Monday, June 29, 2009

My very favorite new book evah!!!!!!

I'll admit it here among friends that I am a self-confessed book "nerd". My best friend Melanie has a copy of this book and last time I visited I started really looking at's just the most amazing book, filled with amazing things.
The inside covers (of my copy, of course I had to have my own!) are pretty worn but the rest of the book is in amazing shape considering it's age...published in 1883.
The fonts in this book are so varied and beautiful and amazing. The book is actually a "Guide to Correct Writing"- showing how to express written thought plainly, rapidly, elegantly, and correctly.
It's an amazing book to study because it shows all the important etiquette of the time.....
beautiful pages of blackboard flourishing....
chapters on etiquette between neighbors....

And my personal favorite "The Etiquette of Carriage-Riding". 
Guess I'd better brush up because that is one subject I know nothing about :).

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Vintage childhood revisited.....

Waking up as a child and realizing it's summertime is a special feeling....because you can while away your days jumping rope,
and when you get tired of jumping you can head to the shade of the big tree in the backyard and play cards with your best friend...maybe Old Maid?
When that games over, it's time to really relax with  a good book, how about this one?
The colors are amazing and the stories just take you somewhere else......

Time for a nap.....hope your summer is relaxing so far.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Flat tires and injured pigeons.......

What? That was my Monday folks.....woke up to dh telling me, "We have an injured pigeon in the backyard so don't be alarmed." 
I leave the bird alone and take dd to get a workbook, that's right, a workbook that she was craving. Gaaaaah, it's the first week of summer vacation, what kind of a kid wants a workbook?
So she'll be entering 3rd grade in the Fall, I got her a 4th grade workbook and she's plowing through it........Gaaaaaaah again, should I make her stop in case she gets too far ahead?
Whatever, she enjoys it so I'll just go with the flow, because that's so NOT who I am.
So we're on the freeway and my car makes some weird noise and a light goes on, hmmmmm, what's that about?
We get to the store, come out, and I look at my rear passenger tire, it's flat, as in Flat Stanley flat. I look over and see a Les Swab, bingo..go over there, get tire changed, is it a Monday by chance?
I'm trying to find some time for my etsy shop (it's new you know :)) and the book pictured above will be listed soon, came back from Portland with many goodies, can't keep 'em all....
Hope you're all having a fun, warm, summery week so far!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Whose that girl?

I found this little beauty at my favorite "new" thrift store. She is in such beautiful condition but I did have to give her a bath, her dress and slip were filthy. She looks like a Nancy Ann doll but I've never seen one this large...any clues from some doll experts out there?
Today was the last day of school for dd (yea!!!!). I love having her around for the summer....but wow, the last month has been so busy with her many activities.

In the meantime I was finally able this week to get my Etsy shop up and running so hopefully you can pop over and check it out....let me know what you think. (See the link at the top of my page.)
I love having my own shop!
Next week I'll list a lot more goodies so stay the meantime have a great weekend.
I'm going up to see my best friend and I can't wait....lookout Portland!!!!