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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Counting down, being visible and hat attacking

Welcome to the Countdown to Kitschmas, celebrating all things kitschy and Christmasy.  I will feature "What I'm Listening to" Christmas music from rescued thrift shop CDs, Christmas cakes and other ephemera.  An ugly Christmas sweater will make an appearance, along with kitsch discovered on the internets from sites such as and Etsy.  This labor of love gathering images continues all year long.  The hardest to find are the Christmas publications from the 1950s and 1960s.  

Christmas felt Santa is a thrift shop rescue.  He hangs permanently in front of my black curly lamb coat with fur collar labeled "Winter."  

This month can't go by without a fashion linkup!  The amazing Judith at stylecrone is hosting Hat Attack #17.  My commando thrift shopping has paid off with some unique hat finds for linkups into the New Year.  

Dark green wool hat (recent thrift shop find)
Charter Club Christmas sweater (retail)

I am posting a day early to link up with the Special Edition Visible Monday and the ever-wonderful Patti at Notdeadyetstyle.  
Lizport plaid skirt (thrifted)

The Countdown to Kitschmas will also feature images from the 1956 Farm Journal Christmas Idea Book.  
How many remember those white headbands?

What I'm Listening to:

I found these 1960s Christmas stencils tucked away at my mom's house.    

Who could resist Christmas fudge?  This recipe from the 1970 Better Homes & Garden, Holiday Christmas Cookbook.

Topping off this post with a sugar overload of a Wilton Christmas cake.  (I didn't know the Abominable Snowman skied ...)

Friday, November 28, 2014

Where the Streets Have No Name

For some reason, I kept thinking this month's challenge theme with PJ at hoohaablog was "And Then There Were None," is actually "Where the Streets Have No Name."  I believe my images fit into both themes for this time of year is Pheasant Hunting Season.  Mr. VZ, an avid sportsman, didn't have the chance to travel out of the grand state of Caleeforneeya for bird hunting.  Bird hunting in California is a sad state of affairs, esp. hunting for pheasant.  There is this farming practice called "Clean Farming" where nothing is left on the ground for birds or critters. The land is bare but for the dirt, not conducive to hatching baby birds.  There are little to no wild pheasants in Northern California so he resorts to hunting at a preserve.  Anyhoo, on to the  images ...

So this one is the cheater image of the challenge, Mr. VZ took this one for me, in my non-traditional pheasant hunting attire - hey, as long as I am wearing orange.  Orange is mandatory at the preserve, so other hunters know you are not pheasant ...

The Mr. was slightly off kilter when he took this shot.  

Zipper retrieving through the weeds and brambles to bring back the bird.  

The Mr. exhorting the dog on the proper hunting technique.  

Cooling down in the creek after a long day's hunt.  

Bonus image - it is not every day you have a llama wandering around in your front yard.  The neighbors have llamas - god knows why - they are not a particularly friendly creature and not good to eat.

Please visit the other participants, who may still be trying to find their way on those unnamed streets.  

Kitsch and such will begin December 1 for my annual countdown.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Can I get a thrift, thrift?

I couldn't pass up this Norleans ceramic girl with puppy, how could I?  She is sporting a platinum-hair ponytail!

Thrift Town thrift shopping scored a Charter Club cashmere sweater ($9.99), and some $1.99 t-shirts.  

A major blog hopping event is coming up this January.  You have until January 17th to sign up with Vicki at 2 Bags Full.  There are a number of crafters, fabric artisans, quilters, photographers, all around neat people to meet and greet.  

There is a writing challenge in January too, over at A lil hoo haa. 

So there will be no weekends for the challenge, just Monday-Friday. That means the dates will be:
  • January 5-9
  • January 12-16
  • January 19-23
  • January 26-30
P.J. is calling for theme ideas, I might just have to throw out some weird ones, just for kicks and giggles. 

My Countdown to Kitschmas begins December 1, an amalgamation of Christmas kitsch!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Share in Style - Hoofing it

Share-in-style theme this month with Ms. Papelicos is SHOES!

BCBG pumps

Just for good measure, linking up with Sheila and Ephemera for Shoe Sine #14.  

  Carol Little linen shirt
Charter Club plaid skirt
(both thrifted)

Linking up with Patti for Visible Monday.
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SIT Girls writing prompt of this day, "What Does It Mean To Live Boldly?"  

I interpret that in the fashion sense, to be fearless and bold in your fashion choices, to utilize color, accessories, vintage and new pieces to create a new look.  

On the body positive front there is this YouTube video, a parody on skinny jeans.  

And an article about the Mindy Project's Mindy Lahiri's Why Mindy Lahiri is our Self Image Idol

My Countdown to Kitschmas starts December 1.  Come visit for fun images of kitschy Christmas!  

Here is my new leopard-spotted green-eyed kitty, Bella.  Missing for over a month, I thought she had been taken by one of the predators at the ranch.  Finally, a picture of her.