Thursday, November 30, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
The Thimble Movie (a.k.a., The English Patient) is a good film. It got gobs of awards. I didn't quite see that its particular "greatest love story ever" was any more great than any other film's love story; I'm pretty sure it's not even the greatest film love story about Europeans stuck in North Africa during World War II. Granted, Almásy does a lot of meaningful following and staring, and then there's all the naked business, but I thought the Hana/Kip romance was more endearing. The cinematography was beautiful and Anthony Minghella did a great job adapting the book to film, which I woulda thunk impossible.
And I like the thimble. There's a scene with a whole tray of thimbles all alike. Full of saffron. I would like just one of them. Until I find one, the movie will do.
Sunday, November 26, 2006
I would like this one, too.
Saturday, November 25, 2006
He is the author of the short story Thimble, Thimble, which I will not bother poor Blogger by posting the whole darn thing, but will just link to.
Friday, November 24, 2006
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
I mentioned this thimble in my little tirade about the price a "Stitch in Time" thimble got a while back. If I find a relatively cheap one, I might get one, but I'd need a lot more money and a lot fewer relatives to dish out anything close to $384.79 for one.
Monday, November 20, 2006
This is Devils Tower, Wyoming, declared our (America's) first national monument by Theodore Roosevelt on Sept. 24, 1906. Yay, Teddy!
How did I miss noting the 100th anniversary on Sept. 24th? Poop!
Finally somebody got the point of the thimble being the ideal souvenir! These thimbles--sorry about cruddy photo at farthest right-- are available through Devils Tower Trading Post, "home of the Worlds largest Harley-Davidson flag flown only during Sturgis Black Hills Rally." OK. The "sculpted" resin one is $3.49, the porcelain shield one, $2.99. The other, not-pictured one is $2.49. Plus S/H. Of course.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
They are $2.50 each, plus S/H. Viva Las Vegas! (I know, I know: that's an Elvis movie, but I just know that "Lee" would not object!)
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Friday, November 17, 2006
Anyway, the opening bid was $6.45, with subsequent bids being: $15.00, $15.50, $25.50 (same bidder as $15.50), $88.88, $112.01, then the winning bid. The auction closed at 22:10:51 PST, with the winning bid coming in at 22:10:38 PST, five seconds after the next highest bid.
I've noticed a lot of eBay sellers--and other collectable sellers--misidentify metals or other materials. I just got a thimble that had been identified as pewter, though actually it is sterling.
Since I've whined in the past about not understanding how certain thimbles got such high praise and prices, I want to admit here that if I had the money, I would absolutely love to have one like this. To me this is lovely.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
BUT: if you liked the movie and remember the bridge that Clint and Meryl hung out around, it was the Roseman Covered Bridge, which has its own website and Gift Shop* and THREE thimbles (the one on the right is available in goldtone, too). The thimbles are $5.00 each, plus S/H.
*When you get to the web page, scroll down about half way to get to the thimbles.
Sunday, November 12, 2006
The company's website has a lot of stuff to look at: company history, a little movie, ice cream news, recipes, etc.
The cow on the thimble looks happy enough. Does she live at one of the plants? Does she enjoy life there? Does she get to meet the visitors at the visitors' center? Hang with other cows? Or is it just a lot of milking?
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Friday, November 10, 2006
From an article about her in the Los Angeles Times, 28 March 1976, page GB6.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Monday, November 06, 2006
Sunday, November 05, 2006
This cute little kittycat family thimble can do more than grace your finger or collectibles shelf. With each purchase of this thimble through The Child Health Site*, a donation is made to improve the lives--even save the lives--of nine children. It is from Lima, Peru, and is available for $24.95, plus S/H.
*If you prefer, you can purchase the thimble through--and benefit--any of the following related sites: The Literacy Site, The Breast Cancer Site, The Rainforest Site, The Animal Rescue Site, The Hunger Site.
Saturday, November 04, 2006
I have this book. I think it is now out of print and usually costs a gazillion dollars through second-hand resources. There is a companion price guide called Price Guide Keyed to American Silver Thimbles, which I would like to have, even if it might be out of date, but can't find anywhere.
Friday, November 03, 2006
1/2 cup butter
1 beaten egg yolk
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Cream butter, add sugar, egg yolk and flour.
- Roll into balls and then roll balls into crushed walnuts.
- Make indentation in middle with thimble.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- About halfway through the baking, put jam into the hole and finish baking.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
This is Thimble Hall, the "The World's Smallest Detached House," per the authority on such things, the Guinness Books of World Records. It is in in Youlgreave, England, and is eleven-feet-ten-inches by ten-feet-three-inches by twelve-feet-two-inches. It was purchased in 1999 by the local (Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England) ice cream maker, Frederick's. It is under renovation and will be a little gallery for local high-quality crafts. It will also have a thimble display. Yay!
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
This recently sold on eBay for $356.25. I have seen this style sell on eBay and at other venues for much more. . . $500-$750.
I have one that I got at a local "antiques" shop for $30.00. I wasn't looking for one, didn't care if I ever got one, but there it was, I didn't have one, and for thirty bucks, it was reasonable to me to get it.
I do not understand the fascination others seem to have for this particular thimble. It's a fine design, but not that beautiful, above and beyond others, to incite such a desire to acquire it. Do collectors just want it because they're told it's rare or beautiful or desirable? This or the "Salem Witch" or any of the thimbles that collectors spend big money for? Or any work of art?
I have a lot of thimbles, but not thousands of them. I buy what I like and can reasonably afford. I have many that I think are much more beautiful than the "Stitch in Time."