Sunday, August 31, 2014

frame it

in Flemish Art-look (aka antique pyrography) frames,

circa 1901 !!!
These are the authentic old-time homemade deal,
not Flemish Art. 

 but with Flemish Art, you don't get a date on the back.
That's July 6th, 1901.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

History's Beautifulest

Weiss rhinestone necklace.

An exquisite thing for the bride (this would be perfect for the 'old' requirement of 'Something old, something new...')

Plus it's MINTY MINT MINT condition.

in my Etsy shop:

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Lady's Letter-Writer: Letter III

Here we are with the third letter from the book...

Letter III
On More Intimate Acquaintance
(i.e. yet another follow-up to the first letter: 'A young Lady, in Answer to the Proposal of a Gentleman who had met her the previous Evening')

Hempstead, May 1, 18...

Dear ...

We shall all be very happy to see you here for a little evening festival to the children of the village.  When I say we, it of course includes some one in whose heart you now hold a place, with whose fondest thoughts and prayers your name has been associated for some months past.  I believe we are to perform charades, or something of that sort, and I have been occupied half the week in cutting old window curtains and soft-covers into absurd costumes, supposed to be Oriental.  I know you are very clever at that sort of nonsense, so I hope you will come and have a good laugh with and at

                                                                 Your affectionate .....,


P. S. Come early.  I have something to say to you.  Besides, you can do everything; and we want you to assist in arranging the scenery -- such as it is.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

the Tuesday Song of the Week

I have way more stuff I wanted to post today, but my camera is waiting for a part (sort of a part.  not really a part, but kinda) to come in, and until then, I got nothing to show you.

But that has nothing to do with the Tuesday Song of the Week.


But I just wanted you to know.

Saturday evening, the hubs and I were here:
the building in the back.  We weren't in front of the statue.
In fact, I didn't even notice the statue.

Here's what the inside looks like:
this is a picture pulled of the 'net.  

Where is 'here' ??

It's the Grand Auditorium in Ocean Grove, New Jersey, and it is a bo impressive wooden structure, built in the 1890s.

Ocean Grove is pretty much synonymous with the 'Ocean Grove Camp Meeting,' which was founded by some Methodist clergymen way back when.  Therefore, Ocean Grove is very lovely and Christian and sweet.  

'Why are you telling me this,' you ask.  'I signed up for the song of the week, not a travelogue.'

Give me time.
this is clip art.  Not from Ocean Grove.  It's intended to keep you reading.

We were there for the Johnny Mathis concert, featuring the man himself in person.

It was maaaahvelous.  He looks fantastic, especially considering he's turning 79 next month, and his voice is sounds exactly as it did when he first recorded all his never-to-be-forgotten hits.  Plus, he had Gary Mule Deer, who had the hubs in stitches (even though, objectively, the hubs could go rings around Mr. Mule Deer, hilariousness-wise).

Here's something that was really neat, and a pleasant reminder that the whole world hasn't yet gone to the dark side:

Before the concert started, a guy on stage led us all in prayer, and then we -- all Idunnohowmany thousands of us - sang the national anthem.

How cool is that ??

Now onto our song:
when those first few notes were played, the crowd went NUTS.

'Chances Are' - Johnny Mathis

And now onto our other song:
yes.  today, you're getting a twofer.

The hubs really liked this one.
'99 Miles from L.A.' - Johnny Mathis

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Lady's Letter-Writer: Letter II

As promised last week, every Thursday, I'll be posting a letter from this book.  

This week's letter...

Letter II
Another, More Favorable
(i.e. this is a follow-up to last week's letter: 'A young Lady, in Answer to the Proposal of a Gentleman who had met her the previous Evening')

Hempstead, Sept. 1st, 18-

Sir: Although your letter of this morning comes upon me in a strangely unexpected manner, I feel that your intimate friendship with my kind hostess, Mrs. ...., perhaps excuses a precipitation which could scarcely be justified on ordinary grounds.  At the same time, I cannot think of giving a sanction to further attentions on your part without consulting Mrs. .... on the subject, and I have, therefore, placed your letter in her hands.  I cannot deny that I feel some pleasure in having elicited sentiments from you, which appear to be founded in honorable good feeling, but must for a time beg of you, to excuse me giving you any further sanction to your addresses.

                                               I remain, 
             Your sincere well-wisher and friend,

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mother's Little Helper, Victorian version

From a way WAY old Cape May County, NJ estate.

How old?

Well, those white spots are lint from the last toweling after I spent a half-hour trying to remove a hundred+ years of dirt and grease.  


Yet some more marvelousness from Saturday's auction.

bug sunglasses
BIG bug sunglasses

The kitty - you've noticed the kitty, right? -- is Tippy, on her way to chill under one of the shrubs for a minute or two, before wanting to go back into the house.

These awesome bugs, plus the shoes you saw, and the mind-bogglingly fabulous vintage you'll be seeing soon, are available from my Etsy shop: