Things We Liked This Week (4/16/17 – 4/22/17)

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Our favorite finds from the internet this past week.

Dot (AtticAndBarnTreasures.com) – This popped up on my feed and it made me so happy to see the wildflowers recovering in California after the severe drought! If you are lucky enough to live in California or happen to be visiting there soon this article  includes a map of popular areas to see the blooms. Enjoy!

JayDee (ThirdShiftVintage.com) – Today is Earth Day! Looking for a fun way to celebrate? How about checking out the Lyrid meteor shower tonight? The article “Lyrid Meteor Shower 2017: When, Where & How to See Its Peak This Week” will help. If the skies are cloudy, you can also watch the meteor shower live at Slooh. Slooh will also have a live presentation this morning (at 9am ET) Celebrating Earth Day, an interview with several astronauts and videos submitted by people all over the world explaining what they would miss about Earth if they were in space. What would you miss most?

Laurie (NextStageVintage.com) – Happy Earth Day! They aren’t exactly household names, but we owe a lot to environmentalists. Here are some names you should know and the reasons you should know them.

Linda (SelectiveSalvage.com) –  I stumbled across an article by Craig Burrows, a photographer who specializes in ultraviolet photographs of flowers. Mother Nature’s art work is absolutely beautiful, even in the dark. 

Mary Ellen (AuntHattiesAtticVintage.com) – Now that we are retired we know that we will be taking road trips and like the quirky and unusual destinations. The website Roadside America looks just the place to plan some visits. Yes, there’s even an app for that! I would totally like to visit The Lincoln Train Museum .  

Tina (GirlPickers.com) – I have some shady areas in my yard where grass just does not want to grow and I just ran across this Country Living article for plants that will thrive in the shade.  

Pam (VintageRenude.com) – As a music lover April 21 is a special day. Today is Iggy Pop’s 70th birthday. While you may not know or even like his music, he almost single handedly created an entire genre of music known as Punk. On the other end of the spectrum, today marks one year ago that we lost another pop icon, Prince. So whatever your musical tastes may be, go have a listen to something you enjoy in honor of all the great musicians out there.

Have you found something on the internet this week that you would like to share? Post the link in a comment below!

Things We Liked This Week (4/9/17 – 4/15/17)

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Our favorite finds from the internet this past week.

Dot (AtticAndBarnTreasures.com) – They really do research everything! This will give you a smile. Have a wonderful week everyone!

JayDee (ThirdShiftVintage.com) – I was reading through Apple News this week and stumbled on the article “10 Family Heirlooms That Tell Stories“. The timing couldn’t have been better, as I have been spending more time at my parents house. When I look around their house, I see stories in so many things in each room. Like the spiral staircase lamp and plant holder that my uncle made for my Mom – she always had it filled with her plants. Or the display hutch that was made by another uncle and has always displayed figurines and collectibles, also items that have a story. You wouldn’t necessarily think a garage would hold heirlooms, but as soon as I step in my parents garage, I recall so many memories and stories about the workbench Dad made and his wood drawers in a cabinet that hold nuts, bolts, and nails. I wish I could bottle the smell of his garage and take it home with me – so many fond memories! I really enjoy being at my parents house among all these memories. I wonder if my own kids will someday have memories and stories of the things displayed in our house?

Laurie (NextStageVintage.com) – The Scottish Book Trust offered up a list of the top ten most memorable rabbits in literature. Some I knew, some I didn’t. But I take some issue with this list because it omits my favorite, The Velveteen Rabbit by Marjorie Williams. To this day, I cannot read it without getting teary and running to hug my Hoppy, a ratty-tatty plush bunny that still has the tiniest bit of still pink flannel that has not been worn away deep inside his ear and is, as he has always been, real.

Linda (SelectiveSalvage.com) –  Earth Day is coming up on the 22nd which is one more good reason to think about things we can do to ensure we leave the world a better place for generations to follow. Here’s an article that lists 25 ways to become a wildlife warrior. As an added bonus, the author opens with five really cute animal videos which is the perfect way to start your day off with a smile. 

Mary Ellen (AuntHattiesAtticVintage.com) – I love old cars and enjoyed this use of a new “precious” artifact of the auto industry.The Anthropocene’s Best Gem Is Made Out of Old Car Paint..  

Tina (GirlPickers.com) – With spring comes the itch to do some picking and hit the garage sales.  I happened along this article of a 100 mile garage sale here in Illinois.  It’s not until June 16 and 17 but it’s something to look forward to.  

Pam (VintageRenude.com) – Just when we thought the 90’s were over for good, they’re back! Who remembers Tamagotchi’s? The company that created this Japanese craze has brought them back. For now they are only available in Japan though. So you may have to wait a bit to relive your childhood.

Have you found something on the internet this week that you would like to share? Post the link in a comment below!

Things We Liked This Week (4/2/17 – 4/8/17)

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Our favorite finds from the internet this past week.

Dot (AtticAndBarnTreasures.com) – Did you know that April is National Decorating Month? Well we didn’t either but that DID send us on a hunt for easy projects. How about painting your cabinets! No? Well then how about a concrete countertop – DIY style! 

JayDee (ThirdShiftVintage.com) – Oh. My. Check out these very clever succulent cakes and cup cakes! Aren’t they gorgeous?! I make my Grandma’s Crazy Cake recipe quite often (it’s a family favorite for over 70 years) and the next time I make it, I’m going to turn it into succulent cup cakes for the May Day Baskets I make for our neighbors!

Laurie (NextStageVintage.com) – Do you knit or crochet? Are you a slightly subversive human being? Yarn bombing may be for you. Like most covert street art, it’s impossible to pin down exactly who where and when it started. Leanne Prain’s 2009 book Yarn Bombing was my inspiration when I collaborated with five stealthy family members and friends to yarn bomb an noble old maple in our front yard to celebrate  my girl-child’s high school graduation. Now that the weather is warming up, I’m thinking it might be time for another stealth yarn bombing operation. I’m fueling up my creativity here and here and here

Linda (SelectiveSalvage.com) –  I was introduced to the Brazilian acrobatic dance form Zurcaroh this week. Not as a participant, you understand, but as a spectator and all I can say is “WOW”. 

Mary Ellen (AuntHattiesAtticVintage.com) – We got the beat! Yah! What Do Hanson And Madonna Have In Common? Hits Ideal For Saving A Life

Tina (GirlPickers.com) – Not everybody will be excited about this but I am a collector of Mason jars and my mother’s maiden name is Mason so there’s a reason.  Anyhow…Ball just announced a new designed jar with a spiral design and a new miniature jar too!

Pam (VintageRenude.com) – For anyone who knows me, it’s no secret that I love a good beer, preferably a good craft beer.  So for those who love beer, here is a list of The 10 best beer cities in the US. Raise your glass and say Cheers!

Have you found something on the internet this week that you would like to share? Post the link in a comment below!

Things We Liked This Week (3/26/17 – 4/1/17)

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Our favorite finds from the internet this past week.

Dot (AtticAndBarnTreasures.com) – I love working with this icing! It works perfect for decorating and it a must for your Easter cakes. If you are in need of a refresher on making flowers for your cakes and cupcakes you really need THIS. And just in case you have a thing for sunflowers (made of icing!)……. Enjoy!

JayDee (ThirdShiftVintage.com) – Oh my goodness, do I have Spring Fever! My mind is on my flower gardens. I plant over a thousand annuals every year in our various gardens, choosing annuals because I like to change things up each year and try new flowers. I especially like finding unique and unusual flowers to be a focal point in each garden. While searching the Internet for ideas, I ran across this article “15 Flowers to Try This Spring” by DesignSponge. I’m really looking forward to trying the Cobea Scandens this year – what an amazing flower!

Laurie (NextStageVintage.com) –  Shout out to my friend Helen who posted an incredible Buzzfeed Sweaty video of four guys old enough to know better skating on an ice covered trail in Duluth, MN. The original Vimeo trail skating video  is even more funny/amazing/mind blowing. 

Linda (SelectiveSalvage.com) –  I think a quick trip to Sweden is in order to see the world’s first mall that sells only recycled goods. Talk about the perfect excuse to go shopping. 

Mary Ellen  -(AuntHattiesAtticVintage.com) – My Mother in Law always had a tidy home and went through a deep spring cleaning every year. Now that I’m retired, I’d like to develop a better spring cleaning habit with 30 Days of Spring Cleaning Tips for a Sparkling Home. 

Tina(GirlPickers.com) – I have always admired crazy quilts and recently came across this article on Crazy Quilt History.  They are so colorful and I just love the different hand stitching.  

Pam (VintageRenude.com) – Since California has had more than it’s share of rain so far this season, the  Southern California desserts are blooming with gorgeous carpets of Spring Poppies. What a beautiful sight!

Have you found something on the internet this week that you would like to share? Post the link in a comment below!

Things We Liked This Week (3/19/17 – 3/25/17)

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Our favorite finds from the internet this past week.

JayDee (ThirdShiftVintage.com) – Now that it’s Spring, my thoughts turn toward my gardens. We have a lot of moss growing in our woods and I have been able to use some of that moss to start the moss growing on some large boulders along our driveway. I have often thought of creating a little community of small sculptures to hide in the woods, then help the moss get started on covering them. I found this photo as inspiration. Can you just imagine it? Walking along a path in the woods, and tucked unexpectedly just off the path you are greeted by moss covered “people”. I can’t wait to get started! If you like moss, here is an interesting article I found this week called “The Truth About Moss – Dispelling Moss Myths“. 

Laurie (NextStageVintage.com) –  We still have an extensive vinyl collection, mostly 1970s-1980s new wave, punk and British invasion. And I know vinyl is back. But I never much thought about how LPs get made. Story on APM Marketplace this morning led me to this indie record company and modern maker of LPs, Hand Drawn Records

Linda (SelectiveSalvage.com) –  I am in awe of British artist Ann Carrington’s talent. Check out the way she transforms vintage silverware into gallery worthy bouquets

Mary Ellen (AuntHattiesAtticVintage.com) – Another Kind Of Blue uses Technology and Dance to create a new form of art.

Tina(GirlPickers.com) – While I don’t necessarily agree these are the worst Decor Trends from the year you were born, I certainly enjoyed browsing and seeing items that are now VINTAGE!  And big flowers on matching curtains and bedspreads…I’m glad they’re gone!

Pam (VintageRenude.com) – I don’t know about you, but I love Instagram. It’s by far my favorite Social Media app.  I found this cool infographic of Instagram facts. 130+Facts about Instagram you should know in 2017.

Have you found something on the internet this week that you would like to share? Post the link in a comment below!

Happy “National Goof Off” Day

Technically, “National Goof Off Day” is celebrated on March 22nd….but in the spirit of saving that day for doing nothing special, we decided to publish the Vintage Unscripted tribute today. 

So what’s the point of the day? Exactly what it sounds like. It’s the one day of the year when urban legend says you’re free to take a few hours to do whatever you’d like. We suggest you start the day with a rousing round of Double Dutch jump rope which is guaranteed to get your heart pumping. After that, why don’t you pack a picnic lunch and go to the park to feed the birds and people watch? 

Weather not great? Never fear, we’ve got fun ways to goof off indoors. First on the list, curling up in your favorite chair to read a good book, followed by a long nap. Too tame? Then how about playing dress up or dolls with your kids? (Or all by yourself. We won’t tell). If your family is joining in the celebration, challenge them to a round of your favorite board games.  Winner has to do the dishes…..tomorrow.  

End the day in perfect fashion with the Snoopy Dance and rejoice in the fact that  “National Goof Off Day, 2018” is just 364 days away.

 

 


“I have always considered the right to ‘goof off’ an inalienable right.” — Marty Rubin

Things We Liked This Week (3/12/17 – 3/18/17)

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Our favorite finds from the internet this past week.

Dot (AtticAndBarnTreasures.com) – As we are all still shivering (even in Florida!) from this latest dose of winter – with Spring official on Monday I thought you might like a little help in planning your next trip south. Don’t worry – we should be warm by then! Welcome to some of the natural wonders of Florida.  ~enjoy~

JayDee (ThirdShiftVintage.com) – Okay. So I totally know what I am going to be doing this weekend if I can find some free time! If you have a spare dozen or more toilet paper cardboard tubes, send them my way, would you? Check out this artist who creates fun and unique faces using nothing but a toilet paper cardboard tube and his hands – so cool! You can watch the video of his faces at Junior Fritz Jacquet. For more inspiration, here is his website. And here is a video of someone trying to replicate these toilet paper roll faces.

Laurie (NextStageVintage.com) –  The town of Lincoln, MA has a couple of landmarks. The Walter Gropius house is the famous one. But Ponyhenge is the one that I find curious and organically exciting, in a molded plastic kind of way.

Linda (SelectiveSalvage.com) –  Had a rough day at the office? According to the BBC, watching nature videos is the perfect antidote for stress, anxiety and overall grumpiness. Who are we to argue with Mother Nature?

Mary Ellen (AuntHattiesAtticVintage.com) – I love Irish Music,Dance and the Corned Beef Dinner that this holiday brings. Happy St. Patrick’s Day Everyone! Virginia 7-year-old is Irish stepdancing champion  

Tina(GirlPickers.com) –  Spring is in the air and flea market season is not far off.  Why not take a road trip and check out this list of flea markets going cross country.  

Pam (VintageRenude.com) – I admit it, I’m a sucker for gorgeous architecture.  And as a vintage enthusiast, repurposing beautiful old buildings is right up there on my ” Things I love” list. Here are some fabulous old buildings that have been reborn by some amazing architects.  Enjoy! Abandoned buildings transformed into something beautiful

Have you found something on the internet this week that you would like to share? Post the link in a comment below!

Things We Liked This Week (3/5/17 – 3/11/17)

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Our favorite finds from the internet this past week.

Dot (AtticAndBarnTreasures.com) – This week I wanted to share a few recipes – no, not the food kind. The make-your-own household cleaners kind of recipes. You have probably heard of a few of these and some may surprise you. I plan on giving more than a few of these a try this spring!

JayDee (ThirdShiftVintage.com) – I love plants! Both indoor and outdoor plants. I can’t seem to get enough of them. I love being surrounded by green plants throughout our home and enjoy spending time outside in our gardens. Even if you don’t have a “green thumb”, I found this article “How to Choose a Plant for Every Room in Your House” that I think you will enjoy!

Laurie (NextStageVintage.com) –  I’m visiting Indianapolis for the first time and of course I immediately thought of the Robert Indiana Love sculpture, a great piece of art from the 1970s that has become a pop culture icon.

Linda (SelectiveSalvage.com) – IKEA just released another impressive design ideas and surprisingly, it’s not new knock-down furniture.  “The Grow Room” is an easy-to-build sphere that when finished will house a set of gardens large enough to feed a neighborhood. The blueprints are free so I plan to look into it as a supplement to our local volunteer Food Bank.  One more way to get back to our roots which appeals to the vintage collector in me.

Mary Ellen (AuntHattiesAtticVintage.com) – This little girl on Wall Street drew a lot of attention this week! “Fearless Girl” sends bold message to Wall Street Titans

Tina(GirlPickers.com) –  I love animals of all kinds and this week I happened upon this video from the show Planet Earth II on the BBC America network that highlights 10 animals you won’t find in your backyard.  Have a look.  

Pam (VintageRenude.com) – I found this awesome chart that shows the top 100 websites ranked by traffic in the United States. 100 Websites that rule the internet Which ones do you frequent most?

Have you found something on the internet this week that you would like to share? Post the link in a comment below!

Things We Liked This Week (2/26/17 – 3/4/17)

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Our favorite finds from the internet this past week.

Dot (AtticAndBarnTreasures.com) – We had a blast at the county fair last weekend! I especially love walking through the greenhouse and seeing all the kids (4H ya know!) plant entries. This year there was a section for fairy gardens – so me being the curious sort just had to Google to see what I could find. Oh boy! You really need to check out Flea Market Gardening. Even if fairy gardens aren’t your thing they have tons of garden ideas with lots of vintage appeal!

JayDee (ThirdShiftVintage.com) – I’ve found a new craft I would love to tackle – creating giant sculptures of my favorite flowers! I spotted this article “This Former Musician Creates Incredible Sculptures with Flowers” and it has inspired me. I seriously would love to do this! I would make sculptures to display inside my home, and would also make some to “plant” outside in my landscaping. Painting them would also be a blast!

Laurie (NextStageVintage.com) –  This is the cabin fever time of year when I get a little restless and feel the itch to paint one of our rooms. I am always seduced by paint names. Sea Star. Gossamer. Amulet. Which makes one wonder, how do they they come up with paint names?

Linda (SelectiveSalvage.com) –  I happened on an inspiring story about Mary Golda Ross, a Cherokee space engineer who was one of the original American dreamers. Born in 1908, she was a member of the Lockheed team that put astronauts like John Glenn and Gus Grissom on the moon in the 1960’s.  As her niece said, “she would have gone if they’d let her”. 

Mary Ellen (AuntHattiesAtticVintage.com) – I can’t wait to read this amazing story of a Maine hermit.

Tina(GirlPickers.com) – I came across these beautiful images of space taken from Earth over the last year.

Pam (VintageRenude.com) – One of the smartest men in the world just took the advice of a 5th grader. You gotta love this! Elon Musk just took advice from a super smart 5th grader 

Have you found something on the internet this week that you would like to share? Post the link in a comment below!

9 Vintage Heartthrobs – Then and Now

If you were a teenage girl in the 1970s, I am sure you will remember these heartthrobs! You probably had their posters on the walls of your bedroom (or hidden in your closet if your Mom didn’t approve). You probably had dreams of being their girlfriend, and you might have written their names over and over again on your school notebooks…. Mrs. Shaun Cassidy, Mrs. Shaun Cassidy, Mrs. Shaun Cassidy…..

Let’s take a look at some favorite 1970s heartthrobs, and what they look like today (in no particular order – well, okay… maybe a little bit of a favorite order – LOL). 

Shaun Cassidy

Shaun started out on General Hospital at 5 years old. He really became popular in the late 1970s in the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew Mysteries alongside Parker Stevenson. He continued acting until the mid-1990s. He began writing and producing TV series and movies in the early 1990s and has been active doing that ever since. I like him best for his song “Be My JayDee Baby” (seriously, the song is “Be My Baby”, but I liked singing it with my name instead of “baby”). 

David Cassidy

David started his TV acting career in the late 1960s – everyone remembers him best as “Keith” on the Partridge Family. He made all the teenage girls swoon when he was singing hits like “I Think I Love You“. He remains an accomplished actor and musician to this day.

Donny Osmond

Everyone remembers the Osmond Brothers. Especially Donny. Donny with the dreamy eyes and bright smile. Donny singing “Go Away Little Girl“. Donny singing “Puppy Love“. *sigh* Donny still has his youthful good looks and continues to perform and appear on TV. 

Davy Jones

Davy started out as an actor in the 1950s, moved on to American broadway before he joined with the wildly popular group “The Monkeys”. Sadly, he passed away in 2012 at the age of 66, but leaves behind a great legacy. One of my favorite songs Davy sang is “Daydream Believer“.

Bobby Sherman

Bobby started out in TV in the late 1960s, but really became a heartthrob when he joined the Teen Idol Tour with Peter Noone and Davy Jones. You might remember his hit songs “Little Woman“, “Julie Do You Love Me“, and “Easy Come Easy Go“.  He was also a Captain in the Los Angeles Police Department and San Bernardino Sherrif’s Department.

Andy Gibb

As well as acting in many TV shows in the 1970s, Andy and his brothers were wildy successful as the “The Bee Gees”. Remember Andy’s hit “I Just Want To Be Your Everything“? Andy had a difficult time with his rapid rise to stardom, and sadly, we lost Andy in 1988, but his songs live on. 

Leif Garrett

Leif started acting in the late 1960s and has been in dozens and dozens of movies and TV shows throughout his life. In the late 1970s, he turned to a singing career and was best known for his disco hit, “I Was Made for Dancing“. 

John Travolta

When you hear the name John Travolta you immediately think of his dancing prowess in Saturday Night Fever, Grease, and Pulp Fiction. But do you remember him in Welcome Back, Kotter as Vinnie Barbarino? Hubba hubba! He continues acting to this day. 

Rick Springfield

Rick’s been in a TON of TV shows, and is probably best known for his role as the dreamy Dr. Noah Drake in the show General Hospital. But I will always remember him as a heartthrob musician singing “Jessie’s Girl” and “Don’t Talk to Strangers“. 

Who was your favorite heartthrob from the 1970s? Share in a comment below!

 

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