Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Disneyland Dream

While I work on my "what I got for Xmas" post, please enjoy this film from 1956. (The year our house was built!) Try as I might, I can't embed a smaller sized linky thing that won't bleed into the side bar. If you'd like to see an unobstructed version, click the "Internet Archive" link below.

From Internet Archive: "In July 1956, the five-member Barstow family of Wethersfield, Connecticut, won a free trip to newly-opened Disneyland in Anaheim, California, in a nationwide contest. This 30-minute amateur documentary film tells the fabulous story of their fun-filled, dream-come-true, family travel adventure, filmed on the scene at Walt Disney's "Magic Kingdom" by Robbins Barstow.

In December 2008, "Disneyland Dream" was named to the National Film Registry by the Librarian of Congress."

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Oh, hello there!

I disappeared again. Sorry!

So Thanksgiving happened and then we lost our internets for, like, ever and then we got them back and I got sick and was too tired to post and then... Oh never mind. I think I'm finished with all that and I'm finally back. Hooray!

Thanksgiving was nice. It went a little differently this year. Instead of Turkey Day alone with the Hubs and then off to visit family on Friday, we did the opposite. It was a nice switch and the weekend seemed a little longer because we were finished with family stuff by Friday morning. Here is a table photo, taken at my in-laws house.

Since it was Thanksgiving, Hubs and I took the opportunity to get dressed up a little fancier than we would on a regular weekend afternoon. I considered doing an outfit post but I was too shy to ask anyone to take our picture. I did manage to get one really bad self portrait.


I got a nice candid of the Hubs, though, talking to my mom and sis. I think he looks rather dapper. In his hand are a bunch of '40s ties that my sister's roomate/best friend/ex boyfriend gave him. They are gorgeous! Thanks N! I wish I had pictures but they've been put away already and I don't want to dig around in his closet looking for them.

We did quite a bit of thrifting while we were up in Rosatown.

I got a striped sweater

and a grey sweater

A cute gold bag

some reproduction vintage canisters for the kitchen

and this crazy beautiful 70s(?) dress from FINLAND. Unfortunately, it's a little snug. I barely got it zipped up so you don't get to see the back.

On our way home from Rosatown, we stopped at our favorite Fogville thrift store. I got an old sheet in a totally cute flower pattern. It's being cut up for a project right at this very moment!

On the Sunday after Thanksgiving, we went to the Candlestick Park Antique Market for the first time. It was nice. Not a lot of people and good prices...except for the guy who wanted $40 for four really messed up 1940s tropical curtain panels. That would have been a great price but most of the pleats were ripped out and they were filthy, torn and WET. Ew. If you are trying to sell a pile of soggy, moldy fabric you should at least be willing to haggle. The lowest he would go was $35. He kept saying, "But if you take em home and wash em they'll be fine." Um. No.

The Hubs got (almost) a whole set of the Popular Mechanics Home Handyman encyclopedia from 1961. Only number 11 is missing. They are perfect inspiration books for updating (retro-dating?) our 1950's home!

In other news, I've been sewing! I have completed a dress, which I will photograph and post soon. I made a blouse too, which is awaiting buttons or rather, waiting for me to be brave enough to do the buttonholes. I've also started on a dress and blouse made from the sheet pictured above. I am looking forward to showing you some new projects very soon.

Happy (very very very late) Turkey Day and Happy Holidays! THANKS for reading my blog and sticking with me while I've been outta commission/distracted/exhausted. I'll post again after Xmas.