Tuesday, October 28, 2014


I just noticed that I haven't written a post in a couple of weeks, but to be honest, I felt like I didn't  really have much to write about!!  But, today I do!!  Last Wednesday I tagged along with my husband who had business in London - no, that's not London, England, unfortunately it's the other London, in Ontario.  He had meetings so that left me on my own to scout out the thrifts and antique malls - it was great!  On Friday, we headed to Buffalo, NY for the weekend - lots of shopping and sightseeing too, we went back to Niagara Falls, NY on Saturday evening to see the American Falls, which we had never visisted - what a view!!!!  

Sunday morning we were up early - I had found this flea market online - now I know what all you American gals talk about when you mention a flea market - I had never been to anything like this before.  It was called Antique World & Flea Market in Clarence, NY - New York's largest indoor/outdoor market  - people are set up at storage units, some booths are right in the unit, some are outside,  we want to go back again in the summer when it's operating in full force.  There were bargains to be had and things that I had never seen before, I'm happy to say I found some things that I've been wanting for a while!!!

No trip would be complete without finding a few Vera scarves  - I found nine!!!  

  I have never found a teen magazine, they are always ladies magazines, now I have a 1968 TEEN magazine, it was cheaper than all the rest that were there because it said a coupon was missing, it's funny, they typed out the missing words on a piece of paper, it's attached to the page.  I can't imagine a cover like this now on a teen magazine!!

If you don't like vintage Christmas, there is no  need to go on any further because that's what I brought home...

I bought this in Canada and then saw it later at the NY flea, it wasn't priced but I just bet it was less than what I paid.  It's so kitschy cute!!!  I had it lit this morning, it's even prettier than I thought, love bubble lights!!

I first learned about Gurley candles from the blogs, I wanted just one so bad, I had to resort to buying a couple on Ebay.  Then, this summer, I found two at a yard sale, unheard of for around here!!!  Well, I have plenty now.  

The candles were wrapped in paper, they're in perfect condition.

How cute are they?

I was in the land of Gurley candles and didn't even realize it, I was buying two from a lady at the flea market, she said those are more, they're the ones made in Buffalo, you know, well, yes, they are!!!  They were first made in Buffalo in 1938 under the Tavern name, that is what this box is so they're old, in 1949, the name was changed to Gurley Novelty.    I saw a lot of them at the market - no Halloween though, Easter, Thanksgiving - I should have bought more!!!  

The choir boy is about 7 1/2 inches tall.  The reindeer actually says Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer on the bottom.

Another pack of Christmas hangers...just think, only 7 cents at Kmart!

I was so happy to get a real Shiny Brite box, I have never seen one out there in the wild before and bonus, it's full of pretty shiny brites.  In case you're wondering, no, I did not pay 50 cents for it!!

We're on our way back home on Sunday afternoon, my husband spots a flea market, he said do you want to stop, before I could get the words out of my mouth, he had taken the exit.   It was freezing, we were walking around quickly, it wasn't bad actually, then he says, look at this - oh, my, I walked fast to the table.  It was a whole table of vintage Christmas, I could have had the whole table but I didn't want it, here's what I did want and got them all for $20, plus the spun head snowman.

I can't imagine how they sat there the whole day.  What a happy family of knee huggers, they sure made me happy!!  They look like they were never used, the material is clean, the Japan sticker is still on the back of many of them.  The big guys in the back row are about 8 inches tall.  I had bought one of the small  ones earlier in the week, he is in rough shape compared to the rest, but I love them all.  It was definitely my favorite purchase!!

I love to get away on these excursions, it's so much fun to find treasures like this!!!

Linking up with Joann at Vintage Bliss Tuesdays and Sir Thrift a Lot at Thriftasaurus - two great Canadian link ups!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Simple Style Orange SMASH BOOK Completed!!

I've finished my fifth SMASH book - it'll be two years in January since I started this crazy hobby, I love it just as much now as I did then.   I shared another one of my completed books this way, I prefer this to the flip thru - I haven't edited any of the pictures, so what you see is what you get - no cropping , color editing or describing the pages - there are three parts to this post, so just go to the bottom and click on the next part!   Just click on any picture for a closer look!!   Hope you like it and thanks for taking the time to visit!

On to  Part 2

Part 2 of the Completed SMASHBOOK!

Here's the next series of completed pages in the Simple Style Orange SMASHBOOK!

On the the final pages -Part 3

Part 3 - Simple Style SMASHBOOK Completed

Here are the final pages in the Simple Style Orange SMASHBOOK..

And, that's it!!  

I was posting all my SMASH pages on Instagram, I'm not doing that any longer, but I do post them on my blog Facebook page, which is right here, so if you're interested in my pages , "Like" me!!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

Last week I stopped in at a Mennonite farm to check out their produce - they had a lot of squash as you can see by this picture - for the first time, I made a squash soup that I first saw on Instagram,  if you are looking for a great squash soup recipe, check out Rosinda's recipe on her blog, With Love From the Kitchen  - it's delicious!!!

I bought a huge zucchini when I was there - I made Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins - what a perfect fall muffin - delicious!  The original recipe is from All Recipes,  I have very seldom tried one of the top rated recipes on that site that hasn't been good.  This one doesn't disappoint!!

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

1 1/2 c. flour

3/4 white sugar

1 tsp. b. soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. salt

1 egg, slightly beaten

1/2 c. vegetable oil

1/4 c. milk

1 tbsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 c. shredded zucchini - I squeezed the liquid from the shredded zucchini.  

1/2 c. miniature chocolate chips

1/2 c. walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350.  Grease 12 muffin cups or one with paper muffin liner cups.  I always use the Reynolds type, the muffin or cupcake slides out perfectly.

Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl.  Mix egg, oil, milk, lemon juice and vanilla extract in a bowl; stir into dry ingredients until just moistened.  Fold in zucchini, chocolate chips and walnuts.  Fill prepared muffin cups 2/3 full.

Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick  comes out clean, 20-25 minutes.  

I made no changes to this recipe!!