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    Well, you can go get glasses at the local Lenscrafters, OR you can hunt down some spectacular vintage hand cut frames at your local antique shop and have them fitted with your prescription lenses. Or maybe---do both. I have some very normal, "don'-t-cause trouble" frames, and some "in-your-face" frames I like to wear when I am feeling "con cohones" and have had a drink or two. Better to buy "new old stock", if you are going to invest much in the lenses. It is not good to throw money into old frames in bad shape that will fall off your head or lose an arm and need that proverbial piece of masking tape to keep them together. Unless that is the look you crave--the look of half the boys in my nerdy seventh grade class circa 1965. If so, I have an old briefcase and a pocket pen holder I would like to sell you. I'll throw in the slide rule.
  • Lawn art and ashtrays
    Back when guys stayed home more, listened to the radio and do other things at the same time, they probably labored over homemade lawn art, standing ashtray holders, and door stops. Usually they were made out of plywood, then painted. Look for slightly crackled paint. Many of the best of these were old comic strip characters like Jiggs and Maggie, or the ocasional Disney character. Black cats are plentiful. Also Butlers. You do not have to smoke to appreciate them.
  • old silhouettes
    Many of these come from the 20's and 30's. You can often guess the age of the piece by the dress of the person whose portrait it is. Hung together on a wall, they have a wonderful impact.
  • Old cookbooks by local groups: i.e. Grange cookbooks, church cookbooks, college cookbooks, etc.
  • Tacky Souvenirs from old site seeing locales

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December 24, 2009


Mary Pierce

HOLY CRAP, Barbara. This is seriously AWESOME!! You, my dear, are a genius!


Love it, Barbara! I've used branches in the past for my "tree" so this gives me ideas on just how cool it can be done! Thanks for sharing!

Julia the farmer

WOW! Need I say more. I love it!

Kim Norman

GORGEOUS, Barb!!! I think it looks so much prettier and more original than the boring old fir we've got. Maybe I'll try this after the boys have flown the nest. (No way they'd stand for it now. Kids can be such traditionalists!)

A belated happy Hanukkah and a merry Christmas to you!



Hey, thanks guys! Just wish that all my book and art buddies could be here to celebrate in the room with me...

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