Saturday, October 23, 2010

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can...

Happy Saturday morning to you!  It's 6:00 a.m. and I am already on my second latte, hoping to get a little life going in these tired bones.

I need to put on a Shirley Temple smile and positive attitude - because I've got a big day ahead of me.

"On the Good Ship Lollipop" was the trademark song of child actress, Shirley Temple. Here she is, singing it for the first time in the 1934 movie "Bright Eyes."  Contrary to popular belief, the ship in the song is an aircraft.
In the song, the "Good Ship Lollipop" travels to a candy land. 

Today is Homecoming and Reunion Weekend at the college where I work.  I'll be helping out with some of the booths/events on campus.  No, I won't have to do a song-and-dance routine - but it sure will help if I'm light on my feet!  I'll need to fly to get everything done in time... 

Our college's heritage society (for donors of estate gifts) is sponsoring an "Antiques Roadshow" type event for our alumni.  Doesn't that sound fun?  It's the first year of this event, and I've been asked to bring tons of things in to display around the room - to give it a warm, antiquey feel.  

I expect to be on the go until about 6 pm tonight - but then after that I'm on vacation for a whole week! 

And guess what I'll be doing on my vacation?  Remember my goal of restoring Beauty and Order to my home? Well, this will be my week to get it done!  It feels a little overwhelming to me because I have so much that I'd like to accomplish.

But I think I can do it.   No...I know I can do it.  But encouragement from you, my dear blogging friends, will help too!

I ran across this charming film of the "The Little Engine that Could" from 1963. Maybe it's so charming to me because I have a foggy memory of watching this when I was about 5 or 6 (on TV? in kindergarten class?).   

It seems like the perfect inspiration for this coming week.  Wanna watch it with me?
(The first little bit of the film is a little shaky, but it's fine after that.)

Video courtesy of YouTube's WhosBobThomas

Oh my, and now it's 6:20.  I'd better get moving! I'm excited to share with my colleagues some of the fun old things that I'm bringing to our campus antiques show.

I would share them with you too, but I haven't taken any pictures of them...yet.   But I do have lots of other vintage things that I've collected and photographed over the years that I can show you.  Here are just a few. 

Because time is running short (!) this will be a purely visual and very random display.  Hope you enjoy...

Okay, enough of this nonsense...I had better get to work!!
Have a wonderful day! 


  1. Boy, would I love that Monkees sweatshirt!!! That's thriftstore gold right there!! You are so lucky to have it. Love your blog-have fun today and next week with your time off.

  2. Kristy - thanks for stopping by! And I appreciate the nice comments. Thanks...

    Just got finished packing up everything from our homecoming/reunion antiques show. It was a success - a bigger crowd than I expected.

    About that Monkees sweatshirt...I wish I still owned it! But unfortunately, I sold it on eBay a few years ago. It went for $179.00 - which was much more than I expected considering it's faded, has torn sleeves, paint splatters...

  3. I am certain that by now you are exhausted but satisfied that your hard work made a world of difference for everyone today. Then you will have renewed vigor to complete your week of home reorganization. It will be a wonderful week of happiness on your home front. :o) Happy week ahead...

  4. That sounds like a wonderful fundraiser! Would have been a lot of fun, I betcha! That was a nice bunch of random pictures, Susan, and I always enjoy them. You must be taking pictures all the time!!!

  5. So sad there's no such thing as homecoming in France!! Anyway I'm sure your booth had the success you deserve!!!

  6. Well good luck with the Beauty & Order project :-D

  7. Ha! I just noticed that in one of the photos that I took you can see my very dusty dining room floor. I'm really looking forward to doing some deep cleaning this week.

    Creatology, Kristy, Suz, Lexy, Agnes - thanks for cheering me on!
    - Susan

  8. I hope your day went smoothly! I love the random items you showed here. They are all conversation starters. Let us know all about your day, OK?

  9. I hope you are enjoying a deserved descend after Saturday´s exhausting. You got a lot of vintage treasures... I enjoyed watching them

  10. Hey,thanks for visiting my blog!!
    I was a huge Shirley Temple fan as a child;in fact she is how I found out there was no Santa Claus.....
    I'm very jealous of your Queenie cup & saucer!!Ooo!

  11. I ADORE Shirley Temple & oh do I love some of your wonderful goodies!!
    I just found your lovely blog & look forward to following you through lifes amazing adventures!
    Happy Halloween,

  12. I enjoyed every bit of this post--you have such fascinating things here. I especially enjoyed the postcard with the added red dots for color in the cheeks of the children!

    They look like they might have the measles!!! lol

    Thanks for sharing!

  13. Mitzi, Rosy, Gemima, Helga, VintageSusie & Beth - So nice to get your comments.

    Helga & VintageSusie - I'll bet I hadn't watched a Shirley Temple film since I was teenager - but after she popped into my head for this post I rewarded myself for all my cleaning by watching three films in a row on Netflix!

    Beth, I never thought of it but you're right - they do look like they have measles!

    Gemima - I just listened to that video of you singing "Tiptoe through the Tulips" - you're wonderful!

  14. oh those book ends and the stunning blue dress and shoes. scared to dig any deeper into your older posts, i may be here all night. lovely things!!

  15. Thanks Ana - I'm so glad you stopped by so that I could discover your wonderful blog. Your latest post on "14 Reasons I Love Vintage Pyrex" is fabulous!

  16. I covet the little green tin lunch pail. Hope the event at your college went well.




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