Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday's Muster #39

Monday's Muster will be in the Halloween spirit for the next few weeks. Up first is a small collection of vintage Halloweenie type children's books. Most of these were published by Scholastic.

I was glad to finally acquire 13 Ghostly Tales earlier this year. I remember that very cool cover from my grade school days. The Haunted House has been mine since the 70s-- love that cover too.

These have also been mine since the 70s. If I remember rightly, both of these were handed down from some older neighbors of mine.

Spook was a garage sale find you might recall, and Nine Witch Tales was purchased new by me at the school bookmobile.

More spooky fun.

These two are newer purchases from Etsy and Ebay this year. The book on the left is where we got the idea for our haunted dollhouse. See the next photo.

Includes one frightened family... ha, ha...
Hope your day isn't too spooky!

Sunday, October 19, 2014


I made some new tags recently which I have not done in quite a while. I have been busy with other projects, but I also haven't sold many in months which leads me to a question...

If you're in to paper crafts, what do you think about tag making? Still doing it? Never did it? Think it's passe?

If you're not in to paper crafts, have you ever bought one or received one? Like them? Never gave them much thought?

Just wondering...

Have a nice day out there!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A Few Thrifts and One Estate Sale

We had crummy garage sale weather the weekend before last and none in my area at all this past weekend. The thrift stores didn't offer anything too exciting either. I did find some more old greeting cards.

This one looks rather dull...

Until you open it!

An old donkey and cart planter. There is an mark on the bottom, but it's worn too much to read. The beer stein is the real deal from Germany-- and it's heavy too. I researched the mark on that, and it was made between 1960 and 1990.

I went to one estate sale, on half price day.  Ya gotta love that; I guess a lot of people love that as it was the most crowded sale I've been to all year. There wasn't much of interest really, but I found some pretty old items.

These books are from the early part of the last century. And please notice I finally painted that outdoor table.

The two children's books on the right have some wonderful illustrations.

The rest of the haul consists of a a small Mason jar, a small wooden picture frame, and the contents of one box: a U.S. map puzzle, the lid to the puzzle, a few Bingo cards and wooden markers (there were quite a lot of markers, but I didn't show them all), and a few itty bitty print blocks-- see the next photo.

I didn't think the puzzle was that old!

And were all the pieces there? Would you believe one is missing?! Apologies to Georgia.

The garage and estate sales are definitely winding down for the year. The thrift stores will have to keep me entertained over the winter once again.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Praying Mantises

In a sort of wild section of my dad's backyard we spotted five praying mantises. We have seen one or two over the last 25 years or so but very seldom and never five at once. Cool!

Can you see three in there?

That's my husband trying to get one to walk on his hand. No thanks. That also gives you an idea of their size. They were all about the same.

Interesting world we live in. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wacky Pack Wednesday

If Frankenstein's monster isn't Halloweenish, I don't know what is. This is a newer Wacky Pack even though Frankenberry cereal was first produced in 1971. They now only market the "monster" cereals around Halloween.
Nothing personal, Frankie, but I was a Count Chocula girl.

Thanks for viewing.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Cowboy Boots

Kim at Snug Harbor Bay recently wrote a post about her cowboy boots. I commented that I still had mine that I bought circa 1979 (oh my) so she asked to see them. Before I dig those out, I thought I'd share a very cool book I bought in 1980.

Of course there is a section on boots. Here are some things you may not know:

There are lots of examples of fancy schmacy boots.

I keep mine in their original box which I thought was way cool-- still think so too.

Here they are. Anything but fancy schamcy. I have worn these to barns, to clean stalls, to ride horses, to a Cubs game, on dates... I used to clean them often and had boot shapers in them, but I don't wear them these days.

But they still fit.
Happy trails!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Monday's Muster #38

Breyer horses today. If you're not familiar with Breyer, they have been making model horses (and occasionally other animals) in various sizes since 1950. Here is a Wikipedia link for more info. They are quite collectible. I don't have many. These are all their "traditional size" (9:1 scale) which is about 9" high.

Up first is Bucephalus; a real horse from history. He was Alexander The Great's horse. His name means "ox head." Here is another Wiki link for you on this actual horse.

This is Comanche. He was one of the U.S. Army animal survivors of the Battle of Little Bighorn. And here is yet another link about him.

This is a real horse too.  A champion Percheron mare.  Big girl!

This is just a Quarter Horse mare, no one famous that I am aware of. My sister's QH gelding had his face in the grass whenever he got the chance too which is why I bought this one. Reminded me of him.

This is "Old-Timer." He was produced from 1966 to 1987. I bought this second hand. I knew he was missing his hat (yes, I said "hat."), but I didn't realize until later the blinkers had been broken off the bridle. :(

Not a Breyer, but I keep this on the same shelf. I bought it at a Wisconsin Dells gift shop over 40 years ago!!

I display these on a high shelf over my craft counter on my back porch. Too high and shaded to get a decent picture of them together so this will have to do.

Enjoy (and don't get eyestrain reading all those links!).