The Oscars are coming! Do you watch? Are you into it? I am not kidding, I haven’t been to the movies one single time this year, and am painfully out of touch with this year’s nominees. That won’t stop me from enjoying Sunday night’s glamour though!
So, big surprise: I thought it would be fun to take a trip down Oscar Memory Lane. I’ve also linked all the acceptance speeches below, be sure to watch them if you have a few minutes!
Enjoy these acceptance speeches!
* Bette Davis in a gorgeous dress, takes the award for Best Actress
* Amazing stuff, Ginger Rogers and the greatest moment of her life
* After a lot of dilly-dally (skip to the 1:50 mark) Miss Audrey Hepburn takes the stage for Roman Holiday
* Grace Kelly, “The thrill of this moment keeps me from saying what I really feel”
* Joanne Woodward and a mad dash to accept her Oscar. I can only assume she wanted to make the quickest possible return to her seat, next to her adoring husband. (swoon)
* Elizabeth Taylor and a very breathy thank you for Butterfield 8
* Sidney Poitier presents Best Actress award to Julie Andrews
* Hello, Gorgeous! Barbra Streisand (in possibly the sassiest Oscar look ever) ties with Katharine Hepburn, wins for Funny Girl
* Sally Field: YOU LIKE ME! YOU REALLY LIKE ME!
* Susan Sarandon, gorgeous golden goddess, wins for Dead Man Walking
Have a great weekend! Oh, and… which of this year’s Oscar Nominees should I see first???
A handful of recent finds that all seem to match!
Vintage hats, J is for Jenny pin (a keeper!) some sweet 40s children’s glasses, pennants for days*, costume jewelry and a book with a good cover. Pretty much all favorite things to find.
FOUND FOR YOU:
40s velvet hat, $10 / F is for Francine, E is for Emma, B is for Babe brooches / 1950 Chicago Fair pennant, $20 / vintage mystery books with great covers: WOMEN ARE SKIN DEEP, THE CAMPFIRE GIRLS, 1950s PERRY MASON LOT
*I’m preparing a quick pennant sale on my Mikasa Su Casa IG feed today at 1:00 EST. The two pictured above are part of a larger lot I recently bought, so check it out if pennants are your thing! They will be priced at $15 each, US shipping included. (sorry, only available to US residents)
This time with a nod to Charlie Parker, a legendary jazz musician from Kansas City, who happens to be, along with Dizzy Gillespe, Thelonious Monk and Max Roach, the face of 1940s bebop.
We listen to a lot of Charlie Parker in our house, usually on weekend mornings over coffee and chores. I’m currently reading Kansas City Lightning, so I guess it was a no brainer when it came time to select these awesomely designed album covers to share with you today.
WHAT IS BEBOP?
The term “bebop” is an onomatopoeic reference to the accented melodic lines of the music. Sometimes shortened to “bop,” the name was most likely given to the style music retroactively, as the musicians themselves often referred to their style simply as “modern jazz.” – source
WHY WAS HE CALLED BIRD?
As the story goes, Parker was given the nickname for one of two possible reasons: 1) he was free as a bird or 2) he accidentally hit a chicken, otherwise known as a yard bird, while driving on tour with the band. – source
Parker died in New York in 1955. Alcohol abuse and a terrible heroin addition, sadly a big part of the 1940s jazz scene, had Parker even pawning his saxophones for drug money. The coroner who examined his body at the time of death estimated him to be between the ages of 50 and 60. Parker was just 34 years old.
As always, so thankful footage like this exists:
+ Charlie Parker + Coleman Hawkins, 1950
+ Jazz Films, featuring Billy Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and more
+ and an awesome one from 1950 - he makes it look so easy. A great smile at the 3:40 mark, too.
If you’re not already following @HistoricalPics on twitter, here’s your gentle nudge.
All photos from @historicalpics twitter feed.
ETA: THE 1930s BABY CAGE.
Twenty-some inches of snow fell last Wednesday night and along with it came a major cleaning bug.
One realization? I’ve got quite the collection of vintage Mikasa platters going… perhaps a plate wall is in order. Another little revelation? I might need an intervention in the vintage baby doll nightie/peignoir set variety. Hoo, buddy. Serious hoard happening here. I think I’ll put together a spring collection of my favorites if y’all are interested.
Back to the plates! Keep an eye out for these at your local thrifts! They’re pretty easy to find, and usually cost about a buck. (In my neck of the woods, anyway)
Happy Valentines day, friends! I’m happy to share one of my favorite singing acts from the 60s + 70s with you today. Brother and sister duo, Nino Tempo and April Stevens, famous for such tracks as Stardust, Whispering, Tea for Two, Begin the Beguine and Deep Purple.
“Deep Purple” is notable for April Stevens’ speaking the lyrics in a low, sweet voice during the second half of the song while her brother sings. When the duo first recorded the song as a demo, Tempo forgot the words, and Stevens spoke the lyrics to remind him. The producers thought Stevens’ spoken words were “cute” and should be included on the finished product, but according to Stevens, her brother was not as easily convinced: “He didn’t want anyone talking while he was singing!”
They went on to win a Grammy for their recording of Deep Purple. Sometimes sisters know best.
A few favorite tracks, enjoy!
And for squeaks + giggles, and since it’s Valentines Day… check out April’s breathy track TEACH ME TIGER. Maybe you can play this one for your tiger tonight. Whoa whoa whoa WHOA!
I’ve been hoarding mid century kitchen towels for some time now, with big plans to display my favorites on the large wall in our kitchen. At some point, I’ll get up the nerve to stretch them around a frame, or have them properly matted and framed so that I can swap out the current display of vintage advertisements.
These are two of my favorites.
I just love all the little details, and it’s especially nice to find them in such good condition. In fact, I don’t think these were ever used or even washed, the colors are so vibrant.
Looking to treat yourself to one? NEATO KEEN is one of my favorite Etsy shops and always has a great stock of really special ones.
Howdy! How is February treating you? I’m suddenly really, really tired of winter. Just like that. I woke up and I’m over it. I don’t think I can take too many more weeks of looking outside and seeing brown. BLAH. I envy you friends in warmer climates!
One big challenge for those of us with young kids in colder climates is being cooped up in the house, particularly during that dreaded after-school-through-dinner-hour-stretch of each weekday. Can I get a HECK YES from all the Moms and Dads out there? I don’t know about you, but after one too many polar vortexes, I started realizing that my 5 year old was requesting tv time a whole lot more than I’m ok with. I’m not opposed to a little kid’s nature show (we love our Jeff Corwin) or a classic cartoon hour (we love our Scholastic DVD set ) but this kid had mastered her famous line/adorable look combo of, “Mom, can I watch a quiet show?” and before I knew it, Jeff Corwin had turned into My Little Ponies. Oh, no.
A few weeks ago, the husband and I were having one of those chats over dinner clean up, and I was venting frustrations, trying to find solutions to problems when this idea hit me: a little bin with a specific activity for each day of the week might keep this kid busy. Every week, the activities change to keep things exciting. From sewing, to collage, beading, stamping, and painting… there are endless art and craft projects out there and I was determined to get this kid to forget about her afternoon shows! I rummaged around the house for things we already had on hand, made a quick trip to the craft store to beef up our supplies and picked up the little bins at Target for a couple bucks a piece. We’ve got a couple weeks of this new system under our belts and I’m happy to report: NO REQUESTS FOR TV!!
Here’s hoping this keeps us busy and happy through the next handful of weeks until the weather warms up and we can burn some energy outdoors.
* I’m not a fan of cutting up books, but I did grab a couple of very well loved (read: trashed) books from the thrift bin with collage projects in mind. Other things to use would be junk mail, old magazines, newspaper, etc.
I keep the bins neatly tucked away on a shelf in our kitchen, next to the table where the kids do their homework. When my little one gets home, she knows to hang her coat and backpack and then she heads straight for her bin! Some of the activities are for her to do on her own, some things we do together. We put on music, she has a snack, I’m able to start dinner in peace… I can’t help but wonder why it took me all this time to figure this out.
+ 5 plastic bins, labelled for each day – M, T, W, TH, F
+ basics craft supplies like glue, colored pencils, scissors, paints, paper, etc
+ fun things like sequins, felt, fabric scraps and buttons for sewing, stamps + ink pads, stickers, play-doh, pom-pons, pipe cleaners, paper plates, etc
+ included in each bin is a little “instruction” or “today’s activity is” card. The kiddo is reading now, so this helps her practice new words.
I also printed a whole bunch Kindergarten worksheets that I found online so that she can practice her reading, writing and math. I usually give her these worksheets after she’s finished her “fun work” while I’m cooking dinner, so that she has “homework” to do once her big brother has sat down to do his. Again, HELLO, why did it take me so long to figure this out.
Pinterest is chock-full of ideas for different age groups, so have fun creating little bins that are specific to your child’s age and likes/what supplies you have on hand. Pasta necklaces and gluing dried bean art for the little ones! Pinecone bird feeders, bird house painting, wind chime making for the nature lovers! Be creative! You know what your kid enjoys! Check out Handmade Charlotte for great projects for kiddos, too.
TIP: Restock/switch up the activities on Sunday nights. For this whole thing to work, I quickly realized that it requires a little bit of prep work, but nothing major. The last think you want is your kid to get home and be all psyched to craft and you don’t have anything prepared! My biggest challenge so far has been keeping my girl from diving into more than one afternoon’s project. So much excitement, I could barely hold her back. See ya, My Little Ponies.
What are some of your favorite after school activities? Please share any project ideas in the comments section!
It feels forever since I’ve been on a big buying trip but last weekend, I managed to sneak out for a couple hours.
Seems I can’t pass up a good 50s/60s magazine, and we all know I love those darn enamel flower pins.
8 ways to wear vintage pins, thanks Alix!
FOUND FOR YOU:
Flash Instagram sale happening today over on my @mikasasucasa feed this afternoon.
Simply comment with your paypal address and I will send you an invoice. US shipping is $2-3 / $6 shipping everywhere else.