Monday, September 23, 2013

Rock Star

My daughter probably thinks I'm going overboard, but how often do you have a child turning the Big 3-0?

I've been kidding her that now teenagers will think of her as being one of *THEM,* someone who is really OLD...

Rockin' out

Toy Gun
What those teenagers don't know is that she has her own rock band!! That doesn't sound like someone who is *really old* to me!

So, in celebration of her birthday, I made her a treasury on Etsy. She thought it was pretty cool : )

I found music/band related items that suit Stephanie, and made sure to include blue which is September's color, which of course fits right in with Blue Monday!!

'Rock Star' by MagnoliasAttic

Funny Band T-Shirt I'm In A Band T-Shirt Gifts for Dad Screen Printed T-Shirt Tee Shirt Mens Ladies Womens Youth Kids - IceCreamTees
The Lives of John Lennon Book by Albert Goldman and Beatles Postcard - queenofsienna
Vintage Astatic Microphone - Dentwood
Rock and Roll Star Novelty Guitar Soap - ajsweetsoap
Bob Dylan - Greatest Hits Vol. 2 Vinyl Record - 2 LPs - ThisCharmingManCave
10 Large Blue Guitar Beads - TheCraftyBead
Music Art Print. Rockstars Illustration. Guitar Player And Singer Duo Picture. Gift For Music Lovers. Musician Poster. Cute Children's Art - thedreamygiraffe
1940s toy drum - Duck face - Musical note - Vintage childrens drum - wonderdiva
Rockin Drums Ring - MoonFaces
Garage Band 5"x6" Illustration - PenguinAcademy
Rare radio PSA LP 5 minute folk stories by Oscar Brand for Social Security Administration - Nickadizzy
GUITAR PICK EARRINGS - Dark Blue with Guitar Charm and Bead Accents - Rock Star - ZivaKreations
Vintage Child's Tambourine Musical Instrument Toy - wallstantiques
Retro Pillow, Music Pillow, Vinyl Record Player, Turntable, DJ, Disk Jockey, Music Box, Vintage, 80's, Kawaii, Room Decor, 9 x 6" - mymimi
John Denver Greatest Hits Record Album 1973 Vintage Vinyl - RedRiverAntiques
Where Words Fail Music Speaks, Hans Christian Andersen Quote, Sheet Music Art Print - reimaginationprints

You can click on the title and go right to the treasury, or click on the pics and go to that shop.

If you are familiar with Etsy you know about treasuries; if you're not, a treasury is a gathering of shop items that fit a certain theme, or color, or season, or whatever you dream up. It's a great way of showcasing items from fellow Etsyians and/or team members. This particular treasury features members of the Etsy Vintage Team, plus great finds from other Etsy shops.

Now back to the band....

A couple of weeks ago Toy Gun played at a record shop in Dallas that was promoting International Cassette Store Day (there seems to be quite an underground cult following of the old-time cassettes, just as there is for records -- very cool).

Since this was during the day and not in a bar, we went and brought Noli -- 

who got a big kick out of seeing her mama rockin' out!

and got up close and personal with the drums

Baggins (on bass) always seems to be looking skyward....
Stephanie says he just gets in the groove with no distractions

Note that Vern (drums) is wearing a bit of blue!

Good Records in Dallas is a cool place.
They support local talent and even have a stage for performances!
and they sell records as well as CDs.

See that bit of red up there?

It's an old Samsonite hatbox that they use to transport all their gizmos!

Stephanie is all about vintage and recycling!

Thank goodness there was something for Noli to do while we waited for the band to start!
We ate a lot of pretend lunches from this little playhouse!

Do you have any rock stars in your family??

Sharing my 30 year old rock star at....


Sunday, September 15, 2013

Thrifty Finds

I discovered a new thrift store!! Well, new to me anyway! It's in a town that's about 20 minutes away so there's a good chance that I'll be back! 

What's so neat about this shop is that they mark EVERYTHING down! They have new stuff in the front and then the sticker gets a colored mark on it when it's been there a while (not long, maybe a week), and then they rotate what percentage is for what color mark. I only got a few things -- except for some cute juice glasses with an apple design (which were full price), everything else had a brown mark which that day was 20% off! Yahoo!  Other colors were for 10% up to 70% -- pretty neat system if I do say so myself!! They had a lot of stuff, the store was pretty neat, and their prices were good -- a thrifter's paradise!!

I found these two sweet plates, which have BLUE on them, and just right for Blue Monday

I love this little one -- it's only 4 inches across and has holes on the back to hang it on the wall. The gentleman is so cute riding his high wheel bicycle! (They were popular in the late 1880s to 1890s but riding them was pretty risky! Woe to him who encountered a rock in the road!!) 

And isn't he handsome with his handlebar mustache! And his blue checked pants! It's by Lefton China.

The vibrant colors are so pretty on this saucer! Deep blue, green, and yellow tinged with deep rose.... there's even an orange leaf in the mix! I wish I had found the cup for this one but I guess it got separated from its saucer. Still, a very pretty plate on its own.

The veins on the blue leaves are in a metallic gold -- very pretty!
And the little flowers on the leaves are 3-D so there is texture to the plate : )

It was a Hong Kong import -- says "Hand Painted in Hong Kong Especially for Quality Imports" on the back. And that was obviously hand painted onto the plate, not stamped.

Do you remember the Peach Luster color in Fire King? My mother had cups and saucers in that color and I always thought they were so pretty. It seems that they were give-aways from a grocery store! 

I found three saucers -- again, no cups -- what is it with the no cups anyway?! But I figured I might find some cups one of these days to go with them. And they were such a very good price  : ) 

Oh, and these are the juice glasses -- I like that apple design! 
They're listed in my shop!!
Yes, those are my crocheted apple coasters making an appearance!
I thought they added some cuteness to the glasses!

Sharing my finds at Smiling Sally's for Blue Monday


Monday, September 2, 2013

A Blue Monday Blogiversary!

Wow! Blue Monday is five years old! Smiling Sally told us that she started her Blue Monday party on the first Monday in September, 2008 -- and we've been enjoying her fun linky ever since! Sally has been so sweet to host the Blue Monday linky each and every week.... for FIVE years!! I haven't participated for all of those years, but I sure have enjoyed it when I have!

So, I thought I would bring some blue to her party, and celebrate in style!

I invited these cute triplets to the party -- they are bringing balloons to help with the decorations.
I found them recently in a thrift store, just running around all by themselves....

This one is wearing her best Blue dress

and these two insisted on holding the balloons!

No party is complete without cake and ice cream....

Cupcake with Blue Icing and Sprinkles

Yummy Strawberry and Birthday Cake Ice Cream Cone

Here, Sally, let me get you a couple of scoops!

So, Sally, I hope you have a wonderful Blogiversary! And thanks for inviting me to your weekly Blue Monday parties!! It's been a blast!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

PS - the triplets will appear in my shop after they calm down from partying, and the cupcake and ice cream cone were crocheted by yours truly. They have been sold but will eventually find their way back into my Magnolia Surprise shop!!

Oh yeah, and here's a link to the party!! Blue Monday at Smiling Sally's