This book is 136 years old! (Dec 25, 2021 – Dec 25, 1885). I acquired this treasure one week before Christmas. I learned it is 136 years old and was given to Emma Johnson as a Christmas gift from a school teacher! I have been researching for a week, discovering fascinating pieces of history about the people and places tied to this book. Read on for more information. Continue reading Emma Johnson’s Autograph Book from December 25, 1885
I don’t always have alcohol but when I do, it’s in ice cream! Continue reading Boozy Ice Cream in Historic Downtown McKinney
Preface: Hopefully you’ve been following along in this series. If you’re new, the quick rundown: I fancy myself the “caretaker” of the Tower Hotel Courts in Dallas, even though it has been demolished for many years.
I was recently contacted by a stranger, Angelia McDaniel, who has ephemera from “my” motel. Her parents, John Dennis Rush, Jr. and Letha Floyace Grimes Rush stayed at the Tower Hotel Courts for their honeymoon in 1955. This initial contact with Angelia was the equivalent of finding a needle in a haystack. While one can find pieces of ephemera for sale at antique stores or online, having the personal stories tied to the pieces makes it even more fascinating. Angelia has been very gracious in sharing her family’s stories. We’ve had a blast going down various rabbit holes during our research.
Part 3 showcases the journey from the wedding ceremony at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls to the Tower Hotel Courts in Dallas. As Angelia describes it, the “Honeymoon Road Trip”. Continue reading The Tower Hotel Courts in 1955, Part 3
This is Part 2 of the ongoing series of a wedding couple who stayed at the Tower Hotel Courts. This blog showcases the wedding ceremony, decor and fashion. Continue reading The Tower Hotel Courts in 1955, Part 2
I recently went to my favorite antique store in Dallas (Curiosities) to purchase an autograph book from the 1800s. But by the time I arrived the book was sold. Since it’s a long drive – I made the trip worthwhile. I scoured the store and found a consolation purchase that ended up being an even better gem. This little red autograph book belonged to Ramona Holmes, a student at J. G. Wooten School, in Paris, Texas. The autograph book is dated 1946. Continue reading 8th Grade Autograph Book from 1946 – Paris, Texas: Part 1
If you have kids or remember your own childhood, you know that kids tend to yank flowers (often weeds) from the ground and proudly present them to mom. Their good intentions and exuberance sometimes result in just a petal or maybe just the bud… or in this case, just the stem of the pretty flower! Continue reading I picked this flower just for you!
My art is whimsical and made with thought and heart. The materials are either from my collection of items, found objects or donations from my friends and family who want to see what I can make with their items. I also find special items from antique stores and estate sales. Continue reading Now Open! Empirical Whimsy
A close-up look at the beauty of cicada wings. They resemble stained glass! Continue reading Cicada Wings
How I combined doll parts, an old photo and butterfly wings into an original art piece. Continue reading Doll Arms, Butterfly Wings and a Black and White Photo
Preface: I’ve wanted to write several of these history blog posts but I get caught up in my desire to be as thorough as possible. As a result, I don’t finish them. (I started this blog December 2018). The flip … Continue reading The Statler Hilton Hotel, Dallas 1956 – Part I: Building Materials & Furnishings
I joined a Facebook group a few months ago, “Collin Creek Mall: An era gone by”. It’s a place for discussion of a mall in Plano, Texas that has been slowly dying. But all is not lost or forgotten. There’s … Continue reading Farewell Party for Collin Creek Mall
As Tore was eating his dessert at The French Room, it became clear he needed to write a blog. You are in for a treat. – Denise By Tore Bellis I normally encourage Denise to order adventurously. If she does, I select a safe option so that, if things go wrong, I can swap with her. But this time she went for the raspberry chocolate souffle, so I was free to go wild. When the ladies’ hat showed up, I knew I had chosen correctly. It was an off-white, fancy bonnet of meringue with a jaunty feather of hard sugar … Continue reading An Adolphus Dessert – Guest blog by Tore Bellis
We will pick up from my February 2019 visit to The Adolphus. (It will make sense as you read.) When we left the hotel and entered reality, I had a regret. I remembered I didn’t listen to my newest favorite … Continue reading The Door was Open So I Entered, Part 2 of Returning Home to The Adolphus
Opportunities for unique photos are everywhere. You can find them in unexpected places, like this potted plant at the Dallas Arboretum. Date: March 4, 2018 Camera: Rockalita Sunshine (Canon EOS 5D Mark IV) Lens: My beloved 100 mm macro lens (Canon … Continue reading Canoe Adventure!
I don’t normally go for the vernacular in my writing – but what other word would describe miniatures hanging out on daffodils on a Spring day? Seems like ‘chillaxing’ is the only way to describe the moment! Date: February 24, … Continue reading Chillaxing
My friend Tore and I were just about the only visitors at the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden on a recent rainy day. It’s a little known secret that rainy or overcast days are THE BEST days to visit. Most … Continue reading Water Droplets as Texture
I’d liken this post to the finale in a 4th of July fireworks celebration. The best is saved for last, with a battery of colorful fireworks in the night sky. But even as you’re mesmerized by the profusion of color, … Continue reading The Adolphus Hotel – Finale Post
Branding and marketing are among interests at work and in my personal life. This post will showcase details that warm the cockles of my heart. You’ll see a mix of old and new. When we checked in to The … Continue reading The Adolphus Hotel Part III – Branding