Wednesday, February 29, 2012

material considerations

Ranging from the old to the very old:

Seventies culture vulture print cotton shower curtain:


1960's Western print yardage


 1940's medieval print drapes



early 1900's embroidered pillow cover:



 You like?

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

man a' la mancha

in hand-carved wood from Spain form!
 I have two Don Quixote-related memories.  First, when I was 10 or so (and an early brunette version of Lisa Simpson), I read an English translation of the book.  Geekily brainy I may have been, but by brainy geekiness did not extend to stuff like pronouncing foreign names properly.  I thought Quixote was pronounced 'Qwix-tote.'

 My second memory... well, first let me set up the clip.  Back in the day, you used to see commercials for the latest musical coming to town, and the commercials would feature snippets of the songs.    When I was about 14, commercials for Man of La Mancha starring Richard Kiley were being run, and included the song snippets.  My little friends and I used to sing the snippets, one after the other, just like in the commercials, and crack one another up. 

Good times.  

How sweet it is

An utterly charming and sweet painting of a household pet, dated 1897.  

I'd love to have been able to keep it, but a) I really don't have the room, and b) the bills keep coming.  

So he's going to a home in California, about which I'm sure he's very happy.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Ps-tie-chedelic

GuhROOVY neckties from the late 1960's/early '70s:

The power of flowers...
 Flower diagonal power...

 Hawaii Five-0...

Crunchy home-made granola made by a 20-something in granny glasses:

This is your paisley on drugs...

And from the early Seventies:

Dy-no-MITE...

And lastly, one worn by mack daddy Sweet Bo'tayto in Hell Up in Harlem IV: Confunktion at the Junxion...
Wanna put a little hep in your step?  

Now you can!

Because all of the above are available for sale in my necktie shop:
 www.etsy.com/shop/crazy4cravats

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Get dancin'!!

In men's Seventies platform shoes, size 11.

Essential -- and I do mean essential -- for those times when you feel the need to channel your inner Tony Romero.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Dollar Boy

Who, or what, you ask is Dollar Boy?

Dollar Boy -- not his real name, that's just what my hubs and I refer to him as --  is a vendor at some of the local flea markets who usually has a table full of junk jewelry (and a few other things, but mostly junk jewelry) that he sells for $1 or $2.   

Mixed in with the junk, however, is often some GREAT costume jewelry.  Including, but not limited to the following:

A bakelite bracelet!!

A rare (and MUCH better-looking in person) Fishel Nessler brooch!

A Danecraft kinetic brooch!
 A Jules Jurgensen advertising/novelty watch!
A REALLY cool NOS (new old stock, i.e. unsold store stock) elephant brooch!
 A super-neat chunky bracelet!
 A koala bear stickpin AND a koala bear pendant!!

 And LOTS more.  
But I have to leave for work now...

Thursday, February 2, 2012

The joys of childhood

Sweet stuff from back in the day: