Monday, April 30, 2012

From Drab to Fab!

While thrifting with my friend Sam last week, I picked up a poor lonely lamp.  It was sadly neglected after being painted entirely black years ago.  It had been sitting in a local antique shop for quite a while.  The owner was anxious to get rid of it and offered it to me for a song.

You'll have to excuse my pictures.  I am having a difficult time with finding a new photo editor!

First, I cleaned the lamp really well and boy was it dirty!  Next I applied spackle the chiped areas and sanded smooth after it had dried.  A few quick coats of paint followed by some new wiring and voila!

'Til we meet again,
Ms. Adventure

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Out of this world!

I love how sometimes the stars align to reveal hidden treasures.  After a long trip home from Vegas, and I say long because our plane had mechanical issues and we spent many hours at the airport before finally being rebooked for the following day, we needed to drop my mother-in-law off at her work to finish her day.  Only a short distance from her workplace we happened upon The Galaxy Drive-In.  As you may or may not know, I love Drive-in diners. 

The food was good and the service was great!  Daddy-o had the Chicago dog which he said rivaled the ones we've had in the windy city.  The handsome devil duo went with chicken wings; one had the classic buffalo and the other had the pok pok asian style sauce.  They thoroughly enjoyed both varieties!  I elected to go with the standard chili dog.  The chili was homemade and the dog was quality.  Each meal is served basket style including french fries and a drink.

The grounds are nicely landscaped complete with two fire pits for roasting s'mores.   Dogs are welcome and family fun is encouraged.  There is a vintage juke box on site, as well as many vintage style pedal cars hanging from the awning.  Definitely worth a second, third and fourth visit!

'Til we meet again,
Ms. Adventure

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Turks Inn

  When driving from the upper peninsula of Michigan to Minneapolis, which takes approximately 8 hours, not too much catches my eye.  An occasional bald eagle, roadkill porcupine, the rare restored vintage Chris Craft and yes, of course, The Turks Inn.  To say that I am intrigued is an understatement.

It's kitschy fantasticness is easy to spot from the highway.  What strikes me odd is the location.  When coming from the U.P., one must pass through miles and miles of remote forest.  Then, out of nowhere is a large KOA campground in the middle of a pine stand.  I find that unique as I would never like to camp in the middle of pine needles and pitch.  It even has a pool with a grand water slide!  Only a few hundred feet more and you come to The Turks Inn.

Look at that roof line!  I am convinced that wonderful adventures lie beyond that door!  Unfortunately, they are still following their winter hours, which is Saturday starting at 5pm.  We were there on a Tuesday afternoon.  Schucks!

I did find some limited information on the internet.  It was built in 1934 and sits several miles outside of Hayward, Wisconsin.  It was apparently quite the place in it's heyday!  I was lucky enough to find some interior pictures.  Oh, I can't wait to have supper there!  And maybe a few drinks too!  How's this for a blast from the past...No credit cards accepted.  They do, however, take personal checks.

The Dining Room
Check out the color of those chairs!

What a fabulous bar!

Even the garage is themed.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Liebster Blog Award? Yay me!

Wow!  I have been selected by Janey at Atomic Redhead to receive the Liebster Blog Award.  What can I say?!  Well, first I would like to thank my....okay, okay all kidding aside, I am truly touched that Janey thought my little blog was worthy of mentioning.  I just think she is such a doll and so creative!  I absolutely love her Disney skirt she made.  It really is fantastic!  Go on over and check it out!

The rules are as follows:
-Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
-Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you.
-Copy/paste the blog award onto your blog (choose an image for the award, and then do a little post like this)
-Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 blogs (with 200 followers or less)
-Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment.

And now here are those I’d like to pass this award on to…

Powder Keg Ignites - a wonderful blog about vintage powder compacts and "retro wonderment".

Hepcat Restorations - Shane rocks out amazing restorations of mid century pieces!  He gives me the courage to try out my skills (on a much smaller level).

Samantha Elizabeth - A great blog focusing on fashion and photography.  Yes, I know that was a cheesy play on words! 

Call me Miss Lil' Susie - A lovely blog with beautiful photographs!  A real treat for the eye!

Hello Margo - a great new French blog featuring handmade retro clothing.  They are off to a great start!

Thanks again Janey!

'Til we meet again,
Ms. Adventure

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Oooooh the shame!

I hate to admit it but last week, I became one of "those" people.  Yep, that's right, I was having a full blown conversation on my cell phone in the middle of the local Goodwill store.  In my defense, I was gabbing with my best friend, who I speak with far too infrequently.  And, frankly, she has some pretty exciting things going on in her life right now!

So, I am being a generally bad person...yack, yack, yack...scanning the aisles...yack, yack, yack...I spy a cute little pair of 50's Asian figurines....yack, yack, yack...I notice the boy's hat is broken...yack, yack, yack...I discuss with my friend that even though the boy is broken, I will buy them anyway...yack,yack yack...I am juggling my purchases, my purse and, of course, my cell phone...yack, yack, yack...I round the corner...yack, yack, yack...and....

Disclaimer:  Dramatic Reenactment

Craptastic!  Great, now there are employees responding to the sound of breaking porcelain.
  I try to discretely end my phone conversation.  Eeeek, it's the perfect girl that I dropped!  
Oh the horror! 

I hide my phone and try to pick up the pieces which have scattered under the rack with all of the comforters and bed linens.  The guilt is overwhelming.  I insist on buying the figures anyway.  However, when I take the pieces to the register the cashier refuses to charge me for the broken figure.  Did I mention the guilt?

Anyway, here they are all glued up.  I still need to figure out a creative solution to tidy up the boys hat.  They are still lovely, in a poorly lit corner sort of way.
As for me, I have learned my lesson.  I promise never to talk on the phone and thrift again! 

'Til we meet again,
Ms. Adventure