A Yard Sale, Memorial Day Weekend, Big Flowers & Godzilla!

Back from a slightly extended Memorial Day Weekend, and getting back on my regular vintage work schedule. I actually did pretty good today, getting some slips, nightgowns and day dresses typed up for next week's update. I worked at my part time job two of those 'vacation' days, so it wasn't a total vacation everyday. But the weather was beautiful and I was happy to be in my favorite place.

New windows were put in at my little place at the Shore, and I had the fun task of reworking my curtains. I like the new pine trim around the windows and I wanted to leave as much showing as possible. So I re-used my hummingbird curtains that I bought a few years ago, along with some cut down lace panels on the bottom and a vintage embroidered doily hanging in the middle. Above the window I have 3 green dishes hanging. In front of the window is a little enamel top table with the perfect-for-me green edges. On it sets my green depressionware stacking refrigerator dishes, which hold my tea bags and sugar (I love that!) Pretty pink flowers courtesy of Acme on my nice wide windowsill. (Ignore the old water heater there. The place is over 100 years old and started out as a boat shed, so the water heater didn't have a proper camoflauged home, it ended up just stuck in a corner of the kitchen) I put up one of those clear plastic bird feeders that stick to the window, and I've got little birds eating seeds in there already.


On Friday, before I headed to the Shore, we went to a nearby yard sale, and I grabbed some goodies, all for me! (It's so much more fun to buy stuff for myself rather than for resale!) First, to the right, was a set of two prints of pretty ladies. They're really cool because they are raised. They have a signature under the matting, but I can't read it. Below is a closer view of one of the pretty ladies. Then the next photo is a set of matching doilies in green and pink. It's that loopy stuff, what do you call it? Plus I bought a set of 4 black and pink tin coasters, I would guess they're from the 1940s. And lastly was a very cool Art Deco chrome frame with painted glass.



I returned home to find our front yard all in bloom. Giant rhododendrons looming large behind Little Dog in the 1st photo below. This year the Laurel is really blooming allover, we didn't get hardly any blooms last year. In a few more days they'll be fully open. The deer have been spotted again in the yard, we hadn't seen any since October. Last night there were 2 raccoons out there shoveling corn into their mouths!



Finally, here is a shot of my new friend Godzilla, a little skink who likes to sneak under the screened porch door, and lay in the sun up on my wicker table. He's really cool looking, he has a red head. Other little skinks have bright blue tails. They're little and cute and they can be seen skinking around our deck or on the front porch.

8 comments:

KibitzKnitz said...

Love your blog and vintage clothes!! I recently returned from vacation in Pt. Pelee, Ontario and saw look-alike skinks. That tail is amazingly, electric blue! I wish we had them where I live. Some more info:

Common Five-lined Skink and the Broad-headed Skink.

Five-lined skinks [5 - 8.5 in] are moderately large lizards with short legs and a streamlined body. The body is generally gray, brown, or black in background color with five white or yellowish stripes (two on each side and one down the center of the back). Young have a bright blue tail while adult males often lose their stripes and develop reddish or orange coloration on the head.

The Broad-headed skink is our largest lizard, getting 6 1/2 to 12 3/4 inches long. Large males are quite impressive during the breeding season in spring. They are olive-brown and have massive swollen jaws and an orange-red head color. The pattern and coloration of females and non-breeding males resembles that of the Common Five-lined Skink. Young Broad-headed Skinks are black with five to seven yellow stripes and a bright blue tail.

Skinks are usually only identifiable by close examination of the scales: five-lined skinks have an enlarged row of scales under the tail and four labial (along the upper lip between the nose and eye) scales. Additionally, the broadhead skink is usually larger and the southeastern five-lined skink usually inhabits dry, sandy habitats.

Amy said...

I really liked seeing the windows and pretty curtains in your store! Boris looks like he's having fun!

Carol@Dandelion Vintage said...

Hi,
Thanks for the info on the skinks. We usually see the striped ones, not too many browns. This guy just really stood out with his red head, and he's about 6-7 inches long, probably the biggest I've seen.

Also, the window is at the little beach house, I don't have a store.

Peta said...

I love what you have done in your kitchen. I adore those stacking glass canisters, have never seen those before - now I want some!

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