Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Keeping Up Appearances



Oh My Gosh.
I have fallen off the map lately.
My apologies to my bloggy friends for my absence. I'm still here.
So let's see....where was I???

San Clemente longboard surfers circa 1940's
Not too long ago I decided to channel my inner Hyacinth Bucket and take my poor hapless Richard, I mean, JON on a day trip up the coast to a nearby Stately Home.
I got all dressed up in my favorite Anthropologie polka dots, assumed my bossiest persona, forced the dog and the husband into the car and set off up the coast to Casa Romantica in San Clemente, California.
the main hall
Well, it turns out that Casa Romantica is not so much a stately home as a lovely old, rather large stucco house that was built in the 1920's.
My camera battery died not long after we arrived but I still managed a few shots.
The tile work blew my mind.
So here I present to you: TILE.




The view of the Pacific from the main house was indeed Romantica.
This is a painting on tile of the Grumpy Old Matriarch of the Casa.
Or perhaps this is the Queen Grump?
In my defense, I was trying to look coy. But I've discovered that as I age, what used to be a sexy sultry look now translates as "Get Off My Lawn!"

cliché Instagram toe photo of street tile depicting Casa Romantica

So, Kids, where have your feet been lately??




Wednesday, May 11, 2016

the granola years




Kork-Ease platform sandals ~ they're back!!!

There is a bit of a 1970's vibe going on these days. Or if you're the beautiful Vix, it IS Your Vibe!
A Lovely Inconsequence just did a sweet post about her Summers with Seventeen Magazine when she was young. You can read it HERE.
I think it was probably the last era when we weren't all plugged in and connected by Social Media. If someone called you on the phone and you weren't home, you didn't even know about it. Or if you wanted to watch something on tv and you weren't going to be around when it was showing, well too bad for you. We could only get information by asking a real person or looking in a book. During the 1970's we all wore very groovy clothes but we very rarely took photos of our bad selves and when we did snap a photo, we usually had to wait days to see the results. And there were only about four types of shampoo in the stores but we all used the yummy dark green one called Herbal Essence
  You could wander around for days and nobody knew where you were or what you were wearing or what you were eating or what your feet looked like from your personal perspective. We were Free, just like Joni, Unfettered and Alive.
I refer to these ancient times as The Granola Years. If you'd like, you can check out my 1970's Pinterest Board right HERE.
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I actually love our present era of connectedness. Instagram, Google, YouTube, Pinterest, BLOGS!!! Heck Yeah!  Even though I have my flip flops firmly planted in my 2016 era kitchen I have decided to cook up a batch of my Home-Made Granola using the same recipe I have been using since about 1972.

BASIC GRANOLA ~ makes about 3 cups
3 cups old fashioned rolled oats - not instant
3 Tablespoons packed brown sugar
1/2 heaping teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/3 cup honey &/or maple syrup
1/4 cooking oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup coarsely chopped nuts &/or seeds of your choice
Mix this all together until well blended.  Spread evenly on a rimmed baking sheet and bake in a 300 degree Fahrenheit preheated oven for 15 minutes. Stir the mixture around and continue to check and stir every 5 to 10 minutes until the whole thing is a nice toasty brown and the house smells awesome. When it is cool you can add 1/2 cup dried fruit or raisins if you'd like. Store in an airtight container up to 2 weeks.


And in keeping with the spirit of the '70's I'm wearing a pair of vintage flair jeans and an embroidered Baja Surfer tunic from FenixVintage on Etsy.





Do you have a favorite recipe that you've been making forever???

By The Way.
A Big Congrats to the Always Amazing, Gorgeous, Talented and Hysterically Funny GOODY of EAT THE BLOG. She won my Give-Away.
You know Goody don't you? Well if you don't, do yourself an enormous favor and get over there and introduce yourself.!!!







Friday, March 18, 2016

Kickin' It Grandma Style

The Granny Alphabet by Lawrence Mynott


The Granny Alphabet by Tim Walker and Kit Hesketh-Harvey

PLUS A GIVEAWAY!!


HEY! You are all so wonderful! I just LOVED reading your comments about your first fashion memories. If you haven't had a chance to read them yet you really should go to my last blog post and check them out. Interestingly most of them had to do with either denim or hand-me-downs.
The beautiful Rosemary of Miss Cellany talked on her blog about her adorable Smocked Dress and how this style has followed her throughout  her life.
And of course there is Curtise's famous Chicken Dress!!


So....let us now flip to the other end of the calendar of life.

I am not a Grandma. But at 62 I am certainly old enough to be one. I get the senior citizen discount at the pharmacy and the movie theatre. I buy purple shampoo. And cute young guys approach me not to flirt but to help me carry heavy packages. 
But I don't mind...much.
Maybe because I was fortunate enough to know my grandmothers and they were both pretty great, I have always adored good old fashioned Granny Style. I've kind of been dressing like a grandma ever since I was a teenager.
*my friends and family are all rolling their eyes and nodding their heads YES right now*
 I love orthopedic shoes with socks. I love flowered rayon dresses. I love pilled cardigan sweaters with wadded up Kleenex in the pockets. I love purses stuffed with almost-used-up tubes of  lipstick, tins of mints, torn ticket stubs and battered pet photos. I like chipped nail polish and too much rouge and bobby pins and reading glasses on chains.
And NOW I'm finally old enough to rock this style Authentically.

flowered rayon dress I've owned since the 1980's
gray cashmere sweater ~  also mine since the 1980's
piles of bead bracelets from various decades
brand new! ankle socks
super comfy orthopedic sandals ~ Naturalizer
tea cup and saucer ~ a gift from my Grandma Worthington
grey hair ~ Mother Nature



And now the GIVEAWAY part.



THE GRANNY ALPHABET is the most adorable two part book.
It is one of my very favorite picture books and I want to share it with you.
One book is full of photographs of Grannies by the Amazing Tim Walker.
The other book is full of charming Grandma drawings by the equally Amazing Lawrence Mynott.
 My one and only criticism is that it is lacking in diversity. But Tim Walker has said that this book was an homage to "the little old ladies who live down the lane" and I honestly believe that just about everybody will recognize a favorite Nana in these books.
Here's a teeny weeny sample:









#hot harridan reading ~ Thanks for that, Melanie :-)

So.... if you would like to have these books for your very own let me know in the Comments section and in mid-April I will pick one name out of my old straw granny hat.
Good Luck, Kids!!!!

I'll be kickin' it at Patti's Visible Monday. Meet me there.


Monday, January 11, 2016

overalls



Do you Recall your Very First Personal Fashion Moment???
My first Memory is of Overalls.
I must have been about three years old. At least I hope I was only three! I was wearing the type of Toddler Overalls that snap on the inside of the legs for quick emergency trips to the potty. The snaps were unsnapped, the pant legs were flapping around and I started twirling around singing, "I'm wearing a dress." My First Fashion Moment. Tra La.
Well, the fashion neurons in my brain must have imprinted on those overalls because I have owned and worn some form of bib overalls practically every decade of my life.
Meanwhile it is finally RAINING in SoCal!!!
El Nino ha llegado. YIPPEE!!!!
 
 
We're hunkered down doing inside rainy day things like
packing up holiday ornaments
baking cookies
and searching for new knitting projects
How gorgeous is Daphne Selfe in this Rowan knitting book?
striped turtleneck ~ Anthro
overalls ~ vintage 1990's from enidandedgar Etsy shop
Calgary slip on clogs ~ Vionic
Soooo....My Friends. What was YOUR Very First Fashion Memory?????
Do Tell.
meanwhile I'm linking up with the Super Smart Patti at Visible Monday
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Sunday, December 13, 2015

my dottie angel frock

 


You know who dottie angel is, don't you? She lives over at mossy shed and has the most beautiful crafty life. Here's a little video to introduce you: Click HERE Please
I have been looking for a frame idea to create the turquoise bead chandelier, this could work!  Faux chandelier made from lampshade innards:
THE Tif Fussell
 
I've admired Tif Fussell for an awfully long time. You can find her on Instagram @dottieangel. So when I found out that she had created a pattern of her famous dottie angel frock for Simplicity Patterns, I was first in line. In fact, this may be one of the few sewing patterns that I've bought lately for which I actually paid full price. That is how much I love this girl!
the frock
 

the pattern


a  classic dottie angel pose
dress ~ made by me
neck-hiding turtle neck ~ J Crew
leggings ~ Capezio
orthopedic clogs ~ Yes!!! Effing ORTHOPEDIC CLOGS! ~ Merrell

This project was lots of fun and very easy to make. I used some plaid that I found in the discount bin. I think it may have been school uniform fabric which makes me very happy.
And I recycled the plaid for the pockets and tie from THIS dress.
I raised the neckline both front and back and replaced dottie angel's adorable apron pockets with plain old square connie snow pockets.
That's what I like about this pattern, it is super simple to personalize.
my ever increasing backside all tied up with a bow!
ah..the joys of middle age
 
THANK YOU SO MUCH TIF. I LOOOOOVE MY FROCK!!!!
And speaking of things that I Love,
because I subscribe to the New York Times,
I received a Google Cardboard NYT/VR.
Virtual Reality. My Favorite Kind of Reality These Days. Click HERE for the details.
I am completely Bonkers over this thing. It is Exquisitely Trippy.
 In fact, sometimes I actually trip while looking at it.
 Wish I could let you in on it but you'll just have to either come over to my house or get your own.
Thank you New York Times and Google.



Well....I think that is Quite Enough of moi en plaid for one day.
Therefore.....
 
I'm heading over to Patti's Visible Monday to see what the kids are up to over there.
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And even though this has nothing to do with Anne's 52 Pick-me-up prompt of green acorn I'm going to visit her as well just cuz I like her so darn much.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Imaginary Ancestors



Evelyn Cameron ~ the Photographer
 
Every time I wear this dress I get the same comment - Little House on the Prairie.
I stitched up this schmatte with black and white gingham fabric and Kwik Sew pattern 3065 from the discount bin at FabricLand.
It's a dress just for knockin' around the house and going to the grocery store. Breezy. Cool. It covers a multitude of sins. I added pockets of course.

All this talk of Prairies reminds me of my Ancestors.
I used my 10 day free trial on Ancestry.com and found out that my great grandfather Henry James Snow left Cornwall, England in the late 1800's. His family had lived in the same region of Cornwall for centuries (if your name is Snow and you live in Cornwall, well, Hey Cousin!)  Henry James left. Who knows why. He made his way to Liverpool then on over to Canada and continued west to the Montana Territories where he married the Canadian born Frances who gave birth to my grandpa Ernest in 1887 and a few years later his brother Louis. I cannot even imagine doing something so brave.
 My idea of hardship is getting assigned a middle seat on the airplane. 
 
There are no photos of my great grandparents as far as I know.  So I like to thumb through Photographing Montana by Donna M. Lucey and pretend that these are my ancestors.
This book tells the honest story of settlers in the Old West. The author Donna Lucey found the photographs and diaries of settler Evelyn Cameron in a rattlesnake infested basement of an old house in eastern Montana in the 1970's. 
 
 
Sheep herder family 1905
 
 


Grandpa????
Class Photo 1907
 
 
Young girls at a July picnic in 1913. Oh those hats!
 
Cowboys have Always been Cute
 
Jetta Grey with tame wolf cubs
 
Taming a suburban cockapoo in 2015
 
Because I can't tell the front from the back of this dress I embroidered a little daisy on the back. Lakshme approved.
 
If you like true tales of strong and brave settlers I can also recommend:
 
And two beautiful films made in the 1970's:
 Heartland, the absolutely heartbreaking story of a young widow in Wyoming
and the gorgeous Days of Heaven starring a very dishy young Richard Gere.
Both movies were filmed in Montana in the United States and Alberta in Canada. This was pretty darn easy for the filmmakers since so much of the landscape around there has not changed much since the early 1900's.
 
 
I believe that this post qualifies me to become one of Bag and a Beret's
That Melanie is such an Advanced Reader that she needs TWO pairs of glasses!!
You should also check out the very Hot Val.
 
I'm also headed to the reunion at Patti's Visible Monday. See you there!
And I'm joyfully taking my embroidered daisy over to Anne's 52-pick-me-up Sunflower/Joy.
 
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