Saturday, November 21, 2009

Pick up a Custom Tattooed Mermaid for a Good Cause




I've donated two of my custom mermaids to try and help benefit my darling nephew Presley's elementary school.

Check 'em out at biddingforgood, winning bidder picks the colors and details. Bidding starts at $20, and they make great gifts.

Do it for the children, oh won't someone please think of the children?!



Sunday, November 1, 2009

Win A Pair of my Custom Seahorses from Cafe Handmade



I'm proud to be sponsoring this week's giveaway on Cafe Handmade. Win a custom made seahorse and bubble wall hanging set. Available in countless color combos, with pearl, gloss or matte finishes. Winner's choice!
Cafe Handmade is an awesome virtual craft show that features artists and crafty types and spotlights their goods and stories. They even have a social networking site where people livin' the handmade life can get together, check out each other's work, and share ideas.
Enter to win at http://cafehandmade.com/




Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Darn Gone Cute, Pomade for Gals~






Get Darn Gone Cute!
Darn Gone Cute Pomade for the ladies!For your most perfect do. Medium hold, so no residue left behind, but with the hold and sleek shine to smooth out those unwanted baby hairs, giving you a great clean finish.Ooohhh, and it smells like a new Strawberry Shortcake doll. mmmmmm....
Price: $8.00



Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Nice Melons!




I love projects that I would never think of. Michelle Rosensweet, the delightful gal who ordered Bondage Barbie and Punk Rock Miss Tissue had another idea...
It started with... "...maybe we put a gnome in a flower pot as if he is growing out of it...For inspiration I am planning on buying a summer house and I am calling it watermelon hill so u might want to incorporate." Above is what I came up with.



For more step by step pics or info about custom orders, check out http://hellinahandbag.net//watermelongnome.html

Monday, July 6, 2009

The Legend of Poppy Fields

Here's a long overdue peek at my trade from the fabulous Poppy Fields.
Click the drawing, and check it out in her own, beautifully articulate, methodical madness...





I'm in awe. She's got to have a touch of the insanity for all the detail that's in it. It's really amazing up close.

....and the sketches, Oh the sketches!


I knew I couldn't be disappointed, but, come on, I don't think she could be a bit cuter if she were dangling a kitten. Yeah, I steal my lines from everything, but it's darn true.
You just wait until you see my new logo...

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Your Guide To Glamor, 1957


I was just perusing Eleanore King's Guide to Glamor, Beauty, Poise and Charm in a Few Minutes A Day. Prentice-Hall, Inc. Englewood Cliffs, N.J., Illustrated by M.Pittman Moody, 1957.
It's the most fun I've had reading in a while. It's helpful, yet demeaning tone helps us remember " 'Survival of the Fittest' prevails in the competition for social favor". So you'd better look your best! It's a feminist's nightmare. It's also a wealth of real vintage fashion and beauty tips for those retro sticklers. ...and I think it's just plain neat to see how much the world has changed. ...and how much hasn't!
At first it's almost offensive to read "The little matters of personal attractiveness...mean the difference between riches and poverty...marriage and spinsterhood". but you know it's true. That's why we continue to pluck, shave, wax, and all manner of painful things. Let's face it, no one wants to give a job to the stinky kid. If nothing else, you feel better, and it changes your attitude, like the afterglow of a new haircut. You feel together, more confident, you find yourself trying to think of more errands to run because a good hair day like this should not be wasted at home doing laundry.
Don't we all need to work on our "personal effectiveness"? Miss King used to teach classes in Air Hostess Training back when you could call them stewardesses instead of flight attendants, and airline uniforms were at the height of fashion.
These sellers know what I'm talkin' 'bout...




...and that was just the forward.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Zombified...



So I says to Poppy Fields, I says, 'what do I hafta do to get a piece of your art'?
Sos she says 'make me a zombie'.

So I did.

Deep in my piles of treasure and unfinished projects, I had a vintage ceramic bust of a truly glamorous lady I had started years ago.

I began the task of trying to make her into a truly glamorous zombie. A few weeks, and several maggot trials later, here's what I came up with...





After what seemed like forever, anxiously awaiting her arrival, and fearing fly or maggot loss on her long journey.....


YAY!
For loads more photos, gory details, and info on ordering your very own zombie, swing on by http://hellinahandbag.net/gallery.html

Monday, June 15, 2009

Tattooed and Expecting


Whew! That was a close one. Just finished up a new tattooed wedding cake topper for a wedding on June 19th. Now I can breathe...for a second. This was a fun one, Michelle, the bride, sent pics of her and her hubby-to-be's tattoos and piercings, and I added them and all their personal details to the expecting topper. For more info, and to see more photos and the actual couple and their tattoos, you can check 'em out at http://www.hellinahandbag.net/weddingcaketoppers

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

More Rich, Satisfying Tobacco Flavor with Vaughn Monroe


Done and done. :) You can find him at http://www.tohellinahandbag.etsy.com/

Smoking Is Fun and Flavorful with Vaughn Monroe


I am deeply in love with vintage advertisements. I have stack after stack of old magazines that I thumb through whenever I have a spare moment and ooh and ahh at the way ads used to look, all the "new" products, inventions, and what's changed in the world since.

For example, a cigarette ad with 9 out of 10 doctors choosing to smoke Camels. It's just unbelievable today.

Flipping through a Coronet mini mag from February, 1953, I found another great Camel ad featuring Vaughn Monroe, popular band leader.
"I've given Camels the test of time", says Vaughn. "I've smoked Camels for years and they've never stopped giving me pleasure. They're mild and rich tasting-pack after pack!"
Ugh, the thought of smoking one cigarette makes me wanna wretch, let alone "PACK AFTER PACK".
Anyhoo, the colors, the old mic, the suit, hair and smile all drew me to this ad, and I started wondering, who is this Vaughn Monroe fellow, and did he eventually bite the big one from Lung Cancer?
Well, as much as I wanted the delicious, smooth, rich tasting irony, the answer is no -but- I guess we know why they gave him such creepy nicknames as "'ol leather tonsils", and "leather lungs".
That's it, I'm framing it.


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

More Fruit of my Frankenstein & Barbie Fixation






Newest sketch, soon to be painting...

Buy 2 Patterns, Get 1 Free!


Hiya all! Pick up any 2 patterns at my etsy shop, and grab a third for freesies. Just drop me a note with your third choice during checkout! http://www.tohellinahandbag.etsy.com/

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Sweet Dreams Playset, #973


Ahhh, fresh new blog. Just finished a new painting! "Sweet Dreams" Playset, #973. Innocent brunette Barbie style fashion doll tattooed with all things girly. Tattoos include "Ken" on her neck, Elvis silhouette, cupcake, pink princess phone, candy, nail polish, lipstick, fountain soda, records, music notes, and stars. She's dolled up in a yellow chiffon nightie with pink bow straps and matching pink bow in her hair. Pink marabou slippers. Her playset also includes matching bloomers, alarm clock, and diary.

18" x 24" acrylic painting on stretched canvas.
Check out more details on etsy...



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