Monday, May 29, 2017

Thrift Store Therapy---Ghost Hand, Crow, Long Dead Composers

Sometimes I'll thrift something I think I'm gonna sell---then I get home and realize I need to keep it, at least for a little while. So it went with this mid century Lefton hand ring dish. Pastel and floral, not really my style, but the hand is so elegant, and when I set it on my mantle with some other stuff, I realized what a great piece it really is:

I knew I'd be keeping this crow the moment I saw him:


Fabulous resin molded deer plate, I love these. 

Burwood famous composer busts

Mid Century famous composer busts made by Burwood. Along with Syroco and a few other companies, Burwood helped make the 60s-80s awesome with their plastic molded decorative wall art.
These guys are available in my shop.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Getting the Look---Baba Yaga, The Junk Lady, Joyce Byers


I came across the Maximum Middle Age blog when I was looking up the Junk Lady from Labyrinth. I could not believe it when I saw the fabulous "Get The Look---The Junk Lady From Labyrinth" post by Eve Vawter. Eve says:

"... the Junk Lady is such a badass heroine. She's not a tragic figure —  she loves her shit so much that she decides to keep it forever, and not just in her home, but on her freakin' back. There's something to be said for being stubborn and steadfast and saying "I'll get rid of my back issues of Cosmopolitan, but this mixtape I made in 1984? That shit's mine."

Further exploration revealed Get the Looks for Joyce Byer from Stranger Things, Mona "Hatchet Face" Malnorowski from Cry Baby, Maude, from Harold and Maude, Endora from Bewitched, and one of my faves, Baba Yaga. Jessica Jernigan says, in the Get the Look: Baba Yaga post:

"This is what the woman-in-the-know knows: We endure, even when youth passes. Beauty is only fleeting if we let others tell us what is beautiful. We make time our servant the moment we stop fearing it. In the dark places, we can make our own light. And our wisdom is a gift only for those with the courage to understand it."

This site has a lot of other great reads as well, on everything from fashion and pop culture to medical issues, to a domestic arts section featuring Hel(l)oise. Good, thoughtful, snarky and sometimes heartrending posts overall. It kind of looks like it has been several months since they have posted (I do see they have a facebook page) but, at the very least, one should hop over and check out the Get the Look posts under the Beauty Industrial Complex section. Which look do you wanna get?

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Goodbye Chris...

I'm not a person who is tied to my phone, so when I heard about Chris Cornell dying, it was a snippet on the radio around 10 oclock in the morning, long after the inter/twittersphere had the news. I burst out crying.

I cried when Bowie died, but this is something much more personal somehow---representative of a definitive period of my own life, when Soundgarden was an intimate soundtrack to my emotions and the times themselves. I was fortunate to have seen Soundgarden in 1990---and then two of Chris' solo tours. I even made a pilgrimage in the 90s to the actual "Soundgarden" itself in Seattle, the musical sculpture park from which the bank took its name.

Kurt Schlosser

When Lemmy died, I listened to a lot of Motorhead---when Bowie died, I listened to my favorite songs of his. It's gonna be awhile before I will be able to listen to any Soundgarden songs. I know there are many people out there whose hearts are broken. And his family: good gods I can't even imagine. Rest in peace, Chris.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Wonderland Style

I recently celebrated Alice Days and that got me to thinking about all the Alice-y stuff that is on Etsy. So here is an assortment of Alice inspired clothes and accessories:

Enamel pins seem to have really exploded as a trend lately. People are making some pretty great ones, and this white rabbit/watch pin is no exception :)

Love these sweet striped fingerless gloves with their little antique buttons.

Every man needs a Cheshire cat tie!

Really, what could be more appropriate than an Alice "Drink Me" flask?

Adorable mini toadstool top hat!

Love this literary dress!

How about these fun, temporary Alice tattoos?

Or one of these Alice book lockets?

Drink your tea out of this vintage-y, Alice-ized tea cup by Angioletti Designs.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Cat Mom Day!

For all you moms of cats, dogs, birds, reptiles, etc :)

Man, I really need to get out the lint roller. Or put a white blanket down on his bed, instead of a blue one that shows every one of his silky little hairs!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

like a fairyland...

I saw this guy tucked into a tree stump when I was hiking the other day. Strangely (or maybe not) I had just been thinking about fairies. The last hike I did, I came across a field spangled with amazing spring flowers---a woman was coming from the opposite side and we both stopped to admire the scenery together. She said " It's like a fairyland!". I nodded in agreement, but as I moved on I thought to myself "it isn't like a fairyland---it is a fairyland!" 

Whether it's a cheeky little alien figurine someone left for discovery (and what are "aliens" but a form of modern fairy, no?), magical purple iris and lilies, or the elephantine fiddleheads of the sword fern, this is fairyland.

But fairyland isn't all beautiful flowers---there is always a hint of danger.

Behold the lovely new spring shoots of the poison oak plant. All red and shiny, like the blisters it will give you if you touch it! One must take care when traversing the enchanted landscape.

Here I am wearing my favorite May accessory---Spring mud :)

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Gentlemen....and Monsters


I thought I'd follow up the last post by telling you about some books published by Dver, who did the Polaroid photos in the last post. First off is her bespoke book "Gentlemen, Madmen,Things That Are Not Men". This is an extremely limited edition art book, a labor of love, featuring her Polaroid pictures, antique cabinet card pictures, and original poems. She hand stamped the copper plates on each cover and decorated the end papers with a hand carved stamp. Here is my favorite poem from the book:

The mound is cold but beautiful
It sparkles in the candlelight
The revels can be endless here
For underground, it’s always night
But as the flames die one by one
The time has come, their favorite part
When all the lords and ladies
Take their masks off, in the dark

If you are not into gentlemen, fairies, or monsters (and I can't see why you wouldn't be!) Dver has some other interesting books out, including her pamphlet "Working With Animal Bones". She distills years of valuable experience in cleaning and preserving bones into this modestly priced (7.95!) little 32 page guide. 

She also has a book called "The Secret History of Carnival Talk" . She describes it as such:

"Who doesn’t want to run away and join the carnival? Part memoir, part cultural history, part linguistic exploration, The Secret History of Carnival Talk traces the evolution of this curious manner of speech from its origins on the midway to its use by wrestlers, rappers and children at play. The text is accompanied by many fascinating photographs of a Depression-era travelling carnival."

Monday, May 1, 2017

In The Dark Enchanted Forest

My friend Dver bought a vintage Polaroid camera and has been experimenting with pictures in various settings. A true vintage Polaroid imparts a hazy, diffused look to the pictures taken with it, a look that really can't be accurately reproduced with digital editing programs.

These are photos taken at the Enchanted Forest, an amusement park in the woods outside of Salem, Oregon. The place is already magical, and a bit creepy, but it takes on a whole new shade of weird when photographed with a Polaroid Camera.

For contrast, here is a digital picture I took of the scene in the first photo above:

Still a bit creepy (that rabbit), but does not have the dreamlike quality that the above pictures do.
Fortunately, they still make film for Polaroid cameras---unfortunately, it is hideously expensive (around 26.00 for 8 pictures). So one tends to take more care in selecting scenery, time of day, light and shadow, a consideration we have all but lost in these instantaneous, digital days.