Friday, July 25, 2008

Wednesday's Monster

Special request appliqued tee shirt for the young Miss Wednesday - she likes monsters as long as they are not too scary. Don't we all?
Monster design is not my forte so I asked Stevie to draw a monster for me. His original too scary prototype is shown above. Look at the widdle stuckersons tongue!

How do you sweeten up a monster (who is scary by nature, not cuz he hates ya?)? Give him a balloon and pink button eyes!

The finished tee shirt ready to be mailed to Wednesday. I created a pattern from the original drawing on cardstock then used some of my vintage fabric from my scrap bag which I appliqued using a blanket stitch and Heat Bond Lite. Just don't pop his balloon!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Work It OUT!

I Hope I Win!
Originally uploaded by Heather Lucille
There was a nice turn-out for the Flood Relief Hair/Fashion Show folowed by the Physical Challenge Dance Party at The Picador. It was not a little unlike Shear Genius + America's Next Top Model + Project Runway and that was just the crowd. HEY-OH! The sandbag runway was a nice touch although the cinder block steps were not OSHA approved (In all fairness I stole that line from TK). All of the volunteers, epecially baby doll Rebecca "The Bean" did a top notch job on the event!

My photos of the runway didn't turn out so well but I have to say Sorayah's enhancing natural beauty and Nicky's art nouveau coifs were my personal faves.

See more of my photos from the event here:

Photo: My girl TK really wants the tattoo gift certificate raffle prize! Liz, TK and Todd await the announcement of the winner! (TK didn't win - last I saw she was applying Vaseline to her face and hiding a razor blade in her gums)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Spring Peonie Headdress

I first spied this headdress about two weeks ago at a local thrift shop. At $20 I felt it was a bit of a splurge so I waited until providence stepped in and just by chance $20 landed in my lap.

This store has an entire row of headdresses on display in different styles including a birdcage! I may go back tomorrow on half price day and get a few more.

They are clearly handmade and the construction is quite ingenious complete with comfy foam padding on the inside and a chinstrap to help stabilize the weight. I would love to attempt to make on with some of my vintage millinery supplies.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Crock of Yum Pot Roast

Pot Roast
Originally uploaded by Heather Lucille
Pot Roast in the slow cooker is so simple and yet makes a big splash with the carnivores and root veggie lover (I am both).

To Make:
Season roast with salt and pepper
Sear pot roast on stovetop
Dump pot roast and cut up root veggies into crock pot
Add carton beef stock
Cook for 8hours
Arrange on platter
Impressive! Who the Hell do you think you are? Doris-freakin'-Day?

(The beef is from a cow from my Dad's hobby herd of Tarentaise - they live very good lives on 100 acres with a stream, clover, and hay to eat. All other ingredients are local + organic)

Monday, July 14, 2008

Thrift Finds: Co-ed

I found nine copies of Co-ed magazine "The High School Magazine for Homemakers and Career Girls" from 1962, 1963, 1965. Great vintage ideas for recipes, patterns, hairdo's and craft projects.
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Friday, July 11, 2008

Flood Victim Benefit: Dance It Out!


Start Time:
Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 9:00pm
End Time:
Friday, July 18, 2008 at 2:00am
The Picador
Iowa City, IA
If you attend you will undoubtedly get to see my sweet new dance moves learned from this most awesome of all caught-on-tape videos:

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Antique Show Finds: Lockets

Lockets - I cannot resist them! I found two silver-tone specimens to add to my collection at the Hanson's Grove Antique Show on July 4th.

This little heartbreaker opens down from the top and then out on each side so you display a triptych of adorable images! And the price was right at $2.

The half feral man who was manning this booth had clearly heard the phrase: "The pride, the love" from his zero limbed momma. However, I got this locket in a tangled mess with two other necklaces for a mere $2.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Antique Show Finds: Ephemera

As is tradition my mother and I attended the Hanson's Grove Open Air Antique Market on July 4th. While we were not able to devour our traditional 9:00am hot dog (they were only serving donuts when we took our nosh break), I was able to find a few inspirational items within my budget. First I will share my antique ephemera treasures which left me brimming with creative ideas!:
I am a sucker for any paper good depicting the sacred heart - this valentine seemed to me a unique and odd usage which put it into my "must have" pile.
Nothing says "Happy Holidays" like a case of the crabs! How darling is this crab themed, fringed Christmas postcard? I may have to do a seafaring theme for my holiday cards this year.

It's about time calling cards were brought back into vogue, so says me. Cam you imagine the swooning if a gentleman caller left this for you? The legend at the top amidst the pink coral reads "Thine for ever".

This itty bitty envelope attached to a scalloped backing really works and has a peek-a-boo window for a teaser of what's inside!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Thrift Finds: Cat Eye Sunglasses

365 - Oh So Vintage
Originally uploaded by Heather Lucille
Rhinestones, green lenses, dramatic shape - everything I ever wanted in a pair of vintage sunglasses! I will be workin' it out with these beauties all Summer long!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Soft Pulp Fiction

The artwork on the covers of vintage paperback novels can be so inspiring. Of course, the more grim, melancholy and creepy the more I love it! Here are a few selections from my personal collection:

Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day

Target now carries my very favorite cleaning products: "Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day"! Mrs. Meyer's brings Godliness to my heathen soul with her cleanliness.