Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Retro Obscuro #26 Happy Holidays

1. I Want A Beatle For Christmas - The Fans
2. I’m A Little Christmas Cracker - Diana Decker
3. Baby Sittin’ Santa - Barry Richards
4. Christmas In Jail - The Youngsters
5. Sleigh Ride - Boots Randolph
6. Jingle Bell Slide - Jack Scott
7. Santa, Teach Me To Dance - Debbie & The Darnels
8. Rockin’ N’ Rolling With Santa Claus - The Hipsters
9. Mama’s Twistin’ With Santa - Mark Anthony
10. Surfing’ Santa - Lord Douglas Byron
11. Christmas Day - Detroit Junior
12. Snow Man - Diane Ray
13. Santa Claus Meets The Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley
14. Hey Santa Claus - The Moonglows
15. Mr. Santa Claus - Nathaniel Mayer
16. Dig That Crazy Santa Claus - Oscar McLollie & The Honeyjumpers
17. Ebenezer Scrooge - Teresa Brewer
18. Rock Around The Christmas Tree - Big Bud
19. Mambo Santa Mambo - The Enchanters
20. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer - The Galaxies
21. Monster’s Holiday - Bobby “Boris” Pickett

Background Music: “Sugar Plum Cha Cha” – Ray Rasch & The Pipers


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Retro Obscuro #25 Thanksgiving

1. Beans & Cornbread - Louis Jordan & The Tympany Five
2. Beans In My Ears - The Serendipity Sisters
3. Big Fat Hot Dog - Harry Crafton & Agnes Riley
4. Bread & Butter - The Newbeats
5. Candy & Cake - Mindy Carson
6. Cornbread & Cabbage Greens - Joe Houston & His Rockets
7. Do The Ginger Snap - Little Bobby Moore
8. Food - The Turtles
9.Fried Onions - Lord Rockingham’s XI
10. French Fried Potatoes & Ketchup - Doris Drew
11. Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes) - Dee Dee Sharp
12. I Got It - Little Richard
13. I Love Onions - Susan Christie
14. If I Knew You Were Coming I’d Had Baked A Cake - Eileen Barton
15. The Jolly Green Giant - The Kingsmen
16. Mashed Potato Time - The Marvelettes
17. Molasses, Molasses (It’s Icky Sticky Goo) - Teresa Brewer
18. One Meat Ball - Allen Case
19. Shorting’ Bread Rock - Etta James
20. That’s What Makes My Baby Fat - Faye Adams

Background Music “Dumplin’s” - Doc Bagby

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Retro Obscuro #24

1. Angie Cat - Angie Cat
2. Chick Safari - Bill Haley & The Comets
3. Cleopatra - Jamie Coe
4. Confused - Wilma Burgess
5. Cool It - The Villagers
6. Gibble Gobble - Willie Wright & His Sparkles
7. The Gossip Wheel - The Clovers
8. I Got Texas In My Soul - Tex Williams
9. Last Night I Cried - Gino Parks
10. Little Mama Twist - Frankie Darcey
11. No More - Roy & Yvonne
12. Now That We Broke Up - The Dubs
13. I Sold My Heart To The Junkman - The Starlets
14. Pa-Chun-Ga - Elena Madera
15. Rocking’ In Baghdad - Jerry Reed
16. Since You Left Me Behind - Larry Birdsong
17. Snake Charmer Tilly - Mark Anthony
18. The Turtle Twist - Kitty Sims
19. Twist Fever - Les Carlton
20. You Gotta Change - Kitty Love

Background Music “Rickshaw” - Mauri Chan


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Retro Obscuro #23

Finally I got around to publishing another episode this summer! Sorry it took so damn long! Enjoy another handful of odd, lost oldies from the 50's & 60's. 

1. No Sweat Baby - Dav Kipp
2. Real Gone Daddy - Jim Flaherty’s Caravan
3. Listen Pretty Baby - Billy Rocka
4. More Than Riches - Ralph De Marco
5. Can’t Get Through To You - The Honeycombs
6. Sugartime Twist - The McGuire Sisters
7. Someone Else Instead - Lou Josie
8. Foggin’ Up The Windows - Roberta Shore & Robin Luke
9. I Saw You - Bobby Ray & The Cadillacs
10. Dance The Messaround - Chubby Checker
11. You Only You - Linda Strangis
12. Hot Potato - Dee Clark
13. Amor Amargo - Albertina Cortez
14. The Jokers - Sabra Dance
15. La Chica Feliz - Leny
16. Tell Him I’m Not Home - Chuck Jackson
17. Sugar Baby - Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas
18. Father Knows Best - The Radiants
19. I Adore Hime - The Angels
20. For All That I Am - The Creation

Background Music “Marsanova” by Hank Marr.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Rhymes With Orange Quilt : A Work In Progress

I've been working on this "Rhymes With Orange" quilt for over a year and haven't documented much this beaut. But the time has come... maybe it'll inspire me to finish this puppy! 
I wanted lots of color contrast & pattern contrast with lots of pops of black & white polka dots. 
This is my first improvisational quilt and I've learned a ton along the way. I can't wait to see it all complete. The most challenging part is getting the weird measurements correct. This baby is FAR from perfect, making it a very folksy work of art. 
I used an equal amount of new & vintage fabrics in the design of this and hope to finish it off with a bang! Orange is quickly becoming one of my favorite colors. 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Custom Baby Blanket

Hey Folks! I gotta show off my latest completed project. A few months back, my Husband's cousin had asked me to make a quilt for her young son with the clothing from his first year. We both decided on a bright fun boys quilt and here is what I came up with.  I had too much fun picking out bright contrasting patterns to offset the designs of the clothing I used in the inner squares pictured above. 
I made it as goofy & kittywampus as possible for a fun children's quilt. 
I have to admit, quilting with stretchy t-shirt material is certainly challenging but a great way to upcycle clothing. I love the results!
For the backing of the quilt I used a thrifted sheet cleaned and pressed with a bright orange binding. 
Here's a shot of my sewing cave where the action happens. You can see the quilt top almost complete. 
It turned out wonderful and I hope they can cherish it for years to come!
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Friday, June 10, 2016

Retro Obscuro #22

1. Just Multiply - Varetta Dillard
2. Mother - Tony Carroll
3. No More Dreams - Terry Legion
4. Don’t Go - The Strings
5. Misery - The Soul Four
6. Do You Remember - The Scarlettones
7. I’ll Believe It When I See It - The Sierras
8. Prendi Prendi - Rosella Santo
9. Castanet Senorita - Ray Johnson
10. Be Be Baby - Peter & The Blizzards
11. Love Me Honey Do - Patsy Cline
12. I Still Love You - The Newton Brothers
13. Looking’ In From The Outside - Little Wille Parker & Lorenzo Smith
14. Little Bitty Goose Pimples - Jack Hammer
15. Franky & Johnny Twist - Dale Goudy
16. One Hand Loose - Charlie Feathers
17. Every Other Night - Brian Hyland
18. Your Lovely Dovey Ways - Bobbie Smith & The Dream Girls
19. Go Now - Bessie Banks
20. Pempelem - Aziƫ Lawrence

Background Music “Man Of Mystery” - The Young Ones


Friday, April 29, 2016

Retro Obscuro #21

1. Shoo Bee Doo Bee Cha Cha Cha - The Videos
2. When You Dance - The Turbans
3. Peek A Boo - Thomas Buckner
4. Get The Gravy Hot - Shotgun Red
5. Little Black Things - Sheldon Allman
6. Gibraltar Rock - The Rockets
7. Real Gone Okie - Renie Hicks & The Attacks
8. Runaround - The Regents
9. He’s The Boy - Pat Still
10. Move Tow Mountains - The Mudlarks
11. Twisting’ Fever - The Marcels
12. Mi Pequeno Ruego - Lourdes Gil
13. Surfer’s Blues - The Journeymen
14. King Size Baby - Homer & Jethro
15. Tim The End Of Time -  Gino Washington
16. Sugar Diabetes - Eddie Banks & The Five Dreamers
17. Make It - Don & The Good Times
18. I Wonder If She Loves Me - The Do’s & The Don’ts
19. Turtle Dovin’  - The Coasters
20. Forty Cups Of Coffee - Bill Haley & His Comets

Background Music “Coleslaw” by Tommy Smith Trio

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Sunshine, Lollipops & Rainbows.

I was recently cruising around my Instagram and came across the glorious feed of Area 52 Vintage. This fabulous duo of Annette Harper & Melina Harper run a series of shops both brick and mortar as well as online. They gather the goods and resell at The Orange Circle Antique Mall as well as their Etsy Shop. I was inspired from the yellow tissue box on the left to make a vintage pattern. 
"Sunshine, Lollipops & Rainbows"
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Friday, April 8, 2016

Gimme Gimmies : Patchwork Goodies

Hello! Every week I am on the hunt for inspiration. A few days a week I scan Etsy to find some cool vintage crafts, fabrics, knick-knacks, bric-a-brac.. and what have you. I feel it keeps me inspired to make stuff and seems healthier than thrifting. I hoard photos instead of actual things.. except fabric. I am a fabric junkie and i think spotting a chunk of cute vintage fabric in a thrift shop or garage sale it my #1 pleasure in life. Complete eye candy! Here are a few goodies I've recently found...
In Stitches Patchwork Sewing Kit from Brass Rabbit Vintage.
1970's Vintage Calico Fabric from Scarletts Vault
Handmade Vibrant Patchwork Quilt Top from Stories Untitled.
Multicolored Patchwork Vintage Terrycloth Apron from Pretty Little Thrifts
Vintage Pink Patchwork Fabric from Rhaevon Vintage Fabric

Monday, March 28, 2016

Random Design

Lately I've been messing around making patterns here and there, but not really doing much with them. Take a peek at some of the beauties I've made lately!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Retro Obscuro #20

1. The Woodchuck - Billy Emerson
2. Walk On By - The Belmonts
3. So Many Days - The Conns
4. Slick Chick - Vernon Harrel
5. Oongawa - The Zircons
6. Long Blonde Hair, Rose Red Lips - Johnny Powers
7. Live It Up - Wilbur Martin & The Sundowners
8. Little Red Riding Hood - The Big Bopper
9. Keep Your Mind On Me - The Jarmels
10. Istanbul - The Twisters
11. I’ll Go Crazy - Zoot Money
12. I’m Gonna Destroy That Boy - The What Four
13. I Was A Fool For Leaving - Vikki Nelson
14. Hurry Up, Hang Up - Vern Beers
15. Hippy In A Blunder - Johnny Buckett
16. Here Comes The Girl I Love - Bill Pitcock
17. Everybody Knows (I Still Love You) - The Dave Clark Five
18. Don’t Send Me No Flowers - Blue and The Grey
19. Dick Tracy - The Chants
20. Catch That Teardrop - The 5 Royales

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Retro Birdhouse

I've been thinking about creating a birdhouse pattern for a few days now and this morning I got right down to it! Complete with faux woodgrain and kitschy floral wallpaper, with birdhouse pattern I made intended for making aprons. 
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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Anniversary in MKE

With our Anniversary falling on a Tuesday, we decided to make a special little trip last Sunday to MKE. We visited Johnny's ole neighborhood and hopped around a few places on Brady Street. We had a great time stopping at a few great places like The Hi Hat Lounge/The Garage & The Nomad
We had a few IPAs and walked a little around the city. We snacked on Reuben Rolls at Hooligans and headed to the historic and gorgeous Oriental Theater for our main attraction. We saw "Where To Invade Next" with an extremely over sized soda & popcorn. It was nearly impossible to capture the beauty of the theater with my camera, but the floor in the bathroom was so cute! We headed home in time to get the boys to bed and get ready for Monday. It was a great date and a memorable occasion. It felt so great to be in the city again. 

Retro Obscuro #19

Today my husband "Johnny"& I celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. I've had a "Johnny" play list rattling around my iTunes for years. I've finally made a solid play list dedicated to my favorite person. Hope You Enjoy It & Happy Anniversary!

"Songs In The Key of Johnny"

1. Johnny’s Back In Town - Ann D’Andre
2. Oh Johnny - Baby Jean
3. Mr. Johnny Q - The Bobbettes
4. Bye Bye Johnny - Chuck Berry
5. Johnny Darlin’ - Connie Francis
6. Johnny Won’t Run Around - The Crescents
7. Johnny (Please Come Home) - Darlene Love
8. My Johnny Doesn’t Come Around Anymore - Flip & The Dateliners
9. Johnny Ander - Gale Haness
10. Johnny Loves Me - Glenda Collins
11. Oh Johnny - Janie Grant
12. Johnny Get Angry - Joanie Sommers
13. Johnny Remember Me - John Leyton
14. Johnny Johnny Johnny - Kay Cee Jones
15. Johnny Thunder - The Kinks
16. Johnny Cool - Little Peggy March
17. Johnny Will - Pat Boone
18. Run Johnny Run - Ramona King
19. Johnny Angel - Laurie Loman
20. Der Schone Johnny - Ted Herold

Background Music “ When Johnny Comes Slidin’ Home” - Hollywood Vines

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Spring Blossom

I've caught a spring bug! Although we have a few more months of winter in Wisconsin, I'm ready for color again! The weather in the Midwest is similar to the weather in Scandinavian countries and I am finally understanding why colorful bright flowers are so popular in their design. 
I love the way this pattern turned out! 
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