Why 'My Mink Betty'?

Why 'My Mink Betty'?
I'm not your common, everyday twenty-something year old and when I graduated from High School I got an equally uncommon gift. My parents found for me a beautiful 1940's mink stole at a garage sale. It had belonged to the woman's Great Aunt Betty who had married late in life to a man with money and had only allowed him to buy her this one luxury. The unusually styled stole has the name, Betty L. Jones, embroidered in the satin lining so that's what I call her. They never had children of their own and the mink was passed to Aunt Betty's niece and on to her daughter. Until it got to me, no one since Aunt Betty had worn it. Now Betty the mink and I go to the theater together on special occasions and I hope that someday I can take her to the Symphony or the Ballet. Although Betty hadn't been worn or loved for many years she was waiting for someone to love her again as are most other things I look for when thrifting.

Monday, January 31, 2011

The Princess of Quite-A-Lot

Today is Mary Engelbreit Monday at Cherry Chick's blog.

My first recollection of Mary Engelbreit was the 1997 "My Checkered Past" calendar. My mother had it hanging in the kitchen, and I would look at it every day as I ate my breakfast. If any of you have ever seen that calendar, you know it has some beautiful illustrations, most of which are considered 'classic' Mary.

At the age of six, I was sure that I was a Princess. When I asked my mother what my royal title was, she told me I could be "The Princess of Quite-A-Lot."

"The Princess of Quite-A-Lot" was the calendar illustration for the month of April (my birth month) . So I promptly asked Mom for my helper monkey. 'Cause what little girl doesn't want a helper monkey to bring her a milkshake, burger, and fries?!

I think that may have been why I was so taken by Dora the Explorer
when she came along a few years later.

She has a best friend who is a monkey.
She also gets to go on adventures and talk to anthropomorphic gates and boats, etc. She speaks Spanish, and her map and her backpack sing to her. What's not to like?

So I was very happy to find a Princess of Quite-A-Lot plaque hiding out in the wood aisle at the Goodwill on Thursday.
I loved the "The Princess of Quite-A-Lot" when I was little. Besides having an awesome fez-wearing helper monkey, she had red hair like my Mom, she sat on a comfy throne all day, eating ice cream and reading books, and she had the cutest kittens ever.

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  1. Very cute Betty...Love the classic Mary's. Thank so much for joining us for ME Monday.

  2. Haha, what kid wouldn't want a monkey for a best friend!?

  3. I first came acros Mary when I saw an ME magazine on ebay and decided I had to have it. I've quite a few of her books now, Christmas, Cross Stitch, a couple of prints and still that Valentines magazine. I bought her Night Before Christmas dvd for the children a couple of years ago and think I love it more than they do. You have such sweet memories of the pictures on that calendar.Have you still got it I wonder?

  4. Hi Betty! Thanks for your comment on my blog :) Best of luck in the job search and I look forward to seeing what great finds you come up with while thrifting :):)

  5. Everyone: thank you for commenting, I'm glad you appreciate Mary as much as I do.

    @Barbara: No, I do not have the calendar anymore. When I was about 13 I took all the pages of the calendar apart and tacked them on my ceiling (when other kids had band posters I had Mary's artwork). After I found out that several of my teachers really liked Mary, I brought the pictures down to the Middle School and gave them to teachers. My former math teacher still has four of them framed and in her classroom. The pages were about 12"x12" and I had no room to hang them framed or money to frame them so I simply let someone else enjoy them. The only one that I kept was of course, "The Princess of Quite-A-Lot".


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