What I found in my desk while digging for my birth certificate

I have an old drop leaf desk in my front hall.

It’s the repository of my important papers. And old birthday cards, ticket stubs, cancelled checks,  yellowed newspaper clippings and _

although I did NOT find what I needed, I found these old Garbage Pail Kids Trading Cards from the eighties.

“originally released in 1985 and designed to parody the Cabbage Patch Kids dolls, which were immensely popular at the time.” Wikipedia

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excerpt from Wikipedia- for more indepth information click here

“The series was the brainchild of Topps consultant and Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman, ……..Spiegelman and fellow cartoonist Mark Newgarden worked together as the editors and art directors of the project, Len Brown was the manager, and the first run of the cards was drawn exclusively by artist John Pound” 

 

 

Lladros, Hummels-does anyone still collect these?

IMG_6692Lladros courtesy of E’s grandmother’s collection. My sister-in-law has a lot of these figurines, too. Maura (8) made the pink ceramic ballet skipper in Art.

Whenever we lived in Germany in the 80’s, people were collecting Hummels like crazy.

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Special curio cabinets were purchased to display them.  Some had glass shelves and lights.

Lladros courtesy of E’s grandmother’s collection. My sister-in-law has a lot of these figurines, too.

Hummels courtesy of R’s sister’s collection

Lightner Museum Houses Countless Collections

The title a bit misguided because of course  each and every collection is carefully cataloged and counted.

It was just that there were so many collections.

After going through the museum you felt as if you wanted to get home and start purging stuff.  Look around and eliminate the collections in your house.

 

Lightner Museum in St. Augustine Florida had that effect on my friend  Joanne  and me.

My favorite collection was the Leonard H. Baer  Toaster Collection.

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img_0523Their website lists the collections.

From typewriters to Tiffany,
Otto Lightner’s collection of fine
and decorative art from the 19th century
is impressive and extensive.

The Museum’s eclectic collection
ranges from a mummy, shrunken heads,
human hair art, cigar labels, buttons,
salt and pepper shakers, to Tiffany glass,
cut glass, porcelain, fine art paintings,
furniture and sculpture all housed
throughout the four floors of
the original Alcazar Hotel.

 

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Dressing Downton    Changing Fashion for Changing Times    October 4, 2017 – January 7, 2018 

 

Yes, that’s the cafe in the old swimming pool.

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Sea Glass -Guest Blog

Remember Joanne sent the beach glass yarn the other day? She contributed the Nova Scotia posts this past week, the Loonies and Toonies Store in Lunenburg.

She wrote and mailed some photos below after I asked her about the glass she finds on the beach in Florida.

Joanne says 

1. I walk the beach almost every day, and I’m always on the lookout for sea glass – this was a lucky day because often there is none to be found. Most common   colors are clear, green, and brown. Least common colors are cobalt blue, red and purple.

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2. Here’s my collection of shells and sea glass. The tiny colorful glass in the lower right hand shell on the table comes from a beach in Spain (collected by my sister). And the tiny glass in the upper right hand shell on the table comes from a beach in Nova Scotia. All the rest from the beach here on the Atlantic Ocean side of Florida. 

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3. My friend Celia separates her sea glass treasures by color and displays them on her kitchen counter.

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4. Since Hurricane Matthew, Celia and I find lots of large shards of glass, bottles, and lightbulbs among the debris on the beach. Celia collects this for a future art project she calls “Hurricane Glass”.  img_0842

 Link below to Jessica Blaney’s ETSY Shop below if you need handcrafted sea glass jewelry

Sea Glass Jewelry Created ByBlaney in Cornwall UK  

Do You Have Magnets on Your Fridge?

Maybe you have a stainless steel refrigerator or a fancy glass door- not sure where this practice originated. One time I photographed a fridge in a junkyard snd the door still had magnets stuck on it!

Some people collect them from places they visit. Send photos if you wish.  
  

  

  

Donna’s Grandmother Anna b. 1884 Crocheted a Doll’s Dress and Donna Crocheted a July 4th Doll

Today after school I went to visit my friend Donna.  She had commented that she had a doll collection when she saw the post of Barbara’s dolls last week.  I asked her if I could come over and photograph her collection.

Here’s a painting of her Grandmother – Anna Kugler, born in Germany est. 1884 according to the 1940 census I was able to find. The artist is Donna’s Uncle Francis, Anna’s son.  There are two more paintings he painted.  The snowy back yard with the bird feeder is Donna’s parents backyard.

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1940 Census found online.

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Painted by Francis Kugler

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St. joseph Nun Doll

Donna’s Aunt , Sister Evarista, created this nun doll c. 1950. The clothes are made from an acutal whipple and habit from the Order of St. Joseph.

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Uncle Charles Goodall, Donna’s father’s brother, brought back the Koala bear from Australia in WW II.

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Bride Doll used at showers for decoration

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Antique Emporium in Beaver Falls, PA

Upon entering the Antique Emporium, a lovely woman  invited me to have cool water, offered me a glass of wine, the use of the facilities AND there was a basket of free tomatoes.

 Obviously I was a a first-timer.  “You are welcome to take photographs. ” she said.      That was all I needed.

There are three floors and over 75 Dealers’ Booths of everything you can think of- and then some more things you didn’t  know existed in the world.

The “like items” are categorized and displayed together, so if you are into political buttons, license plates, or milk bottle collections you don’t have to dig through other stuff.  It is so organized and tidy.  

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Right on the main street which is Seventh Avenue

 

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The first time I ever saw JFK cards, like trading cards for baseball

 

 

Salt and Pepper Shakers

Please pass the salt and pepper.

 

 

 

 

railroad station roof tile

Railroad Station Roof Tile    They interlocked

 

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Not a customer

 

 

45 records

Check out all these 45s

 

 

 

matchbox cars

Matchbox cars

 

 

asian doll

Porcelain Asian doll

 

 

 

typewriters and victrola 1

Everyone had to take typing when I was in high school.

 

 

 

political buttons

This is just a sampling of what is available.

 

 

Queen Elizabeth TinA biscuit tin

knights and castle roomThe Knights and Castle room is for display only, nothing is for sale in this room.

Business card is a million bucks

 

Meet Jim.  If you are in need of a pun, the proprietor will help you out.

Here he is holding a business card that says “You’re worth a million to us.”

 

 

 

 

See how the LBJ buttons change when you move your angle

 

 

 

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Stained glass lamps and wooden spools

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Be sure to have a nice chat with Jim.  As I said, he’s pretty puny. 

I Know Two People Who Collect These Stickers from Fruits and Vegetables

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Especially if they are interesting or different.  Unique.

I thought these produce stickers’ design would qualify as a keeper. Although I’m not starting a produce sticker collection today, I thought about two people I know who save them.

What do you collect?  vegetable sticker

Hey ML? Do you still save these from your fruit and veggies?

 

Here is what I made with the two zucchini and yellow squash.  

In a large skillet sautee an onion and a couple of garlic cloves in olive oil, throw in two yellow and two green squash (cut up) then add salt and pepper and red pepper flakes.  Add a bit of water and let them cook until soft. Mash up with potato masher.   Boil water and cook eggy pasta noodles, drain and toss in squash sauce. Grate fresh cheese on top.  I learned to cook this from Anna Fevola of La Cucina Flegrea. See the cooking class post in 2010 (from before the restaurant moved downtown to Market Square)  Everything she cooks is delicious!

 

Zuchinni and Yellow Squash