Monday, February 15, 2016

Random Ad Lines

Vintage The New Yorker Magazine OOAK Fridge Magnets

Random bits from vintage The New Yorker Magazines that by all rights I should have thrown away years ago after suffering water damage causing foxing and bleeding. But I just can't throw anything away! So I started making these magnets from the good bits last Christmas for stocking stuffers and they were a big hit. Then of course I just had to start making them for my shop. They are, as I said, original bits from ads and text so no two will be alike. They are fun and great conversation starter and party favors! 

I love making these magnets. I get to enjoy the old New Yorker Magazines again. I have spent many many hours in my life flipping through these. Even before I could read I would look at all the cartoons The New Yorker is famous for. My education in social history begun when I would have to have my father explain the cartoons to me. You had to know what was going on in the 20s 30s 40s to get the joke. Now I get to turn bits of them that would have ended in the trash into cool little magnets!

Each set is, of course OOAK (One of a kind). I did some grouping of like subjects but with variety. The New Yorker was from the very first the epitome of cosmopolitan sophistication. Sophisticated humor was an aim of the founders, Harold Ross and his wife Jane Grant. The New Yorker evolved into a magazine that featured the most renowned writers and journalist of their times. And the ads, the ads were from the elite companies catering to the elite New Yorkers! Fashion, Liquors, Home Deco, World Travel, the Theatre the Night Life and oh yes the Cuisine!

And through out the magazine the best illustrators, humanist, and artist scattered their best works. The New Yorker Magazine even gave us a catalogue of all the art and entertainment weekly available in New York. "Goings On About Town, A Conscientious Calendar of Events of Interest". Boy how interesting to see whose art was showing in the galleries at the same time what was a hit on Broadway!

Goings on About Town Magnets

I guess you can tell I have a life long love of the New Yorker Magazine. Can't say I read most of the articles but I can tell you my love of vintage advertisements and ad art started with the New Yorker. 
 And how can I end without speaking of the forever famous New Yorker Magazine Covers. My favorite, I think, is Mary Petty and her Peabody family. Arnold Hall, Perry Barlow.....I could never name them all. But I love them all!

The New Yorker Magazine Cover Mary Petty

And to close:
To my father, the man who purchased all The New Yorker Magazines from the first one till the last published before his death, thanks. To all the people who have been part of The New Yorker Magazines, thanks.


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Ultimate Control Freaks Power Grab

You can find on pretty much any forum, news source, news opinion source, social media platform many grievances against our Government! Against our national government, or our local and state governments. No matter what your political or social beliefs and agendas are almost everyone has a beef with “government”! I have a beef with our government. Many beefs!

But one of my biggest even though it is one of the most minor beefs, is our government plain flat screwing up our lives twice, yes twice a year! So idiotic is this manipulation I tend to believe it is malicious.  Government’s cruel joke.  The ultimate control freak’s power grab. The control of time. My time and your time.  Day time and night time. Daylight Saving Time.

Someone needs to tell those fools that eight o’clock is eight o’clock. Not sometimes seven o’clock or sometimes nine o’clock. It’s just eight o’clock. It’s like telling me you are cutting government spending when you are really spending more just calling it less.

I’m not going to fall for these lies and manipulations of the true anymore. I revolt! I am not changing even one single clock!

And I am going to make sure the rest of my life I do not vote for anyone who has shown they believe they can manipulate me into believing eight o’clock is seven o’clock or that spending more is really spending less!

Monday, October 12, 2015

I Have Realized That After Living Alone For Three Years Now

Many of my habits have changed

Many I would never mention! But one I noticed this morning that I had not consciously acknowledged to myself before has to do with my morning coffee. I admit my morning coffee habits are not very interesting. I make the coffee when I first get up before I plant myself in front of the computer. Usually downing my first cup reading my emails.  Then its back to the kitchen and here mornings do vary. I might realize it's time for my medicine or I might realize it time to feed the 4-leggens (i.e. the cats and dogs). So I move to the bedroom, I move to the cat room, I here and there. I go outside. I come inside. I carry around buckets of water. Sometime I answer the phone so early. And of course during all this I must have another cup of coffee! 

Maybe I should explain a bit about myself. Well only this relevant bit. I don't see very well. I only see with one eye. And that eye doesn't have much peripheral vision and I have been told has macular degeneration. Just in case you are thinking doesn't that mean...yes it does mean. I have very narrow vision and the center of that narrow vision is kind of blank.

You probably know where I am going with this to the point you have all ready guessed that I have lost, misplaced my coffee cup. Yet before I get breakfast or start making my orders I need more of coffee! I used to go back walking through the house scanning for my cup but I rarely ever found it. Just not having the time to scour with my limited vision every inch of every rooms. I stopped trying and started grabbing another cup. It was not that worrying. Sometime during the day I would see the lost cup and carry it back to the kitchen. More dirty dishes. Who cares. I live alone so no one even knows.

Well I started simplifying life and at night when I washed the dishes I put the TWO coffee cups over by the coffee maker. Ready for my morning coffee! Never thought much about it again. Till this morning. This morning I realized there were THREE coffee cups over by the coffee maker!  One for each cup of coffee I was going to drink this morning. So did I recently start drinking three cups of coffee instead of two or did I always drink three cups but now I lose the second cup therefore needing a third coffee cup?

Oh who cares and thank goodness I live alone! No one is saying something like "What's this?" and no one is grabbing one of my coffee cups!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Today I Saw...

Oh my goodness! I never click on internet ads but I almost did! Out of the corner of my eye I saw something that quickened my heart rate. I thought I was looking at a spray bottle of Tabasco! WOW! I was so excited! Yes Yes! Then I notice the spray bottle sure looked a lot like Febreze's bottles. Then the big big disappointment. I won't be able to spray my pulled pork with Tabasco anytime soon it seems..........Wait I can buy empty spray bottles! Yes got to get to the store!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

New Twist On An Old Item

Dictionary Book Page Giclee Prints

I have been selling Dictionary Book Page Collages on Etsy since 2010 but recently had a customer who wanted to string hers across her window like a banner or bunting but the printing on the back side of the book page could be seen when the light shown through and ruined the image.  
Of course I had to come up with a solution. And not only did I come up with a solution but I made the decision to make this solution available to others. 
I had been wondering if maybe I should branch out on eBay and list more than the select few Dishwasher Magnets I have been listing there for a good while.  I sold extensively on eBay before I went to Etsy in 2006 about a year after they opened.  And with all the changes at Etsy and the sudden crash in sales that happens with no known reason I had gotten that nervous twitch that come from having all my eggs in one basket! Or most of my eggs at least. So I found myself thinking maybe I'll try a couple of these new dictionary book page prints. 
These are not the same as what I sell on Etsy. On Etsy the picture is printed on an original dictionary page for the customer. These are images of those collages that are printed on medium heavy card sock. These look wonderful strung across the window or above the couch. They are, unlike the book page collages, sturdy enough to hold up and not tear up. And there is not any back print to clutter the image when lit from behind.  Also I was able to adjust sizing so ready made mats and frames will work with ease. 
And another little perk. They can be purchased on a slightly vintage motley color cardstock or purchased on white cardstock giving you a glorious black and white piece of artwork.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Call Me Optimistic

Not that anyone who has ever known me would, but I am betting a quarter pound of Butter that the hot hot hot of summer is over. I put the quarter pound of Butter in my butter dish that sits on my kitchen counter. Last time I did that I found the dish swimming in the butter that was melted all over the counter.  That was about the end of June. My butter has had to stay in the fridge since then cold and hard as, well as hard as cold butter. It might be great for making biscuits. But who the heck wants to make biscuits in a kitchen that is so hot it melts your butter!