Monday, March 12, 2018

Parting with my Easter Bonnets

I was always known for wearing hats.  And over the years I have amassed many.  But outside of wearing hats in the garden or when vacationing in the sun, I have little opportunity to wear them.  Last year I went through my closet and seriously looked at each one and questioned the likelihood of ever placing it on my head again.  I now have a closet with hats on shelves waiting to be sold.

I listed many of them on Craigslist, but as of today have not had any inquiries.  I contacted a few resale shops last year, but got nowhere with that either.  Shipping hats is expensive, so sales on eBay are out of the question.  Anyone need an Easter bonnet?

This is closer to the color of the hat above.  That wallpaper is long gone and that chair is going into the garage sale.   

 This hat is a Diahann Carroll and I just had to show the front and back

 Back of hat
 Another back view.  I think I got this for a Kentucky derby party.

This suit was navy and white to match the hat, but you can get an idea of the size.

 This still has the price tag on it.  Bought for a luncheon I never attended.
 This is actually a winter felt hat
 I used to call this my safari hat.  It is one of my many Kokin creations
 I feel like I should be wearing a long flowing dress and strolling in the meadow
Another wonderful floppy straw hat.  
Just looking at them makes me want to go someplace for tea.  But, I still have another closer full of hat boxes, lol.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

The Collections - Jewelry

Did I mention I am cleaning up my house of 'stuff'?  I said I would do this last year but made little progress.  Now I am determined.  Here are some of the jewelry pieces.  I have listed some of them on eBay.  Whatever doesn't sell is going in the garage sale.  I have little use for jewelry while gardening and playing with Charlie.  How much can I possibly wear if I do go out somewhere?  See anything you like?
Vintage Crown Trifari from the 1960s

Art show ceramic pin and earrings

On the left, a gift I never wore and another ceramic art show purchase.  When I wore suits everyday, these items were great.

Metal and some stone.  Another gift

Metal and stone

A last minute purchase on a vacation when I realized I had forgotten to bring green earrings.

Top left:  Thailand earrings.  Right top and bottom are Silver Forest.  The lower left are another art show purchase
I can't even remember buying these, lol

This necklace was purchased in the 1960's.  A college student, I likely didn't pay more that 10 bucks for it.  Imagine my surprise when I saw it at an antique show for $250.  It is by Whiting and Davis and is offered online for all sorts of ridiculous prices.  In the last 40 years I wore it once - with my punk rock costume in 1988:

More ceramic.  
This is just the tip of my iceberg of stuff big enough to sink a ship, lol.  I have some very nice necklaces that I need to photograph.  Next up I'll show you my hats since Easter is on the way.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Planning an Easter Dinner

It's that time of year.  Daylight saving time starts.  I hate it, but that is an old story I've told before.

It is also time to start thinking about my Easter dinner menu.  Someone asked me recently if I still celebrated all the Christian holidays, even though I am not a religious person.  I said yes.  After all, these special times of year were celebrated long before Christianity came along.  The lovely arrival of spring.  I hope.

My menu is pretty well established except for dessert.  I cannot make up my mind.  Coconut?  Lemon?  Chocolate?  Cheesecake?  Trifle?  Layer cake?  Aarrgghh!

Here is the menu:

Pita Bread & Hummus
Spanakopita Puffs

Greek Salad w
Feta, Tomato & Cucumber

Grilled Leg of Lamb w Tabil Spice
Chicken Souvlaki w Tzatziki
Rice Pilaf
Greek-style Green Beans

So, if you were dining with us, what dessert would you like?  What is your favorite indulgence?

P.S.  No, I am not Greek.  But having worked in the Greektown area of Detroit for ten years, I learned to love the food.  And one of my Greek co-workers shared many of her recipes with me.