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Friday, August 31, 2012

Pole dancing and Pink Saturday

I am going to publish this a day early since I will be on the road early tomorrow and not near an internet connection.  

Here I am in front of the Sacramento Pole Dance Studio.  The running joke on how Mr. VZ and I met is that  I was competing in the Over-40 pole dance competition (NOT!).  

These are more my speed .... and oh so PINK, fits right in with ~

At How Sweet the Sound

Seattle World's Fair 1962, Part Deux

Seattle World's Fair 1962, Part Deu.  Here is the link to my first set of images regarding the Seattle World's Fair 50-year-retrospective-photos-from-1962

Funny I should run into this exact doll this month for sale at the thrift shop.  I have the same one, packed away safely in my cherished keepsakes.

My brother, my mom and me on the bench at the Fair.

Interesting that in these images the majority of the ladies are wearing skirts or dresses and flats.

My father makes a rare appearance in the below picture, he is the one with the white jacket, wearing glasses and carrying a camera ~ just strollin' on by daddio.

Three months of summer blog challenges, two personal photography challenges and a writing challenge have certainly kept me out of trouble.  Back to the books, I am taking two online classes this fall semester, one management and one sociology.

There are a few specialized posts I've got coming up, the first is one for International Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19th - ya gots to have fun with that one!  

A circus-themed post on September 29th with Moonlight Party Under The Bigtop

A darker, more mysterious carnival-themed post on October 6th with Le Mysterieux Carnival

Le Mysterieux Carnival Blog Party

Friday bloggity hops include:  Rooted in Thyme

Rooted In Thyme
Ladybird Ln
Ladybird Ln

five days five ways  feature friday free for all

Have an enjoyable Labor Day weekend ~ MUYA!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

First year Blogiversary, Day 30 of Photograph A Day (Current Project), Time Travel Thursday and Thursdays Are Your Days

Today is my first year blogiversary!  woohoo, yay, cheers.  Here I kept thinking I started my blog in October.  Swilly wabbit.  A holla out to all of my followers - so glad you've joined me along for this ride.  I've been blog hippity-hopping all month long so I could meet my personal goal of 100 followers (I'm almost there!)

Now that I am back in the business of 35mm slide scanning, I have a backlog of images to scan and post.  This is one of the favorites of my "rescued" slide series.  Roller-skating girl from what I believe to be the Jackson, Michigan area around the 1960s.  Do you remember those strap-on skates?  

Here is my current project (photograph a day topic) - Mr. Ted E. Bear, one of those fabric sew-em-togethers.  I bought Ted and the little nautical iron-on at the thrift shop earlier in the month.  I figured I'd give him the Tami flair (that would mean sparkles, spangles, fluffles and the like).  Who knows, maybe he will be my first Etsy offering.  

It wouldn't be an anniversary celebration without a post of a Baby Doll Mugshot ~

Composition doll is currently bidding on for $5.  Baby doll boy comes from Goodwill of the Heartland in Iowa City, Iowa.  So what if he is a little cross-eyed, baby dolls need lovin too. 

Since I've posted a vintage image of roller-skater girl, I am linking with The Brambleberry Cottage

And 52 Mantels

52 Mantels

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Day 29 of Photograph A Day (Hat) and Your Whims Wednesday

Granted this picture was taken some years ago of me wearing a chicken hat from The Village Hat Shop in Old Sacramento, to satisfy the photography challenge topic.

Lurvs me hats ...

The bigger, the better ~

Linking up with My Girlish Whims

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Day 28 of Photograph A Day (Pattern) and Tuesday Time Out blog hop

While I have never claimed to be a seamstress, I do attempt sewing projects from time to time.  For some odd reason, I picked up this pattern.  It is a simple, classic look and while the dress seems a tad long, I think it could be easily altered to update the style.

One blogger I think is well worth a mention, esp. in the sewing realm, is Sew Misunderstood.  Psycho Sue is a plus-sized beauty.  I so adore her choices of prints and patterns.

Sew Misunderstood/

Where fatshion misfits, glamor queens, vintage babes, and sewing goddesses can feel perfectly at home! Gabba Gabba We accept you, we accept you, one of us!

Since we are on the subject of patterns - here are a couple of images from the 1960s.

Photo by Bert Stern, 1967

Twiggy by Richard Avedon, 1968

Linking to Tuesday Time Out Reasons to Skip the Housework

Reasons To Skip The Housework

Monday, August 27, 2012

Day 27 of Photograph A Day (Signage) and Mop It Up Mondays blog hop

Photograph A Day topic - signage.  There is no mistaking what Swingle is selling ~ The Carnivore's Toy Store, located in Jackson, California.  Their claim to fame is a specialization in marinated meats.

Right up the road from Swingles is Amador Hospice Thrift Shop, a place where costume jewelry can be had for a song.  This necklace with purple, blue, pink and orange faceted beads was $4.50.

Blog hopping with I Should Be Mopping the Floor

mop it up mondays

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Red geraniums and a fairy garden


LIFE did not bring me silken gowns,
Nor jewels for my hair,
Nor signs of gabled foreign towns
In distant countries fair,
But I can glimpse, beyond my pane, a green and friendly hill,
And red geraniums aflame upon my window sill.  

The brambled cares of everyday,
The tiny humdrum things,
May bind my feet when they would stray,
But still my heart has wings
While red geraniums are bloomed against my window glass,
And low above my green-sweet hill the gypsy wind-clouds pass.

And if my dreamings ne'er come true,
The brightest and the best,
But leave me lone my journey through,
I'll set my heart at rest,
And thank God for home-sweet things, a green and friendly hill,
And red geraniums aflame upon my window sill.

Martha Haskell Clark

The second half of my weekend's thrift shop finds ~

The pink and lavender outfit (50 cents) is a future Muffy VanderBear costume.  The two "rescued" stuffed animals, I just could not resist - they were in such excellent shape.  The Calplush monkey ($3) still has his tag and he is so cuddly soft and CUTE!  He is headed to Seattle next month as a present to my mom.  Pink elephant ($2) is a keeper - her skull and crossbones collar is tres adorbs.  Squeeee!

Here is a fairy garden I saw exhibited at True Value in Plymouth, California.  Gives me some ideas!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

New Recipes - Apple Pie Cupcakes and Puerto Rican Panadillas, Show and Tell Saturday

It is an outright tie for New Recipe.  In my blog wanderings, I found:

Apple Pie Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Icing posted by Mary Beth at Cupcakes and Crinoline

Apple Pie Cupcakes

AND (drum roll, puhleeze ...)  Puerto Rican Panadillas by Ninja Grandma

nom, nom, nom

My vase inventory was depleted so I was able to buy this lot of goodies for $5 from Interfaith's Great Finds in Sutter Creek, California, the three glass vases, pink poodle, California Bed & Breakfast Cookbook (2004), four midnight blue placements and the small unicorn/rainbow pin.

Showing and Telling with Be Different Act Normal

Friday, August 24, 2012

Day 24 of Photograph A Day (Something Yellow), Friday's Frock, Aloha Friday Hop, Show Off Friday and Fridays Unfolded

Something yellow - Friday's topic and AVON's Peter Patches pin pal fragrance glace (circa 1975).  

Friday's frock consists of Talbot's silk blouse and silk flower-print skirt (both TSFs), and Cole Haan sandals that I've had for awhile.  My cat Tig making an appearance.  

My outfit fits right in with these Friday blog hops ~