Tuesday, July 31, 2012

TT/Mermaids and Water Babies

Good.  This is the last beach/water theme at Tag Tuesday.  "Mermaids and Water Babies" wrap up the month.  Again, I'm reaching a bit; follow along...  Ever see the movie "Head" starring the Monkees?  The opening scene involves Micky jumping off a bridge and being rescued by mermaids.  In true 1960s style, the mermaids are filmed in psychedelic colors-- very cool.  If you've never seen it, take a gander at youtube; search "The Porpoise Song."

I was able to find an image of the "Head" mermaids and so used it for my tag.  The ends of the tag are watercolors which bended in better than I intended.  The song lyrics are from the Monkees' "The Porpoise Song" which plays over the mermaids scene.  In double-checking the lyrics, I learned that song was written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King.

So that's a lot more Monkees trivia than anyone wants on a Tuesday, right?  C'mon, who doesn't feel better after listening to a Monkees song??

Enjoy and jump on that last train to Clarksville!

Monday, July 30, 2012


Relax.  I think this is the last painting post; unless my public clamors for more (a deafening silence suddenly fell).  This is part of my new patriotic bedroom.  The chests have been with me most of my life, and I, personally, have painted them at least six times (no, I'm not 106 years old-- I change decor often!).  Now you can see the shelf finally decorated.

The canning jar on top of the books belonged to my mother.  It is a Bicentennial "edition."  The other one is an old jar of my grandmother's.  The two smaller jars, one of which belonged to the same grandmother, hold old dog tags of two dearly departed dogs.

The old license plates belonged to my folks and have been in my dad's garage all these years.  Lucky for me he never throws anything out!  The 1901 flag calendar collage is a recent creation (will have to post about that... stay tuned).  The tankard style mug has been mine since 1976.  My folks bought one for me and one for my sister.  Surprisingly, both have survived.

Yes, the mister and I were married in Las Vegas.  The "Just" in JUSTWED is not too accurate any more.  We'll be celebrating 20 years in about three weeks!  Of course, I will point out I was only nine years old at the time.  How else could I be 29 today???


Sunday, July 29, 2012

Lofty Aspirations

In keeping with my recent painting series of posts, here is a picture of the little darling's freshly painted room.  The loft is a new addition constructed by my husband.  Pretty cool if you don't mind me saying so.  

When I had this brilliant idea to repaint our bedrooms, I did a little online research for children's decorating ideas.  There are some really nifty rooms out there if you have unlimited funds and unlimited space.  For the rest of us, this is much more do-able. My daughter has been in to fish lately hence the fishy paint job on the post (by me) and the three fish "hooks."  These she had to have at a garage sale.  I kind of pooh-poohed it at the time, but they sure look good here.  For once her whining paid off!


Saturday, July 28, 2012

Shelf Life

To continue the painting saga, here is a custom-built shelf in our "master bedroom." I put that noun in quotation marks because my house was built in the 1920s-- did they use that term back then?  Well, whether they did or not, this room was originally our office/studio/library until the Junior Miss made her appearance which is why the shelf was built (by the "master" of the house). 

Eek!!  Don't look at that red with the old purple walls!

Finished-- or so I thought.  After touching up the red, then touching up the blue, then touching up the red..., I thought it looked like a little boy's room.  Not exactly the effect I was going for!  So...

I "aged" it by simply rubbing brown paint (which I happened to have) with nothing more than a paper towel.  I don't know about you, but I like it a lot better!

Whenever I get around to styling it, which sounds better than "cluttering it up with knick knacks," I'll post a pic.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Baked Coonhound

So what does a Black and Tan Coonhound do when the thermometer is about to melt?  Ask to be let outside.

Then she laid flat out in the sun, on the blacktop!  Hot enough for ya?

Just to prove she isn't totally nuts, she did return to the a/c about 10 minutes later. And you can thank my husband for the oh-so-clever post title.


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Wacky Answer

The Wacky Pack posted yesterday (7-25-12) was pretty easy to figure out. Blue Bonnet margarine. If you search Google images for Blue Bonnet, the packaging differences from "now and then" is rather interesting. The Blue Bonnet girl is significantly smaller today. I guess bonnets aren't in style anymore, eh? Maybe they should consider a change to a beanie!! Ha, ha...

Painting Update

For those of you dying to know how my painting project is going (in case you tuned in late, husband and I are painting two bedrooms), I am happy to report IT IS DONE!!  Kind of involved because this redecorating also involved painting two chests, two doors, two knick knack shelves, a mirror frame...  Anyway, it's done, looks good so I'll share a few pictures now and later.

First up is the door to my patriotic bedroom (please ignore the purple wall behind it-- that wasn't painted yet.)

The doors in this house were painted when we bought it (wish they weren't) so to you "vintage patina buffs" out there: it's not my fault!


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Wacky Pack Wednesday

One of my favorite Wackys this week; also one of my oldest.  I love the slogan on the bottom of the carton-- always makes me chuckle.  This product is still around, by the way.


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

TT/Beach Finds

"Rockpools and Beach Finds" is the theme at Tag Tuesday this week.  Um, I never heard of rockpools.  I even looked it up without finding much info.  And as I said at the beginning of the month, I haven't been to a beach in an obscene amount of time so I stretched the theme to include beach bums.  You find them at the beach, right? So here is my take.

All beach bums should look so good!


Monday, July 23, 2012

Playing Card

Another vintage playing card from my collection.  Cats were a popular subject.  I'm guessing this is from the 50s, but that's a guess.


Sunday, July 22, 2012

No. 10

Being a lifelong Cub fan, I have to post a piece about Ron Santo being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend.  If you want stats on a darn good baseball career, look up Wikipedia.  For Chicago, Ron was a passionate presence, an inspiration, a chuckle during a miserable game.

My Ron Santo souvenir (mini) bat.  I bought this at Wrigley Field about 1972.  My husband had it actually signed by Ron about 10 years ago.  What a treasure!

Congratulations, Ron, wherever you are!  And I must add, IT'S ABOUT FREAKIN' TIME!!


Saturday, July 21, 2012

And the Garage Sale Gods Smiled

I usually find some must-have trinket at a Friday garage sale, especially with a child along, but it has been YEARS since I found any enamel flower pins to add to my collection. 15-20 years ago (which, okay, is a long time) I picked them up at garage sales or thrift stores for 25 or 50 cents. Now the only place I find them is on Ebay for 10 bucks or more apiece. Outta my league. Here are yesterday's acquisitions:

It also has been a real drought in the vintage dog statue category.  I like to add to my/my mom's collection.  I found this terrier plus an old lion cookie cutter at the same sale-- cheap too.

I have some of my grandmother's old cookie cutters but no lion.  How can a Leo pass that up?

And for someone currently redecorating a room in a patriotic theme, these peg-hook-things were calling my name.  Not sure if I will repaint or leave them as is.

Even hubby found a "find."

A good garage "saling" hour.  Kinda feel like there's no point going out next week-- can't top this!


Friday, July 20, 2012

Coonhound Tip of the Day

A helpful hint from Miss Rhody: When you're really bored because your owner is taking pictures for her blog, try walking through the garden and gnawing on a rose bush.  Guaranteed to garner attention!


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Wacky Answer

Dutch Boy Paint was easy to figure out, right?  I have been wearing "paint" clothes for the past couple of days but haven't slopped on myself yet.  Am a little tired of the paint-y aroma, however!  Can't wait till it's done.

Pattern Girl Tag

Pattern girl tag time once again.  I liked the illustrations on this pattern-- a little more "artsy" than usual.

The tag base is a library due date card, and I added a couple of S & H green stamps.

Enjoy (the painting project is going pretty well)!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wacky Pack Wednesday

With the big painting project underway (somewhat-- still beastly hot around here), I chose an appropriate Wacky for this week.  It's a newer reissue as the background indicates.

And just to prove we really are painting, here is one finished wall (well, almost; needs a little touch-up on top).

I didn't yet explain we are also switching rooms with our daughter to give her more space for her "stuff."  So one wall down, 7 more to go, plus two chests, one door, etc., etc.


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

TT/Sea Birds

"Sea Birds" is the Tag Tuesday theme this week.  Foregoing the "don't work too hard for July" mode of last week, I hauled out the watercolors and painted a pelican.

I mounted it to yellow cardstock and added a touch of ribbon.


Monday, July 16, 2012

Hansel and Gretel?

I've had this toy since about 1970.  It is wooden and has a "made in Poland" sticker on the bottom.  A very sweet aunt of mine gave it to me for a birthday gift.  She worked at a hospital, and my mom thought she might have bought it at their gift shop.

As you can see, it is a "nesting doll" type toy.  Somewhere along the line, someone told me it is probably supposed to be the Hansel and Gretel tale.  What do you think?  And, yes, that is Rhody noodling around in the background.

I also still have the cute fabric covered box (and original interior wrapping paper!) my aunt made as a gift box for the "Hansel and Gretel" toy.  As a kid, this was my "secret box" to hold all kinds of tiny trinkets.

I find it amusing to read all the "recycle, upcycle, repurpose" trends out there today. Like this is such a new idea.  Creative and thrifty women have been doing this kind of thing since... at least 1970, right?!


Sunday, July 15, 2012

Horses Are Cool

It shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that I like horses, especially draft horses. I mean, just look at my blog banner.  I have bought a few old horse photos from Ebay and Etsy. Not many as I do have monetary and artistic criteria to meet. Low on the monetary; high on the artistic. Here is one I bought recently.  No history attached-- just cool.

And, no, I haven't decided what to do with it yet which is why I shot it like this.


Saturday, July 14, 2012

Whose Stupid Idea Was This?

Big painting plans around here.  Two out of two bedrooms.  And one contains more toys and stuffed animals than any one kid should own in an entire lifetime (no, not mine)!

One vintage red, white, and blue and one yellow (and maybe some purple).  Can you guess whose is whose?

Of course with temps predicted above 90 degrees, this inane project might be delayed.  I might be stupid, but I'm not crazy!


Friday, July 13, 2012

Bigger Is Better

I just thought I would mention to anyone who doesn't know this; you can click on any photo posted on my blog, and a larger version will come up in a new window. Much easier to read details!


Mastiff Plaque

Anyone who has been paying attention might remember I've made a Labrador plaque, Beagle plaque, and a Coonhound plaque.  Not wanting to overlook a dog as special as Arthur, here is a recent creation: a Mastiff plaque.  Arthur is pictured upper left.

Enjoy and Happy Friday the 13th!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Wacky Answer

I don't remember any cans of Glass Wax in my house while growing up. Was it in yours? And probably the only reason I know of Glass Wax at all is due to Wacky Packages and Grass Wax!

Toad Plate

For the last several years, we've had toads in our front and back yards.  I now keep a plate of water in the back just for them, hence "The Toad Plate."  They seem to enjoy it.

This plate does have a family history.  It's a piece of Red Wing that belonged to my mother.  A chip on the edge demoted it to toad plate, but it has an earlier name, christened by my sister: The Bacon Plate.  My mom used it to serve rather overcooked bacon (my dad likes it that way), and that always stuck in my sister's mind.

Hmm... wonder what my mom would think?!  Maybe I'm better off not knowing!


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Wacky Pack Wednesday

Well, I did some research (didn't spend all night on this), and from what I found, or didn't find, this product is no longer available.  So this might be a challenge.  And once again, my little mind is very amused at the man wiping out on his slick lawn!


Tuesday, July 10, 2012


Remembering a 1950s magazine I have contained an article on swimsuit patterns, I clipped this little beach baby and accompanying text for Tag Tuesday.  This week's theme is "swimming."  Kind of an odd style swimsuit, but I like the pose.

I initially toyed with the idea of adding some "quippy" quote from the girl; some complaint about wearing a homemade swimsuit, but I soon decided I was workin' too hard for a hot July day and left well enough alone.

Enjoy (and don't work too hard!)

Monday, July 9, 2012

Little Bird

With my recent robin posts, I thought this was a good time to share another children's book.  Little Bird, by Catherine Stahlmann and illustrated by Irma Wilde, has a 1964 copyright; it has been mine its entire, well-loved life.  Notice the 15 cent price stamped in the upper left corner.

 Something about the pictures attracted me as a child.

When I was a young(er) adult and searching through a box of my old books, I happily pulled out this one.  "This was my favorite!"  I expressed with joy.  My mother, on the other hand, heaved a heavy sigh, and replied, "I know!"

Thanks for all the readIng, Mom!


Sunday, July 8, 2012

They Grow Up So Fast

Can you believe this is one of the baby robins from Thursday's post?  Scroll down and take a look.
Less than a week between these photos.  Amazing!


Friday, July 6, 2012

What A Face

Haven't had an Arthur moment for a while:

Such a sweetheart!!


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Busy Robins

Remember my post on May 3rd?  Well, Mr. and Mrs. Robin have been busy!

Those poor babies must be hot!  We've had a long heat wave that isn't expected to break for several more days.

So ugly, they're cute!

And let's give credit where credit's due: my husband shot these photos.  He's 7 inches taller than I am.


Tuesday, July 3, 2012


Well, July's themes at Tag Tuesday left me somewhat uninspired as I haven't been to a beach in decades.  This week is "seaside;" things found on a beach.  I happened to have a scrapbook paper with beach icons (I bought it because it was on sale) so cut out this sign.

I really didn't know what I was going to do with it then decided since it was a sign, make it a sign!  I added the graffiti and little beach towel.  The stakes are popsicle sticks, and I added some pieces of dead lily leaves to look like dry grass.

I hope my fellow "taggers" don't feel my effort is too subpar!


Monday, July 2, 2012

The Un-Cola

I lived through the Bicentennial but don't remember patriotic 7-Up bottles, do you?

I recently picked this up at a local garage sale -- quite a bargain at 50 cents. Both sides have a commemorative design. I set it by a little holiday display on my front porch. I like it, but every once in a while I catch a glimpse and think someone left a pop bottle sitting around (I guess someone did!).

This is also a timely find as I soon will be redecorating my bedroom in a patriotic theme. More on that later...