Monday, December 28, 2009

break time and Happy New Year

going to be on a "mini" break. . . be back sometime after the New Year.
just enjoying the time i have with my girls and Pace. . .

Happy New Year everyone!!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas one and all!
lots of love and joy sent from us to you

Sunday, December 20, 2009

all i want for christmas is dolls

i have been dreaming of Blythe and vintage Barbies lately. . .

has anyone else seen the new "Career" repro barbies?
well. . .

i want them all!
(especially the astronaut!!!)

and what about Barbie's little sister?
this "two for one" deal KILLS me!
you get both barbie and lil' sis Skipper.
very CUTE.

(p.s. i want my house to look JUST like this!!!)

i have also been craving another Blythe. . . i know!
i can't even spend the kind of "quality time" i want with the one i have. . .
but more is needed for some reason? tee hee!

i was thinking about her. . .

or her. . .

or her. . .

(Cassiopeia is a new one. . . but her mock up looks SUPER cute!)

what do you think?

i love dollies TOO much. . .
maybe Santa will treat me nice this year and bring one down the chimney. . . here's dreaming!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas scrapping

been doing a little bit o' digi scrapping between chaos and uproar this holiday season. . . it's nice to have some "relax" time in betwixt all the "hustle and bustle"!

been having fun using my "Merry Kitschmas" digital kit from Chelsea Ann over at Itty Bitty Birdy. . . and guess what? good news!

Chels is offering her digital kit "Merry Kitschmas" on sale through the holiday season. . . that's right. . . the whole kit for just $3.50!
what a steals. . . and what a GREAT last minute gift idea :)

here are some pages i did using the kit:

so. . . Merry Kitschmas ya' all. . . from us to you!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas Decor 2009

Christmas tree 2009

my "kitsch" tree. . . complete with ornaments that i don't want broken (hence the tree on top of a high cabinet). . .
little hands make short work of shiny brite! ;)

can you also spot my meager smoker collection?
you should see my parents! *swoon*. . .
i am new to the collecting. . . but working on it!
adding a new one each year

part of my vintage golden record books collection

just a small sampling of my vintage ornament boxes. . . they are all full of ornaments too!
hmmm. . . you would think i would stop buying them, wouldn't you?
i just can't helps myself!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

i've been dreaming of a Kitschy Digitals christmas!

you all know out there my love for Kitschy Digitals. . . and well. . . kitsch in general.
so i HAD to come up with some *fun* and yet *easy* crafts for Christmas featuring Kitschy Digitals kits.
[i am all about the *easy*!]

i have always dreamed of kitschy Christmases. . . always.
nostaligia is what makes christmas so special and adding touches of kitschy/retro here and there (or decorating your ENTIRE house in it. . . like me!) is what brings that nostaligia back. . . like grannies house on a cold christmas eve. . . all warm and homey like! ;)

who doesn't want a pine cone elf or pom pom angel on their tree?
how about those little glittered cardboard houses that you put strands of lights in? complete with little plastic deer and people skating on a "mirror" pond?
it makes me all giddy just thinking about it!
a kitschy/retro christmas is what i want every year.

so. . . with ALL of that in mind. . . presenting some crafts to liven up your home with "kitsch-y-ness" this holiday time of year:

how about some floral pics for your retro christmas planter?

all you need is:

white cardstock
wooden craft sticks
a printer
KD Olivia digi kit
KD Skylar digi kit
an image of a santa hat

i opened the pose doll head pngs into Photoshop. . . recolored the elements. . . added the santa hat. . . and saved different color combos.
i then opened the different color combos in Photoshop and made a printable collage.
printed the collage and cut them out. . . glued onto wooden craft sticks. . . stuck into planter and wallah! all done.

very colorful and easy to do. . . fun to do with kids. . . i am ALWAYS keeping that in mind. . . with two little crafters running around myself i have to have "projects" ready daily!

onto the next project. . . how about using those same christmas KD pics to put in a tinsel wreath?
the retro impact is palpable!

i have this hanging in my kitchen. . . nothing like red and aqua together to make any kitchen a "kitschy kitchen"!

lastly. . . for today, at least ;). . . how about using those pose doll print outs as gift tags?. . . just cut and put on any christmas gift to liven it up.
you could add do-dads or glitter to them. . . but i left mine just plain.
i think the impact is just as CUTE!

well, i hope this gets you in the "kitschy" mood of christmas!
it sure makes me want to put on some Bing Crosby and croon away while wrapping presents. . . baking sweets. . . and decking the halls! ;)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Polaroid Friday. . . Katrina Tan

coming up this week on polaroid Friday. . . Katrina Tan!

you may know Katrina for her fabulous blog. . . puglypixel. . . or her wonderful Flickr stream. . . puglyfeet.

Katrina's images are so retro cool and full of vintage love.
i could just hug every pic she takes!

her style is right on and her taste in kitsch/retro is impeccable! ;)
also. . . i would LOVE to rummage through her shoe supply and grab a few for meself!

you can see some samples of Katrina's shoes at her fun photo blog. . . shoe-sy

here are some polaroids to get my point across. . .




just impeccable taste, right?
that Scottie brooch is barking up the right tree if you ask me. . . and that purse. . . *swoon*!. . . and let's not forget the killer shot with the aqua tights and retro radio!!!
so rad.

thanks Katrina for letting me use your photos!

. . . go and see some more for yourself here.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

just because. . .

been feeling a bit like nothing is getting done. . . yet i am busier than EVER.
does this register with anyone out there?
maybe it is the "Christmas fever" or the lack of direction on my part. . . but NONE of my projects are getting finished. very frustrating!

well. . . along with that has come a "lag" in my ability to keep posts up.
where are the weeks going?
oh well.
i am having a BLAST trying to keep up though. . . but still frustrating!

well. . . been working on some KD stuff.
here is a sneak peek:

i also saw this post by Katrina and about DIED at the cuteness of these teeny tiny deer!
i want one for my Blythe SOOOO bad!
very cute!

oh. . . and here is a funny image i saw on Flickr by Simply*Mein:

talk about Kitschy CUUUUTE!
a snowman? riding a deer?
in love with it! ;)

so. . . this post was "just because".

Friday, December 4, 2009

Polaroid Friday. . . Gretchen Moss

Happy Friday. . . and . . . happy Polaroid friday! ;)

this week i am featuring the "oh SO" kitschy gal. . . Gretchen Moss.

she is the owner of Shop66 and is known as ggmossgirl in the Flickr world.

her photos are ALWAYS full of bright colors like red and yellow and her pose doll collection would make any grown man *swoon*!
really. . . just glorious!. . . i like to think of Gretchen as the queen of pose dolls. . . she has a WHOLE room dedicated to her dollies. . . i LOVE that!

she also runs the very radical Etsy shop. . . Shop66. . . if you love anything kitsch, vintage, kawaii, japan. . . well. . . everything that is radical. . . then stop by and have your eyes jump into "eye candy overdrive"! ;)

check out this eye candy:

"Forest Friends" original

see what i mean? just glorious!
thanks Gretchen! and don't forget to check out her blog. . . . . not to be missed!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Pugly Feet Press

Katrina from the *lovely* *inspiring* *gorgeous* blog. . . Pugly Pixel was SO generous in posting some of my pics on her blog as part of a NEW segment she is trying called "Flickr Fave".

knock me socks off!
so excited to have such sweet and radical press!
thanks Katrina. . . you are the cat's meow!

go and check out Katrina's blog. . .
and her Flickr stream. . .
and her photo blog. . .

they are just spectacular!
her style is so. . . ON!
mod granny and retro sweet and a little bit punk? is that the right word?
anyways. . . i LOVE it! ;)

also. . . i dig the shots she does of her feet. . . i WISH i had that many shoes! *swoon*
see those at her photo blog.

thanks again Katrina :)

Thursday, November 26, 2009

happy TURKEY day!

happy Thanksgiving to you. . .
from the Plants

i decided to dress the girls up this year. . . indiana was SO excited to have another reason to put a costume on. . . Halloween wasn't enough for her!

indiana wanted to be a Native American and i had Kendy be a turkey.

i got indy's costume from a thrift store (Old Navy brand)
and i made Kendy some turkey feathers out of felt.

cute turkey butt

our turkey day was laid back and very FUN!
it was a day full of turkey and mashed potatoes (more than an army could eat!). . . we saw Santa in the Macy's parade this morning. . . and we watched NO football. . .
my kind of Thanksgiving! ;)

next on the agenda. . . decorate Christmas tree
fa la la la la!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Kitschy turkeys for your Kitschy feast

as you may have seen in my previous post. . . i made some "kitschy" turkey's with pine cones, pom poms, wood grain contact paper and Kitschy Digitals feathers. . . they are center pieces for our Thanksgiving feast.

my sweet friend Danielle Thompson was wondering if i could do a "Kitschy Thanksgiving" set up and display my turkey's for a blog post for her. . . and HERE is the result!

thanks D for posting my pics and glamorizing my un-glamorous pictures!
go and check out the blog post she did for more info. . .

it was SO much fun to set up a "kitschy Thanksgiving". . . which to me = Pyrex, old dinnerware and turquois melmac!
and frankly it doesn't get more kitschy than granny crafts that involve pine cones! ;)

they are SO easy to make. . . so go and get some pine cones, pom poms and the KD digital feather file and start gluing so that you can make some for your feast tomorrow too!

ALSO. . . Danielle is offering some "Black Friday" deals in her shops (Tiny Bazaar and her Kitschy Digitals/Goods). . . so go and check out what discounts she is offering HERE!
you won't be disappointed! we are talking up to 30% off. . . very neat-o!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Kendy's room

since moving. . . we have more room.
more room = that each of the girl's get their own rooms.

it's terrific!
from nap time to play time. . . it's nice to have two separate areas for the girls.

at first i was hesitant to separate them. . . they do like being together. . . but the transition was easier than expected and now i think the girls LIKE being apart.
at least. . . Indiana likes not having to listen to Kendy getting up all night! ;)

so. . . here is some pics of Kendy's room.
her room has a nursery vibe. . . she is still a baby. . . Indiana's room is more "little girlish". . . but Kendy's room has Vintage Baby written ALL over it!

Kendy's vintage night gown. . . she used to be able to fit into it!

Kendy's bed. . . we re-vamped a vintage crib and turned it into a toddler bed. . . easier than i thought!
it fit perfectly into her room's theme and is one of my favorite pieces of furniture we own.

KM. . . for Kennedy Michelle
i also used vintage sheets for her curtains. . . the pink looks so cute in her room

we didn't re-paint the room that Kendy lives in when we moved (if you didn't know. . . we basically repainted the ENTIRE house. . . except for the kitchen and a bedroom upstairs. . . which is where we put Kendy)
the color is NOT exactly what i would have chosen. . . but it was acceptable. . . and now i actually like it!
we call it the "Circus Peanut" room. . . because that is what the color reminds us of! :)

so. . . i went with a "orange creamsicle"/pink color palette for Kendy's room.
with punches of yellow.

play kitchen phone. . . it is a vintage "little tikes". . . well. . . 80's vintage!

vintage FP jumping jack crib toy. . . circa 1960's.
since we used a vintage crib for Kendy's bed. . . i still get to hang all of her vintage crib toys on it

i actually LOVE Kendy's room. . .
despite the fact that i didn't choose the main color her room revolves around.

Friday, November 20, 2009

polaroid Friday. . . New Moon

this week my polaroid Friday is inspired by the release of the *new* Twilight movie. . .
"New Moon".

now. . . i will admit. . . and have before. . . very vehemently, i might add!. . .
that i did NOT enjoy the first Twilight movie.

but. . . i had never read the books and so i was willing to at least read them and give the series a try.

this past week i read all four books and must admit that they were good.
not the best books in the world. . . i still stand by my J.K. Rowling, she basically rocks!
but, the Twilight series books were enjoyable to read.

on that note. . . i decided i had to see the next movie. . . just to see what they did with it.

so, last night a couple of my friends and i went to see the 12:01 a.m. showing of "New Moon". . .
i know! WHAT!?!@#?!

this fact is embarrassing to admit. . . i am a 25 year old mother of two. . . come on!. . . but it was still fun and silly.

me, Rachel and Tasha had SO much fun laughing and gasping with all of the other teenage angst girls there. . . and BOY OH BOY. . . were their girls there!. . . they came out in FULL force.
but that is what made it that much better. listening to them get all excited and laugh and just enjoy the movie in a public setting without "holding back" their emotions.

i think by the end we were all on "Team Jacob". . . you should have heard the crowd when he took his shirt off! TEE HEE!
it was hilarious!

all in all. . . this movie was better than the first. . . in my opinion. . . but it was still corny and the acting was, well, interesting.
so. . . if you like Twilight. . . go ahead and give the "New Moon" movie a try.
but, it's no Star Wars!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Blythe Show Ribons!!!

i have FINALLY finished some Blythe show ribbons and they are now in my Etsy Shop. . . The Gnome Hut.

Blythes are becoming the new obsession of mine and i can't help myself from coming up with new "accessories" and things to make for them. . . next on my list. . . jewelry!

i will be putting up some jewelry for Blythes in my shop next week. . .

but let's not count my little chicks before they hatch!. . . let's focus on the fact that i finished some show ribbons and they are now looking for some new homes. . . so go and check them out. . . ;)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Turkey time anyone?

turkey time R-O-C-K-S!

turkey is about my favorite thing to eat. . . with mashed potatoes. . . and gravy!
oh man, oh man!
gettin' too excited already for turkey day. . .

keeping that in mind. . . ahem!. . . i would like to introduce a fun craft project i made to get ready for some turkey:

i used the "Monotone Fresh Feathers" kit from Kitschy Digitals.

i re-sized the feathers in PS on a 8.5 x 11 canvas to make them smaller. . . cut. . . pasted into a pine cone. . . added some embellishments. . . and PRESTO!
a gobble, gobble turkey!

very fun and easy to make. . . i did this with Indy. . . and she is three. . . so, pretty easy peasy! :)
so, this is a GREAT project to do with your little ones before turkey day arrives!
wouldn't a bigger one make a great center piece?

Friday, November 13, 2009

late polaroid Friday. . . my girls

this weeks inspiration was something simple for me.
my girls.

love them more than words can say. . .
they also DRIVE me crazier than words can say.

nothing like in ALL the world.
who else can say that they spent their day watching 80's acid trip movies like "my little pony" and "rainbow brite", PLAYING with barbies/pet shops and enjoying youth. it's pretty fantastic. :)

now. . . don't get me wrong. . . their is still all the "other" stuff. the not so fun "stuff".
but that stuff seems to be fading from my mind right at this moment. . . well. . . maybe not completely faded!

talking about you Kendy! like when you mashed up all the Goldfish today into the couch. . . WET Goldfish! argh!

or Indy. . . i didn't forget about you either girl. . . like how you colored ALL over your car seat. . . and car door. . . and car window. . . and yourself.
that was possibly THE hardest thing to get off. . . crayon on a car door! dang goo-gone. . . why did your magical powers not work!?!

good thing i didn't even think about those things, huh? :)
cuz. . . being a mom ROCKS!