Thursday, February 25, 2010

Cute Sailor Photo - Day #2

Circa 1945.....
This handsome guy makes a group of vintage goodies look extra nice. Note the flower lei around his neck. He was probably located in the Pacific Islands. He looks like a movie star!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Buck and Jolene's Wedding

In my kitchen there are a pair of paintings with quite a history. These original pieces are by famed western artist Buck McCain. These were painted early in his career when he was showing art in California and the Southwest. I picked these up a few years ago. They have the original handmade frames (which we believe were probably made by McCain himself). These are on display in our western-inspired kitchen.

While junking recently, I found this pair of western paintings. They are not by Buck McCain. They were painted by an artist named "Jolene". They are much smaller and we have a perfect spot in the kitchen for this pair. In our kitchen....."Buck" got married to "Jolene" and it's a happy union.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Dogs, Dioramas, and the Avon Lady

The weekend was pretty sparse for garage and estate sales. I did venture out later in the weekend. Sometimes, I can go on a Friday but I don't like full-price days and I don't like standing in line with housewives and the unemployed. There were a few decent sales and I did end up with a box of odds & ends. Below are Avon bottles. I usually DO NOT shop for old Avon collectibles. But these examples are highly collectible due to their subject matter. The bottles that are campers are popular with RV people and vintage travel collectors. The VW beetle bottles are hot with Volkswagen collectors and car buffs.

This is a 1950's Arizona diorama. These were popular at tourist gift shops in the Southwest. I've had a few of these and they always sell. The frame is cactus wood and the scene is decorated with real bits of desert plantlife.

This is just a hodgepodge of knicky-knacks. Some really cute 60's ceramics.

And books. Everyone knows "Benji" from the movies. The older book is dated 1950 and features many retro photographs of dog breeds and their owners.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Summer Plans....already!

What do you get when you take a vintage trailer....

Add the McKenzie River....

A historic covered bridge....

Scenic views of trees and mountains....

And throw in a little whitewater....?
It's a summer trip to celebrate a family reunion. Plans are underway for my family's famous (every 3 years) gathering. This year it will be held at the Holiday Farm Resort on the McKenzie river. While most will be staying in cute, cozy river cabins.....we will be camping in our 1964 vintage camper. The resort has opened a new rv/camp park adjacent to the lodge and cabins. Only a short walk to the river, fishing, and rafting. Even though it's February.... the excitement is already building for this fun family event. If you have never explored the McKenzie river or the area east of Eugene, Oregon....check it out. It's a fabulous and relaxing vacation destination located at the base of the Cascade mountains.