Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Ugly Truth...

Hope y'all had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!
I had a 3 day Yard Sale, which kept me busy & made me some
extra $$$. What a great combination, right!

With a title like 'The Ugly Truth', you must be expecting some juicy
morsels of scandal or at the very least some torrid trouble that I've
gotten myself into, but what I'm going to share with you is a little
bit of movie TRIVIA. My brother & sister-in-law live in the 1930
apartment that Katherine Heigl lived in the movie, 'The Ugly Truth'!

This cracks me up...I found this picture on the internet of a random girl
standing in front of their apartments under the title,
I am NOT a STALKER. lol

Now, their apartment is not just one of the apartments in this
quint, California bungalow style, courtyard setting...

it is THE apartment they filmed 'The Ugly Truth' in.

Kinda CoooooL, right!  ;)

Sooo, since I'm their family & you're my friends...
you get a personal tour of this awesome little jewel, with all the charm
& character that only a 1930, Los Feliz home could have.

This is Pichu, catching some of the rays of light filtering
in through the gorgeous leaded windows.
{can you see my brother's reflection in the window?}

OK, leaded, stained & bayed windows... Aweeeeeeeee.

I have to go to a post office to get my mail, not only is this mail box
awesomely vintage, the mail lands on their floor...must be nice!

Their view into the courtyard, no wonder Pichu loves sitting here.

A Peek~A~Boo window in the front door, too cute.

This architectural detail goes all the way around the living room,
absolutely BEAUTIFUL!

What was once a phone box, see the shelf below for the phone book?

Here it is in the background of a scene with Gerard Butler & Kathrine Heigl.
The dining room is through the arch behind them...

& the corner cabinet built~ins & old windows in there are to die for.

The original old ice box that is tiled into the kitchen,
how cool is that?

The kitchen is completely tiled with soft yellow tiles & has a built~in
mirror/medicine cabinet & a little space to put your sponge.
I forgot to get a picture of the tiny milk bottle door,
where the milkman would leave your milk.
Those were the days!

The huge downstairs bathroom window.

A gorgeous upstairs nook with a built~in linen closet...love this!

This is the subtle design that goes around the walls of the
master bedroom. All the little added details that
no one takes the time to make anymore.

The base of the built~in vanity. I didn't want to include the top, as it
had personal items on it, but it is AMAZING. It has a vintage
round mirror, with great drawers & cabinets. I would love
to get ready for my day sitting here.

The Spanish style baloney over looking their courtyard &
gorgeous bougainvillea, a California staple. 

The view looking down into the courtyard...

not too shabby!!!

I love this sweet baptismal font, or maybe it's just
a bird bath, but it's perfect.

Headin down the Famous Stairs, which were featured in the movie...

yeah, I was standin there a minute ago. I think I was taking
up a little more space then Katherine, but I was standin right there! lol

Well, that's 'The Ugly Truth' friends.
The Ugly Truth is that I ADORE my brother & sister~in~laws new
apartment & think I need to live in one of the units right across from
theirs. Wouldn't that be so fun? It could be my CITY crib.


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Officer, CUFF Me...Please!

Sew...I DO have some good stories about thinkin I'd be cuffed by
an officer on my cross country trek to Texas,
but I'll save that for another time.  ;)

I must say though, I have been obsessing about cuffs. A much
softer & much more beautiful kind of a cuff...
a Gorgeous Fabric Cuff Bracelet.

I've been wanting to make one for ever sew long. I love the one's made of
Leather & Lace & always think of the Stevie Nicks & Don Henley song
when I hear those two words together, but since I had no leather
mine would be made of scraps of fabric & lace.

Looking through my Jewelry Love Board on Pinterest, I saw a sweet
& simple cuff tutorial by Vintiquites Workshop & it inspired
me to get all my tiny bits & pieces of vintage love out
& try something new.

Here's the lovely cuff made by Thespoena McLaughlin & her awesome
TUTORIAL. Thank you SEW much for sharing this with us, your words
were just what I needed to guide me through these uncharted waters.

What I loved about her method was that all that it takes is some
scraps & a needle & thread. I also used some fabric glue
just to secure any loose frays of fabric.

I ADORE the way my cuff turned out & enjoyed making it so much,
I'm sure this will be my NEW jewelry craze for the moment!

Sew, like I said...Officer CUFF me, PLEASE!!! LOL


Friday, August 17, 2012

The Old Barn Antiques in San Juan Capistrano

Happy TGIF Friends...
I hope you all have had a great week filled with creativity & fun!

I wanted to share with you one more of my favorite places to go
when I'm in San Juan Capistrano...I ADORE,
The Old Barn Antiques Mall!!

First of all...it's HUGE & I LOVE that!!!

Secondly...the prices are usually really quite reasonable, with many vendors
running sales of 10% ~ 40% off their booth.

And Thirdly...being across the street from the mission, they have some
really awesome Vintage Religious Icons, which I am also in love with!

These were just a few pics of some of my favorites...
I need to go back & get some more of the holy cards.

Beautiful Art Nouveau Silver Vanity Set...
I wanted that!!!

Old Vintage Barkcloth to die for...

& of course, colorful Feistaware. I was so excited...I had a wedding
last weekend for a young couple & one of things that was on the bride's
registry was aqua, reproduction Feistaware. So you can imagine how
excited I was to find this cute salt & pepper set for her. I took them
back to my Dad's & cleaned them all up, but 2 old corks were stuck
inside both of them. My Dad & I must have spent a hour trying to get
those things out. It was nearly impossible!! ;)

There was a lovely old photo album there...

probably given for Christmas to
Frederick Henry Hawkins in 1887.

It always makes me sad when I find something like this. I think about family
members like me, who would cherish forever a family heirloom filled with
so much history. Where is this family? Why did they ever let this go?
Is there someone out there that would cry for joy to have it? I am soooo
serious about this, that I actually have reunited a baby book I bought at
an antique shop with it's 62 year old BABY...but that's another story!!!


Monday, August 13, 2012

Flyin Solo at Mission San Juan Capistrano

Happy Monday Friends...

This past week has been a busy one for me, with LOTS of driving up
& down the mountain, taking care of family & celebrating with friends...

but I did manage a small solo trip, just for me at one of my favorite
places in all the world, Mission San Juan Capistrano. The
mission was founded in 1776 by Father Junipero Serra.

It was unplanned, a spur of the moment, impulsive trip...
the very best kind if you ask me!

I was already at my Daddy's house in Laguna Hills & San Juan Capistrano
is just down the road from him. I woke up early & thought I would
beat the heat & leave immediately...what a stellar idea!!

I was one of the first visitors there & I pretty much had the
entire place to myself & I LOVED it!!

I have lots of little, odd quirks as many of you know & one of them
is I don't like to have random people in my photographs.
I KNOW, totally quirky & peculiar right..I told you.

So this morning was particularly magical...

bright sunshine, blue sky, a 250 year old mission & me & my camera!

My new little tiny pocket camera...a Samsung ST66.

Doesn't it take lovely photographs!!

I still love my BIG camera, but I needed a little 'sumthin' to throw
in my purse JUST for occasions like this & no..
I don't own an iphone. I know...loser, right! lol

So, I hope you enjoy the tour of Mission San Juan Capistrano.
Our California missions are some of the oldest & most historical
sites in Cali. There are 21 of them up the coast, starting in
San Diego & ending above San Francisco.

Yes, I'm a mission FREAK, so I've seen all of them but 2 & those are
both on my Bucket List, along with Paris.  ;)

The Great Stone Church...

The 'Miracle of the Swallows' takes place every year in March
as these loyal little birds wing their way back home, from a winter
spent in Argentina. 

Do you think this grape vine might be really old???

Clusters of grapes hanging everywhere...

Ancient Cactus...

The water lily's were magnificent!!

It was such a lovely day, but I was hot & tired after walking through
the mission & across the street was the perfect place for me to cool
down & have a refreshing drink...