Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Weekly Song Challenge-

 


Jingle, Jangle, Jungle hosts this weekly song challenge where she provides 3 topics/themes and one has to come up with 3 songs that cover this challenge. The 3 topics this week are:

1. Song About An Angel

                             2. A Song With Bad Grammar In The Title

3. A Number                  

1. SEND ME AN ANGEL-REAL LIFE-1983

There are so many angel songs I could have gone with, but I am trying to choose songs that pop right into my head and this was the first. Annoyingly, it won't pop out of my head. 

2. AIN'T MISBAVIN'-SUNG BY BILLIE HOLIDAY- ORIGINAL 1929 BY FATS WALLER

I do like this song that was originally composed by Fats Waller, Harry Brooks and Andy Razaf(lyrics). I know there was a musical done in the 1970's with the same name and the song was sung by Nell Carter. This song was sung by many greats over the years.

3. 867-5309-SUNG BY TOMMY TUTONE-1981

How well, I remember this song when it came out and it was played, ad nauseam, in many dance bars/discos, I went to. The song is actually supposed to be a telephone # and sung..8675, 309 which is fine in song but I really hate it when someone tells me their phone # saying the first 4 digits then a slight pause followed by 3. Hey! It is not that way! You say the first 3 digits then the 4!! Geeez. I have a had a few clients, not from other countries but born here, who decide to screw things up and state their phone # in this most irritating way. This song caused quite the stir because many people started calling this # up and disrupting the lives of many people. I think this may be one of the reasons(correct me if I am wrong) why all #'s in films and movies start as 555. 

Can you think of any tunes?

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

2 Cards....Hope You Likey

 


Happy Little Stampers:Watercolor Challenge- Anything Goes

Simon Says- Anything Goes

I used color bursts in yellow and blue pearl for the background by spritzing the card with water and just sprinkling the color on top which bursts into these great colours. Once dry, I took some paper pieces I have and glued them on top. I stamped my cottage scene in black dye ink and coloured them with my gelatoes. This is not the tasty ice cream, but are like crayons although nice and creamy. I scribbled the colour on a plastic lid and then took some water on a paintbrush and put the brush into the crayon colour. Picking up that colour, I painted the scene which turned out quite nice I think. I might add a saying or not..haven't decided yet.


Dream Valley- Hand Coloured image

The Male Room-Steampunk

This card is for the wonderful Shady who offers his vast knowledge in music which started in the Dell. He grew up with many other teens spending many a day and night dancing and hanging out at this establishment run by a husband and wife team, named John and Helen Ettline who provided a refuge from the world. This image is his backdrop he has on his blog which, I believe, is off one of the walls at this shady glen.

I took a dark red and green color from the distress inks and used a sponge to colour the backdrop. I then looked at his picture on Shady's blog and drew the scene using a pencil before colouring it in with my tombow markers adding the graffiti as best as I could. I stamped the time piece on gold and embossed it in gold powder and added the heart. It is of a time past but never forgotten and always loved. If Shady has trust in me, I will gladly send this to him and add 8 picture corners because I thought he could add a photo of Helen  and John on the inside. Hope you like it and, for some reason, I felt I had to make it for you. That feeling would not leave me until I did. 

Everyone, have a beautiful day.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Thursday Movie Picks_Romance Tropes:TV Edition-Love Triangles

 


Should I be so jaded and say...finally! Absolutely no disrespect to the revered Wanderer, but I am now having my fill of romance. That does sound horrible doesn't it? Anyway, it is the last Thursday in February(EGAD!! Where the hell is time going?) which means it is TV time and we are celebrating the love triangle. I have never been in that kind of threesome but I know it exists and I had to pick 3 TV shows that have this angle. Let's see what I have come up with and then, check out Wandering Through The Shelves to see what everyone else chose. So many TV shows are now on Netflix, Disney, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Gulu, Zulu that I don't see any and refuse to dish out more money. I actually long for the days with ABC, CBS and NBC had all the shows. I lucked out since I watched a ton when tv was actually free(OK we had to put tin foil on the antenna to get a better quality picture but, it worked). Did I rant again? Anyways(Don't count how many times I use that word), here are my 3...

1. GENERAL HOSPITAL-1963-PRESENT


Yes, I watch this show, got a problem with that(trying to use a Brooklyn gangster accent there). This is now the longest running show still in production in the U. S. and I am still enjoying it with all the angst, anger, deceit, lust, love, improbable situations, murder, mayhem, dogs and cats living together, well, you get the idea. My mom watched this show right from the beginning so I grew up on this show and remember the original love triangle between Dr. Steve Hardy, Nurse Audrey and other nurse Jessie. Alas, poor Jessie, Steve only had eyes for Audrey who was a real slutty slut slut pulling Steve's..er...chain until finally realizing that Steve was the man for her. Later, we had Scotty, Laura and, yes, Luke with Luke winning Laura(never mind the rape incident..pishaw!) and marrying her in the biggest daytime event in TV history. From there, we had many other love triangles with young ones doing a quad triangle..wait..you know what I mean. I love that some of the people that were around in the 1970s are still on the soap.

2. SOAP-1977-1981


This is a hilarious show that took its cue from all the ridiculous plots from the soap operas on daytime TV. It has 2 sisters who love each other, one married a middle-class slob while the other married into a very wealthy family. The down to earth sister, who married the nice working man slob, has an adult son from a previous relationship who is supposed to kill his step dad. She has another son who is gay(Billy Crystal) wondering if he should have a sex change operation but who also is like his mom-nice and down to earth. Finally, her husband has a son who is nice but his ventriloquist dummy is a sarcastic a-hole. Meanwhile, the sweet, naive, daffy other sister(Katherine Helmond) is married to a jerk who sleeps around. They have 3 kids a nice older sister, a not so nice other sister and a young boy who gets some time in with his teacher. The sisters' dad has dementia and thinks he is in WW2 while the Butler(Robert Guillaume) is excellent in sarcasm and leaves to get his own show(Benson). Of course you have love triangles that are more than a few plus a priest who falls in love(that created a big stir in the news), murder, mobsters, aliens, a demon child plus so much more. It always ended on a cliff-hanger that you had to tune in next week to find out what happened. It was very funny(especially when Crystal's character is hypnotized, but can't break free and believes he is an old Jewish man. If you are looking for political correctness, you will not find it here.

3. LOST-2004-2010


I was a major watcher of this show and would still watch it again with all the intricate goings on in this TV show. It starts off when a plane leaves Australia and crashes with the front half of the plane on one side of this F%$@-up island and the other half(you learn later) on the other side. You find out, soon enough, that something is not quite right on this island when a man who could not walk, can now and a woman, who had terminal cancer, is now cancer free. The leader of this wreck is a nice guy, a spinal surgeon, who soon develops feelings for one tough gal, Kate, who is a fugitive. Rounding out the trio is Sawyer a bad ass con man that loves Kate too and she is not sure which way to go-the angel surgeon or the nasty devil..Sawyer. There are many other major twists and turns this series takes which made my mom lose interest in once the plot went nuts. She liked the simple people on an island and learning who they are plot lines but once other people came into the picture including some dark killing mass, she gave up. 

Can you think of 3 that fit the TV show bill?

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Weekly Song Challenge

 


I believe this is week 8 hosted by Jingle, Jangle, Jungle where she gives 3 themes per week and one has to choose a song that is in the title, the artist or in the lyrics. The 3 themes are:

1. A Body Part

2. A Flower

3. An Instrumental 

1. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes- Jerome Kern-1933

I fell in love with this song when I heard the beautiful Kathryn Grayson sing it in a compilation of MGM musicals called "That's Entertainment". She sang this in the musical "Lovely To Look At" (1952), a remake of Roberta, where this song originated from. I know the Platters made it more famous but I love this version. I have to admit I always loved the change in lyrics by Hawkeye Pierce (M.A.S.H.) while he showers..."Ask me how I knew, her brassiere was blue..."

2. Honeysuckle Rose-Fats Waller-1929

Yeah, on the same film as above("That's Entertainment") I was introduced to the exquisite Lena Horne who sang this song in the musical, "Thousand's Cheer"(1943) and made me want to see more of her. Unfortunately, unless she played something typical like a maid, she wasn't greatly utilised.  

3. Wheels- by the String a Longs(who knew??)-1960 I know it from Billy Vaughn-1961

My mom had this song and always recalled how my brother would start to dance to this song. This was a vivid and happy memory my mom loved speaking about. Somewhere, there is an old film reel showing my brother dancing when he was maybe 1 or 2 yrs old(my older brother was born in 1961. 

Honestly, these were the first 3 that popped into my head.

Which songs come to your mind?

Sunday, February 21, 2021

A trio

 

Stamping Sensations- Colour Your World

We Love Chocolate Baroque- Flowers, Birds Butterflies

Addicted To Stamps- any Occasion

This was fun. I had a scrap paper I was using to wipe up excess colours plus some purple sparkly paste and decided to use this as a fantasy background. I took a red paper and embossed the design through my cuddlebug. You just put the paper between the design as a sandwich and roll it through the cuddlebug...instant design/image. I took my purple ink pad and brushed it along the top to bring out the design a bit more. I glued the 2 pieces together and then stamped my flower image in purple before colouring it in my gamsol pencil crayons. I stamped the butterfly in burgundy and heat embossed it with burgundy embossing powder as well as stamped the 2 birdies in gold and heat embossing it with gold sparkle embossing powder. after fussy cutting all of the images, I affixed the flower with pop up dots and glued the butterfly and birds in place before finally adding the message.  I do like my colourful creation


Color Throwdown- blush, sage, gold (ctd630)

Happy Little Stampers:Dies- Anything Goes 

Cute Card Thursday-Slimline card

This was a nice and simple card I created using my pink distress Dye ink to create a soft pink horizon before stamping my trees using my sage tombow marker that I coloured right onto the stamp. I added some sage coloured cardstock remnants to the side before affixing it to the gold background. I sprayed some white paint onto the card(and me) to make it look like snow before finally using my stickles for some added sparkle. 


CHNC- Use Some Gold

Winter Wonderland- Anything Goes 

Simon Says-Your favourite Technique(just one?...really?)

Dream Valley-Add Some Green

Now, you must be living under a rock if you don't already know that I love glitter so when I bought this new stencil cut (before lockdown) and tried it on basic white paper using my sizzex machine, I knew something needed to pop behind it. This gold glitter cardstock was just the ticket. I glued down the diecut onto the gold and cut out the middle part and the outer area so I had a nice frame. I do love the old fashioned stamping and heat embossing so I took my stamp, stamped it in gold and chose Green Enamel, Red Glitter and Egyptian Gold embossing powders for the image. I took a little measuring spoon to lay the powder down where I wanted it to be(yeah, I screwed up with the green going onto some of the letters but, who cares) and heat embossed it to set the powder. I placed this on to some red cardstock and that is that.

Hope you are all doing well and even though the powers that be are loosening up the Covid rules, be careful. Personally, I think it is too soon even though I would love to just go out somewhere...I know better.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Thursday Movie Picks- Forbidden Love

 

L'amour, toujour. .. love can be tragic, just ask Princess Margaret and Pete Townsend who loved each other but were not allowed to marry (times would be different now). This is one romance theme that I can think of quite a few and I wonder which film will be the big hit this week. Head on over to Wandering through the Shelves to find out. Here are my 3.. 

1. THE STUDENT PRINCE-1954

I haven't seen this film in ages and would love to see it again. Sorry Shady, it is a musical but it doesn't have the typical good ending which is rare for a musical. This stars Ann Blyth as a bar maid who knows how to handle herself with a bunch of exuberant young university men who love to party. Enter the prince, played by Edmund Purdom, who quickly falls for the bar maid. Heidelberg never looked lovelier through their eyes as they sing their love not thinking that she is just a barmaid. It is well acted by Ann and I recall Edmund not being too bad even though he was not the first choice. That was Mario Lanza who had a great voice, great appetite and a great ego. He ended up being let go but they kept his voice recordings which Edmund mouthed to. I have to learn more about Mario who died too young from a heart attack but there are rumours he was killed by the mafia. I think there is something to this rumour.

2. ROMEO & JULIET- 1968

This film is considered the best version of this classic Shakespearean tale of doomed young lovers from different houses whose families refuse to let their children be together. The young actors were actually young ( not like oldies, Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer who were 43 and 34 respectively) and had a great gift for good acting! There have been various versions done or inspired by the plot, but this one is excellent plus the music is so good.

3. BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN-2005


I can see this be popular this week and with good reason. When I saw this in the theater, I was, at first, giggly in nervous laughter when the 2 men first get together( I hate admitting this but it's true). Later, I was so wanting them to get back together hoping the ending would be a happy one. I cried at the end partly out of frustration because of how we, as bigoted people, refuse to let same sex partners just be together. Heath Ledger played his role so well as the tortured soul who just loves his partner so much but doesn't want to commit to the lifestyle. Let's face it, look how many have been beaten and killed because they are true to being homosexual. It is beautiful, tense, sad, loving and heartbreaking and worth seeing.

Which 3 would you choose?

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Weekly Song Challenge


I am joining my second week over at Jingle, Jangle, Jungle who created the challenge for some fun. She has chosen 3 themes each week where you pick a song that suits the theme. It can be the title of the song, in the lyrics, or the person who wrote it( I think I got this right). I am trying my best to pick 3 songs that come into my head first and just enjoy them( or not) but I am not an expert in music so don’t expect a long discussion on the piece of music like I do with my films. Anyway, the 3 themes are as follows:

Feb 17 - Week 7

A Spice;

A type of Tree (or just 'Tree')

A Unit of Measure


1. Incense & Peppermints-Strawberry Alarm Clock(who knew?)-1967




This is so 60s and hippy so what's not to love. I recall dancing to this in a wild flower child kind of way.


2. UNDER THE MANGO TREE-SUNG BY DIANA COUPLAND-1962




This was the first song that came into my head and I can't get it out of my head now. The voluptuous Ursula Andress sings this song when she walks onto the beach in her white bikini making every man stop thinking with that head on top of his shoulders. It's a cute song.


3. I WOULD WALK 500 MILES-THE PROCLAIMERS-1987




This is just a fun song that makes me feel good and I want to start jumping around like I did on the dance floor.


There are my 3 for this hump day...Any 3 you could pick?