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I can do it!

Hello friends!  I have been so busy with art shows, commissions, and opening my Avon shop that something had to fall by the wayside, and sadly this blog was it.  But, I have all kinds of interesting stuff to share and new projects coming up, so I won’t be going away any time soon!

I have wanted a pair of Rosie the Riveter overalls for a while now.  I would see them on websites or see photos of you fabulous vintage gals wearing them and would be sooo jealous.  The trouble was finding a pair or a pattern that I could afford.  Finally, before Christmas, I stumbled upon the Folkwear site where they had this pattern for a reasonable price.

So, for Christmas, my mom gave me several yards of denim and the pattern my little heart has been longing for.  We put them together fairly easily, and I have to say they are the most comfortable pair of pants I own.  I want to make them in tons of colors and make them my official studio uniform! (Don’t judge me until you make a pair.)

This is my best “we can do it” pose.  Sorry about the horribly blurry photo.  I have been meaning to bring my tripod home for weeks, but it never seems to make it.  I am sure you will see these pants (and several variations on them) many more times!

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Tough Enough

Photo by the amazing Keith J. Carson. This is one of the photos from my vintage pin-up shoot a few months ago.  Want to see the painted version of this picture?  Come to my show at Coffee & Crema here in Greenville tomorrow night.  The reception is from 6-9pm, and music will be provided by the wonderful Stephanie Fagan.  Coffee & Crema is located in the Fresh Market shopping center on Atrium Blvd., between Laurens Rd. and Pleasantburg Dr.

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Even the best laid plans…

So, last night I got all dressed up to go to a New Years Eve party downtown where a friend’s band was playing.  I went out to my car only to discover that I had a flat tire.  It was pretty late by that point, and I wasn’t able to get a hold of anyone to come pick me up for the party, so I ended up spending the evening sitting on the couch, in my fancy outfit and hair, eating chocolate and watching a marathon of The Thin Man movies on TCM. (not a bad evening, but just not what I had planned.)

I was finally able to get my hair in to some form of victory rolls, thanks to this tutorial:

I don’t think her method is completely authentic, but it gives you the look and is really easy to do!  Here is what the final product looked like, even though I am the only one who saw it last night

And, I have to say after watching a lot of Thin Man last night, I adore Myrna Loy!  She always looked so beautiful and sophisticated, but she was also really funny.  I was reading a bio of her recently and was interested to learn that early in her career, she was typically cast as an “exotic”, made to look like she was of Asian decent.  The Thin Man movies helped break her out of that stereotype and into comedic roles.

photo courtesy avanzaza.com

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Merry Christmas Everybody!

I am headed home to Atlanta tomorrow, but wanted to leave you with a couple of Christmas images and a great website to check out while I am gone for the holiday!

I just love Christmas lights.  They make everything seem so magical this time of year.  Although, I could never be one of those people who completely cover their house and yard in lights.  That is mainly because these people pay huge electric bills, not to mention the cost of updating their electrical systems to handle all that extra power.  But also because I am one of those people who gets really annoyed when I see Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving, and to put that many lights on your house you have to start sometime in October!

But, I stumbled upon a great site recently that has everything I love about Christmas lights.  It is http://oldchristmaslights.com and it tells the history of electric Christmas lights in America from 1900 through 1950.  Lots of great information and pictures for you collectors.

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Gee! I wish I were a man…I’d join the Navy!

So, after the Oil and Rouge show, I keep trying to come up with more reasons to do vintage photo shoots!  A friend and I were asked to design the advertising for a USO type event being put on next year by the Greenville Lindy Hoppers, and the Upstate History Museum.  We got the idea to do a pin-up style poster.  We brought back in our friend Caroline, who was one of the models for Oil and Rouge,

dressed her up, and had Keith Carson snap a few photos.  I will post more about this project soon, but for now, here is just a behind the scenes taste!

The lovely Caroline in a WAAC style uniform made by a friend’s mom.

This uniform is my friend Sara’s grandfather’s actual Navy uniform!  It looked so perfect on Caroline that it made me want one too!  I would totally wear this all the time!

Photo by Keith J. Carson

I just thought this was a cool photo (and maybe I wanted to get myself in here…)  That’s me doing a little hair adjustment.  Huge thanks to Keith for being my on call photographer.  I fully expect him to start running away every time I ask, “hey, do you want to help me with something?”

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At the coin laundry

I don’t know what it is, but I love laundromats.  I think I have a really romantic notion of them, as I have never lived anywhere where I had to use one.  Most likely, if you do use one regularly, you may think I am crazy.  These photos just serve to feed my obsession, though.  Maybe my next series of vintage paintings should be at the laundromat…

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Hyena in Petticoats assembled this collage for her blog post, Laundromat Love!

Hyena in Petticoats assembled this collage for her blog post, Laundromat Love!

And, click on over to the Art & Light Gallery blog, where my good friend Teresa has written about the Oil and Rouge event, happening in one week!

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Wearing Trash

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In a couple of weeks, I will be participating in the Recycle Fashion Show at The Arts Center in Clemson, SC.  Basically, you have to make an outfit totally out of recycled materials (recycled clothing doesn’t count!).  I was so excited about this show, and thought it would be a good change from all the art shows I have this month.  So, I have been digging through magazines and my vintage pattern collection to come up with my design.  You can see my trusty dress form in the picture above, surrounded by tons of newspaper and magazines, pattern pieces, and the rest of the junk in my sewing room.  I am a little nervous because I don’t usually sew without a pattern, but I am excited about how it is going to turn out.  We can wear regular shoes with the outfit, but shoes made of recycled materials are preferred.  Anyone have any suggestions for what to make shoes out of?  I will post pictures once I am done.

In other news, we will have Brick Street Cafe doing the catering for the Oil and Rouge Event on October 23!  If you have never been to Brick Street, go right now and get a piece of sweet potato cake.  Yum!

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