Thursday, May 29, 2014

How to make your mom really happy...

This Mother's Day post is a little late, but so was the gift.
Last summer I purchased a Coffee Break design kit from a store near Cleveland, Ohio. I had good intentions of creating a garden type piece for my mom's birthday. The problem is, my mom's birthday is on Christmas Eve and I'm kind of a big I went another route for her birthday.

My mom is a big into gardening so I knew that had to be my focus.

The blue flower lace on the sides was from my mom's stash of sewing notions, circa 1970's.

That's my mom...she laughed at her ruby slippers...they're just like the many pairs she would buy for my daughter over the years.

 What a cutie pie.

I don't say it enough, but I love you, Mom! XOXO

Thursday, May 15, 2014

I'm a Pepper

He's a Pepper, She's a Pepper, We're a Pepper, wouldn't you like to be a Pepper, too?
Pepper was rescued from a thrift shop, after enduring a tragic divorce from his mate.
 Dressed up in a polymer clay hat, he was given new life.

 I'm really hoping the saying "a picture is worth a thousand words" rings true. I really don't have much to say. Enjoy the photos.


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Crack that Whip!

Oh, great, now I have that Devo song running through my head. I guess if you know the song, it is now running through your head also. Your welcome.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Step right up, to the most amazing, fantastical, spectacle of all spectacles. Or, just take a look at my latest creation. I rescued the elephant, lion and lion tamer from certain death. The more boring version being that I purchased them from an antique shop in Manteo, NC while on vacation last summer.
 For years the monkey held a job holding birthday candles atop cakes. He's much happier now that he is recovered from his sugar addiction.
The piece measures around 10"(h) x 8.5"(l) x 2"(d)


Monday, April 28, 2014

Salty Dog

Here's my latest creation. I've had "Nipper the RCA dog" figurine for a few years. He was half of a salt and pepper set I picked up somewhere. I've always had a love affair with Nipper. I remember listening to "45's" on my little portable record player in my bedroom. I always thought RCA must be the best if they had a cute dog on their records.
 That's right, Dolly Parton singing 9 to 5. Classic.
I added a polymer clay hat and a little sparkle around his neck.
Perched atop a dressed up Jello mold.
What a sweet face.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Hipster? Me?

"What's that?" I said to my niece on Christmas Day.

"Oh, I got this for Christmas. It's a Polaroid camera." she replied while looking at a developing photo of our Christmas tree. 

Me: "Really? A Polaroid? That's cool. I've been thinking about getting one for myself. What are you going to use it for?"

Niece: "These are great for Smash Books. The size of the photos fit perfectly."

Me: "I'm so happy you liked the Smash Book." (Side note: Smash books and accessories were last years Christmas gifts, yay me!)
Fast forward to this past week. I'm walking through my local Walmart and decide yo go look in the camera department, again. Every so often I go take a peek at the Fuji Instax Mini hanging in the bubble packaging. Today was different, today I saw a price break. I picked it up, looked it over, then put it back. Do I? Don't I? I have a number of cameras and lenses. Why would I go back to this old technology? Maybe not today, I'll think about it some more. Awe heck, for the price, I might as well get it. It's going to be so much fun! Added bonus, the film packs were on sale.

 In today's digital world, we all just click away. Taking hundreds of photos of everything we come into contact with, meals, drinks, temperature gauges in our cars. We have cameras in our phones. Good quality cameras. So good that my daughter won a photography contest with a photo she took on her iPhone. Everyone takes photos of everything without even thinking. When I was growing up, it was kind of a big deal to take a picture. You had, 12, 24 or 36 frames to use at a time. We used them wisely as the film cost money, then the developing and printing cost more money. Then you had to wait to shoot through the roll. It could takes months before you saw if any of the photos were good.

I'm just as guilty as the rest of you. Heck, the same day I bought the camera I snapped this photo for a funny Facebook post regarding the news reporting a possible Velveeta shortage for the Super Bowl.

So I got my new camera loaded and started taking photos of different subjects. Figuring out the lighti settings, what subjects work best, how close you can get to subjects. At first, I wasn't too impressed. I've been spoiled by the quality of digital cameras. I was expecting this camera to work like my other cameras. I was expecting the same quality with a vintage feel. I was wrong in my thinking. 

This led me to researching the camera on the internet. I wanted to find out what the camera is best used for, as clearly it was not great for overcast, late afternoon, outdoor, snow scenes. It was during this research that I discovered I am a "hipster" for owning this camera. Me? A hipster? I'm pretty sure I'm about 20 years late to being considered a hipster. Plus, I don't have the wardrobe. My vintage clothing is really not vintage, just old. I am proud to say, I don't wear "mom jeans". But not wearing " mom jeans" does not make me a hipster.

So what is this camera good for? Candid shots of people. I snapped these 2 photos at the swim meet today. All the kids were fascinated by the camera and the instant print. Plus they love the vintage look.

These cameras are being used at weddings for photo guest books created right on site. I'm planning on using this for a travel journal on our next vacation. A family reunion would be good. You could create an instant family tree. ( I just now thought up the idea.) I'm confident I will discover many more uses for this camera. So join this middle-aged, hipster mom on my Fuji Instax camera journey. 

Smile. Say cheese!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Always Look On The Bright Side....

I'm trying to remember our beautiful, warm vacation to Ocracoke Island.
Warm thoughts go out to you all.

Friday, January 3, 2014

So Far This Is The Best Year Ever!

Todd dressed up as Baby New Year. What a party animal.

Last year via Pinterest I started one of those memory jars. I tried really, really hard to remember to jot down family events as they occurred. I'm looking forward to sitting down with my family for a year in review.

What better way to start off the new year, than a pork and kraut dinner?
It's been a family tradition for as long as I can remember. My grandfather had a farm/butcher shop that was passed down to my uncle. They raised and butchered their own beef and made their own kraut.
Why start the year with pork? Because a pig will use it's snout to root for food forwards. It is believed to be good luck to move you forward into the new year not backwards like when a chicken or turkey scratches.
Look at that golden deliciousness, right there. This stuff is heads and tails tastier than the stuff in the bag, or the canned variety.
This year my uncle made 15 buckets at 5 gallons per bucket, that equals a whole lot of sauerkraut. last year they made 25 buckets, selling off the last of the kraut in October. This year they estimate selling out by March.
Cheers and Happy New Year!