Monday, September 15, 2014

ROAD TRIP, WEDDING, ROAD TRIP. PART 1

 

Well, I'm back! After a 3 week vacation across the country. The blue yarn sort of follows the trip

 

 Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Calabassa , California on I-10. Can you get these kind of magnets in Europe?

 Road trip ready? Napkins, flashlight, hand sanitizer, Hula Kitty, check! Ready for a 6 day car trip!

Alabama Welcome Center

 The Doctor. The sign on the door is priceless.

        Mississippi Welcome Center( like the sign says, duh)

 You just never know what you'll find at a welcome center. This is a practice model of a lunar lander.

 Boot prints from a real astronaut

 Look, it's me! Day one and still looking fresh. It was around 100.

 Random signs along the road in somewhere Lousiana. We spent night one in Port Allen, Lousiana. Across the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge.


 Giant star? Must be the Texas Welcome Center.

Six Flags Over Texas.

 The welcome center had a nature trail in the back. Here's a swamp.......

 ....and a alligator snapping turtle. I don't ever want to run into a real one.

No comment, just obey the sign

 Out in the middle of nowhere is Buc-ee's. A giant truck stop, store, rest area, tourist trap. You just have to stop.

 Shamu was on the elevator door at the hotel in San Antonio.

 Night 2 we had dinner here, La Fogata. Amazing Mexican food.


 San Antonio is famous for the River walk. Which is hidden under the street in the downtown area.

 The green railing is street level and the tables are basement level. Lots of shops, bars and restaurants. Which make me wonder how many people fall into the river. Not all of the walk ways have railings.

 Selfies at a roadside rest somewhere in Texas.

 The somewhere in west Texas. Nothing but ranch land.

We spent the night in El Paso, Texas. And the next morning we took a trip to San Elizario, Texas and toured an old mission.

 San Elizario was in Mexico, but a flood happened and the Rio Grande changed course. This beautiful church is the highlight of the town.

Giant Jesus.

The Virgin

Billy the Kid

 This is the old jail. Legend has it that Billy the Kid broke into it to help a friend escape. Hmm......it might be true. A movie called Fandango was filmed here and there are a lot of art galleries. It would have been a nicer time if the Boarder Patrol helicopter wasn't flying low over the town. Mexico is about 1/2 mile from this building.

New Mexico

At the welcome center. We spent the night in Demming and the next morning spent 2 hours at the local museum. The museum has a large collection of Nimbres (probably spelled wrong) pottery. The pottery is as beautiful as ones we saw in Greece. Except there are no human forms, just animal and lines. The place is full of all kinds of interesting things: cars, a bell collection, geodes, cowboy stuff,  a lace and quilt room, old fashion medical stuff, and a huge room full of weird dolls. 2 hours well spent.


Phoenix, yes, it's 3:51 pm and it's 112. Notice that we are in a tunnel under the city, out of the sun. People live here, by choice?

Spent the last night of the road trip it Blythe, Ca. right at the Colorado River. I promise I didn't jump out of the car and kiss the ground.

If you are ever on a road trip on I-10, you have to stop here. It's in Cabazon, Ca. Why stop? The best date milk shakes on the planet. This place has been here since the 1930's and sells, well, dates. A must stop place.

This is Friday and day 6. We made it to the wedding hotel around 3pm. And ran into tons of family in the lobby and pool. The bride and groom live in Culver City, but the wedding was in the Santa Monica mountains and Calabassa is about 15 minutes from the site. It's also the hometown of some people who have a reality show(hint: all their names begin with K).

Man, that was a lot. Which is why  3 parts. Next up: The Wedding!!!


As I was using my brother-in-laws computer, I could only do one Weird Doll Wednesday post. Never fear, it will be back! Heck yeah, I got 5 new weird dolls. Stay tuned!



Wednesday, September 3, 2014

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 113


Doll made out of straw with beaded arms. Got this at Miss Kitty's Cat Recuse the other week. It might be African, but it has no markings.


Saturday, August 23, 2014

UGLY $2 DRESS

 

See? Ugly!!! I call this style of dress, or jumper, a school teacher dress. I've seen way to many school teachers wearing this kind of frumpy, neuter thing. Why in the heck did I, with all my stylish awesomeness, buy this thing? See that skirt? See all that light weight denim? I have a seam ripper, a bottle of dye, a pair of shears and a vintage 1970's pattern, that's why


 and now it's cuter than kittens in a basket!


 Before you get all excited, it's about 4 sizes to small for me. It's a size 12 for a 34" bust, and, well, lets not go there.


I used the view in front, but didn't add lace and used the left over print fabric for the bow. I guess I "upcycled".  If you can't seem to find fabric, sheets or anything else to turn into clothes at second hand stores, why not check out the ready made stuff? Remember this blouse I made out of a long skirt?


Think outside the box and have fun. Even if the halter top turned into a hot mess, the fabric only cost $2. Even with the cost of a bottle of dye, it was cheaper than buying denim.

Now for some more news: I'm going to be taking a break from blogging and facebook for a couple of weeks. No major life events or anything dramatic, just a short break. I may be able to do a few Weird Doll  Wednesday posts, but don't worry if I don't. I just means that I don't have my laptop and I don't like using other computers. I see you all in a couple of weeks.



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 112

 

After 2 weeks for creepy, lets go to a happy place. SPAIN!!!!! Vix isn't the only one with Spanish dancers! OLE!!!!


 Love the dress. Hmmm, I do have a pattern for a flamenco dress.

Love their fingers! And the detail on his jacket.



Monday, August 18, 2014

 LAST FRIDAY I GOT NEW GLASSES


Before I show them to you, let's see the last 20 or so years of frames.  I checked out on-line frame stores and liked some of them. But the new frames I got at my eye doctor's ended up only costing $36! I tried on a lot and don't care about "designer frames" (or I would have bought the Prada ones!) I buy frames that look good on my face. To hell with what's trendy.



 Damn, it looks like I'm some kind of fashionista label whore!


First up: Jean Paul Gaultier frames I got in California about 20 years ago. Yeah, they were $$$ but I wore them everyday for almost 10 years.

Pair #2: The frames are red and they are very light weight. The nose bridge thingy started to get really lose, which made them slip down my face all the time. It's too bad, because I love round frames. For some reason they're really hard to find.

#3 the pair I've been wearing for the past 4 years.

#4 the new pair

on my face


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 111

 

After last weeks "Fur Twins" (yes, their  eyes close) I thought about a pretty, sweet doll post. Nah,  lets go back to Creepytown!!!


Say Hi to Brother and Sister Amish.

Remember the movie Witness? It was set in Pennsylvania Amish country. All I know about the Amish is they live on farms, ride around in horse drawn buggys and for some odd reason are the stars of 2 reality tv shows. Breaking Amish and The Amish Mafia, I kid you not. Not being a fan of reality tv, I've only seen the ads. Breaking Amish looks like Amish kids gone wild and the other one, the title pretty much says it all.  The dolls look like they've had way too much electro shock therapy.


I'm getting new glasses on Friday. So a lot of posing is going to be happening around here.  See ya then!



Wednesday, August 6, 2014

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 110

 

The Olsen Twins new line? Freaked out yet? 

I am!!!!!!!!!


Fur, real fur, plastic hair and felt. No clue as to what's going on with these two. They want to be your friends.