WELCOME to HAPPY TO BE...This is a blog about my love of Antiques, My family, humor, as humor keeps us laughing and my every Day life...I hope you enjoy your visit...Please leave me a comment to let me know you Came by so I can visit with you Thank You !!...Hugs and Smiles, Gl♥ria

November 29, 2008

~GINGERBREAD KITCHEN ~

Hey Gals Sorry I wasn't around much today ...but I have been busy trying to get my Gingerbread Kitchen done...Now is this not the sweetest thing ?? I got this from Lynne's shop http://lynnesgiftsfromtheheart.blogspot.com/ Please if you have not been to her blog pay her a visit... she is the sweetest gal ...I love her more than my luggage and she is also Decorator 101 on Rate My Space...And Ladies she got from of the most neatest things for Christmas and all year around for your home... Now this you are probably thinking what the hey is this?? right well its a 1840 Regina Victorian Music box tree stand... Your tree sit on top of it and it spins the tree around as it plays music..these are the disc that it plays...


This is the front of it...I put it on my Kitchen table every year...



Just another shot of the front...with my little Gingerbread houses...




Now this is my Gingerbread tree...My Granddaughter Candace started this collection about 10 years ago for me....and I do my Gingerbread tree every year now..







Is this not the Sweetest Cake Stand !!! I found this last Month at HOME GOODS and it just SCREAMED my name..I just loved the little Elf Feet on it...and my dome fits it real good...






This is just a corner in my kitchen... I always use place mats at Christmas time on my counters and those Glass containers are DAD"S cookies container that came out of a general store I keep Pudding and Jello in them... the sweet tea pot also from my Candace.






This is my Kitchen sink...and Yes I have a BLUE sink...but I have a blue and White Kitchen and love Blue so why not...this is my garden window...the little dough boy Len got me last Christmas its a SUNSHINE Biscuits boy and came from ca. 1940 general store....










This is a De Laval Cream cabinet that held parts one time for a Cream Separator this sits at the end of my Bean Counter...also a few Butter Churns and Old coffee grinder...






Now this is my OLD New stove...looks like an old one..but it has a self clean oven, all electric it an "Elmira " came from Canada and made to look like an 1850 stove...

I only show part of the kitchen with this post will show you the rest of it this week...I am still trying to finish it all up.. If you would like to see it all go to my spaces on RATE MY SPACE and I also am Happy to be on there...


Thanks for stopping by....and seeing just some of my little men!!! And please sign my Guest book for me.. Thanks


Hope you have a great and safe day hugs and smiles, Gloria



November 27, 2008

~ I'm BEEN TAGGED ~

Sue http://canwetalk-sue.blogspot.com/ has tagged me to name 6 random things about myself
Here are the rules...




1.Link to the person who tagged you.

2.post the rules on your blog (copy and paste 1-6)

3.Write 6 random things about yourself.


4.Tag 6 people at the end of your post and link to them.

5.Let each person know they been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.

6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.



So here is my 6 Random things about me.

1. I had all 3 of my kids by age 20

2. I was a Grand Mother at age 36

3. I got my pilot license at age 30

4. I was Lioness District President at age 40 and met First Lady Nancy Regan at the Lion International Convention in San Francisco..when she was our Key note speaker.. " ON JUST SAY NO" to drugs

5.I had my own Manufacturing Company and made Micro manipulators and Mechanical Stages for Yeast and DNA testing..

6.I had an Ostrich and Emu farm until 2005



Now I am suppose to Tag 6 other LUCKY winners..

1. Debbie at http://confessionsofaplateaddict.blogspot.com/


2. BO athttp://blinksnwinksfrombrown-eyes.blogspot.com/


3. Deb at http://debscountrykisses.blogspot.com/2008/11/in-home-shopping-for-lovely-tablescape.html


4. Diane athttp://fourpawsco.blogspot.com/


5. Ksassa At http://ksarrasarra.blogspot.com/


6. Donna athttp://adventureswithtassie.blogspot.com/


Now I hope you girls have fun with this one...


Hope all of you have a blessed and safe day... Hugs and Smiles Gloria

November 26, 2008

~HAPPY THANKSGIVING ~

" HAPPY THANKSGIVING" to all my wonderful blogging friends...this year I have so much to be thankful for.. I have been so blessed in my life with my family and friends...I had a wonderful Mama, who was my best friend...we did canning together, crafts together, cooking together, dancing together and she even would go flying with me!! all be it her eyes were closed and her hands were made into tight little fist..she would not say a thing but I could tell she she praying that I landed that plane and soon...
Well Yesterday I was making breads and candy..this was something that my mama and I always did together...and I started crying and couldn't stop for missing her as its only been a year since I lost my Mama..well I had me a pity party for about 2 hours and then sat there and thought about all the things I had to be Thankful for..
I looked around at my Kitchen and was so thankful I had a kitchen with food in the frig and cupboards as I know that they are people who don't have that...

I went into the bathroom to get some tissue to wipe my eyes and was so thankful I had plumbing as they are people who don't have that..

I went into my Living room and sat my by fire and was thankful for the heat to warm my bones..and realized they were people who didn't have heat...

I looked at the pictures of my Children who are all healthy and doing good with their careers and marriages and how thankful I am for that...

I looked at my husband Len who I just married 2 years ago..and was thankful for all the security and comfort he brings to my life...

I looked down at my Old Red Robe and was thankful that I had that old robe to wear...

I went into my office and I seen my Computer and thought how thankful I am that all I have to do is turn it on and have all these wonderful cyber friends in my life..and for that I am very thankful...and at that point I dried my eyes and realized my mama was still with me !! she had taught me to give THANKS and will always live with in my heart!! I am so Bless...

I hope each and everyone of you have a safe and Blessed Thanksgiving... I know I will !!!
Hugs and Smiles , Gloria

November 23, 2008

~~THANK YOU BLOG SANTA ~~

Prayers are answered in Blogland...All you have to do is believe !!! This is a very busy time of year for every one here in Blogland !!! with cooking, cleaning, shopping and just getting ready for the BIG BOY to show up on December 25th and I needed help !!! So I prayed to the Blog Santa to HELP me !!!!









videoLOOK WHAT SANTA SEND ME !!! ( hit play) my very own" Elf's " Am I not the lucky blog lady today ??







He send me Susan http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/ So she can set a beautiful Holiday table for me!! Girls I will have the best dressed table on the Blog...






He send me Pickethttp://picketsplace.blogspot.com/ Because she loves to cook and all you have to do feed her Chocolate to keep her cooking. (but please don't let her vacuum) Oh will my Blog food be YUMMY!!





He send me Laurie http://bargainhuntingwithlaurie.blogspot.com/ to get all my tress decorated and she'll get it all done with Bargain decorating..... Oh I can just see my Beautiful Blog Tree !!




He send me Donna http://deembee.blogspot.com/ Oh this girl know how to oraganize a PAR-TY so I will have the best Blog Christmas ever !!!



And Santa even send me a little Dancing girl http://canwetalk-sue.blogspot.com/ Its Sue's sweet little Grand Baby Amelia is she not just darling !!!


Oh Thank you dear Blog Santa....this is indeed be a GREAT Blog Christmas with all these Elf's you send me !!! WOW who could ask for more !!!


Please go and visit all my little elf's today....


Have a great and Blessed day.... Hugs and smiles Gloria

November 21, 2008

~~ PINK SATURDAY ~~~

Well Guys its once again PINK SATURDAY !!! our Hostess Beverly at How sweet the sound http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/my_weblog/ Has a whole list of others that join in for this fun day...Please go by and visit some of the PINK ladies today... Now this is just a little PINK tea cup and sauce that my daughter Dawna gave me for Mother's day...see all the pretty PINK Flowers on it and the picture behind it is my sweet Dawna on her wedding day last year.. Oh and this little Fairy that's hanging on it my Mama gave me many years ago....she knew I was a PINK girl...Ok !! Ladies follow me and we will take a trip up stairs....just follow the PINK steps.....and Yes girls I have PINK carpet and a PINK painted wall here....Gotta to love the PINK !! and yes that's another Phonograph and RCA Victor one and it sits on an Edison Cabinet that holds all wax Edison round tube records that goes to my Edison Phonograph...yet another post...GOOD Lord I say that allot...but I do have allot of antiques I have yet to share with you guys..Just don't want to bore everyone with my "Passion"...
Now as we go upstairs this is the wall paper border...see all the darling little cherubs with the PINK roses?? I know I know !! wall paper is a NO NO !! but hey I am one of those nuts that like it...Please don't give me a low rating because of it...OH WAIT this is not Rate my Space...I'm safe here lol !!!Now this is a " Yard Long" I have these prints going up the stairs...but this one is dressed in What else but PINK.... this print is from 1910 and still in its original frame...I also have a collection of these even a Mary Pickford one that she signed...yet another Post !!! Boy I do say that allot...I also have old beaded purses and old hats hanging between these prints...these wall are all round...as I told you this is a barn Silo entryway....and looks just like a barn from the out side...Now this is part of my Guest Room up stairs and you can see its All PINK...I created this little Garden Tea area for my guests to sit and have a cup of tea...as this room is 640 ft so I was able to break it up with difference areas...I found this sweet little table and chair at a yard sale many years ago for $10,00 and it was brown...so Thank goodness for white spray paint and some Shabby Chic fabric it was as good as new...The hat was also just a straw hat I painted and added some of my Ostrich feathers and PINK roses to.. Please click on any picture and you can see all the details in wall paper, hat etc. Hope you all enjoyed some more of my PINK stuff...like I said at the first PINK Saturday I did...I could show my house for a year and never run out of PINK...







Please go see all the Other PINKS today.... Hope all of you have a blessed and safe weekend...







Thank you all for your Visit today....Hugs and smiles Gloria


( think PINK girls as your mama wrapped you in it and her arms as a baby )

November 20, 2008

~~TIME GONE BY~~

I Love antique Clocks... so I thought I would bore every one today with some of mine....Now this is from Ansonia Clock works...Its called a swinger Clock because the Pendulum swings back and forth...the ball at the top is the clock face...Ansonia did a series of these clocks from 1850-1880 and this one is Called "Gloria" my late husband gave this to me on my 39th Birthday...said I would always be a Swinger...ha ha !! I have it sitting on an old street post that we cut down and added the marble top to it.. Now this is a Crystal Palace Clock from France...its all crystal and brass ca, 1840 even the Pendulums are crystals.. Click on any picture and you can enlarge them....



Now these you use to find allot in Kitchens years ago...and they were made by the Massachusetts Clock works...these were very popular in the 1880 but allot of these were made from 1800-1830 You could also order these from the Sears catalog at the turn of the century but they were not from Massachusetts Clocks works.... I know my Grandma had one in her dining room...




Just another Clock...same maker...Now the shelves that they are sitting on came out of the Black Forrest in Germany... They have a Hunt scene on them..ca. 1850 and very heavy...loved all the wood craving on them...



A Seth Thomas Gallery clock now this was hung in a gallery...This is American clock maker...Seth Thomas also made train station clocks...I love it because I can see it without my glasses..it is 30 inches round and I have it above my TV....ca. 1870 and its a 30 day whine...most old clocks are only 8 day whine !!!



Now this is my Cuckoo Clock and it also came from the Black Forrest in German ca. 1750 and I will tell you some time's I would like to shoot it when it goes off..you know just when you are about to find out "who done it" at the end of the movie and these birds come out just singing cuckoo...cuckoo....All the number on the clock are ivory and it also have side doors that open up and more birds come out and sing but I do love it... And it hangs above a Slot machine !!!




This is an English clock...the English really paid attention to all there cravings on their cases...the brass pendulum is also craved..ca. 1860 this hangs in my LR




This is an "Venetian Regulator" it is walnut and burl wood and a 8 day whine...the weights on this are also engraved...ca. 1850 this clock just has the most awesome sound to it...boy I wished I could do audio for you...My late Husband gave this to my for a wedding present...many years ago and it also hangs in my LR...see the patterns here with all these clocks and why some time I could shoot them??



Another French mantle clock...ca. 1850 this sits on my fireplace mantle...




Now this clock weight's a ton girls...it all Bronze and it also a french clock...I wanted it because of the cherubs on it...this one sits on my piano ca. 1800...




Ceramics clock from France that sits on my side board in dining room...love all the colors on this clock and again another heavy one to move...so I just dust around it...that's and clocks should not be MOVED it really will mess them up...especially the old ones....



This is a carriage clock from 1920....that sit in my office...YES !! no room is exempted from my clocks...



This is one of the longest hanging clocks I have...thank goodness I have 10 ft ceilings in the dining room....this is a " Gustav Becker " clock and I don't even want to tell you what I paid for this 10 years ago....but I will tell you the engraving and cravings on this beauty are incredible and it has 3 brass engraved weights and it also an 8 days whine and I have to get up on my little ladder to whine it and clean it...its that tall...Oh you can also see one of my "Gone with the wind" lamps that sits on an old Ice Box and the berry bowl is R.S. Prussia...but that's another post yet to do...

Now girls I hope you enjoyed some of my clocks today...Now I thinks its "TIME " for me to shut up and let you comment...


Have a blessed and safe day...hugs and smiles Gloria ps. Hope I didn't bore you too much or take too much of your TIME
















November 18, 2008

~VICTORIAN TEA FOR TWO~

Well guys today is TableScapes Tuesday hosted by Susan at BETWEEN NAPS ON THE PORCH http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/ Be sure and visit our Hostess to see all the GREAT Tablescapes today...lots of eye candy !!! I thought today I would have a Victorian tea party for two...I love Chintz and Pink depression glass so I tried to mix it all up for today... Now Girls I want you to know this is not a "FAKE" pecan pie...but it is a sugar free one.... almost didn't have it for the picture you see here as Len wanted to eat my props.... Now this serving knife is Pink depression glass and I just love what it says on it...go ahead and click on the picture and it will make it larger for you !!! OK are you done yet?? now see it says Season Greetings...I know this has nothing to do with Christmas...but just wanted to show you how pretty it is... Please feel free to click on any picture to enlarge...but I don't care to hear if you find dust...that is are not in the enlargement rules!!!






Now this Chintz Dinner ware I got some OVC TV...I got 2 sets for I would have a service of 8...How ever the tea cup and saucer are Chintz from 1950 it in the "Summertime" pattern....Chintz was made in England at the Royal Winton factory...It was sold at the five and dimes store at one time....and became very collectible in the early 90's even had Chintz clubs formed...and it got very expense to buy when it was the thing to have !!!







Now the Gold flatware was my Mama's and she used it only on the Holidays...and here's another Pink Depression glass bowl with a Chintz napkins in it holding my "FAKE " rolls... Oh and don't forget the not fake pecan pie...










Now this little Chintz tea Pot was just SCREAMING my name at the antique mall one day...I just love the tea pot on the top of it...is that not too cute??? The tea cup and saucer is in the Royalty pattern this is old Chintz... and see the sweet little tea bag holder...











These Silver salt and pepper were also my Mama's and just had to add the sweet Little tea pot picture frame.... after all this is all about tea today...







I think most of you know I make lamps and Victorian lamps Shades...well this Chintz tea pot just said to me make a lamp out of me...so I did...I didn't use candle on the table thought the tea pot lamp would be so cute instead... What do you think???











This sugar and cream are also in the Summertime pattern and also old Chintz...

Well girls I hope you enjoyed my Chintz Victorian Tea party... And Len thanks you for not eating his pie!!!
WOW!!! I could have used all of this for PINK Saturday ....but hey !! Pink is one of my favorite colors so I do have allot of it...now please do your self a BIG favor and visit all the gals Tablescapes today....Thank you Susan your being the great Southern hostess that you are...




Hope all of you have a Great and Blessed day....Hugs and smiles Gloria


November 16, 2008

~~COUNTRY GOLD LIVING part 2 ~~~

Well girls lets take a road trip today to Amador City, California...this is the little Gold town I told you I use to work in...built in 1850.. Now here we are on California Gold Highway 49...which was named for Gold being discovered in 1849.... Is this not the cutest little town??? Oh girls you such see this little town at Christmas...all the fresh made cedar garlands and lights are strung across the street..and all the shops have Hot apple cider and home made cookies YUMMY!!!










Lets park so we can take a lunch break girls... Now grab your Stop sign so we can walk across the street and stop all this traffic...Yes you are your own crossing guard in the town.. pick it up and lets go...leave it at the other side...Hey this is very Hi-tech for this town....ha ha !!






Well here we are at Buffalo Chips the best and oldest restaurant in town and its open so lets see Whats for lunch...

Lets take a peek and see who's inside first...





Oh Look !! its Ashley...she is one of 2 sister that owe the best Hamburger Joint in town...her Sister Chrissy must be off today...both of these girls took this restaurant over from their Mama Marie, when she retired.... Marie did all homemade Pies soups etc. and her daughters have made her proud as they have not changed a thing....all home made food YUM !!! (ps Ashley don't kill me for showing all the dirty dishes ...you know you love me more than your luggage girl)
Now this is the Kitchen...and I thought my kitchen was small...these Sister made the most wonderful breakfast and lunches all on just this grill... Now lets get us a Hamburger and find a place to sit....







There are 2 dining area in this place...an upper and a lower...this is the lower room...and I love all the old signs in here...lookies!! at all the old coke trays hanging on the wall and the red and white stripe wall paper and teal colored wainscoting...just too cute...
Look at all these Candies...the big Suckers...wow!! I remember my dawna hitting her sister in the head with one of these and it got struck to Gina's hair ...what a mess that was...Oh Kids and the memories they give you lol !!
Now we also have side walk eating !!! I just love the Heart back Ice cream parlor chairs and little tables out here...they even have an old granite ware bowl with water in it for the visiting dogs here...Now we have the upper class eating area...check out all the great signs again... this is the left side...
and here is the right side...aren't all those old clocks just wonderful...so much eye candy here ..I just love to eat and look at it all...
Now lets get us an Ice Cream...oh girls they have Bubble Gum Ice cream that has real gum balls in it...when I worked next door at Country Living, Marie would bring me my cup of Bubble Gum Ice cream every day...Now the best part of all these signs and stuff is you can buy them...I found my best Yard long picture hanging ( another post about what are yard longs to come) here about 15 years ago...so I left with a full stomach and a new treasurer for my home...boy come to think of it that was an expensive hamburger that day...Hope you all enjoyed having lunch with me today...as I just love this place..the real thick milk shakes...you know the ones that your spoon stand up in !!! I love walking through the door and entering a step back in time...and I love when Ashley see me she just tosses a meat patties on the grill...I haven't seen a menu there in years they just know what I want and bring it on with extra pickles....


Next time i will show you the Biggest littlest rail road in the quaint Gold town !!!





Have a safe and blessed day as for me I think I made myself hungry and am going out to lunch... Hugs and smiles Gloria