Tuesday, April 30, 2013

TT/Letter Q

Okay, a little slack this week please at Tag Tuesday.  I think a lot of taggers will be scrambling to find a suitable subject for the letter "Q."  So Queen Elizabeth is not a movie star, but she has been a subject of countless documentaries, etc.  She probably has been in front of more cameras than most Hollywood stars.



The photos and article are from an older Architectual Digest magazine.  Not a bad little backyard playhouse, eh?  Did you have a playhouse?  When I was a kid my next-door neighbors did.  Very simple design, but what fun for kids!

Have a fun day!


Monday, April 29, 2013

Bicycle Built For Two

Posting a card I made last week for the current challenge at Order of the Opus Gluei.  I had the bicycle playing card so obviously took the blue and red color scheme from that.  Kinda bright, kinda bold, kinda garish??  You be the judge.


Hope your Monday isn't blue!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Dog Collage

Since Kaisercraft's Hopscotch line has some bold colors, I thought it would work well for this nice photo my sister shot years ago.  These were her dogs at that time. A time when you had to have film in your camera and take a full roll somewhere to be developed.   Seems like a long time ago already!


Linking to Kaisercraft's Saturday Sketch Challenge #3 for April.

Have a nice, relaxing Sunday!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Holy Books, Batman!

Yes, more Batman stuff!  On to books today.  First up, is a must have for any Batman fan by none other than Adam West himself.  It was published in 1994.  I bought this copy probably 12 or so years ago from Adam West's website (the price has gone up since then!).

It is autographed.

This coloring book set me back all of 25 cents at a thrift store a couple years ago. It's unused.  There's no copyright, but by looking at the original price, it must go way back.


This is the definitive Batman book as far as I know.  Batman Collected by Chip Kidd, published in 1996.  I bought it on a whim eleven years ago-- new but on sale, and am so glad I did.  It is jammed with all things Batman.  Very interesting.

There was a Batman serial released in the 1940s believe it or not.

Cereal promos

The author, his brother, and his mother in Halloween costumes made by his mother. How neat!

Enjoy your weekend!




Friday, April 26, 2013

Holy Batwear, Batman!

I think a lot of collectors don't always realize how much of a collection they have until they stop and think.  Case in point: I didn't remember I have three Batman T-shirts until I went through my shirt drawer (which is not that big so the Batman ratio is pretty high).


Plus one baseball cap.

Yes, I wear all of them.  Yes, I'm probably too old to wear them.  No, I don't care.

Happy casual Friday-- go put on a T-shirt!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Wacky Answer

Yesterday's (4-24-13) Wacky Pack is rather interesting.  The artist signed his name on the green check, Norm Saunders.  Topps did not allow artists to sign the Wackys, but this clever guy snuck one in.  Norm Saunders had quite an art career. Here is a link if you're interested.  By the way, the cereal was Wheat Chex, and the box really was red back in the day.

Neither Snow Nor Rain

The current challenge at Collage Obsession is "Mail Art."  I knew I had a couple of vintage postage stamps with a mail theme so I unearthed this one and made an ATC.


Mail sure has changed, hasn't it? With the passing of a few of my older relatives, I rarely send or receive a letter nowadays. Makes the trip to the mailbox a big bore.

Here's to the good ol' days of the handwritten letter!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Wacky Pack Wednesday

Two popular cereals in a row (Cheerios was last week's Wacky subject).  Not that I really planned on that.  In fact, until this moment that hadn't occurred to me.  So much for planning ahead.

Happy April 24th!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

TT/Letter P

The very handsome and greatly talented Paul Newman is my choice for "P" this week at Tag Tuesday.  This is a shot from one of my favorite films Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and consider that a major hint for the letter "R" coming up soon.


You have to tip your hat to Paul Newman for his philanthropy.  The Newman's Own Company donated well over 330 million dollars to charity as of 2012, and that's just a portion of his good deeds.  Bravo!

Enjoy your Tuesday!


Monday, April 22, 2013

Holy Toys, Batman!

To continue the Batman collection, here are a few more goodies from my kitchen shelf.

Pez dispensers.  The one on the left is newer, a tie-in to the new Batman movies. The one on the right I picked up cheap at a garage sale just a few years ago.  The differences are quite interesting.


Two Batmobiles.  The one on the left is a Hot Wheels and is, again, newer.  The one on the right is from the vintage Batman era.  It's a Corgi, made in Britain. It belonged to my husband.  His mother just came across it recently and gave it back to him. Kind of hard to see, but that car actually has a tiny Batman figure in the driver's seat.

My old Batman card game.  We played this a lot hence the cards are far from mint. Get the price?  23 cents and in a plastic box besides.  Whatever happened to that world???

Here are some of the cards from the game.  The play is similar to Old Maid, however in this game the winner is the one left holding the single card of Batman and Robin.

Can't get enough of Batman?  More to come later in the week!

Happy Earth Day!  I think Batman would be pro-green, don't you?

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Holy Collectibles, Batman!

I was a very young fan of the 1960s Batman TV series.  So much so that my mother noted in my sister's baby book that one of her first words was "Batman" due to me.  I decided to post my Batman collection at the request of Pat from Corn In My Coffee Pot.  I mentioned in another post I have some Batman items, and she asked to see them. So, Pat, this is for you!

My children's dish set.  My grandmother bought this for me for some occasion, probably a birthday.  It's in really good condition which is surprising because I used it a lot.  I display the plate on my kitchen wall, and the bowl and cup on a nearby kitchen shelf.

 The Boy Wonder adorns the other side of the above cup.

A Fire-King coffee mug which has been mine all these years too.   As a kid, I used it for hot chocolate.  Surprised this has survived too.

 Reverse side of the mug.

An autographed 8 x 10 photo of Batgirl, Yvonne Craig.  I purchased this from her website quite a few years ago.  It hangs near my Batman plate in my kitchen.  Do you remember the opening, animated credits for the show?  If Batgirl was in the episode, she drove across the screen on her motorcycle-- that always made me happy!

More to come tomorrow... same Bat time, same Bat channel!


Saturday, April 20, 2013

Dollhouse Wallpaper

It's been a long time since I mentioned the "new" dollhouse.  Since it resides in my basement, I haven't done much with it over the winter-- cold down there.  Before winter set in, I papered several rooms.  Santa Claus also brought bathroom fixtures last Christmas.  Amazing how he knows just what you want.

This is the entry way (front door to the right).  I think these people need some knick knacks.

Bathroom that needs some pictures.  I bought a towel bar and TP holder but haven't put them up yet.

This is one of the bedrooms.  No furniture or curtains or anything else to show yet. Look closely, there are horses in the top border.  There sure are some cool wallpapers out there.  I bought these all online.

If it ever warms up, maybe I will have progress to share.  I think yesterday was way worse than any day all winter.  Unbelievable!

Think Spring!!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Bedroom Dogs

I finally made it to the last room of my dog figurines series: the bedroom.  I don't have many dogs in there.  Maybe since there is no knick knack type shelf.  I also like the dogs in the more "public" rooms of my house.  At any rate, here are the bedroom dogs.

Two old metal Dachshunds.  These belonged to my grandmother.  Rather chipped up but still cute.

A metal terrier.

A wooden Boxer; this too was my grandmother's.

This nosy guy sits on a small shelf I bought at a craft fair years ago.

Well, that's it until I decide to swap some of these with the ones in storage.  Who knows when that day will arrive.

Yea-- it's Friday!


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Wacky Answer

Yesterday's (4-17-13) Wacky Package was a no-brainer, right?  Even if you don't eat Cheerios, you must know of them.  They were intoduced in 1941 and were originally called CheeriOats.  Cheerios is much better, but Cheapios is catchy too!

Blossom ATC

Inspiration Avenue's challenge this week is "Blossom."  That fit well since I've been making watercolor ATCs this week-- not by choice; I'm out of rubber cement and so is my local Jo-Ann store (the nerve!) which translates to no collage work.  So to keep my sanity and my hands busy I resorted to painting.  This ATC of cherry trees in bloom is a result of Inspiration Avenue.


Here are a few others I finished.  They're okay-- I'm outta practice.

Have a good Thursday!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Wacky Pack Wednesday

Did you have a bowl of this for breakfast?  According to the box, you might still be hungry!  Ha, ha...
Be safe out there!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

TT/Letter O

Well, two living movie stars in a row.  How about that?  This week for "O" at Tag Tuesday, I made a tag of the ever beautiful Maureen O'Hara.  Most folks probably know she was born in Ireland.  She has been a major star since 1939 after appearing in Jamaica Inn with Charles Laughton.  It is also said she was a natural athlete and did many of her own stunts in films.


In case you're wondering, she is 92 years old.

Have a beautiful day!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Flower Break

Like many of you out there, we have had a rather crummy Spring thus far.  Very cool temps.  And the general rule is no annual plantings before Mothers Day so I don't have many flower pictures to share yet.  However, I thought even a few might be a nice break.

Not sure if these are daffodils or jonquils; they were already here when we moved in.

Scilla does very well; it was already here too.  A few even come up in our back lawn.

Tons of resurrection lily leaves.  They seem to multiply every year.  Yes, they were here too.  Noticing a theme like I don't garden much???  Need to change that!

How are your flowers today?

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Kitchen Dogs Part 2

Here are the remainder of the dog figurines from my kitchen shelf.
 This Dachshund is my most recent acquisition from an estate sale late last year.

One of the originals in my mom's collection, this spaniel is heavy; some sort of metal.  It occupied my folks' desk for decades when I was a kid.

 A very nice Shepherd, this one belonged to my grandmother.


 Cute mother and pup spaniels.

 Both of these terriers are metal.  The smaller Scottie on the left is heavier.


This fellow came from a garage sale a year or so ago.  I did show him at that time in a post found here.

I still have a few dogs to show from my bedroom.  Will get to that later in the week.

Have a great Sunday!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Kitchen Dogs Part 1

To continue the dog figurine mini series, I have a shadowbox type shelf in my kitchen.  On that (or in that?), I display some old saucers, my small Batman collection (yes, that reads Batman!), and some more of the dog collection.  These fellows oversee all the meal prep.

 Distinguished Collie

Cute Beagle, named "Sam," according to his paper tag.  Unfortunately his tail was broken some time before he came into my possession.  This was one of my mom's favorites.

 This terrier also has a paper label, naming him "Mac."

Cute, cartoony pup. I picked this up really cheap at an antique store about 15 years ago.
This is an old, glass candy container.  Hard to find them with their original caps.

Linking to Mockingbird Hill Cottage's "A Favorite Thing."  Stop by to see some interesting posts. 

Where would the world be without dogs, I wonder?

Happy Saturday, everyone!