Victorian1885

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Victorian1885

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Merry Christmas to all my Blogging friends!
I hope you enjoy a glimpse at some of our holiday decor in Arizona. 




I just love the reindeer all decked out in her gold bow...



This year I can not seem to get enough of these small silver ornaments...








The candle stick is new to us from a local Used Boutique 



My little Ball sealer looks so pretty with a touch of ribbon and a tea light candle.






This silver candle holder was another find at the local Goodwill and she looks cute on the silver hotplate stand...








The next three photos are of some handmade Christmas cards I purchased at a sale in our Park. The colours are perfect and I think I will hold onto them for displaying. 







I hope your Holidays are filled with Love, Laughter & Family as you celebrate the Birth of Christ...
Blessings,
Wanda


Saturday, December 6, 2014

Buckhorn Hot Mineral Baths Motel




This historic hot mineral baths motel in Mesa, Arizona, built in 1939 and still displaying its large, kitschy buckhorn neon sign in front, sits on 15 acres and has been closed down for a few years. Inside is a small wildlife museum. Once a huge attraction for sports teams and Hollywood celebrities, the vintage motel's fate is uncertain.
Location:
Mesa Buckhorn Hot Mineral Baths Motel
5900 E. Main Street
Mesa, Arizona
There is a short article at There is a short article about the hot mineral baths motel at Road Side America. In June 2013, Arizona Republic wrote this piece, "Fate of historic Mesa Buckhorn Baths motel uncertain." Here is the motel's timeline from that article:
Buckhorn Baths timeline
1935: Fire destroys the home and trading post built by Ted and Alice Sliger in the desert east of Mesa. The Sligers then set up housekeeping and business along the two-lane highway designated U.S. 60, 70, 80 and 89, at what would become the intersection of Main Street and Recker Road.
1939: Hot mineral water is discovered at the site and the Sligers open a motel, calling it the Buckhorn Baths.
1942: Electric lines reach the property.
1947: New York Giants baseball team begins visiting the baths, a key development in the formation of the Cactus League.
About 1950: The Buckhorn’s famous neon sign is installed.
1963: The Sligers join the New York Giants on a tour of Japan.
1984: Ted Sliger dies.
1999: Bath house is closed to the public.
2006: Buckhorn stops renting rooms to guests.
2010: Alice Sliger dies at age 103; Society for Commercial Archeology lists Buckhorn as the No. 1 most endangered example of historic roadside architecture in the country.
2012: Mesa voters approve public purchase of the property.

2013: Sale negotiations continue.
Welcome 
Today I am sharing some History and photos of the Buckhorn Baths Motel. We drive by this wonderful historic Motel every time we go shopping and I love it! 
We are hoping that the City of Mesa restores this beauty to all her glory in the near future.  














These little suites are so perfect and if it can't be a Motel again I would love to see the complex renovated into a Museum and little unique shops. If you want to see more about the history I recommend it... very interesting... 





Have a wonderful weekend!

Wanda



Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving to my American Friends!!


I just wanted wish all my American friends a Happy Thanksgiving!
This large platter was found at a local Goodwill store near us and it goes lovely with our brown & white transferware. 
Enjoy your family time & all the Black Friday sales...
I am thankful for your friendship...
Hugs,
Wanda 


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Butterflies & some Christmas decor in Arizona


Hello my fellow Bloggers & friends!
I am sharing some butterfly photos my Sweetie has taken the past few days. He is continuing the photography classes again this winter and I am loving every one.



I am not sure why but whenever I see these butterflies I think of my parents who have passed away and I smile... The summer after my Father had passed away over 36 years ago I was out in my garden and about ten of these beauties gathered around me and one landed on my arm, staying with me for a few minutes. 
 Very comforting...



Below you can see a little metal reindeer and Christmas tree, it sure feels odd believing it is Christmas soon. We are experiencing 74 degrees this weekend which I am loving the cooler temperatures as 90 degrees is just too hot for me.  
The stores are filled with christmas decor and I finally gave in and bought a few pieces. 


The couple we purchased our Park Model home from left us around eight large containers full of Christmas lights and decor but we took most of them to the local Goodwill as we were wanting a more silver decor theme. 
Hopefully I will get more of the Christmas spirit later in December but it is hard when we are so used to cold and snowy temperatures. 
How are you doing on your Christmas decorating?


Thank you for stopping in and leaving your comments... I love hearing from all of you! Take care...

Blessings,
Wanda

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Natures Beauty...



We headed South early this year and enjoyed all the beautiful countryside in all its glory...
Our journey is a twenty six hour drive to reach our winter home in Arizona but we took our time and spent three nights in hotels along the way.  



We love watching the sky and cloud formations along the journey so I thought I would share some of my favourite photos. I hope you enjoy them... 




The clouds below were so amazing to see and so massive.


We travelled through many States along the way, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Nevada and back to Arizona. Each time we come we are going to try and take different routes back home so we can experience the beauty of the landscapes. 




I am so amazed with the difference in the terrain from our home in Canada to The Netherlands where we spent the summer and in the States we passed through along our journey South. So beautiful but so different in every way...
Life is Good! Enjoy...



Thank you for taking the time to stop in today. 
Blessings,
Wanda

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Private Tea Houses in The Netherlands


Welcome.... today I am sharing photos of the private tea houses we came across on our boat rides with Jacoba & Leon in the Netherlands. These lovely gems are along the rivers & canals of some glorious private mansions. We would call them boat houses in Canada and they would not be as fanciful as these beauties. I can imagine the fun I would have decorating one of these...







A glimpse of the inside of one we passed...































I hope you enjoyed your visit today, have a great weekend!
Blessings,
Wanda



Saturday, October 4, 2014

Fall Colours...



Hello & Welcome...
This Lusterware bowl that belonged to my Grandmother evokes images of Fall with all its colours in their glory. 




My Mother remembered it sitting on the farmhouse table when she was a child. Her Mother (my maternal Grandmother) passed away when my Mother was six years of age and having this bowl meant allot to her. When she passed it on to me I was deeply touched and will treasure it until I pass it on to my Daughter In Law. 




This week I came across this sweet tea towel from April Cornnel .....it goes perfectly with our Shophie Conran china.   





I could not get a great photo of the cute little silver crown spoons we found while in The Netherlands but it gives you an idea of what they are like. The spoon in the sugar bowl is Sterling and the crown is very detailed. The other four we bought are silver plate and although very nice the details are not as intricate. 







Another reason I was drawn to the tea towel was the fact it reminded me of vintage barkcloth, which I love....




The print below was purchased at The Louvre Museum shop and I found the perfect mat and frame at our local thrift shop. Unfortunately I have misplaced the title of the print and will have to do some research on it. 




Our weather has taken a turn towards cooler temperatures and we are busy planning our escape to Arizona.
Thank you for stopping in again.
Life is good... Take care...
Blessings, 
Wanda