Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Tuesday Song of the Week

This one reminds me soooo much of my after school job at Martindale's Health Foods in Head House Square, Philly, where I worked around 1982

'You Hit the Spot' - Graham Parker

Just found out that Martindale's is STILL in business in Springfield, PA.

Funny story (although not funny at the time): Was on the El on my way to work there, and thinking how much I loved that job.  When I came from the door, the first thing the manager told me they were closing in a month. 

Their NJ store was doing worse than the Philly store, but they NJ store couldn't get out of its lease as easily.  The Philly store was doing pretty well, I thought.

Once had some one call and ask if it was a restaurant.

'No, ma'am,' I said.  'This is a health food store.'

'Not a restaurant?'


'Well, can you at least check?'

I checked.  It was definitely not a restaurant.

MORE unique ties for discerning guys

I've been spending a lot of time in the tie designing business.

Here's what I got for you today:

From a 1930s ad for engine oil.

 Don't I hand-color good?
Who doesn't love elves?

Especially elves carrying two large -- for the elf -- packages of chewing gum.
Now this is something REALLY special
 It's King Tatarrax being attended by his maidens while he lies under his golden bells.
Learn more about him here: 

Next up, two identical twin Saint Bernard dogs, one carrying some alcoholic libation, and one carrying a bottle of refreshing White Rock soda.

 I'll take the soda.
A juggling juggler !!

 Don't I hand-color good?
For when you're feeling regal

Note that all the watermarks are only her to protect you from flying monkeys.  (I know you know that already, but a reminder doesn't hurt.)

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Tuesday Song of the Week

Waayyyy back when the Twist became the hippest and most dangerous* thing to come down the road in a long time,  TV weighed in with the Twizzle on the Dick Van Dyke Show, and the following, from The Flintstones

'Bedrock Twitch' - Rock Roll

Here's a clip for the show:

*Getting back to the Twist.  A while back I found an early 1960s magazine, which advertised on the cover an article featuring a rabbi, a Protestant minister, a Catholic priest weighing in on the societal influence -- good or bad -- of the Twist.

bunny bunny

Who doesn't LOVE bunny rabbits?

Nobody, that's who.

Which brings us to...

this cutie reading to a smaller cutie

trying on an Easter bonnet
 on wrapping paper

in yardage form,and on SEVEN (I think) kinds of fabric !!

See more bun-ificence in the form of apparel, home decor, accessories and other stuff here: 


flowers that bloom ...

... in July, tra la
Specifically on ties !!

YESSSS !!!  Floral print ties !

We got ties with a baby's breath/gypsophila print !!
We got ties printed with African marigolds

and sweet william flowers
and spicy red hot pokers
and lovely canna flowers
and beautiful blue ageratums
and sunflowers !!
Even though it looks here like the backs of the ties is white, the backs of the ties are actually the same background color as the fronts.

Just so you know.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

BIG web


Was in my front yard this weekend.

Is no longer there for some unknown reason.


The Tuesday Song of the Week

Something lovely and floral:

'Outside My Window' - Stevie Wonder

even MORE Made in USA print yardage

Get sewing !!

We got...
handsome doggie
Something nice for the homemade dog bed and/or for a neater than average garment. 

Makes a SUPER cute Easter dress. Or similar.
Don't I hand-color good? 

Who doesn't love 19th century chicken prints??
answer: Nobody.

Somefin beautiful from a 1920s playbill
Don't I hand color good?

Isn't this sweet?
I think so. 

Derived from a SUPER cool Victorian trade card

Note that:

a) all of the above looks waaayyy better in person,

b) the watermarks are only to protect you from flying monkeys; they do not appear on the actual fabric,

c) all of the above is availabile in three kinds of cotton, two kinds of polyester, and two kinds of linen.

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latest new old neckties

The ties are new,

the images thereon are old.

Let's go !!

BTW, you know it, I know it, we all know it: the watermarks are only here to protect you from flying monkeys; they do not appear on the actual ties. 

A fly guy !!
Speakin' loud, louder and loudest.
Peck's bad boy
Oh, deer
knight on horseback aka The Most Beautifulest Tie Ever
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Monday, July 10, 2017

Mug of the Month

People travel a lot in July.

People spend a lot of time in the water in July.

This month's mug reflects BOTH !!

Note that the image is clearer on the actual mug.  

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Friday, July 7, 2017

She's got legs part II

More fantastical leggings !!

Welcome to the early '60s

wig out !!

Western bad guy makes good

umbrellas AND blue birds 

some tomato

hippo on the hip

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MORE vintage-inspired Made in USA print yardage

Sorry I haven't been posting these as regularly as I should.  

Anyway, here's what we got today:

lovely foxglove

equally lovely geraniums

Gloria Swanson is in the house !

AND she's on fabric.

old timey swinger

precious puppy

As always, the watermarks are not on the actual fabrics.  Speaking of which, all of the above are available on three kinds of cotton, two kinds of polyester, and two kinds of linen.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

mat-tastic !!

My store now has...

aka 'cool car floor mats' aka 'cool floor mats'

Wanna see some?

Neat, huh?  

And the above are all sets of four, i.e. two front seat mats + two back seat mats.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Tuesday Song of the Week

From a movie I saw today,

and at least five other times.

'Yes, Indeedy' from Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Uncle Sam

Is in the house !!

Just in time for the 4th of July !!!

We got him on...
 passport holders
and mouse pads...
and neckties
And also on pillows, mugs, shirts, clocks, bags, and more more more more more !!

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Monday, July 3, 2017

She's got legs ...

... and now she needs leggings !!


My shop has leggings !!!!


Deco !!
 dolls !!

BIG beautiful flowers

Even MORE flowers, plus butterflies

1967 Carnaby Street !!
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