Thursday, May 16, 2013

Put on a Smiley Face

Sometimes you need to smile. I see something every day that encourages a smile to peek through, as hard as it may be. The thing I see is my Smiley Face drinking glass. 

See....wouldn't this make you smile?

I have a set of Smiley Face drinking glasses. Actually, I have quite a large set, probably at least a dozen....maybe more. Most of these vintage glasses are packed away in the back of a cabinet in safekeeping for that moment when I become all thumbs and break one of the 6 that currently occupy a prominent place in my glass front kitchen cabinet.

I cannot remember what came first in my Smiley Face collection, the first set of drinking glasses or this........

....a glass ceiling light cover with a white frosted background and bright yellow and orange Smiley Faces staring down at you. We've had it for years. Are you smiling yet?

Would saving money make you smile? Try depositing your change in this big yellow ceramic Smiley Face bank, which is a recent addition to my collection. If you fill this bank up, you should be smiling!

If your smile gets turned upside down and you happen to shed a tear, perhaps plucking a tissue from this Smiley Face tissue box holder (the newest addition to my collection) would help you dry those tears and put on a happy face.

I hope looking at my Smiley Face collection helped you SMILE!!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Shrine of Wooden Utensils

I guess this is the beginning of a collection (THREE ..sets in this case.. would Make A Collection). Today I found the wooden spoon & fork set on the left at the Goodwill Where Things Go To Die on Poinsett Hwy. I scooped them up and brought them home to live with the set on the right that we bought in 1972 for my parents while we were in Hawaii during my husband's R & R. Since I don't have three sets, and the centerpiece is a sacred heart cross, I guess this is more of a shrine, huh?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee Clock

About two weeks ago we went to an estate sale where I found a clock to add to my clock collection. The price was right, only $2.00. However, the color was all wrong and it needed a little fixin'. Besides the awful blue color, do you see anything wrong?

My cup clock was missing it's saucer. I found a picture to show you what it should look like. When this clock has it's saucer, it can either stand on the counter or hang on the wall. Here's a "complete" clock.

Since my clock was missing the saucer, it really needed to be replaced. A trip to the local hobby store produced just the piece to make the repair, an unfinished 7 inch oval wooden plaque. The plaque had a beveled edge, so I could turn it upside down to replicate the upturn on a saucer's edge. Then I had to decide where to draw the line....the line to guide my saw to flatten this plaque on one side so the clock could hang on the wall when the new "saucer" was attached. I sawed off about a third of it. Then I had to drill holes into the "saucer"to fit the pegs on the bottom of the cup and do a little sanding to smooth the rough edges. 

Before I could attach the saucer, I had to paint it and I already had paint the same cream color as the "ear" on the coffee cup. But I still hated that blue color! In my box of paints, I had the perfect color, Really Red! So I removed the clock works and sanded away the blue, and painted the cup red. After proper drying time and re-assembly, I now have a coffee cup clock that I really love.

Now isn't that much better! I'm thinking it's time for a relaxing cup of coffee.


Monday, April 9, 2012

Wall of Clowns .... Two Days Later.... with Emmett Kelly

Here it is, 2 days later, and I have now placed the Emmett Kelly clown paint-by-number pair on my "Wall of Clowns". I changed my mind slightly on the placement of these two. Originally, I was going to put one Emmett Kelly above the Bozo clown puppet and the other below Bozo, but the one below would just be too low. So, I thought I'd post a photo of the final product. Final, that is, until I run across the next clown wall art! Here's how the wall looks now.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Clown Paint By Number Paintings & Emmett Kelly

A trip to the local Salvation Army Thrift Store was a success for me today. I didn't think I was going to run across anything, but my eyes wandered to the far wall behind the books and furniture. There I spied not one, but TWO framed pictures that required a closer look!

Off I went, only to find I was a bit too short to reach them. Well, really shortness wasn't the problem. The problem was the table and 2 boxes containing a various, jumbled mess of donated picture frames. The last time I was in this store, the table was there, but it appeared the Salvation Army store workers had been "unloading" the warehouse by the boxful! Not to be deterred, I scooted and scrunched and inched my way toward the wall. Finally, just by the tips of my fingers, I could edge the two pictures down for a better look. All the while I was thinking and hoping that the worker who priced this pair did a decent job and didn't think the paintings were "Louvre" quality and deserved a price tag to match!

I was in luck! The person who "painted" these paint-by-number clowns did a decent job, and they also liked them well enough to take them to a frame shop to be framed. The frames did have a few "bruises" and some dust, but overall, I was very pleased with the pair. Now, for the determining factor...the price....was it "too pricey" or "just right"? At $2.99 each.....the price was "just right"!

I have no way of knowing for sure that these paint-by-number clowns are, indeed, Emmett Kelly, but it sure looks like him to me. So I'm just going to call them "my Emmett Kelly's". 

Since I really like Emmett Kelly, I thought you might enjoy this video of Emmett appearing on What's My Line? TV game show on March 11, 1956.

I've already decided on the placement of the pair on my already full wall of clowns. One will go above the clown puppet on the right and the other just below it.

If you want to see more about my clown collection, be sure to check the Blog Archive in the right hand column.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Cheery Clown Surprise

Now isn't this a cheery clown? 

He doesn't look creepy at all!

This water color painting is the newest addition to my clown collection. It will soon be hanging on the wall with all my other clown art. 

The greatest thing though?? The artist. Here she is. Julia.

She is my best friend and has been since our days in Junior High.

Julia thoughtfully painted this cheery clown as a surprise for me. She recently started taking some art classes and, from what I have seen, there's been a hidden talent lurking in her all these years! 

Thanks Julia, for the painting and for your friendship.

Here is my collection after adding the Cheery Clown water color and my vintage Bozo hand puppet.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Creepy Clown Chair

What else can I say? It looks creepy to me. My son found this kid's clown chair this past weekend while on a thrift store outing, and he just "had" to get it for my collection. I like that my son cares enough to bring me an addition to my collection. Does it seem weird that he thinks of me when he sees "creepy clowns"?

From the inscription engraved on the underside of this chair, you can see it was lovingly constructed and painted by "Gramps" in 1982 for a little boy named "Travis". I'm sure Travis liked this chair.....unless his mom decided it would make a good place for him to take his "time-out's" for misbehaving! Maybe that's what makes this clown seem creepy!!!

I don't know yet where this creepy clown chair will sit in my house, I'm sure I'll find the perfect place. Should I place it in a corner? And if I do, should it face toward the wall?

You can see more of my clown collection HERE, HERE, and HERE.