We need to get a little bloggy business out of the way before starting this week’s post.
First, (sob) the Super Bowl wasn’t much fun for us Broncos fans! Congratulations to the Seahawks, who were clearly the superior team.
Next, for the Grow Your Blog event participants, here is a link to that post. We’re about halfway through the list of 600 blogs from that blog party; our eyeballs are ready to fall out, but there are so many awesome blogs that we don’t want to miss one. To our regular readers, click on the badge if you’re looking for some great new blogs to read.
Last, if you haven’t already, please enter our Grow Your Blog giveaway. It’s open to everyone. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post (or the last two posts), Facebook, or email us; please, only one entry per person. Knowing us, I’m sure you all are asking yourselves what the “prizes” are–it’s always wise to CYA.
We will take vintage feed sacks and make two prizes–two tea towels or four napkins. As for the sock doll on the right, well what can we say; it’s a winner just like Charlie Sheen. You won’t know which prize you’ve won until it arrives. If you want the vintage sock doll let us know; we won’t tell anyone your dirty little secret! 😉 After all, we went to the cash register with it, and the cashier at Goodwill was appalled that: A. anyone would want this thing, and B. that they would pay for it. She was relieved when my senior discount (whohoo! being 55+ years old suddenly isn’t so awful) paid for the doll. The drawing will be closed midnight Valentine’s Day, and the winners will be announced on February 15th. If we need your contact info, we’ll say so in the announcement. Good Luck!
Good Lord, all those words and we haven’t even done anything fun! Sorry about that.
This week’s post is about my collection of doggy fashion accessories–mostly pins, but you might be surprised at the other things I have. We keep saying it’s all about the dogs for Deb and kitties for Kathy.
Since I seem to have a thing for poodles, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that I have poodle pins:
Here are some of the sparkly ones–ooh, sparkles! I hope you noticed that I have categorized them into breeds and types; that should give you a hint about the scope of the collection. 😉 Kathy and I have rarely met a rhinestone that we didn’t like, so why would our pin collection be any different? I have to confess that not all my pins are attractive; I’ve actually bought some just because they are so strange. As examples, take a look at the two middle pins on the bottom row. Even their mommas wouldn’t call them pretty.
The red arrow points to one whose head turns. It’s sort of the doggy pin version of being En Tremblant. Of course, all my jewelry that moves is of the costume variety. I would love to have a real 18th or 19th century version with diamonds; that would be the find of a lifetime, right up there with a #1 Barbie!
Here are the nonsparkly poodles. While editing, I noticed that there are a number of sparkly pins in this group too; also a number of my pins are missing a jewel or two. Sigh, old eyes suck:
I have some pin twins and a couple of the same pin, just in different finishes. Again, I’m not going to say these are all attractive pins; there is at least one that made the cut on pure silliness. Yeah, I’m talking about you, googly-eyed poodle pin.
I’m warning you right now, these were the hardest pins to photograph. I never got a good picture, even in the light tent and playing with the exposure:
They are all fun, and I do wear them, especially the black rhinestone poodle. No one even notices that he lost his tail somewhere. I didn’t even notice until a while after it happened.
Here are my fun plastic doggy pins:
I know it makes for a busy picture, but I couldn’t resist using a scarf background for one of the pictures. I’ve tested the black dog-head pin and, yes, it’s Bakelite. Here’s a link to its story.
I also have a few wooden dog pins:
I think that three of them are hand-carved. Who knows with the white one; I’m not always sure it’s even a dog! The terriers that are a chain gang were my first pin purchase from Kathy when she ran her antiques store, Frivolities. Did we ever tell you that’s how we got to be friends? I wandered into her shop one day, and the rest is history.
Next up are the mutts, and the one-of-a kind pins:
Some of these pins are of the goofy variety, but there are a few lovelies too. I’m not sure why I have a tie clip (left picture, center) but the doberman was just so cool looking, and the price was right, 50¢. The giant shar pei brooch (right picture, upper left corner) is a signed piece by Wendy Gell, but that is it for notable pieces.
Just two more breeds to go. I have some dachshund pins because they’re so cute and full of attitude:
I know for a fact that I got the bottom and middle pin from Kathy’s store. We bonded over jewelry, dolls, and a common sense of humor. ( Note, Deb’s hubby was delighted when we got to be friends, so she would stop buying pins, and I would start GIVING her pins! )
And finally, the terrier group, or terrierists as my Beloved Husband calls them:
I have to say these are some of my most frequently-worn pins; anyone who ever worked with me would recognize the sparkly westie (left picture, bottom row). You can see for yourself that the poor terriers are also infected with goofiness. I used my fun Nicole Miller Christmas scarf for a background, even though it’s got a lot going on.
I have some doggy bracelets, but don’t wear them much. Nor do I wear these necklaces, for obvious reasons, but they’re too funny to leave out:
I find them amusing, but a little hard to wear with a straight face. I’m sure you can recognize the ’50s and ’60s whimsy here. The copper piece was almost worn to a party, but I whipped it off after looking in the mirror. It takes a certain attitude to wear this kind of stuff, and I wasn’t all that confident at B.H.’s work parties.
I do, however, carry these purses:
Neither one holds more than a small wallet and your keys, so they don’t work for everyday. But, I carry these garage saling, to a show, or a party. The chihuahua purse was given to me by two of my sisters. I discovered some time after getting it that the front legs are posable. It shouldn’t shock you to hear that Kathy gave me the poodle purse, which is the envy of many a little girl.
Lastly, I have a straw boater:
It really needs a piece of elastic (remember the old kid’s Easter hats?) to keep it centered on my head. It’s a big hat, so it just slides side to side when I wear it, which is why it sits in my guest room, on a hat tree with two 1920’s flapper cloches. But the hat collection is for another post, and certainly Kathy should write that one because she has some fab hats.
Thanks for looking at my doggy accessories. Come back next week for some St. Valentine’s Day don’ts and the giveaway announcement.