Friday, November 28, 2008

Reflections of the Past - the name of my blog.... :-) I am often thinking of my past back home in Australia... when I had my mum and my dad alive and well. Our lives were happy even though our means were meagre. I had no brothers and sisters ... so I had lots of beautiful and cherished pets to adore and play with. Times were so different then. Christmas would come and we'd go up into the bush and find a tree .. often not a pine because they were few and far between but it would be put in a tin bucket filled with water and decorated with the shiny things we had in the big box in the shed.
Gifts were often wrapped in brown paper and I was lucky enough to get cherries and oranges in my christmas stocking. Cherries seemed to be the biggest thing at Christmas. There were certainly no gorgeous children's clothes like I now see here in the shops for little ones or teenagers. Lives were simpler and somewhat nicer ....... Christmas reminds me of those I loved back then and now ...... and yesterday as I put up my tree here in Canada I added a small photo of my darling Wilbur dog in amongst the decorations. I will miss him this year ......

Saturday, November 22, 2008

A vintage desktop wallpaper for you .... click on the image to see and save it full size.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Christmas is fast approaching. Do you remember these little birds from years gone by. We had quite a few of them and I remember mum putting them onto the branches of our christmas trees when I was a little girl. They were shiny and bright and looked great. Clipped on with a metal peg like thing. I guess they still have them ...... but I've not seen any around. I love decorating our trees especially here in Canada when I can look out the window and see snow all around me. I'm going to do a pretty silver and white one this year.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Vintage glamour image .... I love all these pin up ladies. Save the card the original size by clicking on it .... hope you like it.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A birthday card for you .... to save and use ...
click on the image to save it full size..

Something yesterday reminded me of being back in Australia and a young girl and having my mum put the butter on a saucer and sit it near the fire ... so it would melt and she'd be able to put it on our sandwiches. I was talking about what we didn't have back then .. in the fifties and a microwave oven was one of them... so was margarine.... I guess that's why it became so popular because it was soft and more spreadable especially in the winter .... than butter was. :-)
I remember not having a hair dryer .. and having to lean down in front of the fire or the heater to get my hair dry before I could go to school. And of course my lunch went into a brown paper bag ... there was no plastic wrap then either. Makes you wonder how we managed at all without the things we have now... but then again.... I sometimes think we were far better off. People took the time to say hello... you didn't have to lock your doors ... and things went by at a much slower pace.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Click to enlarge the desktop wallpaper ... hope you like it... Vibrant ... red and black... :-)

Friday, November 7, 2008

I shared this desktop wallpaper today in my new "Just From Jana" group... a pretty lady in amongst the flowers I painted when I was back in Australia. Click on it and save it from the original size. :-) Hope you like it... and you are invited to join my Yahoo group.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Click on the photo ... lots of vintage teapots... I love teapots.... :-)