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Vintage and Slow Fashion

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Yes, this is an article about my true love: all things vintage—and of course I’m doing the rah rah for buying vintage clothes and accessories, but suddenly it’s really important to consider your clothing.I’m not talking about just what reaching in your closet does for you. Everyone wants to look cute/sexy/classy/put together/make a statement or whatever, with our choice of attire before we step out the door, but clothing has consequences.
‘Fast Fashion’ is the newest catch phrase for America’s all-consuming urge to consume, in this instance to consume the newest trendiest clothing to get belched out of polluting factories in 3rd world countries like Bangladesh.Some companies are so determined to stay ‘on trend’ they are releasing a new ‘collection’ a week! This clothing is quickly and often badly made, cheap and discarded almost immediately, one wash and its toast, so back to the store for more.

So what is the cost to this growing obsessive need for new stuff? The average consumer bough…

The Beautiful Bowtie

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This. Is a Bow-tie clock. It's so mid century and actually dates to the early 1950s. It took me awhile to figure out what it was called so I could look for information on these amazing pieces. It was made by United Clock Corp., out of Brooklyn in the 1950s. 

United made objects under their own name and in the early 60s they bought out Sessions Clock Co. after the company lost a million dollars. Their fanciest clocks were called Carnival Clocks and they were the fancy impossible prize no one could win at carnivals. Sailing ships, stage coaches, ballerinas and bowlers plus the usual atomic wall clock with spindles that are so highly collectible these days. 

United was not a high end company like Westclox or Elgin; think of them as the Walmart of mid century clocks. Affordable and lots to choose from. United folded late in the 1960s and although the clocks are still around they are getting rarer 50 some years later.

This clock, the bow tie clock, came with a mystery. The back leg was st…

AND Part Three: Art Deco

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Art Deco: 1920s-1940s Disclaimer number 3: this 3 part series is to help folks who want to know what exactly is the difference between the big 3, Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. It is by no means a deep scholarly dissertation. You can hit the internet and dive down any part of that rabbit hole you fancy. This is my overview.


Art Deco design exploded on the scene in a big way Paris at the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels.Art Deco is much easier to remember and pronounce but no matter how you say it, that was the beginning of the modern age of design. It was celebrating a new age of posh for all, post-World War I, taking full advantage of materials and mass produced high end goods and handmade luxury goods. Marketing could be tied to advertising on the new medium of radio and in magazines and print; mass marketing was now a thing.


The basic premise was to make everything sleek and nontraditional, still embracing the hard edges remaining from the …

AND: Art Nouveau Part 2

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Art Nouveau:1880s until about 1912
Disclaimer: This 3 part series is simply an effort to help those who want to know the difference between three of the major art movements of the  late 19th and early 20th century, Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and Art Deco, in a nutshell. Lots of reading available out there for those want to know more. To Keep them straight A N D, Arts andCrafts, Art NOUVEAU, and Art DECO.
Art Nouveau rose out of, and in some instances, at the same time the Arts and Crafts movement. Designers, architects, artists and artisans resonated to the free and extravagant movements of nature found in sinuous leaves, “whiplash curves”, birds, flower and feathers.

Art Nouveau artists and designers were looking for a new way to join art and design in a new vocabulary of making. Art Nouveau was romantic, and looked to different inspirations in different countries. For the Russians, old folk tales, the French, their Golden Age of design. All seem to have found their primary inspiratio…

A N D Keeping Furniture Styles Straight: Part I

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This topic is so gigantic I've broken it into three parts and here's a handy remembering device to keep these styles straight:( Please note, this is not an all encompassing article on a massive and well-known subject, it's a peek through through a keyhole for those who are not experts but would like to know more.)
A=Arts and Crafts N=Art NOUVEAU D=Art DECO
The Arts and Crafts Movement encompassed the years 1880-1920, and it's designs and pieces are still widely sought after. This movement was as much about changing society as it was about changing interior design and leaving the heavy over stuffed, over decorated Victorians behind.
Arts and Crafts was intended to be a criticism of industrial society and what its founders perceived as cheap, mechanized soulless pieces churned out of factories and vastly over-decorated. The Victorian public was enamored of the new access to cheap quickly fabricated goods, available to everyone which made this movement's focus on the educa…

Easter Baskets and Bunnies

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Long before Christianity celebrated Easter, and with it the spring equinox, it was a pagan celebration in almost every culture. As Christianity moved from the east to the west, it was easier for the church to rearrange their calendar to fit traditions that might date back a thousand years than to force new religious traditions and beliefs on a resistant populace. 


Originally a celebration of the equinox, signaling a new beginning to the year of growing things and the end of winter, the holiday became what we now celebrate as Easter. 
 Baskets would have been used to transport offerings from one place to another, or to shared meals, or just as a means of moving goods. wicker and grass baskets are after all lightweight and easier to carry and make than either clay or wood.



They  resemble nests in their shape and they are made of the same material as a bird's nest. What could be more natural than putting eggs in them as a logical vehicle to celebrate  season and shape together.



Eggs were…

From Christmas to Krampus

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Here it is almost the holidays again. If Halloween is in the rear view mirror, Christmas is coming head on at 90 miles an hour. In deciding what to write for the holiday and then some, blog, I  looked up Holidays that fall in November, December and stretching into January.

 Who knew there were so many celebrations from so many spiritual belief backgrounds in the winter season? No wonder we say Happy Holidays, Christmas just covers one of them!

I found: November 7th, Diwali, the Festival of Lights, a Hindu holiday;  November 21st, is the Prophet's birthday, a Muslim holiday; Hanukkah, December 3rd to the 10th, a Jewish holiday; December 21st, the winter Solstice; Christmas, December 25th, a Christian holiday; December 26th, to January 1st,  Kwanzaa, an African American holiday. My personal favorite will always be Saint Nicholas Day, December 6th.


It has deep joyful roots in my life going back to my childhood as a California kid, age 8, transported to a life in Germany, in cold  No…