Friday, March 28, 2008

High-Five Fridays #11


1) Are your kitty pants too tight?

2) The illustrated Veruschka In Rive Gauche.

3) Instructions for Spool Knitted Kittycat Bookmarks.

4) Marty Weil's his interview of me made me purr!

5) Scientific embroidery found at Boing Boing.

I know you know people that deserve high-fives... I could even be one of them. Find out how to give your High-Five Fridays here!

The purpose of this meme is to give high-fives to 5 people, posts, blogs and/or websites you've admired during the week. I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 5 high-fives on Friday. Trackbacks, pings, linky widgets, comment links accepted!

Visiting fellow High-Fivers is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your High-Fives in others comments (please note if NWS).



Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Animal Advocacy Art & Survey

Via Chloe Jo comes this plea for you to take a survey (I already did!)
Please take Animal Advocacy Background Survey: Only Takes 5 Minutes!

This will take only 5-10 minutes, depending on how much you elaborate! (Elaborating is great, but it's not required.) Please crosspost to any lists you are on with other animal advocates. I'd like to get at least 2000 responses!

I'm working on a book for animal advocates, and I'd dearly love your input. I'm striving to find out what different backgrounds animal advocates come from, and ascertain if there are family patterns or other factors that seem to lead us in the direction of advocating for animals. Some of the questions are personal...you may always skip a question if it makes you too uncomfortable, and you may remain absolutely anonymous. Most of all, try to be truthful, even if it hurts. There are many opportunities for you to add comments...the more information you can give me the better for me to understand you and the background you come from, so feel free to elaborate on any answer that has a comment box. If you'd like to give me your contact info at the end, I would respect your privacy and your answers, and only contact you further in the event that I need more information. But as I say, you may choose to remain totally anonymous.

Thank you so much for helping me with this survey! For your help, you can get $5.00 off a $10.00 order on my art site, LittleGirlLooking.com (sorry, not the cafepress store as I don't own that site), $10.00 off a $50.00 order, or $20.00 off a $100.00 order. Just put the code at the end of the survey into your message area when ordering, and your rebate will be sent back to you after your order comes through on my end.

Tammy S. Grimes, Dogs Deserve Better
Here's an example of Tammy's artwork -- the cheeky "Men Without Two Or More Cats Were To Be Shunned".

Don't Go In The Cave!

Lyndon &/or Angelina of Janglebug calls this a Cave bookshelf by Sakura Adachi a Cool But Totally Unnecessary Item -- they maybe the first time parents, and me the old-timer parent, but I'm completely frightened!


I don't care how structurally sound it may be.

I don't care how it's designed to be safe.

At any moment one of my books could fall off my shelves -- or the whole thing could topple due to weight just as it is, so the idea of one of the kids in there... :shudder:

How Many?



We may never know just how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop, but, thanks to Infomercantile, we do know it took 28 takes for Dali and Halsman to create Atomicus.


"after each exposure, while the assistants mopped the floor and reclaimed cats, Halsman developed the film to see the progress in the composition. Accidents would happen. The water, intended for the cats, would cover Dali's face instead."

Can I Get An Appointment At This Joint?


Hairdresser, by Harold Feinstein. Via Josef Lebovic Gallery.

Oh, The Irony

Target's commercial for Jovovich-Hawk is a huge pet peeve of mine.


In the ad they toss out phrases like "art nouveau" -- "but like they did it in the 70's" -- to sound all designer-chic, which is annoying enough, but then they dare describe the clothing line as "ironic".

Clothing cannot be "ironic"; the very definition of "ironic" requires a context to juxtapose. Just like an outfit needs 'a place' to seem out-of-place. In that sense, one of situation, any clothing can be ironic; but no line of clothing can pretend to be such on its own.

And so, every time I see or hear the ad, I cringe. And I want them to die a little on the inside for looking so foolish & lame while attempting to be hip & cool.

But then that's how I feel about many hipsters; their ignorance & pretense makes them anything but hip.

Of course there is some irony in using the word incorrectly; but I don't think that's what they were going for.

Cute & Moldy


Gleeful Things has a free crochet pattern for making this cute "Moldly" cupcake.

Via Craftzine.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Skeleton Cami Set For Lazy Bones


Emily the Strange cami set is creep-tastic. Unless, of course, the creep and your pelvis is digging into your delicate parts.

Via BirdFight.

Vintage Smock With Cats

By the time you read this it likely will be too late to bid on this auction for a vintage smock with kitty cats; but at least you can admire it.

How To Ship A Tiger To Canada

From Instructables, via Derek who says, quite correctly, it's, "cute enough to have been a children's book".



Since they won't me move (defect) to Canada, I wonder if this would work for humans...

Sew Your Own Garden

How to make embroidered flower brooches: part one, part two.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Look Fly!

OK, I may be mixing my retro 80's fly-girl with my real vintage with that post title, but check out this stunning vintage pin from Etsy's iKonic Vintage.

High-Five Fridays #10



1) In Two Vocations sharonlyn shows how the characters she develops for her written works beg to be sculpted in art works.

2) A general high-five and shout-out to Vintage Goodness.

3) New blogger deraveling linked to me last week, so right back atcha!

4) Fred Flare's back with their 4th Annual Next Big Thing Contest. (You can find out more in this interview regarding past contests.)

5) Are you a big fish? (This here blog is a Tiny lil guppy; the lingerie blog is a small smelt.)

I know you know people that deserve high-fives... I could even be one of them. Find out how to give your High-Five Fridays here!

The purpose of this meme is to give high-fives to 5 people, posts, blogs and/or websites you've admired during the week. I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 5 high-fives on Friday. Trackbacks, pings, linky widgets, comment links accepted!

Visiting fellow High-Fivers is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your High-Fives in others comments (please note if NWS).



Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Helen Was Dateless -- Until She Roomed With Madge



No one knows what happened to Helen... Perhaps prostitution?

As for Madge, she continued to tell us, "You're soaking in it!" for three decades.

Madge passed a few years ago. I bet she and Helen were reunited roomies -- I'm just not sure in which place.

Vintage Palmolive ad via Flickr.

Mod Arabesque



Made with plastic foam wreath forms, glue toothpicks, beads, corsage pins & paper medallions. Cheap enough for dorm rooms and apartments; however painting the walls hot pink, not-so-much.

Circa 1960.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Lessons Learned In Vintage Fashion Photos: Tip #9

Balenciaga, the original bubble-wrap.

A Very Draining Post, Indeed

Just when you've got the kids convinced that they can't go down the drain...

Meet Massimo Giacon's bathtub or sink drain plug, Mr. Suicide.



Mr. Suicide is said to have hung himself with the metal chain from the drain plug, and now does the dead-man float on the top of the water.
Packaged in a multi-color box shaped like a coffin, this is a fun (and hugely popular) gift for anybody who appreciates how Alessi “pushes the envelope” with some of the most basic everyday objects. Available in hot pink, yellow, or dark blue with stainless steel chain and plug of complimentary semi-transparent blue plastic.
I personally never thought I could go down the drain, and when Mister Rogers mentioned it, his 'comforting' song seemed oddly confrontational -- as if I had been an idiot not to fear it, and he was now a part of some conspiracy to keep me from my new found knowledge...

I wasn't ever really a big fan of Mister Rogers; I sat through all his educational monologues & sweater changes just to visit the land of make-believe. After the confusing 'you can never go down the drain' talk, I was loathe to listen until I heard the trolley.

With all due respect to the departed Mister Rogers (and his legion of fans), I must post this video I found on YouTube whilst looking for a clip of the drain talk. I do caution the weak & timid, the highly suggestible, that this is disturbing...

Lana Turner Helps You Find The Right Shade Of Red



I always opt for a blue red.

Via Cemetarian.

You Know I'm All For Cute & Creepy



Los Huevos sculptures from Fuzzy Balls Apparel include the following cute yet creepy characters...
Raul: The skeletal bear in a bear costume. In a previous life his soul was more like a rock. Now it is more like a feather, a heavy feather.

Querida: She' the one who is loved. "Un beso para mis amores." She can be very beautiful and she likes to have fun, but that doesn't always mean with you or me.

Gato: Mostly when one looks at a cat, you can tell there's not much going on behind their eyes. Not his cat. He knows what's going on. He also doesn't think he's people.

Bastardo: Being a jerk is his way. Someday he will find himself in trouble. It's true! He's headed down the wrong path.
(Via KKC.)

Northern Soul Sisters (And Brothers)

For those diggin' the Duffy, Atomic Retro shows us some mercy and helps us carry-on the message of Northern Soul.


Isn't Film Noir An American Invention?

So then why do the UK girls get a Film Noir Collection at Urban Outfitters and we US girls don't?

Just look at the lovely options:

Full Circle Trench Coat With Detachable Bolero -- of course it's available in black; but the details show up best in this photo.



Lux Tight V-Neck Dress



Vintage Tulip Tube Dress



Sara Berman Frill Leather Gloves -- yummy!

Friday, March 14, 2008

High-Five Fridays #9



1) Hey, she shares recipes from vintage cookbooks!

2) A reminder to bake, with Cupcakes Take The Cake.

3) Need a vintage fashion icon? (The kind you use for profiles and posts; not an actual legend *wink*) Here are 85 of them.

4) Go ahead, Eat Liver.

5) Because you have time and you use it wisely, I'll tell you the secret handshake to get in at NeatORama.

I know you know people that deserve high-fives... I could even be one of them. Find out how to give your High-Five Fridays here!

The purpose of this meme is to give high-fives to 5 people, posts, blogs and/or websites you've admired during the week. I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 5 high-fives on Friday. Trackbacks, pings, linky widgets, comment links accepted!

Visiting fellow High-Fivers is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your High-Fives in others comments (please note if NWS).



Thursday, March 13, 2008

Duffy, I'm Under Your Spell

I'm so in love with Duffy & the song Mercy. Its delicious Northern Soul feeds my soul -- and makes me get up and dance.



Psst! Sugar Daddies... Mercy can be found on Duffy's CD, Rockferry. You know how to reach me *wink*

Hey, why not listen to it again? Here's the lyrics so you can sing along:

Yeah, yeah, yeah (4x)

I love you
But I gotta stay true
My moral's got me on my knees
I'm begging please
Stop playing games

I don't know what this is
But you got me good
Just like you knew you would
I don't know what you do
But you do it well
I'm under your spell

You got me begging you for mercy
Why won't you release me
You got me begging you for mercy
Why won't you release me
I said you better release me

Now you think that I
Will be some thing on the side
But you got to understand
That I need a man
Who can take my hand, yes I do

I don't know what this is
But you got me good
Just like you knew you would
I don't know what you do
But you do it well
I'm under your spell

You got me begging you for mercy
Why won't you release me
You got me begging you for mercy
Why won't you release me
I said you better release me

I'm begging you for mercy
Just why won't you release me
I'm begging you for mercy
You got me begging
You got me begging
You got me begging

Mercy,
Why won't you release me
I'm begging you for mercy
Why wont you release me
You got me begging you for mercy
I'm begging you for mercy
I'm begging you for mercy
I'm begging you for mercy
I'm begging you for mercy
Why won't you release me
Bring it on

Mercy
Begging you for mercy
You got me begging
Down on my knees
I said mercy
Begging you for mercy
You got me begging

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Space: The Adorable Frontier

Rachel Ortas and her Ai Ai creatures are featured in issue #10 of Nude, and the artist created this cute Ai Ai with spaceship art print exclusively for Nude to mark the occasion.

Window Shopping




Via Flickr Shop Windows Group.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Accessory Scandal: Gloves

Did You Hear? Sharon hasn't any idea where she left her gloves!



Via Flickr.

Nutty Marzipan

Cute marzipan treats by Eugene and Louise Bakery (Antwerp, Belgium). (Via Dinosaurs and Robots.)