Monday, October 31, 2011

In Search of Pyrex

Saturday morning Patricia and I headed up to Oklahoma to enjoy a day in the Wichita Mountains and do a little Pyrex hunting in Lawton.

As soon as we got to Medicine Park, we drove up Mount Scott. We hiked for a bit and I took some pictures...
(It's hard to see, but there were bushels of purple flowers all over!)
(Provably my favorite picture of the day)
After we'd had out fill of 'Climbing over rocky mountian' we headed down to Meers Oklahoma for lunch!
(In all its 3 building glory)
Don't let the size fool you, this is one of the most famous restaurants in Southern Oklahoma.
 They have these GIANT "Meers" Burgers, and all kinds of home cooked goodies..
I had a "Seismic Burger" (literally the size of a pie plate), Patricia had a grilled cheese and we shared an order or french fries & fried green tomatoes, my favorite.
 (Served with ranch, and good to the very last bite!)
At first Patricia was skeptical about trying a friend green tomato and tried to write the topic off with "I don't like tomatoes"  and after a bit of convincing and saying over and over "These aren't your regular red tomatoes, they are green and different!"  She took a bite and was hooked, the prices are good and you wont leave hungry!
After lunch we headed back into Lawton to hit the thrift and antique stores and I must say our first few stops were highly disappointing.  We used the Google map on my phone to find antique stores, the first two we went to were out of business, the third stop had real antiques and rooms and rooms of ceiling to floor Fenton Glass (Vintage Christine would have been in Heaven!) After striking out thrice, I Googled thrift stores and away we went and it was equally disappointing. THEN I had an epiphany, I called the four other antique stores asking "Hello, do Ya'll (yes I let my Texan slip) have Pyrex?" and after the first three said "why no I don't believe we do"  the Last store owner said "Why yes, we have quite a few pieces scattered around the store." THAT'S WHAT I LIKE TO HEAR!  We hopped in the car and drove over, and ture to the mans word there was more Pyrex in this one store than in all the other places we went to... and the hunt began.
Patricia found our kill, a 1.5 #3 divided Friendship Casserole with its matching lid for $8.00.
Not a scratch on the bottom part! At the Casablanca we collect Pyrex in the lime green, yellow, turquoise, and pinkish red. (We just finished the round casserole portion of our collection, I need to post that soon.) So this may end up being a Christmas Present for someone and the fire-engine red is, much darker than our other stuff.

It was a fun day trip! Posting might be limited this week. Saturday is thew opening of my show "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" and im scrambling to make the stage look like 1850's Oregon!

Happy Halloween!


Friday, October 28, 2011

"So Happy I Could Dye"

Well Readers,
As some of you may know, every Wednesday I take my Grandmother Jordan to the Beauty Shop, get lunch with her and then spend the afternoon together.
(Grandma Jordan, waiting on her hamburger!)
Well this Wednesday after a rinse and curl and a burger with fries and a coke at one of our favorite places, I had an annual job to do. Clean out and organize the garage... It sounds more dramatic than it actually is, but my grandmother decorates for every season Spring, Summer, Fall, and especially Winter and she has rubbermaid bucket after rubbermaid bucket full of things shes made or picked up.  Every year around this time I have to sweep out the two car garage, go through the buckets sort them by season and stack them properly.  I never mind this task, as it is also when I sort the Christmas things out that Grandma lets us use at Thanksmass.  Well stuffed in a corner of the garage I found a couple of old chenille bedspreads, most of them were in pretty bad shape, been munched on by mice, or worse... however there was one that only had a few minor holes and stains...
Grandma said if it made it through the wash I could have it haha. The stains didn't come out liked I hoped they would, so I think I may dye it another color. Usually im not a fan of chenille, but this one doesn't have fringe and I think will fit perfect on the Click Clack couch in the Turquoise room and make it look more bed like, when we have longer staying guests with us.  
It has a nice flowery pattern on it, but im stumped as to what color I should dye it. Yellow maybe? Green or Blue???

Have any of you out there ever dyed a chenille bedspread and had luck?

Weigh in on what color you think would be best!


Wednesday, October 26, 2011


 Picked this aluminum "warmer" up at my favorite thrift for just under $7.00!  My mother has one just like it a friend gave here, and i've always wanted one for the Casablanca! Aside from its super cool looking and has "Made in Italy" stamped on the bottom that's all I know.

Happy Wednesday


Monday, October 24, 2011

The Casablanca Costume Ball

("It's Zombie Prom, here at Mick's")

Well readers it was one HECK of a party! The annual Costume Ball at the Casablanca has become one of our members favorite parties. and others talk of it as a thing of legend. This years theme was ZoMbIe PrOm 1957 so naturally we had all kinds of Zombies...
 (Zombie Prom guest-Friend Dillon)
(50's Zombie House Wife- Caitlin)
 (Brittani as Carrie White & Jordan as Luna Lovegood)
(Friend Katie- A Ballet Zombie!)
 (Friend Heaven as a festive Zombie!)
Zombie Killers
 (Friends Sheldon & Bryson as Tallahassee & Columbus from "Zombie Land")
(Friend Matt slaying Zombified Friend Jarrod!)
(Friends Spencer & Lara as Bill & Zoe from "Left for Dead")
(Andrew as a Redneck/Zombie Killer)
(Friends Jay-Pat & Kaeli  as Dexter and a Victim)
With just as many regular costumed folk, 30 people in all!
(Friend Joe as Quail Man! From the TV show "Doug")
(Friends Holly & Amy as German Maids!)
(Friends Emily as a Classy Cat, Pat as a Pan Am Stewardess, & Jenny as a Mermaid)
(Friend Russ as Will Riker from Star Trek)
 (Cameron as Captain America & Sarah as Bat Girl
(Friends Francis and Olivia as JFK and Marilyn Monroe)
The Party was a smashing success breaking all attendance records for the year and a good time was had by all!  Everyone brought something to either throw in the coke box or to snack on one of my many projects was the punch bowls!
(Whats a ZoMbIe PrOm with out a little Nuclear Waste and Jello brains?!)

Everyone was having a grand time, posing for pictures, dancing the Timewarp and having general conversation! Everyone brought something to either put in the Coke Box or add to the Buffet of treats. Once the Sun settled in the West our Zombie Prom really got going...
Our two Feature Presentations at the Flamingo Drive-In-

(John Dempsey's Zombie Prom)
Followed By-
(Hello Mary Lou, Prom Night II)

What made these two movies perfect features is the fact that both of them have "back stories" set in 1957! (For those of you who don't know "Our Year" at the Casablanca this year is 1957)  How could I not make use of that!  After the second feature, with the help of Friend Bryson I pulled a little Halloween trick on the party guests. In the movie "Hello Mary Lou, Prom Night II) of course they play Ricky Nelsons hit recording of "Hello Mary Lou, Goodbye Heart"  every time something bad is about to happen. Well when the credits of the movie had finished, friend Bryson turned the sound off on the projector, and I put my 45' of "Hello Mary Lou" on the record player and turned it all the way up.  It took a few seconds for the guests to realize what they were hearing, but needless to say the reaction was Priceless. 

With the movies squared out of the way, It was time for the highly anticipated secret ballet vote Costume Contest, along with the Crowning of our 1957 Zombie Prom King & Queen! it was so hard to choose with so many great costumes!
(Our Winners!)
Left to Right,
Our 1957 Zombie Prom King & Queen,  Francis & Olivia as - "JFK & Marilyn Monroe".
3rd place costume contest- Kaeli & Jay as - "Dexter and Victim".
2nd place costume contest- Joe as - "Quail Man". 
1st place costume contest- Russ as- "Will Riker of Star Trek"

 (Friends Bryson and Sheldon (after a mid party costume change) as Robin and Batman!)
If only they had revealed themselves about 10 minuets EARLIER! they provably would have won the Costume Contest!  The three of us have been working on these costumes for almost two months now, but oh well maybe next year, they still looked really cool and surprised everyone!

After all the excitment we had ourselves a little midnight snack...
(Friends Andrew, Austin, Jarrod, & Heaven)
Yet another fabulous, record breaking party that will go down in the history books of the Casablanca! What a way to end out the 2011 Casablanca Social Season, and what high expectations everyone (including myself) has for 2012! 
 (It's enough to drive you crazy)
Now just because the Social Season has come to an end doesn't mean were done, stay tuned faithful readers.


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Spooky, Spooky, Spooky!

 It's almost that Bewitching time of year at the Casablanca Readers, Its almost time for the Costume Ball!
(Real plaque from a now defunct Fall Out Shelter)
Well Readers as you know every year we pick a special theme to base the party around and this years is...
Zombie Prom 1957
Our theme is based off of a Musical by the same name, in 2007 a short film was made out of the Musical- 

Here is Part one, you can find/watch the film in its 30 minuet entirety complete on Youtube. It's a really fun show. Set in an all American High School in 1957 (our year at the Casablanca) the story revolves around high strung (typical) Teenage love and Nuclear Disaster. The story is not scary in the slightest but a wonderful mash up of "Grease and Night of the Living Dead" and (lots of C.H.&R. members as well as myself hope to be in an upcoming production of it in 2012!)

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Saturday friend Emily, Patricia and myself headed out to the Casablanca to decorate and set up for this Fridays soiree.
 (Friend Emily on Spiderwebs)

 I was hard at work on a "retro prom banner" for the party
Patricia got busy mixing in the Sandalwood Pyrex...
 Creating a Nuclear Breakfast treat, for the guests who will be spending Friday night with us!
The decorations are looking swell, things are going from Black & White to Atomic Green. We have special Prize Halloween Flamingos for the Costume Contest, and at some point in the evening we will crown a Zombie Prom King & Queen!
 Tune in next week to see how the 1957 Prom Night unfurls! 


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Bowie Fleamarket SCORE!

 Last Saturday,  Girlfriend Patricia kidnapped me and whisked me away to the Bowie flea market and then to Denton.  The Pyrex Gods smiled on us and I picked up three (444- 442) of the "Sandalwood" patterned Cinderella bowls for $25.
At the same booth I picked up this 1958 "Rooster Black" promotional piece with its gold plate carrier for $16 and although I spent $41 when you think about it each piece was $10.25 and I consider that a deal. At the first booth we went to was way at the back and we cleaned up!  I got the set of ceramic drama face masks for $1.
This cool turquoise and gold Carafe for $0.50, I do believe we'll keep lemonade in it!
We picked up this set of skillets, I bought them for the little interchangeable metal handle (to go on my set) and Patricia wanted the pretty skillets and fro $5 for the set we both go what we wanted! After bowie we headed down to Denton to see what it had to offer, and ended up finding the matching 441 Sandalwood Cinderella bowl for $8 normally I would have waited and tried to find the bowl cheaper, but I mean it was right there in front of me...  So I purchased it an finished the set!
I also spotted a special piece at an antique store that I'm going to try and send money with Patricia next week to snag... and the location and piece is Top Secret until then!

Happy Wednesday!