Archive for August, 2009

~Once upon a time, Disneyland knew how to design beautiful posters for marketing & advertising. I want to swim in those colors.

~If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger, There’d Be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats, may be the greatest name for a Blog. Ever. You could (and probably will) spend hours flicking through the images posted on a (near) daily basis. I am especially taken with their Annals of Crime entries. Perhaps the next time I’m sick in bed with nothing to do (HA!) I can catch up with the 589 posts in the “They Were Collaborators” section.

~An interesting segment from PRI on the supposed link between creativity and madness. I’ve long thought I needed a “We’re All Mad Here” sign posted at the front of my house.

~I can’t stop thinking about this picture the lovely Jessica shared in her new Saturday Snapshots post.

{I can’t articulate why it captivates me, I simply know it has gotten under my skin, taken a hold of me and won’t let me go.}

~Are you in need of a “back to school” pencil pouch? No? Well, neither am I, but I am probably going to be making one “just for fun” anyway and this nifty tutorial (and bonus embroidery pattern!) from Sublime Stitching looks like it will do nicely. This would make a great first time sewing (and embroidery) project.

~Speaking of embroidery, I love Wild Olive. I love her inspiring posts, crafty desktop backgrounds & amazing monthly “Make. Do. Create.” projects. This month she posted patterns for the cutest embroidered animals using 1″ buttons for their bodies. This idea was so fantastic I immediately dumped out my button collection, selected my favorites and stitched these two buddies up whilst watching Battlestar Galactica*. ‘Cause that is how I roll.


{My mom took these pictures for me while I was at work. Thanks Mom!}


{He still needs a mouth. I’m thinking a giant buck-tooth smile like Alec from Presto.}

Hmmmm. I feel as if I am forgetting to tell/share something with you that I thought about or saved earlier. No matter, I suppose I’ll just have to tell you later (that is, if I can recall exactly what that something was).

Happy Wednesday!


*I just started watching season 1, so please don’t spoil me! And yes, I know. How can I call myself a nerd when I am just now getting around to watching BSG? Easy. I’ve got a life-sized cardboard cutout of the Hobbits stashed away in my old room at my parents house. For reals. I win!

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“Those stores smell bad.”


“…You’re going to stare at some antique chair for so long the buttons are going to seem interesting.”

That whole exchange made me laugh. I’ll wager the majority of us who love rummaging around antique & thrift stores has had a similar conversation with a poor, unfortunate friend you’ve dragged along for the “adventure”. In those shops, I count myself blessed to have a very poor sense of smell.


Hey look, Pyrex! I don’t know if I haven’t been paying attention, but this was the first episode where I noticed the vintage cookware. The Pyrex snowflake cinderella dish is pretty recognizable and at the moment easily found on etsy. The sugar bowl is a Fire King pattern and the matching coffee & custard cups are also available on etsy.


You know you want a pair of aviators just like Don.

Natasha Vargas-Cooper of the Footnotes of Mad Men (which you are reading, right? ‘Cause it is made of awesome) wrote a bit about the Madison Square Garden issue, the Patio campaign & Wallenda throw-away reference in a post over at The Awl. An interesting read for those of us who weren’t even a glimmer in our parents eyes (or so the saying goes) in 1963 and perhaps didn’t feel like spending our entire evening on wikipedia or trolling through flickr & google searches. Hey, I’m just being honest here.

I leave you with one of my favorite moments from this episode.


“You’re not fat anymore.”


“Thank you.”

Oh Harry, I do love you so.


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Zombie Bar

~Attention Mary Richards and everyone else living in the Twin Cities! Please order a gin & tonic from this zombie themed bar for me. And stop using the “Z” word! Thank you. {via Geekologie}

~Sarah has launched the Pink of Perfection forum, hurray! Which reminds me, I need to go register and join the summer reading discussion.

~Design*Sponge highlights Little Women in this weeks “Living in” feature. Now I must go re-watch the movie and wish once again that I had a sister of my own. *sigh*

~Jennifer Perkins has a fantastic & fun craft project making upcycled frames from unwanted objects you probably have lying around the house. I especially love the idea of re-purposing broken hand mirrors and can feel a trip to the Goodwill Outlet coming on…

~”Ray, when someone asks you if you’re a god, you say ‘YES’!” Ghostbusters turned 25 last month and to celebrate you can watch the ENTIRE movie on YouTube.

~Pip of Meet Me At Mike’s poses an interesting question: Is the “blog” you the same as “real life” you?

~In need of new skirts for the upcoming fall season (a season which never seems to makes it down to Austin)? Gertie has a simple gathered skirt tutorial, which is perfect if you are just learning how to sew or an advanced seamstress looking for a quick project.

~If you have not yet experienced the greatest show ever created known as LOST, you no longer have a excuse if you live the US of A. Seasons 1-4 is now availble on Hulu, hurray!!! A Hobbit polar bears, a Dickens loving Scott, a monster and enough daddy issues to keep all the shrinks in the world busy analyzing for the next several years—all on one mysterious island? Oh LOST, I do love you so.

Happy Wednesday, all! I’m hoping to catch a double feature of French “New Wave” films tonight at the Paramount—which sounds terribly snobby as I re-read this. French films, zombie bars, sewing patterns, unabashed nerdy LOST love…I’d say the “blog” Christine is an accurate reflection of “real life” Christine.

Your snobby yet nerdy rambler,


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“I keep going a lot of places and ending up
somewhere I’ve already been.”

Oh Don Draper...

~via dhw20500 on flickr~

“Don’t go to the well. There’s no water there.”

Trudy on the phone

The Drapers

Do the Drapers and the Campbells have the same phone? I wouldn’t be surprised, it is a fantastic shade of blue. Cassie Lynne’s etsy store happens to have a vintage Princess phone available at a very reasonable price if you took a fancy to Trudy’s phone last night.

Trudy's Phone

“Limit Your Exposure.”

London Fog Aqua

If I lived in a city that actually saw rain, I would snatch the above vintage aqua London Fog jacket from Violetville Vintage in a heartbeat. Sadly here in Austin, we are experiencing one of the worst droughts in a hundred years, so it’s a bit hard to imagine ever needing to pull my own London Fog trench coat out of the closet again.

“I could listen to him read the phone book.”


Aqua Bow Dress

It’s probably a good thing Peggy’s new secretary, Lola, wasn’t wearing this fetching aqua dress, else Moneypenny might not have ever left her alone.

~Links of interest~

~The Footnotes of Mad Men on Tumblr

~Take a peak at the real 1960’s ad campain over in the history section of the London Fog website.

~Slightly unsettling 1960’s American Airlines ad

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am very happy the gang at Sterling Cooper are back.


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~Internets, why did it take four days before you informed me the trailer for Terry Gilliam’s new film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus was available to watch online? I am disappointed in you. I was not, however, disappointed in what I saw:

~Jodie reminds us all that old school Sesame Street monsters are made of awesome. Yip Yip Yip Yip, uh huh uh huh.

~I adore this older couple posing in the front entrance of Disneyland circa 1960 posted over at Stuff From the Park. She looks comfortable yet stylish (I want her purse!) and he looks like he belongs in a Wes Anderson film. Love.

(Side note: there will probably be at least one link to some vintage Disneyland post or snapshot included in my “bits of random” every week. You know how you can organize your blog subscriptions in Google reader into folders? Yeah, I have a folder titled “I love Disneyland a little too much.” Just a fair warning.)

~Sarah shared this recipe for a savory summer tart that looks delicious. Tomatoes, squash, goat cheese—all things I love, hurray! If I manage to hit the farmers market tonight, this will definitely be on my dinner menu this week.

~It’s time to play Truth or Fail: Literature Edition! I suggest playing it once to test your knowledge and discover your score—and then play it again and click on the answers you didn’t choose to learn even more nifty literature related facts.

~I am now adding “dipper” to the list of jobs I have no interest in trying. Read all about this truly random 19th century job over at Jane Austen’s World.

Don’t forget to be awesome!


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Pete saw Tony Curtis in the men’s room.

Basket of Kisses

Peggy gave Freddy his basket of kisses.

Betty is Nordic

Betty isn’t profoundly sad. It’s just that her people are Nordic.


“It will shock you how much it never happened.”

Don Draper

Don Draper is Dick Whitman.

Dick Whitman

Dick Whitman is Don Draper.


Joan is so much woman.

It's just gone.

“One day, you’re there. And then, all of the sudden, there’s less of you. And you wonder where that part went—if it’s living somewhere outside of you. And you keep thinking, maybe you’ll get it back. And then you realize—it’s just gone.”

And finally:

Mad Men returns next week, hurray! Mad Men Monday is also making it’s return to my rambling little blog, in a slightly different format. We’ll see how it goes. I’m excited to see what has changed since we last saw the gang at Sterling Cooper. If Ken Cosgrove is married I will laugh. A lot.

See you next Monday!


P.S. Have you made a Mad Men version of yourself yet? It’s pretty much the greatest way to spend an evening. I’ve spent far too much time making different version of myself and some friends, but this is my favorite version of me. It’s remarkable how much it resembles the real-life version of Christine.

(All images via the AMC Mad Men photo gallery)

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Oh My Cavalier

Let Us Not Be Disconcerted by Oh My Cavalier

~Juliana has updated her etsy store with loads of new prints, hurray!

~Flavorwire presents 10 Muppets and Their Mad Men Counterparts (via Basket of Kisses, the best Mad Men fan site. Ever.)

~This story from Austin Eavesdropper teaches us all to never, ever, dye & run.

~During my trip to California, my friends introduced me to a fun card game called Guillotine. My family & TX pals are now addicted, so I think it’s your turn to join in the fun.

~I’m in love with this vintage TWA Disneyland brochure.

~Season 2 of Flight of the Conchords was released on DVD in the U.S.A. today, hurray! I know what I’m watching tonight:

Wishing that we may all take pleasure in the happy little bits of random found in this life,


*Known elsewhere around the internets as a link roundup

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