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!

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...

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!


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.


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.


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!


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!


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...


Sunday, July 1, 2012

Summer Tags

Before my daughter was out of school for the summer, we decided to make up a few slips of paper with themes written on them.  Whenever we felt a crafty (or bored) impulse, we would pull a slip and each make a hang tag using that theme. We completed a few so far.  I hope I don't have to point out whose is whose!  I will list the themes, however. 

 American Girl Dolls

 Apples; my daughter designed the back of hers too

 Chocolate Cake

My sister's one in a million Lab, Sherman