOLEST spots in town, the H3 Ranch! We had an awesome meal there, but
do you know what I remember the most from that fabulous meal?
The BEANS!! Yep, those damn beans were to die for!


And on top of being the coolest looking spot in town with the bestest food,
H3 also has a little interesting history to it to.
Seems that Bonnie & Clyde hid out in that top floor, corner room in the hotel
attached to the restaurant after one of their murderous, robbing sprees.
How EXCITING!!!  :O


Here's The Wild Bunch itself...
Karen, Cindy, Charlene & Boyfriend,
My GANG!
We may look nice, but we're ready to RUMBLE!!


Are ya gettin a taste for Texas yet?
I have a little bit of drool in the corner of my mouth, just thinkin about it's yumminess!


OK, so where else can you go & see a possum hanging from the
ceiling & a Buffalo Butt sticking out of the bar...
Texas Baby, Texas!


OMG, I think that buffalo's butt has been violated with a rather large toothpick.
Someone has defiled that poor old buffalo's butt.
{just promise when I die you won't let anybody do this with my butt,
I'd turn over in my grave}
I just LOVED Fort Worth's Stock Yards, tooooo fun!


Now, we are really going backwards in time.
This was the very 1st place I made poor Charlene take
us after she picked us up at Love Field in Dallas.
I HAD to see the BOOK DEPOSITORY!


You know, The Book Depository in Dealey Plaza.
I'm a history buff & am fascinated with any kind of history, so there was no
way I could go to Dallas for the first time & not see Dealey Plaza.
As Miss Charlene said, "Not one of Texas's finest hours.", but regardless it is
an important part of American History.


And 48 years after a man stood in one of those windows with a rifle & killed our President,
after 48 years of speculation, conspiracy theories & the Zapruder film,
I got to see the Grassy Knoll for myself.
It gave me goosebumps...
My Charlene is sooooo GOOD to me!!


Sewwww Sweet Hearts, I hope you enjoyed our Sunday in Texas!
We got a lot of Fort Worth, a little Dallas, a whole lot of Woot Woot
& y'all just remember, my boots are out, my bags are packed & 
I can't wait to get me back there!
Even if it is Hotter then HELL!  ;)

XOXO
vintagesusie