Archives for June 2013

Rosie Updates & Mystery Model Reveal.

Hey kids,

So, I finally got around to pulling the guts out of Rosie.  Wow, that sounds disgusting if you have no idea what I am talking about.  So to clear up any misunderstandings that might lead one to think I am gutting the living… Rosie is our 1960s canned ham camper and I was just tearing out some really ugly bunk beds and shelving.

I started the process armed with my cordless drill.  The plan was that I would unscrew the offending bunks and shelves, take them apart and remove them.  Easy, right?  One person job.  But noooo.  Whoever built those stupid bunks managed to strip the head of every other screw making it impossible to unscrew them all. So, it was on to plan B.  I got out the reciprocating saw – thinking I’d saw through the screws that were stripped -and it was dead. Aggggh. Then my cordless drill battery died on me. Not a problem, I was not beaten yet!  I hauled out the big extension cord and went to the electric drill – but there were so many stripped screws that it was just useless.  So, I went old school.

I decided to manually saw through about a million 2x4s. No power tools, no nothing.  Just me and that saw VS. the lumber monster.  Stephen told me I was nuts and impatient and reminded me that if I waited a day he would 1) Be able to help me and 2) Get the reciprocating saw working. Pffft -Whatever, Mister reason. Can’t you see I am totally into tearing this camper apart like she-hulk? He walked away shaking his head.  I tore the trailer up – with my BARE HANDS!  At the end I was dirty and covered in sawdust and my arms hurt like hell. It was awesome.  After I loaded the debris into truck Stephen very kindly hauled it away to the dump. I think he was still shaking his head as he drove off.  :)

Of course… it occurs to me now that I took NOT ONE PHOTO during this process.  I was in such a demo frenzy that it slipped my mind.  So, take my word for it, it was nuts, but worth it!  Here is what it looked like before:

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The Top Bunk. Mmmm, old smelly mattress. And check out that fancy ladder.

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These are the “shelves” I have no idea what they were thinking.

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That fabric was not even wrapped around the cushions. They laid it over foam and stapled it down along the top edge willy nilly. And then in the back the fabric was stapled right to the wall. Classy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ll show you some after pics tomorrow.  I have a few more things I want to clean up in there first.  Then we can start debating how on earth to finish the inside and talk about her exterior paint! I have some big ideas on both fronts.

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Now on to the pop quiz results!  Yes, Holly, it IS Martha Stewart!

She worked as a model when she was in college.  Apparently it was so expensive living in NYC that she took on modeling work to get through. Here are a few other awesome shots from her early days.  Diggin’ that hair, Martha!

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Pop quiz!

Ok, I hope you are all feeling clear headed and sharp eyed today because it is quiz time!

Today’s test is a visual one.  Simply take a peek at this model, and tell me who she is.

Ready?

Go:

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Share your answers below in the comments and please use a #2 Pencil.  (Is that an outdated reference?  Will there come a time when no one will understand what that even means?  I might feel old right now)

 

And while you kids are taking your test, I’ll be taking inventory of this weekends amazing vintage finds!  A flea market update is coming soon.  I even have a special guest flea-er. And you won’t BELIEVE what she bought!  7 of them!

Happy Summer Everyone!

Work is progressing on Rosie the camper, but right now I am celebrating the first day of summer by having an Etsy photoshoot in the backyard.

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I promise there are more blog posts coming soon!

Have a great first weekend of summer!

Profiles in Vintage. The divine Dovima, Avedon’s muse.

Dovima, a favored model and dear friend of photographer Richard Avedon, was one of the highest paid models in the 1950s.

She was discovered by a Vogue Editor in 1949 while waiting for a friend at an Automat and once photographed she was signed by the Ford agency and became an overnight sensation – soon after called “The Dollar a Minute Girl” for the salaries she was commanding. Her first paycheck was for $17.50, but her salary eventually hit over $70,000 a year.

She defined the look and feel for high fashion of the era.  She had an elegant, refined, sophistication, even though she never considered herself to be beautiful.  She always envisioned herself as a gangly young girl with a bad front tooth.  She had a filled tooth, from a childhood fall, and so had a habit of smiling with her mouth closed which led to her famous “mona lisa” smile.

I have always appreciated her {albeit minor} role in one of my favorite films, Funny Face. Released in 1957, the film is a satirical look at the fashion industry of the 50s.  {Fred Astaire’s character is said to be based on Avedon – who directed all of the fashion photo sequences in the movie.} As an actress she showed real comedic talent and a willingness to poke fun at her own industry. She comes across perfectly mugging for the camera as a vain model, putting on an absurd accent and reading a comic in a stuffy bookstore.  It turns out that in real life Dovima was a huge comic fan and once took an entire steamer trunk full of comic books on a modeling trip to Egypt.  Later in life she tried acting, but never stayed with it.  The biggest part she scored was as an astrologer  in The Man from U.N.C.L.E..

Her unusual name, by the way, is taken from her childhood years.  She was born Dorothy Virginia Margaret Juba.  As a young girl she contracted rheumatic fever and was supposed to in bed for 1 year.  Her mother overcautiously kept her in near seclusion until she was 17 telling her that her heart was too weak to bear being out of the house. During this time she was was tutored at home and created an imaginary character named Dovima, using the first few letters of each of her first and middle names.  She took art classes as part of her tutoring and she signed each sketch and painting this way.  She dreamed of escaping the home-bound life and living as a bohemian artist.  So years later when asked her name by her first photographer “Dovima” was the name that happened to come out of her mouth.  She considered it to be her alter ego.

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When she was 35 years old, she left modeling behind, stating simply: “I didn’t want to wait until the camera turned cruel.”
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