Sep 27, 2007

Buttons, Bells & Bowls

How's that for a snappy title? ;)

Came out of hiding today to venture into my favorite thrift store and so glad I did! If I hadn't I would have never found these original old Marine Service buttons featuring a gorgeous crown in the center. I saw a couple of these in a bag full of buttons and hoped they would be the real deal. They are stamped Made in England on the back.

These old metal holiday bells were all attached to a very ugly piece of velvet ribbon which I promptly cut off! Each one has a different saying "Best Wishes", "Merry Christmas", "Happy New Year", "Good Luck", "Holiday Greetings" ... I like the wear on them and have to figure out what to do with them. Perhaps tie one on Wilbur's collar? :)

Also found these two silver has a frog insert for flowers. They other I filled with bejewelled pears for now...

And finally, this clock begged to come home with me, and I obliged. It is just made out of ceramic (stamped 1973) but the clock insert is indeed old. It's the plug-in kind, not battery operated. :)

Well, I've got a dilemna on my hands. I have just now found out that Wilbur has been secretly laying on the couch while I go and run errands. How did I find out? Well, there is the NASTIEST odour coming from the couch where he was laying (oh, and the pillows were all messed up too) I don't want to get too gross here but this smell is ODD. Not #1, not #2 ... but ODD! And I can't get rid of it for the life of me! I have scrubbed it, "Lysol-ed" and still it persists! Anyone have any advice on what I should do?....UPDATE: answer solved - thanks Amy!

p.s. please stop by tomorrow for a post that's near and dear to my heart...


SoCalMuchacha said...

LOVE the bells, chica. I have one on my nightstand that had belonged to my grandparents. They'd purchased it when living in Quito, Ecuador, and as I've gotten older I find myself more and more attracted to the unique items they bought while living and visiting in such interesting locales. Isn't it funny how the "styles" we grew up with (and usually couldn't stand! ;)) seem to "grow" on us over time. Who knows, maybe it's the memories associated with them more than the actual item--sure do miss gram and grampa. Hmmm, just started to go off on a tangent there! lol

Hey, girlie, you might want to also check out my blog today to find out about a really neat idea that BlogCatalog had about bloggers around the global all taking part today is blogging against abuse. It's pretty cool and also heart warming to see so many folks come together for something so worthwhile. Okay, off soapbox, back to coffee, then up to Los Angeles.

PS Hope the subject near and dear to your heart for tomorrow's blog is Wilbur, Wilbur, WILBUR!!! :)

a said...

ok icky's his anal gland:( look it up on the net, it would be too gross to post the details here:(

a said...

gross huh? seeing as he was at the groomer(they probably tried to express is) Yep thats yucko talk too...those glands they can get infected but It smells or seems as tho wilbs expressed his own gland! P UUUUUU is right!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

I love those bells too. Love the colors. What a find! and great old buttons too. Your home is so pretty and that water feature is 2 die 4. Talking about your doggie.....Ben, my golden, is not allowed upstairs and he doesn't ever come up but recently I have discovered he sneaks up on the landing to sleep when we are gone. For the longest time I could not figure out why the landing was getting so dirty. Isn't it funny how much personality our sweet pets have. ~ Lynn

a said...

I forgot the name of it but they sell something I believe at the pet store that may neutralize that stench try the groomers maybe they would know the has that too:( she is never on the furniture tho but when it bursts oh my gosh CLEAR THE ROOM!

Kim - ScrapToMyLu said...

thanks for stopping by my Creative Blogs! We are soul sisters for sure! I LOVE peeking in windows at night......that's my motivation for trick or I can go up on the porch and get a good peek in when they open the door. :)
Love the photos of your home. I'm so loving that outdoor area and that front door!!!

Chunks said...

Oh poor Wilbur! They can also empty their glands in fear too. It's the raunchiest smell!! I'd just burn whatever it was he was laying on! LOL!

Nice thrift store finds! You are inspiring me to check out our local thrift stores. If I find anything cool, you'll be the first I tell!!

Scrappy Moments said...

What Fun Finds. Those bells are darling and I just Love the jeweled pears :)
Great Blog, I love finding great treasures :)


SoCalMuchacha said...

Okay, I soooo couldn't figure out why folks were posting about anal glands and Wilbur so went back and read the original post again. I SWEAR the paragraph about Wilbur was NOT there when I first read the post, although I did see the part about tuning in tomorrow for a subject near and dear to your heart. Sigh, it's tough getting old and senile. ;)

And yes, when a dog expresses his anal glands (quite often when they are stressed out) it can be the nastiest smell on earth. Trust me, after working so many years in the veterinary field, I've smelled that delightful (not!) aroma far too many times. I would have his anal glands checked out by your vet to see if they are impacted, then take him to the vet for regular anal gland expressions, which can usually taper off over time. Most dogs have no problems with this area (thankfully ;)), since they are usually expressed during a bowel movement, but for those who do suffer chronic impacted anal glands, it can be as miserable for the owners as it is for the dogs.

Btw, Nature's Miracle (in pet stores) is a great product to use on pet stains since it contains enzymes that not only lift the stain, but neutralize the odor.

This now closes your lecture on anal glands. And yes, there WILL be a pop quiz. ;)

chatrine said...

I love your crown buttons:) Crowns are popular these days:)
You were lucky to get them.

Nunnie's Attic said...

Ok, glad your odor problems will soon be under control.

That said, I swear I thought those buttons had something to do with Crown Royal. I don't even like the stuff but that's what my first thought was. Then I read the post. HA!

Those bells are absolutely great and I'm totally jealous! I love all things old and they appear to be. While a lot of our old Christmas decorations would appear as tacky these days, the nostalgia of them still gets me; when people said Merry Christmas instead of Happy Holidays. I love them!! If you ever feel the need to unload or downsize, let me know!


Wanda said... those bells. And..... I have that clock! Just like it! How fun!