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Our Valentine’s Day Curse

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Alex and I had our first date on January 28th, 2007. When Valentine’s Day came around it was awkward seeing as we’d only been dating a few weeks, but we made plans for a nice dinner out together. During dinner, I interpreted some of his actions poorly and, it’s a joke with us now, but we broke up for about 24 hours. We didn’t know it at the time, but our Valentine’s Day “curse” had begun.

I know we had at least one successful Valentine’s Day dinner together in the time we lived in Lexington, but the next one that comes to mind is another doomed occasion. We had dinner reservations in Midway, Kentucky and Alex became as sick as I have ever seen him. The poor man insisted we were going to keep our reservation and tried so hard to get ready even though he was shaking as he got dressed. We were in the car before I was able to convince him to turn around and go home. We intended to go to Midway sometime after that as a Valentine’s Day do-over, but the restaurant we wanted to try closed for good before we got the chance.

When we moved to Colorado, Alex’s first day at his new job was the day before Valentine’s Day. We had lived in Denver all of a weekend at most and there were no dinner reservations to be had. Instead, we found a nice area of town to explore and ended up having pizza for dinner. It was actually kind of fun. The service was good, the pizza was tasty and the atmosphere was quirky, but established (almost like this building used to be a bank?). So, there we were, in a new city, about to be married and having pizza for Valentine’s Day. We enjoyed it.

Famous Pizza. Photo Courtesy of Yelp.

Famous Pizza. Photo Courtesy of Yelp.

Famous Pizza. Photo Courtesy of Yelp.

The next year, we joked that we wouldn’t have pizza for Valentine’s Day again and made dinner reservations at Deluxe, a fine dining restaurant just a few doors up from Famous Pizza. We arrived, ordered our meal, had a drink and an hour and a half later our waiter informed us that they had accidentally given our meal away to another couple. Do what?!? We told him to cancel our order and that we would be leaving. The restaurant comped what we had been served to that point and gave us a gift card to come back. Less than four months later, they were closed. We walked down the street and had Famous Pizza again.

Deluxe. Photo by Kelly Kaoudis for Westword.

Photo by Kelly Kaoudis for Westword.

Last year, to the amazement of us both, we had a successful Valentine’s dinner at Table 6. They sat us in a cozy room out of the way of the busy dining area. The decor was lovely with lots of little antique details, the wait staff were friendly, ready to assist us and the food was just delicious. Everything was just right and my hair, makeup and Emma Domb dress, if I do say so myself, were on point!Vday 2014_480_@But, it never fails… Several weeks ago we made reservations for Valentine’s Day at a local restaurant that’s on the rise. Tuesday night, Alex received a phone call from them telling us that they had decided to do a prix fixe menu for Valentine’s Day and that the cost, per person, would be $85. When Alex asked what the prix fixe menu would be like, he was told that the chef was limiting that information. Are you kidding me? To do this to couples who’ve made reservations with you this close to Valentine’s Day is just bad business and smacks of greediness. I cannot conceive of rewarding them with our patronage after a stunt like that. Due to their fabulous timing, now we cannot get reservations at any of the other places we considered. C’est la vie. We’ll wing it and I predict our day will be just as lovely as if we’d spent the ridiculous amount they are asking to fill their pockets with rather than ensure a repeat customer.Gypsy Valentine 3_480_edited

Merry and Bright

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December 1954 issue of Science Fiction

November saw Alex and I moving into a rental house built in 1951 that set my mid-century dreams into orbit. I was really excited to live in this house, but I’ve been thrown by the frequency in which something has leaked, been left dirty, damaged or not working properly since we moved in. It took four tries over the past two weeks to get the internet up and running for any consecutive amount of time and I am only now beginning to trust (so to speak) that we are back on the grid and able to get settled in without pausing for workmen to trample all over the place. I intend to touch on the move and (good parts of the) house more in future posts. To say the least, moving cross-country in November is not ideal and it was a far from genius move to pick a place in this condition as the one I wanted to be our home in a new town.

I want to thank everyone for your interest and support in 2014. In the new year, I want to continue to blog, not just about vintage – though that will always be my primary focus – but about my life, loved-ones, wellness and reflections. I’m looking forward to it and hope you are too. See you in 2015!Space Age Santa_A_320_Words

– Mary Beth

Vintage Secret Santa

MV Secret SantaMy Secret Santa gift arrived yesterday – all the way from New Zealand!  I was so touched by the card and notes explaining each piece.  I love it all!  I hope my Santa will make herself known to me so I can thank her directly!  Thank you, Jessica, at Chronically Vintage for hosting and organizing such a fun exchange.  I really enjoyed putting together a gift for someone and anticipating a surprise of my own in the mail.  

Witchful Thinking

Halloween is almost here and one of my favorite things to do this time of year is watch scary movies.  Though I enjoy scary films, not everybody does.  A movie doesn’t have to be frightening to be enjoyed on Halloween.  Here are two charmingly romantic films to get you in the Halloween “spirit”!

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Synopsis: Wallace Wooley (Fredric March) is the latest male in the Wooley line, a line cursed by Jennifer (Veronica Lake) after she and her father (Cecil Kellaway) are accused of witchcraft.  Centuries pass and Jennifer is resurrected to wreak havoc on the latest Wooley just as he is poised to win the gubernatorial seat and marry the daughter (Susan Hayward) of his chief political backer.

This was my first film featuring Veronica Lake and I loved every minute of it.  Very cleverly done for the time period in which it was made.  I can see why it made the Criterion Collection.

Bell, Book and Candle (1958)Bell Book and Candle_640

Synopsis: Gillian Holroyd (Kim Novak) finds herself admiring neighbor, Shep Henderson (James Stewart). With some interference from her Aunt Queenie (Elsa Lanchester), Holroyd and Henderson are forced to interact.  Queenie mentions a club to Shep called the Zodiac, where she wants Gillian to spend the evening with her. Shep later invites his fiancee, Merle Kittridge (Janice Rule), to go to the club with him and, as it turns out, Merle and Gillian are former school mates (as well as enemies).  Using her familiar, Pyewacket (the first Siamese in film), Gillian casts a love spell on Shep.  Despite her best (or worst) intentions, Gillian soon finds herself falling for Shep – a twist of fate that could spell d-i-s-a-s-t-e-r for a witch such as Gillian!

This is one of those films you’ll find yourself thinking about it long after it’s over.  A quirky little film with an all-star cast, it’s one you won’t want to overlook.

One Heart, One Hand

I’d like to tell you a little bit about where my recent Meteor Vintage logos came from.  I am lucky enough to have a friend (with an extreme amount of patience) who has been there for me through the years as both my friend and my “partner in crime”.  Through my many harebrained schemes, project ideas and (sometimes) tears, she has never once complained.  To have a friend who can give substance, form and detail to your ideas is a rare treat.  I consider Debby Wagner to be, not only a fantastic artist, but one of my very best friends.

by Debby Wagner

by Debby Wagner


by Debby Wagner

Debby comes by her artistic talent honestly.  Her grandmother was Mary Dorman Lardie, an artist for Hallmark whose career as a greeting card writer and illustrator spanned more than 60 years.  I had the pleasure of meeting Mary at her home in Traverse City, Michigan one summer when I was in high school.  She was in her eighties at the time and every bit the character she had been described as by her family.  I enjoy the Wagner women for their sense of humor and, after meeting Mary, it was easy to see where that came from.

Debby (pictured right) was my Maid of Honor.  She and her mother sewed the dress she is wearing in this photo  from a re-issued vintage pattern.

Debby (pictured right) was my Maid of Honor. She and her mother sewed the dress she is wearing in this photo from a re-issued vintage sewing pattern.  Photo by Erin Claire Photography.  Hair and styling by Miana Cornell, Hive Salon.

Mary wrote, designed and illustrated over 8,000 cards in her career, more than half of which were published by Hallmark.  A Google search for Mary Dorman cards and items often takes you to eBay or Etsy, where pieces from her popular 1950’s teen line can still be found.  I frequently search through old postcards at antique stores hoping to find one of Mary’s designs, such as the patriotic ones that follow.

Happy Independence Day!

by Mary Dorman

by Mary Dorman

by Mary Dorman

by Mary Dorman

“Ew!” is for the Way You Look at Me

In a previous post, I mentioned that Halloween is my favorite holiday, so finding these Halloween-themed valentines during a recent search was too fun not to share!

What would Halloween-themed valentines be without owl valentines to adore?

And finally…there are these questionable (often meat-themed?) valentines:

Not scary enough?  Well, I did find out that the 13th Floor Haunted House is hosting a Valentine’s weekend haunted house.  A “candlelit night of horror” is not my thing, but I look forward to hearing about it from friends who are going.

How’d I do?  After all, IValentine Aim to PleaseHave a great Valentine’s Day and don’t do anything devilish…like buy me any of these frightening cards!

*All images were sourced from Pinterest.

I Want to be First

Don’t forget…this Saturday is the SweetheART Market and Meteor Vintage wants to be the first place you shop for Valentine’s Day!Valentine I Want To Be First_500

Like vintage valentines?  Stop by the Meteor Vintage Facebook page where I’m posting space related valentines courtesy of Pinterest!