Thursday, June 23, 2011

Folk Art

We're not quite sure how to define folk art.  It is one of those things we seem to know when we see it but it is hard to define.  Mostly we think of folk art as objects that were made, created or painted for the pleasure of it and not for commercial purposes when initially created.  Much of the older folk art we are drawn too seems to have been made to decorate a home or office.  

This contemporary example of folk art is a timely example for 4th of July.  Our dear friend John Bush carved this Uncle Sam whirligig.  We just love it!

Rick's Great Great Grandmother was a painter.  Her name was Mary Emery Rick and she painted, like most folk art artists of the late 1800s, on what ever she could find.  This charming painting was done on a shortening can lid.

Here is another shortening can lid painting she did and is in Rick's family collection.

Mary Emery Rick also painted a picture of her favorite bird that used to sing outside her kitchen window in Southern California.  She used a slice of the orange tree that grew at her home that the bird used to perch on.  We can only imagine that its beautiful song brought her joy as she did her kitchen chores.  It certainly moved her enough to paint it and pass it on to future generations to enjoy.

We have no idea who painted this simple primitive winter painting of a fox stalking a rabbit.  It sure serves as a good example of what we like and find charming.

We love folk art.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

You shouldn't judge a book by its cover

We were walking through our Mall the other day when we began to notice book covers.  Some of them are incredible and seem a bit spicy for the time periods they were published.  We thought we would share a few of them today!

This cover of "Thrilling Wonder Stories"  looks great on the wall.  It was published during World War 2 and originally cost 15 cents.  It certainly must have caught the eye then when passing by.

This Cherry Ames novel was printed in 1953!  Who could've known that a Dude Ranch would need a Nurse?

A collection of Erle Stanley Gardner books caught our eye.  Mr. Gardner wrote those great Perry Mason books and this cover was done in 1944!

"The Case of the Half-Wakened Wife" was published in 1945!  Another great cover.

This next one is also from 1945.  For some reason it reminds me of my Mom when putting on her lipstick.  She would leave blots of her lips on tissue around the house.  It was one way of tracking her.

We wonder what Della thought of the "Angry Mourner" from 1951?

We need to quote from "The Case of the Borrowed Brunette."  It certainly reflects what men thought at the time apparently.  "Mathematically Eva Martell was perfect:  her height was five feet four and one-half inches, her weight one hundred and eleven, her waist twenty-four, her bust thirty-two."  This was published in 1946 and it must've been a best seller.

We don't know about the contents of the books but the cover art is wonderful.  In a way we have judged a book from its cover.  This is fun art, a great collection and they would look great on a wall or just sitting on a table.  We hope you enjoyed them as much as we did.

Monday, June 13, 2011


Not long ago we wrote about Rick finding his Great Grandmother's checkers tucked away inside a small cloth bag.   This morning Rick was walking through our antique mall when he spotted a box that piqued his interest.  

The red and white box certainly had some age.  On the side of the box is the logo of the manufacturer which was Halsam.  Halsam was established in 1917.  Sam, Sr. invented the high-speed rotary printing press still used by most newspapers today.  The company also was well known for making wood block toys.  But we are getting off topic here a bit.  Rick was anxious to open the box and see what was inside.

Yes, there they were!  A box of checkers just like his Great Grandmother's that he had played with all those years ago.  SCORE!  This might make a nice gift for Rick's sister someday.  Don't tell her!

You never know what you might find when you are walking through
 the Little Antique Mall.  
But right now it's time for a game of checkers!

Monday, June 6, 2011

At work today

I am trying to see if I can really post to our blog from my phone so this is an experiment. Look at this odd monkey sitting on books in Barb's booth!

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Rhody Trekking

May and early June is a beautiful time on the Central Oregon Coast.  It is the season of Rhododendrons and the blooms are now peaking.  It is time to go Rhody Trekking!  So we grabbed our favorite coffee cup and out the door we go.

Yes, that is Rick's Star Trek coffee cup.  We'll do a blog on Star Trek collectibles sometime but today is about Rhododendrons!

Rhododendrons grow practically wild here.  In fact there is a wild variety that is a bright pink.  Rhododendrons are an evergreen and have wide leathery green leaves.

Rhododendrons can grow quite large and when blooming offer a spectacular display of color.

They are a hardy plant and once planted only a little maintenance is required.  This one is Dan's favorite variety and it is called Lems Monarch.

I had to take a picture of this bloom.   It was so beautiful and lilac in color.  It almost looks like an orchid.

I love Rhody Trekking.  Cutler City, which is the southern most neighborhood of Lincoln City, was once known around the state for its lush Rhododendrons.

Since we're going to be blogging now I really need to take some lessons in photography.  This next picture, taken with an iPhone, doesn't do this Rhododendron justice.  It is massive, old and a stately Rhododendron just a few blocks away from our home.  It really should be protected asset of the community.

Rhododendrons are every where here.  We hope you will take a moment and go out Rhody Trekking!  You won't be disappointed!