Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Nifty Knockoff

It's no secret that I adore Jonathan Adler and his designs and I've gushed about him numerous times here.  While on a recent trip to Marshall's I came upon this beauty...

Marshall's Adler knockoff peace hand

As soon as I saw it I was reminded of Adler's Peace Hand which costs around $225.  I have no problem with knockoffs...hell I have no problem trash picking either!  Anyway, I couldn't resist, especially since it was only $10.

Jonathan Adler peace hand

Me thinks I got a good deal, plus I think the Marshall's version is way cooler looking.  

Monday, March 29, 2010

Sunday Funnies...a day late

My dad sent me an email with this hilarous video which is outtakes from the Carol Burnett Show.  It has some foul language so be warned..and muff the kids ears!  Enjoy!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Spring Fling

Recently, I received my CB2 catalog in the mail. It was exciting to check out all the new outdoor furniture.  Spring is definitely in the air, and I cannot wait to start utilizing my back patio again. Below are some of my favorite items:

The Ipanema table - $199, Ipanema chairs - $99.95
I really like the retro look of the chairs.  Reminds me of something my grandparents would have had in the 60s. 

The Pucker chair - $89.95 
Definitely a fun looking chair, love the bright color and the fact that it folds up for easy storage.

Igloo chair - $149
Is it possible to be in love with a chair?  These are freakin' fabulous!  I need to get me one!

Shore Planter - $69.95
I really like the simplicity of this planter.

Tweet Bird Feeder - $29.95
This has to be one of the hippest feeders I've ever seen!  The birds in my neighborhood would go cuckoo for this!

Friday, March 19, 2010


Back in the 70s, public service announcements (PSA's) were huge.  Even celebrities would appear in ads.  The ads would would tell you to not smoke, don't pollute, don't start forest fires, etc.  Enjoy some blasts from the past:

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Daylight Savings

I don't know about you, but I've been seriously missing that hour of sleep since the time change. So much so that it has affected me most of the week. Last night I even made an attempt to go to bed early, but still managed to wake up very tired and groggy. Is it a ripple effect of some kind that just makes me more sleepy? Or perhaps it is the weather, which has been incredibly nice as of late. All of this makes me wonder why we subject ourselves to daylight savings time in the first place? Why can't we just let time alone?

After a few cups of coffee I decided to investigate why we observe this practice. The idea of daylight saving was first conceived by Benjamin Franklin (during his sojourn as an American delegate in Paris in 1784, in an essay, "An Economical Project." The idea was simply to take best advantage of the daylight hours. Ben is certainly a fascinating guy, and If I ever had a dinner party where I could invite the five most fascinating people dead or alive, he would certainly be one of them. This idea caught on and eventually was made into a law.

Of course with any change, there is opposition. Frequent complaints consist of the inconvenience of changing many clocks and adjusting to a new sleep schedule. For most people, this is a mere nuisance. There is some evidence that the severity of auto accidents increases and work productivity decreases as people adjust to the time change (so that explains my sluggishness!). Farmers especially have it difficult because it takes the rooster several weeks to make the adjustment...so of course COCKLE DOODLE DOO comes either an hour later or an hour early, depending on how you adjust your clocks for the season.

Once I get over this slump and my body adjusts to the change in weather as well as time, all will be fine.  My poor dog Aspen was mad at me this morning because I had to cut our walk short this morning because I overslept.  He gave me a hard time, and I practically had to drag him inside.  At least it will still be nice and sunny for our walk when I get home this evening.  Looking forward to longer days.

Aspen giving me the Boo Boo face to make me feel bad.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Freddie and the Dreamers

, mFeeling quite lazy today, so I'll just post this video for your viewing pleasure. I love the synchronized dancing by everyone in the band.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Liberty of London

I was incredibly excited for the Liberty of London line of items making it's debut at Target yesterday.  I had my eye on one of the lampshades and I wanted to get one for a lamp that was recently painted and fixed up.  Sadly, by yesterday late afternoon, they were sold out online!  I cannot believe that they sold out on day one!  Damned daylight savings made me sleep late, and miss the best deals!! GRRR!!  Perhaps I'll find it at the store...heading there immediately after work to see if there are any crumbs left.

UPDATE:  I got my lampshade today!  WOO HOO!  See Photo below:

Here is a sampling of the collection:

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Jonathan Adler

My hero, Jonathan Adler has some new products available, and can I tell you, they are totally FAB!  I love his retro styling and fun attitude when it comes to decorating.  His items always put a smile on my face.  Below see some of his latest stuff.  I'm sure you will be as amazed as I am!  Makes me wish I could afford his stuff...perhaps when it goes on sale I could.  Enjoy checking out the new items:

How groovy is that godfrey chair?!!  Its a little reminiscent of Finn Juhl whose designs I've always admired.

Monday, March 8, 2010

My favorite moments at the Academy Awards

The Snuggie is always good for a laugh!

The Dude Abides!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

I Luv the 70s!

Here is some fun 70s inspiration...

This picture cracks me up!  Brilliant..just brilliant!

I am in love with those Panton chairs!  I would get rid of the sofa and the mirrored wall, and have all white walls so that the chairs and light fixture could really stand out...as is, it looks too busy.  Photo from Apartment Therapy.

Squirrel ring boxes by Jonathan Adler.  He has such wonderful retro ceramics!  The guy really knows how to create a happy home.  I wish I could afford his stuff because its so much fun.  Photo from Jonathan Adler.

These R W Berries Co. figurines are hilarious!  I remember giving one of these to my grandfather back in the70s.  I think it said something like World's Best Grandpa....Images from Etsy.

Apartment Therapy recently featured this groovy house tour!  I love all the retro 70s details.  That wall hanging is fantastic!  Photo from Apartment Therapy.

Who doesn't love Ziggy?  Recently, while I was over at my boyfriend's house, I came across a Ziggy figurine hidden in a cabinet.  He didn't even know that he had it...I should have snatched it without telling him!  Perhaps I'll see if I can persuade him to give it to me.  

I am completely unashamed about the love I have for these big eyed children and pity puppies and kitties. These pictures were incredibly popular in the sixties and seventies.  I even had a couple in my bedroom as a child.  I wouldn't call these fine art by any means, but I treasure them as if they were. The two prints in the photo above were found in the trash....I couldn't believe my eyes!  One was still in shrink wrap with its original label.  They were part of the Moppet series of prints by Eden.  Many of the artists of the time went by one name, Eden, Eve, Gig, Keane, Maio, Goji, Ozz Franca, and Igor.  These lovely prints now proudly hang above my bed.  

What a fabulous sofa!  My family had something similar in their living room.  It had more of a burnt orange color to it though, but very similar in style and fabric.

Here is the sofa I grew up with.  It is hard to tell because this photo is somewhat orange and dark, but it was a burnt orange and green floral sofa.  Not quite as vibrant as the photo above, but very similar.

Remember when streaking was all the rage?  One of the most infamous moments in Academy Awards’ history took place on the Oscar night April 2, 1974. As the host David Niven was introducing the night’s final presenter, Elizabeth Taylor, a nude streaker came running across Oscar’s stage flashing a peace sign. Liz Taylor was hysterical!  Then there's was Ray Stevens' song "The Streak"..funny stuff.  

Monday, March 1, 2010

Vintage LP's

Lately I've been putting the 8-tracks aside and listening to my records instead.  The thing that I love most about records is the artwork or photography used on the covers, especially the older stuff from the 50s and 60s.  Here are some of my favorite covers.

This was an album from a TV show in the 60s.  My mom has this album in her collection too.  Its a lot of fun to listen to and the band is great.  The singing can get on your nerves after a few songs though.  It is very high pitched and can make your ears bleed if you listen for too long.

I picked up this gem at a thrift store for 25 cents.  It's a pretty decent album, and still sounds great.  I just love the cover of the couples hanging out and having coffee.  Reminds me of when my parents when used to have friends over for Bridge and coffee...and I was supposed to be in bed, but I would sneak  a peek above the bannister at the top of the stairs.  It always sounded like they were having a wonderful time.

I just love the frilly and colorful skirts on the can can dancers!  Lots of fun to listen to too.  I believe that Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec would approve.

I've loved Sonny and Cher since I was a little kid.  Their TV show was the best!  Love the psychadelic colors and images used on this cover.

I love this album cover..it also folds out...but I forgot to get a photo of that...doh!  Anyway, the album is pretty interesting.  Bongos are featured prominently on each track.  I usually can only listen to one side, because listening to the whole album is bongo overkill for me.