"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

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Friends, Romans, countrymen...y'all. Foodies, gardeners, artists and collectors - let's gather together to share and possibly learn a thing or two in the mix.

Donna Baker

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Snips And Snails and Puppy Dog Tails


Woke up.  Got out of bed...  Early morning sunlight in the city.  My weenies won't let me sleep here.  They wake me far too early (yesterday at 4:30 am.)  I just choked on my last swallow of cafe au lait and spewed it across the couch.  Need to shower, but I am putting it off as I don't like to get wet early in the morning.  Go figure.  Need to post and put off running around town to do errands.  


I ordered this display table because hey, I like to display my treasures and have to bring more to the city when I have room.  I look like the Beverly Hillbillies when I come up here.  My truck is loaded and tied down with stuff for the city house and my antique booth.  Can't wait to finish.  I am too old for this and can hardly climb up into the back of my truck to retrieve stuff nor lift it.
One thing I am having trouble with is putting things up on the walls.  Have to have more hands for correct spacing etc., but that's another story, so I keep putting it off and don't want to make unnecessary holes in the walls either.


So, little treasures, like a shorebird skull with a piece of lead shot in its head (Weaver and I don't like people shooting birds.)  An old Franklin Roosevelt presidential run pin - they don't make them like 
him anymore.  There's an old postcard from near where I grew up. A rattlesnake tail, a gourd shaman necklace containing my babies' teeth, herbs and secret things and a Joni Mitchell concert ticket from the seventies.  I guess I am more like the snips and snails lot than sugar and spice. 
 Okay, up and at em.  Can't put the day off any longer.  And, I raked the front lawn yesterday and have a catch in my side today to thank for it.  Raking sucks and I have the back yard and beds to do today.  The wind was blowing more leaves away from my piles than I picked up.  Think it will be windy today too, but a warm sunny day.  Can't beat that.
Hope your weekend is a treasure.

24 comments:

  1. Oh I love your treasures - you really are a magpie aren't you. Lovely display case too. Hopefully you will get settled in properly one day and everything will fall in to place and it will become home sweet home. Enjoy the rest of the weekend - nice that you have some sunshine.

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    1. Yes Elaine, I am. And, I am getting rid of so many things to boot.

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  2. Hello Donna! I have moved from Blogger to WordPress. I was having some issues with Blogger that I could not resolve. When it came to a point that the issues were interfering with my blogging, I felt that I needed to make the change. My new address is dreamson34thstreet.com . May I ask where you ordered that table from? It looks handcrafted and so lovely with your amazing momentos arranged with care inside!
    Have a lovely weekend!
    w/L

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    1. Certainly. The table is from the catalog Soft Surroundings. They have fabulous furniture. I am too dumb to have to set up another blog. I went through a period of months where I could not follow anyone. Have a good weekend yourself.

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    2. Thank you, Donna! I love Soft Surroundings. I am not the best at technology either. I am just happy to be back in circulation once again.
      w/L

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  3. My friend Linda, who still exhibits, has a string of people who appear to help her set up and tear down a show. I saw a wonderful hand off last fall in Michigan. The young men on the street adjoining the park helped her for years. But both were in college last fall. Not to worry, they assigned the job to a 13 year old two doors down. They picked well; he is as disciplined as his mentors.
    You didn't mention the tarnished object that looks like a dirigible. Story?

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    1. I love those and have always wanted one of the old toys, but they are very expensive. So, I got this tiny one instead. I have a bigger one I'll have to show you, but it is a cocktail shaker from somewhere.

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  4. I am in love with your table..don't know if you ever saw my box on legs for treasures?
    I love how old and precious this looks and I love your treasures..Do I say love enough?

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    1. Better show me again Monique. I used to have a coffee table to display stuff but passed it on to the kids and always missed it. It is new from Soft Surroundings catalog. They have the most beautiful furniture ever.

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  5. The tiny books intrigue me most, and most of the rest seem like charmed treasures which could have been in Ayla's Totem Bag in Clan of the Cave Bear. And the little blimp? I swear I could see a nacelle in the first picture, but not in the larger.

    You're a treasurer---some people know what suits 'em, and it sorta gravitates to them. It's what separates a connoisseur from a hoarder---of which I fear we are the latter. I always love seeing your cherishes.

    And sweeping the lawn??? We're just about to put the glass into the security doors so we can take advantage of all this sunshine.

    stay warm!
    r

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    1. Two tiny old Bibles and the leather one is from Italy with Dante on the front and a little pencil. Traveling notes I guess. Thought it was funny that Dante is on the front.

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  6. I love your little table with your treasures in it. Also love when you talk about "the city house".
    What is the little silver Zeppelin toy ? I (want) would love that.
    Your home is so lovely.... I remember some photos from your backyard.
    Make friends with someone who has a drive vacuum. You can just drive around and clean up the leaves in a second.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. I don't want to spend the bucks on a large old toy zeppelin, so that is my reward instead. The area yard guy wants $85. just to mow this little postage stamp of yard and I'd rather chew the grass down myself than pay that much for such a tiny front and back yards. The rest is all flower beds and I have to pick those up one leaf at a time.

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  7. I too am a collector of what my father always described as 'ill-considered trifles'. As is my partner.
    Minimalism won't be happening here any time soon. Love your collection.
    Shooting birds? I am definitely not in favour. But then I am not in favour of any hunting for 'sport'.

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    1. Only creature I ever shot was a water moccasin and that was because they are aggressive and I was afraid my weenies might get bitten. Many of my dogs have been bitten by raptors and they've all lived, though I had to rush them to the vet. They were bigger than the weenies and I won't take that chance. Besides, I have stepped over many a snake that I didn't see until mid step. Otherwise, I wouldn't kill a fly.

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  8. I just adore that display cabinet - I want one and shall look around. I have so many little treasures - many of them worthless to anyone else but precious to me - and I keep them in a drawer in a box. This is a splendid idea, so watch this space.

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    1. Yes Pat, they need to be out so you can see them. If the farmer is handy in the carpentry area, and I am sure he is, it would be easy to replace the wood top and sides with glass on an old table. Cute Laura Ashley fabric and voila. Can't wait to see what you find. I am the same. My treasures mean something to me and I just love them.

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  9. I adore this display table and may have to get one myself.

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    1. I would have several if I could. Ikea has some great ones too. My cabinets of curiosities like the Victorians. I love natural history and in reality, I guess too many things.

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  10. Donna, I have this clear vision of you in a straw hat driving your farm-truck piled high with old chairs, string tied boxes, picture frames and God knows what else! Ouch, I feel for ya! But I feel the pain every time I have to set up an art show.It gets more and more difficult with age. When your booth is completely set up, I hope you will post a few photos. I, too, am more in favor of snips and snails... and find all your treasures on display very interesting.

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  11. Meant to ask, what is the blimp-like object? Or is that a bomb shape?

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    1. Jeri, I definitely couldn't do what you do anymore. All the displays and other stuff plus so many shows. I always envied the jewelry people that could waltz in with a few cases. My booth looks like a turd. I kid you not. My son brought some stuff to sell and is searching for an internship and needs the money, which pushed the booth over the top. Literally. It is so full, it looks terrible. Much too small a space, but I can't stand paying more for more space. Plus, they take a cut. But, there is a lot of neat stuff; store displays, advertising, paintings and a circus poster - all antiques (except my son's stuff.) Such is life. I can't even remember what the blimp was for but it opens and could hold coins, sewing kit, ???

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  12. My eye went right to the Zig-Zag man button! -very nice collection of curios, Donna.

    Greetings from out West,
    Bea

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    1. That made me laugh Bea. We were hippies long ago. I have an old rock poster of the Greatful Dead with the Zig Zag man on it. Type in rock posters in upper left hand corner to see it. Wish I was out west as I am sick and tired of the cold. My dream is to live in Carlsbad, CA, but it will never come to pass. Thanks for coming by. I enjoyed it.

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