A Blind Date at the Painted Lady

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I recently got an email from a man that Nick and I had met online a while ago, when we used to perform live music within the virtual world called Second Life. It’s been over four years since we played our last show there though, and we’d had little contact with this online friend in the interim, so I was surprised to get the message stating that he would be in town and asking if we would like to get together while he was here.

I was surprised, yes, but I was also happy for the chance to meet. I recalled that he had been a good guy who had been a great and loyal supporter of our art.

So, a week ago Sunday we headed out for a blind-date with Pablo.

He had another friend in Toronto, who was playing in a band that evening at The Painted Lady, (on Ossington just south of Dundas), so that was where we planned to meet.

That morning it dawned on me that I had no idea what he looked like, so I requested a real-life picture of him. Second Life had been a world populated by avatars — people could be anyone they wanted to be, including animals, so we knew him as the parrot who used to perch at the back of the room and sometimes fly around during our shows.

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The band at The Painted Lady was very cool. They were called Good Enough Live Karaoke, and Pablo’s friend was the drummer. This group of five awesomely talented musicians knew how to play hundreds of songs, and the kareoke part came in the form of audience members singing along with them, just like regular karaoke, but so much better given the live band! It was fun and entertaining, for sure.

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It ended up being a really good time. We discovered that he had once lived in Toronto, and had hung out in the same circles as Nick had, back before he and I first met. It was freaky how many of the same people they both knew.

Cheers to friendship, both in real-life and online!

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Thanks for checking out my post.
xo loulou

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Thrift Store Finds

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Hi! Here’s what I got during a recent visit to the Value Village Thrift Store at Bloor and Lansdowne in Toronto.

First up is this vintage piece that goes along with my small collection of amber pressed glass items. I use these things to serve hors d’eouvres when company comes over, and this elongated bowl will be handy for crackers or sliced French bread.

This particular piece has the added feature of being “carnival glass”, meaning that it has a finish to it that gives it a colourful iridescence.

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Displayed with the other previously thrifted pieces …

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Here’s a nice thick silver-plated serving tray to add to another of my small collections. I use these old trays often, even more-so now that the weather has warmed out and we’re regularly bringing stuff outside.

This one, made in the USA by F.B. Rogers, is in perfect condition, although it needs of a bit of cleaning up. I prefer a bit of an old tarnished look, so I’ll just wash it with soap and water and then give it a “baking soda and aluminum foil” bath, as described in this post. I find that this method removes some of the tarnish while still leaving a desired patina.

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Speaking of sitting outside, it’s time for candles out there and this heavy purple crystal holder will display them in style. It still had its original paper tag saying “Made in Czechoslovakia” on it before I washed it, which then disintegrated in the water. The fact that it said Czechoslovakia rather than Czech Republic indicates that it was made prior to 1993, making it at least 23 years old. You’d never know because it looks like it’s brand new. It’s a lovely luxury piece acquired at a thrift store price!

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Here’s a small ceramic vase with a metallic finish, that I thought was quite nice. I was on the look out for a vase with a narrow opening, within which one or two blooms would stand upright. This one will go well with all the silver and chrome things we have about the place, and will go perfectly with the winter wonderland / frosty decor that I put out in January and February.

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I was happy to find this pretty pure cotton bed-sheet, made by the now defunct Canadian brand Tex-made, a division of what was once one of Canada’s premiere companies, credited with keeping many people employed during the great depression, Dominion Textile.

The fact that the label doesn’t specifically state that it is 100% cotton, indicates that it was made prior to the invention of polyester. Back then it was assumed that all bed linens were 100% cotton, so they didn’t have to state that on the labels. This leads me to conclude it is from the early 1950s. Seems that it’s been stored in someone’s cupboard for the past 60+ years.

And now I’m wondering if I’ll have the guts to wash it and use it! That is my plan anyway, though I haven’t thrown it in the washer yet. While I was excited to find this previously unused vintage treasure, sometimes I prefer my thrifted linens to show some signs of wear, so I don’t feel badly about going ahead and using them without worrying about ruining their pristine condition. Removing tags and washing these kinds of things feels like ruining them for a future generation. I guess I’m still remembering the frown I got from an old friend in the vintage business, when I told her I’d washed away the sticker-tag from an old figurine of an elf that I once bought off eBay.

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I’ll be putting this next item away for a few months, but will surely be glad to pull it out once the weather cools down again. This very large and thick silk scarf, with hand-rolled edges, was made by an Italian company called Coruso, who made scarves in the 60s and 70s. It is very soft and lush and features one of my favourite colour combos, red and black.

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Lastly, I found a little something for Nick. He uses Daytimer planners and every Christmas I get him the calendar for the new year as a stocking-stuffer. I also like to pick up some accessory pages or items to go with the calendar. So, since I shop for Daytimer products regularly, I’m fully aware of how pricey those things are! That being the case, I knew this never used, fully-loaded, genuine Daytimer Planner was an extremely good find for $3.99.

It has all kinds of goodies in it, including a calendar that you write the dates on yourself, making it good for any year — I’ll have to think up a new idea for Christmas this year! I especially like the colourful pocketed pages.

He was very happy with his present and has wrapped it up to save until his current binder calls it quits.

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And that’s it. I got all this goodness for under $30 cdn!

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Thanks very much for checking out my post.
xo loulou

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