Animated Evolution

Tuesday, March 24

Isn't it funny how the face of movies change from generation to generation? When I was a little girl I remember watching 101 Dalmatians and thinking how old fashioned it looked. At that time the little mermaid and beauty and the beast were all the rage!

Recently, I rearranged my bedroom to accommodate a futon, 20" tv, faux fur rug and beanbag for Lily and Molly to watch cartoons on. It's the only place with a VCR and we've been watching our donated video collection that has been growing with each visit to grandma's house.

One of them being Beauty and the Beast. And it' so funny how I remember thinking that it was cutting edge in the day. Can you believe it was nominated for BEST PICTURE?! And now, it too looks old fashioned compared with today's Pixar movies.

Yet, I have to concede that Beauty and the Beast kept my attention far longer than any of the Pixar movies I've seen since Toy Story (Happy Feet, I'm looking at you). Perhaps it's the musical aspect. Remember how every blockbuster Disney movie had an award winning soundtrack? What ever happened to that?

What will I be thinking about Pixar films twenty years from now? What will the face of animated features look like for my grandchildren?

Happy 24th (i think)....

Sunday, March 22

Today was Brian's sister's birthday partEH! She's turning 24...I think? Her myspace page says she's 23 but Brian insists she's 24.

We spent the day at their parent's house. Eating tacos, watching YouTube videos, opening presents, eating orange cake and tormenting roosters.

Here's what she got from us....a snuggie! I think we bought it just to see her try one on.


Friday, March 20

Nuff Said.

Oil Cloth is so MOD!

Thursday, March 19

OMG! It's been nearly a MONTH since my last post. I've been such a BAD, BAD blogger. When I get wrapped up in grosgrain stuff this blog tends to go hungry. Since I announced that I was accepting sponsors at Grosgrain I've had a post nearly everday and that tends to take up all the computer time I'm alloted. BUT, I saw this recently on Party Perfect and wanted to share because I'm crafty and get excited when I see possibilities....

It's a tutorial on how to make a scalloped oilcloth tablecloth. View the instructions here at Twig & Thistle. The instructions call for you to sew a zig zag stitch around the edges of the scallops to keep them from curling. But I might suggest hot gluing popsicle sticks to the back of each scallop because I didn't like the way the stitching looked in the offense. I think the end product was amazing!

I have always found a very limited selection of oil cloth at my local fabric stores but I found this online site: Mendel's Far Out Fabrics. They have a good selection of retro oil cloths.

Oil cloths are strange. For a while they were not in style but they've been making a comeback (as all things retro do). They have a fantastic wiping quality. Sometimes I want to cover all my furniture in it. The new patterns I've been noticing make these fabrics a MUST HAVE! Great for homemade beach bags or farmer's market bags.

I should start a store that sells only oilcloth products! Yeah, that would be AWESOME! Well, at least somebody should.