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just thought I would share some of my art ...  The lamp is a wine bottle. Daisy picture actually was done several years ago.. One of my favorites it hangs in my kitchen...

 I will be back on Sunday I do have a part-time job so if you don't see long posts please forgive me.

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On the way to Atlantic city gone but not forget the boat house..

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New jersey has some strange buildings and the boat house was so interesting I remember when it was a antique store me of course loving all things antique stopped in the 80's and even though their was not much I really liked it was quite the interesting place.
 The lady that lived there was quite a talker and she was quite interesting the building was part of a cabin park. At the time you could still see the cabins in the back lot even though they were run-down.

 This type of place was popular in the 50's when people did a lot of driving and I am guessing since this was not that far from Atlantic city it was a great place to stay for the night.


 The boat house was originally a bath house where they would have showers and bathrooms and then after the park closed it was a antique store.


 In the Atlantic city area along the white horse pike they had quite a few cabins in the 60's when I was growing up left overs from a  more innocent age.


 hope you enjoy this stroll down mem…

Mcall's paper dolls and the bginnings of paper dools..

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The history of paper dolls started from newspapers believe or not? I had the pleasure of buying a box of Victorian scrapes from the family of a woman who loved cutting out  paper dolls even as a adult. Many  women's magazines would include paper dolls on the back page that parents are kids could cut out.


 McCall's started printing paper dolls in their magazines in 1951. If you are a certain age you will remember they also sold patterns for clothes. Many people sewed and did not buy their clothes. The company decide in 1937 to start a magazine and the rest was history.

The paper doll named Betsy changed clothes over the years  but had basically the same look. She was so popular in the 60's they companies of Ideal and American doll helped her  become a baby doll and she even came in 3 sizes.






 I  hope you enjoyed this stroll down memory lane , and to the lovely lady who shared her memories through out her life time in the form of cutting paper I thank you.
 have a great day, N…

Design of the day the red flower..

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This is one of our most popular designs... Just thought I would show you what  this design is available on..  A glass cutting board
                                                                  A birthday card.



                                                         of course a case for your phone.


                              A small candle  to burn. I actually bought this for a gift and it is nice.


                                        Great  gift and a nice way to drink your morning coffee.

 Have a good day, Nora Follow us on goggle+ 



Rose design available on lots of items

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One of my favorite designs and drawn very fluidly... enjoy the day friends and these designs are available in my stores.. Nora

New Jersey Pinelands Monster The Jersey Devil?

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Mother Leeds Deborah Japhet Leeds gave birth to her 13 child and I am guessing was so tired of having children she cursed it when she was giving birth and said I hope it is the devil. This is how the legend was born.

 The truth has more to do with Daniel Leeds with Benjamin Franklin publisher's rival with Daniel Leeds. They really did not like each other and there was a bitter rival with almanacs' each published .
Daniel Leeds angered the Quakers because he put astrology in his almanac so there was some gossiping about how the family who showed sympathy  to the British . They even gossiped about their family crest  had winged griffins on it. 
 The fun thing the people did not talk of seeing the devil till the 1800's and by then he was everywhere.
 He was seen several times in 1900's even during the day. If you are in the pine barrens I can see this mistake but he was seen in Philadelphia.  I have lived in the pines all my life and have never seen the devil and have b…

The history of shiny brite ornaments

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Well the shiny brite ornament came to life right before the war  when people were concerned there would be no more hand blown  ornaments from Germany.  Corning glass company  re-did a machine that made glass ribbons into a ornament machine.
They would sent to a decorating plant in New Jersey where they were sprayed with silver nitrate and lacquered that is where the name shiny Brite comes from. This was done at a plant called Eckerd's where stripes we hand painted and the sayings and Christmas scenes were stenciled .  Before the war the caps on the bulbs were metal  and during the war they were paper.
 During the war years and into the 50's they would be  mass produced to the tune of 300,00 a day their was a large market for them and a box of ornaments were sold for 60 cents.  They were sold every where even though Woolworth started the trend with asking corning to product them.

 I am including some examples and will talk about values in the future. Enjoy this little piece …

White house Ornaments.

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I figured I would keep talking about collecting ornaments today and show you some of the items I collect and hang on my tree.  I started getting these ornaments as gifts from a couple who my husband and I have been good friends with for a long time.

 Each year they fill my tree with more gold beauty and I do look forward to receiving them each year.  I love shiny bright and they go well together. I was surprised they are quite the collectable and would make a get heirloom collection to pass down to one's family through out the years.
 Some buyer's pointers to look for if you buy them on e-bay the years from 1995-1997 the box gold paint scratches easy so if you are looking just to collect and keep them in the book that is a factor. They do come with paper work and should be included they come in a velvet box and make a nice gift.

 They are the only official white house ornaments and were started in 1981 and have continued to this day. .
 I am inclosing some examples so you ca…

Do not over look avon collectables.

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The company of Avon has  been around for a long time. Did you know that some of these items are quite valuable? I was surprised to see what some items I have in my collect from over the years are worth. So if you see those Christmas ornaments or  glass Avon figures at yard sales and flea markets jump on them. Would be great if you have the boxes but they are still valuable if you don't thought I would include some examples ..








  A lot of these ornaments are from the 90's but people love to collect and Christmas is a time for giving.


  Have a great day, Nora

Breast Cancer ... Month

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Pink items are every where October is breast cancer  month.  Please  get you yearly check-up  when  especially when you turn 40. You are worth it.   If you find something do not wait and get more then one opinion..  wishing you health and happiness ,Nora




Halloween beginings .. Might suprise you?

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Halloween started out as a Celtic festival called Samhain 2,000 years ago.  The new year was November 1, in this culture and they believed the night before that ghosts would fly around at night so they would leave food and drink on their door steps  the night before and even dress up to look like ghosts so they would blend in.

 They would light large fires and burn crops and even sacrifice animals the last day of the year so they would have good luck..


 During the 8 century the church changed  the name to all hallows eve where kids would dress up and play tricks and get food and money and even wine for gifts if they sing and dance and tell jokes.


 The name was shorten through the years and in the 50's it became the holiday we know today with trick or treating and more a family event.



  One trick treat night a couple had a party and was also giving out candy to kids...  As the children would approach the dark street and the many trees in the yard they saw a shadow moving among th…

The man in green..

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The couple was coming home from a gathering from a friend's home it was about 9  p.m.   Most people did not want to travel this road at night and  it was know for ghost sightings and all kinds of odd things... Day time was no problem but when the on set of  night,  shades play tricks on the eyes and minds of drivers it is best to go another way.
 The woman was a bit nervous about this road she had a dream the other night about driving down a not well lighted road and seeing a man dressed in a emerald  green suit wearing ,a green fishing hat and even more spooky he was wearing a green  Banda over part of his face. She remembered waking up screaming because he had red demon like eyes and that was all you could see .  She remembered that  the more they speeded up in the dream the man was always on the side of the road ahead of them.
As they came to the beginning of the road something made the man stop and ask his partner Do you want to go another way home? " The woman replied…
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Went to a sunflower farm where I live. Surprised they had such a think but they are around . Want to share my farm pictures and yes I di pick some flowers to take home have a great weekend friends I will  be back on Sunday. Nora







Fall at Pinecat and catfish 15 stores

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  Fall flowers are blooming all over the stores at  from sunflowers too zinnias blooms that will  make your fall a great one... follow us on goggle + and like our blog. , Nora