Sourpuss clothing & fink faces

“Rat Fink” is a term I lovingly use to describe my boyfriend when he takes the last cookie.. lol

But seriously, I love the character and it’s many variations. The original being the work of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, an artist, cartoonist, illustrator, and pin striper. He created the Rat Fink character as the anti-hero version of Mickey Mouse and rot rod /Kustom Kulture folks fell in love, as did I. I know he’s kind of a grotesque creature, but I can’t help but love an underdog.

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Many artists now replicate the work of this genius…and to pay homage to this KING of KUSTOM, I created my own little piece

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I had to put my own spin on it….I’m digging my cute “Betty” Mouse!

I am planning on turning them into cheeky little greeting cards!

BUT…the reason for this post, is a little review on a clothing company that has been around for a long time, but I have only recently been turned on to their line by my dear pin up friend and boutique owner Miss Lizzie Deville. She is quite a lady. She is an outstanding face painter, a business owner, makeup artist, fellow pin up enthusiast and Founder of Vintage for Veterans, a classic group of pin-ups who raise money and awareness for Veterans, a cause dear to me. Kids, pets, and vets will always have a special spot in my heart. More on that later. Here is a link to her page incase you wish to join the cause or purchase from her. She is a distributor for the company and she mentioned I might like their stuff….. like is an understatement. Thanks Lizzie!

I don’t just like…..I LOVE…. wow! the company I am referring to is SOURPUSS CLOTHING …check them out sourpuss clothing. They are a clothing company featuring their own line and also many other popular rockabilly and pin up styles and designers. They have everything from dresses to accessories and everything in between. I can’t wait to order some items from their housewares line! Can you say ATOMIC!

They also have something for everyone, men, women, and children. The classic pin up, the rocking rockabilly, and punk lovers. They offer so many unique styles you can bet it’s easy to find something you love on their extensive site. So be prepared to spend your paycheck…

But that brings me to their prices, I think they are very affordable. The dress I scored retails for $52.00. Very reasonable and well worth it!

I got their “FINK” wiggle dress in medium. Let me tell you it fits like a glove… And not that OJ simpson glove…. I mean perfectly.

It has just the right amount of stretch and hug in the fabric. the darting in the design is placed perfectly. I added a belt to define my waistline a bit more, but truthfully it doesn’t require one. I was so pleased with the quality of the fabric, stitching and design.

The vibrant colors, fink faces and bulging eyeballs turn heads for sure. I had lots of compliments at our local car show.

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There isn’t a man who can control his “rat rod” if he sees a woman wearing this epic dress. It is truly one of a kind.

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A friend snapped this picture of me on my dear pal Karen and her husband Bob’s matte black pickup and it might be one of my favorite pictures ever. I felt lovely.

Thank you SOURPUSS for creating such unique and fun clothing and so much more. You have made a loyal customer out of me! Highly recommended.

Dress by Sourpuss Clothing

 

Lifelong Sourpuss Customer

xo -Marissa

 

 

Easy gorgeous nails & a giveaway

Ok. I’m kind of a germaphobe and a cheapskate so going to the nail salon is really rare for me.  

BUT, I like to have my nails look cute from time to time.  With all the art, painting, housework and other crap I do , a regular manicure lasts about 14 seconds. And I have tried all kinds of products both high end and drugstore, and everything in between.

Then comes this game changer! 
This is a drugstore gel nail kit by Sensationail. I AM IN LOVE. ( no they aren’t paying me) 

So the whole kit was about $25.00 , I found it at Wally world ( Walmart) ugh.  Despise that store. 

Anyways.  For the cost of less than one manicure I was willing to try it.  It came with everything you needed to start.  But I also bought a few full size colors to try.  Because I wanted retro colors and I’m impulsive. 

So the process kinda goes like this… FILE and shape nails.  Push back cuticles. Google basic manicure if you aren’t sure. Then use a bit of nail Polish remover to clean nails.  And follow the steps. 

1. Primer

2. Clear top coat & 30 sec under UV light

3. Two thin coats of color.  30 sec UV after each coat

4. Clear top coat & 30 sec UV

5. Wipe with cleanser or Polish remover

super duper easy! 

It stayed for over 11 days completely chip free and looked just as nice and shiny as day one.  Even better is that because it isn’t easily removed with remover, any time I got paint, wood stain, or spray paint on my nails I could take cotton ball soaked in remover and BOOM all gone.  

After a few times I got a little more adventurous and wanted to try some designs and nail art. 
I found that you could put on decals and even use non- gel Polish for small designs as long as you sealed with the top coat and “cooked” it. 

All in all the process is fast.  And I love that, but they are also completely dry after which is so so exciting. Because I can’t tell you how many times I have done my damn nails and they look so adorable and fancy and then either the sheets, my clothes, or hair or something messes them up.  Can you feel me?

I actually enjoy doing my nails now! And spend more time doing nail art because it lasts and there is no dry time. 

Now taking it off is a different story.  Follow instructions and it works but takes a bit. 

I usually just leave mine on so long it will start to peel up around the edges and I can peel that way.  Mind you that is after like 20 days and with some nail growth. It also makes my weak nails stronger so I have been able to keep a nice shape even though I work with my hands a lot.

So I want to gift one of my readers ( there is only one of you , so luck you) lol. 

No really .. I want to give you a chance to win a starter kit.  Comment below if you want to be entered! And on my birthday July 11 I will draw one random winner. 

So it’s my gift to you on my birthday ❤

May your nail art outlast all the b.s. in your life

Xo Marissa

The most adorable thing you’ve ever seen… since Fairy gardens

Ok. So in a house with two girls we’ve done the fairy garden thing to DEATH.

I love the little gardens and have a fondness for miniatures and a love of dollhouses. So it seemed logical to put my affection for vintage and minis together. A marriage of retro, Itty bitty cuteness.

That’s how this mini retro gardens came to be.

Are you dead yet? Squealing. Yup? Ok we can be friends. 

So it started on a trip garage saling with the love of my life.  We stopped at a tiny garage sale run by the most adorable little Japanese lady with a fantastic sense of humor.

She told us that she lost her husband and he was a “collector”. She may have said hoarder. But it was so lovingly I think she meant collector. I hope that’s how my kids refer to me when they are cleaning the shit out of my house when I’m gone. 

Since she mentioned her budget was tight, husband was deceased, kids still living at home… if you know me at all..you know I want going to leave empty handed. And honestly I didn’t need these but I feel in love with the pastel colors, the patterns, and sizes I simply couldn’t resist. Plus they were a steal ! 

I loved these.  And she had hundreds… not even exaggerating! I love the soda shop colors.  So pretty. 

Then I took a trip to Michael’s ( my addiction ) and strolled about looking for retro minis to add.  They have an expansive section for fairy gardens and a dollhouse section so you really could go crazy.  But with one tiny chair costing the same as a regular folding chair I was kind of appalled. So I used my 40% off coupon on the chair (which was $8.99) and got the hell out of there before my impulsive brain talked my wallet into needing more. 

This is what I got.  I made the little pennant flags out of paper, string and dowels. 

Then I had a ureka moment! I needed a retro camper!

I took a small piece of 2×4 which I cut. If you don’t have a saw or they scare the shit out of you, Lowe’s will cut wood for free.  

I then used my belt sander to round one edge.  This will take a bit of work but you can do it with sandpaper. Maybe I will sell these on my etsy shop?? What do you think. 

Anyways, after I got it looking the way I wanted it, I painted and decorated it.  Added button wheels and WHA-LA. So stinking cute!

Now I just filled the planters with dirt, mini cactus, and sand.  This is all optional, but a garden needs at least one plant, and I kill anything that isn’t a cactus. But a little flower or tiny tree would be super cute. 

I am now addicted to making these and will probably have to pawn them off on friends. Oh well.  I think they are adorable and I would love to see yours.  I’m fairly certain no one reads this, but if you are and you make one, please share it with me! I would love to see what you come up with! Instagram: marissaperkins711

Here’s a couple more close ups:

Happy crafting! 

Xo Marissa

The Story of a Rat Rod

Rat Rod [rat. rod] (noun); Fun, low budget, traditional, rusty patina, built with junk yard parts, built to drive , not to show. ( built especially to show in my opinion)

I always think when I’m meandering through the isles of cars at a car show ….. I wish this car could talk. What kind of story would it tell. Who has been making out in the back seat. Have you heard any good gossip?

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Don’t get me wrong I love a fully restored hot rod, glossy paint and all. But that rusty patina on a rat rod makes me swoon.

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Maybe it’s the creator inside me, that falls in love with the repurposed parts and inventive ways they pieced her all back together. I guess it’s because they could have passed on her with all her baggage and all the work she would need to restore her and left her in a heap in the junk yard. Maybe that’s a metaphor for a damsel in distress, Like I was once upon a time.

Hey, that’s got me thinking…. maybe one day when I restore my rat rod, I’ll name her “Damsel in Distress” ….hmmm.. Nah. sounds too weak. How about… ” I don’t need a man to save me, I saved my own damn self.” ( Too long?)

It seems like every part on a rat rod has been reinvented.   I guess anyone can order stock parts, right?… But to weld & fabricate a one of a kind piece of art like a    “Vehicular Frankenstein” is just so cool.

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Every little thing takes perfect planning and ingenuity.

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Each part is like a work of art. It is truly personal. Not to mention they are taking something that was beyond salvage and repair and making it whole again. With blood, sweat, tears, and I’m sure a fair amount of cussing.

Every last inch is covered with special personalized touches. An eight ball shifter, awesome license plates as floor mats, custom hood ornaments, mirrors, seats, etc. Most of them are fabricated from bizarre items. It makes every vehicle one of a kind just like the owner.

I have heard so many interesting stories from the owners too. Like a fire fighter who redesigned an old fire truck in tribute to all firemen and women. It was glorious. And every detail was perfect. the pin striping, the FD logo on the doors, the dash board was upholstered with old turn out gear. It was amazing.

I love a rat rod with a good story.

It’s the stories in life we remember, so go out and make your own.

XO

Marissa

 

 

Car show season Yippeee!

The thrill of an upcoming carshow is something that can always turn my day around.

I was in a real funk yesterday. I’m experiencing allergies for the first time in my life and it stinks. Makes keeping your eyeliner on point a real pain in the A**. Especially that crisp wing.

My eyes are watery, itchy. Throat hurts. Headache. You get it.

I happened to see an ad for a car show and it totally turned my day around. I knew the makeup wasn’t going to happen, so I threw on some cat eye sunnies and my red lipstick and got my minpin (mini me /pin up) ready to go!

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BONUS: It was taking place at Fat Cats (link) one of my favorite little food joints in town. Yummy fresh seafood, fried to perfection and HUGE portions of really great ice cream. It was going to be a binge day I already planned it.

There was a great turnout and perfect weather. I couldn’t stop smiling. I’m not sure if it was the carb coma, the oldies music, the people chatting, folks of all ages just enjoying the night, or what it was.

There is something about a car show. People seem friendlier. Happier.

Here are some of the pictures on my minpin! She’s a doll and received lots of compliments, which made her smile even harder. She made the shine on those cars seem dull. The hair do had gone through hours of playing before hand , so don’t judge the fly-aways.

I will own a classic car one day can’t decide if I want an old mercury or a ford truck

These two would be my choices if money wasn’t an issue. Until that day, I will enjoy taking pictures of other people’s babies.

Do you guys dig classic cars? What would be your dream car?

Do what makes you happy!

XO- Marissa

 

 

Traditions & snail mail

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I am traditionally modern? An old-fashioned liberal? Not sure what you call my kind. I’ve never been a fan of labels, so whatever you call it.

I love traditions, and the old fashioned way of doing somethings, but do I find technology helpful? – YES, do I enjoy using the washing machine?-YES, do I find ease in the accessibility of knowledge? -YES, thanks google.

BUT, I love the way an old book smells and feels. You will never catch me reading on a kindle. I just can’t get into it. I love receiving letters and cards ( more so cards, because no one writes anymore). I feel like the art of writing letters is slowly dying. The fancy paper, the pretty seals, stickers, cursive. Hell, they don’t even teach cursive anymore.

Stamps!! Don’t get me started on stamps. I think they are like mini masterpieces. Tiny little history lessons barely an inch in length. I adore them. I have a pretty cute stash of cancelled stamps. I have always been drawn to them. I remember the first time I found some at a garage sale growing up… they were lovely, from other countries and already used, but carefully steamed off the envelopes. Some contained post marks. I took them and paid the man and I recall dumping the small glassine envelope out on the table and sorting them for hours.

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I think one of my favorite things about my Poppy was his stamp collection. He was religious about it. Reading up on the Post Office digest, getting the special releases, every time a new set came out, it meant a trip to the post office and the Village Variety. Another one of my favorite spots in town growing up.

Last spring I found a bag of old letters at a “junk” shop. I bought them and proceeded to read them all. It was incredible. The man was at boot camp, these dated back to pre-WWII. She writes to him. They ask of health, talk of holidays, etc. I wish I knew the end of the story. I felt kind of rude reading these private letters, but someone saved them and cherished them. I convinced myself they would be happy someone enjoyed them.

The bag was also filled with other letters from various people and a little book and clippings from papers and such. I adore this bag of stuff.

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I want to write letters and receive letters, love letters. I’m sentimental that way. I love saving the cards I have received from my hunny over the years. I hope someday, my great-grandkids break them out and read them. By then they won’t even know what writing is.

Journals have become Facebook. Paper books have become Kindles. Photo albums have become Instagram. Don’t get me wrong, I love my modern life. And the advances we have made, but there is a part of my heart that wishes we could go back to simpler times…but with dishwashers and internet.

What traditions do you still enjoy??

P.S. – Anyone who comments will be entered to win a package of vintage paper ephemera and a letter from me! I will include some really lovely goodies from my stash, which you can use in art projects, or letters of your own. BTW, you have a really good chance of winning, because not many people read this blog. LOL

I will choose a random reader and announce the winner here next Friday, June 2nd!

XO- Marissa

Vintage Jewelry DIY

I love vintage jewelry. I swoon over the expensive chokers, 1920’s /30’s style dainty rings and earrings. And I would love to own a crystal encrusted statement necklace. Ahhh maybe some day…

Until then, my wallet usually allows me to pick up broken bits from the half price bin at estate sales, beware though…I once stuck my hand in deep to grab something and ended up pulling out an old denture set (whole place heard me squeal) I KID YOU NOT.

I also collect, old earrings missing their mate, pins, old chandelier crystals, old watches that lost their tick decades ago, and broken pearl necklaces. Some other things I collect throughout the year, are really sparkly buttons from vintage sweaters that can no longer be worn due to tears or stains, little salt shakers, charms, thimbles, anything really.

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I got thinking I could probably create something like the ones I oogle over at antique malls, the ones in cases that are surrounded by video cameras. And I thought I could do it for a lot less, because I am one crafty gal.

BASIC SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • pliers, small ones with needle nose
  • snipper tool (pretty sure that is the technical term) wire cutters, etc.
  • E6000 glue or really strong clear adhesive (optional)
  • necklace wire
  • new clasps / jewelry findings
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I started by cutting the backs off the earrings and pulling old necklaces apart and sorting through all the little trinkets I collected. I was feeling really inspired as I started to sift through these trinkets.

I have a wild imagination and sometimes I wonder what the woman was doing when she was wearing these pieces. Was she shipping her honey of to war with a long kiss goodbye. Dancing the night away at some downtown party. Or does she just mop the floor wearing her pearls. I’m a nut. But it’s fun to dream.

So after I cut everything apart, I begin to layout the “idea”

thOne of these might help…. I don’t have one….so I just measure out the length of jewelry wire I need based on the length of the necklace I am making and lay the bigger jewels where I want them to end up, then fill in with other beads as I go.

Process looks like this :

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Sometimes, I do it differently, but there is no method to my madness. Sometimes, I love a bigger charm or piece so much that I know that will be the focal point and so I start with that. Then I just add to each side, so things stay even. But the sides don’t always match. Which was hard for me to begin with, because as creative as I am, I also have a touch of perfectionism, so I feel things should be equal on both sides. Ugh, it’s a struggle. But I forced myself to try this and really like the look of an asymmetrical piece.

 

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See the sides are the same length, but they have different charms on either side.

 

This is a finished piece, I just have to cut in the center, (one link) and add a clasp. I love how these are turning out and they will be for sale in my ETSY shop soon …here’s the link GO. But don’t bother until FRIDAY, MAY 26, 2017. When I have my grand opening, which I will announce here too! There is currently nothing to buy! LOL

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Now that you know about my hoarding. I feel like we are friends, and friends don’t judge. So, what do you guys hoard? collect?

Have a creative day!

XO Marissa