Monday, February 1, 2010

Keeping it Local

GR&DF I do hope you got to catch some of the films from the Jean Simmons evening. I did watch Great Expectations and most of Elmer Gantry - but it was the third film of the evening I was most interested in not having seen it before. The Happy Ending - an interesting film and typical for the era it was made. Having now seen it once - It was not my favorite of the evening by a long shot, by well shot and written. There are much better films from her career that they could have shown, "So Long at the Fair," "Black Narcissus" or "Guys and Dolls" just to name three - but it was a nice evening and well worth a look.

The weekend was just a quick busy two days. Saturday we got back out there to the Estate Sale/Thrift shop shopping and it was lots of fun. At one pretty good estate sale we visited there where two hanging shelves I really wanted. Let me explain.... for the past few months in the back of my head I have been thinking about how better to display my stitching treasures I have received. The baskets I have them in where running over as was the glass Jar - and these things did do the pieces any justice at all. I had gotten my brain around to thinking that some sort of shelf unit thing would suffice..... fast forward to this past Saturday .... we walk in and in the dinning room are two practically perfect 3 shelf things hanging there!! Covered in tea cups and saucers I wanted them then and there, but they where priced pretty high - and not being that old or exactly what I wanted I just sort of circled them for a bit and walked around the house looking and thinking. I decided to let them stay and come back on Sunday. Usually the Estate sales in this area will cut the price in half on Sunday so I figured that if they where still there then it would have been that I was suppsed to have them. All Saturday evening and waking up Sunday morning I was totally obsessing about these dang things. After a cup of fuel (coffee) we headed out and over to the sale to see if they where still there..... walking in there they where with a big old sign stating everything was half off... shebang..... they where off the walls and in the trunk faster than you can shake a stick at!!! Here is a few snaps of them adorning a wall in the 2nd bedroom -

a close up of the right one...


and the left one ...

I am really happy about them and think that all the pieces look great now that they can be seen!!

I only picked up a couple of other things in our travels on Saturday...

Another 2 cup measure quite different from the other ones I have - a really nice and heavy colander - the one we had was all bent on one side and missing a handle - and the Footsteps in the Fog book. This great book is all about the Alfred Hitchcock and his filming here in the the Bay area. I have wanted this book for a long time but even in paper back it was really expensive - but at a $1 how could I pass it this time!!

Yesterday was another get out of the house and go shopping day. On the way over to the Estate sale to get the shelves we stopped at a great Cafe/Bakery -

The Liberty Cafe makes the best bread and Rico wanted some. After snatching the shelves up we met up with Dale again and then got over to a new to us Farmers Market in the Inner Sunset Area - right off 9th avenue between Judah and Irving streets -



I wanted to specifically get to this farmers market to get some local honey. Here is the reason - and the story... there is always a story isn't there!!! I have been reading a book called "Robbing the Bees" by Holly Bishop - a super book that I would highly recommend!! This got me to thinking that there was probably some local honey I could get so to the Internet I went and found City Bees. They sell honey that is made in the different neighborhoods of San Francisco. How great is that - and so I got a bee in my bonnet so to speak finding that this farmers market - is their only selling outlet except on line. So here is a snap of our local purchases...

A loaf of Liberty Bread, a jar of delicious unfiltered Delores Park Honey and a jar of Pick-a-Peck pickled salad beets - just scrumptious!!! I just love me some pickles - just about anything pickled I love!!!! crunch, crunch, crunch!!!!!!!

That just about covers it for the weekend. Thanks for stopping by, do come again!!

Take care,
edgar

42 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am so excited about your selves! I used to collect crestware and displayed it on a self exactly like the ones you finally got. I've packed up the crestware for now and was wondering what I could do with the shelf. Bingo - I love your idea and will steal it for myself!! Thanks - Terry Z

staci said...

Wow Edgar! Look at all those fabulous smalls adorning your new shelves!!! Looks like you need a third shelf, lol ;)

Carol R said...

Great shelves to show off your stitching treasures but as Staci says it looks like you need a third shelf!

Brenda said...

Love your display shelves. You can see everyhing so well. It was just meant to be when you went back on Sunday! Lucky you.

Have a great day.

BrendaS

Maggie said...

I Love Love Love your new shelves!!
and your collection of 'smalls' look right at home there!

Sharlotte said...

Oh my stars and garters Edgar! You have some gorgeous gifts there! Oh, and the shelves are great too! Seeing that 2 cup measure reminds me, did you ever find out about the pitcher with the handle on the side? You know, why the handle was on the side? Just wondering. I didn't catch the Jean Simmons movies. I ended up watching "Psycho" and "Rear Window", and who knows what else.

Evelyn said...

Gosh, Edgar! You sure do have a lot of lovely smalls! I so enjoy reading about your weekends - your life sounds so satisfying. And the photos are the icing on the cake.

Melissa said...

Oh I can see why you obsessed about the shelves! And how lucky you got them at half off. Nice strategy. I can see you're a pro.

The stitchings are beautifully displayed. What a grand load of treasures! Congratulations.

It sounds like you had a lovely weekend. Wish I was there at that bakery!

~Judy~ said...

Edgar, those shelves are wonderful and are perfect for all your stitching treasures. You always seem to have the BEST weekends full of estate sale shopping, farmers markets etc. I'm soo jealous!! Lucky you!!
Are your 3 pups getting along well??

Judy

Berit said...

Wow!! You have participated in A LOT of exchanges!! o_0!

Many of the pieces I recognize--and you are right they look great displayed in a wall shelf.

I think I remember that local honey is a good treatment for allergy sufferers.

JOLENE said...

Holy cow Edgar!!!! Look at all the lovelies you've adorned your new shelves with! This is so funny to me, I actually have a corner shelve that matches your shelves. My Grandparents gave it to me when I got married. It was actually Grandma's, but she knew how much I loved it, so she let me borrow it when I was in my early teens to display my doll collection on. To my surprise, they gifted it to me years later. I still love it todat, now it is a family keepsake.

Virpi said...

All those finished masterpieces looks wonderful on those shelves.

Linen Stitcher said...

Those shelves were MEANT for displaying your needlework treasures! Your collection is fabulous. Thanks for sharing the pictures!!

Deb said...

That's great that no one took those shelves because it would have been a shame if you hadn't gotten them to display all the wonderful things that you received. Now they're up front and center and you can admire them all the time!

Denise said...

Glad to see you are back on the estate sale trail!! I, too, love the shelves! The ends are like fretwork....lovely. SF must be an
estate sale haven. We don't have many around here and our yard sales
are just so-so. We do try to attend they Hwy. 127 Yardsale in Aug. (look online!)...
Stay dry!

Catherine said...

What great shelves and even better, what great things you have to put on the shelves!

That honey and bread look delicious!

Andrea said...

Love the display shelves, you were sooo meant to have those.

Maggee said...

Edgar--those shelves are perfect, and have now planted a seed in MY mind! As for that new Farmer's Market...at 9th and Judah...I had my apartment at 8th, between Kirkham and Lincoln! Quite close. I worked at the BofA branch right down the street. We are talking a FEW years ago, so don't know what is still there. Cannot visit... oh well. I will live vicariously through you! On another note, I am blessed because one of my stitching friends is a beekeeper and she has gifted me with honey two times now! I love it!
Hugs.

Beth said...

Oh wow, I can see why you wanted those shelves so bad, they look wonderful with your collection, you have some beauties there! Gives me ideas for my house!

Nancy said...

I think the shelves you found are very nice, and they look spectacular filled with stitching treasures! Don't you just love half price days at estate sales?!!

valerie said...

Love the new shelves! The really display your smalls so well!

Bronny said...

I agree with everybody else - those shelves are perfect, but perhaps it is a pity there wasn't a 3rd one!!!
I only caught the end of 'Young Bess' on Sunday and the start of "Until they Sail" - which of course Hubby and 17yoSon came in just as the dialogue was getting interesting - dismissed out of hand because it was a B&W movie - so I taped the balance to watch on my own time. When I explained it was a Jean Simmons movie - 17yo laughed and said it looked nothing like 'KISS' - aarrrgh!!! youth is wasted on the young!

Kielrain said...

Ah, fresh bread and local honey..... there really is nothing better at all.

Loving those shelves. All those smalls look grand on them!

Kathy A. said...

Those shelves are perfect. I love how they give you lots of room for your stitching treasures.
Sounds like a fun weekend searching for treasures.
Did I hear you say - pickled beets - oh they are my favorite? Are they a little tart?

Colleen said...

Love the shelves...they are perfect and you were so lucky they were still there :)

That bread looks delicious! Makes me want to go out in the kitchen and bake a loaf...maybe I will :) Thanks for the inspiration :)

Real Live Woman said...

The display shelves look fabulous!

J Rae said...

Love your new shelf display!!!

Littlebit said...

Your shelves are absolutely fantastic!!! Just beautifully done up, too! Looks like you will be needing a couple more..your weekend sounds wonderful.

DonnaTN said...

Your new shelves show off your goodies to great advantage! You have some wonderful treasures!

ariadne said...

How great this is to have the chance to go to estate sales.I wish we had something similar here.Anyway everything on your shelves looks fantastic!I also loved the honey part.We have fantastic honey here!So we are lucky on that one!Ariadne from Greece!

Myra said...

Those shelves are perfect Edgar. Great find!

Becky K in OK said...

I love your estate find shelves. I'm gonna borrow that one and start looking for some for myself. All your lovlies look perfect. I think I even spied a couple of my creations.

saras said...

what a really neat way to display all your smalls! Love it!

Blu said...

What a great display! You're got an amazing collection!

Brenda said...

Your shelves are fabulous and all your lovely stitched pieces look just lovely on them. I always love to see what you pick up at your sales on the weekend. Congrats on such a great find.

Sherri said...

Congrats on such great finds! The shelves are wonderful and so perfect for your stitched pieces. Like your farmer's markets purchases as well.

Marnie said...

O Edgar! I'm swooning over your shelves and smalls. You could sell tickets just for looking! Hope you enjoyed your bread and honey. We have great honey bees here in WV too. Have a great week!

Valerie said...

Your shelves are perfect! Isn't it a great feeling to return to something you want and it is still there AND half off? You're right, you were meant to have them!

Bertie said...

The shelves are just perfect for your ornaments, there are so many I need an evening to have a look at them LOL, gorgeous!!

shakatak66 said...

Your display shelves look amazing! Love seeing all the finished smalls on display like that :)

Don't mean to chase, but have to had a chance to review my email about the Royal tin? (hopefully you actually received my email, and know what I'm talking about!) - if you don't want it, it's no biggie, but I'll start thinking up what to do with it :) Cheers & beers, Anne

Teri said...

The shelves look great, but the collection on them is marvelous!

Robin said...

WOW, Edgar,that is a great way to display your smalls and treasures. I love them!!!