Grandma Shirley's Albums Part Two

My grandma's albums are filled with her little notes written in white ink.
I absolutely love her delicate handwriting, it's so pretty!

Her sister, my great aunt Jean, who is still alive and hilarious.

Grandma and Jean holding my uncle / My great uncle Chuck and Opa Milton

These photos of my Opa (on the left) and his military buddies are wonderful!

My grandma's collection of cocktail napkins, complete with handwritten dates.

Grandma Shirley's Albums Part One

I absolutely love looking at my Grandma Shirley's photo albums. During World War II, she was one of those Rosie the Riveter gals, working at Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach, California, like these ladies. I always keep an eye out for her whenever I see photos like those. This particular album seems like it was mostly compiled before Grandma met my Opa Milton. It is filled with little mementos, portraits of her friends, lots of silly photos of herself, and a few letters.

What a funny lady she was! I'll be sharing more tomorrow.

Generations Album

During my latest trip to the public library, I checked out two very different types of craft books; Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People, and Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts. I love Amy Sedaris, I think her newest book is even more hilarious than I Like You. I always enjoy Martha Stewart's crafts, even if a lot of them are a bit too skilled for me. One of the projects in her book that I really loved was the Generations Album, an album filled with old family photos and trinkets. You can find the instructions on creating your own album here.

I definitely have a soft spot for old photos and photo albums, whether they're of my own family, or found in an antiques shop. I can't believe anyone would part with such treasures. Maybe it's kind of weird to collect pictures of people I don't know, but some of the photos are just too interesting to pass up. I also collect old empty albums, hopefully to someday fill them with my own photos. I love the black pages, and the little black photo corners. I found this white and gold album in Oregon, and the little wooden album was from an estate sale years ago. The photos have been collected from here and there, over many years.

My mom has two fantastic albums from the 1940s and 1950s that belonged to her mother, who passed away when I was about ten. They are packed with pictures labeled in her handwriting, plus lots of notes and even a collection of cocktail napkins. I will be sharing some snippets from those over the next couple of days. They're amazing!

Closet Clean-out Sale

Through a very recent series of unfortunate events, there's a good chance that we might be a bit behind on the rent for next month, so we've got to make some money before the end of this month. We're selling pretty much whatever we can at a yard sale, and I've put the nicer things up for sale online. I added lots of new things, some of my very favorite pieces, so if you looked during the sale for Lily, please have another look! I hate selling some of these things because I really like them, but I'd rather one of you lovely people have it if I can't. I've also put several of my original watercolors up for sale.

Have a look!

Thank you!

Return to Renegade

This past Sunday, Jose and I attended our second Renegade SF, and we got to see so many great indie artists and crafters. I was excited that Emily and Uppercase would be attending again, and I decided to paint a couple of little portraits to give as gifts to Ms. Martin and Janine Vangool (the wonderful mind behind Uppercase).

I packed the paintings in little envelopes tied with baker's twine, and we set out on the long and harrowing journey to San Francisco.

Emily was a sweetheart! She really appreciated my gift, and she was kind enough to sign my copy of her book, and to take a picture with me, though Jose was the one who asked since I was on the verge of heart palpitations... aw, gawrsh. My face looks surprisingly calm here, I was more "AHHHH!" on the inside. She's so cute.

We ended up with some very nice purchases and things given to us by certain very generous ladies.

All of the prints by Dan Bob Thompson were amazing, but I chose this one.

Jose found a shirt and stickers by Jose Pulido's Mis Nopales Art.

He also bought a comic and EP from Michael Jonathan.

Two gorgeous issues of Uppercase Magazine. Janine also liked her painting, and we got to talk with her and see her little guy Finley. We didn't get any photos of the Uppercase booth since it was always super crowded, but there are plenty on their blog.

Jose picked out this print of Emily's for his future classroom, and I chose her Alice postcard set.

I collected a few very pretty business cards and a souvenir map.

Well, that was a bit exhausting but pretty amazing! Thank you so much to Emily and Janine for being the bee's knees and making my day. And of course big thanks to Jose for braving the horrible traffic.

Disneyland, Sweet Disneyand

My mom's friend from high school was kind enough to sign us into Disneyland and Disney California Adventure the other day, and though the heat was sweltering, it was so much fun! It's been over a year since we last visited, which is actually a pretty long time for us. We were able to go on all of our favorite rides, see a lot of our favorite shows, and experience the newly reopened Star Tours, which was fantastic! We also ate at the Blue Bayou, which was a rare (ridiculously expensive but super delicious) treat.

We got stuck at the top of the Grizzly River Run for about fifteen minutes. After the ride started up again, I got really bad whiplash, and I still can't move my head up or to the sides without it hurting a lot. Of course the day after I turn a year older, my body starts making me feel old! We finished the night off with fireworks, dancing and singing to Fantasmic, and some very tasty funnel cake.

We were pretty much limping all the way back to the car, but it was so worth it.