Saturday, July 31, 2010

Mid-Century Light Fixture Giveaway @ Uncle Atom

Uncle Atom is having a giveaway that you won't want to miss. It 's a mid-century modern light fixture from 1961, but it's still in the box, in brand new condition. Head over to Uncle Atom to drop your name to drop your name in the hat. 

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Moondoggie Giveaway

MoonDoggie is giving away a $50 gift certificate to CSN. It's easy to enter. Just cruise over to MoonDoggie's giveaway post for details.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Flea Market Finds

Last Saturday's flea market was a really good one. There were lots of things that I liked but passed on, like Russel Wright dinnerware, a Tammy doll in the box, and magazines with Ricky Nelson on the cover. One thing that I did buy was this Patty Duke board game with identical cousins Patty and Cathy. 
The Patty Duke show is one of my all-time favorites. Although I kind of felt like I shouldn't buy this because it will just be stored in the closet, I just couldn't resist. I love the show and the board game is really cute.
The board has illustrations of Patty and Cathy washing the dishes, listening to records and watching television.
I also got some practical things that will be used in the house. I got a couple of Franciscan Starburst salad plates. 
Also, I got this vintage Le Creuset cast iron dutch oven for only $2.50. My husband and I have been wanting to replace our teflon cookware with Le Creuset for years. It's expensive to buy new, but well worth the money because it will last a lifetime. I'm glad now that we waited. A week ago, I found a Le Creuset frying pan for $5.00. Our cookware set is coming together rather quickly, and I feel lucky to have found both pieces for such a bargain. 

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Retro Bedroom

I've shown photos of our pink bathroomliving room, and guest bedroom. Now, here are some photos of the master bedroom in our 1955 ranch house.
I painted the walls pink, but then felt like I was living inside a giant bottle of Pepto-Bismol. It must have been the wrong shade of pink. Immediately after painting the walls pink, I repainted them in this uninspired off-white color. 
I'm thinking about painting the walls pale yellow, but I'm also thinking that with all of the colors in the room already, off-white is probably better. 
I've been looking for matching lamps forever. The nightstands are Heywood Wakefield from the Sculptura line.
The built in spot for a television is an unusual feature. Especially considering how rare it was in 1955 for anyone to have more than one T.V. There is even a switch on the wall near the bed that turns the power to the television on/off. Of course, we don't ever use it because we have a modern T.V. with a remote. It would be cool to have a vintage television.
The chair is one of a pair that I bought long ago at an estate sale. Francie the poodle came from the flea market. The art prints are a thrift store find and the barkcloth curtains are made from reproduction fabric with a boomerang design. 
This built-in is one of the features that sold me on the house. Inside, it has slanted shelves for shoes.
I also love the built in vanity with the original UFO light fixture and formica countertop.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Saturday Road Trip

My husband and I decided to go on a little road trip on Saturday. We went to McAlester and Krebs, Oklahoma to do some antique shopping and to eat at an amazing Italian restraunt called Pete's Place. Along the way, we stopped in Henryetta, Oklahoma where we saw this beautifully restored or very well maintained DX station. In McAlester, we saw several more nice gas stations, but I forgot to take photos. I'll blame my absent-mindedness on the heat.
We both found some nice things in an antique shop in McAlester. Oddly, everything we bought was from the same store. This store had air conditioning which may be why we spent a little more time there. I got a 1950s Napco lady head vase and a vintage Le Creuset cast iron skillet in the classic orange color. I'm hoping to get more Le Creuset cookware in the future in a combination of orange and Marilyn blue, which was the turquoise color that Marilyn Monroe owned.
My husband found a really cool yearbook of country music from 1960.
It's The Original Country Music Who's Who Annual for 1960 and it's filled with really great ads for all of the country stars.
Hawkshaw Hawkins and his pencil-thin mustache.
His lovely wife, Jean Shepard.
Town Hall Party featuring Skeets McDonald, Tex Ritter, Joe and Rose Lee Maphis, and Oklahoma's own Johnny Bond.
This Nudie Cohen ad is really striking. It simply states, "Nudie" because what more do you need to say. If you needed a sparkly western suit, Nudie was the man to see.
The Collins Kids
I haven't actually heard of Abbie Neal and her Ranch Girls, but now that I've seen this ad I will have to find out more about them. The ad says they're "America's Most Versatile All Girl Band."
Hank Thompson, the most handsome country star ever (although this photo isn't the best) and the Queen of Rockabilly, Wanda Jackson.

After we were worn out from all that antique shopping, we went to Krebs to eat at Pete's Place. Pete's Place serves up giant helpings of delicious Italian food. I intended to take more photos, but forgot. So, I can tell you about Pete's Place, but can't show any photos. I'm sure we'll go back to McAlester and Krebs soon, so I'll be sure to post about it again with more photos.

Monday, July 19, 2010


Due to circumstance beyond my control, tonight's post will be, instead, posted tomorrow.  Blogger was hungry and ate part of my work, and I don't feel like recreating it right now.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Lamps, Lamps, Lamps

Almost daily, I search Ebay for vintage lamps. I am looking for a tall pair of 1950s lamps to place on the nightstands in the master bedroom. Rather than buy a matching pair, I thought I would try to find a lamp that matches one that I already have. They were mass produced, so it shouldn't be too hard to find, right?

Wrong! I have been looking forever and haven't found a single lamp.  I am looking for a lamp to match any of these lamps.

If I could find a match for any of these lamps, I would be oh, so happy.

While looking for lamps to make one of my singles into a pair, I come across lots of other neat-o lamps. Since none of my searching has been fruitful, I thought maybe I could share some of the cool lamps that I find with you. If I have helped someone find a lamp that they want, then I haven't completely wasted my time.  Here are a few cool lamps that are currently up for auction on Ebay.

Eames Era RETRO Atomic 2 Tier FIberglass Lamp Shade

Please feel free to bid on any of these lamps. You won't be bidding against me. 

Note: I am not affiliated with any of these sellers. I'm just passing along some of the lamps I've found in my search for others to enjoy.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Kar-Rug Coasters

You probably all know about my regular routine of going to the flea market on Saturday mornings. Last Saturday, I didn't get to go. My husband and I spent the morning working with some of our neighbors to spiffy up the neighborhood planters. By the time we were finished with all that weeding and pruning, we were too exhausted to do anything else. All the good stuff at the flea market might have been sold by then, anyway. So, I have no flea market finds to show you today.
My husband did buy something neat at an antique store last week. He always gets dragged into antique stores with me, so I'm happy when he finds something to buy for himself. He got a set of really cute vintage coasters. They are tiny replicas of car mats made by Rubbermaid. 
There is a set of 8 coasters in the box. They look like they've never been used.
Along the top in tiny print it says, "Rubbernaid Kar-Rug." 
On  the back it reads, "Rubbermaid coaster. A miniature of famous rubbermaid Kar-Rugs."That's all for our vintage finds this week.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Vintage Poodle Collection

I've collected kitschy poodle stuff for a while and thought I'd show off my collection. Poodles were really popular in the fifties. You could buy almost anything with a poodle on it, it seems. Can you imagine going into a store today and buying a poodle wastebasket? People take themselves much too seriously these days.  
This trio of pink poodles in stylish cat-eye glasses came from Ebay. It's always an added bonus if the poodle is pink. 
I've had this poodle nightlight in my bedroom since I was a tiny girl. It was my mom's before that. There is an indention in the top of the hat to place a few drops of perfume. The heat from the lamp disperses the  smell of the perfume throughout the room. Of all the poodles in my collection, this is my favorite. 
This lonely poodle bookend is missing its other half. It was really inexpensive, so I bought it thinking I would find the mate someday.
Scary poodle bookends.
Their big yellow eyes make them look either terrified, or possessed.

This is a toaster cozy that I bought in an antique store in Claremore, Oklahoma. The fabric is quilted in gold metallic threads and the poodle's collar and toaster are decorated with rhinestones.
I don't remember where or when I bought this poodle ashtray. I'm not a smoker.
These salt and pepper shakers came from an antique store in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. 
This is a spice set with six shakers in the shape of poodle pups. Mama poodle's tail is supposed to serve as a handle for picking up the spice set. I broke two of the shakers when I lifted the spice set by the handle. The shakers came loose and fell to the floor. Luckily, I happened to have two spare poodle shakers, so I wasn't too upset. 
The white poodle brooch is vintage and the pink one is a reproduction made by 1929.
These spaghetti poodle figurines came from the flea market.
My brother found these tiny poodle figurines at a garage sale and gave them to me. 
This is another one that I can't remember buying. It's a pincushion that has a place to keep a thimble on the poodle's tail. The slot in the mouth once held a tape measure.
Aunt Martha iron-on transfers for craft projects. I got this pattern to make tea towels for the kitchen. 
Vintage poodle trashcan and tissue box.
Guest towel with poodle design. 
That's all of my poodle collection, so far!


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