No One Brags about Their Hood Anymore

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I love to drive but I am not a car person. I don’t like car shopping. I haven’t really ever gone shopping for a dream car. Several of the cars I have owned, have been ones that I have purchased from family because they were a great deal. Maybe it’s just because I don’t see anything really tempting about them?
New Cars…. mehhh

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Blue Ford Edsel Class Car Photograph

But old cars, 1950s, 1960s, curvy, round, self indulgent cars sort of turn me on with my camera.
Even the Ford Edsel above charmed me with its shape and color. I didn’t know until after making the picture that it was known as a “greaser,” an “ugly duckling, “one of the top 10 Ugliest cars of all times.” But compared to the boring shapes of cars today, it intrigued me.

I have always been able to imagine myself in a big old car with a giant steering wheel, big sunglasses on and a scarf around my neck.
Something about the big steering wheel is so seductive.

Big Red Steering Wheel Photograph, Classic Car Photo
Big Red Steering Wheel Photograph
Classic Studebaker Steering Wheel Photograph
1950s Classic Studebaker Photograph

 

 

Mint green Studebaker Hood
Mint Green Studebaker Car Photograph

And Please, we cannot forget Hood Ornaments, so classy, so rich and so appealing. I will gladly pull out the redlipstick and take a ride with the top down anyday.

A Simple Christmas Book Review

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My sister gave me this book, A Simple Christmas, written by Mike Huckabee on Thanksgiving.

A Simple Christmas
Mike Huckabee

I like Mike Huckabee. I like how gentle he is on TV. I like his ability to laugh and his gift with music.
I like that he’s a christian and I usually like his sense of humor.
A Simple Christmas is a collection of 12 short stories.
I enjoyed these stories. Reading it in the middle of the holiday season, I took it one story or chapter a day.
I have heard Mike’s voice so many times on the radio and tv,  that when I read the book, I felt like I could hear him reading it to me, with his pauses and smiles.
I also love vintage and mid century things and when he describes his life growing up as a child in the 50s and 60s I could picture the homes, decorations, clothing and scenery.
It made me think of my parent’s, the same age as Mike and I could insert my own family’s faces into some of his stories.
This is not a political book, Thank God.
It’s a book about simplicity, growing up and learning to appreciate things until the things grow smaller and smaller and eventually there are no “things,” but moments and people.
A great book to unwind during the holiday season while having a cup of tea.

Storybook Christmas Card
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It’s All About Snowflakes

It’s All About Snowflakes

art photography, handmade jewelry, Home Decorating, Home Decor, Winter, Christmas, Uncategorized

 

What makes snowflakes so special? They are all one of a kind. If you don’t live up north, perhaps you have never felt the awe and joy of seeing these almost microscopic masterpieces up close.

Sometimes when it’s super cold and the windshield freezes I can see them through the glass. I want to try and capture their beauty through my photography this winter. The thing that amazes me is how tiny, fragile and perfectly different each one is. They are light on the tongue and mesmerizing to the eyes.

Snowflakes are one of the prettiest ways to decorate; they aren’t limited to Christmas but anytime in the winter. Sparkly, sassy, sweet and peaceful they can be all these things.

Here is a little collection of handmade and vintage snowflake things I really love.

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This handmade Christmas Snowflake Dreamcatcher is pretty amazing

 

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I love this fine art snowflake photograph from FirstLightPhoto
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Snowflakes aren’t just for around the home, they are lovely to wear. This simple snowflake necklace is handmade by LaurenBlythe.

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And a vintage set of snowflakes that makes holiday cocktails even better

All of these vintage and handmade items are available on Etsy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Searching for Santa

Searching for Santa

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Every family has that one special Christmas Decoration or toy that year after year is pulled out and when the children become parents, can’t wait to share with their kids. For our family one of the 2 that I remember is very similar to this Santa on Bike that winds up and rides across the floor.

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It feels like it might be more difficult for our kids to remember the “Most Special,” piece from their childhood because they are bombarded by disgusting quantities of mass produced junk that pretends to be fancy and more than they are.  For me, all of this “stuff” lacks feeling. It costs less to make more and more and more and more and you get the point. And it waters down the magic.

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I love vintage, everyone that knows me, knows that. I long for the simpler pieces,the Kitsch perfect pieces that people keep year after year; the pieces that don’t end up getting donated or tossed out after a couple of seasons.

Like these simple plastic Santa Tree Light Ornaments from the 60’s. They have withstood the test of time for almost 50 years.il_570xn-834645923_4jev

Or this tubby Santa Clause that is a signed Rosbro from the 1950’s and can be used for holding candy or other small surprises. There’s nothing pretentious about him.il_570xn-682840098_fn77
Even this adorable 1940’s Wind Up Santa is unassuming. He is simple, he is sweet, he makes me smile when I see him; nstead of feeling overwhelmed by mass quantities of his clones, which is what I feel with the majority of his great grandsons at the box stores this year.il_570xn-537813815_92id

I just hope if you are reading this, you will do a little “self experiment.” Try opening a big box website and next to it open a website with vintage of the same item, could be Santa, Nutcracker, Stockings, etc.

And without looking at price or anything else, just look back and forth and see which one makes you feel something. I catch myself when window shopping for vintage physically smiling at the pieces. That’s the one to buy, not the biggest, newest and cheapest because chances are you will be over it next year and onto the newer bigger and cheaper thing.

 

Portraits in Objects and Tales

Portraits in Objects and Tales

arts, community, family history, gallery opening, pennsylvania, storytelling images, Uncategorized, writers
Over the last couple of months, I have had the opportunity to sit down across a table with people I had never met and hear real 
conversations. No technology, no formalities, just real people talking and reminiscing about day's gone by. It took me back to my 
childhood with countless hours around the table with my own Grammy 
and Mother, playing canasta and hearing so many stories from the past, some of them multiple times, but never losing their humor.
I have been collaborating with local writer, PJ Piccirillo on a 
project called,

“Portraits in Objects and Tales: A Show and Tell of Days Gone by in Bennetts Valley.”

Wednesday, November 18th, there will be a debut of the project from 5:30-7 at the Bennets Valley Senior Center. The people who shared their stories and who had their portraits made will be there.The community is welcome and there is no RSVP necessary.

One of the portraits you will see and 2 of people you might meet are:

Rick Crocco and Elda Benigni

The pair are standing in front of the infamous long dark hall of, “The Cave,” where Crocco ran movie reels for his grandfather at a time when movie tickets only cost .14 cents. The same dark hallway led to the dance club for teens that was started by Benigni after the building was no longer a theater.

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To read Piccirillo’s essays and see all of the potraits, come to the show at:

149 Plum Street Weedville, PA 15868  814-787-7888