Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Chillin' with Dylan

How have I not seen this poster before?

I like Bob Dylan and it appears to be an iconic image of him so I'm amazed I'm only really 'seeing' it for the first time.

Artist, Milton Glaser, created the poster in 1966, inspired by Marcel Duchamp's 1957 self portrait:

via Metropolitan Museum of Art

The poster was folded and packaged with Dylan's greatest hits LP - the folds are now a way of identifying the originals from reproduction. (source)

I have found an A3 reproduction for £7.50 - the only thing giving me pause is where I'll hang it.

My original source of inspiration was in this picture:

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Orange Shmorange

I've been hunting for patterned sheets for a few years now and they just don't seem to 'do' them here in England.  I still wish I had bought the ones I found in New York a couple years ago but it was during a huge snow storm and we were worried about whether we'd need the money (Airports were closed with no indication of when they'd open and hotels had hiked up their rates).
Until then, I could handle this bright orange duvet cover set in my bedroom.  I already have a set of orange sheets but this set from habitat really POPS.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Wait'll You See My Gidget

It's that time of year again.  The time where I want to watch all the episodes of Gidget back to back or at least have it on in the background while I get on with other stuff.  It's so bright and cheery and colourful that it gives me those happy, summery feelings.

This black and white photo of Sally Field is not bright, cheery or colourful but it still makes me want to rewatch every episode.  Sally Field - the perfect choice for the Gidget television series.

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Pour Some Sunshine Into Your Cup

image source: etsy seller, StephieD

Looking at this West Bend coffee urn from the 70s makes me happy and I don't even drink coffee!
There's one for sale on ebay if you're keen.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Moondoggie's Most Wanted

Living in England makes tiki collecting difficult (and even more expensive) but I guess that's part of the fun.  I thought I'd post about some mugs I would like to have in my (admittedly small) collection.  

Drinky via Ooga-Mooga!

My most coveted mug is 'Drinky'.  Look! He's got his very own tiki mug, complete with drink umbrella - why wouldn't I want this?  I think I first saw Drinky in Jay Strongman's 'TIKI MUGS' book and knew I had to make him mine.  I'm yet to make this happen...

Designed by Squid and produced by Tiki Farm from 2001, Drinky is classed as retired which will make finding my very own that much harder.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Colour Me Dotty

Original 1952 caption reads: "As Jernquist puts a finishing touch on one of the last dots, his neighbors (foreground) gaze in wonder at his multicolored home"

Now THAT takes commitment!

I saw this house on pinterest and went in search of the its original source - the 14 April, 1952 edition of LIFE magazine.

The brief article reads:
A man who likes to be different comes up with a polka-dot home
When people up New England way set out to paint a house, they generally stick to tidy white and plant hollyhock out front to keep it as New Englandy as possible.  But not Emery Jernquist.  When he bought his house at Warwick, R.I. it was cream-colored. He painted it gray. It was nice but it didn't seem to have much zip.  He considered painting it plain black but thought this might look a little too somber.  
Then came Jernquist's inspiration. He and his family painted the house black, then decorated its walls and white chimney with bright-colored polka dots - and it looked just fine.  At first people were skeptical but, as he answered their questions politely, Jernquist conducted a private poll and came up with a confident statistic. Seventy-two percent of the critics, he says, like the dots just as much as he does.

Would you polka-dot your house?

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Easter Fun

While casually browsing Pinterest, I found a picture which made me 'laugh out loud' literally.

I don't really know what to say except that look on the kid's face is priceless!

I clicked through and saw that it was pinned from the blog 'Inspiring Pretty' which featured a load more somewhat menacing Easter photographs.  I was in tears with laughter. Most seem to have been taken from the Awkward Family Photos website which is well worth a visit - one of my favourite sites. Do yourself a favour and check them out!