I love Starbucks!!! Did some cute dollhead illustrations in Adobe Illustrator this week inspired by my love of the iconic cup
Friday, February 16, 2018
Saturday, January 20, 2018
I had the pleasure of visiting the historic Bob Barker Marionette Theater in downtown LA this week. I love old LA history, and this theatre reeks of it! The place is alive with vintage puppets and original art from the fifties and sixties, all lovingly cared for by hipster art school types who bring the theatre to life as volunteers. The exterior is decorated with a cool mural on the parking lot side and a whimsical entryway complete with trumpeting clown. When you enter, the theatre sparkles with vaudevillian charm, old carpets and worn curtains turned magical with coffee can lights and old timey music. The hour long puppet show I saw was called "Something to Crow About" a hokey yet adorable original written in the 1950s, chock full of farm yard jokes and silly characters like the sly fox, flapper bird and tomato lady! It was charming. And at the end they served ice cream!
It is very much worth a visit to see this slice of LA theatre history.
Monday, January 1, 2018
My Mom surprised me with a very special gift this Christmas.
I unwrapped a present to find that she had given me a relic of my childhood, our family's "Barbie Angel".
Number One or Two Brunette Barbie, that she bought herself when she was 12 with her saved up babysitting money. She also had the original 1961 flocked hair Ken .
Mom sewed outfits for her Barbie and was quite good at it. She ended up attending the Boston School of Fashion Design and went on to design costumes for theatre.
When we were children, Mom unpacked Barbie and Ken, still in their original boxes, and allowed us to play with them. This was the 70s and the idea of her old toys skyrocketing in value did not occur to her. Barbie and Ken both met horrible fates, Barbie's body was chewed up by the family dog, and Ken's arm was lost at sea while we played with him on the beach.
Meanwhile, our 1970s Bradley Pose Doll styled angel tree topper's head had gotten moldy, and when mom unwrapped it one early 80s christmas, Barbie's disembodied head seemed the perfect replacement.
As I grew up, Mom dragged Barbie Angel around from home to home, storage unit to storage unit, even to a hotel room once when we didn't have a home to celebrate Christmas in. Throughout my unconventional childhood, in a different rental house almost every year, Barbie Angel brought a sense of holiday consistency. I found reassurance in that half rubbed off makeup face glaring slyly sideways as we unwrapped gifts at her feet. So calm and celestial at the top of that tree, she was truly an angel to a shy little girl growing up in a crazy world.
My mom has given me many gifts over the years, both material and maternal. This wise lady with the golden pipe cleaner halo tops them all.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
I thought I'd post these because.... It's time for Halloween, Yeay!
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Sunday, December 21, 2014
I have my first Neo-Blythe! She is lovely. I've never really gotten into Blythe, but now that I have her I am in love. She wants me to make her some new dresses. I'll see what I can do. :)