Thursday, August 30, 2012

Upside Down Face!

 When the moob is napping he usually has his head twisted in strange ways.....

Ed refers to this position as the upside down face.  

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


As I was surfing the web I came across these fab looking pillows! 

How cute are these big eyed pillows!

These are all by Naked Decor  They also have a lot of super cute doggie items too!  But I just adore these cat pillows!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Tribute to Sammy

Hard to believe that its been almost a year since my Sammy has been gone.  I still think of him often and miss him terribly.  This past weekend I went to an art class and painted a portrait in honor of Sammy.  Since I had placed so much importance in getting this painting right, I really started to struggle getting it to look perfect.  Thankfully, the instructor was incredibly helpful and showed me some interesting techniques to really make it pop.

Was really pleased with the eyes, but hated how his stripes looked...the color was so muddy.  The photo of Sammy that I was using was very washed out so his stripes look very muted.  The instructor helped me pick out some darker color to make them stand out more.  He also showed me how to lighten up some of the areas on his face with some easy brush strokes.

Its still a work in progress...but I really think I've captured his eyes.  Hoping to finish this up in a few weeks, then I'll share the finished product with you.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Monster Con!

On our way to Brigantine, NJ this past weekend, Ed and I decided to stop by Cherry Hill to check out the latest Monster Mania Con.  They have this event twice a year and Ed and I have been attending it for the last couple years now.  Many of the folks really get into dressing up at these events, and I love to people watch so this event is perfect for me.  This time around the focus was on the Hellraiser series of films.  The guy who played "Pinhead" was there as well as the rest of the cast from the film.  He is much less threatening in person than he is in the film.  This time around I didn't take any celebrity photos, but hung around in the marketplace where they were selling all kinds of fun items from all your favorite horror films, and of course I also managed to catch a couple of folks dressed up for the occasion.

This was the first thing we saw as we approached the building.....The Bat mobile!  This is definitely "Old School" Batman gear!

Cloverfield action figure...who wouldn't want this beauty??

The puzzle cube from Hellraiser....everyone was pretty excited to see this....until they found out that it didn't do anything.

These piggy banks were fun and colorful!  Love that skeletal piggy in the back!

Really digging this 3D Clockwork Orange artwork!...Hey I found a website that sells his work HERE!

Because when the Apocalypse hits, you need to be stylish!

I'm hoping that these are only props!

That guy on the peeking out on the left is way creepier than any of those ghoulish dolls!

As usual, there were folks who got dressed up for the favorite part!
  Awww look....she's making friends!

Hey!  This clown was at the last Monster Mania Con!  Odd that he would be checking in with full makeup already!

Thats nice...the clown found a friend!!

People letting it all hang out at the Monster Mania Con!  Looks like everyone was having a blast!...OK I'll stop now!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


Yesterday, after a long day at work, I came home and headed over to the lobby of the condo building I live in.  In the lobby, there are a bunch of bookshelves where folks in the building bring books they have read or no longer want.  Many times I've brought stuff down there in order to purge my book collection.  For some reason I was compelled to go down to see if there was anything of interest to read, since I was almost finished the current book I was reading.  Immediately I came upon "My Life In France" by Julia Child.  Julia has always been an inspiration for me and I have always enjoyed watching her cooking shows.  I was pretty happy to find her book, and immediately snatched it off the shelf with my greedy little hands.  To my surprise, this morning, when I get on the computer and the Google site popped up, I found out that today is Julia's 100th birthday! Eerie coincidence?!!  Perhaps other forces are at work here?  Either way, it is odd that I would come across her book right around her 100th birthday.   Does stuff like this ever happen to you?  Seems that the older I get, the more often these types of things occur.  Most of the time I laugh it off and forget about it, but this was just so odd because of the timing.  Anyway, Happy Birthday Julia!

Monday, August 13, 2012


When I was little, my hair went through many changes in style, probably more changes than it has in adulthood.  I've had the following, curly mop top, pixie, Prince Valiant hair, Jane Fonda shag (from the film Klute), Dorothy Hamill cut, Long braids (think Pocahontas with bangs) and much much more.  Below is just a sampling of all the hairstyles my mom forced me to endure in my childhood.

Here I am with a curly head of hair and a cute little bow.  Too bad I was terrified when this photo was snapped!

Here our hairstyle was more of a pixie cut....which eventually grew out into the bowl cut below.  

Which eventually morphed into the dreaded Prince Valiant haircut....remember Prince Valiant?  It was the Sunday comic you never read!...or at least I never did!

See the resemblance??

Here I am circa 1973 ...loved that dress and the hair...barettes were my fave back then!  I think this was how I preferred my hair the most, long and curly...sort of how I wear it now, without the barettes.

Now you may have noticed that me and my sister have had exactly the same haircuts over the years...something I've always hated!  Sometimes my mom had us wear matching dresses too!  UGH!

Here, our hair grew out quite a bit.  I recall my mom spending what seemed like hours, combing out the tangles in my sisters hair.  Thankfully, my hair didn't tangle as badly as hers.  My mom would braid our hair, yanking and tugging on it or she would do the ponytails and have it set in curlers to obtain the look above. The whole process was torturous!  I think after awhile my mom was sick and tired of dealing with our hair and had us get the haircut below....

Yes, the dreaded SHAG!  My mom saw the movie KLUTE and loved Jane Fonda's hairstyle in the film.

See the resemblance?

Lastly we bring you the Dorothy Hamill haircut.  Everyone wanted to look like her!...well everyone except me...and I couldn't WAIT to grow mine out!

Thankfully, when this photo was taken, it had grown out a bit... If  I recall, I don't think I have any photos of when I first had the hair cut, because I hated it sooo much and did not want any reminders of how my hair looked from that time!  My mom was always forcing us to cut our hair into styles that we didn't want!  I already felt pretty ugly with my braces...and the Dorothy Hamill haircut made me feel hideous!!  Thankfully after the Dorothy Hamill debacle I got to choose how I wanted my hair to look after that.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Moob Immortalized

It was Ed's birthday last month, and his mom had a special commission of artwork made for him...a painting of the MOOB!  How fabulous is this??  Needless to say, it was immediately hung in the living room so that we can admire it.  Ed's cousin is an artist and has done some of the cat artwork in the house, but this latest creation has to be his best work! 


 Prior to Moob's arrival, this was my favorite cat painting in the house.

 This one has a folksy primitive charm to it.

Ed bartered for this large cat by doing some IT work for a client of his.

Thursday, August 2, 2012


And no, I'm not talking about the dancing....I broke something that I LOVED!  I was looking for something in the closet, and I pulled out a box of Halloween and Christmas decorations, and something fell out of the top of it...I heard a crash of something breaking and it broke my heart in the process...please NO! NO! NO! NOT THAT!!  I broke my precious black cat ashtray.

The one I broke is third from the left.  Sadly I also broke the cat with the  yellow striped hat too, but I'm not as upset about that one since I got it at the dollar store (not vintage).

Now, I don't smoke, but I loved the vintage painted face on this guy with his red tongue hanging out.  It was a Charlie Brown moment, you know what I'm talking about...that scene where he puts the ornament on the tiny Christmas tree and when it flops down he exclaims "I killed it!".  That's how I'm feeling right now!