Monday, May 22, 2017

Easter Decor


You read that right.  It says EASTER decor.  Easter is one of my least favorite holidays.  I am not into froo froo flowers and pukey pastel colors.  I like things a bit distressed, old, and with character.  How can a Halloween kid represent this happy fluffy holiday in their own way?  It then came to me when I was arranging my vintage stuffed animal collection that most of the fellas I had were bunnies, a chic, along with several other deteriorated darlings that once upon a time were probably nestled in someone's Easter basket.  I then realized I had Easter decor and didn't even know it!


So I rounded up these cotton tailed cuties along with the other minimal vintage Easter items I have and set up a bit of decor in the dining room.   Everyone did get a bit dress up with a new fresh flouncy bow.


The table centerpiece is kinda halloween evil in a way.  None of the candy is real in the basket.
The chocolate bunny is ceramic and the little foil wrapped "Bunny Money" chocolate coins are just for show.  I like to collect packaging with graphics that have remained unchanged over many decades.  Russell Stover and Palmer are two companies havng these kind of illustrations for Easter.  I saved these foil wrappers several years ago and replaced the candy with cut out disks of foam core.  PB was not pleased with any of this nonsense.

Here are some individual mugshots of my enervated eggheads:






Happy Easter from my buck toothed bunny bunch!

Easter Egg Past Posts Hunt:

Monday, May 15, 2017

"Quick-Like-A-Bunny" Cake

My Easter involvement is usually pretty minimal.  Yet this year I actually acknowledged the holiday with more than an a Target bag filled with discount cheap candy.  I have two whole new posts to share this year on said subject!

  Most years we do manage to make a bunny cake because of coconut....love coconut! The cake is generally one with a plastic bunny face stuck to a couple of half circle cakes loaded down with coconut fur.  The Easter bunny does drop off goodies to PB every year along with "pooping" out PB's name next to his filled basket.  The Easter bunny poops candy like chocolate malt balls and chocolate covered peanuts or raisins.  You knew that right?

This year we retired the plastic bunny face and tried a whole new design of cake.  This boxy bunny is too too cute!
{Click on above image to enlarge for instructions}

 We don't care too much for jelly beans so I improvised his facial features with stuff we already had, some edible and some not.  Eater beware.  His eyes are black fondant, nose is a rock hard piece of bubble gum, smile is Hot Tamales.  His whiskers are strips of construction paper and his bow tie is scrap fabric.


Here are the few minimal, yet super cute, posts links I have to some past Easter stuff:

Monday, May 08, 2017

Still Under Construction


I thought by May I would have most of my house projects under control to where I would be back to this "house" but it's going to be a bit longer.  I am about to embark upon the most difficult space, the dreaded first room people see and judge you by: the living room.  

I have made some massive progress in other areas of the house over the last few months though.  Because I like to make lists here is a very simplified one of my project breakdowns:

Dining Room:
Those crappy plastic broken mini blinds that have been hanging in the dining room for the past 6 years are now clogging up the landfill.  Curtain rods are up, curtains made, walls painted, and (after years of being stored away) wall hanging are up too.  

Kitchen:
The walls and ceiling are painted, most wall decor is up.  

Living Room:
Most walls are painted.  Barkcloth curtains are washed, still need hemming.  Display shelf and end tables need to be painted.  Wall stuff needs to be hung.

Yard:
Lots of massive weeding has been going on and currently still in progress.  Mr. Husband Sir and I are also working on landscaping ideas.
  

This whole house decorating project has been a huge deal.  Picking wall colors is difficult because there are so many things that have to be considered.  The color of the living room and the dining room have to work together since they are only separated by a mini half wall along with needing to individually work with the furniture and other decorative items in each room.  But the biggest thing to consider with color is that the choices have to work with Halloween and Christmas decorating since those are both encompassing projects alone.  Another large project within the decorating is locating all the items I have to consider to use in each room.  I have been gathering little thrift store treasures for decades and stashing them in all sorts of places.  I would love to be able to give everything a little space to shine.  And if there are items that aren't going to work with the over all scheme then pass them along.  PB and I are planning on decorating/cleaning out his room this summer and also working toward a big yard sale for September.

I know some folks like to think of their house decorating as never done and always evolving.  This is waaay too much work.  I don't like filling my walls with nail holes or repainting them a new color on a whim.  I just want it all done once with nothing left but the dusting.  

I have been keeping my focus on this so much that the fam and I haven't been celebrating "holidays" like we normally would do.  Holidays like National Potato week have gone by without a single potato chip in site.  The first week of May was a tough one for me.  Elvis and Pricilla's 50th wedding anny, Star Wars May the Fourth day, and Cinco de Mayo.  All missed. But it has to be that way.  If I start working on ideas and projects for all of my holidays I won't even think about picking back up a paint roller.  The good news is that some holidays, like birthdays, will never be missed.  I do have several posts I am pulling together that are from festivities that have gone down the past months and I will post soon.  Once I get this house decorating tamed I plan on taking loads of pictures to share here. 

As an ode to the holidays I missed this year here are some past posts that will have to represent for now:

My Elvis Wedding:

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Alright sweetheart, the game's up!

No! Baka Boskovich, put the ham back!  

For the final post of the Five and Dime 1955 Trade catalog series it's going to go out with an Andy Griffith Show reference to the episode "Shoplifters" from 1964.  This is one of my favorites!  It has the Mother's Day gift showing the beer can opener with the umbrella so "she can open cans in the rain without getting her hands wet".  It has the security guard night watchman (aka Rip Van Winkle), Asa Breeny, who is one of my favorite characters "I got up!".  There is a scene with some amazing MCM furniture and lamps (6 PC Living Room Group $299).  And best of all is watching Barney scuttle around the floor of the department store.  The image above is from the trade magazine promoting two way glass, but it reminds me of the little old lady that ought never to 'clank'.

After two months of browsing in the same Five and Dime store you can certainly hear things, like what's been going around town about Myra Koontz from the Lingerie Shop or that some things have been disappearing from the store.   Things like a silver tea set and canned hams!  We can't afford these kind of losses!


No time for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, Barney is on the case!  And he has got his eye on the burg right now!


Excuse me ma'am, but could you step on our scales please.  I'll even pay the penny charge.



She's loaded down with 163 pounds of clank!  Her fortune reads "You're headed for the Clink!"
Alright sister, let's go!  A little time behind bars may cure you of your taking ways lady!

  I am still sworn in as a deputy from the flood so I have to help sort this all out.  In the meantime it may remain quiet on MHICTY for a bit longer. Those canned hams have to be accounted for. Easter is just around the corner and people don't want Chef Boyardee Pizza in a box on their holiday table!

See if you can find out the story about Myra Koontz that's been going around while I'm away.  I heard it has something to do with the fella that came through from Chattanooga. 

More Mayberry:

2006 Trip

Crafty Andy Stuff

Mayberry Menus

Friday, April 14, 2017

Hardware Department: Trap more sales!


I have a vintage McGill rat trap.  Kinda odd I know.  I have crafty not death intentions for it!


This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Hardware Department: Sylvania Light Bulb Profit Maker

An example of a Sylvania display off in the corner:



I have this old wood rack/shelf that I picked up free on the side of the road several years ago.



It's exclusively for the displaying of Sylvania Lamps!



I cleaned it up and painted it.  It is now the prime display area in my living room of random bits of thrifted crap!


This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".

Monday, April 10, 2017

Hardware Department: Bathroom, Kitchen, Closet Accessories

I think we better make our last stop in the Hardware Department.  Mr. Husband asked me to pick up some bathroom, kitchen, and closet accessories, light bulbs, and a rat trap.  Not sure what he has got planned but he can count me out!


I love the illustration style of this lady.  The display rack with it's pin legs is sooo awesome!

This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".


Friday, April 07, 2017

Toy Department: Plastic Playthings

While we are in the "Toy Department" I thought I would share a few vintage 5 and dime store toys I have in my collection that are still in their packaging.  I picked up all of these things together at the flea market.


I love this set and do have plans of delicately removing it from it's packaging for some dart practice.


I remember writing several months back that I collect a little bit of everything...except for rubber baby nipples.  I may have to take that back.  I now have this toy baby bottle in my collection and it has an old decrepit rubber nipple.


PB really liked these ships and we have plans of trying them out in the bathtub.


So so cute little mini tea and coffee set.

I love old toys and their packaging.
A few years back I was a participate of an art exhibit called "Retro".  For my piece I went with the idea of 5 and dime toys and packaging.


Only I made mine adult/life sized!


Here I am next to it as a serving suggestion.

For more photos and info about my Deluxe Dining Doo Dads see here.


This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Toy Department: New Vinyl Squeeze Toys

Oh my word.. these guys are so freakin' adorable!

Love little "Twinkle"!



Here is a rubber squeaky cutie kitty from my vintage toy collection.


This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".

Monday, April 03, 2017

Toy Department: Pretzel Balloons


Interestingly none of the balloons are shaped like pretzels! 




This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".

Friday, March 31, 2017

Toy Department: '55 Parade of Toys



It's a rather small parade but these appendage challenged sprites are worth showing up for!




This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Toy Department: Tru-Vue Viewer

Yay! On to the Toy Department!


Similar to View Master


This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".

Beauty/Health/Toy Department: Pepsodent toothbrush with Davy Crockett Ring

I think we are in a transition end cap between departments.


Such a cute idea!  And I love the display rack!



This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".

Monday, March 27, 2017

Beauty Department: Tub-Ums

I want a pair of Tub-Ums!  They come with a quilted vamp and are washable, of course!
They are a soothing travel companion!  Maybe when others in the car, plane, or train start causing a ruckus you remove one of your Tub-Ums and wack them with it so they will shut it!


This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".

Friday, March 24, 2017

Beauty Department: Poly-Pin Hair Brush


I am amused with this ad for a plastic hairbrush.  Partly it is because of a funny (had to be there) story.  I'll tell it but only myself and a friend of mine will ever laugh about it.
Several years ago one of my best friends and I worked together.  She had a drawer she kept her personal stuff in.  For some reason this pink hairbrush (just like the one in the picture) kept showing up in her drawer.  She asked around to return it to it's owner.  No one would claim it.  The brush started to become the punchline in any thing we would joke about. We would set up reasons to talk about it: "Hey Deb!  Your hair is looking mighty nice today!"  "It's thanks to my Pink Hair Brush!"  My friend taped it to the bulletin board and claimed to everyone that it was a prize for which ever employee met some quota that wasn't even real.  I can't tell you how much she and I would laugh about that hair brush.  Finally, one day another employee snatched it off the wall, offended, because it was hers.  Apparently she had so much crap in her personal drawer the hairbrush kept getting pushed into my friend's drawer below.  This made us laugh even more.  Pink Hair Brush!


This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Beauty Department: Hair Nets


Their not just for lunch ladies!

Here are a few I have in my vintage collection:





This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".

Monday, March 20, 2017

Beauty Department: Color Hair Rinse


Your using it wrong!  It goes on your hair not your face!

This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".

Friday, March 17, 2017

Beauty Department: Bob Pins


If you haven't filled your buggy up with too many toilet brushes let's see what's new in the Beauty Department!


It's TIME to use some rubber tipped bob pins!


"Never use anything but Wil-hold, or your hair just isn't going to look right."
An alternative selling slogan.


Safety tipped bob pins came about due to high incidences of ladies killing their husbands with the previous sharp dagger ended models.  


Shop owners could send for a beauty record, explaining the many thrills of bob pin 'Flexi-Grip'.



I don't have any of the brands in the ads above but I do have this box full of vintage professional Flamingo bob pins.  Preferred by 7 out of 10 beauticians!


This post is part of a long series I am doing that showcases ads and products from old pharmacies and 5 and Dime stores.  All of the ads are scans from the publication Chain Store Age September 1955.  The products photographed are from my personal collection.  I am running this series on auto-post so I can work on some projects around my real house.  I will return at the end of this series (April or May) back to "normal".