• 30Sep

    Teardrops

    Teardrop trailers are just so darned cute.  And we saw from new to old.

    This one was quite old, although I don’t remember seeing the year on it.  The most amazing thing was the all the canvas “add-ons.”  There was a huge one in the back, and two on the side.

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    One of the side ones was tall enough so you could stand up inside.  It was a changing room!

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    All the comforts of home–just outside!

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    Isn’t this adorable?

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    Believe it or not, it was built in 1946!  Somebody has lovingly restored it.

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    Cozy sleeping quarters.

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    This one is also from 1946.  I love the wood on it.

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    Another beautiful restoration job.

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    This setup really brought a smile to my face.  I never saw anyone around it, but doesn’t it just remind you of an old miner’s set up.

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    Ah, he never found gold, but he’s liking the lifestyle–thinks he’ll just stay put!

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  • 29Sep

    Shiny Ones

    Airstreams weren’t the only shiny, aluminum trailers at the rally.

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    This is a 1959 Streamline.

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    Even the inside was shiny metal–shiny PINK metal!

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    This cool trailer with the corrugated sides is an Airfloat built in 1952.

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    There were several Airstreams, including this 1951 Flying Cloud.

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    This 1950 Silver Steak Clipper looked like something out of a science fiction movie!

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    But the most amazing of all was this 1936 Bolus.

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    Talk about your space age look!  And it has a front entrance.

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    Just inside the entrance is the tiny little galley kitchen–all aluminum.

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    And here’s a shot of the living/sleeping area.

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  • 27Sep

    Two weekends ago, Bob and I went to Lynden, Washington for the Tin Can Tourist Rally.  Oh, what Fun!

    There were lots of vintage trailers, like these painted ones!  This one is a Mercury.

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    Here’s an old Aloha.  Check out the pineapple lights!

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    Great space age detail!

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    I love the matching awning on this one.

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    And this one.  It’s a Shasta, a very popular brand.

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    This one was painted to match a vintage Ford Fairlane.

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    And how about this Pumpkin trailer!?!

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    This aqua beauty is a Masterbuilt.  I love the windows.

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    Here’s an Aloha with a Tiki theme.

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    It’s hard to beat sunny yellow, like on this Aladdin.

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    More tomorrow!

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  • 20Sep

    What I really mean is The Generosity of New Friends!

    There are so many nice people in this world, and now I know three more of them–Sheri, Regena and Jodi!  Here they are with my “old” friends Connie and Robin.

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    I’d met Sheri and Regena oh-so-briefly when they came to the final Anna Lena sale, and I knew Jodi from her blog.  After my recent post about the apron program at Pomeroy House, Sheri emailed to tell me about a stack of aprons she had that had belonged to a friend, and I said, “Oh, I’d love to see them.”  That led to a visit yesterday from Sheri and the two others.  I was quite excited–a day of looking at old aprons and making new friends!  What could be better?  Well, sharing it with Connie and Robin seemed like a good idea, too!

    I promised to make lunch, and the girls arrived just before noon.  It was fun to set a fall table.

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    I couldn’t believe that Sid’s Market still had strawberries, and they were nice ones, so I figured one more strawberry whipped cream cake was in order–probably the last one of the season.

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    But then, to my surprise, I discovered they had each brought me a gift!

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    Regena brought me her world famous chocolate chip cookies.  They are absolutely delicious and I’m wondering if I should hide them from Bob!

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    Now, amazingly, Sheri brought me a giant bag of vintage aprons.  The aprons I thought I was just going to have a look at–she gave them to me!  There were so many of them–more than two dozen.  And they were all different styles and eras.  Well, here, have a look!

    There’s this wonderful aqua and orange one set off with the black panel in the middle.

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    And check out this vintage organza one that has a fancy hankie in the front.

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    And I love the patchwork style apron.  One of the fabrics is a novelty print with pianos and musical notes on it!

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    Every apron collection should have a gingham apron in it–and this one did–an aqua one!

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    It was decorated with ric rack–and the way the ric rack was stitched down was so adorable.

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    And here’s a pretty pink floral.

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    Do you remember cobbler’s aprons?  I do.  When I was a teenager working at my dad’s grocery store, I had to wear on everyday!

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    And look at this bib apron.  It has gathers over the hips.  Not the area I usually want to accentuate!

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    The print in this little pink number was sooooo cute–and the double rows or ric rack were sweet.

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    This bib style just says “grandma” to me.  The print was very pretty, but you could see by looking in the pocket how much it has faded from the original brightness.

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    Don’t you love the red and aqua print in this one?

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    The red insets in the side of this one made it look classy!

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    This one still has its tag attached–look by the left pocket.

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    This bib apron was made from quite a complicated pattern.

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    And this circle apron had a scalloped bottom edge.  Why didn’t I think of that for my Saucy Circle Apron!?!

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    Simple but classy.

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    There were lots more, and I love them all!

    And, last but not least, I opened the bag from Jodi.  Inside was this adorable house wall hanging!  Of course the colors are perfect for my studio!

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    It was a delightful day.  Thanks, ladies!

  • 17Sep

    Who would have ever thought that neon signs would evoke feelings of nostalgia?  But lately I’ve been noticing them when I travel.  The town of Prineville, Oregon was full of them, like this Real Estate sign.

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    And this men’s ware shop.

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    Even the jewelry store had a cool old sign.

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    Mitchell, Oregon is just a wide spot in the road, but look at this cool hotel sign.

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    Bend, Oregon has been a boom town in the last couple of decades, but this old sign is still shining bright.

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    A few weeks ago in Fife, Washington, we passed this cool old sign.  I only saw the sign, but Bob saw the little hamburger stand.  When we went that was again last weekend, we decided to try the burgers.  Good choice!  They’ve been in business 60 years, and boy, do they have it figured out!

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    Nearby was this old motel.

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    You can tell I’m starting to obsess about these old signs.  Ah, well, another harmless addiction.  If you love them, too, send me photos of your favorites!

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  • 15Sep

    Bob and I were lucky enough to go to a Mariner’s game with my mom and dad recently.

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    We enjoyed a great meal in the Diamond Club first.

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    Even the Babe was there to greet us!

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    Mom and I are anxious for the game to start.

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    It was a great game.  The Mariners led all the way–and the Moose kept us cheering.

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    This was the view from our seats.  The best part was, we got a win!

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    Thanks, Mom and Dad, for a fun time.

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  • 08Sep

    On our way home last weekend, Bob and I stopped at Cabella’s–and what should be in the parking lot–vintage trailers!

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    There were members of Sisters on the Fly there with their camp trailers set up for us to visit.  How wonderful!

    Here’s the Hillbilly Hilton.

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    Love the copper stove and the diamond plate back splash.

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    The Thermos as vase is inspired!

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    Doesn’t everyone want their own Camelot?

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    Bob was excited because it was made by Bell Manufacturing in Kalispell, a company he remembers well.

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    I love a woman who knows how to carry out a theme.

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    Check out this adorable aqua one.

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    Monica, are you drooling?

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    I’m drooling over the appliances inside.

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    And the detail on the dinette benches.

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    The sister of Camelot’s trailer has one, too, and she calls herself The Queen of Pamelot!

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    Aren’t the outdoor vignettes adorable?

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    Pamelot evidently subscribes to the Karen Snyder school of collecting–more is more!

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    Another aqua beauty.

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    After orange and aqua, my favorite color combo is pink and aqua.

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    There’s so much to like here–like vintage linens!

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    And more vintage linens.

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    A cowgirl at heart!

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    Why, yes, I’d love to join you for a hot beverage, thank you!

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    But then they had to go….

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    I think Lola may need a little sister!

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  • 03Sep

    I had so much fun a few nights ago–I sewed something just for myself!  I made a Lilly Apron.

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    This pattern was designed by my friend Michelle at Busy Bee Quilt Designs. I bought the pattern back last May at Quilt Market, and have been meaning to make one for myself ever since.  Good intentions, you know.  Well, I thought it would be fun to have an apron to wear when working my booth at Northwest Quilting Expo, so finally got my fanny in gear and sewed.  This is the result.

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    Michelle’s directions were great.  I think if I hadn’t decided to make it reversible, I would have been finished in about two hours.  As it was, it seemed like a good idea to make it reversible.  From start to finish, I spent no more than three hours on this.

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    I liked it so much, I didn’t take it off for two days.  Bob thought I was crazy, but, hey, it’s important that I keep up my image!  I want to make one out of each of my fabrics.  Wow!  That would be one big stack of aprons!

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    P.S.  I just found this photo of Michelle at Market, wearing the original Lilly apron.  Isn’t she adorable???

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