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Valerie Mungia
"...if I put my mind to it, I find everything interesting, and this puts me in a fever." M. Bashkirtseff 1875.
Interests: History and book freak, travel, food, history, Italy, textiles, vintage everything, linens, the 1920s, doggies, foreign flicks, sacred heart images, female adventurers, Josephine Baker, Enrico Caruso, Nelson Eddy & Jeanette Mcdonald etc...) Arabic dance music, naughty Boy George, in love all over again with Devo, The Dead Kennedys, Viggo Mortensen and Johnny Depp too., politics, antiques, reggae, flea markets, world music, old school, Amsterdam, garage & estate sales, early music, sacred harp, The Ink Spots, Morrissey, Adam Ant, Prodigy, very fond of Steampunk everything.
Recent Activity
Here's a quickie share of a few recent Estate Sale finds. Mostly scrap and ephemera. This one up above is really nice and unexpected because of its large size, about 8 x 10 or so. Paper. I'm guessing that maybe... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2013 at Wanderlust & Pixie Dust
Above image from Lost in Sound and Draft Dodgers Recently I found myself with the unexpected and last moment chance to see and hear Desert Dwellers at Zanzibar in SoCal. Couldn't pass that up now could I? Pssssst. Afro Funke... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2013 at Wanderlust & Pixie Dust
This is a faux bark covered bottle with an aluminum top. It's decorated on the front with an image of a flapper gazing into a hand mirror. Where I found it, how much I paid for it, I can no... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2013 at Wanderlust & Pixie Dust
"You might have heard of the Teddy Boys, a 1950s rebel youth subculture in Britain characterized by an unlikely style of dress inspired by Edwardian dandies fused with American rock’n roll. They formed gangs from East London to North Kensington... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 11, 2013 at Wanderlust & Pixie Dust
I'm a Victorian era textile freak. If it's velvet and it has hand tied fringe or tassels, my knees go weak. This wonderful old thing was spotted at an estate sale all balled up and shoved under a table. I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2013 at Wanderlust & Pixie Dust
Sentimental Circus. I may be old enough to be your mama, no, make that your grandmama, but I still couldn't resist overloading on this cute bunny in a top hat & his/her pals. One of my new fave low budget... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2013 at Wanderlust & Pixie Dust
3 old bracelets. I've had these so long that I no longer recall who, how or when I came upon them. 3 first one up above I believe to be made of brass and is composed of 3 or more... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2013 at Wanderlust & Pixie Dust
"I Have Your Heart – a delightfully dark, Victorian-inspired stop-motion animation “about a good girl with a bad heart and the boy whose death will save her.” A collaboration between artist Molly Crabapple (who illustrated this fantastic Salvador Dali manifesto),... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 4, 2012 at Wanderlust & Pixie Dust
Fig. 231-Thakombau, late king of the Fiji Islands. The Human Race by Louis Figuier. Old books vs. new books. Someone posed this question recently on FB. As if a true blue book freak could ever choose between the two. Fig.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2012 at Wanderlust & Pixie Dust
Well here's something you don't see every day. At least not from this time period. Sellers posting similar pics on Ebay often describe them as 'gay interest'. Huh? It's more likely just a fun loving 'women's group' playing dress up... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2012 at Wanderlust & Pixie Dust
To quote Led Zeppelin, "Good times, bad times." Through them all I've never lost my love for the past. I guess that the prevailing way of thought is that one grows more consevative as they age. Some perhaps. Not this... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2012 at Wanderlust & Pixie Dust
I've been meaning to post this video for almost 2 years now and always seem to get distracted by something or other. Life has surely been getting in the way of quite alot these days. I find that the Quay... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2012 at Wanderlust & Pixie Dust
via My poor little neglected blog. Life is in a major transition again and I've neglected it for way too long along with many other things. Actively working on fixing this! Which also explains why this page looks a... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 11, 2012 at Wanderlust & Pixie Dust
This beautiful Victorian era bell pull is in dreadful shape. I should have known better from the photo posted on Ebay but I took a chance on it anyway. I've taken chances on items with terrible photos on Ebay before... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2012 at Wanderlust & Pixie Dust
We are Women March & Rally-LA, April 28, 2012 Since the early days of my beloved little blog, I swore to myself that I would never get-out-in your-face-political. At least not here. This blog was my refuge from all that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2012 at Wanderlust & Pixie Dust
"The noise of Paris, this hotel as large as a city, with its people always walking, talking, reading, smoking , looking, makes me dizzy. I love Paris and my heart beats. I wish to live faster, still faster, faster. "I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2012 at Wanderlust & Pixie Dust
I daresay, I am really looking forward to watching Lincoln kick some vampire behind next summer in the movie Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. Can't say that I've read the book yet, and admittedly it has recieved very mixed reviews, but... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2012 at Wanderlust & Pixie Dust
A while back I posted about a Facebook group called Music for Steampunks. I must say, a more welcoming, musically adventurous bunch is not to be found. Via one of our international members I discovered Coppelius. Verrry interesting. For a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2012 at Wanderlust & Pixie Dust
Vintage glass and wood wall hanging featuring a lovely corseted woman. Just sharing a few things I've listed recently in my Etsy Shop. Just click on the description for each item to learn more.:-) Victorian Era Souvenir Mauchlin Napkin Rings... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2012 at Wanderlust & Pixie Dust
It was! Unfortunately I was not able to attend this years event...About the boxes, thanks!
I'm sharing some of my favorite bits and pieces of antique silverware today. Of course this is not a piece of silverware but instead, an old hatpin. I had it stashed with my forks and spoons and couldn't resist photographing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2012 at Wanderlust & Pixie Dust
I've been a part of Etsy now for several years. Just got around to creating my first treasury after all this time. I can see how some get addicting to it. It's fun picking and choosing, daydreaming even. I ususually... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2012 at Wanderlust & Pixie Dust
I just realized I published a post before it was ready. Oops. Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2012 at Wanderlust & Pixie Dust
About a year ago I found myself at an estate sale. It was Sunday, everything-left-is-half-price-day and I sat on the floor surrounded by a stack of books. Even at 1 1/2 off they remained especially pricey. But alas, their previous... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2012 at Wanderlust & Pixie Dust