Thursday, December 29, 2011

Happy New Year!

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In case you need any last minute help planning your New Year's party, here are a few tips from "Parties for Special Days of the Year" copyright 1931!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas Music- Julie Andrews

I absolutly love this song! I think it has something to do with it being English! And who better to sing it then Julie Andrews.

My sister and I use to sing this in bed when we were too excited to sleep at Christmas. Happy memories!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

I was suppose to get this posted last Friday! Goodness! But you know how it goes! I ended up getting Friday off of work and spent it doing all those little last minute christmasy things. Sorry I am so late. I hope everyone had a lovely and busy Christmas!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A White Christmas at Holiday Inn

Everyone has seen Irving Berlin's White Christmas, at lest I hope so! It is a holiday classic. You can't go wrong with Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney to sing and Danny Kaye and Vera Ellen to dance. Throw in a handful of Irving Berlin's songs and you know why it is a classic. He had such a way with words.

White Christmas was released in 1954. But did you know, it was made because of the enormous success of a previous movie?
Made in 1942, Holiday Inn was based on an idea of Irving Berlin's about an innkeeper who just wanted to open his inn fifteen days a year, on holidays! Of course there is a song for every occasion. For Christmas, "White Christmas", sung by Bing Crosby and Marjorie Reynolds.

The first time White Christmas was sung. Such a cozy scene!
And look! Bing is wearing an apron!
This is from the New Year's Eve scene. If you would like to hear the song, "Let's Start the New Year Right" click here. for some reason I couldn't embed it.
And of course, dancing by Fred Astaire! This is the St. Valentine's Day song. In case you didn't guess!

These two movies are some of my favorite Christmas movies, well really my favorites movies. White Christmas introduced my sisters and I to 50's musicals. The first time we saw it (we were about 10), we fell in love. Everyday for a week we had to watch it! Lol!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Carolers

No, not real ones, candles! This is part of my Mom's collection. As I said in my Thanksgiving post, these were made by the Gurley Candle Co. in the 40s-70s. A few of them look like they have been around awhile, the poor little chapels got melted somewhere along the line and now lean! I love the angels, such sweet little faces!

Frosty and Santa in a winter wonderland. The bottle brush trees are new this year. A find in a local antique shop.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  I have just finished reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I know it was published a few years ago, why has it taken me this long to find it! This book is so cute! It has a sweet old fashioned feel to it, even when dealing with the horrors of war. I usually don't like modern writers, they either over explain everything or assume their readers have no imagination. But this book is so good! One of my favorite eras too!
  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is about a writer, Juliet, who in 1946 like most people were trying to put their lives back together and move on. During the war Juliet had written a newspaper column which was so successful, it was published as a book. While she is proud of her writing and is busy promoting it through teas and book signings, she would really like to write a book. While she tries to decided what subject she could stand thinking about for years, she receives a letter from a stranger on the isle of Guernsey. Thus starts a correspondence with not just one person from Guernsey, but half the population! All it told through letters. Letters to her publisher, letters to her friends, letters to the people of Guernsey and an occasional telegram! Through them we learn about Juliet's years through the war in London, the Guernsey islanders' experiences with the Germans, how the island is recovering, how the Literary Society came to be, the members take on classical literature, and the love of books.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas Music- Rosemary Clooney

A very cute video of Rosemary Clooney singing "Let It Snow!" Love her dress!!

Another old favorite!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Danity Aprons

Here are two new aprons to the collection. Both are white. One a picked up at an antique store and I think is late 20s early 30s.
Defiantly a "hostess" apron. Tea anyone?
An advertisement for a similar apron from the early 30s.
A closer look at the lovely detail.
  My Grandma gave this one to me. I am not sure if it is a costume apron or really old, I think really old. The fabric is beautiful! So soft and the stripes are actually woven it. It looks like it was handmade by a very good seamstress.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Christmas Music - Harry Belefonte

 In honor of the Christmas season I am going to try and post Christmas music favorites each Friday. How do I decide? There are too many choices!

Harry Belefonte is one of our favorite singers. We first started listening to his Christmas songs. Some of them folk songs, like Mary's Boy Child.

Our absolute favorite of Harry's is Jehovah the Lord will Provide. Unfortunately I couldn't find a video of it on YouTube. But I did find the words.

Jehovah, Hallelujah, the Lord will provide
Jehovah, Hallelujah, the Lord will provide

The foxes have a hole,
 the birdies have a nest
But the Son of God,
He don't know where to lay His sweet head.

Jehovah, Hallelujah, the Lord will provide
Jehovah, Hallelujah, the Lord will provide

There was room at the inn
For the merchants that day,
But Joseph and Mary had no place to stay.

Jehovah, Hallelujah, the Lord will provide
Jehovah, Hallelujah, the Lord will provide

Then a star in the heavens,
The message did bring!
The tiny Babe in swaddling cloth, was Jesus the King!

Jehovah, Hallelujah, the Lord will provide
Jehovah, Hallelujah, the Lord will provide

A sweet reminder that He provided for His Son and he will provide for us.

Another of our favorites!