Easter is a time for celebration, colorful eggs, and, of course, the beloved Easter bunny. Over the years, the whimsical charm of this holiday has inspired a delightful array of vintage Easter-themed kitsch, from bunny planters to 1950s made-in-Japan rabbit figurines. These nostalgic collectibles evoke memories of simpler times and bring a touch of enchantment to any home. In this blog post, we’ll explore the world of vintage Easter kitsch and offer tips for building your collection of adorable bunny treasures.
The Allure of Vintage Easter Kitsch:
Vintage Easter collectibles have a unique appeal that transcends generations. They capture the essence of the holiday with their vibrant colors, playful designs, and undeniable charm. Easter bunny planters and 1950s made-in-Japan rabbit figurines, in particular, are popular among collectors for their distinctive style and whimsy.
Today I am thrilled to share one of my passions with you all – collecting vintage Spaghetti Poodles! These little guys are positively precious, and they add a wonderful sense of cuteness while perfectly fitting into my mid-century modern aesthetic.
My favorite pieces from the collection have got to be the 1950’s Norcrest poodle trio in glasses & bows on the tray plus Lipper & Mann’s ‘NOEL’ set for Christmas time. Also included in this beloved assortment is an array of delightful lipstick holders, planters, vases – it just can’t get any better than that!
UPDATE: You can ready about my collections on a recently published piece in the Antique Trader
Take a step back in time and revel in the kitschy cuteness of 1950s poodles! Back then, these furry four-legged friends were everywhere – from classic Poodle skirts to intricate spaghetti art ware figurines. Ceramic artists crafted unique pieces using a special technique that mimicked the pup’s fur and sparked an excitement for all things “spaghetti” poodle!
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.
Wine enthusiasts, listen up! Napa Valley, Northern California’s world-renowned wine haven, is calling your name, and there’s no better time to answer that call than during the fabulous fall season! As the grape leaves turn to a symphony of autumn hues, Napa Valley transforms into an enchanting wonderland that’s perfect for wine lovers and nature enthusiasts alike. Let’s explore why fall is the ultimate season for experiencing the true essence of Napa Valley’s charm.
The Weather is Perfect!! One of the best things about Napa Valley in the fall is the weather. During the summer months, it can get quite hot in Napa Valley. However, temperatures start to cool down in September and October, making it the perfect time to visit if you want to enjoy comfortable weather.
Another great thing about visiting Napa Valley in the fall is that you’ll get to see the leaves changing color. The vineyards and wineries are especially beautiful during this time of year as the leaves turn from green to shades of red and orange.
If you’re looking to avoid crowds, then fall is also a great time to visit Napa Valley. While the region does get busy during harvest season (which typically runs from August through October), things start to calm down again once November rolls around. So if you want to experience Napa Valley without all the crowds, plan your trip for sometime between November and March.
Whether you’re a fan of wine or just want to experience one of the most beautiful regions in California, there’s no better time to visit Napa Valley than during the fall months. From the perfect weather to the stunning scenery, there’s something for everyone to enjoy during a fall trip to Napa Valley. Bring you camera to capture all the beauty!! Have you been to Napa Valley in the fall? What was your favorite part?
Experience the best Detroit-style pepperoni pizza at Square Pie Guys, nestled in the heart of Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco. This is the ultimate destination for pizza enthusiasts seeking a deliciously satisfying square pie experience.
Craving a hearty slice of Detroit-style pizza? Look no further than Square Pie Guys in San Francisco, offering the finest square pies in town. Perfect for a quick meal or a fun outing with friends, you won’t be disappointed with their incredible menu options.
On a beautiful summer day, my husband Gary and I ventured to Square Pie Guys in Ghirardelli Square. This newly opened pizza haven boasts both indoor and outdoor seating, a drink counter, and friendly staff ready to serve. Ordering is a breeze with a QR code scanning system that directs you to their app.
We indulged in the 6×8 pizza with red sauce, 48 pavone pepperoni, cheddar cheese edge, and mozzarella. With a diverse menu catering to various tastes, you can choose from cheese, supreme, white sauce, vegetarian, all meat, honey-drizzled pork and pineapple, or even customize your own pizza. Don’t forget to try their salads, chicken wings, cheesy bread, crispy asparagus, and desserts. While traditional sodas aren’t available, they offer Acqua Panna Italian water, cocktails, beers, cola, and root beer.
The ambiance is light and welcoming, with attentive staff ensuring a pleasant experience. Our pizza arrived promptly, boasting an irresistible aroma and mouth-watering appearance. The crispy pepperoni and perfectly balanced red sauce combined with ooey-gooey cheese made this Detroit-style square pizza a delight. The stunning view of the San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz Island added to the unforgettable experience.
Let’s rate Square Pie Guys on a scale of 1 (being lowest) to 5 (being highest):
Style/Crust : Detroit-style – 5
Sauce: Tasty red sauce – 5
Pepperoni Toppings: 5
Experience: Location/Staff: 5 (location is incredible, right in the heart of San Francisco’s Ghirardelli Square, service was good)
When in the Bay Area, don’t miss out on Square Pie Guys at Ghirardelli Square. Relish their delectable Detroit-style square pizzas while soaking in breathtaking views. Can’t visit in person? Explore our blog for more tantalizing reviews.
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Get ready to rev your engines and join us in Petaluma for the Salute to American Graffiti car show! This weekend, the town will come alive with the sights and sounds of vintage and custom hot rods that will leave car enthusiasts in awe. So get your 1950s pinup style dress and red lipstick on for a fabulous classic car show!!
After a long hiatus due to the pandemic, the American Graffiti car show is back and better than ever! This year’s show was a roaring success, with an impressive display of hundreds of cars that spanned several blocks of downtown Petaluma. From fabulous Ford Fairlanes to classic Mustangs, the show had something for everyone. We even saw some rare beauties like Corvairs and Deuce Coupes that left us breathless!
What makes this event even more special is that it pays homage to the iconic 1973 movie American Graffiti, which was filmed mostly in Petaluma. The event is put on by dedicated volunteers who raise funds for local community projects, making it a great opportunity to support the town and have fun at the same time. Plus, with appearances from the movie’s stars like Ron Howard, Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss, Suzanne Summers, Cindy Williams, and Wolfman Jack, the event had a touch of Hollywood glamour.
Being a curvy girl I used to shy away from bright colors and statement jewelry pieces because I wasn’t sure I could pull them off. I learned that I sure can pull them off because it is all about wearing the right colors for my skin tone, wearing the right silhouette for my curvy figure, and accessorizing with the right scale jewelry pieces.
A great color combo that I especially like are yellow and green. I am wearing my lovely daisy floral dress from Heart of Haute that has lots of yellows and greens and paired it with a bright yellow cardigan. Because the dress top fits like a wrap (perfect for big boobs) I added this gorgeous bee necklace to accessorize my outfit with. I love a great retro inspired dress or Pinup dress because the styles from the 1950s are extremely flattering and Heart of Haute is also size inclusive. I think it just screams Spring and it makes me excited that warmer weather and sunshine are on the way.
My bee necklace is a large scale pendant that fits very nicely on a plus size curvy figure. If the bee pendant were smaller it would get lost on me, but, having the right scale pendant really makes a difference on a curvy figure. Also, the necklace is adjustable so it can be made longer or shorter and having length as an option is a really nice feature. I also paired my necklace with matching bee earrings to complete the set. My jewelry is from Erstwilder and they make very high quality pieces that flatter all bodies, especially curvy full figures.
Reach out to me on Instagram @crazy4me and let me know what your favorite color combinations are or combos you might not be sure how to wear, and even tell me your favorite pieces of jewelry and how you style them. All pics by my sweet hubby Gary.