Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Rainy Wednesday

We have had several cloudy summer days and now we have had some rain. We need the rain as it's been very dry here in Oregon this summer. I am taking today to catch up on some computer work and blog work. I don't mind a few days to stay in and I enjoy a bit of a break from watering the flowers and our little veggie garden. Jimmy's garden is gifting us with tomatoes, onions and cukes now! It's so nice to go out and find a few goodies for our salads, fresh from the garden.

We had a very busy week! We did a lot of babysitting our little Otto and his big party was on Sunday. I will post pictures on his actual birthday- July 25th.  Last Friday, we just wanted to take a little drive and have a fun day. That's what you can do when you are retired! We drove up to Richfield WA, about a half hour from home. There's a darling little cafe and bakery there that we really enjoy. It's called the Pioneer Street Cafe and Bakery. They are known for their Mac and Cheese and that's what Jimmy ordered! it is pretty cheesy.

I had the most delightful Sangria! It was made with a Washington Riesling, so no wonder it was so good.

You just can't leave without a treat or two from the bakery. Look at that smile on Jimmy's face! Their scones are to die for...I choses apricot and walnut and I do believe it was the best scone I have ever tasted.I am thankful they are a drive away from home.

A really nice man stopped to take our picture for us. I think we look pretty happy here. It was such a pretty day and a fun day!

Isn't the sky just the perfect blue? This is a little church in the small town where couples get married. It's really darling and in a lovely spot.

Someone's garden in town. It was just so cute and growing like crazy. We were just driving around on our way out.

These are the things I love about summer. It's just fun to get in the car and take a drive. We both worked for so long and never had the weekends off together. It is a treat to be retired and have good health that allows us to really enjoy life. I am thankful for this time.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tea Time Thursday #42

Happy Tea Time Thursday! I cannot believe another week has slipped away. We were so busy with the Expo show and we had another great show! It takes these old retired folks several days to rest up and get back to normal. I forgot about blogging for a few days~shame on me!

Last week, I talked about Japanese Lusterware and children's toy tea sets and dishes. I just love the charm and the look of lusterware. When I was sorting through items for the show, I found this adorable little trio. I purchased it at a sale last fall and I forgot about it. All the pieces are elephants! So cute. I love the little girl riding on the elephant tea pot. The creamer is so funny.

I shared this little teapot before but it's really a nice one. My SIL Chris gave it to me when I set up my sewing room and it is a favorite.

Our weather has been so hot this summer with many days over 90 degrees. This morning, it was cool and a bit overcast and soooo refreshing. I took this photo before the sun was really out, so it is a bit dark. Earlier this spring, my hubby bought a big lot of Mary Engelbreit items. I was excited as the lot had some planters and containers for flowers. Jim also found me the wire stand you can see for $4.oo
so it all worked out.  Enjoy the pictures. I had fun putting it together earlier this summer.

How is your summer where you live? Lots of intense and crazy weather across the USA. I find myself thinking of fall about this time of the year. Our grandbaby's big 1st birthday party is this weekend. Fun fun fun. Keep cool or dry, depending on where you live!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Full Moon Tonight

The full moon will be extra bright tonight~it is called a super moon! I love this advise from the moon.
It is very hot here in Oregon and we will be able to see the full moon tonight! Ah, summer. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Tea Time Thursday #41

Set up for the antique show is tomorrow! Jim and Duane hauled all the tubs and fixtures to the Expo today, so I had a little break. It's Tea Time Thursday already, so I am featuring a little snack set of Japanese Lusterware. It's a lovely peach color and very sweet.  I just love snack sets!  This was a good find at the Goodwill thrift store. The cake is my mom's recipe that I used to make often. I haven't made it forever but I ended up with some "dead bananas" and that always meant banana cake when I was growing up!

Yes, those are "dead bananas" and my mom's recipe. It's a simple recipe and very easy to make. It sure has a well used look!

A nice batter ready for the oven. It only takes 30 minutes to bake.

The only change I made was adding 1/2 cup of golden raisins. My mom always used walnuts, but my family prefers pecans.

I made a butter cream icing. You can used a cream cheese frosting or just dust with powdered sugar.

I keep my dessert recipes in this vintage wooden recipe box.

While I was at the Goodwill, I found a few pieces of a children's toy dish set also Japanese Lusterware. I pick up these little pieces when I find them. Just so cute.

Another little set of Japanese Lusterware~salt and pepper shakers that sit on a sweet little tray.
I love the colors. A very fun thing to collect.

The cake turned out to be quite yummy. It was fun to make a recipe from the past! The smell of the cake baking sure brought home good memories. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Show Time...Again!

Yes, Jimmy and I are working hard, getting ready for another Expo show this weekend! Choosing, pricing, cleaning, displaying and packing~ it's all quite a process. We will have a double booth this time, so more mdse! I'm not able to spend a great deal of time on the computer, so will make this post short and sweet.  Friday will soon be here!

I love sorting linens...just a little picture of some I was working with the other day.

My new sections will be TEA IN THE GARDEN! Oh, yes....so fun. I set it all up and then pack it in order, so the set up on Friday will go quickly. It was fun to put it all together, but it was so very hot in the afternoon. It is summer.

I am tired tonight so will say goodnight. I will be posting more  later this week. We are hoping that Gina and Eric will be joining us, however, Eric's dad just passed away in Alaska, so I'm not sure what they will need to do. Our thoughts are with our SIL and his family.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Tasha Tudor First Friday Book Review and A Big Tasha Score!

Happy 4th of July! I hope you got to enjoy my Tea Time Thursday post to celebrate the RED WHITE and BLUE! It's also my Tasha Tudor First Friday Book Review day. Jimmy and I went to a sale last weekend and one of the items I got was a copy of THE DOLL'S HOUSE by Rumer Godden and illustrated by Tasha Tudor. I have read it before, but it's a fun read, so I wanted to refresh my memory.
It is a darling book about two sisters who receive a doll house that has been been in the family. The dolls are delighted and you get to follow their story. Tottie is a little wooden Dutch doll and my favorite. The dolls WISH for things to happen and they often do!
The original version of the book was published in 1948 and it was illustrated by Dana Saintbury.
May Massee, who was an editor at Viking Press, was the one responsible for publishing Tasha's very first book~PUMPKIN MOONSHINE. Tasha and May remained friends and even though she had retired, she introduced Rumer and Tasha. They became friends and Rumer visited Tasha at her New Hampshire home. Tasha also visited Rumer in England when she spent a year there.
The book was reprinted in 1962.

The dollhouse family...Mr Plantaganet, Birdie, Apple and Tottie. Pick up the book and enjoy! It is available in paper back form and it's not expensive. If you like HITTY and MISS HICKORY, you will  enjoy this book.

I had so much fun at the sale! The lady was a sewer, a doll person, a miniature collector and she had a dollhouse. The house was loaded and written up as a "digger"...the kind of sales I love! We went back the next day for the half price sale. Lots of goodies to keep and lots to sell.

A few treats for Miss Annabelle! She now has a better sized quilt rack and a wooden ladder! She likes Estate Sales too!

So, you are wondering about the title of this blog post...what was the big score???? The second day when we went back to the sale, I was digging around in one of the rooms and I saw this box. If you are a Tasha Tudor fan, you know that one of her little companies was called THE JENNY WREN PRESS. I was ordering goodies from the company when I was first introduced to Tasha. So, I got excited when I pulled this box out of a pile of things. What was inside?

When I opened the box, it was filled with all kinds of things from the Jenny Wren era. Lots of advertising, envelopes, letters, sticker and fun things for my collection.

There were 6 catalogs to look through. Oh, I wish all of the goodies were still available!

I opened an envelop and squealed with delight! A copy of THE JENNY WREN BOOK OF VALENTINES and the little doll sized Valentines and envelopes. A score for sure! But wait, there's more!

I found the first 6 issues of the TAKE JOY! magazine in the box. These were published from Tasha's next company...Corgi Cottage Industries. They are really fun and filled with all kinds of interesting articles for the Tasha fan. These are from 1997. Two more copies were published in 1998 before that company was ended. Another score! These are very spendy on Ebay!

 This invitiation to afternoon tea is so sweet! It was all tucked into the envelope and had a return envelope with it. All of these items are in really great condition!

Then I found one more treasure. There was a copy of THE LETTER...a little newsletter that was once published by Elaine Hollabaugh. She would have fans send in photos and stories of interest.  I found some very interesting correspondence from Elaine to the lady who's house I was in...Donna Turner.
Donna was living in Klamath Falls, Oregon at the time. She made a miniature room depicting the cover of Tasha's book BUTT'RY SHELF COOKBOOK. Donna wanted to submit it to THE LETTER and Elaine accepted the offer, however, Donna got the information to Elaine too late for publication.
I couldn't find anything to tell me if it was ever published. I was left wondering.

When I was on my trip back east, I wasn't able to go shopping, so I came home with most of my spending money. I decided to order the book THE DIRECTION OF HER DREAMS by WM John and Priscilla Hare who own The Cellar Door Books. It is a very large book, filled with a lot of information on Tasha's books, publications, newsletters, magazines and even articles and advertising flyers. It is spendy, but I have had it on my wish list for quite some time. I was looking through the book for some information on THE LETTER and found that in the Fall 1987 issue, Donna's miniature scene was featured! I looked to see if I could buy a copy, but I could not find one anywhere. I was looking through my Tasha things and what did I find....the copy of THE LETTER that I needed!!!
I only had two copies of it and can you believe, the fall issue was there? I still cannot believe it.

Here's the article and the photo. It was not at the sale when we arrived, so I have no idea what happened to it. I don't know if Donna is still living. It was so amazing that I was in her home and have many of her items now in my collection. It was so neat to find another Oregonian who loved Tasha. We do love her too, even if we don't live in New England.  Yes, another score!

Oh the best part.....the box wasn't priced. When we took it up to the counter, I was sure it was going to be quite a bit, but I was willing to pay the price. The gal who runs the sales looked at it and said,
"How about one dollar?" A dollar! I am still so excited and will keep it all in my Tasha Tudor collection.