Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The weeks fly by

The weeks fly by when you are busy. The first few weeks of summer break are always filled with chores I put off until the break.
My car needed a smog check, and it still needs to go to a garage to have the "weird sound" taken care off. Thing is, one can not do without a car here. It is not a city that has everything within walking distance (or biking distance). For every little thing one needs to hop in the car.

And besides the chores there was beading, sparkling tiny beads in geometric forms.
It is very addicting and I am adding more and more shapes and beads until I run out of daylight and have to switch to knitting. Yeah, I know poor little me having to choose between yarn and beads.
The green Grinch shawl was finished last week and in true acrylic yarn fashion it is slowly unblocking itself.

The answers to the pictures from the last post:
1 Endmund Gwen "Kris Kringle" suit from Miracle on 34th street
2 Bette Davis "Queen Elizabeth I" dress from The Virgin Queen
3 Yul Brynner "King Mongkut" robe from The King and I
4 Costumes from Mutiny on the Bounty
5 Rita Hayworth "Maribelle Hicks" dress from Cover Girl
6 Deborah Kerr "Catherine Parr" dress from Young Bess
7 Elizabeth Taylor "Velvet Brown" racing suit from National Velvet
8 Greta Garbo "Anna Karenina"
9 Leslie Caron "Gigi"
10 Shirley Temple "Virginia Cary" dress from The Littlest Rebel
11 Julie Andrews "Maria" do-re-mi dress from The sound of Music
12 Merle Oberon "Empress Josephine" coronation gown from Desiree
13 Barbra Streisand "Dolly Levi" from Hello Dolly!
14 Mary Astor "Mrs. Anna Smith" gown from Meet me in St. Louis
15 Marilyn Monroe "Kay Weston" gown from River of no Return.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Hollywooooooooooooooood, part two

Let's play some "guess the movie and actor".


14: I do have to say, this dress was the most surprising one, I have seen the movie several times and never noticed that this dress is so stunning!! Look at all those leaves and grapes!
The detail is just amazing!!
And although the poster in the back is from singing in the rain, the dress is from another movie, the little nightgown on the right is kinda a giveaway.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Hollywooooooooooooooood, part one

Warning!! the following posts are going to be full, and I mean full of pictures.
It will take me days to go through every single one of them look at them and relive the memorie of actually seeing these Iconic pieces in person! By the end of the day my battery was empty!!
And I did not even take pictures of all the beautiful people I met.

A few weeks ago a very good friend asked if there was anybody interested to go to this, on a special viewing date. OMG!! nobody has to ask me twice, I loooooove old movies!!
So, to make a long story short, we both left husbands and children behind and drove to LA.
We stayed with her friend, spend a most wonderful night out in town, dancing and singing the night away.
The next morning the parking fairies were on our side, after we entered the (small) parking garage underneath the building, the attendant shouted at the next car it was full!!
We skipped upstairs, and walked into the world of costumes and props.

Steward Granger's costume from "Young Bess"

Michael Rennie, "Desiree"
Marlon Brando, "Napoleon Bonaparte"

Rex Harrison, "My Fair Lady"
Jean Hagen, "Singing in the Rain"
Marilyn Monroe, "Gentlemen prefer Blondes"

Judy Garland, dress and slippers worn for the first two weeks of filming, "Wizard of Ozz"
Lana Turner, "Diane"
Audrey Hepburn, "My Fair Lady"

Claudette Colbert, "Cleopatra"

Debbie Reynolds, "Singing in the rain"
Judy Garland, "Meet me in St. Louis"

Me and Barbra Streisands' dress from "Hello Dolly"

Hedy Lamarr, "Sampson and Delilah"

Marilyn Monroe's subway dress, Isn't it delicious!

Plenty more to come in the next posts.

Thursday, June 09, 2011


Another Monster, we named her Tilly.

And how does one get the teenager to shop?? We went out for some much needed shorts and shirts (everything was outgrown) But he was more interested in a Hat! Well everybody needs to make a fashion statement, and I will be the last one to say "no you can not wear that".
He went home with a Fedora, and has been wearing it ever since (except for school, where they don't allow hats)

He even willingly posed for a picture!!

Monday, June 06, 2011

WIP's and a FO

It has been a long time since I posted some knitting projects. Not that I did not do anything, there are many WIP's in progress.

Something I did finish over the last week, meet Nameless Monster. He still needs a name but I am depending on my friends to be creative in the "monster-naming-department".
Nameless is very fond of all the Sand Dollars we found at the beach and every now and then we hear him scream "Dollaaaah".
Of course we gave him the job of protecting the shells and "Dollaaaah's".
He can live with us over the summer but after that he has to go to school just like any young monster.

Than there is the green sparkle shawl I am working on, I was of course drawn to the color and the sparkle and not particularly fond of the quality of the yarn.
It will make a nice and warm shawl for the chilly summer evenings. Make that more like winter evenings with the weather we are having lately.

Also in the WIP's one Artichoke sock is done! I really like the outcome of the pattern and the use of beads in the cuff.

The countdown until summer break has begun, only 4 more school days!! I can't wait to have a bit more knitting/crafting time.
And to treat myself to something fun I ordered some of these in nice colors for more Monsters!

Sunday, June 05, 2011


After a walk on the beach and some serious beach combing for Sand dollars, you get hungry and the best remedy is going to Famous Dave's!

Here is my little (ahum) beach comber with the bag full of shells and even a piece of green beach glass.

The weather was perfect, and the clouds too.

For the remaining part of the Sunday afternoon I folded origami flowers for the parent volunteer reception. One more week of school to go until Summer break.