Saturday, November 20, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Aud Would Have Loved This!

Beach Babe Tea Cosy
Originally uploaded by justjen10
My Aunt Audrey would have loved this tea cozy from my flickr Tea Cozy Crazy group!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Tea Towel of the Month: November

Yes, I know, what happened to April, May, June, July, August, September, and October?... Scorpio is my astro sign and I am heading for a big 50 crash landing at the end of the month! Ugh!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

What's Going On Here?

The weather is crazy. You know it must be so when the English expats are exclaiming "bloody weather!" in the South Bay. While over here in the LA/Alhambra/South Pas Triangle we are foraging for mushrooms. The abundance of discarded umbrellas remind me of New York, where I hear the weather is positively mild.

Sunday, October 10, 2010


Look what I stumbled upon! Check out Mod-ology's site!
A mix of old and new may be just right for you.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Time Machine

Heading over to the see the family last weekend in the South Bay, I felt like a wander through Memory Lane Antique Mall. I love listening to the old tunes while I look at vintage. I wasn't really looking for anything special. I came upon the following objects but what did I take home? Can you guess?

Red Wing Pottery (label).

Harkerware, USA. Eight cups and eight tea plates.
They also have a set of 10 with a creamer and a sugar bowl!

Now a Macy's sans popovers, chopped salad and the models.

Check back and see!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Return Trip: Does Anyone Remember the Akron Store?...

Two Sundays ago I visited the Pasadena City College Flea Market for, dare I say, the first time!
Well anyway, I stuck to my budget and then had to keep my hands in my pockets for the rest of the visit. I saw these really cute vintage colored shot glasses in the original box and just had to bring them home to the hubby. You can barely make out that the original cost which was a whopping 49 cents. In even smaller print, it says "the akron." OMG! I remember happily trailing around after my parents around this home furnishing store in the early seventies! The store was located between 182nd and 190th streets on east side of Hawthorne Blvd. in Torrance. Where's that darn time machine when you need it? Does anyone else remember "the akron" store?

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Sunday: A Drive Through Poole

It's Sunday, let's go for a drive through Poole
and maybe find a pub for a bit of lunch!
Sound good?
In this case getting there is all the fun thanks to
No need for the passport or green card!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Out and About: Long Beach

The fragrant trumpet flower
quietly makes it presence known
The evening is still
Between them, the buildings hold
a fragrant gift for the guests

utensil portrait

utensil portrait
Originally uploaded by the lulu bird
Nothing like a lightweight functional wooden spoon to do the job right!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Mint Latte Anyone?

Mint latte from Urth Cafe. Pricey but nicey!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

An Arch for Alhambra

Well there's Arc de Triomphe, and my personal favorite,
the arch at Washington Square Park in NYC.

Now it seems that we are the proud neighbors of the Arch of Alhambra.
Yeah, it's cute. It looks just like a hunk of cake.
The plantings are nice. It is really hard to see them
unless you are turning left onto Fremont.
I bet there is a nice view from Phil Spector's house.

I have watched it 's progress from many trips
to the pharmacy (let's not go there!).

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Newly Restored Danish Table

Even though we love our elliptical "surfboard" table, it had lost it melamine veneer and the glue was rising to the surface. After all, my husband had scooped it up along with 4 fake Cherners for $50 in the early 90's.

We bought a 12 seater Danish table at Veteran's Stadium, Long Beach, $300 delivered! We were told it was teak, so we had a mind to refinish it 2 years later we took it apart and had Gavin at Grot look at it. "If I have to jump ship, I'll ring you," BH, I said as I handed him a pack of export Digestives for extra encouragement. A miracle ensued and voila we have a new table!

This is a beautifully engineered table. The top slides apart to reveal the stored leaves as the base remains stable, a great benefit to 50 somethings (ugh) with bad backs!

It's wider than our old table and I thought it would crowd the room. The test was my Mum's 70th birthday party. I temporarily separated my favorite (vintage by now, surely!) IKEA bookcases to fit the party of 13.

I like it!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

House Guest

Three weekends! I am not surprised! The first Sunday I tried to snap a pic in the tree sent him/her scurrying to the CD rack. The second weekend my husband calmly noted how perfect he/she looked on the fireplace screen. The third weekend I had a hunch that he/she might be back to the ficus! Sure enough, he/she was ready and so was I by turning off the flash!
I then decided to try catching him to let him out.
One plastic, two tries!
Adios muchacho!

Sweet Peas

The first sweet peas of the season from Palos Verdes!
The delicate fragrance is intoxicating!
Thanks Mum!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Love at first sight!

This takes me back to my Audrey's home in off Canons Drive in Edgeware! I think it used to reside on the windowsill half way up the stairs!

Check out Pips other trippy collections.


Monday, April 26, 2010

Tea Towel of the Month: April

To see more great vintage screened tea towels like these visit flickr.

Wooden Donkey has a great eye for color! Thanks for the contributions!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Menards Find

Menards Find
Originally uploaded by xtombx
I checked the website and all the styles are there!
Thankx xtombx!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Nooroz, Means No Snooze 10:30am!

Eedeh Shomaa Mobaarak!

It's Persian New Year,


The first day of spring!

Such a sensible time to mark the new year.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Snow Day In New York

My daughter took these photos
yesterday in Manhattan!
The beauty was short-lived
because today they had to
throw down the salt!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Mr. Thornton left his hat.

Originally uploaded by emmajay2008
Last Sunday I made my way through the crowded Veterans Stadium. The weather was obviously on the cool and cloudy side. I was thinking about England and then my gaze fell upon this hat!

Tea Towel of the Month: February

Originally uploaded by emmajay2008
During the summer of '97 my daughter and I spent 8 weeks in London while I worked on my masters thesis! We were waiting for a train on the Bakerloo Line and an old one just like this pulled into the station. I remember telling my daughter that this might be our only opportunity to ride on such an old train! I scored this tea towel from that cute blonde German lady who sells at the long Beach and Torrance markets! I even talked her down two bucks!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Collection Envy...Slideshow This!

Originally uploaded by fingerspitzengef├╝hl has a sweet composite of this tray collection that she shared from would love to have a tray collection like this one by fingerspitzengefuhl, but honestly, I am too old and live on the wrong continent!

Thanks for sharing!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Time for Some Retro Czech Design

Glass clock
Originally uploaded by retroczechs
Wow! I am immediately drawn to anything designed by the Czechs. I remember that apartment in the late Metropolitan Home that was so "drop dead gorgeous"!

De kuji vam Retro Czechs!

Monday, February 15, 2010

The Flickr Cure (I'm sick)

North Hinksey
Originally uploaded by elizabeth moriarty
Elizabeth Moriarty has a delicious little set of streamline modern houses on flickr. I cringe at the word tear-down and salute these Brits who care to restore these gems.

As a child, each time I visited my Aunt Audrey in Canon's Park in I noted the gradual disappearance of these sugar cube houses. One beautiful house on Chestnut Avenue was replaced with a "french country" styled house.

Happy Birthday ...

Happy Birthday to the CEO of Chez Dave!
From your number one fan!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Castellana: A visit to the past.

This is a photo from the house that we lived in previously.
As you can see, it is quite different from
Hodge Podge Lodge.
See the orange painting by Daniel Askten.

Differrence and Repetition: Inaugural Exhibition at CB1 Gallery

Detail of untitled painting by HK Zamani installed at home not at CB1.

My better half HK Zamani is half of the two person inaugural exhibition at CB1 Gallery founded and directed by Clyde Beswick.

Difference and Repetition
Daniel Aksten
HK Zamani
February 11 - March 14, 2010
Saturday, Feb. 13, 5-8
207 W. 5th St.
LA, CA 90013
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