Sunday, December 28, 2008


To all the Shadow Shooters, blogland friends and passersby...thank you for all your kindnesses in 2008...and cheers to a very happy New Year!

Join in the shadow shooting fun at Hey Harriets!

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Lisa B.
Lisa's RetroStyle

Wednesday, December 24, 2008


Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

"Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"

~Clement Clarke Moore

Happy Holidays everyone!

Happy Treasure Hunting,
Lisa B.
Lisa's RetroStyle

Saturday, December 20, 2008

SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY...The View From The Couch

This may well be my most pathetic excuse for a shadow shot yet. But humor me...won't you? I've been sick...and I'm a little doped up. This is shadow shot #29 for me. Try as I might...I just can't seen to catch up with Tracy. I don't want to fall further behind. Sigh.

Well, guess I'd better drink your health...cheers! For more appealing shadows shots check out Hey Harriet!

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Lisa B.
Lisa's RetroStyle

Monday, December 15, 2008


Yesterday on Shadow Shot Sunday Nihal of Crossroads brought up an interesting topic...real v.s. fake Christmas trees. Which is better for the environment?

For regular readers of my blog, you know concern for the environment is at the heart of my business. As much as I love old things for their own sake...I also love the fact that vintage aficionados around the world are helping to preserve our environment by recycling, restyling, re-purposing and recreating elements of our past...thereby keeping untold tons of would-be trash out of landfills. For many of us lovers of vintage our efforts do not end at fashion or home is a pervasive lifestyle. We recycle everything from household trash to packing materials, buy locally and organically, walk, bike or use public transportation when ever possible. It is in the forefront of our minds. We are an eco-conscious lot, us lovers of all things old.

So when Nihal mentioned her plans for purchasing a retro style artificial tree...well it seemed like a good opportunity to offer up a little food for thought.

I found an interesting clip, addressing this topic, from Miles Grant of The Green Miles.Net...

I also found a lot of great information in this article by Kimberly Crandell on Scientific Blogging.

When it comes to the environment it is not always a one size fits all solution. There can often be many factors to consider. For example when we lived in Colorado we always bought "bagged and balled" trees. We had lots of property to plant them on and there were not as many nearby Christmas tree farms. We had great success in that climate with the trees surviving a winter transplant. Now that we live in Michigan tree farms are much more prevalent and we no longer have anywhere to plant live trees.

For artificial trees I recommend vintage aluminum. These trees can be recycled should they ever become damaged beyond repair, with the least environmental impact. And of course it is better to continue using any vintage artificial tree rather then packing it off to the landfill. However, I hope anyone considering buying a new artificial tree will take all factors into consideration before making that purchase.

I hope this gives some good food for thought to anyone struggling with this decision. Thanks to Nihal for opening up the issue. The first step is always to thoughtfully consider the issue and try to make the most environmentally sound decision for your unique situation.

Happy Holidays and
Happy Treasure Hunting!!
Lisa B.
Lisa's RetroStyle™

Saturday, December 13, 2008


We went and picked out our Christmas tree today. Oh, how I love the smell of fresh pine! We spent the evening decorating it...remembering with each ornament the stories of Christmases past. So, it's no surprise that's where I found my Shadow Shot tonight. Lurking right there on the wall...the soft feathering of pine needles.

This little guy is one of my favorite vintage ornaments. I fall in love with him all over again every Christmas.

To see what the other shadow shooters have been up to follow the links @ Hey Harriets!

Happy Holidays and
Happy Treasure Hunting!
Lisa B.
Lisa's RetroStyle™

Friday, December 12, 2008


Yesterday morning I went to part 2 of the huge estate sale I first posted on here...and again here. I found some fun things...but nothing quite fun enough to completely overcome my disappointment. This time they didn't open the big building. The mannequins and dress forms I had been drooling thru the window at weren't for sale! Can I hear a big Waaah! Those beauties were what I really wanted...what I'd been waiting for...coveting...since October! Everything else paled by comparison. How could they leave those girls in that cold, dusty, lonely, old building...and at Christmastime even...when there are so many of us out here just salivating at the chance to give them a proper home!? Big Sigh...oh well....I did manage to find a few other cool things....

These shoe covers are really cool! They are so cute and look like they were never worn.

Love this round American Tourister luggage.

The inside is in great shape...

Best of all...when I looked in the little pocket in the back...along with a couple of bobby pins...I found this....

...and inside that cute little envelope....Aaaa (cue the singing angels)...

I almost never find keys with vintage luggage! How adorable is that little bell hop shape!?! to clean up all the orphaned treasures and start searching for their new homes...maybe in time for Christmas...or New Years?!

Happy Holidays and
Happy Treasure Hunting!
Lisa B.
Lisa's RetroStyle™

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


15 days til Christmas?! I hope everyone is all ready and sitting back enjoying the festiveness...that's how it should be!!

I myself am about to hit panic mode...but...that's another story. For now, I have something cool to show you...

Recently, Anita bought one of the display chests I found at this estate sale....

Thanks to Anita's talents...she now looks like this...

How fun is that!! She has new life and a new name. Anita has dubbed her fabo redo Vera! Great job Anita...Vera looks stunning!!

It seems I've just gotten a handle on everything I bought at that very same estate sale (I can't believe it was all the way back in October?!)...and now in the middle of all the holiday's already time for round two! For those of you just tuning in...there is so much stuff in this huge building and adjoining apartment and associated basements...they are having a three part sale! Of course I've been peeking thru what windows I can...and I see mannequins and dress forms, oh my! Sooooo, guess where I'll be tomorrow morning?! That's right...freezing my toukus off in search of more vintage treasure!!!

On an unrelated note, last night when perhaps I should have been decorating my tree?! I made a couple more of the Arctic Circle Hats...

If you're in need of stylish head know where to find it!

As to the requests for me to build a snowman out of the bounty of snow we've been receiving...I think that may have to wait til January;D

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Lisa B.
Lisa's RetroStyle™

Sunday, December 7, 2008


...For a very important date. No time to say "Hello." Goodbye. I'm late, I'm late, I'm late."

I couldn't possibly miss Shadow Shot Sunday with Hey Harriet and Friends!

Just a quick glimpse of the sun this morning reveled these shadows on the way to my gate...

Hope everyone is having a very enjoyable Sunday!

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Lisa B.
Lisa's RetroStyle™

Monday, December 1, 2008


Holy Mackinoles! Look at what I woke up to this morning....

Talk about a winter wonderland!! Fortunately my head is nice and warm! Over the long holiday weekend I whipped up these...

Some for you...some for me:) All recycled, repurposed thrifted and vintage materials...well except for the thread. If you need a stylish new touk to keep your head toasty...check'em out in my Etsy Shop.

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Lisa B.
Lisa's RetroStyle™

Saturday, November 29, 2008


...for no man lives in the external truth among salts and acids, but in the warm, phantasmagoric chamber of his brain, with the painted windows...
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)

For more shadow shots, visit Hey Harriet.

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Lisa B.
Lisa's RetroStyle™

P.S. To any readers who might be living in, from or visiting heartfelt thoughts and prayers have been and will continue to be with you.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


I found these at an estate sale recently. A little bag, hanging in among the purses, filled with balls of some sort of crochet work. It wasn't until after I got home, gave them a good soak and started ironing them...that I realised what they were...a lovely handmade coaster set...with their own beautiful storage bag! I thought they were just so great I had to share them with everyone.

Can you imagine how many hours someone worked on those! If they don't deserve to be a treasured heirloom...I don't know what does!! It is so very tempting to keep these. I have to keep telling myself..."I can't keep it all". They would be so perfect on an elegantly set dinner table...I'm thinking Christmas...with all the good silver and china. I've listed these in my Etsy Vintage Shop. But I've got to say, I'm really thinking if they don't sell before Christmas...well, guess whose table they'll be gracing?!

I hope everyone here in the states has a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Lisa B.
Lisa's RetroStyle™

Saturday, November 22, 2008


Earlier this week Pat tagged me to "Share seven random and/or weird book facts about yourself". Never being quite sure what constitutes random or weird...this is what I came up with...

1.) I have a book fetish.

Oh...there's more...but I think you get the idea. I love books for books sake. I love them for the very idea that someone took the time to sit down and write them. I love them because everything there is to know is contained within their covers (this sounds more meaningful if you are older than the Internet).

2.) I'm often asked if I've read all my books. My Oh, I've read loads of them. But, when I started collecting them I was still at an age where I was deluded enough to think I would have plenty of time to read them all. I must have thought that I would somehow be independently wealthy and have hours on end to sit and read. Silly child!

3.) Those books up there...they came with the house. I feel obligated to make sure all books have a proper home...I could not even think of kicking them out of their house.

4.) This was one of my first books.

I think I memorized every poem in this little book and recited them ad nauseum. They're still in there...rattling around my brain...with a lot of other useless information. No wonder I can't remember where I put brain is full of silly childhood poetry.

Now, where was I...oh yes 5.) I loved books so much as a child that I was befriended by our grade school librarian. Mrs. Guiette would come and get me out of class to help her re-shelve books in the little basement library. This was my favorite book at that age... had been loved to death by myself and the other children. When it was time to be discarded...Mrs. Guiette gave it to me.

I have a thing for pigs too...but that's another story.

6.) One of my favorite books of my 20's was this one... I wanted to be Osa!

7.) In an effort to force my love of books on the next generation...I bought my niece and nephew book kits for Christmas one year. I never got a copy of my nephews...but here's my nieces.

I'm thinking my efforts may have been successful, at least where my niece is concern. She's already "borrowed" a stack off the least a year ago...and they've not returned! I hope they've become the beginning of her own book fetish!!

The rules of this tag are:

1. Link to the person who tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
2. Share seven random and/or weird book facts about yourself.
3. Tag seven random people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs.
4. Let each person know that they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Anyone who wants to play along...consider yourself tagged. Let me know and I'll link to your post.

While getting photos for this tag I found a couple of old Emily Post books I didn't even remember I had. I brought them down to have a better look at and snapped this Shadow Shot.

Hope everyone has an enjoyable weekend! To have a look at all the other Shadow Shots...swing by Hey Harriet's and follow the links.

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Lisa B.
Lisa's RetroStyle™

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


I've been hid away in my little hole here for days...listing, listing, listing...and packing, packing, packing...having trouble thinking of anything else. Little did I know, that on Sunday evening (Australian time),Brisbane was hammered by a hellacious storm...a cyclone apparently...worst in 25 years...500 homes hit...40 thousand without power!

No one can make the word cr*p sound so lovely as an Aussie girl.

Thoughts and prayers out to the residents of Brisbane and doubly so to our own BrisStyle friends! I hope you and yours are all dry, safe, sound and powered up!

In less pressing news an unnamed blogger has a zit the size of a mountain on her nose...sorry no video footage.

No post would be complete without a bit of eye candy. I did manage to get out of my cave for a bit last weekend to go to a craft show with my Mum. Of course as luck would have it we stumbled across an unexpected estate sale. Some of the finds have already been listed, sold and shipped off...a stool is winging its way to Japan as I type. A couple of the larger things are still lodged in the back of my Blazer...more on that later. At our true destination I found this....

How cute is that?! In the second photo I think my bag looks like a frog face! Love it!! I gave the nice woman who made it a big pitch on Etsy...she'd never heard of it...I think she'd do very well there!

Okay...back to work for me...I've lots of packing and shipping to get done this morning! Hurray!!

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Lisa B.
Lisa's RetroStyle™

Saturday, November 15, 2008

SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY...abstraction distraction

It's been a gloomy November here in the far north...well...not that far north...but far enough. Not a lot of shadows to be seen. As I went to get my camera to go hunting...I spied this...

I think it is the most abstract shadow shot I've ever contributed. Any guesses as to what it is?

For more fun in the shadows stop by Hey Harriet's and follow the links.

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Lisa B.
Lisa's RetroStyle


Ok...when Sharon guessed the "Shroud of Terin"...that one was too funny! It is the oddest shadow. I have to show you what it is. If you want to have your own'll have to try to blindly scroll down to the comments and not look at the next photo.

It is the shadow this door is throwing out on the carpet in the dark hall. I took the other photo standing out in the hall of just the floor. I don't really understand why it has such round spots on the shadow...there is nothing round about the door. Go figure?!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Well, not really...and it feels premature to be thinking of it already…but that’s exactly what I’ve been doing. It's never too early to start finding new homes for all the orphaned vintage Christmas things in time for their big holiday. Here are some of the treasures I’ve been listing…

These are a very cool "String 'O Lights"...1940's-50's is my favorite era for vintage Christmas!

I adore vintage bulbs and my own tree overfloweth! These are "Shiny Brite","Made in the U.S.A." and "West Germany".

Displays of "Japan" putz houses make the cutest little holiday vignettes.

The graphics on this box of lights are just beautiful?!

I've also cleaned and repaired the vintage robe I found at that last estate sale...

...and I couldn't help thinking how much it reminds me of an old world Father Christmas robe...

Anyone dreaming of passing out presents Christmas morning dressed as an old fashioned Santa?! Sounds like fun!!

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Lisa B.
Lisa's RetroStyle™


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