Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Halloween Approaching!

I look forward to seeing the new Halloween stuff at stores each year.  Most of all, Target.  They have such lovely displays.  I was recently eavesdropping on the Target Team Member meeting that they have right in the middle of the store, so I guess it's not that big of a deal to listen in.  Anyhow, I  heard that Sept 15 was the day the Halloween section was going to be up and running.  We went yesterday and I was so bummed that it was only half up with discounted school supplies still lurking in the background.... boo!!!!

In the meantime, let us enjoy some vintage Halloween images to try to purge memories of yesterday's disappointment....

This reminds me of the Simpsons when Bart sold his soul to Milhouse and then again when Homer sold his soul for a doughnut!

Monday, September 09, 2013

View Master!

 (it looks exactly like this one, box and all. I couldn't get as good of a photo so used an image from the nets)

 One of the gifts I got for my birthday was a vintage View Master!  It came in it's original box and all!

Here are a few fun View Master images I found while looking around:
A view master-ed image of a dinosaur!  To continue the birthday dinosaur theme!
 Here is an image of Disney View Master artist, Joe Liptak, working on a scene to be shot for a Peter Pan reel.

View Monster!  Wacky Pack sticker

And Va Va Va Voom!  View Master for the Adults!

Snozzberry Birthday Cake!

 Here is my "Snozzberry" flavored pink dinosaur birthday cake.  Snozzberry tastes alot like strawberry, in case you were wondering.  Every year for my birthday dinosaurs get involved in some way, whether in plastic form or large goofy golf obstacle form. I found this 1987 Wilton Partysaurus cake pan for a couple of bucks at the thrift in a moment of fate last week.

Single serving with a little dinosaur on top!

Oh!  In case you were concerned, that is a plastic cockroach on the cake.  
He makes an appearance on all our birthday cakes. We play "La Cucaracha" on the record player and make the lyrics to "Happy Birthday" fit in while the birthday person wears a huge mariachi hat and blows out the candles!

Yadhtrib Aknow!

 No, it's not Japanese, it's "Wonka Birthday" spelled backwards! 
This past weekend it just so happened that on the evening of my birthday our town's gorgeous 1925 historic Saeger Theatre was showing one of my all time favorite films on the big screen....
"Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"!

And since we can't just go to a movie, especially one of this importance, without dressing up or doing something to get in the spirit we came up with a few last minute ideas.  
First,  I made envelopes to hold our "golden tickets" in that looked like life sized Wonka Bars.  On the back of the golden tickets were our real tickets double-side taped down.
Secondly,  we needed some top hats! We have a set of top hats we wear on New Year's Eve every year (hence the silver sparkly tinsel bands). So I simply added a printout of another smaller Wonka Bar to wonka them up a bit.
 Lastly, I am sorry to say I do not have a purple velvet coat and floweredy vest like Mr. Wonka... but I do have a black velvet jacket and grey and white polka dotted knee socks!
I love Gene Wilder so much in this role!  It is so cute how his wild hair flips around.  And I love soooo many of his signature lines he uses!

"A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men."
"We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of the dreams."
"So much time and so little to do. Wait a minute. Strike that.  Reverse it."
"I'm sorry, but all questions must be submitted in writing."

I also love all the Veruca Salt scenes and her song! I know she is a brat but it is so funny!

This is my favorite part when she goes all bipolar and is a raging lunatic one moment shaking her head but then slowly comprises herself back to a smiling evil child!

Snozzberries?  Who ever heard of a snozzberry?