Friday, February 21, 2014

Just wanted to Share ....

I sold these adorable little Mid Century Modern Siamese Cats awhile back.
and I got a nice little note with some photos of the cats in their new home  

Don't they look right at home?

I love it!  

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Using Vintage Maps to Decorate

Not sure why I like this but I do
Ever wonder what to do with a rusty box spring?
While traveling in Florida not only did I go to flea markets, I also got to stop in a few local vintage stores.  One of these was Annabelle's Vintage Land.  They had some really cool stuff and I snapped a few photos for inspiration,

Then I saw this ...

So instead of just hanging that old map on the wall - use it as wall paper, or a backing in a great cabinet or on a lamp shade - 
what other ideas can you think of?

here are some maps if you want to get started

Friday, February 7, 2014

Slang of the 1940's

The 1940s' had World War II, saw the USA being attacked at Pearl Harbor and millions died tragically.
The pin up girl had her heyday - Woman went to work for the war effort, rationing home gardens and helping to win the war was paramount. 

 In the midst of all this, English got wacky, with the introduction of new military jargon and a hipster slang called vout. Inspired by jazz musician Slim Gaillard, trendsetters took to adding a little zipperoo to their speech. 

The vernacular got a little snapperoony. Ding dong-o-reeny! But if you're already hep to the 40s' jive talk, this is no news to you.

Albatross: chicken, as referred to by World War II troops
Alreet: jive slang for “all right”
Battery acid - coffee, in army slang  
 bobby soxer    teenage girl who wore white socks pushed down around the top of the shoe

Take a powder – to leave
Fuddy-Duddy – old-fashioned person
Gobbledygook – double talk, long speech  

Fat-head – stupid or foolish person
Chrome-dome – word for a bald headed man
Eager beaver – enthusiastic helper
Armored heifer – canned milk
In cahoots with – conspiring with
Snap your cap – get angry
Active duty – sexually promiscuous boy
Share crop – sexually promiscuous girl
Doll dizzy – girl crazy
Above my pay grade – don’t ask me
Cook with gas – to do something right
Killer-diller – good stuff
Hi sugar, are you rationed? – are you going steady?
Stompers – shoes
Flip your wig – to lose control of yourself    

Pennies from heaven – easy money
Ameche – to telephone
   Gone with the wind – run off (with the money)
Lettuce - money
Gas - either a good time or something that was really funny
Grandstand – to show off
Brainchild – someone’s creative idea
What’s buzzin’, cousin? – how’s it going?
Khaki wacky – boy crazy
Hen fruit – eggs
Hi-de-ho - hello
Pass the buck – pass responsibility for

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Slang of the '30's Gangsters and Molls and Bonnie and Clyde

History  of the 1930's It started with the Great Depression and it ended during World War II.  In between there was prohibition, speak easy's gangsters and notoriously Bonnie and Clyde. Some of the slang from the '30's is still used today, although in some cases the meaning has been altered dramatically...then again some words are exactly the same... 

I wonder what words will stay the same and stay in use from 2000 - 2020 when people look back on it in 100 years....

Apple   any big city in the 1930s
Big House prison.
 Horn  telephone.

Broad/dame/doll  woman 

Brodie  A mistake (seems to be a popular name now a days ...don't tell the kids their name means mistake...)
Cadillac   an ounce of cocaine or heroin.
Canary   a female singer.

Cats/alligators –  fans of swing music.

 Copper a police officer.   Guess it got shortened through the years to just Cop now...

Cute as a bug's ear           Very cute
Dick/gumshoe/flatfoot  Detective  

Dingy     Silly
Gat/rod/heater/convincer  A couple of these words are still used today when referring to a gun.
Hooch/Booze   whiskey.
Hot mama/looker/ tomato/dish/sweet patootie  good looking woman.

Keen      Very Good
Kibosh   Squelch
Kippy     Neat

Low down    All the information
making whoopee  Sex
 Nuts!   Telling someone they are full of nonsense
Okie     Migrant worker from Oklahoma

Patsy    Innocent man framed for a criminal charge

Pill     Disagreeable person
Pip    Attractive person

Pitching woo  Sex

Rot gut, bathtub gin    Prohibition alcohol usually made in back rooms and of low quality
Sawbuck         $10 bill

Scat singer      A vocalist who improvises lyrics, with nonsense syllables not using words

Scrub     Poor student

Shake a leg    Hurry up
 Squat     Nothing
Stool pigeon, snitch          Someone who informs to the police

Suds, salad, dough, moolah, rhino, bacon (as in bring home the bacon), bread           Money

Take a powder, blow, split, scram, drift      Leave

Taking the rap, taking the fall        Taking responsibility for someone else's crime or crimes

 Trigger Men  hired gunmen. 
 Twit       Fool or Idiot
Whacky      Crazy

What's your story, morning glory?              What do you mean by that?

 You and me both    I agree