Daisy: the update!

So I strolled through the thrift store humming, “Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer, do!” to myself, and what turns up on the shelf?

This!

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Looks like Daisy got her man, her bicycle built for two, AND her hansom carriage. Lucky girl!

The universe sure has a funny sense of humor sometimes.

What if I’d been humming about a villa in Tuscany? Or a vintage bright red Austin Mini with a lime green kayak on top? Or a one-way ticket to England to visit the daughter who’s heading there next week?

Wouldn’t it have been nice to find those, too?

I can wish, can’t I?

These frosted iced-tea glasses were part of a fun 1950s or ’60s Anchor Hocking set printed with Gay Nineties snapshots. There’s the dashing Daisy and her mustached Michael on their tandem.

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Not looking so shy and retiring, are you now, Daisy? And if your beau keeps leaning way over like that you’ll both lose your balance and end up in that chartreuse mud puddle.

The other two glasses are identical “Hansom” glasses.

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Yes, I would love to be shuttled all over to do my shopping by a guy in a top hat and a big red cape. But that silly ladies’ hat with the feather thing wouldn’t look good on me.

The other designs in the set included “GAS BUGGY,” “KEYSTONE COPS,” “HORSE CAR,” “BARBERSHOP QUARTET,” and a muscle guy “AT THE BEACH.”  Collect ‘em all!

These are going to the Vintage Bazaar!


“Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer, do!”

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He loves me, he loves me not . . . . . do daisies always tell the truth?

“I’m half-crazy all for the love of you!
It won’t be a stylish marriage,
for I can’t afford a carriage.
But you’ll look sweet upon the seat
of a bicycle built for two!”

Do you know that old song?  It was new over a century ago! Our parents used to sing it together. Dad would play his guitar and sing the first verse, and Mom would reply with the second verse.

“Michael, Michael, here is my answer true:
I’ll not cycle over the world with you!
There won’t even be a marriage
if you can’t afford a carriage.
For I’ll get switched
if I get hitched
on a bicycle built for two!”

Wonder if Michael ever scraped up enough funds to marry Daisy properly.

Meanwhile, here are some daisy items I found while getting my Vintage Bazaar goodies together.

First, a sweet set of eight aluminum daisy coasters in a little caddy:

Yes, yes, I KNOW those are black-eyed susans in the background, not daisies. My daisies are all gone by. But they're in the same family.

Yes, yes, I KNOW those are black-eyed susans in the background. Not daisies. My daisies are all gone by. But they’re in the same family!

No maker’s mark, but they are really nice quality. I’m tempted to keep them!

And Vera cotton daisy napkins that look like they were never used:

Are they daisies? Or eggs done sunny-side-up?

Are they daisies? Or eggs done sunny-side-up?

And an adorable enameled steel child’s ironing board:

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You’d probably still love to iron if you’d learned how on a cheerful board like this!

So cute that no ironing board pad is needed!

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Alas, I don’t have the toy iron to match. When Janeray and I were small, we had one that actually heated up. Anybody else have one like that?

All of my daisy things are headed to this weekend’s Vintage Bazaar!


Getting ready for the Vintage Bazaar!

The Vintage Bazaar is next weekend.

Yikes!

Here’s a sneak peek of some favorite new things I’ll be bringing.

First up, a stack of 1940s hand-painted dishes made by Steubenville. The pattern is “Harvest.” I’m usually not that big a fan of orange, but OH are these gorgeous.

Wouldn't a full set of this pattern be wonderful on your Thanksgiving table?

Wouldn’t a full set of this pattern be wonderful on your Thanksgiving table?

Three vintage enamel colanders in great colors, plus interesting kitchen utensils.

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White, yellow, and ORANGE. I might keep that yellow one.

A very cool octagonal white & red enamel piece. Platter? Or extra-shallow baker? Plus lots more enamelware, an egg beater with a red bakelite handle, and Syracuse restaurantware plates.

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An amazing mold for popsicles. Tinned steel, with chippy red paint on the outside and a fair amount of rust for you rust fans!

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Plus a green Dazey flower frog!

Wire desk boxes, green-edged Sterling diner china, red bakelite-handled flatware, a sweet tulip frosted-glass pitcher . . .

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This is just a bit of it all. I haven’t even started pricing linens and furniture!


September 11

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Take a moment today, please, to remember those who died in the attacks on our country on September 11, 2001, and those who have died in other attacks at home and abroad in the years since.

Remember also their families and friends left behind.

And take a moment, please, to be grateful for the men and women who are willing to sacrifice their lives to protect and defend this nation: our armed forces, our police officers, our firefighters and first responders.

God bless America.


Peaches & blues & flamingo Pyrex too

 

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This week could be summer’s last blast for native peaches here.

Isn’t that sad?

Yesterday I got a huge bag of ripe peaches from the farmstand down the road. We couldn’t eat them all right away, so I picked out the softest ones to make a peach-blueberry cobbler with vanilla-cream biscuits. Peach cobbler is just fine by itself, but adding blueberries kicks it up into something sublime.

You mix the cut-up peaches with a dash of lemon juice (fresh, please!), a little sugar, and some cornstarch as a thickener.

I use my big Texasware bowl for baking adventures. Still kicking myself that I dropped my medium-sized bowl on my old tile kitchen floor a couple years ago. No more medium-sized bowl.

I use my big pale-green Texasware bowl for baking adventures. Still kicking myself that I dropped my medium-sized green bowl on my old tile kitchen floor a couple years ago. No more medium-sized bowl. No more tile floor either, for that matter. Smashing that bowl on it was the last straw.

Turn the peaches into a baking pan and scatter blueberries on top. The recipe actually says to mix the berries with the peaches and sugar in the bowl, but I forgot.

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Then you mix up the vanilla-cream biscuit dough. The recipe calls for scraping the seeds of a couple vanilla beans into the cream, but I just used a dollop of regular bottled vanilla.

The dough turns out pretty shaggy and soft, so forget about rolling it out and cutting the biscuits. The best way to shape them is to simply drop them onto the fruit. I used an ice-cream scoop. Easy!

The red handle on my old ice cream scoop is plastic, not Bakelite. Sure makes it easy to spot in the drawer!

The red handle on my old ice cream scoop is plastic, not Bakelite. Sure makes it easy to spot in the drawer!

Then you brush the biscuits with more cream or milk, and sprinkle on some sparkling sugar for a nice crunch.

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Pop it in the oven while you clean up the mess strewn over your countertops and in your sink. (Well, that’s what I do. Maybe you’re a neater cook than me!)

When it’s done, you have to wait a bit for it to cool down enough to eat. And wait and wait and wait.

Flamingo Pyrex makes everything look---and taste---better!

Flamingo Pyrex makes everything look—and taste—better! Yep, the peachy-blueberry juice bubbled right over the edge there.

Serve to a bunch of peach-loving people. Add vanilla ice cream if you like. We gobbled it up straight.

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The end!

The recipe is here.


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