Thursday, September 16, 2010

Something's Come Up!

At the time I posted my last post I didn't know that I would be getting the opportunity to take a little excursion! (That, and I have the momentous and noteworthy occasion of my firstborn child's wedding in Texas, coming up on the 2nd of October!) Soooo, my most recent party plans for this blog will have to be postponed until around the second week of October.

My husband and I met 5 years ago this month. After we had known each other for an extensive period of time (1 month) he invited me to visit him in the lovely Province of Alberta, Canada for my birthday. During my visit we took a trip to Banff, a beautiful and stunning mountain community located in Canada's first National Park. We had such an enjoyable day in that setting, and needless to say, that was the day "we both just knew"...So aside from it's great beauty and charm, Banff holds a very significant place in my heart, for that very reason, AND it is also where I am headed, almost exactly five years later for a grand getaway with my husband!

P.S. I do have BlogPress on my iPhone so I can chronicle some cool stuff from there that I most likely will come across, so I'll catch up with you soon! Hope the remainder of your month is fabulous, and as they say in Canada...


Monday, September 13, 2010

Rusty Rave Monday and Plum Perfect Friday

I have decided to try something new here at The Rusty Plum...I plan to join in the blogging world festivities and host a couple of my own weekly linky party social gatherings and call them the "Rusty Rave Monday", and the "Plum Perfect Friday"!

Mondays will feature fabulous finds unearthed, and Fridays will reveal the unique re-do's or re-purposed articles that have been retrieved and reclaimed.

Following are some of my latest "Rusty Rave Monday" discoveries to get you into the spirit and start you thinking about contributions you can make that will add to the merriment! So join in the fun...we'll just give it a whirl and see how it goes!

I purchased these old books at an antique store in the White Mountains of Arizona. They are the coolest--The Home Workshop Manual is, well, just right up my alley! It is from the 1930's and is in amazing condition. It has 735 working drawings, plus great illustrations in that tremendous old style. The little red book is Vol. 1 of Les Miserables, now how cool is that...I sure would have liked to have been able to get my hands on the second volume, but I am extremely happy with this one, I absolutely love vintage books!

I love vintage suitcase stacks too! The two bottom ones are family heirlooms that I grew up using. When my father died five years ago, they were found among his belongings, so I definitely snatched those up. I have been looking for a smaller vintage suitcase ever since, to add to the stack, and finally found the top one last week at a shabby boutique in Phoenix. Sometimes it takes awhile to complete a collection or a "look", but as always, it's all about the thrill of the hunt! So happy hunting...I'll see you back here at the end of the week. I am so excited about, and looking forward to, your creative submissions!