Sunday, March 30, 2014

Cat versus Potato

As promised, here is my latest video of Mr Scampers, this time wrestling a potato. Cats are funny :)


Have you heard of the Internet Cat Video Film Festival? This is an awesome outdoor event
that takes place in Minneapolis, MN at the Walker Art Center's Open Field. This description,
directly from the Walker website, describes what the event is all about:

While normally viewed alone on a computer screen, our unofficial cat-lady-in-residence invites you to come gather together on the field and LOL in the presence of others as your favorite silly cat videos are projected larger-than-life one after the other.  Experience the joy of a surprised kitten or keyboard cat together. Participate in this experiment that tests the social boundaries of the online community with a live, off-line event as we attempt to gather in physical space and real time to enjoy one of the internet’s most popular phenomena.


Walker Art Center has sent out a "cat call" for nominations for the festival. You can find the nomination form here.
Mr. Scampers would be delighted if you enjoyed his video and nominated him for the film festival.
You can also nominate any internet cat videos you have enjoyed, including your own. Let's hear it for cats on the big screen!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Thrift Store Therapy---Feeling Foresty

I'm always obsessed with woodland style, but especially lately, as we turn the seasonal corner into spring.  My eye has been primed to catch the best in forest style in the thrifts and I've come up with some good ones. This owl wall pocket for starters:

Very Black Forest with its pseudo cuckoo clock decorations.

Tiger Baby thinks highly of my forest kitsch tastes :)

I went to the Pick of the Litter Humane Society thrift recently and came up with a super forest find:

This is a vintage Fitz and Floyd fox and blackberry pitcher. I paid just 5 bucks for it! I patronize the animal charity thrifts as much as possible---they are usually very well priced and most of their money goes to helping sick and abandoned pets and also to low cost spay and neuter programs.

Goodwill blessed me with this mushroom pitcher for just 1.99.

I also found these delightful rustic plates for .49 each. From Stafforshire England, they are decorated with a pattern called "Hedgerow".

Speaking of England, this next item is a shout-out to one of my favorite bloggers, Vix. from Vintage Vixen.  An Obligatory Blogger Deer!! This one is an elegantly made candle:

 Unfortunately, my crazy kitten knocked it off of the table soon after I got it home and broke both of its ears off!! Nothing a little glue couldn't fix, but sheesh, Mr. Scampers is definitely a force to be reckoned with. And speaking of Mr Scampers, I will post a new video of him next time, and if you like it you can nominate him to appear in the Internet Cat Video Film Festival. Details next time :)

Linking up today with Sir Thriftalot and his Thriftasaurus.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Back in the Day---Show Flyers

The above poster is from an art exhibit comprised of rock show flyers from the 1980s up until recently, mostly from the punk rock and grunge eras. I was there for many of these shows (sadly not the above one, though I saw Soundgarden a few years later (see here)---right before they hit the big arena) and have fond memories of the flyer days---some of which I made and put up myself. In those days, flyers had one specific function---to advertise a show. There was no Facebook or Twitter back then, you either had to know someone who was putting on a show, someone who was going or was in the band, or you saw a flyer on a pole. In the very early days, most of these shows happened in people's basements or sometimes in warehouses or condemned buildings. That Soundgarden show, above, was in the basement of a house. That was how many bands started and how some of them played for the entire life of their band.

Xerox machines were the primary tool for poster making, and cut-n-paste, collage and hand-drawn artwork were the main art styles. It has a specific look that can't really be reproduced by the computer-driven art of today. Raw, high contrast and underground, the art style matched the music scene of the time.

I still attend shows here and there, but I get advance notice of bands I am interested in right in my email box and then see accounts, pictures and footage of the shows on the internet after the fact. For me, it just doesn't match up to the immediacy, underground-ness and in-the-moment feel of the shows back in the day. Stated like the old-timer I am, I guess :)

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Snowshoeing with Bigfoot

My good friend, who runs marathons, talked me into entering a snowshoe race. Did you know there are special "running" snowshoes? Lighter and smaller than traditional snowshoes, these snowshoes are made so people can wear them with tennis shoes and race each other. A bit too much for me at this point (I don't run or even jog) but when I heard I could walk and do the race, well, I took a chance and entered. was fun! I did the short one, about 3 miles or so. I came in at the back at the pack, but I wasn't really there to race anyways---still, I got a medal for finishing :)

I'll take any chance to get outdoors and be near my beloved mountains, even if I have to enter a 4k race! Awesomely, Bigfoot was there! He started the race with us, wearing snowshoes, and then cheered us on. I didn't get a picture because I didn't have my camera on me during the race, but I found this video on Youtube so you can see him. Apparently, he is a fixture around the lodge :

Welcome to the Pacific Northwest :)