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Sunday, March 22, 2015

The AtoZ Great and Powerful Theme Reveal

Linking with about 400 other bloggers to reveal our A-to-Z-themes. The AtoZ Challenge sign up list is still open so it is not too late to join the crowd.  Also linking up with Anne at for her 52 pick-me-up prompt of "Match Your Scarf."

And Now Something Completely Different
(my theme/non-theme)

My "A" post on April 1 will explain more of my concept/non-concept.  

A couple of retro images for your enjoyment, the first being Winnemucca, Nevada, July 1969.

Adding in a recipe from the 1950 Ford Treasury of Famous Recipes from Famous Eating Places

A few orchid illustrations will show up.

Bucket Orchid

Maybe a Pattern of the Day, a 1969 Simplicity 8498.

Ending with a baby doll mugshot 1962 tiny Chatty Cathy hailing from San Diego on

That's my story and I am sticking to it.  I am still working away on my posts for this challenge.  For those new to the challenge, you don't realize how much work it is to fit in your content with specific letter prompts.  Of all the letters to have me stumped this time around are "I" and "J."  I have spent the last three months on the push for this event. My goal is to entertain a new and existing audience.  Come on along for the ride!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Shamrocks and good luck

Leading off the day's post with an image from the 1959 Better Homes & Gardens Holiday Cook Book.  

I have an interview on St. Paddy's Day with a State agency with some cachet.  I'll be wearing the green!

Thrift Shop happenings amounted to one visit for a little less than $28, that included a pair of sunny yellow clip-on earrings.

A pot shelf/book shelf, some hardcover books and a Disney wine glass. 

A travel print tote with makeup bag and replacement lid for a small crock pot.

A runner rug (badly snagged) that I will trim up and launder.  A pair of Lucky Brand jeans and a purple Charter Club V-neck pullover.

This pair of West Pac Japanese ceramic hand painted roosters were something to crow about!  They are in great condition except for a little red paint loss.  No chips and with a sand pebbly surface.  I have never seen anything quite like them.  

Update to the bookshelf - all my books are organized now.

A to Z Blog Challenge post preparation continues.  I nearly have all of the letters fleshed out. It is going to be such a fun event.
In the good luck realm, I have been nominated as Best Local Sacramento Blogger.  It is an easy link to vote for me through FB or Google+.  Please throw a vote my way!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

The Ides of March

We are experiencing some wonderful March weather in Northern California.  Just for kicks and giggles, I am linking up with Judith at The Style Crone for Hat-Attack-20.  Beyond the crook of my arm is my flower garden I have been preparing and you get a glimpse of Zipper, my dog.

Linking with Patti at Notdeadyetstyle for Visible Monday.

It must be the height of thrift shop season because I have found some OMG items that are keepers.  This boho chic look is topped off with a San Diego Hat Co. wide-brimmed hat (retail), a Nancy K New York flare sleeve shirt and a blue velveteen Impressions maxi skirt.

I splurged on these retail discounted L'Artiste slip-on sandals.

The balance of my thrift shop finds were the lavendar NWT top, a Diane Von Furstenberg Silk Assets coat length jacket, a Hilo Hattie dress and a Coldwater Creek long sleeved shirt.  After I have the coat dry cleaned, it will be featured with another thrift shop find of a Jones New York skirt.  They are two pieces that you think wouldn't go together, but they do. 

If you haven't seen the Huffington Post article 6 reasons why gray hair is white hot, now is the time for a visit. My readers know I have touted my love of platinum hair more than once, both Ode to Platinum Hair and Back-to-black-and-platinum-hair.

My newest craphty project is to gather embellishments on fabric, such as this one.  I cut out these beaded flowers from a poorly constructed shirt and could make two pieces into an applique.

Ah, let's end it with a Pattern of the Day, she is flaring out in a 1977 Simplicity 7975.