Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Whine...and refresh

Do you ever have one of those days where you can't wake at all...all day? Yeah...
I think part of it is that the heat has finally arrived. I can tell it must not be just me, because all the cats have been passed out on the floor all day, too. They look cranky. Everyone is just hot, and cranky, and meh.
Also, the past few days have been prime opportunities to post long over-due outfit pictures...but by the time I get home from work...everything is all sweaty and awful...and it just doesn't happen. Darn you, summer!
Well, enough complaining, here are some random pictures of things that are refreshing.
A tasty, strong, ice-cold margarita. MmmmMMmmmMMmmmMMM...
Frosted circus animal cookies...must be straight from refrigerator
Cool tunes from your turntable
If all else fails, charter a boat, and head out on the high seas, dahling!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Why don't these come in my size?!

I couldn't pass up these vintage doll shoes from the 1950's. They look just like the ones my Mom had for her doll collection when she was a little girl. If only I could pop them in some water and they might grow into a size 8!!!

Just lovely- nothing quite gets me excited like plastic embedded with glitter...and I can't say just does! are the shoes that belonged to my Mom and her dollies when she was young...can't you imagine wearing these with your sarong dresses...

She told me stories about how you could go to dime stores and pick up all sorts of shoes, clothes, and accessories for your dolls for only a few cents. They even sold teensy little watches so your dolls could keep track of time and never miss a salon appointment or important date...

Friday, August 12, 2011

Time Flies...

I can't believe that summer is almost over. Things are moving at a ridiculous speed.

Kids are already going back to school, and when I'm out at the store, I am totally missing the cheerful optimism of back-to-school shopping.

I remember buying that new planner, binder, and pencil box- vowing to have the most organized and productive school year yet. Nevermind what came of it all after a couple of months (errr...weeks maybe...).

It's all new shoes and new crayons.


As an adult, it's not quite the same, but I suppose we can improvise.

For example, I bought new shoes today and I feel totally justified (...only a teensy bit guilty) calling them my back-to-school shoes. ;)

Well, shoes are fun, but in the spirit of the go-getting fresh-start kind of mentality, here are my back-to-school (life) goals (in no significant order).

1. Stop buying shoes
2. Pay off debt
3. Look for new job where I can make more money (to pay off debt and buy more shoes...oops)
4. Clean out junk and clutter from house
5. Exercise more (at all)
6. Eat in a more healthful manner

Ok, easy stuff, right?!


Monday, July 18, 2011

Etsy Back-to-School Listings

What has kept me from my blogs?
Mostly I've been busy obsessing over Lalaloopsy dolls (I am a 5 year a 30 year old body).
But time to get back to business!
I've listed some back-to-school worthy goods over in my Etsy shop...hopefully they will find happy new homes and help to fund my new doll collection!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Time out!

We took some time out for a little beach adventure. I had the day off from work due to the fiscal year coming to an end (got to make sure not to work too many hours...feh). Anyway- we made the best of it in Malibu with my hula hoop and a Blythe doll!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

For the Love of Tri-Ties!

If I had more money to spread around- I'd snap these all up. The prints just make me giddy.
I have 2 of them in my collection that I found on Ebay. One is an abstract geometric print in turquoise, pink, white, and black. The other is an awesome mix of automobiles, bicycles, and wagons printed on a primary palette.
The coolness that is the Tri Tie comes to us courtesy of Baar and Beards, Inc. Japan. They make a cute little collar, pony tail tie, and even look cute tied on the wrist or dangling from a purse strap. I wonder if these really caught on as a fad back in the 1950s...

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Etsy Hoarding?

Ok, I've realized that not only do I have a habit of holding on to too many possessions in real life, but I also do it online.
I'm cleaning out my glut of Etsy Favorites that, although I continue to lust after, I realize I will probably will not buy (or should not buy for the sake of being able to walk in my own home).
I hope they find good homes...maybe there is some room in your closet and enough scratch in your wallet to adopt some of these cuties...some of them are really great deals! ;)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Dumpster Diva

You never know what you'll find in the dumpster while you're throwing away your cat poop!

We had to pick up a light bulb for it- but it works like a charm! Right now it's spreading it's heavenly glow upon the Blythe dolls...but maybe soon will get it hanging on the wall. Even though I'm not a huge beer drinker- I was still pretty excited. It is pretty cool. Plus- the trip to Orchard's to buy the light bulb enabled me to have this from the "Get Shaved" food truck parked down the street:

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

What I've Been Busy With Lately...

So, I've totally been sucking at outfits and thrifting and listing on Etsy and blah blah blah. BUT...I have been messing around with my Blythe dolls a lot.
Here are some pictures of my recent adventures in day dreams:

Poopie Boo Bear feeding the kitties.

Lieve (as a cat) chasing Pickle (as a mouse).

Lieve and her new wheels (her legs have a tendency to fall off).

Pretty Avery.

...and just for the heck of is Louis licking tomatoes.

Sunday, June 5, 2011


Wow- what a lazy weekend- just what I needed! I did manage to snap some photos of some things for the Etsy shop- here are some goodies that I listed...

I started out by putting this little yellow gingham dress on the mannequin to take pics. It was my most recent Etsy purchase- but when it arrived I thought it was too short. As I was buttoning it up, I made the happy discovery that it had been hemmed- so looks like it's going to be staying in my closet afterall :)

Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Here are some pictures to pass the time. I'm enjoying an evening at home to myself eating strawberry mochi and watching "Last Man on Earth" with sexy-creepy Vincent Price.

Me over the weekend

My mom as a little girl with her Grandmother and cat, Scuttlebutt

Mini sprinkle donuts of doom

Thee most stylish hat perhaps ever.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Adventures in Hair

Well folks, I’ve finally arrived at a point I thought I would never see since I embarked on my latest journey of hair growth. I actually like it. It’s at a decent length where I can pin-curl it, brush it out, manipulate some rolls into it, and leave the house with confidence of some sort.

That being said, I have to stop and reflect on the long and rocky history of the relationship I’ve had with my hair. Let’s go back to the beginning…*harp music plays- key the dream sequence*

As a little girl, I had wild, soft, light brown, angelic curly ringlets. Then in first grade, I was one of the lucky children to get lice (quelle horreur!). My hair was chopped short in an effort to rid my scalp of the little pests. It was never the same after that!

I had a mess of unruly waves and curls that neither myself nor my mother could make sense of. I started dying it in junior high thinking that if I couldn’t be happy with the texture, at least I could have some fun with the color. I can remember experiments using Kool-aid and Sun-In. There came a point where my mom paid to have my hair chemically straightened. It was BEAUTIFUL…for a day…then I washed it…and it went back to the same mess.

Then came that golden day- the day I received my first straightening iron. *angels sing* My life changed. I could do anything with my straight hair…but it got even better. I saw a documentary about Bettie Page on the E! Channel. Black hair and bangs became my mantra.

You’d think once I found something that worked I would have stuck with it. Heavens, no. I jumped on the rollercoaster and away I went.

Short black bob with bangs. Bleach out the black. Brown-blonde hair with bangs. Grow out the bangs. Cut the bangs back. Red hair with bangs. Back to black hair with bangs. Cut it all off into a spiky pixie. Grow back out to black bob with bangs. Cut short again. Add dread-lock extensions and shave back. Grow back to bob with no bangs. Cut bangs again. Grow out into shaggy bob, let color go back to brown. Dye black again. Cut completely short. Bleach out. Dye a billion different shades of red. Grow out. Dye black again.

I’m sure I missed something. 30 years of dye, damage, and chaos!

A brief (and incomplete) history of my many hair-dos (and dont's)

Anyway, now, here I am! I suppose the most interesting part is that I never thought I would actually be encouraging my natural curl and while I feel like I’ve finally stumbled onto something new and sublime, I recall a conversation with grandmother. When asking her how she managed to accomplish her beautiful and sophisticated hairstyles in the 1940s, she laughed.

“We never knew what we were doing, we just curled it and pinned up any old way.”

…and can you guess how many hairstyles and shades my grandmother has been through in all her 89 years on this earth?

Something tells me that even though I’m happy with my hair now…tomorrow is yet another day…

My Grandma with her lovely hair (and my handsome Grandpa) on their wedding day in the 1940s.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Pins and Planters

Some fun stuff on a stuffy Monday...

A gigantic button I made into a pin. You can find these goliaths in the purse making section of your local JoAnn's fabric stores.

A little brooch I made using buttons, linen, and wooden beads. Loosely inspired by bakelite beauties such as these:

A cute little lady vase I found while thrifting. Isn't she sweet? Here she is hanging out with Blythe on my dresser...