Sit Back and Relax; This Won’t Hurt a Bit!

OMG, they have totally changed how posts are written on a day when I’ve had it up to here with everything.  I’m not even sure I’m going to be able to write a post, so hold on to your hats, folks.  Right now all I can say is that I HATE WORDPRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  But, guess what, we can link to our podcast and embed our videos!  YAY, as soon as we lose our minds and start a podcast or actually record our trips to the thrift store, we’ll let you know.  Rant over; I’m not a two-year-old!

Fall is well and truly here and we have the colors to prove it:

my burning bush is on fire and this next picture is looking down the street at a nice Autumn Purple Ash:

the ash is in the lower right corner and it’s a small one. They are fairly reliable for color here, unlike maples and oaks, but they’re under attack from the ash borer so I’m enjoying them while we still have them. Actually, the tree to the left forefront looks like a regular white ash, and it’s showing some awesome color, too.

Our fires are still burning merrily out of control, and the huge fire in southern Wyoming has crossed the border into Colorado, so there is quite a bit of smoke in the air. I now wear a mask outside for any number of reasons. You can tell it’s time to go in the house when your throat gets sore:

Usually, we have beautiful bright blue skies and those dark outlines at the back of the picture are the foothills which are usually crisp and highly visible. Our air just looks foggy which is weird when the relative humidity is hovering around 12% and it’s 80 degrees F.

I just don’t have it in me to show you anything too awful, so sit back and relax; this won’t hurt a bit!

This might be the worst thing I have to show you this week, so let’s just get it out of the way:

Why on earth would anyone take an old ice wagon toy, I’m guessing, and turn it into a lamp?  I’m kind of flummoxed as to what kind of shade would be best here, and just how much light are you going to get from a lamp that is less than a foot tall?  Shows what we know because it was gone in a week or two.  Hope someone got it on half-price day because it’s ruined as a toy, too.

Here’s a lamp that we both can endorse:

Nothing obnoxious here, just a color palette that will go with most decors.  It’s tall enough to be functional, and we love it’s Mid-century vibe.  Hardly anyone would look at this lamp and wonder why the heck did they buy that?  

We actually loved this plastic tray:

The back is the shiny black that’s supposed to look like lacquer, and the front has that pebbled finish. The decoration is pure Sixties/Seventies weirdness with birds flexing their flower power, or whatever. The big bird’s tail feathers aren’t even attached, so maybe it’s time to stop worrying about what’s going on and just enjoy the colors and shapes. Sometimes life isn’t any more complicated than that! I would have bought this if it hadn’t been ridden hard and put away wet. It just wasn’t in good condition at all.

It’s so us that we did not like the squirrel on the left:

and I bought the squirrel on the right. There was just something about its cubist, robotic looks that appealed to me, while the squirrel on the left is a hot mess. That’s about as subjective as it gets, and I admit it. How about if we go with the excuse that I didn’t like the left one’s tail? And what’s the deal with the acorn that is the same size as his body?

This vintage photo album was pretty dang cute:

It might have come home with Kathy if if didn’t have quite a bit of water damage. The cover was old fabric, and whenever I try to fix water damage, I end up making it worse. Maybe Kathy has some handy hints for us? That poor cat in a dress is so classic. Growing up, my cats would have taken your fingers off if you tried to put clothes on them. Meanwhile, a couple of friends had cats that would allow you to dress them up like dolls AND play with them. Our cats were always too busy catching critters and chasing the neighbor’s dogs.

We like buttons, and we own lots of buttons, but this picture just made us laugh:

Someone painted a big couch-sized canvas with some of the most boring buttons in the world, excepting the grey one in the center. Was this some passive-aggressive pushback from a high school art student who didn’t like their assignment? We will probably never know, but it was gone this week. Maybe someone planned on reusing the canvas, which might be for the best. I guess you could hang this in your sewing/crafting room, but you can just look at your buttons while you’re in there.

We are usually making fun of shell crafts:

But, this is one of the prettiest shell pictures we’ve come across. Whomever did it had a great eye. I can’t usually arrange flowers as nicely as these shells are put together. Amazingly, I don’t think that any have fallen off, either. Usually the glue fails after 10 or 20 years, but this is still going strong. Several years ago I had three shell pictures from the 1940s with a domed frame. They were amazing, but I decided to sell them. I still think that maybe I shouldn’t have:

All three were different, but they did have a few shells missing here and there. I think that, outside of the framing, the one we found at the thrift store was comparable.

Well, that’s it for this week’s post. I guess I made it through. It was just an unwelcome surprise on Thursday night! Stay well, everyone! We have lots of fun stuff for Halloween, so stay tuned.

For those who have been following along with a century of handbags, this week’s decade is the 1980s!

Oh, the 1980s! What a time that was here in the US. Ronald and Nancy Regan, Dallas, Dynasty, the Rubik’s cube, Punk Rock, and Preppies. With superior good taste, Great Britain introduced Princess Di:

The decade started off with a taste for quiet handbags of suede, in soft grays, burgundies, and browns. But as finances improved, fashion became more bold and the rise of the designers began. In the US it was: Ralph Lauren, Anne Klein, Geoffrey Beene, Calvin Klein, and Adrienne Vittadini. In Europe, popular designers included: Cardin, Armani, Claude Montana, Versace, Lacroix, Channel, Galliano, Alaia, and Ozbeck.

Women were working in even greater numbers and needed purses and totes to manage all the necessaries they needed for the day. The Enny All in One bags were one solution but you still needed your main purse to take out in the evening. Donna Karan had a whole system of organized totes as did Mark Cross Leather Goods. You could carry quite a large shoulder bag with your tailored suit and leave the tote or brief case in the car.

Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel started decorating handbags with chains, chain and leather straps, tassels, and quilted leather. Other designers did the same.

My favorite on these two pages is the red angled shoulder bag and shoes by Charles Jourdan in the lower right corner. Very stylish, and not so decorated that it detracts from your outfit. The Moschino bag in the center right is also fun, but I would lose most of the extras and just carry the bag! You can see that many of the daytime bags on these pages are large and could hold your lunch, your appointment book, your makeup, and pretty much another change of clothing!

Finally, the ’80s also saw the rise of the traveling bags, as done by designers. You couldn’t just dig out your duffel any more. You needed Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Ghurka, Prada, or Donney and Bourke bags to see you off. It was a time of great commercialism which hasn’t quite left us yet.

Just a couple more weeks of purses and then we will have the great purse giveaway. I hope you all participate whether you’ve been with us from the start, or joined in the middle. We appreciate all of you, and want to show our gratitude for providing us an audience.

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4 Responses to Sit Back and Relax; This Won’t Hurt a Bit!

  1. Sandra Magle says:

    Lots of fodder here. The shell pictures are very well done…just hard to think of gold in the living room with shells. I caught that phrase ‘the rise of consumerism’ from the purse book. That is about the time I shut down and bought shoes when I wore a pair out and used the same purse until it fell apart. Something about the DBourke, Chanel, and all the other chic-chic overpriced brands drove me crazy. My ex-daughter-in-law had 20 some DooneyBourkes and 54 pairs of black shoes, and I thought how is she going to be happy with one husband—she wasn’t. Pretty much why I shop thrift stores, now. Not because of my income, just not fueling the rise of consumerism. Hugs, Sandi

    • kathy & deb says:

      We’re with you, Sandi–Preach!! I’ve owned one designer label purse that I got at a thrift store. Everything I wear, besides underwear, and my walking shoes are second hand. I am not a fan of anything from the 1980s. Even then, I wore jeans and a t-shirt, never watched Dallas or Dynasty, and removed the shoulder pads from the few sweaters I owned. People think that they are higher status by associating themselves with overpriced brands. It’s kind of sad when you look at it that way. I hope that we as a country can see where all this consuming has brought us. Hugs, Deb

  2. Marilyn Heckendorn says:

    Those sweet little birds on that platter reminded me of Aunt Robin’s birds that were her “trademark”. Thanks for the reminder of her. . . .

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