Ahhhh Friday Friday…..you’re finally here. I feel like every week I’m amazed we made it through it all….will life ever slow down?? Sigh. Methinks not. Despite the craziness, I have some very fun links to take you through the weekend. TGIF Baby!
I read today that Ray Harryhausen died. Now that is not a name that I was immediately familiar with but he was a major influence in my childhood.
I grew up in a house full of boys in the seventies. Our garage was full of skateboards, bikes, soccer balls, basketballs, pogo sticks, and at least two homemade go cart in different states of repair. My mother bought Bactine by the caseload.
If they weren’t playing sports or fixing up the tree house on a Saturday afternoon, they were inside watching a movie featuring the mesmerizing work of Ray Harryhausen.
My love of Ray’s work began with Mighty Joe Young. This was one of my favorites as it wasn’t as scary as King Kong!
And I loved Mysterious Island and that crazy crab!
But it was his Sinbad/ancient Greece/Rome movies that really got us kids excited! And for good reason!
Oh man, those skeletons! My brothers and I would re-enact this scene so many times one summer after watching it on KPIX. It is still spooky!
Ray was a true genius and transformed special effects before we had computer generated abilities. How did he get this wonderful outlook and passion for his career? Why, his parents, of course! YAY! Ray once said,
‘My obsession with fantasy has been lifelong, growing during my formative years and being taken to new heights by novels, paintings and of course films, and I was always encouraged by my parents. They nurtured this unusual passion in me by taking me to films and theatre, and later enthused about my experiments with marionettes, models and animation, eventually even helping me with productions. They never tried to discourage me in any way from my obsession, and could just as easily have said, ‘Get out there and be a doctor or a lawyer or follow some other profession that is going to bring you in money’. Fortunately, they didn’t’.
These movies are so much fun for kids to watch today. Even against the mind alteringly beautiful special effects of Spiderman and Ironman and all their manly buddies, there is still something utterly wonderful about Ray’s work. Thank you, Ray, for some amazing memories of hanging with my brothers splayed out on the floor with our chins in our hands mesmerized by your work.
Did you watch any of these films growing up as a kid?
I have such a love of vintage sheets—as do many many other people! And with good reason. The patterns are so joyous and perfect for the sweet spring going into summer weather. They also bring back such wonderful childhood memories of good nights nuzzling that colorful soft cotton. But why should these wonderful floral sheets only be appreciated when you are asleep? That’s why I love all of the great ways crafty people are incorporating vintage floral sheets into their sewing.
I wanted to share with you my top ten crafty vintage sheet projects that I’ve been storing on my Pinterest boards that I find worthy enough to take a pair of scissors to my beloved collection of vintage sheets I’ve been hoarding over the past few years.
These lovely little bags are perfect for sachets or for giving little presents! From Vintage Sheets.
I think this might be one of my favorite ways to use vintage napkins. What great idea and what an easy gift idea too! Image from Flickr user Sparkle Candace.
Are these not the most adorable things you’ve ever seen? Just think how many sweet little blocks you could make with a whole sheet! Another amazing gift idea. From Spearmint Baby.
Staying on the baby train for one more stop—would you look at these sweet little bibbity boppity bibs? They’ll make you even more excited to feed your widdle one. From Crafty Blossom.
How can you not want to wear this skirt? Perfect for summer and so much less work than a whole dress! Lisa Clarke from Polka Dot Cottage created this gem and has a great tutorial so you can make it too!!! I’d kinda like to see it in a striped sheet!
Who says your Christmas stocking should be red and green? Wouldn’t you rather have this happy frilly little fellow? I’m sure Santa would remember it out of all the other ones! Image from flickr user marywasadj.
There are so many marvelous vintage sheet quilts out there and delicious interpretations that I almost get dizzy thinking of all of the great ways one can use vintage sheets in quilts. Image from Little Miss Shabby.
Do you have a stash of vintage sheets? Would you ever dare snip them up?
Did you know our girl Jenny from our fave blog, Frecklewonder has a dandy new shop of vintage goodies called, Mikasa Su Casa. A shop that includes so much awesomeness, like this wonderful jacket. Sigh! We miss you, Jenny!
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