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I’ve got some great new vintage men’s shoes in the shop. Men should have fun shoes too.


Pair #1 Fabulously supple men’s handmade dress shoes from Poland.

Pair #2 SOLD Vintage military boots

Pair #3 Military dress shoes

Pair #4 Military jump boots, steel toed.

Enjoy! d.

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I found this lovely hat at Little Green Squirrel and I want it terribly. It is however one of those vintage hats that is supposed to sit askew on your head then pinned into a plethora of curly hair.  I, alas, have very straight, fine hair. It won’t even hold a bobby pin. Still, isn’t it lovely. . .


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We are even deeper in fog today, think “Hounds of the Baskerville.” A good day to stay inside and work, but I took a very long, much needed walk and had coffee. Zephyr had to stay home, as he is still limping, which is torture on both of us. We both live for a good long walk. It’s our simplest most calming, therapeutic, head clearing moments of any given day. Still, he has to heal and I have to be the heavy about it.

Etsy business is slow, but I trudge ahead. It’s hard to think creatively in a gloom. Creativity needs space and an open mind. Still, I have gotten some incredibly kind feedbacks and there is nothing more assuring than a happy customer. So, I’m off to post in both shops, Dahlila and DahliaFound.

Here is a sneak peek at some upcycled cards I made last night. The pages are from a 1958 Harlequin Romance Novel: seductive Christmas calling cards. 😉


Have a warm Saturday, d.

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I found these beauties today and they are just a hair too tight, which means they’re up on Dahlilafound for you to buy and wear and rip up the town in. Buy them please, then tell me all about what happened the night you wore them. 😉 They are just that awesome, d.

Johnny Cash would appreciate these beautites

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A quick write before I slip into a hot bath, after a long day. This working away from home stuff is exhausting. I’m ready every night to come home, close the door and rest. Zephyr isn’t pleased with my new schedule, not always having time in the morning to walk. But we took a long one at the river tonight and now he’s zonked out and all is quiet.

I bowed out from writing The Daily Dose at the Etsy Vintage Team Blog. I miss it, but right now I’m overloaded. Maybe when my routine settles. Sales have been wavy, everyone’s cutting back, but Christmas is coming and Etsy just seems like the best place to find something special in any price range. That’s where I’m going! I sold these lovelies yesterday to a buyer with a Steve Madden, NY address. I’m impressed. 😉

I was almost hoping the last one wouldn’t sell. I wanted to wear it just once. It’s so much fun.

I’m off to my bath. Very, very tired. Take care all, d.

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I am so surprised to see this link working, but thrilled. Vintage Pulse is where my Etsy Vintage Team does it’s thing–posts, photos, advertising, stuff. I’m finally getting the hang of it, but Blogger is running the show and honestly I’m not to keen on Blogger. It’s been a big headache, since now I am posting the street team’s Daily Dose which is kind of fun. This means every day I get to pick some great piece from a vintage shop and post it to share. It’s like the best kind of show and tell, except I can’t show my stuff; obviously, a conflict of interest. I can however show them off here.

I just found this fabulous Chinese tea tin from the 1950s, from Kowloon which is in Hong Kong.

The address matches the original Kowloon store of Ying Kee Tea Co. and their website “museum” had this photo along with the history of their tea company.

This is Mr Chan Chau-Ying the store’s 1881 creator, during the Qing Dynasty! (I want to go back to Hong Kong and walk the Ying Kee Tea Co. trail!)

Now, of course, I don’t want to sell the tin. Sometimes it’s very hard to part with such a spectacular find. 🙂 Isn’t he the austere gentleman? It makes me want to bow and say thank you.

I LOVE this sleuthing job! dahlila.

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Today is a big sale day for us vintage sellers over at Etsy, a “$12 and under sale”. We’ve been up very late marking down our prices and updating our titles–a long a tedious process, but I’m ready: http://dahlilafound.etsy.com.

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And just as I was getting to sleep last night Zephyr went nuts at the back door, clawing and barking (neighbors must have loved that) so I scrambled downstairs, half in my robe, bumping the coffee table on my way through the living room to find a big ‘ol raccoon in the backyard trying to get to my compost pile. Sneaky little bugger. I watched him watching me for a while and then herded a much excited Zephyr back inside and upstairs.

All the little critters of the night coming out to play in the big city while all the humans are asleep. . .

I love it, d.

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Do you ever get into the middle of a project and find yourself not certain about what you are even doing?

I’ve been working/creating an odd assortment of “art” lately, not to even get into the mental stuff I’m toying around with (my mind looks like my garage–cob webs, art projects, boxes, storage; it needs sweeping, rearranging, prioritizing, maybe even a new light bulb.)

I’ve got the Green Desk Project, which suddenly got daunting instead of fun. Then I found my old Olympia DeLuxe typewriter (a birthday gift from an ex.) I’ve been hauling the weighty thing around for years and once in a while I like to get it out and bang on the keys. Wham, wham, wham, DING! It’s awesome, but bruttle on the finger tips. How were our pinkies ever strong enough to hit the outer keys? Ouch.

 So, with the DeLuxe I started writing these naughty little alphabet cards. They’ve been kind of fun to write over coffee. I needed something very affordable in my shop and I thought little fun cards would be perfect. But as with everything it’s gotten complicated too. How do I show them? Will someone just steal the wording? Copyrighting? Do I show just a taste? Is that enticing or annoying? Should I make them bigger like Birthday cards, smaller like ACEOs? In other words, I’m having trouble fitting into the Etsy box-which seems crazy, because Etsy has a plethora of crazy art stuff for sale, but it’s all about–ONCE AGAIN!–getting found. Sigh.

If you type in paper<cards you get a few thousand hits and most of them are high end pro-printed, high-graphic design (In Design, my thorn) cards. WHY would anyone want to buy my silly little naught ditty cards, hand typed on recycled paper (retorical question). It’s like trying to set up a lemonade stand next to a Jamba Juice. It’s just silly. And yet I keep making them.

Very time consuming, of course. And I’m still confused about how to post them. And right now I have A, B and D. Nobody wants to buy A, B, D. Where the hell is C?! Well, C got stuck, because it was a REALLY naughty word (yea, that one) and I actually typed it on a card. (My mother will fAiNt in HORROR–I can feel the shame running down my neck already.)

Anyway, C is not completed, but it was just like me to be impatient, go ahead and post A, B & D. I’ve skipped all over the alphabet, because like the Green Desk Project a direct line/look is just WAY to daunting for me. As my dad once told me, just creep around in the back door where no one is looking (he was talking about me getting into college, and believe it or not, it worked) and that includes my brain. I do better sneaking up on an art project, backing into it, whistling my way around it, then bumping into it on accident. this is also my best approach when dealing with just about anything.


Okay, back to it. C is for. . . don’t say it. 😉


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It is early evening and the neighbors are drunk and arguing so I have cranked up Michael Hedges, Aerial Boundaries. I can’t believe I almost sold this at my yard sale. I had two albums and a woman wanted to buy something instrumental for her son. I said, “he will love these. MIchael Hedges was amazing. (He was killed several years ago or more in a car crash.I couldn’t believe such an amazing artist could die. ) So, the woman said it sounded like I really didn’t want to part with them. I said no, I’m cleaning out the house. She thought I should pick one to keep and sell her the other. I picked this one and I am so glad. I can’t even remember the first time I saw him in concert but Hedges embodied the “no rules” ideal. His wild long braids flying all around him as he turned the guitar into an instrument of his own. He was amazing and truly missed.

Meanwhile, Vintage DahlilaFound has been slow, which makes me frustrated, but I can be making things too. Dahlila needs tending as well. So, I slid open the rickety old garage I call my workshop, warned all the black widows and mice I was coming in and made my way through the dust.  I started fiddling with old projects, tinkering w/knew ones and now everything is out and getting made, dismantled or made over. The only thing better than invention is reinvention. And I love recreating new life out of old objects. This is what I came up with the other day:

I’ve tested them out, worn them around and so far I love the green rose the best. It’s a good 2″ long, thick and curved. I believe it was a bowl. My second is Tricycle, the three washers. It’s rusty, not coated, but beautiful as is. Might suggest a tetanus shot with purchase, but if it doesn’t sell, that’s okay. I’ll keep it.

Well, It’s getting late and tonight is the grand finalee of Men In Trees. What a lose. Goodnight, d.

P.S. I found this great Michael Hedges tidbit to share. Enjoy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTC7kPZZmuM&feature=related



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I just wrote an insanely long e-mail to a friend just to have it vanish when I nicked the wrong key. Vent, vent, vent. And you can’t just reproduce great wording and thought in an instant. It’s like getting interrupted mid story by the phone or some loud schlock in a restaurant. It kills the mood of the moment.

So, I’ve come here for a different subject, different slant, to regroup. Yet my enthusiasm has waned and my coffee is kicking me into go-mode. Must get up and move, move, move.

Besides, I STILL have not resolved the evil parking ticket and I believe today is the last day to do so, w/o the price going up three-fold.

So I will leave, but I will leave you with pictures.

These are the two scarflettes I just mailed off to Norway where I assume it is still cold, unlike here where it has just cooled to about 90 degrees today. Lots of fun.

 Have a nice Monday, d.

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