KL Vintage Modern // New Items!

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Here are just a few great items up for auction this week at KL Vintage Modern! Be sure to check these out and more.

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Flashback Friday

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Flashing back to April, 1976. This photo was taken with an old Polaroid camera. I was about 4 years old here. It was the evening my mom and step-dad got married. I was sitting in an Adrian Pearsall chair covered in black faux fur. I loved that chair. This was at my mom’s best friend’s house in Miami, where we were temporarily staying at the time. Between the two families, there were about 8 kids. I was the youngest, and the others were all teenagers. This house was so cool, with such a great vibe. First of all they had a pool, and we were always in it. She had a sign on the wall over it, “I don’t swim in your toilet, so don’t pee in my pool”. I split my chin open in that pool, trying to do some fancy trick where I jumped backward off the coping. Bad idea. I still have a scar from it. They slapped a butterfly bandage on it and I was good to go. Anyway, they had a cool parrot named Cookie, and he talked. He called out names and was very friendly. This is probably where my love of birds began. The lady of the house also smoked a “peace pipe” and  had hippie beads leading to  her bedroom. She had small breasts, which she called teddy bears, and had a pet mouse that lived in a little crevice in the floor, and she talked to it. She also had a small door that went from the living room into the kitchen and I used to pretend that it was a secret passageway. She made the best ramen noodles, and she was always so nice to me. Her color was baby blue. She drove a light blue Buick Riviera and I used to climb in the back window while she drove (remember, this is the 70s). She had baby blue carpet, with blue sheer curtains and a piano that I pretended to play in the living room. Nobody ever sat in there, because the coolest room was the back room where the tv was. There was a dungeon-like vibe in there, with dark furniture and a fireplace. I remember the guys all sitting back there laughing at the 3 Stooges. That’s where this chair was. I also remember that dress. I wasn’t into dresses when I was little, and I couldn’t wait to get it off. It was a really itchy pale pink lace material, and I kept asking my mom if I could take it off. I finally won, because there are other photos of me in regular clothes. Haha!

Chromeography

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I took this shot for a school assignment about two years ago, and then added it to my Flickr photostream. Later, while I was looking for something completely unrelated, I stumbled across the Flickr group Chromeography, which was created by Stephen Coles, a designer and author of The Anatomy of Type. The group focuses on the emblems or lettering attached to mid-century automobiles and appliances. I thought my photo would be an acceptable addition to the group, so I joined and added this photo. *Note-my instructor didn’t care for it.. Oh well..

Last November, Stephen held a small exhibition at the Mota Italic Gallery in Berlin, Germany. As a photography school dropout (due to financial reasons), I was honored when I received a message from Stephen asking permission to use my photo. Are you kidding? I’m grateful to anyone who appreciates my photography, and I’m always happy to contribute a small part to such a cool event.

Here’s a great presentation from Stephen Coles about his Chromeography project.

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RCA Victor badge affixed to a mid-century record console.

Stephen also launched Chromeography.com, which is a gallery site dedicated to showcasing the best shots. This RCA Victor shot was my most recent addition to the Chromeography group.

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Mid-century Olympia typewriter. I’m always stumbling across great vintage items like this one. With the lettering, surface texture and keys, I saw a good shot for the Chromeography group.

I’m really humbled by some of the other photographers in this group. I’m looking forward to continuing my search for great emblems and I always love to see what other members come up with. Be sure to check out Chromeography.com. You will not regret it!

 

Around the house.

It has been way too long since my last post. I guess I’ve just been caught up in everyday life and working. Sadly, we don’t have any home projects going on at the moment, so things are at a standstill there. We’re hoping to get things moving along within the next few months or after the holidays. In the meantime, I’m going through everything I own and selling whatever I don’t use or need. It feels really good to purge every so often. I feel much more organized and able to function without clutter around me or hiding in closets. I’ve also started selling vintage clothing/shoes/accessories in my Etsy shop again, so I’m really happy about that. I’ve always loved thrifting for vintage clothing & accessories, so it brings me joy to have those items in my shop. I’ll have some updates on that this coming week! I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

A personal note.

My apologies for the lack of posts lately. I’ve been sick with a bad cold, which doesn’t happen to me often and I’m still adjusting to caring for my 5 year old grandson. I also think that all of the life changes this year have finally caught up with me. I’m typically very healthy and take care of myself, but I’ve been slowly straying from a healthy diet/exercise since my mom passed away in February. I also lost my sister 3 years ago, and she was my best friend. Needless to say, it’s a bit much for me to handle at times, but I always try to be strong and maintain a positive attitude. I’m always a bit reluctant to share my private life, but sometimes it’s just necessary. All of this has made me stronger, more empathetic, and I see people in a different light. You just never know what someone is going through, or where they’ve been.

I’m turning over a new leaf now and making the necessary steps toward a healthier lifestyle. Here’s my list of things to change…

✚ Eliminate stress (a tough one)

✚ Exercise more

✚ Change diet, less sodium (I have pre-hypertension)

✚ Kick the caffeine habit (so difficult, but I’ve done it before)

So my main problem is stress… loads of it. I’m only 40 and I’ve recently discovered that I have pre-hypertension. I don’t smoke, hardly drink, and I’m at an ideal weight. The problem is, it runs in my family. If I can think of a way to manage my stress, then hopefully I can get my BP down to normal levels. It’s no surprise to me since I’m a high-strung person and I think way too much! I’m determined to change things, and I’m treating it as a wake-up call.

I know everyone has problems, and I’m not trying to be Ms. Gloom & Doom here. This is just my reality now, and I felt the need to share. I’d like to thank everyone for taking the time to check out my blog. It’s definitely a bright spot in my life. xoxo

Mom

I will miss my mom so much. She passed away two weeks ago, and it’s by far one of the most difficult things I’ve ever experienced. I have taken a little time off to deal with everything, but I’ve found that it’s important to stay busy and creative at a time like this. My work and blog are positive things in my life and actually help me express myself creatively. My mom would want me to keep going, just as she did during tough times.

Merry Christmas!

Surprise! Here’s our Christmas present! It’s actually been in the works for a month now and we’re closing in two days. We are so incredibly excited because it’s our first home. It was built in 1959 and it has terrazzo floors throughout- just what we wanted! It was owned by one family and it’s in amazing condition. We can’t wait to start working on it! The fun begins on Wednesday!

There will be lots of home project posts in the future, so check back to see the latest. Merry Christmas, everyone!