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Happy Fourth of July!!

Hiya Blogland!! Don’t think you can get much dandier than 70’s Liberace in sequined hotpants!!

Our little Diva-ette is rocking a patriotic outfit of the Diva’s. I’m sure she is looking down in approval!

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Today I’ll be sharing some vintage Bicentennial images. 1976 was the 200th birthday of the United States and we celebrated in groovy 70’s cheesetasticness!!

1.Gunne Sax Dress-I NEED this! 2. Tooled leather purse 3. Patriotic Gaucho's!

1.Gunne Sax Dress-I NEED this!
2. Tooled leather purse
3. Patriotic Gaucho’s!

1. Colonial inspired prints were the rage! 2. Notice Willis from Different Strokes?

1. Colonial inspired prints were the rage!
2. Notice Willis from Different Strokes?

Barbies, Colonial prints and a Bicentennial shirt ad

Barbies, Colonial prints and a Bicentennial shirt ad

Sew your own Colonial Garb!

Sew your own Colonial Garb!

Companies tied i nto the bicentennial with their advertising. Even if it made no sense whatsoever. Bicentennial CHAINSAWS??

Companies tied into the Bicentennial with their advertising. Even if it made no sense whatsoever. Bicentennial CHAINSAWS??

More bicentennial themed advertisements. It was "stick a flag on EVERYTHING"

More bicentennial themed advertisements. It was “stick a flag on EVERYTHING”

We can't overlook dishes and such! There are still loads of this crap in thrifts!

We can’t overlook dishes and such! There are still loads of this crap in thrifts!

Like I said-they put flags on the strangest stuff!

Like I said-they put flags on the strangest stuff!

Pins and patches

Pins and patches

Cuddly Ben Franklin doll, Avon does Bicentennial, the Official 1976 Bicentennial Edition Pacer Car, Hallmark Tin

Cuddly Ben Franklin doll, Avon does Bicentennial, the Official 1976 Bicentennial Edition Pacer Car, Hallmark Tin

I want ALL of these!!

I want ALL of these!!

Flip wilson, susan ford & Sonny Bono on People, Fat Elvis in his blue Bicentennial Costume, KISS!!

Flip Wilson, Susan Ford & Sonny Bono on People, Fat Elvis in his blue Bicentennial Costume, KISS!!

I dressed about as patriotic as I’m gonna get for work yesterday. This outfit also fit right in with this weeks SpyGirl’s 52 Pick-me-up Challenge: Black, White, Red, Blue!

This is my outside edition

This is my outside version!

This is my ice-box office version!

This is my ice-box office version!

Vintage blingy!

Vintage blingy!

I’m also linking up a bit late with Jane at Flight Platform Living for Shiny T Tuesday-Red Sky at Night. This is about the only red I own. I need to remedy that!!

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!! I’ll be back on Sunday with more fun!!

TTFN

Tamera

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Hiya Blogland!!! This week we’re gonna enjoy the polyester plumage of Men’s fashion in the 70’s!! Again I’m sharing vintage advertisements chronicling all of the awesomeness!!

But first–I am so thrilled and honored to be Spy-Girled!!! Thanks Anne!!

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Who can forget the nylon printed shirts? Dig that groovy suit!!

Who can forget the nylon printed shirts? Dig that groovy suit!!

Men's fashion got very colorful in the 70's!!

Men’s fashion got very colorful in the 70’s!!

Dig the groovy hats!!

Dig the groovy hats!!

Supah-fly!!! Those jumpsuits are hilarious!!

Supah-fly!!! Those jumpsuits are hilarious!!

The peacock jumpsuit is just freakin' amazing. And the other "thing"--no words!!

The peacock jumpsuit is just freakin’ amazing. And the other “thing”–no words!!

Boy Dockers and a polo shirt look mighty tame these days compared to the outfits guys wore in the 70’s!!

Monday’s outfit was definitely “I’m outta bed and dressed-what more do you want” kind of outfit. I left the tunic loose and “surrendered my waist” (My waist waved the white flag years ago!) Everything is thrifted except the shoes-which are ancient. It was loose and easy for a miserable jungle humid day.

notice the little photobomber butt!!!

Notice the little photobomber butt!!!

Gracey at Fashion for Giants is hosting a monthly Literary Stylings Challenge. You dress inspired by the book you are reading. My literary choices recently haven’t been all that exciting. I just finished Reversing Diabetes by Dr. Joel Fuhrman and am currently reading Eat for Health by the same. There’s a lot of discussion about eating salads in both books. So salad inspired my outfit today. Behold: Literary Salad Inspired Fashion!!

Celery, Carrots, and other healthy stuff!!

Celery, Carrots, and other healthy stuff!!

I hope everyone who celebrates has a wonderful 4th of July!! We are planning on visiting the in-laws at the farm and introducing Gracie!! Unfortunately I have to work Friday so it limits our plans a bit. however, due to the joys of Sequestration it will be the last Friday I work until October. Yup–i’m furloughed the next 14 Fridays. SUPER. Gonna have to be extra frugal as the hubster is also furloughed!!

I’ll be back Thursday evening with more 70’s fun!!

TTFN

Tamera

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Hiya Blogland!!! Has everyone had a wonderful weekend?? Doggyfest went very well. Gracie was excited to meet Noelle the grandpuppy. MrBill is still recuperating from all the excitement!

We took a long walk along the towpath. The area here is very “wild” with high stone cliffs. The doggies loved all the smells and such!

view of the river at the landing. Notice the cute photobomb!

View of the river at the landing. Notice the cute photobomb!

dogsToday we’re going to travel in the flashback machine to the land of Saturday Night Fever!!! Lets get out our finest polyester and DISCO!!disco

And for some total randomness-Couldn’t you just picture our Festival goddess Vix in that crochet halter dress?? I am totally digging Liz Taylor who, even at a “certain age” rocked the mini, boots and fringed poncho. She certainly wasn’t invisible!70sgals2

And for even more randomness, I stopped by the Goodwill after church today. Picked up some craft stuff and was ready to leave when I spied this AMAZING skirt. It’s be Geiger of Austria and is 100% woven wool. It has the most amazing print of the alps and yodelers and such. I Googled the company-they’ve been around for over 100 years.  A similar skirt sold for $398 in 2010!!!! No clue what size it is-the label has no indication. It has a 35″ waist and is to my ankles (I’m 5’4). I got it for $3!!! Anyone interested in it?? I immediately thought of SheilaEphemera-it’s such a quirky print.

And now for my not so exciting OOTD. It’s so miserable humid that I just let the wings fly again! There’s nothing new here–I’ve worn this dress several times since last year. Oh–the necklace is a gift from the Queen Of Glastonbury Vix!!

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This week we will be checking out the polyester peacocks of 70’s men’s fashion!!  This has been a blast seeing these styles again!! How I wished I had saved (and could fit in!!) the stuff I wore then!!

Anyone else remember doing "the Bump"???

Anyone else remember doing “the Bump”???

I’m linking up with the Very Visible ladies at Visible Monday this week. See y’all on Tuesday!

 

TTFN

Tamera

 

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Hiya Blogland!! Every got their polyester on??? We’ll be visiting the 70’s again today!!

The movie poster above is from the 1993 move “Dazed and Confused” which followed a group of teenagers on the last day of school in 1976.  The kids in this movie were the same age (junior becoming senior) as I was on that day so this brings back LOTS of memories!

First off- they NAILED the clothing, the sets, the music of that era dead-on. I understand that a great deal of the wardrobe was deadstock. I could relate to driving around with nothing to do. and of course-the pivotal field party was something I was VERY familiar with!

The cast was pretty much unknowns at the time-it feature a very young Matthew McCoughnahey and Ben Affleck.  I love this movie–if you were a teenager in the 70’s you will totally get it!! Here’s some more pix from the movie:

Dig the groovy chair!

Dig the groovy chair!

Ben Affleck!

Ben Affleck!

Dig the clothes!

Dig the clothes!

Matthew McCoughnahey

Matthew McCoughnahey

I’m going to share some images of the clothes we wore. I’m using catalogs from the era as most of us shopped for our stylish threads in such hip places as Sears, Wards, and Penneys-especially if you lived in Podunk Nowhere!!

Shoes-how I wish I had some of these now!!

Shoes-how I wish I had some of these now!!

This stuff looks very familiar!!!

This stuff looks very familiar!!!

I totally rocked a version of the plaid pants, blouse and cropped sweater in 1975~

I totally rocked a version of the plaid pants, blouse and cropped sweater in 1975~

Bodysuits--to wear with you hiphuggers!!

Bodysuits–to wear with you hiphuggers!!

Pantsuits were HUGE in the 70's!!

Pantsuits were HUGE in the 70’s!!

I wore halter tops like this! I remember crocheting vests like this for friends!

I wore halter tops like this! I remember crocheting vests like this for friends! I also had a homemade jeans skirt with embroidery.

On to the outfits! I wore something easy and cool Wednesday as it was hot, sticky and miserable!!

Top & skirt-Thrifted, Bangles-Thrifted, Buttonflowers-MeganMae, shoes-Amerimark

Top & skirt-Thrifted, Bangles-Thrifted, Buttonflowers-MeganMae, shoes-Amerimark

Thursday I decided to join up with Spy Girl for the 52 Pick-me-up Challenge. This week its complementary colors. I chose a variation of one of my favorites-red and green. I tweaked it a bit and wore olive and burgundy. Pardon the flip-flops but I’ve been having some crappy muscle contractions in my feet the past couple of days and these didn’t hurt.

Top-Retail/giftcard, Skirt-Retail/DIY, Bangles-Thrifted, Necklace-???

Top-Retail/giftcard, Skirt-Retail/DIY, Bangles-Thrifted, Necklace-???

 

I’m trying to be creative with our meals. Tonite’s menu was very tropical!! The hubster really enjoyed it.

1.Salad with Kiwi, Strawberries, Blueberries, Celery & Cucumber dressed with Poppyseed dressing 2. Grill Portebella mushrooms with homemade Mango-Pineapple Salsa, Cuban Black Beans and Coconut Brown Rice

1.Salad with Kiwi, Strawberries, Blueberries, Celery & Cucumber dressed with Poppyseed dressing
2. Grill Portabella Mushrooms with homemade Mango-Pineapple Salsa, Cuban Black Beans and Coconut Brown Rice

Here’s are little Diva-ette!! My daughter is visiting Saturday with our grand-Chihuahua Noelle who’s not quite 2 years old!  There is sure to be loads of doggie fun at our house! We plan on taking the girl’s for a walk on the towpath. MrBill can use that time to recuperate!! I’ve been making bandanas for them (matching ones no less-LOL)

Fashionista Supermodel in training!

Fashionista Supermodel in training!

Everyone have a fabulous weekend!! I’ll be back on Sunday with more 70’s awesomeness!!

TTFN

Tamera

 

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Hiya Blogland!!! Pull out your polyester and platforms!! It’s 70’s week!! We’ll be celebrating the “fashion” and pop culture of the Me Decade!

I graduated from High School in 1977 so the 70’s are near and dear to me! I still love the music and “most’ of the fashion! Let’s jump in the time machine and check it out!

This is what I was wearing in 1976:

Rugby shirt, painters pants, puka shell necklace, earth shoes and rainbow socks. Yeah I was STYLIN'!!!

Rugby shirt, painters pants, puka shell necklace, earth shoes and rainbow socks. Yeah I was STYLIN’!!!!

HUUUUGE bellbottom jeans, Peasent top, Buffalo sandals and tooled leather purse.

HUUUUGE bellbottom jeans, Peasent top, Buffalo sandals and tooled leather purse.

Gauchos, boots, cowl neck and wrap sweater were "dressy' attire. I rocked all of these looks.

Gauchos, boots, cowl neck and wrap sweater were “dressy’ attire. I rocked all of these looks.

Some of the scents of the 70’s. I still wear Charlie and would LOVE to find some Avon Honeysuckle. I also still wear Jungle Gardenia.

Charlie, Honeysuckle, Skinny Dip and the ever creepy ad for Love's Baby Soft.

Charlie, Honeysuckle, Skinny Dip and the ever creepy ad for Love’s Baby Soft. Used them all!

We kept our Farah or Dorothy Hamel do’s shiny with these:

The Beer on Tap stuff was AWFUL. My fav was the Lemon-up.

The Beer on Tap stuff was AWFUL. My fav was the Lemon-up.

And in the spirit of FUN–which the 70’s certainly were-here’s an ad for a program i actually WATCHED. and it was as cheesetastic as it sounds!!

How can you go wrong with this concept and these stars?

How can you go wrong with this concept and these stars?

Oh yeah–and back then you could drink beer and wine at age 18. And that’s how old  my driver’s license said I was(snerk). This was a favorite–99 cents and you could get it at the 7-11!!

The finest in wine-Boone's Farm!!

The finest in wine-Boone’s Farm!!

And on to the outfit part of the post. Sunday afternoon I wore this to go to the grocery store and walk Gracie. Patti of Not Dead Yet Style had a giveaway a few weeks ago for a gift certificate to CafePress. Much to my surprise I won and decided to pay homage to the biggest fashionista I know-The Diva!!! I ruched the sides and glittered her image–one of my favorites of her surrounded by gold lame’.  It garnered loads of wonderful comments. I know she would approve! How appropriate the “Diva-ette in training” makes an appearance in her new bandana! It’s DIVA time!!

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Monday I had a doctor’s appointment and training so I jumped back into my easy T and skirt combo.

Tshirt-Thrifted, GetHappy Skirt-DIY, Sandals-Amerimark, Bangles-2 old and one gifted by sweet Krista!

Tshirt-Thrifted, GetHappy Skirt-DIY, Sandals-Amerimark, Bangles-2 old and one gifted by sweet Krista!

We are having our first miserable heatwave so today I decided it was time for a maxi and pasty chicken wings!! I so love this pattern–bright, bold and the black at the bottom adds a special touch. Or looks like I drug my skirt through tar! I’m photobombed again–she loves the camera!!

Dres--Retail at huge discount, Bangles-Thrifted, Dog-Adorable!!

Dres–Retail at huge discount, Bangles-Thrifted, Dog-Adorable!!

I wanted to share a picture of our dinner tonite! We are feasting on some of the first bounty from my garden! Fresh zucchini, Rainbow Swiss Chard and lots of herbs!  I’m transitioning to vegan and I try to get Lauren to eat meatless once or twice a week.  He loved this meal! We had sautéed Swiss Chard, Oven-roasted Zucchini and a rag-out of white beans, onion, mushroom and tomatoes-all seasoned with rosemary, thyme, oregano and marjoram from the garden. YUM!!

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I’m linking up with Janie of Flight Platform Living for the first ever Shiny T Tuesday: When Pattern Seduces!!! I obviously love me some pattern–and todays dress and yesterday’s skirt are proof of that!! stop by and check all the pattern lovers out!!

Well–I’m off to walk Ms. Gracie and do some reading. I’m slowly catching up with everyone’s blogs!! I just haven’t had much time on-line the last few days.

Everyone have a wonderful evening and I’ll be back Thursday with more 70’s fabulosity!!

TTFN

Tamera

Hiya Blogland!!! How is everyone’s weekend going?? We’ve been having a wonderful one here!!  Yesterday I took Gracie out for her first “car ride”. I have a thingy that hooks to the seatbelt and her harness to secure her. She was a perfect angel–just laid on the seat good as gold.

We went down the road from our house to the C&O Canal Park. My town, Sharpsburg, is bordered on somewhat on 2 sides by the Antietam Battlefield National Park and on another side by The C&O Canal National Park. Sharpsburg is also a canal town in addition to a Civil War site.

A mini history lesson:

The Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal is one of the most intact and impressive survivals of the American canal-building era.  The C&O Canal is unique in that it remains virtually unbroken and without substantial modification affecting its original character for its entire length of 185 miles. The C&O Company was chartered in 1825 to construct a shipping canal connecting tidewater on the Potomac River in DC with the headwaters of the Ohio River in western Pennsylvania, thereby providing an economical trade route between the eastern seaboard and the trans-Allegheny West.

In the late 1870s the canal trade began to decline as many of the Allegheny coal operators began to ship over the B&O Railroad, the canal’s greatest competitor.  This development, together with the effects of the nationwide economic depression in the mid-1870s and major floods in 1877 and 1886, again put a severe strain on the finances.  In 1889 an enormous flood forced the canal company into receivership, and the B&O Railroad emerged as the majority owner of the company’s bonds.  In 1924, by which time the railroad had captured almost all of the carrying trade, another damaging flood struck.  This time the repairs necessary to resume operation were not made, and the active era of the canal came to an end.

In 1938 the railroad, hurt by the Depression, sold the entire canal to the United States government, and the canal was placed under the National Park Service.  In 1961, President Eisenhower proclaimed it a national monument.  An act of Congress in 1971 authorized the acquisition of additional land and establishment of the C&O Canal National Historical Park.

The canal survives as an excellent illustration of 19th-century canal-building technology. The magnitude of the engineering achievement is exemplified by the length of the canal, its 74 lift locks to accommodate a rise of 605 feet, the 11 stone aqueducts spanning the major Potomac tributaries, 7 dams supplying water to the canal, hundreds of culverts carrying roads and streams beneath the canal, and a 3,117-foot tunnel carrying the canal through a large shale rock formation.

The canal towpath is a wonderful place to walk!

The canal towpath is a wonderful place to walk!

Scenes of the Potomac river along the towpath

Scenes of the Potomac river along the towpath

Gracie and MrBill, aka The Tootsie Roll of Love, are getting along famously. Every evening we take a short jaunt down the sidewalk and around the ally. MrBill is getting back some of his mojo!! They are almost always together around the house.

Gracie & MrBill snoozing on their Poochie Pouches!

Gracie & MrBill snoozing on their Poochie Pouches!

Here’s some more pictures of Gracie. She has adjusted so well it’s like she’s always lived with us!!  I’ve started her off wearing bandana’s I’ve made her from my stash. She’s too tiny for the Diva’s wardrobe (the Diva was more voluptuous) so I’ll need to see what can be altered and I guess this mean’s SHOPPING!!!doggiesFriday was another simple DIY skirt and Tshirt day. I’m planning on continuing a bit this coming week in the same vein.

Tshirt-Thrifted, Skirt-DIY, Peacock Pendant-DIY, Shoes-Amerimark

Tshirt-Thrifted, Skirt-DIY, Peacock Pendant-DIY, Shoes-Amerimark

Sunday I pulled out a maxi dress as it was miserable humid out. This is the dress I scored discounted as-is for about $5 at Kohl’s! and LOOK–pasty chicken wings on display!!  And as you can see I got upstaged by someone awfully cute!! She’s very interested in the camera!

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I’m off for a walk around town with Miss Social Butterfly. She loves to visit folks as they are sitting out on their porches in the evening. And of course-all the other doggies in town!  Truthfully speaking it hurts to walk but we chug on because it’s good for both of us.

I’ll be linking up with the stunning ladies for Visible Monday!!! Come by and check out the most stylish ladies around!!

I’ll be back on Tuesday with some 70’s fashion fun!! Get out your disco balls and platforms!!

Posing for the camera this morning!

Posing for the camera this morning!

TTFN

Tamera

Hiya Blogland!! We have been having absolutely glorious weather (at last) here in Western Maryland this week!! I’ve been taking advantage of it by spending most of my home time outside!Lot’s of garden fun and taking Gracie on long walks. I’ve been pushing myself to take her on a nice walk each evening no matter how crappy I feel. This may be a good thing. Even if i only make it around the block I’m MOVING!! Plus she adores walking and is a perfect lady on the leash. She enjoys meeting other people on our travels (everyone things she is adorable of course)

I’ve needed the break from the computer–work has been crazy!! I’m finalizing a major renovation design and prepping all the technical specifications so it can go out for review. UGH–so much anal-retentive paperwork!! PLUS, I’ve been stuck in hours of mind-numbingly boring mandatory training!

Thanks for all of the sweet posts about Gracie!!! We all, MrBill included, fall more in love with her every day. She’s smart, lovable, cute, no negative behaviours, I just can’t conceive how anyone could have just gotten rid of her. Stupid on them-wonderful for us!!

The change is MrBill is remarkable!! He’s chewing bones, frisking, romping, he seems to have the spark back!! She still humps him occasionally to assert her dominance but he’s less perturbed by it now!!! He is totally happy being submissive! Every morning we walk up and down our front sidewalk with Gracie a few times for his exercise. He needs to lose a couple of pounds. He chunked up the last couple of months (over-spoiling on out part) Lauren says he looks like a tootsieroll (brown and round) He’s my sweet TootsieRoll of Love!!

I believe the Diva is looking down on us approving of the new addition. She is irreplaceable in our hearts and lives but Gracie has added the “glitter” we have been sorely missing since Kae left us. We are seeing some flashes of diva-tude in Ms. Gracie!!!! Clothes will soon be introduced!!

Enough gushing doggy chat!! This week I decided to  have a “theme” for my outfits incorporating the cotton skirts I’ve made and simple T-shirts. I’m exploring easy warm weather combo’s. These aren’t exactly groundbreaking but I’ve found this will be something to throw on in a flash. Add some colorful bangles and I’m ready to go!!

First up is Tuesday’s outfit. I did add a third layer in the denim vest. I just scored it for $5 and have been dying to wear it!! This will be a great addition to my wardrobe. I’d like to find a couple more vests, like a  khaki cargo style.

Skirt-DIY, Tshirt-Thrifted, Vest-Thrifted, Shoes-Amerimark, Bangles-Thrifted

Skirt-DIY, Tshirt-Thrifted, Vest-Thrifted, Shoes-Amerimark, Bangles-Thrifted

Here’s Wednesday’s outfit. At least I was comfortable for 5 hours of idiotic training!!

Skirt-DIY, Top-Thrifted, Shoes-Amerimark, Necklace-Thrifted, Bracelet-Gift from SheilaEphemera

Skirt-DIY, Top-Thrifted, Shoes-Amerimark, Necklace-Thrifted, Bracelet-Gift from SheilaEphemera

Thursday’s outfit is some sheet couture. The gingham is thrifted fabric and the floral is from a vintage sheet. I saw a gored skirt similar to this (alternating panels) and thought “I can do that!!” I plan on making more gored skirts for fall-I want a tartan flannel and a nice corduroy.

Skirt-DIY, Tshirt-Thrifted, Shoes-Amerimark, Bangles-Thrifted.

Skirt-DIY, Tshirt-Thrifted, Shoes-Amerimark, Bangles-Thrifted.

Did everyone see the little cutie peeking out from behind me?? She’s very interested in this picture-taking business!! I’m finding the chunky bangles really add a lot to an outfit. I pick them up whenever I see them if they are reasonable!

Everybody have a fabulous weekend!! I’ll be back on Sunday with more Gracie and MrBill cuteness!!!!!

TTFN

Tamera