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

January 29, 2010

~ALWAYS LEAVE THEM LAUGHING~

Hello guys, I just wanted to share with you a dab of this and that today.... J- LO and Mark Anthony's home.....

Oprah's

Halle Berry

John Travolta This I love...how cool to have your own landing strip and Jets right at your front door....


Tiger Woods.....Serves him right



Tiger Woods 155 foot Yacht Named "PRIVACY" Maybe he should have paid more attention into that name in his real private life ha ha!!


The Yacht Tiger Woods wanted...


The Yacht he's going to own after the divorce....



Well guys I hope I gave you all a little giggles today.... Due to some personal health issues I'm been having I won't be blogging for awhile....I want to THANK all of you that have taken the time to come by and visit with me...It's truly has been a real blessing to me each day to get up and turn on my computer to see I have MAIL....I really have enjoyed getting to meet all the Wonderful caring and sharing People I have met in Bloggerville....I hope to be back real soon....But until then always try each and every day to live your life to the fullest, take the time to reach out each day and say a kind word to someone...you just don't know but maybe just that one act of kindness will be what that person needs that day....

I will be by visiting with all of you...Hey your not going to get rid of me that easy ha ha!!
Like Andy Rooney said " life is like a roll of toilet paper...the closer it gets to the end the faster it goes"

From my mountain top to yours...May you all stay " Happy To Be " ....

I'll be seeing you..




January 26, 2010

~I COLLASPED~

Not me silly...But my high chair ha ha!!! Today I just wanted to show you more of what's in my Dining room...I know your wondering how much stuff does she have in one room and how big can it be ha ha!! Well in answer to that I have allot of stuff and the room is 400 sq ft. This is a Eastlake high chair and rocker...ca. 1875-1890



Sweet Silver spoon from my Adopted Daughter Mrs. Magpie date stamped on it of 1905...How sweet is that ???



This thing really does fold down to make into a rocker for a baby....Also you can flip the tray over the top and it becomes a Youth chair....





Don't you love how they use to lock things...I can just picture many a baby using this and guess what it has no belts to even hold them in and no padding...long before the government came in and told us how to raise our kids with safety...It some times makes me scratch my head wondering how my grand parents lived without car seats and lead base painted cribs ha ha!! Every crib I ever had was used and I painted with lead base paint and watched my kids chew the heck out of them...Hey maybe that explains why my girls are goofy now ha ha!!! Sounds good to me..was all my fault !!!

My Daughter Dawna (she's the one I told you came out chewing gum and swinging a purse) Had the nerve to put her hand on her hip when she was 13 and tell me " I didn't ask to be born" I looked her dead on and told her if she's asked I would have told her NO...Shuts them up every time...ha ha!! Dawna you know your my baby girl, you brat....


The back and seat are cane....







The Doll belonged to my Grand Mother and Yes lol!! Justine I know it's scary looking...It's a Armand Marseille from Germany ca. 1900....I still have the horse hair wig...but replaced it 15 years ago also it has a kid leather body with cloth arms and legs and stuffed with saw dust...It what they called an open mouth doll and it has teeth and her eyes close when you lay her down...



History of Eastlake furniture:

The Eastlake furniture style as envisioned by its namesake, Charles Lock Eastlake, came about in response to his dislike of the over-the-top Rococo and Renaissance Revival styles popular during the Victorian era. Although Eastlake furniture is technically considered Victorian, being popular from 1870-1890, it breaks away from the excessive high relief carving, classical elements and numerous curves of other styles produced during this time frame.


Now this is what I would love to see sitting in this High Chair....Kyra at 13 months what a noodle head she looks like ha ha!!!


♥♥♥♥COMINGS ATTRACTIONS IN FEBRUARY♥♥♥♥





Dust off your Cloche's girl's it's time for another great Cloche Par-ty time given by Marty at A stroll thru life....February 19th Please go by and check out Marty's blog for all the details....

I think I'm going to ♥ this one...The very first Valentine Par-ty Hostess by Laurie of Bargain Hunting with Laurie....Please go by her blog to check out the details of this fun Day♥♥♥♥


From my mountain top to yours, until next time....






January 24, 2010

~I LOVE OUR COUNTRY~

God love her,

I surely do

Senior Patriot Moment

Here's a quote from a government employee who witnessed a recent inter-action between an elderly woman and an antiwar protester in a Metro station in DC.


There were protesters on the train platform handing out pamphlets, on the evils of America . I politely declined to take one..

The elderly woman was behind me getting off the escalator and a young (20-ish) female protester offered her a pamphlet, which she politely declined.

The young protester put her hand on the old woman's shoulder as a gesture of friendship and in a very soft voice the young lady said, "Lady, don't you care about the children of Iraq ?"

The old woman looked up at her and said, "Honey, my father died in France during World War II, I lost my husband in Korea , and a son in Vietnam.

All three died so you could have the right to stand here and badmouth our country.

If you touch me again, I'll stick this umbrella up your ass and open it."

~God Bless America ~

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From my mountain top to yours...Please take the time to always says a prayer for our service men and women...who give us our FREEDOM each and every day...



Until next time, Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

January 23, 2010

~HAPPY DAYS~

Well guys here I am to bore you once again with my collection ha ha!!! Now this is not an Antique and you thought I was going to bore you once again with antique's didn't you...But it is one of my favorite pieces I have ever bought...I have had many hours of enjoyment from my Bubble Machine....I bought this in 1982 from a dealer in San Mateo, Calif....I also got 2 volumes of 78 records that were at one time only available on 45's as I wanted the songs that I grew up with during my Be-Bop days ha ha!! So all the records I have on it are Re-pops from the 50's. the machine was made in 1946...Hey they didn't have Elvis on 78's ha ha!! This I have in my casino room aka office I also collect Slot Machines...Another post another day....I told you I collect anything that takes money...I guess my 3 daughters and Len would also fall into that category ha ha!! I did a small video if you would care to listen to it play....Also a bit of history on the 1015....


The Wurlitzer 1015 Jukebox was introduced in 1946, after WWII ended and building materials became available again. The 1015 brought the Wurlitzer Company great success, allowing it to rebound from near-bankruptcy brought on by the Depression. The 1015 pushed Wurlitzer forward as the leader of jukebox manufacturing, with 56,000 units being sold in less than 2 years. This was the Golden Age of jukebox production. And the 1015 wasn’t just a huge hit in the United States, but also appeared anywhere Americans went, following GIs all over the globe.
Also called the “1015-Bubbler”, this juke is arguably the most popular jukebox of all time. It was conceptualized by the famous designer Paul Fuller (who was chief designer with the Wurlitzer Company from 1935-1948). The ornate design of 1940’s jukeboxes has been referred to as “gothic” or having a “cathedral” look, but this juke has more of an art deco influence. With its illuminated, color-changing pilasters, 8 bubble tubes, shiny chrome and domed top, it is reflective of the positive, uplifted attitude of the post-war nation. The coin-operated 1015 plays 78-RPM records and has push-button Multi-Selector technology, allowing selected records to be played.
The model 1015 was produced from 1946 to 1947, and was so popular that many of them were utilized right into the 50’s. This longevity is responsible for the 1015’s association with the 1950’s sock-hop era. By 1954 the 45-RPM records were becoming so popular that the Wurlitzer factory introduced conversion kits for their jukeboxes so they could play them. In addition, the Wurlitzer 1015 was such a popular model of jukebox that in 1986 Wurlitzer celebrated the 40th anniversary of the 1015 by manufacturing it once again and dubbing it the “One More Time”. It had the classic design of the 1015 with all the latest technology, including the ability to play CDs.
Through the years, there have been many Wurlitzer 1015s that appeared in background shots of TV shows and films like “Cheers”, “Friends”, “Back to the Future” and “On the Waterfront.

Thanks to all you you that come by and see my collection...I'm well aware that this stuff is not for everyone...And every time I post on Antiques I lose followers and comments faster than I can weight....ha ha!!! But like I have told you I love History and am just the care taker of these pieces......From my mountain top to yours until next time....Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria





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January 21, 2010

~Country Song of the year~


I"m snowed in and needed a good laugh today....Hope you do too... ( to enlarge and watch hold down the Ctrl button on your key board and scroll your mouse wheel froward ps this also works wonderful on blogs with word verification to help you see the word better).....Until next time from my mountain top to yours,




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January 20, 2010

~ Can You Love A Chandy ~

You bet your shades you can....lol!!! Today I want to show and tell you how I got my Chandy... Its a Tiffany ca. 1895 I bought this right out of a collector home...she had it in her kitchen for over 40 years hanging above her table, she said her and her husband bought this in 1942 and brought it home on the street car and it took them 2 trips to get it home...its so heavy and so they took it apart and reassembled it....

I loved Helen the woman I got this from she lived in an old Elk's lodge made into a home and it was packed to the top with Antiques...They had a full size post office, barber shop and even a drug store, all her kitchen was old general store display cabinets and bin counters...It really was like Antique heaven to me ha ha!!! And the best part was that if the price was right they sell you what ever you wanted....


Well I wanted this Chandy...But she was not ready to sell it...then one day she called me with a price, which I thought was a bit too pricey But hey its screamed my name..Any Hoo Wally and I decided to throw caution to the wind and bite the bullet and get it....It took him and Roth (Helen's husband) a few hours to get it down...Its very heavy did I tell you that??? Well we packed up our new treasurer and off we went....Its was not until we got it home and was cleaning it that we seen the tags on the shades that said LCT...could it really be what we thought ?? Well I had an antique appraiser come out to look at it and OMG it was a Tiffany...OK picture me doing my Happy Dance now...ha ha!!



So this piece I thought was a bit too pricey, turns out to be worth far more than what I paid for it...The appraiser offered to buy it from me that day...No way Jose it took me 2 years to talk Helen into selling it....I bought this in 1982 so it has now hung above my dining room table for over 25 years.... Roth and Helen didn't even know it was a Tiffany, so here they are thinking they cut a Fat Hog with us and it was us that got the Fat Hog ha ha!! Don't you love a good ending??? Now the ceiling Focal point or medallion is from a company in San Francisco that I ordered to go with the Chandy it did not come with it....It's called Elizabeth and had to have it because it was named after my Mama sighs....




Louis Comfort Tiffany was born in New York City February 18, 1848 the son of Charles Lewis Tiffany who founded the prestigious New York silver and jewelry firm Tiffany & Co. His father’s company founded in 1837 catered to the wealthy elite, presidents and royalty such as Queen Victoria of England. Louis was a teenager during The Civil War, in 1866 at the age of 18 he began to study art under American landscape artist George Inness. In his 20’s he traveled widely in Europe and visited Spain, North Africa and the Middle East. There he developed an interest in Islamic architecture and ornament, Romanesque and Moorish art, and Japanese ceramics. Growing up in such a wealthy family had enabled Tiffany to travel in Europe four times between 1865-1872.
On his return to the United States in 1872, at the age of 24 Tiffany began his first studies in glass and mosaics. Later his experiments with iridescent glass were conducted by exposing hot glass to a series of fumes and metallic oxides. Over the years Tiffany Studios would produce many stained glass windows, lamps and glass vessels using his famous “iridescent” glass.
Tiffany was inspired by Thomas Edison’s new invention the incandescent filament light bulb. He was among the first to create a revolution in home illumination using his colored glass to produce beautiful commercial electric lamps. Effort was made for Tiffany’s artistic products to reach all economic levels sometimes at the sacrifice of company profit. He introduced his style and left his mark in the U.S. by redecorating a number of private homes and public spaces. Mark Twain, Cornelius Vanderbilt and, the presidential White House are listed among Tiffany’s clients. Most Tiffany lamps were made between 1895 and 1920.

Hope you enjoyed my Tiffany story...Like I have said before if these pieces could talk the stories they could tell...I really have loved being the Care taker of these things, so they will be passed on as history should be...


Until next time from my mountain top to yours,




January 17, 2010

~I LOVE STAINS~

Glass that is....I'm joining in with 2 of Bloggerville's favorite ladies today.... Smiling Sally for Blue Monday and

Susan at Between naps on the porch.....Please go by and see both these sweet ladies today...

Len got this Stain glass piece for me at Christmas...I have seen it for months and just knew where I wanted to hang it....



But hold everything...I can't reach up there to even clean that window...As you can see it even had the stickers from when it was put in...another contractor horrid story here...why would he put in a window that opens and closes it not like I can reach it DUH!!! You see this is the barn Silo aka. foyer on my house ...Oh yes I said barn another story another day....



Any hoo moving right along....You see that cute little butt up there?? Well that's my cute grandson in law Branden...Oh I just love that boy to death you see I don't do ladder any more...last time I tried to change a light bulb in my bathroom I fell into the shower and laid there for hours.... Knocked me out cold and I broke my finger nail ha ha!! Don't you hate when that happens ?



So up went cutie Butt and Cleaned all the windows for me as there are 3 of them up here and it's 3 stories high ( see what I mean about needing windows that open ).



Hung up the hooks and added the chain for me...Now the tricky part was how was he going to climb back up that ladder with window in tow....Now this is where I came in to help...I stood there with my eyes closed and sweated...Hey that helped allot ha ha!! Len handed it up to him...and the whole time I was telling Cutie Butt to be careful....As you can tell he had no shoes on...Hey it's a house rule But come on Branden you could have wore your shoes that once...ha ha!!



I just love the way the glass plays on the wall when the sun came out for 15 minutes that day....Sally do you see the Blue here....




Just look at that proud Peacock...is he not Purdy...Oh I ♥ him.....



Oh THANK YOU Cutie Butt for doing this for Granny girl...And Len who guards his candy like a Pit Bull even let Branden take his last Snicker bar that day ha ha!! Hey we pay well around here... I think he just did that so we can get Cutie Butt to come back and hang the other 2 windows and light fixtures...Oh yes another horrid contractor's story...You see the sheet rock guys screwed into the electrical wire so none of the electric works there...And the electrican will be out on Tuesday that was the last thing he said to me 3 years ago...Guess I should of asked which Tuesday of what year he meant ha ha!!


I hope all of you have a GREAT day on your side of the mountain.....



Until next time,






January 15, 2010

~ The Ice Man Cometh~

Do you remember when the Ice Man came every other day....Of course not and neither do I...Hey I'm old but even I had an electric frig growing up ha ha!! Even if it did have a huge fan on top and was named "Cold Spot"
Remember I told you I had the Ice Box that matched my dining room set....it came from the same estate sale in upper New york....Its also from ca.1880 This I also have in my Dining room...
I know I have allot of stuff in this room...but its really a big dining room remember I had this room added on in 1996 just for these pieces I have show you so far....
The top half is all zinc on the inside and that's where you would have put your ice...the bottom half was for your food....I just loved the beveled mirror on this....to this day I have never seen another one like this...But it was all made for this home in New York..





Again winged lions or Griffiths as they are called...



I love all the wood cravings on this...














See that piece at the bottom well that piece you can move toward you so you could put the drip pan under it to catch all the water waste....You would have to empty that pan a few times a day...














Just a picture of the side of the Ice Box....again all quarter saw oak....


Now I had many ask me about the term quarter sawn or tiger oak also another term used for this type of wood....Quarter sawn really didn't get used much after 1900 because it was not cost factor and allot of waste of wood....



The Quartersawing Method



The Quartersawing Method places these rays on the face of the board, revealing the distinctive stripe or 'ray fleck' running across the grain that is the signature of quartersawn oak. According to Gustav Stickley "The quartersawing method of cutting...renders quartersawn oak structurally stronger, also finer in grain, and, as shown before, less liable to warp and check than when sawn in any other way." Quartersawing fell out of favor in the first half of this century because it yields less lumber per tree and takes more labor than plainsawing. Because almost all oak furniture today is plainsawn, we associate the quartersawn figure with prized period pieces. Therefore, this unique figure is an important ingredient in accurately recreating the look of turn-of-the-century furniture.




Plainsawn Lumber



Plainsawn Lumber is used in most oak furniture today. Here boards are sawn from around the perimeter of the log so the growth rings are essentially parallel with the surface. The ‘ray fleck’ appears only on the edges of the boards, if at all. Plain sawing produces many wide, clear boards with a pronounced 'cathedral' figure mixed with straighter grain. Plainsawn oak has a coarser, more textural look that draws attention away from the lines of the piece toward the surface itself. This textural quality tends to give furniture a more rustic or ‘country’ look, whereas the quartersawn figure is more refined and shows off the rectilinear lines of Prairie and Arts & Crafts furniture more clearly.


Well guys I sure hope I didn't bore you too much again with more of my Antiques...Oh the stories these could tell ha ha!!

A couple of my blog friends said they would love to buy a ticket to come visit...hey to all of you if you want to come see my collection the admission is FREE to all my friends...May all of you have a GREAT weekend...I guess we have another Big snow strom coming in this weekend...Good time for me to clean house....
From my mountain top to yours until next time