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So. How do YOU say it?

What do you order to go with your sandwich or salad at lunch.

What is your generic term for a sweetened carbonated beverage?

from the Smithsonian blogspot,

“I call it Pop, You call it Soda”

One example is how different regions use “pop,” “soda,” “cola,” “coke,” or “tonic” to describe the same thing!

popI recall saying pop in Los Angeles and you would have thought I said dungarees!

Vintage POP BottlesCAM01902

Contemporary Cans


** With a sunny weekend on the horizon, I really just wanted to share the Honey Dew bottle with the beehive detail and got a bit carried away.

The study of the many ways language and society intersect is known as sociolinguistics. The field combines sociology, psychology, anthropology and more.

The  University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee’s Dialect Survey queried North American English speakers’ usage of a variety of linguistic items, including vocabulary items that vary by region.

For example, What is your *general* term for the rubber-soled shoes worn in gym class, for athletic activities, etc.?

a. sneakers (45.50%)
b. shoes (1.93%)
c. gymshoes (5.55%)
d. sand shoes (0.03%)
e. jumpers (0.01%)
f. tennis shoes (41.34%)
g. running shoes (1.42%)
h. runners (0.17%)
i. trainers (0.23%)

Our tennys collection will stay in the garage, but still fun to ponder the differences.

I feel like Kellyanne Conway would like our market, right after the pop, there’s a fine selection of alcoholic beverages in alternative packages.

A Well – Rounded Collection, Vintage Globes

A sample of from the not-so-simple-to-display-and-or-store collection of vintage globes.

The colors, the history, the dreams, the new countries, and heck–they even spin.  Globes are hard to resist.

Family members have been known stand in front of a globe for sale more than once and say “Repeat after me, no more globes. . . “

The imaginative and quizzical thoughts that were launched with each globe.  One globe is a h-u-g-e sturdy classroom size. Oh it was sooooo dirty from years of little hands all over it. However, the ‘smog’ washed off which revealed that over time some of the ‘world’ had rubbed off too.  A bit ironic.

At back to school time, I rally them all together in the living room for an ‘expand your brain’ send off. And they return to hang out in the study,  at the top of bookshelves and on desks. And I continue to ponder using 1/2 of a globe for a light fixture or bowl craft project.

Globe maker since 1930, Replogle has a resource to determine the age of a vintage globe; fun and educational.

Hard to sneak a new one in the house, perhaps a disguise might help . . .  CAM01136

Halloween Songs

I ‘ve always remembered this tune from 1st grade.  Still a hit with the kindergarten crowd.

One little, two little, three little witches,
Fly over haystacks, fly over ditches,
Four little, five little, six little witches,
Hi Ho Hallowe’en’s here!

Why? It would be much more useful if macroeconomic theories learned in college were A) as easily retrievable or B) even there in my brain instead of spooky tunes. But it’s happy memory. 

And this is the other half of my elementary school Halloween song repertoire. For a more spooky setting, like when telling ghost stories around a campfire or at a sleepover.

Skin and Bones

There was an old woman all skin and bones,
She lived down by the old graveyard,
One night she thought she’d take a walk,
She walked down by the old graveyard,
She saw the bones a-lying around,
She went to the closet to get a broom,
She opened the door and ——-


Handmade Vintage Childrens Halloween Invitation

1930’s Handmade Party Invitation

Halloween placemat detail 2

Detail from Vintage Crepe Paper Halloween Placemat

Happy Halloween!


Something really scary,

-MPC/MPS, where MPC is the marginal propensity to consume and MPS is the marginal propensity to save. It tells you how much total spending will result from an initial change in the level of taxation. It is negative because when taxes decrease, spending increases, and vis versa. The tax multiplier will always be smaller than the spending multiplier.

It’s a Sign

One of the ways my family amuses each other is by sharing photos of signs encountered when out & about.  So here’s a peek at a digital collection.

Frog Lover signFeeling tense on the road? Head through this neighborhood.

Traffic calming signNo stops for yoga poses or a decaf latte stand. Bumped out berms and ginormous speed bumps were added that actually narrow the lanes making two-way traffic less than calm.  I like to swing thru for a laugh every now and then.

Glacier Park trail sign

Giddy up in Glacier Park.


Big fans of the book, Diary of a Wombat. This, however, is in Seattle

 A signs reflect a few of our favorite things: animals, books, football & phones.

Might bleed more than a little purple around here

When one likes to bug their mother, they can send a photo or two.

can't mean me, just for a second . . .

Just a peek . . .

Restricted Area Sign 1

I think they mean it

Restricted Area Sign 2Sign for a 1950’s newsreel type of film about the fruit.

A 1950's newsreel type of film

Shields Date Farm

Slug Crossing  Capilano Suspension Bridge

In British Columbia rain forest. Cute, and true.

Also spotted in Vancouver,

Vancouver BC#mademesmile


Today Collections:  Thoughts and Things celebrates its two year blogiversary.

With a click of publish, this will be my 234th post. Woo hoo! Now why doesn’t seem like there’s a least a bit more space in my brain?

In lieu of a cake, here is a photo buffet. Each links to a blog post for a clickable mini-history.

Vintage Dance Cards Jr Prom 2

First Post. Vintage Dance Cards

Antique Kings Safety Goggles 1

One of my favorite collections, vintage glasses

 Hand-stitched antique gown. And speaking of heirlooms, or just plain looms, I have a few . . .

Antique Baby Gown

Can’t imagine trying to button the row of tiny pearls on the back of a wiggling baby.

A surprise find right under my nose. OK, just above it.

The BOAT, UW gold medal crew

The Husky Clipper

New on the blog was joining Instagram this summer–too much fun! All of my favorite things literally at my fingertips: architectural details, thrifty finds, Paris and ponies. Oh, yes of course, my family, one of whom now has me hooked on corgis.  Speaking of corgis . . . an Australian postcard stamp. I love the colors.

Queen Elizabeth II Australian Postage

The Queen looks quite lovely, even with the shark postmark heading towards her hat.

While following steps in the How to Start a Blog  video, I wrote this for the ‘about me page’.

I quite love finding old things, everyday things, and celebrating them. I try to mix beautiful/useful with reduce/reuse/recycle with an occasional dash of feng shui.  For the most part I am craftily challenged, have a brown thumb (plants lean away from me) and I may be APP (A Procrastinating Perfectionist).   Employing a ‘use what you have decorating’ theme, while juggling the ever-changing schedule/needs/charms of my favorite collection–four kids.

Breathe, Be Grateful, Smile, Take your vitamin.   And welcome to my collections of thoughts and things.

Reading it today it still holds true, except for the plant part, I am fairly close now to a certified black thumb.

Thanks to my family & friends, & old garages. Inspiration abounds, and I’m looking forward to year three.

A birthday cake. Kind ofCelebrate, Create, Contemplate. Repeat.

Celebrating @ Creativity Unleashed link party!link party palooza banner

You Light Up My Life

If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
– William Morris, “The Beauty of Life,” Birmingham Society of Arts and School of Design (1880)

Classic statement. Perpetual goal. If Mr. Morris were to pop by right now and peek into our office, he might not think me familiar with this concept. . .

But we found a fabulous item which fulfills the Morris golden rule.

This PS 2014 Pendant Light is from IKEA. No surprise, it came flat. My daughter assembled the many (many) pieces into a mod orb for her room.

IKEA Moving Light 1With a pull of the string, look at the transformation. Voilà! 

IKEA Moving Light 1Beautiful. Useful. Kinetic. Fun. Yup, nailed the golden rule. Literally. (OK fine, used screws.)

I love IKEA. Frozen meatballs and Swedish pancakes often make their way into our cart along with items expressing Swedish ingenuity each visit.Ikea BugHowever, I almost (almost) fell for an item not on my list when I was alone picking up the light. There were delightful furry greeters from the Seattle Humane Society in front of the store.

The big yellow adoption bus brings adoptable pets to IKEA Seattle twice a month. Cats, kittens and dogs are available for on-the-spot adoptions. All pets are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and come with a certificate for a free health exam.

Oh my, I did not come home with a new pet, but ever-so close.

IKEA PS 2014 pendant lightt

The fabulous light was later installed at home, and tested by each family member.  Then retested. What can I say, it’s fun. One more surprise?You Light Up My Life Light

At night the light creates a star on the ceiling. Perfect for my little star. Love it.

PS. While checking the IKEA website to confirm the name of this snazzy fixture, I now admire them even more after reading this,

At IKEA Seattle, we are proud to be a member of the greater Puget Sound community and we are dedicated to giving back to the local communities where our co-workers live and work. Most recently, we have donated to the following organizations:

● Community in Schools of Renton  ● Renton River Days Festival ●Bridge of Promise
● Renton Area Youth and Family Services  ● Boyer Children’s Clinic ● Seattle Children’s Theatre
● NW Furniture Bank  ● Washington Spanish School●Academy Schools ● Nordic Heritage Museum
● Northwest Harvest  ● Vision House  ● Save Habitat and Diversity of Wetlands
● Save Habitat and Diversity of Wetlands  ● Camp Korey at Carnation Farm
● New Phoebe House Association  ● Woodin Elementary School
● Darcy Read Memorial Preschool  ● Compass Housing Alliance ●Kenmore Elementary
● Stillwaters Environmental Education Center  ● Seattle Architectural Foundation
● Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center – Oblitride  ● A Step Above
● Network Tacoma  ● Academy Schools ●HopeLink  ● Mary’s Place ●  Earth Corps

Beautiful, useful, and from a company with a caring presence in the community. Mr. Morris would be smiling now.

PPS: link to the light

Linking to:

link party palooza banner30 Handmade Days


Shiver Me Timbers

It’s International Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Here’s a great way to celebrate, Mango Languages gives you the opportunity to learn Pirate.

Instruction includes five lessons, including how to give sailing commands, greet a superior & express surprise.  And also provides history and grammar notes. Grammar notes! Use the second person pronoun Ye. And learn the definition of a bilge or a gentlemen o’ fortune.  (For the other 364 days a year, Mango Languages offers over 60 different courses.  It’s a terrific resource we found via our library.)

Since 1995, September 19th offers a boatload of fun.  This year Krispy Kreme is offering a free doughnut for those ordering in pirate, and a free dozen for those wearing pirate costume.

Even NPR is celebrating, posting this image. NPR Pirate Day Image

Some  additional pirate items if you’re celebrating,

Alas, no rum.

I have a pirate in the family, her first name starts with ‘Aye’.   For her,


Will Turner: You cheated.

 Jack Sparrow: Pirate.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Avast me hearties, set sails for Krispy Kreme.

Yo ho ho, jolly fun for anyone without a job interview today.

 Ahoy mateys!

Tickle My Fancy, Veggie Edition

It’s a Saturday in the middle of summer. I’ve taken a moment to sort through my random digital wranglings/images.  An item, a message, an unusual grouping, a spot-on or far-out marketing campaign, interesting product placement, a look, or a reflection, or an instant of plain ol’ serendipity may catch my eye.  Whimsy really.  And all have become kind of schmooshed into a big bloggy bucket.

What I found upon sorting was that along with a plethora of amazing public art, creative utilitarian pieces, clever colorful items, sweet, sassy and/or ironic things, useless or useful items, turns out there also happens to be a garden of inspiration that tickles my fancy. (#TMF)

So here we go!  And why not, it’s fun. Let’s celebrate summer with an ‘un-collection’ of vegetables.

Happy Veggies

Happy Veggies

Natures Bounty, Spring Radished

CAM08480 - Copy Thoughtful Veggies, both water-colored and real.

Carrot Humor, who knew?

The Sassy Birthday Card à la Veggies

1st Birthday Pepper "Cake"

When life gives you lemons but no eggs, you invent the Pepper Cake.

This yellow pepper ‘cake placebo’, wrapped with a washi tape bow, was actually a big hit.  How many time does a mother say, “Why I’m glad you’re up sooooo early, and YES you may eat your entire cake this morning”.  Magical really. Thanks to a vegetable.

Oscar Orange? Here’s a ‘friend’ of a popular toy. Vintage, yet I had never even heard of Oscar the Orange. Hmmm. Mr Potato Head might not have wanted to share the limelight perhaps?  It was no surprise that poor Oscar was practically NIB.

Eggpland & Karrot

Who wouldn’t enjoy an anthropomorphic eggplant & carrot, especially during a soggy Saturday market? As this is the fourth set of smiling veggies, I might be on to something.

Expanding a bit from produce to food. Starting with this FEASTmode sign.


May be only in the Seattle. But seeing this on a Mickey D’s run during Superbowl season was a hoot.  The 12th man is having a McMuffin–people can I get a woo hoo!

While waiting for burritos to-go at a mom and pop shop, I glanced over to the corner of the counter. Some children with their mother were giggling and insistently pointing at something. Gathered together was a collection of impromptu foil sculptures. Then I spied the one that was making them so happy, The foreground is a (perhaps) grasshopper, but the second item in is a pair of Wall:E glasses.  You may need to squint. Cute! Wearable too. I hope the couldn’t-be-starving-with-these-enormous-tacos artist had a great day.

Taco Art

Yoga and grapes

Well, grapes definitely are used to produce wine, so let’s include this sassy shirt. (Thx Pat)

And lastly, and very very loosely this tickles my fancy too. Squirrels are nuts, hide nuts and eat nuts. So here, Just go Nuts

it cracks me up.

Happy Summer!