Your Photograph in a Jar

This handy and nifty infographic from JAF Gifts gives you a step by step guide on how to create an instant vintage-looking keepsake for your most treasured photographs! Forget about photo albums and frames…the Mason jar DIY project is bound to become a hit with family, friends, and guests once you place it in a prominent location in your home.

The Mason Photo Jar is a also great idea for rustic, country-style wedding centerpieces and other special occasions honoring a certain person or group of people. Simply pick out some favorite photographs (preferably in black and white or sepia) and a few mason jars (available at JAF Gifts). Make sure the pictures fit in the jars! When you’ve wrapped the picture (image side showing outside of the glass, of course) inside the jar, pour some vegetable oil (olive oil gives a nice, greenish tinge) until it covers the entire picture.This will ensure that the photograph is suspended in the oil without ruining it.

Place a dried flower stalk at the other side of the jar the picture does not cover. Cover the jar tightly with the lid, and place the jars strategically on shelves, book cases, bedside tables, and just about anywhere you want to look and smile at memories that have been given a creative, vintage-y boost!

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Lana Del Rey Sings a Little Ditty

Lana Del Rey Absolutely Fascinates

With Blue Jeans and Video Games

Video Games

Blue Jeans

Lana Del Rey caused quite the commotion early this year, with a shake up of a semi-suspicious ‘debut’ album, ‘Born to Die’.  On January 31, 2012, the 26 year old singer-songwriter released a largely debated in dub, ‘debut’ album with Stranger Records. Upon its’ release, ‘Born To Die’ topped the iTunes chart in 14 countries, including the U.S., U.K., Italy, France, Germany, Finland, Austria, Switzerland, Ireland, Greece, Belgium, Portugal, Mexico, and Luxemburg.

Fans (and more plentiful, and ruthless, critics) were all a stir as news began to surface that this sultry pouted, blues lounge bombshell had released previous recordings under her birth name ‘Lizzy Grant‘, as well as ‘May Jailer‘ prior to signing with Stranger Records, and that much of her discography can be easily uncovered.  Prior to the 2012 release of ‘Born to Die’, the now ‘Lana Del Rey’ had previously released a three-track EP titled ‘Kill Kill’ in October 2008, and a full-length album in 2010, titled Lana Del Ray a.k.a. Lizzy Grant with 5 Point Records. Critics haven’t taken it easy on the overnight sensation, who spent a great portion of her life working endlessly to get to the very bitter-sweet spotlight she currently stands in.

Unexpected and Sexy as Hell, Lana Del Rey seems to have been amped up by management to embody an unexpected, undiscovered model for Brigitte Bardot inspired ‘big and teased’ vintage hairstyles with an ever present element of hip-hop mod fashion, in a ‘Tokyo Rose of the Trailer Park’ appeal. Personally, I love the extra packaging done to help excel her into the mainstream acceptance she has so quickly found. Now, I can only hope they don’t eat her alive before a  few more epic albums are able to be enjoyed.

Lana Del Rey was born Elizabeth Woolridge Grant in New York City on June 21, 1986, and grew up in Lake Placid. She was sent away to a boarding school in Connecticut at 14 for alcohol dependence, and began her music career while testing the waters of college in NYC. The Winner of 2011’s Q Awards ‘Next Big Thing’ title grabbed the attention of Stranger Records with the self-created, nostalgia soaked music video she had uploaded to her YouTube Channel as a single.

The outdoor captures and romantic scenes, full of vintage fashion and romantic imagery landed her a  joint deal with Interscope Records and Polydor, signed less than one month after the release of ‘Video Games’. Keep a look out for this one, she has that special something, and I highly advice watching the video for ‘Video Games’, as it is absolutely awesome in tragic Americana glory!

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Kick-start your skin transformation with anti-aging natural skin products from Beautiful On Raw.

So you’ve tried all the skin-care products you could get your hands on, from the latest skin creams to the most expensive ones out on the market today. And yet, you look in the mirror and get disappointed – you still haven’t achieved that flawless younger-looking skin you’ve been dreaming of. And you’re wondering now, maybe it’s time to consult an expensive dermatologist, who in turn will prescribe costly skin medication. Now you’re thinking – Oh I don’t mind spending more money. However, if you’re skin problems are only relatively minor, there’s absolutely no reason to book that appointment and spend hundreds of dollars.

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Be Like the Sharpie

A life long fan of the Sharpie Permanent Marker, and proud owner of a few smear-proof Sharpie pens (highly recommended), I’m so enamored to see the development and creative community involvement strategies currently being implemented by the same sensational company.

Beginning with the manufacturing and distributing of one simple, yet incredibly effective, design of the now classic black permanent marker, Sharpie has been constantly evolving and bringing innovation to permanency of ink.

The Sharpie Blog is currently promoting a nation-wide challenge that dares each of us to use their new line of fabric staining markers to create something vibrant, colorful and unique!

If as a human being, I can evolve in some comparable way to the graceful, imaginative and honorable way that Sharpie has, I’ll be quite pleased!

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Fun With Feathers on Etsy

Rhinestone, silk tulle and feather hair bobby pin, bridal - Ethereal Firefly

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‘Little Boxes’ written and performed by Malvina Reynolds ’62

Little Boxes on the hillside’…

“Little Boxes” is a song written by Malvina Reynolds in 1962, which became a hit for her friend Pete Seeger in 1963.

The song is a political satire about the development of suburbia and associated conformistmiddle-class attitudes. It refers to suburban tract housing as “little boxes” of different colors “all made out of ticky-tacky“, and which “all look just the same.” “Ticky-tacky” is a reference to the shoddy material used in the construction of housing of that time.[1]

“Little Boxes’ by ‘Malvina Reynolds’

‘Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky tacky
Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes all the same.
There’s a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one,
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.

And the people in the houses
All went to the university,
Where they were put in boxes
And they came out all the same,
And there’s doctors and lawyers,
And business executives,
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.

And they all play on the golf course
And drink their martinis dry,
And they all have pretty children
And the children go to school,
And the children go to summer camp
And then to the university,
Where they are put in boxes
And they come out all the same.

And the boys go into business
And marry and raise a family
In boxes made of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.
There’s a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one,
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.’

Words and music by Malvina Reynolds; copyright 1962 Schroder Music Company, renewed 1990.

Malvina and her husband were on their way from where they lived in Berkeley, through San Francisco and down the peninsula to La Honda where she was to sing at a meeting of the Friends’ Committee on Legislation (not the PTA, as Pete Seeger says in the documentary about Malvina, “Love It Like a Fool”). As she drove through Daly City, she said “Bud, take the wheel. I feel a song coming on.”

Malvina Reynolds songbook(s) in which the music to this song appears:
—- Little Boxes and Other Handmade Songs
—- The Malvina Reynolds Songbook
—- There’s Music in the Air: Songs for the Middle-Young

Other place(s) where the music to this song appears:
—- 62 Stars, Sixty-two Hits: the Keys-Hansen Book (Hansen Publications, 1963)
—- 100 Solos, Saxophone (London and New York: Amsco, 1987)
—- Hazel Arnett and Carl S. Miller: I Hear America Singing!: Great Folk Songs from the Revolution to Rock (New York: Praeger, 1975)
—- Peter Blood-Patterson: Rise Up Singing: The Group-Singing Song Book [lyrics & guitar chords only] (Bethlehem, PA: Sing Out Corp., 1988), p. 2
—- Broadside No. 20 (February 1963)
—- Broadside: Songs of Our Times…, Vol. 1 (New York: Oak Publications, 1964), p. 15
—- Creative Keyboard Songbook, Volume 2 (New York: Amsco Productions, 1987-)
—- Great Songs of the 60’s (London and New York: Wise Publications, 1973)
—- Kathleen Krull and Allen Garns: Gonna Sing My Head Off!: American Folk Songs for Children (New York: A. A. Knopf, 1990)
—- Kathleen Krull and Allen Garns: I Hear America Singing!: Folk Songs for American Families (New York: A. A. Knopf, 2003)
—- Jim Morse and Nancy Mathews: The Sierra Club Survival Songbook (San Francisco and New York: The Sierra Club, 1971)
—- Milton Okun: The New York Times Great Songs of the Sixties (New York: Times Books, 1970-1974)
—- Sing Out!, Volume 13(4) (1963), p. 21
—- Wanda Willson Whitman: Songs That Changed the World (New York: Crown, 1969)

Interesting Facts and Notations:

1. The term “ticky tacky” is now included in the Oxford English Dictionary, and credited to Malvina.
2. Seeger’s recording reached as high as number seventy on Billboard and number seventy-two on Cashbox in early 1964.
3. The Womenfolk’s version peaked at number eighty-three on Billboard and number ninety-six on Cashbox in May 1964.

Sources:

http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/MALVINA/mr094.htm

http://www.harvardsquarelibrary.org/unitarians/reynolds.html