Saturday, November 30, 2013

Some Thrift Bonanzas and Some Regrets

I had just finished watching the entire series of eleven seasons of Frazier
when I spotted this cup
Now I can't believe I talked myself out of it

I know I can't have every coffee cup I want but talking myself out of
two cups I really liked in one day?  

Tea Time Tuesday has beautiful tea cups and saucers but I'm a mug person through and through!
So I'm sharing these two mugs with them today!

Yet I picked up this vintage pottery planter which is yellow and green, not blue.  I love
old pottery and I can use it on my front porch.  

Halloween is over, but I couldn't resist this little Jack O'Lantern
It's ceramic and has a foil label marked "F" from Korea
I love the rakish tilt and the witches hat.  

 Swanky Swigs?  I didn't think so. Didn't buy, no regrets  

 Cute picture...left it.  No regrets.

  Every house needs a spot of color in the winter!  
Jean takes an African Violet from the kitchen and puts it in the living room for a spot of color..
Jean and Johnny by Beverly Cleary

Friday, November 29, 2013

It's Begun!

The Christmas season is here!  

Even the Flamingos are dancing! 

The photo was taken at Busch Gardens, Tampa early in November on my last visit and I couldn't resist a little editing on this first day of the Christmas Season!   

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Monday, November 25, 2013

The Florals at Busch Gardens in November

The flowers are beautiful!  

This draping orange orchid was stunning to see in person! 

The white dot on the read leaf is actually a long white stamen growing out of a red lily! 

 Varieties of orchids are tumbling over each other in this bed

 Christmas decorations and flowers together

Everywhere there were masses of flowers

These Cladium's were so thick and beautiful as a border.

I "spotted" these and later found out they are called Eyeballs!  

The cactus was even blooming in this dry gulch town

Some sort of bottle brush bloom

 Shrubs were blooming

And this ray of sunshine!  Yellow and gold Marigold's

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday A Blast From the Past

My mom!
 Vintage 1959

California Mom
lighthearted and dramatic
Always having fun

Growing up with an edgy mom was always interesting!  She was the belle of the neighborhood, the one who gardened in short shorts, danced the night away in underground beatnik clubs in San Francisco and dyed her hair every shade of blonde there was.  My California mom is still going strong here in Florida at 85.  She is still dramatic and lighthearted and always up for something fun.  

Married 60 years to my awesome dad who gave her free reign to be herself and loved her unconditionally. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Christmas Creep

 I was reading today about how stressful it is for a blogger to have to remove Thanksgiving decorations before Thanksgiving arrives to photograph Christmas  (here).  She was somewhat lamenting about the Christmas Creep.  A necessary evil.  And I agree with her! 

But, for the record, as a reader.....I love the Christmas creep!  

Weeks before the late November Thanksgiving celebrations have arrived, Christmas posts begin to appear.  It seems that once Halloween has passed, it's open season.  

Last year I had pink poinsettias!  

I have to say, after pumpkins and orange and brown for the past couple of months I don't blame them. I'm tired of the Autumn decorations!   I'm getting very tired of my own Autumn banner!  
 By the time Thanksgiving looms up, my attention has definitely lagged.  

So,  I'm now eagerly clicking on the Christmas craft posts and reading about Santas, Snowmen and Nutcrackers. 

 At least it isn't three months of Rudolph and We Three Kings. Really, it's two months max.  

 I know for sure the fall posts started when schools began to open in mid August.  I complained on my blog about that. (See my post of Sept 3rd)    I was not ready at all and felt the seasons should be revamped.  

So let the bells jingle in mid November and the decorated trees revolve in store windows!  I am sooooo ready!    

Don't worry....I'm still going to enjoy my Family Thanksgiving
and we'll have fall leaves, pumpkins and pilgrims on the table.

And I will enjoy them all Thanksgiving weekend, because I do not even think about decorating in my own home until after Dec 1st!   

Happy Holidays!  

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Thrifty November Finds

My newest acquisition!

A vintage tea set!

I'm showing it as I bought it.  Warts and all.  According to my research, which corroborates with what the seller told me, this set dates from the mid to late 1800's.
It is silverplate.

The set was still faintly marked $125.00 from a long time ago
and the elderly lady was selling it for $40.  She told me she actually only paid $75
 about 10 years ago and that it was from the 1800's. 

I loved the detail and the shape of the pot.

The thumb guard is to keep your thumb from slipping and touching the hot pot.  The handle is very beautiful! 

The acorn finial is nicely detailed.

 One foot needs to be soldered 

I saw one like it advertised it was made by Thomas Bradbury & Sons from Sheffield England 
It was found on ebay UK almost identical with the same acorn finial. but it didn't show the stamp.  
 It sold yesterday for about $80 USD.   
It was shined up and ready to use.  No repairs needed.   Much nicer looking
than mine. 

Mine came with a creamer and a need to also solder one foot.  
I like the tarnished look and if I keep the whole set I would like to repair the foot.  I don't 
think it can be cleaned to use for tea since it's plated, I may ruin the patina if I try to clean
it.  What if it has areas that won't shine?  

The sugar bowl only has some dents 
It's my favorite piece and I am picturing
a dried flower arrangement in it.

I only had $20 on me so I offered that and she took it.  Last day of the sale...yada, yada.  With two repairs needed (which I didn't see at the time of purchase) it is probably worth only $20, if that. 

 I really like it and wonder if the teapot and creamer are worth repairing.  
I'm curious, does anyone have an opinion?  

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Monday Mellow Yellows  A bit of a stretch this week...the wood looks a bit yellow maybe! 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Florida Gators

A rare shadow shot this week of cloudy days. I perused my week of photos almost in vain. 

The soft sunshine makes the gator looks like he is actually wearing shades! 

 My favorite shadow shot of all. 

Behind bars today
But wander free everywhere
Florida gators!

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Busch Gardens in Autumn

Oh my goodness, we had a lovely day in Tampa at Busch Gardens!  We had been meaning to go since September but life got in the way...or was it laziness?  

Yes, it's Fall, but while taking the skyway I spotted this gorgeous pink tree!  

Perhaps you know what it is that blooms pink in November
 but I have not seen one anywhere else and I don't have
any idea what kind of tree it is.  

As soon as I got off the skyway ride I hurried over to see it! 
It is still 80 degrees most days.  Look, people mostly wear shorts and tee shirts.  I love Florida! 

What a pretty view this was!

It was dripping blossoms into a sweet little pond where you guide boats
by remote control. 
The gator looks a little less vicious with pink blossoms all around him.

The blossoms were huge and so beautiful 

Anyone?  Anyone? 
I would love to know what kind of tree this is!  

A very nice way to spend 11-12-13

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Orange You Glad I Didn't Say Banana

I'm minding my own business, taking a picture of a cute little birdhouse at a park.  

And then, ready to go,  I jump into the car.

 And what do I spy?  
The banana tree had actual bananas on it! 
I hadn't even noticed when I had been standing right under them taking the birdhouse picture.

 Jumping back out of the car (while Mr. Me sighs), I run back to get pictures of real bananas growing 
on real banana trees!  Isn't Florida wonderful?
 I couldn't help myself.  I swiped one.  I just HAD to try it.  

As Bill zoomed off, I peeled it and was surprised to see perfect fruit.
I wasn't sure it was safe to eat and so took a very small bite.

 And, it was delicious!  
Mr. Me predicted I would probably get sick...
...or arrested.  

Even pointing out a police car a few blocks away.  

And although he was prevailed upon to share this marvelous experience, he wouldn't touch 
a bite of my stolen fruit so I ate it all.  

And I lived to tell the tale! 

Knock, knock.  Who's there?  Banana.
Knock, knock.  Who's there?  Banana.
Knock, knock.  Who's there?  Banana.
Knock, knock.  Who's there?  Orange.