Try it Tuesday: Repurposed Frame for the Golf fanatic

Repurposed Golf Frame

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This is a rather simple project, but we want to look fabulous designing it.  Just like the ladies in the picture below!

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Attire Suggestions

To start with this lovely necklace is sure to add some fun to your golfing adventure.  Pink Golf Tees has many other fun jewelry to offer!

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Trisha Trixie designs has a lovely repurposed apron to tie in with our theme.  It is called the “Oma Heck So Cute.”  This will help welcome in summer!

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Supply List

  • Scrabble Letters for G O L F.  I often buy old games at thrift shops.
  • A plain frame.  I found this one at a thrift shop too.

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  • Golf Ball
  • 12 inches of twine
  • Glue Sticks and Glue gun
  • A picture will be dandy too!

Directions

  1. Arrange the letters on the frame so that they look even.
  2. Glue letters on the frame.

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3. Take your piece of twine and double it up.

4. Put a little dot of glue on the bottom and sides of the golf ball attaching the twine.

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5.  Tie the ends together wrapping around the ball.

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6.  Attach the twine to the back of the frame, using two dots of glue.

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7.  Add your photo and your project is complete!  Happy crafting.

 

 

 

 

Mad Men Monday: Where Were You When it Happened?

Last nights Mad Men was focused heavily on Martin Luther King and when he got shot, revolving around how people handled it and so forth. History, in the age of no Internet, mind you, finding out about these things was not a blip on a screen.

Phone calls were made, TV’s tried to blast it out, some didn’t hear about horrible events such as this until they went out, someone told them or they got a phone call through a phone tree.

The proverbial question of “Where were you when it happened?” has carried through time because of this.

Even in the age of the internet now I remember being asked this very question when the 911 bombings happened and when other tragic events have even unfolded like Boston.

How did people function in those days? How did they take the news? Some like Don Draper drink but he always drinks. Betty is try to go on and be a mother and wide to her husband who is in politics and has to deal with these things first hand. Megan, I feel, is like me. I can sit in front of the TV for only SO long and then I feel the desiring need to go out, do something, even if it is a vigil, it is better than sitting around moping about it.

Then there are people like Dawn who is right in the heart of it. She lives in an area where things are unsafe and there were riots in the streets and yet finds a way to come into work and do what needed to be done.

The days of tragedy now are filled with blasts through Twitter and Facebook and all it seems to take it one person to post something about a tragedy for it to spread. I think the panic nowadays is worse than how it used to be and I know this will shock you all, but I do blame Social Media.

I feel we have became callused to these types of tragedies and how they should affect us. These things are happening on OUR land, on OUR soil, to people like Pete said to harry, “He had a wife and four kids!” They are real people and not just some blast on the internet.

We need to take time to do more and allow it to sink into our bones that these tragedies are REAL and they affect REAL people with REAL lives and REAL families!

Sharing a post is great. Let the world know that you know and to share it along.

But please somewhere in your heart, allow yourself to feel like we used to in the past. Cry for people we didn’t know because we are HUMAN and we realize how close to home this could have been.

My mother has said one thing for years, for a variety of reasons, and when tragedy strikes it ALWAYS come to my mind…

“There by the Grace of God go I”

I don’t know if you who follow me or Christians or believe in God. I don’t know if you believe in Fairy Tales. That is NOT the point.

The point is that it could have just as easily been us. It could have been the Drake Relays not Boston. IT could have been LA not New York. It could have been a missile in your backyard. IT could have been you, your family, people you knew and loved and cared about.

What last nights episode brought out of me was remembrance of PEOPLE of the past and how in those days we would have dealt with crisis and tragedies.

So I ask on this day and in your future to remember that you are real, human and to think about it.

I don’t ask, “Where were you when it happened?”

I ask, “How are you since it happened?”

XoXo, Trisha Trixie

Sunday Recipe: Beef Kabobs ala summer fun!

Beef Kabobs ala summer fun!  

Summer is upon us and we all love to grill.  However, at my house, my boyfriend loves to grill.  This simple recipe is fun and easy to create.  It is an all in one meal!

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Attire Suggestions

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This meal calls for the help of a super hero.  Wouldn’t your guy look fashionable in this apron?  Perhaps he is a fan of another character, well Trisha Trixie Designs is always happy to custom design for you.  Check out this apron at our Shop.

We, also, used something called firewire to create out kabobs.  These are not a requirement, but do make the job easier.

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These can be found at many retailers near you.  They make marinating, organizing and cooking much easier.  

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One of these mitts or something similar will come in handy.  This particular one can be found on Amazon, but I’m sure you could locate one at many major retail stores.  I am thinking that Trisha Trixie designs could make this cooking accessory more individualized.  Wouldn’t that be a great Father’s day gift?

 

Needed Ingredients

1. A pound of sirloin

2. Pineapple rounds

3. Two green, red or yellow bell peppers

4. Whole mushrooms

5. A marinade of your choice (We used the Lawrys Teriyaki Marinade)

Directions

1. Cut meat, green peppers, pineapples into large chunk sizes (About an inch square)

2. Put meat, green peppers, pineapples and mushrooms on the firewire skewers or in a container if you don’t have the skewers.  

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3. Put marinade into the container (Add skewers and extra veggies) and let sit in refrigerator for 4 to 6 hours.

4.  Pull the skewers and veggies out of the refrigerator.  

5.  On a small cookie sheet put foil.  Add the veggies to the foil.

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6. Put the cookie sheet on the top shelf of your grill.  Throw the firewire or your own skewers onto the bottom of the grill.  If using the firewire, make sure that the metal hangs outside of the grill.  This allows the ends to be cool and makes taking the meat off the skewers an easier task.

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7.  Let the skewers cook until the meat is to your liking.  We cooked for about 8 minutes, which is medium rare.  

8.  Take them of the grill and remove items from the skewers!  You are ready to eat up.  

Saturday Special: Saturday in the Park

This weekend it is supposed to be decent and nice here in Des Moines, Iowa. It is barely morning and people are already outside, water lawns, setting up for garage sales and washing and cleaning their cars.

It reminds me of the old days when I grew up even back in the 70’s.

We didn’t sit in front of a TV all day. We maybe got up, watched a bit of Saturday Morning Cartoons, but generally we went outside, played on our bikes and with our friends, we set up lemonade stands and played and sang together

I remember my sisters walking to places and singing songs like this song and Rhinestone Cowboy and Billy Don’t be a Hero…

We listened to oldies music and just generally enjoyed life.

We went out to Ledges and played in the water or went on hikes.

But my favorite day of the weekend, even though Saturday was pretty awesome as back then I was not this prissy gal you all know of now…I was a tomboy and loved to muck i the mud and climb trees and get lost in teh woods and get ticks in my hair…that was great…yes, but Sunday WAS my favorite day of the Weekend.

We would all sit down and watch the Disney Sunday Movie…

We would make homemade ice cream, each of us girls having a turn at the crank to mix it up good. We would add homemade berries or jelly to it or some of us would add chocolate sauce and stir up the ice cream to make it nice and chocolatey. There actually is a little running joke saying in our family

“Don’t stir the Ice Cream!”

because we would get it all over the place and make a mess!

Sometimes, we just have a simple snack dinner of homemade popcorn and Grandpa Hunter taught us to put the popcorn in milk and eat it out of our glass with a spoon…oddly enough, still today I love to eat that treat, though most people look at me funny when I do.

Ah yes, the simple times of Saturday and Sunday, when we enjoyed life.

We just enjoyed the day. Living life would exhaust us because we ACTUALLY lived it!!

So, if you can, if you are having a great day, if it is warm enough to go out and enjoy what this world has to offer, go do it. Go live it. Go drive around, roll the windows down, take the kids to a park or grill outside, or just go play ball or horseshoes or lawn darts or something.

Remember the days of the past, because tomorrow…they will be!

Until Next time,

XoXo~Trisha Trixie

Friday Wrap Up: A week of Nautical Bliss!

Saturday

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We learned about the fascinator and all of its beautiful uses.

Sunday

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This week we created Easy Prawn/Shrimp Old Bay Nautical.  This is a super yummy easy treat.

Monday

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The fun fashion of Mad Man was discussed.  Check out the link to discover some lovely fashion ideas for you.

Tuesday

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This DIY project is sure to give you the flare you deserve.  These cute shoes have already gained me tons of compliments.

Wednesday

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Check out our natural products to keep your skin looking fresh and smooth.

Thursday

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The beautiful vintage, nautical apron was this weeks feature.  Featured patterns and designs were included.

Thank you all for another great week!  We hope you were inspired.

ThrowBack Thursday: Nautical Vintage Aprons

I thought since we are on a Nautical Twist this week,  I thought I would share with you some Nautical Vintage Inspired or Retro Aprons

I love this take on a Retro Look but with a newer twist

This come from Life Buoy Soap Ads, check this one out

Images of the Past had some pretty kewl images with some lovely Retro Ladies in Aprons

Here is one of a Military Navy Man in the Galley cooking away white a t shirt and half tied long apron. After doing some research (and one of my navy boy pals might correct me) I found this was general attired down there in the galley because it was hotter than heck and below deck.

Trying to find some Retro Themed Aprons was a difficult task actually. Not a lot of pictures taken back then. I did however find you can find some kewl sewing vintage  patterns online that have a retro feel

This one was from Pinterest Vintage Patterns

Here is another one

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Here are a few other Nineteen Hundred images of some Retro Ladies in Aprons

This one is funny

I leave you with this last image of a lady wearing one of those SMOCK aprons mostly used for laundry and cleaning at those times.

I hope to make my housecleaning and utility aprons a BIT more fun than these!!

What type of aprons do you like out of these? What do you think of the aprons they wore during this time period? What do you think they needed if anything? We love to hear your thoughts here or on our Facebook page, so don’t be afraid to comment!1

Until Next Time,

XoXo~Trisha Trixie

 

 

Wednesday What not: Tips and tricks for great summer skin

Wednesday What Not: Tips and Tricks for the skin

Tomato

I see you questioning now.  Tomatoes are great for the skin.  Have dark spots or blemishes?  Cut up a tomato, rub it on your skin, let it dry and then rub it off.  You will be amazed at the results!

Watermelon

Watermelon is good for your blemishes, so eat up plenty of this health fruit.  However, if a blemish has surfaced rub a piece on your face and let it dry.  You rinse of the watermelon and the blemish will begin to go down in size.

Coconut Water

It is all the rage and does some amazing stuff for your skin and hair.  Drink it up for the best results.  It will make your skin glow and your hair soft and smooth.  One interesting thing about coconut water is that when you drink it, it cools you from the inside out.  This will help you stay cooler on those hot July days!

Buttermilk Bath

In the summer, my skin gets dry from the summer heat.  Nothing is better than mixing a cup of buttermilk into your bath.  You will feel the difference immediately and what girl doesn’t enjoy a relaxing bath?

Keeping skin Healthy

Don’t forget that you should try to protect your face.  The skin here is sensitive and the most noticeable area for wrinkles to appear.  Try a fun beach hat.

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This hat is $14.99 at Target and well worth the cash, if you ask me!

Also, coverups are nice to keep your skin sun free and help transition into lunch on the beach!

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This too is available at Target, but many options are available to you.

Please! Please!  Do not forget your sunscreen.  There is no need to damage the skin.

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Of course, do not forget your fun flare at the beach.  Trisha Trixie designs has nautical earrings, shoes, scarves and other flare to build up your ensemble.  Thinking of having a picnic on the beach Trisha Trixie would love to custom design an apron to match your suit!

Try It Tuesday: Nautical bottle top shoes DIY

Nautical Bottle Top Shoes DIY

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This project was super fun and easy and I ended up with a delightful pair of new shoes!  I picked a nautical theme, but any idea will do ya!

We are going to be working with Modge Podge, so we have to dress for this project!

Attire Suggestions

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The Turqueza Polka-dot half apron by TrishaTrixie Designs reminds me of the ocean on a summer evening, don’t you think?

Turqueza paisley

Of course, if you can feel the ocean breeze you might desire a Turquza paisley by TrishaTrixie Designs to tie your ensemble together.

Titanic Traveler

The Titanic travel will add a hint of nautical wonder to your look.  TrishaTrixie Designs has many other nautical jewelry available at their shop!

Shoes you say?  We will have that covered in a bit.

Needed Items

  • Two bottle tops (I purchased a bag from the craft store as they lay flat on the shoes)
  • Modge Podge
  • 1 inch circle cutter (or you can create your own pattern)
  • Glue gun and hot glue
  • Images to put in the bottle tops
  • A pair of shoes to dazzle up.

Steps to create a Nautical shoe sensation

  1. Find images online and copy them into a word document.  Make them small enough that you will be able to create a 1 inch circle from the image.

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2. Use a circle cutter or create a 1 inch circle pattern and cut out your images.

3. Use the mod podge to lightly secure the images into the bottle caps.

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4. Take the Mod Podge and fill in the top of the bottle cap

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5.  Wait three hours for the Mod Podge to dry.

6.  Hot glue your bottle caps on the shoes (These shoes I purchased at Target for $5.95.  You can buy flats for a steal and glam them up!)

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7.  Wear them with pride!  You made your own flare.

Mad Men: Nautical Style

This week we are going to focus on everything and anything Nautical!!

Since Mondays are devoted to Mad Men I wanted to share with you some Mad Men inspired Nautical Images…

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1600 × 1600 – ebay.com
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259 × 434 – nauticalstripes.com
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To add to the touch I thought I would share some images I found for some nautical themed Aprons:

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800 × 1067 – prettyinthekitchen.wordpress.com
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I have not yet created a nautical apron but this weeks inspiration is definitely inspiring me to think about it.
I have created some nautical themed items and posted here some items that I think could be considered as a Nautical Theme.
All of which you can buy from the Trisha Trixie Shop
PinStripe Shorty Buckle Scarf

Come Sail Away in my Shoes

Check out these items and all the other ones I gave you to check out… Enjoy Nautical theme week…
Until next time,
XoXo~Trisha Trixie

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Sunday Recipe: Easy Prawn/Shrimp Old Bay Nautical Delight!

We all have busy weeks and so this Sunday I’m going to share a dish that aims to please that will be finished cooking in no time.  

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Prawn/Shrimp Nautical Delight

Yes, I did say that this meal was simple.  However, darling I want you to look fabulous preparing it.  This week we are interested in throwing out the cold and bringing in the summer sights, sounds and smells.  So, for this we have a nautical suggestion to add flare to your nautical dish!

Attire Suggestions

The Flower Bow

(The Flower Red Bow Baby Half Apron by TrishaTrixie Designs is a sailing delight!)

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(Last week, we focused on the fascinator  This is Red, White and Blue-eyed Pea by TrishaTrixie Designs.  Directions on how to make your own fascinators was, also provided in this weeks blogs!)

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(These cute little flats were designed to sail away with you!  They can be designed especially for you by TrishaTrixie Designs)

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(This is a jewelry line that I just can not get enough of.  The Hanson Family takes great care in creating detailed, unique pieces.  Won’t this just tie your ensemble together?)

Now that you are beautiful and ready for your nautical adventure, lets get to the kitchen!

 

Ingredients

  • 18 to 20 peeled and ready to cook prawns or shrimp
  • 2 teaspoons of old bay seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil (I prefer garlic olive oil)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 of lemon to squeeze
  • Fresh veggies (I prepared 1 red pepper, half of a cauliflower, and 2 sliced carrots)
  • 2 teaspoons of butter/margarine or the like
  • 2 gallon sized zip lock bags
  • Already prepared (unless you have the time to cook) small Italian loves

 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425.
  2. Cut up all of your veggies.  
  3. Put the oil and old bay seasonings in a zip lock bag.
  4. Turn your grill on high and begin preheating.
  5. Begin to steam your vegetables.
  6. Put your bread in the oven and let bake 5 to 8 minutes (until browned and warm)
  7. Put your shrimp/prawns in with the oil and seasoning and seal up the bag.
  8. Vigorously shake the shrimp/prawns being sure to over the shrimp.
  9. Put the shrimp/prawns on the grill for about 4 minutes.  Flipping over once at about 2 minutes.  They do cook quickly!
  10. In the second zip lock bag, put in butter and squeeze in lemon juice.
  11. Put steamed veggies in with the butter and lemon juice and seal up the bag.
  12. Shake up the veggies, until they are coated with butter and lemon.
  13. Place everything on a place and salt and pepper to taste.
  14. Enjoy!  Dunking your bread in the sauces of the veggies and shrimp is divine.

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Saturday Special : Fascinators

First off sorry for the delay in this post. Sometimes, as a real person, life gets away from us ya know?

Anyway, As promised I wanted to share and talk to you about Fascinators and show you different styles, shapes and trends as well as the different types of Fascinators out there.  I already did a small video for you back on Try it Tuesday if you want to go view that. (Warning the video isn’t super great but I will get better as I go along)

A fascinator is a headpiece, a style of millinery. The word originally referred to a fine, lacy head covering akin to a shawl and made from wool or lace, but mostly feathers. In the modern usage, it refers to a woman’s alternative to hat for formal attire; it is usually a large hair decoration on a band or clip with elaborate trimmings and decoration like a formal hat and it can incorporate a base to make it a miniature hat.

A substantial fascinator is a fascinator of some size or bulk

Bigger than a barrette, modern fascinators are commonly made with feathers, flowers or beads.[1] They need to be attached to the hair by a comb, headband or clip. The fun, fanciful ornament is often embellished with crystals, beads, or loops of ribbon, and attaches via a comb or headband; some have a small, stiff, flat base that can be secured with bobby pins.

(all info from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fascinator )

Here are some Fascinators I have worn in some of my photo shoots or for/at events

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And here are some I have made and sell…(more to follow soon and if you want a CUSTOM one let me know and I will customize some for you, a group or function, etc)

Here are some others wearing Fascinators

If you would like to buy any of these or order a custom Fascinator please go to my TrishaTrixie Shop and order one to be bagged in a cute bag, tissue paper and right to your door. CLICK HERE FOR SHOP

Throwback Thursday; Bullying of yesterday and today

Past Images of Bullying

A bully use to be a different sort of thing.  In the 1950s, you would get your buddies together and face a bully head on.  May the toughest man win!  These are the images of past bullies.

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(Eddie Haskell from Leave it To Beaver was a clean cut kid that everyone wanted their children to be like, but he had a mean side that the weaker kids would come to know)

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(Scott Farkus was the mean bully from the movie A Christmas Story)

Remember the scene where the bully chases the other kid home and the kid slams the door just in time?  Did you know these doors no longer keep bullies out?

Why is Bullying worse today, than it was in the 1950s?  

Well, I surely do not have all the answers.  However, I can make some assumptions.  Children use to be able to go home and get away from their peers.  “Cyber bullying” has changed this for many.  

  • People can attack others by setting up fake accounts and have the ability to remain anonymous.  
  • Our children spend large amounts of time on cell phones, computers and other electronic devices.  These devices can be used to spread hurtful information about others in a very quick manner.
  • Once something is online and public, it is hard to get rid of.  This could lead people to thinking it will always be public information and this can sometimes lead to deadly results.
  • It is much easier to be mean through an electronic device, than when you are looking into the face of your victim.

Are our children more sensitive?  Perhaps, they are.  However, it is different for one child to call you fat than to have 353 people like a status saying you are fat.  Something about hate from masses might be harder to take.

This video was created to help stop bullying.  School bullying prevention programs have been shown to be successful.

What should you do if you know bullying is occurring?

My mother would have marched right over to the neighbors house and let them know that their child was a disrespectful brat!  You may even feel like the woman pictured below.

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However, as we have new problems we should have new methods to solve these problems.

This information comes from stopbullying.gov a good resource to learn more about bullying.

Do:

  • Intervene immediately. It is ok to get another adult to help.
  • Separate the kids involved.
  • Make sure everyone is safe.
  • Meet any immediate medical or mental health needs. (Ask, “Are you Okay.”)
  • Stay calm. Reassure the kids involved, including bystanders.
  • Model respectful behavior when you intervene.

Avoid these common mistakes:

  • Don’t ignore it. Don’t think kids can work it out without adult help.
  • Don’t immediately try to sort out the facts.
  • Don’t force other kids to say publicly what they saw.
  • Don’t question the children involved in front of other kids.
  • Don’t talk to the kids involved together, only separately.
  • Don’t make the kids involved apologize or patch up relations on the spot

Apologies and fact sorting can happen once the problem is diffused.  Getting the help of a guidance counselor and the parents involved are the best bet.

Wednesday What Not: the skinny on bullying

 Bullying now and then.

What is the difference?  Have you ever stopped to wonder why we as are so much harsher on each other than ever before.  How the older generation doesn’t understand bullying?  I’ve heard my mother as well as others say, “Everyone gets picked on in school.”  Bullying goes further than what they know.

Bullying Defined

So what is bullying?  I found a great site that provides information regarding bullying from stopbullying.gov I recommend that you check out this site for information on how to deal with bullying.

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

  • An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
  • Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.

Overtime, bullying can cause serious emotional problems.

The Vintage Female Image

My mother’s childhood were filled with several types of beautiful women like Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn.  It was acceptable for women to have all shapes of bodies and they were all beautiful.

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Not only do these women have different shapes and sizes, but they are doing something; laughing with their girlfriends, gardening and being ogled by a child.  The event in life was more valued than the look.  Don’t get me wrong, these women were beautiful.  However, women of the 50s were valued for their abilities; cooking, cleaning, gardening, crafting, socializing and many other abilities.  What are women valued for today?

The Modern Female Image

What are our young ladies valued for today?  Sex, drugs or money?  I’m not really sure what we are teaching them.  However, these images can only hurt them.

Skinny models      skinny-models

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What are we valuing here?  I’m not really sure.  I guess this is why I hold on to the values of the 50s.  I can never be one of these girls.  My body wasn’t built this way.  I don’t want sunken eyes or to appear soulless.

It took me years to realize that I would never be a size 2.  That it was okay to be myself.  That there are things worth valuing in myself and other women, beyond looks.   Help your friends, daughters, neighbors and all girls find their worth!

At Trisha Trixie Designs we want girls to find their inner talents.  To showcase them with their own beauty.  With that, I’ll will leave you with pictures of some real women.  You are all beautiful!

 

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(Honored for your skill in bringing beauty to the world!)

 

Please comment and share what makes a woman beautiful, in your opinion!

Try it Tuesday: Get Fascinated with Fascinators

Do you like those amazing Fascinators, Floral clips and Barrettes you see all the Pin Up Models and other Beauties wear? Well, I did my best to put together a little video for you on how to do just that!

Check it out and take a look at a few at our slideshow of Fascinators at the end to see the final result!

Then comment on what you thought of the video. I love feedback so I can make it better next time!

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This is the Apron I wore in this video. I have yet to name this one as it was my FIRST Apron. I did do it for a Brave Girls Challenge but I just haven’t figured out what to name it yet. Have any suggestions? Let me know!!

So what did you think?

What else do you want to learn How To make? (I can’t give away ALL my secrets, but I can share a few)

Until next time,

XoXo~TrishaTrixie

Mad Men: Modeling

This weekend was a Modeling Weekend for me, Miss Trisha Trixie: The Vintage Fashionista. I had a fun time though as in all things in life just as in all things Mad Men, there is drama, chaos and having to deal with things we would rather not to. Miscommunication between a Makeup Artist and myself on Saturday. Then on Sunday at 5 am the MUAH (Makeup and Hair) girl cancelled. Had I stuck to my guns, I would have had my things with me because I rarely depend on anyone to do those for me and carry my own makeup and hair items to do it myself. This time of course, everything was at the studio. This made me think more and more about other models and of course my favorite band of Characters at Mad Men.

I wanted to explore the Modeling and acting side of Mad Men from both sides of the screen.

On the side we see, if we remember Betty was  Model before Don met her.

It is not as glamorous as it may often appear on TV. Just as Project Runway often touts

One day you are in and One day you are out”

it is almost as rough and rigid in the modeling world.

Betty here is Betty continues to revel in her days as a model when she was an inspiration to an Italian Designer and is talking and showing all these dresses and items to her neighbor.

She explains that she met Don while modeling a coat. In this Episode it shows how up and down the life can be. She decided to go back into modeling and tries out for a part.

One day she is picked as the girl for the Cola company.

The next day she is out because they want a different direction.

Later decides she doesn’t think she wants to go back to modeling after all. Why after all that come to that conclusion. For many reasons but far too often because it IS so up and down.

Now Don is with Megan. Another Creative Artist type. Though, Megan is an actress/model whose passion is mostly on the acting side.

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On the side of the screen we don’t see is the effort they take into the costuming, research, staging, setting up the lights, waiting around for Hair and Makeup Artist, waiting for TOGS (Photographers) to set up their equipment and having the training and knowledge to learn how to relax, pose and act. Megan does show us a bit of this in last season and a little in this.

No, not everyone can put up with either side of it. It is actually a lot of work. Sometimes it pays very little. Sometimes you put a lot of effort in to see nothing. The light might not have been right, the pictures got lost, there were not any good takes, or perhaps the TOG just didn’t feel like editing them or releasing them to you, even if you paid for them or not.  OR sometimes your makeup or hair was not right. The makeup artist didn’t understand, doesn’t know how to do what you are or the TOG is looking for, or perhaps you ha to do it yourself and maybe it wasn’t what YOU or the TOG was looking for.

No, it is NOT as easy as standing there an posing. You DO need to know how to pose, how to grab the light, how to pay attention to your wardrobe and keep from having wardrobe malfunctions, you need to have your feet standing right, pointing the right way, your lips moist, your hair not out of place and truly you need to think in each pose from head to toe how to shoot and to be and act. In the acting side like Megan at least you get a few takes unless of course it is theater.

Lastly, you need to have the on screen, on film, on camera appeal. You could be gorgeous in real life, but how do you look behind the camera. There was a makeup artist there and I thought she looked AMAZING. But it was funny , when mentioning to her she should model she said “I don’t look good in front of the camera” and that may be very well be true.

It is more than dressing up, standing around. It is an art. From all sides of the perspective. Artists do what they love because they enjoy it. They rarely get paid top dollar. It is generally more of a hobby than a profession. As much as I wanted to get back into this full time, it takes time to rebuild my portfolio and it pays very little. Thus , the Fashion Design biz. I get to do what I love, be creative and once in a awhile throw in a bit of modeling my own items to really make it fun.

I too love dressing up, being in the modeling world when out and about. Getting compliments and being noticed just like Betty. It is GLAM from time to time…but wading through the rubble and drama to get to here, can be a brutal nightmare.

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Until next time,

~Trisha Trixie

Fashion Designer, Blogger and Model

Sunday Recipe: Pasta ala Tarragon with Scallops and Parmesan Bread

Pasta Ala Tarragon with Scallops and Parmesan Bread

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What should one wear to prepare such a fancy dish?

Apron Suggestion

Well, this calls for a fancy affair.  One of Trisha Trixie designed dress apron would be so fitting.  There are a ton to view in her store.  However, I have chosen the brown tiger stretch.

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Of course you will need a darling shoe to match.  The Spectator pump found at pinupgirlclothing.com really will add some sexy to your style.

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To top this outfit off our famous Trisha Trixie has designed a beautiful set called The Key to my Heart featuring a beautiful cameo.

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Now that you are ready to bake here are the ingredients!

Ingredients

Bread

  • One stick of butter
  • Three minced gloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning (The basil took on too much flavor and I would avoid adding this)
  • 1 roll of refrigerated Pillsbury grand rolls. (I think I will try an refrigerated Italian bread next time, as this was far too sweet for an Italian meal)
  • 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese

Pasta ala Tarragon with Scallops for 2

  • 1/2 box of Penne Pasa
  • 10 or so Bay Scallops
  • 1 12 oz jar of sweet roasted red peppers
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup of butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of basil (fold basil and slice thin)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

If you are making the bread, begin with the bread.

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  While the oven is preheating put the stick of butter in your bunt pan and put the pan in the oven.  This will melt the butter.

2. Cut your grand biscuits into quarters.

3. In a bowl mix your garlic, Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese.

4.  Toss your biscuit quarters into the bowl.

5. Take out your bunt pan and place the quarters evenly throughout the pan.

6.  Cook for 24 to 26 minutes

7. Flip the bunt pan onto a serving tray, so the butter side is up!

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While the bread is cooking begin to make your Pasta!

1. Fill about half way a 6 qt pot with water.  Cooke the penne as directed by the packaging.

2. While waiting for the water to boil begin to prepare the other ingredients.

3. In a medium saucepan, combine white wine, wine vinegar, basil and red peppers.

4. Cook down to about a tablespoon of liquid.

5. stir in the heavy cream and let boil down until reduced by half.

6. While you are waiting for your sauce to reduce, prepare your scallops.

7. In a skillet, add 1/2 cup of butter and a tablespoon of olive oil.  Bring to high heat letting the butter melt.

8. Add the scallops to the skillet salt and pepper for desired taste.

9. Check the bottom of the scallops every few minutes.  You are waiting for the bottom to have a caramel coloring.  Flip them when this coloring appears.

10.  Do the same process to the other side of the scallops.

11. Combine the scallops and butter from the skillet into your sauce.  Add the remaining 1/4 butter and let the butter melt down.

12.  Place the scallops and sauce over your penne pasta.

13.  Dinner is served!

Saturday Morning: Nautical excitement

A fantastic fashion trend is the all things nautical!  

Wouldn’t a sea inspired apron be a treat?  Remember TrishaTrixie always welcomes special orders, in case some of this spurs your creativity!

Cute swimsuits for this season

Beach Bash by Art and Talyana have some cute suits at lovely prices.

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Shoes

Mod Cloth who always has fabulous vintage shoes at reasonable prices has these super cute heels, which are called Believe it or nautical heel.  So, cute! shoe JCPenney has an amazing cute flat to match your summer flare. rocket

Dress

I don’t normally shop on Amazon, but this is a dress I might not be able to pass this cute deal up at $39.99

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Baby Girl Boutique has some fun Rockability styles.  And this Nautical Betty is no different.

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Art (Vintage inspired)

We stumbled across Mark Lone and he has some amazing vintage inspired nautical prints among many other beautiful creations. Beauty ibeast

Jewelry (TrishaTrixie Designs)

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Summer is coming.  Remember to protect your beautiful skin and decorate with all things Nautical!

Throwback Thursday: Love and Marriage

In 1950 unmarried men were generally paid less than married men. Reason being? The Employers felt that single men needed less to live on and survive on. Many men got married just have a better status, pay and clout in the workforce a man was also deemed more stable if he was in a married home.

Women rarely wen to college and if they did it was to either a finishing school or something to do to pass the time until the right guy came along or they went to college to FIND the right guy.

A finishing school (or charm school) is a school for young women that focuses on teaching social skills and cultural norms as a preparation for entry into adult society.[1][2] The name reflects that it follows on from ordinary school and is intended to complete the educational experience, with classes primarily on etiquette. It may consist of an intensive course, or a one-year programme.

Even though divorce was still frowned upon there were 385,144 divorces in 1950 quite staggering at that time against 1,667,231 marriages.

In post war times, marriage was the best option, mainly women. By the time a gal was 18 she was generally sought after and men generally married in their 20’s. More men than women were generally single after the age of 25 leaving behind a trail of spinsters or late marriage bloomers.

There were not many women who worked outside the home at that time, a staggering 21 % compared to now I am sure the percentage is much higher being that MORE women work outside the home more than ever. Home businesses were on the rise though and husbands allowed their wives to do things like Tupperware, Avon and others of it’s kind. Avon launched in 1954 and over 2/3 employees were women. Shaklee products also gave rise to women working at home and part time out of the house.

Bit of Fact for you: The Kennedy Wedding was on September 13th 1953 and it was watched, stalked and admired by many. The Kennedys were under a lot of scrutiny to be “the couple to lead by example”, though if you know the story, the marriage was far from perfect.

Women were told in those days to “Show  man you love him y cooking, cleaning and always being well groomed. Never come to the day without your hair done and makeup on, and you should greet him at the door when he comes home. As well do not bombard him with trivial things, though give him time to relax and always have dinner on the table when he arrives.”

A great article to view more about Gender roles are in the link below.

Writing about gender roles of the 1950s, Betty Friedan once defined the “suburban housewife” as “the dream image of the young American woman.” Just as prescriptive literature of the 19th century geared to the middling classes emphasized women’s “true” place in society as mother and wife, the 1950s saw an ideal perpetuated in books, magazines, movies, television, songs, and ads that depicted the white, middle-class woman fulfilled only by a happy marriage.

“Women Without Men”: The Pros and Cons of a “Man-Free Life

Although it is a world-wide and historic conviction that every woman wants to be married, a great many do not want marriage. Consciously or unconsciously, many of them spend a lifetime resisting it. Hundreds of thousands of young women who have left their homes and moved to the big city in search of work and a husband have found only the work. But many others have recognized the truth—that they enjoy a man-free life—and are the happier for the recognition

Please do not misread my intentions here though. I am not encouraging one way or the other. I think that the article is best said that women “accept” they will be without a man and have a happier life for it. Though I still believe many women do better and are happier with a man in their life…that is if it is the RIGHT man. No women should stay with any man just to have one. If he is not a nice man, and treats you badly, I encourage you to take care of yourself.

What I am saying however is that just as the article states there are pros and cons of being married.

I have been married before and now it is like a boom hanging in my face that I have. Too many times of being married, no matter what the reason or how long you were married I think that men start counting the number of times it has happened.  It takes a special man to look past the number and get to know a divorced woman to decide if he wants to be with her or not.

The sting that I still have is for men I have lived with and felt like I was practice for the one they truly desires to be with, only to be burned, dumped and him to marry the other gal I knew nothing about. There was a scene in Mad Men where the mother states this to Peggy when she announced she would be living in with her man…and let me tell you, there was a lump in my through and it hit hard…

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Mother isn’t buying any of it. About the ham. Living together. Or Abe’s professed devotion to Peggy.

“I thought you’d be relieved that I wasn’t marrying the Jew.”

“It has nothing to do with that… You’re selling yourself short. Because this boy will use you for practice until he decides to get married and have a family. And he will, believe me.”

Yes, Peggy’s mom is hard and sometimes crazy (her advice about cats, for example). But what must make it difficult for Peggy to just cut the cord is that her mother is also devoted in her own way and actually has some down-to-earth wisdom to dole out.

And in this case, mother knows best, maybe not about felines, but about the risks of love birds moving into together and especially about the way Peggy’s handling the whole situation.

Abe Moves in

This is not to say that some of these situations end great and marriage is either never needed or some day the man finally get’s down on one knee and proposes. Sadly I am left with a bitter taste in my mouth about living together as my sister lived with a man for over 20 years and he never proposed only to later find out he was still married to his ex. As well a man I lived with during four years, ended our relationship and three weeks later proposed to someone else.

I am now with a kind loving man and we have been dating off and on for a year or so. We DO now live together and it is going well. He loves my Retro Woman ideals and I love his gentleness. I do hope one day he proposes and even thought recently an offer would be available but I was mistaken.

Perhaps I too am like Peggy , and I don’t mean Peggy Bundy, in my ideals. Love and Marriage today is sadly not how it was in the 50s and honor and trust is not as widely given as well. I guess we all can’t have 1050s housewife lives, though if it were up to me, I would. 🙂

Until next time,

Xoxo~Trisha Trixie

Wednesday What not: The vintage Tin

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Our designer Trisha Trixie let me in on her passion for vintage tins.  

I too have collected a few tins as I’ve found some handy uses for them and I love the vintage designs. So, I thought I would get Trixie and all you other vintage fans  started on thinking about  the tradition of collecting vintage tins.

History Lesson

Metal tins were developed in the 19th century.  They were created as the knowledge of germs was brought to light in Europe and America alike.  Cities were being reconstructed to be sure that less germs spread among the people.  New waterways were built to maintain clean water.  And so to came the metal tin to keep germs away from people’s food.  This why many of the tins you see are selling food and medicine.  

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Advertising

Of course, the idea of the metal tin provided many opportunities for advertising.  Lithography was developed and many of our art ideas stemmed from the metal tin.

Lithography provided the opportunity to reproduce materials over and over again.

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Andy Warhol was very inspired by this medium.

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Tins showing History

One unique thing about tins is that they are not only marketing tools, but they also show what was happening throughout the time period they were used.  

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I suppose this is why so many of us are drawn to the vintage tin.  There does become an issue of storage when one has so many tins.  Do any of you have suggestions for the storage of multiple tins?

I use mine to store buttons, thread, needles and all my what not.  How do you use your tins?  We’d love to hear about how you use your vintage tins.

Trisha Trixie Design

Of course we love all things apron and had to share this wonderful tin cover with you! As this women is resourceful like a Trisha Trixie Girl!  

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Mad Men Monday: The Draper Men

I love Mad Men as I think most of you are figuring out by now.

Here is a link to the Recap of last night (but if you haven’t watched it this is a spoiler)

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Every time I look at Don Draper, I think of my father

My Father

More pictures of Art in My Tribute to my Fathers on Facebook. Click picture and see

But what is it about these men that women are drawn to?

It is their Poise and Power. Even if they don’t have power in their jobs like Don does, they have power in their voice and stature like my father.

I never remember my father wearing an apron or grilling but that doesn’t mean he didn’t.

I looked all over to find Don Draper in an apron but couldn’t.

I did however find pictures of them enjoying spring at parks and having picnics. This makes me reminiscent about days with my father Art before he passed away (I was 10) of us going to Ledges Park in Boone, Iowa and having moments like this

Ok,  so my life wasn’t as blissful as this because this is of course TV, but we did go to the park and let the cars drive by and scream for them to go fast so the water would splash up on the tires.  I remember playing horseshoes and those funny lawn darts they now have banned, I heard. It was a simpler time than now and I loved it. MY dad in his sternness would actually crack a smile and maybe a guffaw laugh every now and then.

The men like Don and my father Art were hard and stern but they taught us “The world isn’t always sunshine and roses” (my father) and things like “”You want some respect? Go out and get it for yourself.” (Dona Draper)

For more Don Draper Quotes CLICK HERE

I love these men and wish more men were like them, honestly. They don’t sugar coat things. They love you because you are. They are hard on you because the world will be hard on you. They taught you hard lessons through hard love and you came out loving them for it. Ok, at least I did.

Do you love Mad Men? Do you love The Draper Men? I would love to hear your comments here (click the heart icon) or on Facebook @TrishaTrixieDesigns

Until next time,

Xoxo~TrishaTrixie