April 22, 2014

Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah


I'm going junkin' for some vintage children's books. What are you doing today?


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April 21, 2014

Thrift Share Monday

First off, I would like to thank Linda from Coastal Charm for featuring my Blushing Rose China on this weeks Nifty Thrifty Tuesday. Each week Linda hosts a link up party, you can find thrifted treasures, decorating ideas, recipes and all kinds of good things at this link up party. Take a minute to pop over and see her charming blog, pun intended and link up to Nifty Thrifty Tuesday.

I'm always in awe a the fabulous Pyrex finds of Sir Thrift-A-Lot, but this week I am happy to announce that I found a few pieces of Pyrex at reasonable prices.


This is my first Sandalwood striped piece of Pyrex, it is in pretty good condition for the small price of 50¢. I always like to find Pyrex adjustable cradles comes in handy for those casseroles that come straight out of the oven onto the table.


Nestles inside of each other Spring Blossom mixing bowls in awesome shiny condition. The male doll was made in Poland, and you know I love anything Polish.


This little elephant looked like it needed a good home, great for a tea party with LuLu Belle.


I can never seem to pass up a souvenir handkerchief this one is from Minnesota. Such a pretty Vera scarf. I got hooked on Vera scarves because Jill from the blog A Little Bit of Everything always wrote about her love for these wonderful scarves.


I loved Elsie the cow when I was young and drank Borden milk during my youth, I just like dish cloths. Who remembers those gallon glass jugs with the red plastic handles? 

I didn't have to go very far to find this week's treasure, my neighbor had her estate sale, and two other neighbors had rummage sales. 

Linking to:

Sir-Thrift-A Lot:  Thriftasaurus
Costal Charm:  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Me and My Shadow: Magpie Monday

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Happy Dyngus Day

Happy Dyngus Day
Smigus-Dyngus Day
Pronounced:  SHMEE-goos DIN-goos


A Polish tradition observed on Easter Monday or Wet Easter Monday when boys douse girls with water and switch their legs. While this fun filled, spirited Polish tradition isn't widely celebrated in the United States, there are several cities that embrace this tradition. Buffalo, New Year with a large Polish population certainly knows how to celebrate this day with a parade, music, piwo/beer, Polish food, and even crowns a Queen.

I wrote a blog post last year which explains Dyngus Day you can read that post by click here.
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April 19, 2014

Happy Easter ~ Wesolego Alleluja!

Card purchased from Polish Art Center
Treasury of Polish Heritag
On the occasion of the Celebration 
of the Easter Holiday
sending best wishes for,
health, happiness, prosperity,
a tasty Easter Meal,
and a wet Dyngus day.


April 18, 2014

Easter Tradition - Blessing of the Food

Today I will be preparing for Swieconka,  the blessing of the Easter basket. This Polish traditions dates back to the 15th century and not only is observed in Poland but by descendant of Poles in the United States, Canada, along with other Polish Parish communities.


The basket is lined with a beautiful cloth, decorated with bows and flowers, with a white cloth to cover the basket when it is filled with the food that is to be blessed.


Typical baskets would be filled with symbolic foods that will be eaten on Sunday morning.


My Easter basket will be blessed with the following. . .

*eggs - symbolize life and Christ's resurrection
*bread - symbolic of Jesus
*lamb- represents Christ
*salt - represents purification
*horseradish - symbolic of the bitter sacrifice of Christ
*ham - symbolic of great joy and abundance


The butter in the form of a lamb, Baranek Wielkanocny/Easter lamb, will represent Christ in my basket, while some people will bring a cake in the shape of a lamb. I will put cloves in for the eyes and tie a red ribbon around the neck of the lamb. 

I will be boiling my eggs for the basket today using onion skins, as did my grandparents, and aunts. The color of the egg will be a very pretty brown almost copper colored.

I will pick up the kielbasa/Polish sausage from the Polish grocery store today along with some Polish rye bread. The ham is in the refrigerator.

Fond memories from my childhood come to mind about the blessing of the Easter baskets. The church bells would toll in our Polish community announcing the blessing of the baskets. You would see families rushing to the church, the church would be decorated so beautifully.


This was my father's photo of the church from Easter in 1929, the church was celebrating its twenty- fifth anniversary. The altar was filled with Easter lilies. The Felician nuns decorated the church beautifully for all special occasions.

Does your family have any Easter traditions? I would love to hear and learn about others' traditions.
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April 17, 2014

Vintage Wooden Hangers

For the remodel I had to clear out every closet so that the 1970's sliding doors could be removed and new french doors and woodwork could replace them, and of course the closets were painted.

I am slowly putting back items that I know I will wear and getting rid of items that I didn't even know I still had. During this process I amassed hangers, hanger's from the cleaners, some with tubes attached to the wire while others were just wire, plastic hangers, slim flat flocked space saver hangers, and some wooden hangers. There certainly is many different styles of hangers.

I was surprised to find so many different styles of vintage wooden hangers in my pile.


Flat and round wood crescent shaped hangers, boomerang hangers, pant hangers with wooden rods, metal rods and metal rods that prevent pants from slipping off the hanger.


The wire hooks of the hangers were all different, very long hooks, some necks were curved before the hook, others had sharp angles before the hook, and some hooks had a flat top hook.


A few had advertising some engraved into the wood others stamped.


It is rumored that the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson invented the hanger. 

The one thing that sticks in my mind about hangers is Joan Crawford in Mommy Dearest screaming, "No more wire hangers."

Thank goodness these are wooden so I can keep them.
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April 16, 2014

Priscilla Curtains Timeless Elegance

The Pricilla curtains in my childhood bedroom framed the window and floated about as the breeze came through  cooling off the bedroom. I loved those Pricilla curtains when I was a child and I still enjoy the look that these timeless curtains provide even today.

Priscilla curtains consist of two sheer panels that use a standard double rod allowing the curtains to criss cross, or drape across each other. The ruffles and drape usually land in the center of the window. These sheer curtains allow the sunlight to spill into my small guest room.

The Pricilla curtains have a timeless beauty and give my guest room a look of elegance.

I must admit that for, several days I have been playing around trying to get them to drape a little nicer, moving the tie backs up and down the panels, and arranging the ruffles. Not everyone likes the look of Pricilla curtains, including my oldest daughter, but I just love them.
Here the tie backs allow the curtains to drape in the middle of the window.
Moving the tie backs higher exposed more of the window.

Did I mention that the Pricilla curtains were purchased at an estate sale for the only $2.50.
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