Friday, May 29, 2009

More Vintage Closeouts

We are continuing to move out our vintage clothing line. We've reduced many items in the sleepwear/slips section. We still have some inventory that we haven't added yet, but once everthing's gone that's it for vintage stuff, except for girdles which we'll continue to sell. Not sure what to do with the swimwear yet.
Here are some quick links:

Vintage Sleepwear and Slips

Vintage Dresses

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Presidential Weaknesses

I'm sitting here eating leftover Starburst jellybeans from Easter and I started thinking about Ronald Reagan and how his snack was jellybeans. With Bush the elder it was pork rinds, and with Clinton it was fast food burgers. I'm letting the eight years with Bush the younger remain a blur and with Obama, well all I know about him is that he likes to sneak a smoke now and then. Must have something to do with the weather.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Video Blogging

This looks like it could be a lot of fun. Our local community college is offering a Video Blogging mini-course next month. I keep meaning to check it out as we just bought a new video camera that's smaller than the regular camera and easier to use. My cinema career may be on the horizon.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

An In-Between Day

Tuesdays, like Thursdays, are what I call an in-between day -- they're not the beginning (Sunday and Monday), middle (Wednesday), or end (Friday and Saturday) of the week days, they're in-between days. Today was in-between weather-wise and work-wise, too. I was between putting my sweater on during some chilly moments and whipping it off for hot flashes. Then there was catching up on packaging back orders in between letting the dog out countless times, getting dinner, and cleaning up after dinner. Then there's us in-between the manufacturer and the customer. Some products are so popular that the manufacturers can't keep up with production -- not a bad problem to have in this economy -- but hard for us, the in-between folks and you, the customer. So thank you for bearing with us. I have probably said it before, but I can never say it enough -- thank you to all our customers, you are the best.

Monday, May 25, 2009

The Garden

Memorial Day weekend has always been the traditional weekend for us to put in our veggie garden. Marty has just finished mowing our wee yard, and pretty soon I'll be joining him to rake and plant our 2009 vegetable garden. I bought heirloom tomatoes, some lettuces, eggplant, peppers and brussel sprouts. Brussel sprouts were the first vegetable I ever planted in a garden when I was 10 or 11 years old back in Wintersville, Ohio. It was my very own garden. I don't remember if they ever amounted to much but I love the way they grow on the stalks. They are like exotic cold weather flowers. Last fall I bought lots at the farmers' markets and farm stands, and then roasted them tossed with olive oil, kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. They were so good, almost like candy to me. Same thing with those Brandywine tomato sandwiches. Mmmmhmmm, I can just taste them now through my taste memory.

Sunday, May 24, 2009


I hope everyone out there is having a sweet and safe Memorial Day weekend so far.

One of my sisters is camping down at the state park with her family for the weekend, another one is visiting with my aunt and other folks, the one in Vermont is probably tearing her hair out, cursing long weekends as single parenting her four kids drives her nuts, Molly's working, Anthony's on his way up to Vermont to get his dad's old car, my dad's going to barbecues and Marty and I had out first hot dogs of the season after we came back from visiting my mom today. (That was a very long sentence, and I don't feel like editing it, so I'm not going to).

From what my mom and Marty say, hot dogs are selling like hotcakes these days. And yum, I do love a good hot dog. Whoops, the buzzer just went off so gotta go -- I've been craving cookies lately and haven't baked any for awhile. Finally caved in. Have a gorgeous holiday tomorrow celebrating friends, loved ones and good memories.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Sad News from Crown Foundations

We were sad to hear that Howard Walker, the owner of Crown Foundations passed away. We spoke to Howard on several occasions and found him to be so enthusiastic and a great salesman. He had a passion for what he was doing and the results are obvious. Just go through our vintage girdle section and see the names of intimate apparel manufacturers that no longer exist. Crown has weathered the changes. They’ve been doing business for 111 years now and Howard was there for over 50 years. I think that a part of their success has been their ability to nurture the under 25 market while never ignoring their older, long-standing customer base. Howard will be missed.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

It's the Time...

Of the season...for First Communions and Confirmations...for exams...graduations...weddings...barbecues...parades...getting the garden in...remembering...Memorial Day Weekend launching the start of the summer season here on Cape Cod. And my favorite topic, the weather, is glorious.

Monday, May 18, 2009


My cousin returned to Connecticut after a lovely visit this weekend. While she was here we watched a few Mary Tyler Moore reruns, and some sports, of course. I have said it before and I'll say it again, I love Ted Knight as Ted Baxter. He is the most hilarious anchorman ever. I found a tribute clip on You Tube that I copied here for viewing. I avoided one more computer thing (you tube) for the longest time, but i actually enjoy it occasionally. There are some great pieces and I like to share some of my favorites here. Now, time to get packaging and give Roseanne a call as I wasn't able to call her this weekend. Here's to a good week for all of us.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Song Remains The Same On Cape Cod

Marty here. Patricia, her cousin Debbie and I went to PIXY 103’s “Most Dangerous Band” competition at Sundancers last night. Tony, Patricia’s son was in the competition with his band Electric Guitar Orchestra. I’m not at all a fan of these types of competition, whether it’s this or American Idol or what have you. It’s all kind of bogus to me…. a popularity contest. We only saw two bands play last night, EGO and another band. When we left I figured that at least with the two bands I saw, there was absolutely no contest – clearly EGO was FAR superior, and I’m truly being unbiased. Afterwards, we found out that it was that other band that won the competition! But then I remembered – oh wait! We’re here on Cape Cod -the Twilight Zone of artistic endeavor, the bastion of bland. OK, this makes sense now…..

Here’s a link to some pictures I took of Tony, Barnaby, Dennis, Dave, and the Audience:

Electric Guitar Orchestra

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Good Books and Movies

I am getting ready to package up the latest orders and realized I hadn't done a blog yet. It's one of those gray,windy Cape Cod days that makes me want to curl up with a good book and some good movies. I've been reading a lot of books about writing lately (sounds interesting, huh? actually the one I'm reading now by Nancy Lamb is good), taking a break from my usual dose of memoirs and biography. I am itching to get back to the Reeve Lindbergh memoir, "Under a Wing," that's sitting on my nightstand. As far as movies go, we've actually been watching Mary Tyler Moore episodes -- I just ordered a bunch more from the library that I have to pick up -- and "Slum Dog Millionaire." I am really loving all things India these days. Chai got me started and I've just continued. The movies are a ball ("Monsoon Wedding" was fabulous) and the country is so beautiful and full of a certain magical power for me. Not sure what it is and not sure if I want to know. Perhaps that's what makes it magic.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


Today was a glorious day and I got out early. Checked out a couple of sewing places for open sew classes and decided on Tumbleweed since I went to a class there last month, and enjoyed it so much I signed up for the afternoon session after I took the morning session. Open Sew is a time you can work on your own projects, get help if you need it, and enjoy some camaraderie.

I also picked up my new favorite bagged chai, Two Leaves and a Bud, after trying it at Blue State Coffee this past weekend. Then I popped over to St. Mary's Church gardens where I had my high school picture taken. Many people here choose the beach, I chose St. Mary's -- it was pure bliss -- green, woodsy, peaceful. After that, I stopped at my girlfriend's while her two year old napped. She was having a bad day that I think ended up turning into a good day for her. I like that. Life was good today.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Allergy Season

Since moving back to the cape several years ago, my allergies really kicked up. Maybe it's just that there are more allergans in the world, period though, because it seems like everyone I know has allergies (except my parents). My aunt from Boston was talking about hers the other day, my cousin from Connecticut will probably be in full-on allergy mode when she visits this weekend. So, I am not as sure as I used to be that allergies are peculiar to the cape.

Yesterday when I saw all the pollen on the car, I realized I'd be under siege for awhile. A physician's assistant recommended Quercetin with Bromelain (it has to have the bromelain in it) to me way back when, and every allergy season I make sure I have it because it does help. You can buy it at any natural foods store, Whole Foods, or the Vitamin Shoppe. My sister also recommends fresh pineapple and local honey. Marty and my cousin swear by Walmart brand Loratidine at a fraction of the cost of name brands(not trying to promote Walmart here, simply providing sources for potential relief). If anyone out there in blog world has any other remedy suggestions, please do tell.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Brain Mush

Okay, I have been on the computer far too long on this gorgeous day. What have I been doing? Drinking tea...looking at artist's spaces in Providence, paying for my purple birks, setting up Brabarella orders, ordering library books, checking out storytelling, reading a few blogs, reading my emails, and anything that distracts me from just getting my work done, so now I must do today's blog post which is not to easy when my brain is mush by now from too much electronic and not enough real world stimulation. That being said, I must try to find other ways to connect beyond cyberspace, even if it is just the weekly trip to Trader Joe's.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Vintage Dress Sale

We've reduced prices on our remaining stock of vintage and vintage-style dresses. About a year ago we cut prices substantially, now they've been cut again - 50-80%. Most are now under $10.00. We'll probably keep this section up until the end of June, then it'll be history....Check 'em out here:


Friday, May 8, 2009

Mothers and May

Mother’s Day here in the States Sunday. Aargh! Don’t get me wrong, I’m a mother and while I can appreciate the day, on the other hand I do get irritated with these greeting card holidays that were created for the sake of…mothers? Or selling greeting cards?

I did used to love it though when my kids were younger and they would make me cards, and get up early to make me a breakfast tray – so cute! It was usually a lovely tray set with a napkin, a bowl of getting-soggy-fast cereal topped with fresh strawberries, a side of buttered toast, a glass of orange juice, and perhaps a flower, too. Those days pass so quickly. So thank you, Hallmark for reminding me of the sweet memories.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


Yeah, I like that word. Skedaddle. As opposed to dillydallying, which I do a lot more of. But when the sun started peeking out late this morning, I knew I was going to have to skedaddle if I wanted to catch some of its glory. I did indeed skedaddle -- over to the libraries, and Sandwich and Mashpee, where Marty joined me for some dillydallying in between dropping off and picking up kids. Yep, skedaddling and dillydallying -- I've got to do me some more of that more often. How 'bout you?

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Rainy Weather

Can you tell when I'm at a loss for a topic, there's always the weather? My brain just doesn't feel like working too hard today. Yesterday, I met my girlfriend in Newport and had a lovely day. The time always flies when we're together. Basically, we just walked about Newport and hung out at Bliss over tea and coffee and delicious scones (and they were very good as scones go, I am fussy; these were not dense as some can be). More walking, browsing a used book store where Gail picked up a copy of a Bill Moyers and Joseph Campbell mythology book.

In to Salvation Army thrift where I ran into Leive from Hendrika's Cafe, a Newport favorite (she makes her own chai, always a plus in my book, plus she's European and frugal, two more pluses in my book).

Wandered back to my car on Thames Street to drop off Gail's package, popped into Blink, a photography studio with incredible, colorful photos of the Middle East and Africa. I am fussy about the photography I like and this did not disappoint. I felt like I was peeking into a National Geographic photographer's log. Finished with lunch at the corner cafe, before we both headed back home.

So what's the weather got to do with all of this? Well, yesterday I lucked out as far as the rain went. It was a cool day, threatening rain, but I never really got wet until I was in the car on my way home. And then I didn't get wet either because I was in the car. But today, today's been pouring off and on. We have our seasonal water view back (huge puddle in the street in front of our house), I have been drinking lots of tea to try to avoid baking the chocolate chip cookies that I'm really craving, and all in all, yes, it's your typical, lazy, rainy spring day at home when you look out the window and see the world starting to burst back into color for another summertime. Lovely.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Venus of Cortland Comfort Control Shapewear

This line of lightweight, moderate control shapewear actually dates back 40 some years to the Exquisite Form Magic Lady line of lightweight girdles and undies. Exquisite Form dropped the line several years ago and Cortland picked it up. There have been some changes to these girdles over the years. Originally they had a significant rubber content (35%); later on the rubber was replaced with the more durable spandex. They also no longer have garters. These shapers still have a very loyal following today, and long-time “expert” wearers have been extremely pleased with the Cortland version. Once you get one of these on (they’re really teeny) they’re very comfortable and do a nice job of shaping. They come in three versions – brief, long leg and pantliner. BTW, if you’re not familiar with Cortland, they have been quietly making shapewear since the 1920’s, starting as the Cortland Corset Company and now known as Cortland Foundations, located in beautiful apple country – Cortland, New York. Here's a link to our Cortland Shapewear section followed by a pic of some of our old Magic Lady inventory.

Venus of Cortland Shapewear

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Twittering in Church

Marty here. When I first saw this article on, I thought it was some sort of joke. It’s not. Some churches are actually encouraging and incorporating twittering into their services. I wrote a blog a few years ago about the proliferation of technology into public places – for example coffee shops full of patrons with their IPODS, Blackberries, and laptops – totally oblivious to their surroundings, all alone together. Now it has come to your local church. One of the reasons Patricia and I started going to Latin Mass was for the complete change of pace for one hour out of the whole week – a time to contemplate, to tune out the world about us, to celebrate our beliefs, and to be with others with similar views and needs. An oasis from the rat race. What is wrong with good-old fashioned communication? Gestures, smiles, talking face-to-face after Mass? Technology is a wonderful thing. We wouldn’t be in business without it. We use all forms of good technology that we can get our hands on. However, we’re not obsessed with it. Technology can bring people together, but if we still feel we need it when we’re already together, then we have some serious problems. Here's the article:

Twittering in Church

Friday, May 1, 2009

The Last Couple of Days

The last couple of days have been an absolute blast. Yeah. Anyone know what a colonoscopy is? Happy happy joy joy. You're in for a treat. One more reason to look forward to turning 50. It's all about the day before, baby, when you're cleaning out your system. And while you might wish you get to use a vacuum cleaner to do it, you don't .

You get prescribed this really yummy drink, has different names sometimes, but pretty much they're all the same. Mine was Golytely, and I went anything but lytely with it. I think the name's part of some inside joke that I don't get. To be perfectly honest, it was an absolutely horrible drink. I managed to choke down about 3 of the 4 liters before I just couldn't take anymore. It was vile, even with the lemon-lime saccharin overloaded "flavor" pack I added. Know what's in golytely? Sodium chloride, potassium chloride and sodium bicarbonate. Ingredients you'll find on a pack of Fleet enemas. And believe me, I'd go for Fleets any day over that stuff. Butcha can't -- no no, it's not like the old days when they were satisfied with half a picture of your insides. Nope, nowadays they wanna see the whole shebang, your entire gut. And the fasting! I gave up on peppermint and jasmine teas and ginger ale early on, switched to some old-fashioned butterscotch candy for the afternoon and they were actually quite delicious and satisfying (a stretch but I tried to convince myself). But then it was time for the golytely and nothing helped with that ordeal. Everything else (everything else being butterscotches and lime lollipops) tasted funny. The prep drink was just plain nasty, nauseating and a couple of times I couldn't keep it down. But don't let my story alarm you. Because yesterday really was the worst of it.

This morning, I spit out a couple of lovely sips of water that I couldn't really have, took a shower and Marty got me to the hospital where the morning was all about taking care of me -- sort of spa-like with warm towels and solicitations. The stretcher was comfy and the IV was fine and once the sedation hit, the morning flew. When I woke up, I was thrilled to have some ginger ale, oj and cranberry juice and good ol' Lorna Doones. Remember Lorna Doone's? They remind me of my gram. And I'm healthy and don't have to do this ghastly routine again for another 5 years. And by then, perhaps I can skip that drink and just pop a pill.