Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wandering Wednesday - Jalama Beach California

Jalama Beach California is one of those places that not many people know about, even those that live in California.  It is one of those spots that you just google and say "that looks nice" but once you get there it is amazing!  It is one of the prettiest beaches that I have been to and it has many attributes that will make it a great place to take your family.

The only unfortunate part is that you have to travel a bit to get there and it may seem that you are lost but your not.  It is locate approximately 20 miles Southwest of Lompoc California in Santa Barbara County.  You must be willing to drive a long stretch through some rolling hills and farmland.  You will also want to note that as you get closer to your destination the roads will get a little more narrow and you will loose cellular services.  The neat thing about the journey is just when you are starting to think "there is no way there is a beach here," you will crest the last hill and get a panoramic view of the ocean.

There are many activities available such as whale and bird watching, surfing, fishing, and hiking.  The main attraction for me was the hiking and a leisurely stroll along the beach.  I simply liked Jalama for its beautiful shore line and ocean view.  I had so much fun looking at the little shrimp and other creatures that would get trapped in the pools that formed as the waves retreated back to the ocean over the soft rocks. 

At Jalama you have the best of two landscapes. On the right side of the beach it is rocking and great for exploring and hiking; the rocks almost look like they've been painted.  Unfortunately my camera did not capture how bright the deep bands of red, tan and beige were that ripple through the rocks.  The other side of the beach has the traditional sandy shore wonderful for the kids to play in and for you to enjoy beachcombing.

Jalama has a great campsite for those that love to rough it; most people have rated the camping as very good and report that they really enjoyed the site.  They have cabins if you don't want to bring a tent and there is a small store called Jalama Beach Store & Grill that reportedly has great burgers and has everything you'll need.  This website,,  is very helpful for planning a trip to Jalama.  They do charge for parking which after traveling that far is good to know ahead of time.  I haven't been there for a couple of years so I am not exactly sure how much it is now.

I hope that you get a chance to enjoy one of California's hidden treasures; I am sure you will be glad that you made the trip.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Totally Postcard Tuesday - Street Scenes

Street scenes are one of the many reasons why I love to collect postcards. In the early 20th century more people lived in rural areas than in the hustle and bustle of the city. But the cities and towns were the life support of those that lived outside of it. It was the center for all of modern innovations and machinery; they were the epitome of the American Industrial Dream.
The pictures printed these cities touched with color to proudly display modern travel and modern life in the big cities and towns. I can't imagine how many children would look at these cards and dream of living or at least visiting San Francisco or New York. The amazing public transportation line, power lines that lit up the streets, people everywhere chatting and it seemed that everyone was busy doing something in these cards.
Without television everything was an event and most often it could not be done in the privacy of your own home. People actually had to dress up, leave their house and go see the circus or the parade. They were happy to leave the monotony of the daily life. The interaction between people may not have always been perfect but at least they interacted. They had to; there’d been no other way to convey a message or to see something. People would congregate around interesting things such as newspaper stands to talk about the daily events, crowds would form if a stranger rolled in with something new and amazing on his cart.

In present times these postcards are very collectible and sometimes a challenge to find. Their charm and appeal comes from a little touch of nostalgia many of us feel as we see the interactions beautifully illustrated. Most important is that the people are busy doing and seeing new things for themselves not virtually. The personal connection of people in the early 20th century is something that we have unfortunately lost over time and our wonderful nation has certainly changed.

When these beautiful cards were first sold people often longed to visit distant places joining in the activity of a modern city. Now many of us look at these beautiful cards and long for a distant time and to join in the activity of a society before cell phones.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Monday Meet and Greet the Members of the Pacific Postcards Team - The Old Barn Door

Good Monday Morning, it is time for our second Meet and Greet.  As mentioned before the shops that are featured on Mondays are shops that participate in the Pacific Postcards Team on Etsy.  Today's featured teammate is Patricia owner of The Old Barn Door.
Patricia has been a very active member of our team and also has been with the team since its beginning.  She has been very supportive of myself and other teammates which is greatly appreciated.  Patricia's works from her rural home in Canada and has over 500 postcards, along with other ephemera, for your browsing delight.

The Old Barn Door, at,
primarily features vintage and antique postcards from a variety of subjects.  The shop offers a range of pretty holiday cards, linens, street scenes, early Canadian and US souvenir cards, scenic country sides, and many many others:
The Old Barn Door has also started to design their own handmade note cards:
Patricia is quite the busy woman, as you can see from her profile, she not only manages a large shop but she also works full time plus as a farmer.  Her hard work is notable and I am proud to know her as an online friend.

From Patricia's Profile:
"I am a full-time organic farmer so my day starts early and ends late. My time is spent with my animals and large market garden of heirloom vegetables. Hard, but rewarding work and I wouldn't have it any differently. I do however find time to collect goodies and divest myself of extra items from my collection. I have a large collection of vintage postcards, Victorian Trade cards, stamps, covers and postal stationary as well as books and from time to time craft related material. I hope you will enjoy my offerings."  ~Patricia

Please take a minute to stop by The Old Barn Door and browse through the wonderful collection of ephemera that her shop has to offer.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Spiritual and Inspirational Sunday - February 26, 2012

I apologize ahead of time for not feeling very inspirational today.  I couldn't find anything that really struck me this week (I think that the gas prices overshadowed most news.)  So I decided to post a few pictures of things that make me feel positive when World events try to overshadow God's glory.  People may be able to have enough power to make my car run out of gas but can they do this?

Here are the treasuries for the week that featured my little shop, PostcardsInTheAttic.  Have a very very Blessed Day!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Saturday's Gem - Rose Quartz

Since the color pink is my absolute favorite color, Rose Quartz is also on the list of one of my favorite semiprecious gem stones.  This mineral is commonly found in the US and all of the world since it is volcanic glass but there are only a few areas that have larger noted deposits of this stone.  What makes Rose Quartz different from other quartz is the pink color which comes from trace elements of titanium or manganese that was available at the time of formation.  California is one area that has a notable deposit and is reputed to have some very good quality and deep pink colored stones.  The stones that we typically see for sale at gem and mineral shows are from areas such as Madagascar, Brazil and there is also some that come from Germany. 

This raw Rose Quartz is from ETSY Shop Autumn Star Moon at
Rose Quartz is usually in a massive form which is unlike other quartz that form variable sizes of pointed crystals.  It is very rare to find a piece of Rose Quartz as a well formed crystal.   Because of this feature Rose Quartz is  more often used as beads and cabochons in jewelry making.  The most common specimens have a little bit of a milky or opaque quality to them so Rose Quartz is usually not faceted but some pieces do have that gem quality and can be used for fine jewelry. 

Rose Quartz is very brittle so when working with it you must keep this in mind.  Some times quartz will have inclusions (minerals that are not part of the main stone) that often will make the specimen perfect for a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry. 

Rose Quartz is also used for spiritual purposes; the stone is said to bring positive energy and to help heal the body and mind.  When purchasing Rose Quartz as a spiritual tool you should "cleanse" the stone first prior to using.  To cleanse the stone you use one of the four elements - fire, water, earth, or wind.  The easiest method that I find is to use sea salt in a deep container and I place the rocks into the salt and seal it for at least 24 hours.  You can also use dirt (messier), water (may damage some stones but not the quartz) or pass it through the smoke from a lit candle.  There are many sites that will provide significant more detailed information on how to cleanse your stone this is just a snippet. 

You also need to "charge" your stone, which can be as simple as leaving it on the window sill in the sunlight for at least 24 hours.  Again googling this will provide much more detailed information that this.  But you also will have to cleanse and recharge your stones often for them to be affective.  I even do this with my jewelry that is made out of real stone.  Especially after I first purchase it, who would want another person's energy or Karma?  My methods are just suggestions there are many other ways to cleanse and charge your crystals.  This site will get you a great start if you are interested in the energy from crystals:
Here are some examples of beautiful Rose Quartz specimens and jewelry:

Friday, February 24, 2012

Freaky/Funny Friday - TGIF Let's Just Have Fun! - February 24, 2012

It was tough but we made it to another Friday and best of all it is a true Friday for me.  I am off tomorrow to make up for the President's Day I worked...Can I get a Whoop Whoop?!!  I am so stoked. 

Like I said last week Fridays should be fun whether you work the next day or not.  This ad is older but no matter how many times I see it, it always brings me a little chuckle.  I hope you enjoy too.

Now who can honestly say that's not funny?  No one!

This project and image comes from I could imagine making these with my little girl.  What fun!  You could pretend you were Alice In Wonderland or a princess trapped by a giant that brings you giant roses.  I think any little girl and big girl would just love these. For instructions on how to make these wonderful gian roses go to

Happy Friday Everyone!!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Aromatherapy Thursday - Clary Sage

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I know it seems my memory may be slipping because I just did Sage last week but there are several different kinds of Sage and Sage essential oil.  Clary Sage is completely different and has a completely different process to producing it.
These wonderful Clary Sage seeds can be purchased from ETSY shop GranMarysHerbGarden
The Sage we talked about last week was the kind that you could use to season a chicken or burn to smudge.  Clary Sage is a different plant all together; its leaves are not fuzzy like the other, it has thinner leaves (not as fleshy,) it is a more true green and has a more angular (has points) leaf than the other Sage.  Clary Sage essential oil is distilled from the flowers the plant produces rather than the leaves as with the other Sage.

Clary Sage has many useful properties and can often be found in cosmetics because of its tonic and astringent action.  It is mainly used as an ingredient in cosmetics that are for sensitive and dry skin.    It is also used as a main ingredient of lavender toilet water and Eau de Cologne. 

Because of its known cooling effect on the skin and has been used to help relieve fever symptoms.  It can be used as a soothing eye compress simply by soaking a clean washcloth with clean potable warm water that has 3 - 5 drops of Clary Sage essential oil mixed into the water well.  Ring out the cloth so it is not dripping and lay across your closed eyes why you are lying on your back.  Note:  While this has been a traditional use of Clary Sage I am not a medical professional and this is just to help with tired eyes not treat medical conditions. 

Clary Sage also has many useful properties used in aromatherapy.  It is considered to be soothing and calming, uplifting and relaxing at the same time.  It may help provide relief in those moments of stress and nervousness.  Here are some products that I found that use Clary Sage as an ingredient.  Enjoy!

Please Note that prior to using any herbal or natural treatment you should always first consult your physician.  You should also check for allergies prior to use because each individual is different and you may find that you do have allergies.   

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wandering Wednesday - Weed, California

So, what's in a name?  Well everything, if you're in Weed California.  This is one of the small towns that I visited frequently while living in the mountains of California.  This little town is very sweet and has a fun flair to it that would make it a worth while visit, especially for someone that is already in the area to ski Mount Shasta. 

Weed has a population of 3,300 people and is approximately 3,500 feet above sea level.  It is located right off of I-5 in the very northern reaches of California almost into Oregon.  If you are looking to escape the heat of Central California, Weed has a temperature right around 84 degrees as the daytime high in July so it would be a cool get away. 

Weed has several lovely places to stay such as The Bodhana which boasts of a winter activities such as near-by skiing and also has a great view of the mountain.  It has a loft and is in a very picturesque and serene locations.  It is kind of like camping without the hard ground and bugs; the way I like to camp. If you are looking for a little more pampering they also have the Klamath River Resort Inn they offer spa treatments for people like me and Kayak rentals, river rafting, hiking, fishing and of course Gold Panning!  There are also a number of inexpensive places to stay if you are on a budget.

Weed may be small but if you enjoy the out doors and would like the experience of visiting an old mining town this would be the place to go.  It has a number of artsy shops and a very sweet down town for shopping.  They also have the  Living Memorial Sculpture Gardens along with the Weed Historic Lumbertown Museum

The town shops have a lot of fun playing with their name and have many souvenirs that reflect this playful nature.  I picked up several little treats for friends that like a good laugh and added one more magnet to the collection from my travels. 

Weed is one of many small towns along the I-5 that have a rich American history; many people traveled this rough and on-forgiving terain in the hopes of gold and riches.  Many didn't find their dreams and returned empty handed, but the hardiest of the hardy settle in this area to make it what it is today.

For more information visit The Weed Chamber of Commerce where their website greets you by inviting you to "Enjoy Weed" now you know you are going to have fun there.  Who knows once you visit you may get hooked on Weed, (CA) lol.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Totally Postcards Tuesday - Dating Curt Teich Cards

Curt Teich Co. published and printed cards from 1900 - to about 1978.  They kept record of the millions of cards they produced by using a combination of letters and numbers indicating the series and date published; most of their cards use this system but there are a few outliers that do not.  Since this company had been so consistent using production numbers dating them is relatively easy. 

Here are some examples in using this system for Curt Teich cards:
 *Note click the card to better read the details about the dating system

This link will take you to a list of production numbers an their corresponding dates.  A very useful tool for collectors.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Monday Meet and Greet the Members of the Pacific Postcards Team - PaperSeekers

Don't forget to enter the giveaway for this wonderful gift pack featuring items from both Postcards In The Attic and Butterfly In The Attic. For details on how to enter go to: and get your chance to win

The member of the Pacific Postcards Team that is featured today has been a member since I started the team.  Our team is small at this point and it was even smaller then but she still kept her membership knowing that someday we would grow.  We are well on our way to making our team be successful so I am so greatful to those members that were here in the beginning and stuck it out. 

I would like to introduce is Linda Patrick and her shop Paper Seeker;  Linda's shop is comprised of antique photographs and ephemera.  Her shop has a huge selection of beautiful black and white and sienne images.  I love to browse through the images and see all those special moments that had been captured 50 - 100 years ago; they are timeless.
While you may think that old photographs do not have much association with postcards they actually do.  Many times people would make their home photos into postcards by simply adding the Postcard logo onto the back and would add a place for the stamp; similar to the Christmas photo cards we use today.

Linda also has a lovely selection of traditional antique postcards, such as this one from the very early 1900's.
Linda's Shop Profile:
Collecting Photographs have not always been "My Big Thing".......well it sure is now! Perhaps I find the "Past" a bit more exciting than the future, the History, the Fashions, the Daily Toils, the Simple Life of a Farm Family. I think we are all in too much of a hurry, fill our hours with High Tech Equipment, buy the latest Designer Fashions, Fill our Lives with too many Appointments, too many Activities......just "too much" everything.

When I sit down with a box of old photos I can go to places I have never been, make up stories about the people in the Photographs, learn some History, write some stories of my own, look at sweet faces, wish they made clothes like "these", wonder what kind of lives all these people is a peaceful "Simple Pleasures" time.

I enjoy all of the Photographs I sell on Paper Seeker....some I wish I would have kept...I am just glad that they are still the High Tech World Progresses Paper Photographs will cease to be...such a shame........don't forget the Past, its where we come from.

I only obtain what I love, guess my thought is that you will Love It Too. I hope you enjoy the Listings, Enjoy the Purchases .....and Convo me should you have a particular Photo in mind......I am Happy to Seek what you are looking for.  ~ Linda Patrick

If you have a passion for selling and collecting postcards on ETSY we would love to have you join our team Pacific Postcards Team.  One of the criterium is that 25% of your shop should be dedicated to postcards or using postcards in your artwork (such as digital images.) 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

New Butterfly In The Attic Blog Schedule and Treasury Fun

Don't forget to enter the giveaway for this wonderful gift pack featuring items from both Postcards In The Attic and Butterfly In The Attic. For details on how to enter go to: and get your chance to win.
It has been one longgggg week.  I am so glad to be home enjoying my weekend.  I wish it could be like the movie Ground Hogs Day but instead on a weekend.  But actually now that I think about it, it wouldn't matter because you could call out sick every single day but since it was the same day it would only count as one occurrence...That would work! 
This wonderful Postcard Print was found in ETSY shop Andy-Rama at
Well anyway I survived the work week and I only have 29 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours and 15 minutes before retirement.   Do I hear a Whoop Whoop!! Knocked out another week so that makes?.... OK about 1,536 weeks left; Not bad, Not bad.  I told you I was an optimist otherwise with those numbers I'd be crying.  Besides I may never retire since I am on the "Must Win The Lotto" plan. 

All kidding aside it has been a bit of a trying week so it is very nice to be able to start it off by rolling out my new Blog Schedule.  I am going to stick with these to the best of my ability  but when I travel out of town for business there usually is no personal time other than to sleep so I may have to fudge a bit.

Sunday - Spiritual and Inspirational Sunday.  It will also include things that I find to have some kind of meaning to me: stories, news, etc.  I also think that the Etsy Treasuries people make are inspiring, so at the end of the post I will include those from the last week featuring items from Postcards In The Attic and Butterfly In The Attic.

Monday - Meet and Greet of the Pacific Postcards Team.  These will be all members of my team on ETSY and I will be showing off their wonderful collections/shops.  I simply love love love postcards so this will be a great group of postings for those of you that share my passion.  It will include a mixture of antique and vintage postcards, new handmade postcards and items that were made using postcard ephemera.

Tuesday - Totally Postcards Tuesday. I will be devoting this day to exploring all the details of postcard collecting; from dating the cards to figuring out what type of card they are and just to simply share the beautiful imagery that the antique and vintage cards have.

Wednesday - Wandering Wednesday.  I love to travel and had life circumstances that made it next to impossible to leave the vicinity of my home for years.  But now, I have been blessed with the ability to do a lot of traveling so I will be sharing some of my favorite place in the US.  I have some wonderful spots that are well off the beaten path some you may never have  heard of and will find them to be just as wonderful as the famous places we talk about.

Thursday - Aromatherapy Thursday.  This will continue to be Aromatherapy Thursday but since I have covered many essential oils already it will be expanded to include some project instructions using naturals and scent.

Friday - Fun, Freaky, Wild Friday.  Who wants to have to think too much on Friday.  While I have to work the next day, Friday will always be TGIF to me and I want to find the postings, items, conversations that make me either laugh or say "What in the world?!"

Saturday - Gems and Minerals Saturday.  I love rock hounding and that is how I have found many of my favorite travel spots.  I also love the look and feel of jewelry made with real gems and minerals.  I think that there is a certain energy given off from each piece that you just don't get with the plastic.  I still wear some pieces that are not real because they are absolutely adorable but I don't get the same feeling as I do with real stuff.   In these posts we will talk about the mineral or gem briefly and include some examples of specimens and jewelry made with the stone.

That is it for today and since it is Sunday here are the Treasuries over the last week+.  Thanks all and don't forget to sign up for the giveaway!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Saturday's Gem - Tiger's Eye

I love hunting for gems and minerals whether it is out in the desert or at a site or at a garage sale or a store.  I love the cold of the stones when I am wearing real stone jewelry and nothing can beat the weight either.  I try to steer clear of any kind of plastic jewelry but once in a while something is just too cute to pass up.  One of my favorite minerals is Tiger's Eye.
This amazing slab that is just waiting to show off its true potential was found in ETSY Shop Lapidary Dreams at
Tiger's Eye is a pseudomorph of quartz and is formed by silification of crocidolite.  I has a silky fibery look to the actual stone and when polished those fibers or the column structure plays with the light giving it a kind of pearly iridescence.  The beautiful yellow comes from brown iron.
This awesome Specimen was found in Etsy shop Wooly Mittens Studio at
It can be found in California (unfortunately I have not found any yet myself) and it is also found in Burma, Western Australia and India. 

Best of all is the look and feel of Tiger's Eye jewelry.  I will sell vintage jewelry but when I find a piece that uses Tiger's Eye I always end up keeping it for myself.  Here are some lovely pieces found at Etsy...

Friday, February 17, 2012

Freaky/Funny Friday - TGIF Let's Just Have Fun!

Don't forget to enter the giveaway for this wonderful gift pack featuring items from both Postcards In The Attic and Butterfly In The Attic.    For details on how to enter go to: and get your chance to win.

We made to Friday and I just want to have fun...

This is one of my new ultimate favorite commercials.   Does this remind you of anyone you know?!  Me too

This wonderfully funny vintage card is from around the 1930's and can be found in my shop at:
Find out how to make these wonderful little Easter Decorations at Blog - Choose To Thrive.  She gives you complete instructions for these cuties and they only take minutes to make!  Love it!!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Aromatherapy Thursday - Sage

Don't forget to enter for this giveaway package.  Go to Christie Cottage, at, for details on how to enter.  Giveaway ends 2/22/12 so don't miss out!!!
Many people will think of Sage only during cooking but it not only does it work well to season meats it has deep spiritual meaning, many medical purposes, cosmetic properties and is used in aromatherapy. 
Don't have garden space?  You can get some fresh sage from ETSY shop Sweet Finds 2012 at
Sage is a very pretty plant when it is dried and combined into potpourris, posies and other dried arrangements.   While the leaves are hardy and hold its shape well when mixed with other herbs in natural craft, they are a delicate silver - minty shade of green that adds a delicate touch.  The leaves of the sage plant is used to created the essential oil.  Unlike some other plants the leaves are first dried before the distillation process, making the true essential oil slightly more expensive than others.
This wonderful dried White Sage can be found in ETSY shop White Magic at
One very  use is to bundle dried or fresh sage into a smudge stick, an Native American tradition used to cleanse rooms of negative energy and to purify the space along with the persons inhabiting the area.  Making your own smudge stick is as easy and I found a very quick video on Utube that describes a quick and easy way to make one.  If possible use red hemp or cotton as it is the traditional color of the binding.

In the holistic world, Sage, is know for its nervine and antiseptic properties.  It has been used in salves and rubs to help relieve some of the painful symptoms of rheumatism.  Topically it is also known to be used to cleanse and help heal skin conditions.  Cosmetically it has been used in gargles and deodorants to combat offensive odors. 

Using sage in aromatherapy is shown to aid in relieving nervous tension.  Sage oil is very relaxing and can be added with other essential oils such as lavender to create a nice soothing atmosphere.   Here are some products that are already made for you from my favorite ETSY shops.

As with all aromatherapy and natural products it should always be discussed with your physician prior to use and Sage should not be used as a therapy for pregnant women.  Please always make sure you are not allergic to any products or herbs prior to use.