Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Neptune Beach

While visiting one of my favorite blogs, Everton Terrace, I was blown away to discover that the Popsicle was invented in my hometown!

"Once upon a time people danced on the stage, lounged on the beach and swam in the pool.  They awed at champion swimmers like Johnny Weissmuller and muscle bound men like Jack LaLane.  They rode on the hand-carved carousel and screamed while aboard the roller coaster as it dipped and rose and dipped again."

Once upon a time at Neptune Beach.

 "In 1905, Frank Epperson, then only 11 years old, left a stir stick in a mixture of powdered flavored soda and water out on the porch.  That night, temperatures in San Francisco reached a record low.  When Epperson woke the next morning, he discovered the drink had frozen to the stir stick, creating a fruit flavored 'icicle', a treat he had named the Episicle."

 "He then waited 18 years before releasing it to the public.  In 1922, the ice-lollipop was introduced to the public for the first time at an Alameda, California amusement park, Neptune Beach."

"In 1924, Frank Epperson applied for a patent for "frozen confectionary" called the Episicle ice pop, which he renamed the Popsicle, allegedly at the instigation of his children."

"Neptune Beach opened in 1917 - three years before the Twenties began to roar.  Admission was just a dime, although most everyone knew that you could swim into the park for free."

"Neptune Beach closed down for good in 1939.  Some blamed the Great Depression for the park's demise, although the Bay Bridge, which opened three years earlier, was the more likely culprit.  The same people who danced and lounged and swam at Neptune Beach could now go further afield - even to the Pacific Ocean - without leaving their cars."

"Though many do not know it, both the Popsicle and the snow cone were invented at Neptune Beach.  The Kewpie doll, hand painted and dressed in unique hand sewn dresses, became the original prize for winning games at the beach - another Neptune Beach invention!"

Click to watch Dan X Solo reminisce about the "good ole days"
in Neptune Beach Revisited
(Be sure to click full screen)

Monday, July 26, 2010

The one that DIDN'T get away!

Meet Marty...

 He sold me his Prize Striped Bass at his garage sale a few weekends ago!   

He said he was caught in the San Francisco Bay.
 I was so excited I could hardly contain myself!

I got a really late start that particular Saturday morning and really didn't think I was going to score anything good.

Marty told me there were plenty of guys who had been interested but their wives had said, "No Way".

I looked over at my husband with a big smile and said,
"See how lucky you are?"

We named him "Marty".

*This is our garage which we've dubbed "Manlantis"

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Thank you French Blue

For this amazing treasure...

of white & blue coral in the old aqua patina bowl!

I was the lucky winner in The Summer Giveaway

Can you imagine winning something this amazing...  I'm still pinching myself!

 And leave it to Janet to throw in some of her own beach combing treasures which was the icing on the cake for me!!

A thousand kisses to you sweet Janet
I love you!

Friday, July 23, 2010

We're Off

to Lake Tahoe for a week!

I found these amazing images of Lake Tahoe on the blog, Deliciously Organized.  Even though it is this gorgeous in real life, these photos blew me away!

From the moment I stumbled upon "Deliciously Organized" I was taken with the incredible photography!

Needless to say...

I'm a big fan!

 *New Treasure just posted over at Il Tuo Tesoro!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

A score for 1724

I scored this rattan hall tree yesterday

and think it might be "just perfect" for

the "Dream Project" that Lisa and I are working on.

It would be ideal placed against the back wall directly across from the front door. 

There will be a bench underneath the window.

To make it "special" I want to replace the missing mirror with a vintage oil painting of a ship.

Like this.

I also picked up this little beauty!

What do you think?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I love a great quote

(image via deliciously organized)

Be sure and check out the latest treasure to arrive at Il Tuo Tesoro!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Seeing (French Sailor) Stripes

Sailor Chic

(click here to purchase)

The Breton shirt, was created officially by French law, the 27th of March 1858 Act, which made the blue-and-white striped knitted shirt part of the regulatory uniform for French sailors. 

It was thought that the stripes would help to locate seamen who fell overboard.

The original shirt featured 21 stripes, one for each of Napoleon's victories.  Not only did this shirt become the standard of the French (merchant) navy and fishing fleets, it was soon exported to other navies around the world and became big as a fashion item a century after.

In the late 1950s and '60s, the shirt was associated with French New Wave cinema - girls with gamine looks like Jean Seberg in "Breathless" and Jeanne Moreau in "Jules et Jim."

Coco Chanel first elevated the humble striped top to style status.  In the 1930s she designed and wore a striped mariniere with palazzo pants - a look adopted from French sailors.

Since then many designers and style setters have followed suit, Brigitte Bardot was a fan, wearing hers barefoot and pouting on a breezy beach.

It didn't go for women only, it's a sailor's garment after all.
For men they offer a sense of tradition, honest labor and virility.

Anthony Quinn & Anna Karina
'The Magus' 1976

'Picasso and the loaves'
by Robert Doisneau

'The Master with Francoise Gilot

James Dean

Here's a look at stars from past to present who have worn the look.
Click here to view video.  

*All text and images from here

Please join me over at Il Tuo Tesoro for a sip of pastis!