There aren’t many kitchen collectibles from the 1950s and 1960s that excite me as much as Pixieware does. From the jam ‘n jelly jars with their little tongues licking the sweet jelly residue from their lips, to the instant coffee pixie jar, relish pixie jar, or the jolly girl set, manufacturers like Holt-Howard, Davar, Lefton, Lipper & Mann, Norcrest, Napco and Menschik Goldman to name a few, displayed creativity at its finest and what thinking outside the box is supposed to be when it comes to dreaming up the colorful creations of the era. Pixieware has been a hot collectible and the enthusiasm continues till this day!!
If you’ve been following my blog for a while you know how much I love color. I love bright and bold colors and pastels too. Wearing color energizes me and gives me life!! My sweet hubby Gary and I did a photoshoot recently on how to wear a rainbow 🌈 where I mixed and matched cardigans, shoes, hair bows, and earrings with dress.
Today I am sharing one of my passions with you all and it has to do with collecting vintage spaghetti Poodles. The poodles in these pictures are all part of my personal collection and I adore their kitschy cuteness and how they make me smile. These vintage poodles also fit my Pinup and Mid-Century Modern vibe perfectly. My favorite spaghetti poodles are the three on the tray that have glasses and bows and are made by Norcrest in Japan in the 1950s and the little Christmas poodles that spell out ‘NOEL’ made by Lipper & Mann in the 50s. My collection includes poodle lipstick holders, poodle planters and vases.
UPDATE: You can ready about my collections on a recently published piece in the Antique Trader
This post is all about going back to the 1950s of yesteryear when kitschy cute Poodles were all the rage. Poodle motifs came in a variety of items from poodle skirts and sweaters to table linens and decorative collectible figurines like the spaghetti poodle. Ceramic artists in the late 40s-50s came up with a new technique to mimic the poodle’s fur known as “spaghetti art ware” and it ignited a frenzy for spaghetti poodles.
Spaghetti art wear is made from clay, porcelain, and ceramic which is applied as “fur” to form various textures of a poodle’s hairdo. To accomplish the spaghetti look, ceramicists and designers would have different techniques like using tea strainers to push the material through to form strands that were then attached to the poodle giving it a pom-pom look or they would swirl it onto to the poodle for a curly look. The spaghetti is very fragile and tends to break or chip over the years.
It’s no longer business as usual for most of us as we enter what will now be our new normal for weeks and possibly months ahead. I’ll be putting together tips and resources to help keep you moving forward with your jobs and businesses, pulling from my experiences and sharing what has worked for me, as now is not the time to pause. My Crazy4MeTips goal is to arm you with what you need so you can thrive and not just survive during the COVID-19 pandemic.
About me: I’ve been working in corporate America as a women in tech for most of my career and my specialty is leadership and leading globally distributed teams to serve customers in many time zones. I’ve lived through and navigated though economic depressions where companies were shutting down and colleagues were lined up receiving pink slips so I know first hand how scary it can be, what can work and how to pivot in times of crisis and uncertainty and know it is absolutely 100% possible to thrive during a crisis and not just survive.
Disclaimer: I am not here giving business advise but sharing what I have learned from my personal experiences and if it can help or benefit you then I am very glad.
In this post I will cover 5 tips to get you working from home:
- Workspace setup
- Getting ready for your day
- Benefits from working at home
1. Your Work from Home Setup
Many of you may have never worked from home full-time and were recently told your place of business is now closed and everyone should work from home as a response to the Corona virus and practicing social distancing. But, are you setup to work from home?
- Equipment: Do you have the equipment you need to work from home?
- Access to online collaboration tools and apps
- Internet bandwidth (is yours adequate for your job function)
- Headsets or In-ear speakers
It’s the loveliest time of the year, and I am not talking about the holidays but about sweater weather. I love soft and cozy sweaters and look forward to this time of year when there is a chill in the air and the Christmas season is just around the corner. Today I am sharing my baby blue sweater from Revolve by Majorelle.
Harvest season is just about over here in Northern California and the beautiful Napa Valley. The vineyards are beautiful this time of year and I wanted to visit and do a photoshoot with all the glorious fall foliage. For this shoot I am wearing my stunning Oktober 50’s Dress by Hell Bunny as it is literally perfect for Autumn and the harvest season.
The fit of the Oktober 50’s Dress is amazing. It zips up the back, has 2 very deep pockets, pleats on the full circle skirt and the bodice; it is gorgeous with the faux wrap top and under bust seams with delicate gathers that enhance my feminine shape. I am wearing my standard 2XL Hell Bunny size and the dress fits perfectly. I love the faux wrap top made from two overlapping fabric panels as this dress style easily accommodates an ample bust. This lovely dress is available in up to size 4XL.