Mad Men returns tonight for season 4, and even the characters are getting excited.
Joan Holloway is going through the office party menu. Don Draper is winding his watch. Peggy Olson is thinking about new clients. Betty Draper is primping for a reunion. How do I know all this? Twitter, of course. In one of the most brilliantly ironic twists in modern media marketing, AMCtv has embraced modern social media in order to promote its most successful period drama. The office may be stocked with IBM Selectric typewriters and dictaphones, but you can follow your favorite mad men characters on Twitter, and support their new business venture by "like"-ing them on Facebook. Could any of the creative people at Sterling Cooper Draper Price have conceived of something so far-fetched as the internet? Watch and see....
A few days ago, a woman came in to my store with a bag of plums she'd just picked from a tree that was bursting with fruit along the sidewalk not too far away. The sharing aspect of summer fruit is my favorite thing - she and I immediately shared memories and recipes while we snacked on the bounty.
While I don't yet have any fruit trees planted, I'm looking forward to the day when I can walk out the door and pick from the gifts of summer right in my own (future) yard.
Vintage and modern fashion picks inspired by the summer plum harvest. All the vintage items featured are from members of the Vintage Fashion Guild. Modern clothing items were selected randomly from etsy.
It's true. As a blogger sometimes I'm a big phony slacker, and at such times I find it necessary to draw your attention elsewhere. Glamoursplash, for instance, where my BFF and birthday sister Pam has been blogging up a storm on accounta the fact that a major Alfred Shaheen fashion retrospective has hit the her glittering, glamourous metropolis. An exhibit, mind you, that I have yet to get offa my hiney and see, and which, if I miss it, it will be because I'm a stressed-out super busy single mom and not an actual slacker.
Anyway, mosey on over and take a look at Pam's in-depth articles on Alfred Shaheen, Master Printer.
The summer I turned 12, my family hosted a Japanese exchange student for 6 weeks. His name was Akira, and he quickly fit in with my quirky and decidedly non-traditional family. At our house, it was constant chaos and mess, spontaneous outbursts of physical comedy, and a certain everyone-for-himself survivalism was required. Akira quickly caught on that laughter was essential, and unlike some of the other students with which he traveled, he loved trying new things and assimilating fully into the easy going unpredictability of life in California.
One of the gifts Akira brought to our family was a traditional kokeshi doll. We'd never seen or heard of them, so we had no idea what it was and kept asking its purpose. His English was still a bit rough, so he just kept repeating "Kokeshi!" and pointing at it. We finally put it proudly on the shelf, and later found out more about the traditional hand crafted dolls.
Over the years, I would see the doll sitting on the same book shelf at my mother's house, and remember the summer of Akira. It's my hope that he looks fondly upon the time he spent with us, and that we didn't inflict too much permanent damage upon his psyche. The kokeshi doll was lost in our fire 2 years ago, but shortly afterward I found another. It's been sitting on my desk at the office, and I've finally managed to get it listed on etsy. Here's mine, and a few others.