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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Videos from Kutztown Radio Show

For the folks who enjoy a visit to the show via videos... here are two short ones from my Mr. "Radiowild"! Enjoy!





Next post will have some stitching updates!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Kutztown, PA

Yes, it's that time of year again... time for the Antique Radio Show at Renninger's in Kutztown, PA. Bob and I had a S*U*P*E*R*B 2 days at the show! He sold, he bought... I shopped... and I shopped some more... lol! :-)

Simply put... I could not resist the treasures that were to be had at Sharon Renninger's booth that is located inside the main building...

A Jack O' Lantern, a handmade fabric pumpkin, a towel embroidered with Jack O' Lanterns, some autumn colored boxwood branches, and some brown & cream coverlet remnants... were some items that I could not leave behind. In fact... I had admired the white JOL last year... but last year's was triple the size of this one... this one is "just right"... ;-)

Next was leaving through the side entrance of the building...


Little did I know I was nearly gobbled up by an angry Jack! lol! Beautiful mums and gorgeous gourds and pumpkins for sale there!

Next, I wandered over to the outdoor flea market area. They have this every Saturday at Renninger's... not just this time with the radio show. Usually the vendors have the same old fare... but, this visit was different. I had found two original, screen printed on jute rug hooking patterns... still sealed in it's original packaging. It was neat to see the graphics on the insert as well as the original price of $1.99... but, I did not buy them as the designs were not my style...

I also found a few treasures that needed to come home with me...
I always look for unique glass items... This glass vase is a light yellow that fades into a light green base. Really pretty! It does need to be cleaned up a bit... but there aren't any chips or scratches in it. I thought the enamel container was nice... I'm used to seeing white with red or white with black... this one is cream with green...

And last is the glass bottle. I do collect glass bottles... but only very unique pieces. You can't see it too well in the picture, but just below the indent on the neck is a glass marble. This is a free moving marble that is actually part of the bottling process. The vendor explained to me that these bottles were filled upside down... and when the glass marble pressed against the rubber ring inside the neck, the bottle was sealed. To drink it's contents... you pushed the marble down and it would fall into a groove that is under the indent... which would allow the liquid to flow freely from the bottle. Difficult for me to describe without pointing at and moving the bottle... but, hopefully you get an idea of it's mechanics...

And lastly, is Bob's massive radio acquisition! lol! He had been looking for one of these for awhile and finally found one nice enough to part with the money for! It's a 1938 Zenith Shutter Dial Console Radio! Aint' it gorgeous?


The overall condition of the wood on this is about as perfect as a 70 plus year old radio can be... the dial is fabulous with no real flaws... see the green light? That's the tuning eye... the band on it narrows as the station tunes in clearly... the grill cloth is the original... and the chassis (where all the electronics and tubes are) is super clean. And yes, it does play! We've been listening to it most of the day today... I'm glad Bob bought it home... because I like it too! :-)

So, an A*W*E*S*O*M*E start to the Autumn season! And, to top it all off, a cool front came through our area late Thursday afternoon... so we have been having sunshine and mid to upper 60's during the day and down into the low 50's during the night.... ahhhhh... sweet perfection!

Cooler temps are making me want to bring out the wool and get hooking! As soon as I finish up this cross stitch I've been working on... I'm going to start a hooked rug! Probably some pumpkins... a gal can never have too many pumpkins!

Stay healthy and keep on smiling!


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Hello September

Christmas in August was very uneventful. When the month began, I started out with high hopes... because I was starting the month with a week's vacation... and during that week I managed a really cute snowman punchneedle... but, still haven't finished the back and edges yet.

I went to start another Christmas project... but got side tracked with a Stacy Nash Girl's Club cross stitch... I'm half way finished stitching that one... I'll have pics next post...

We had a visit from Hurricane Irene... Irene brought buckets of rain and some good gusts of wind... some trees came down and pulled power lines down with them... our home went 40 hours without electricity... the town and building where I worked went 4 days without electricity... many areas suffered severe flooding... but, thankfully, no one I know was hurt in the storm... and no one I know lost any belongings or suffered damage to their homes... good bye Irene...

My hubby's Birthday was in August! Yep... the day after Irene's visit. So, we celebrated with eclairs and ice water... by candlelight...

Right now I have a severe craving for Autumn... and all that comes with it! The brilliant colored leaves... a sliver of frost in the mornings, bright full moons in the evenings, apple pie, pumpkins and cornstalks decorating the porch... and some wool. Yes... I hope to be getting back to hooking some rugs...

This is a rug I hooked several years ago. It's a design by Dierdre Wilson.


Hello September... I am ready to cool down and relax!

Until next time...

Stay healthy and keep smiling!
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