Tuesday, October 11, 2016

She's Fab-BOO-lous!

I can't believe this Fab-BOO-lous kid will be 16 years old in just a few months.  Here's a share of a few pics through the years at Halloween time.     

Her first Halloween trick or treating at age 3, "The Little Bat".
She was so excited, pumpkin in hand, but had no clue what going trick or treating really was.  She was so cute in the costume I had a friend create a polymer figurine for us.

The "Can-Can" girl.  Always so happy, but she opted for the "Little Bat" costume that Halloween.

"The Groucho Marx Singing Witch".  She insisted she would sing "Trick or Treat" and adlib the rest.  She still loves to clown around and insisted on the "nose and glasses" to go along with the outfit.  She's quite a card!

A little more sophisticated and a lot of "attitude", lol.  Where did all those curls go?  Definitely an urban cowgirl!

Raggedy Ann at her finest.  A friend made this costume and was just perfect.  Cheyenne looked like a real-life Raggedy Ann and remember everyone shouting out "it's Raggedy Ann" as we trick-or-treated through the neighborhood.

The first of the "makeup" costumes and I think was the first time for her to put makeup on of any kind.  The teeth were a tad bit too big, but she insisted "A vampire's not a vampire without fangs!"

She's now a HS sophmore on the Varsity Volleyball Team and near 6' tall, but she'll always be Papa's little girl.

Here with granddoggie "Delilah"

Saturday, September 17, 2016


My featured guest is a wonderful young lady that hails from my home state of California.  I met her when I was a member of the Etsy team Vintage Vertigo and fell in love with her marvelous vintage finds shop.  Here I'd like to share with you a little about this Etsy entrepreneur, her love of family, pets, and of course, her passion for vintage.  I introduce you to...   

Jenny is the owner of the Etsy shop

Jenny or Jen, has so graciously allowed me to share with you a little about her in this interview.  I hope you enjoy.

Who is Jackpot Jen?  Can you tell us a little bit about her?

"Jackpot Jen, a vintage shop on Etsy with over 600 items, is also known as Jenny Fox Fritz, a passionate artist, dancer, collector, cook, gardener, explorer, discriminating picker and Mom of two teenage boys, our big friendly wonder dog and six chickens. I like to call myself a self driven Etsy entrepreneur who loves running my own business. I don't really consider Jackpot Jen, my vintage shop work, since it is my passion, my niche and what makes me truly happy!"

Will you walk us through a day at Jackpot Jens?

"A typical day at Jackpot Jen's always starts off with a strong cup of French pressed coffee with my hubby. Must not forget to water the garden and feed the animals. Once the chores are done, it's time to get busy renewing listing items, editing, promoting on social media, prepping for a photo shoot, photographing my latest finds, adding new items to my shop, packaging sold items and running to the post office in town, since we live out in the country. Now if it's a Friday, then without a doubt you will find me out pickin' the back roads of Amador County searching for rare, cool, weird and unique finds as soon as the sun is up. Come evening time, this girl needs a break and usually heads out for a live music show, dancing and a cold I.P.A. with her man!"

This lovely photograph was also shared on Instagram by Jenny and reminds me of a place one might have seen Laura and Mary Ingalls from "Little House" play.

What was the first item you sold on Etsy?

"The first thing I ever sold on Etsy was a 1960's green striped pullover sweater. Very Beach Boys meets My 3 Sons."

Meets Wally Cleaver!

What was your favorite item sold?

"My favorite item I've sold so far was an amazing ceramic cast mug signed by John Wayne "The Duke" from the 1955 movie "Blood Alley." It went to a collector, so it has a good home!"

What, if anything would your improve upon at Jackpot Jen's?

"I really would love to improve and upgrade my photography equipment and get a more professional photographer's set up with lighting in order to really up the quality of the items I sell. Pictures really do tell a thousand words. Something else that I think would improve my shop is to make a shop video and perhaps even start a blog. Who knows what kind of doors those two things may unlock?"

If given the opportunity, would you drive an NHRA Dragster or a circle track Nascar car?

"I wouldn't want to drive a dragster or a Winston Cup car, instead I would love an old 30's Rat Rod to cruise around in!"

Skydive, Bungee, or Base Jump, which one and why?

"Skydive. It's on my bucket list. I've always wanted to jump out of a perfectly good plane and free fall!!"

Favorite music genre or artist, why?

"At the moment, my favorite musical genre, because my taste in music evolves every 6 months, is Beats Antique, a quirky Gypsy, Tribal Fusion band which makes me want to dance and puts a huge smile on my face."

Who on Gilligan's Island do you feel you most relate to?

"I really feel I can relate to both Ginger and Mary Ann on Gilligan's Island. I love both the brains and down-home cuteness of Mary Ann and the beauty and glamour of Ginger. I'd like to think I have a little bit of both in me. Just call me Gin Ann!"

Just one of the gals!

With that, I bring us to....

I hope you've enjoyed the read and that you'll stop by Jenny's shop

Jackpot Jen

to browse all of her wonderful vintage finds that include antique, collectibles, apparel for women and men, accessories, home décor and much, much, more!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Pack It Up

I've always been a huge fan of backpacks.  Although I've sold most, I've retained a few of the vintage leather military field packs that I can't let go of yet.  With that, I came across this little shop named...

where I found this awesome vintage pack.  Here for you to "pack it up" is this beautiful...

As with all my featured items, I never "tell-all" and you'll just have to visit

to learn more on this fabulous Backpack and to see all of the other wonderful vintage finds Limone Boutique has to offer!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

To Live Another Life

Last night I had the most amazing dream that included a special friend.  It was one of those dreams that filled me with an overwhelming sense of love, not romance love, but, loving.  Most of my dreams last about as long as a TV commercial, or so it seems.  Small quips and short lived.  This dream was one of those that seemed to last all night, one that lends to not wanting to wake up.  Do you ever have dreams like that?  

Routinely, I drive my granddaughter to her morning workout and practice.  So we hop in the car and the minute I start it, as usual, she reaches for the radio, the song on the radio, "These Dreams" by the band Heart and the lyrics... 

"These dreams go on when I close my eyes, every second of the night, I live another life." 


I hope that when you feel like a nap, while you gaze out your office window, or tonight when you rest your head upon your pillow, that you too....

Monday, July 25, 2016

Rhinestone Rapture

One of my fave categories when it comes to vintage is jewelry.  From elegant statement pieces to the simple, vintage jewelry lends an allure that reflects that of old Hollywood, an elegance that has stayed generations and still remains a popular collectible for many.

This week I'd like to introduce you to an Etsy friend and jewelry shop owner who's works bring back to life these pieces from years gone by. 

a jewelry artisan, and owner of the Etsy shop

"I'm a vintage jewelry collector that loves to turn unworn vintage items into everyday statement jewelry. I use authentic vintage jewelry and everything is custom and handmade by myself. Quality vintage is always timeless, don't settle for imitation or reproduction."

Here I've an assemblage of some of my favorite of Jackie's creations that I'm excited to share.

Choker or Bib styled, this piece add elegance to your summer outfit.  It's lovely styling transcends the ages and is adjustable.  Beautiful pink pearl and copper, it's sure to be a hit.

"For The Love Of Monet"

Reminiscent of the lovely turquoise blue waters of the Bahama's, these pieces offer a subtle but scintillating effect.  Monet has always been a favorite and this set is a "Must Have" for the collector.

Here is another example of Jackie's wonderful creative works in this

Gorgeous purple rhinestones adorned and gold toned stretch-fit wrist band make this a great fit for most anyone.  A wonderful and artistically crafted piece to add to your vintage jewelry collection.

Jackie also creates pieces to accent and add eclectic elegance to your wedding day ensemble.  Here, this pair of

These vintage chandelier earrings are made of vintage pearls, rondelles, and vintage chain.  Together they create a striking and fun earring.  Perfect for the beautiful bride.

The color Amber is associated with Love, Protection, Power, Luck, and Healing.  This marvelous piece radiates all of the aforementioned.

Lovely and Romantic, no vintage jewelry collection is complete without the inclusion of a

Handcrafted with faux pearls, rhinestones, and one that would make
a perfect gift for yourself or that reflects your love for that special person.  This piece transcends the timeless quality of the vintage rhinestone.

I hope you'll stop by


to see more of Jackie's wonderful creative works