Friday, August 19, 2011

These Boots Were Made For Rockin' (Alternate Title: Marie is a Dork)

Last Friday I was at my favourite Goodwill looking for half price day bargains when I saw these CRAZY COWBOY BOOTS.  At first I passed them by, thinking there was no way I'd be able to get them on my giant (women's size 10.5-11) feet.  Besides, I'm a vegetarian and I haven't worn leather in years.  But then I looked back at them and realized they actually looked relatively large, and I thought, "Well, vintage leather doesn't require (further) animal suffering and is eco-friendly...".  So I went back.  Turns out they were a men's 8, and they fit (albeit rather snugly)!  Without hesitating, I snatched those puppies up and bought 'em (for a whole $8.99, since - much to my disappointment - they were excluded from the sale).

The thing is, these boots are so darn AWESOME that I can't even tell if they're nice or not; I'm blinded by their awesomeness.  For all I know, they're absolutely hideous.

(I'm also not sure if I'll be able to get used to the idea of wearing cow skin on my feet, but that's an issue for another time.)

So, dear readers, my questions for you are:

1.  Do you like these boots?  Please vote in the poll, and feel free to elaborate in a comment!

2.  If you don't think the boots should never be worn, what do you think they should be worn with?

Awesome details:
Check out the gorgeous metalwork:
And the (very worn) bottom of one boot, so you can see the logo:

Love 'em? Hate 'em? I'd love to hear your opinion! Please be honest... I won't be offended. After all, I didn't make them (and I'm still undecided, myself).

What do you think of my Sandiego cowboy boots?

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Vintage Cottage, Part III: More Mid Century Modern Treasures!

And now, I present to you the third and final installment of the "Vintage Cottage" miniseries.  Without further ado, here are the featured items...

There are two of these fabulous mid century modern chairs at Grandma's cottage:
black mid century modern chair

My Grandpa brought this (dusty - sorry!) wooden hippo back from one of his trips to South Africa (where he traveled when he worked for Inco, as they had mines there):
Vintage mid century modern wood hippo from Africa

Next up, this retro set of aqua salt and pepper shakers:
Retro aqua bullet-shaped salt and pepper set

And finally, two unidentified mod striped vases:
Vintage mod light blue striped vases

We've now reached the end of the "Vintage Cottage" miniseries!  Missed the beginning/middle?  Click here for Part I and Part II!  Thanks for reading!

Do you visit a cottage full of vintage treasures?  I'd love to hear about your favourites!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Vintage Cottage, Part II: Pyrex, Arcoroc France Rosaline and a Lovely Pottery Bowl

The "Vintage Cottage" miniseries continues!

As promised, today's post features some cool solid-colour Pyrex and a gorgeous set of Arcoroc champagne glasses... plus a lovely unidentified fruit bowl (please let me know if you can ID it!).

Pink, yellow and red Pyrex:

Pink Pyrex round casserole

Red and Yellow Pyrex

Red and Yellow Pyrex

A gorgeous white fruit bowl with green stripes.  Unknown manufacturer, but made in the USA and marked with "OVEN  ____" (perhaps "Oven Safe"):

Vintage white fruit bowl with green stripes, made in the USA

And, last but not least, a beautiful set of Arcoroc Rosaline pink swirl champagne flutes which my Grandmother purchased in the 80's:

Arcoroc Rosaline pink swirl champagne flutes

Next time: The "Vintage Cottage" miniseries ends with a mid century modern chair, an oh-so-retro set of salt and pepper shakers, and a hippo!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Vintage Cottage, Part I: 60's Denby and Three Little Skunks!

I spent the first part of August away from the internet, up at the family cottages (a.k.a. Camp)... but that doesn't mean I've been neglecting this blog! While I was up in cottage country, I took lots of pictures of some of the gorgeous vintage items which are enjoyed by my extended family each summer. For the most part, the cottages were furnished and decorated in the 50's, 60's and 70's; what a treasure trove!

This "Vintage Cottage" miniseries will consist of two or three posts; this one features some lovely pieces by Denby and three adorable skunk figurines.

First, a Denby accent mug which I believe to be from the 60's:

60's Denby accent mug

Mid century Denby white and tan mug

Denby mid-century stamp on mug

Next, a stunning coffee set in my favourite Denby pattern, "Studio", which was made from 1961 until 1974 (love this pattern? I try to keep my Etsy shop stocked with it):

Denby Studio coffee set

Denby Studio: Grey with black stripes and orange accents

And finally, three adorable little skunk figurines (two of which appear to have been beheaded and - thankfully - lovingly repaired).  I don't know who made them, but one eBay seller thinks a very similar skunk might be 1950's California pottery, perhaps by Rio Hondo or Walker.  Indeed, the skunks do bear some resemblance to these Rio Hondo skunks.  Anyway, here they are:

Skunk parade!

Vintage skunk figurines

Next time: Pyrex, Arcoroc France and more!