Tuesday, November 9, 2010

It's being to look a lot like Christmas!

I've got Christmas on the brain....Here's some lovely stuff I got from one of my favorite shops, the Agoura Antique Mart.

This is one of the best and oldest antique malls in Southern California. The reason they've been able to stay in business is that they've always been one step ahead of decorating and collecting trends.
Maria Bartolet has owned it for the last 17 years-- check out her blog at http://agouraantiquemart.blogspot.com/

Here's some lovely Christmas postcards from Agoura-- copies will be available soon for crafting on Etsy and RubyLogan.com.

These are some copies of my vintage Santa images I'll also be selling on Etsy and RubyLogan.com. These area professionally printed, (not on a home printer) and made in small quantities, so you can rest assured you won't see them (or the holiday items you make) everywhere. They'll be up by the end of the week.

   Here's three more of the prints that will soon be available in either 8 1/2 x 11 or 11 x 14".  Great for crafts or to make up as holiday gifts with old vintage frames.
Happy Antiquing and Collecting everyone. I'll post when everything's up on Etsy and Ruby Logan.com.                                    

Monday, November 1, 2010

Back Again....

Happy Dia de los Angelitos (Day of the Little Angels). This is the part of the Day of the Dead festival for children and innocents. I thought it would be fun to show an altar for my beloved dogs (and little angels) Ruby and Monty. The two skeleton dogs with the hats are made by artisans in Mexico and are from The Folk Tree in Pasadena, Ca. I'll be back with more later on this week, promise!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Vintage Paper Show, Glendale, Ca.

Glendale Civic Auditorium, 10:15. This is such a great show, free parking, free admission, and great stuff!


This is from the first half hour of the show, before things get too messed up. It's odd being in a big room full of people where everyone is quiet because they're looking through paper. This show is like Christmas morning for me, I always run out of money before I run out things to buy.

This is my favorite new thing. It's another photo, called a Cabinet photo, of the Levey Sisters. They were big stars in vaudeville. This also came with two scans of posters from their appearances in England.

This is the first photo of The Levy Sisters I found, and it's now a card on RubyLogan.com. I'm going to have to do some research about the correct spelling of their name. I'd love to know more about their history.

These images are also similar to one I 've done a card of, no artist or company listed, but they're really pretty.
This show has the best postcard dealers, look for these dog images to be cards soon.

I love the Collie's paw on the girl, and the expression on the dog's face.

Bull Dog with violets is so sweet. Love the Boxer and Pug, too.

The Santa serving cookies is a rare image, copies will be up on RubyLogan.com soon. I found great vintage Christmas paper, and scans for crafts will be up on RubyLogan.com later in the week.

This is a photo of three vintage wrapping papers from the 1940s.
Rare black wrapping paper from the same era.  Probably wasn't very popular.  So that's my trip to Glendale and the Vintage Paper Fair. It happens three times a year, for more info check out
VintagePaperFair.com. Happy Antiquing and Collecting, everybody.

Monday, September 13, 2010

The World Famous Rose Bowl Flea Market Sunday, September 12th

Sunday morning, 7:30. Coming up to the Rose Bowl Flea market.

                             Can't wait to go in.....the Rose Bowl has lots of antiques and new stuff.

                                             The blue tent is one of my favorite paper dealers. 

                                                       Wonderful dog art from the 1930s.

                                                         Victorian Paper Lace

Great Christmas stuff, 30s, 50s & 1900s.
                                          Cute tiny cake toppers, 1950s.  1" tall. These will be fun in shadowboxes.

                               Love these postcards. The playfulness of the women is unusual.
                    Dog Art. Bloodhound is a hand tinted lithograph. It'll make a great card.

                               More dog postcards, most from the 60s. The white one is Victorian.

                                         Walter and Margaret Keane are one of my guilty pleasures. Their artwork is creepy and sort of cool at the same time.  I have a selection of Keane Christmas cards that will soon be up on RUBYLOGAN.COM.  So I had to buy this little book not knowing the treasures it held. For a mere dollar, I got information on Keane paintings owned by Miss Lana Turner and Jerry Lewis.

Here's a Jerry Lewis family portrait painted by Margaret Keane. And he thinks women don't have a sense of humor?

It's 9:30, it's getting crowded and hot. Time to go home!
Happy Antiquing and Collecting everybody. Check out RubyLogan.com for cards made from Vintage art, and breed specific dog condolence cards.



What I Collect: #3 From the Sublime to the Ridiculous...60s Yardley Makeup, 1900s Dance Cards.

 It's not all chalkware heads and deco bronzes. I collect some odd stuff, too.  Yardley makeup was the  coolest thing in the world for teen girls in the mid to late sixties. Jean Shrimpton and Twiggy were their best known models, and the line advertised in the Beatles' concert programs and later on the tv show "The Monkees.
                                         Yardley ads from Seventeen Magazine, 1966-67

                            I loved these little "Heartbreaker eye makeup stacks. They were $3.00.                     

                                          Shadow,eye liner and concealer. 

                                          Scary white lipstick!!!! Why why why?

                                         Twiggy eye paint with white eye liner.

                                          Promotional 45 Record Hermit and the Hermits.

                                         3 Big hits, plus a song Yardley, The London Look.
                                                This line came out in 1968.

                                             The most popular item was Slicker lipstick.
                                       Glimmerick paint box eye shadows, mascara, and liplighter sets. No, I don't wear the makeup, it's just fun to have and look at, a real trip back into the past.  Speaking of the past.....
                                            How about dance cards from the early 1900s? These little gems usually come from estate scrapbooks. These date from 1895 (Silver Threads with landscape & Woman) to 1940, Sophomore Whiskerino. These were made for social events.  The dances & songs were listed with a space for the partner's name.                                            
                                           Some have two or three names, some have a different one for every dance. The cords are so the card can be worn around the wrist.   The ones from the World War I period have womens names as partners, I'm assuming that their young men were off fighting, but they went to the dance anyway.

                                         My favorite, it has a pencil attached. Wijodo Manlantra Club at the Bala Cynwyd Auditorium, 12/13/1913. Most of the cards start and end with a waltz. The other dances are usually the tango, trot, two step, polka, and the Paul Jones. The Paul Jones was a type of mixer, where at a given signal, dancers would switch partners.   These are relics of a world that doesn't exist any more. I always think of Zelda Fitzgerald being the belle of the ball in the South when I see these cards...the name of her one novel she wrote while in the sanitarium was "Save me the Waltz." 

                   My online store, RUBYLOGAN.COM, is now open featuring cards with vintage art I collect at flea markets. Dogs, chorus girl photos, and more to come. Look for our ad in the latest issue of Bark  Magazine.