Decorating with Vintage Space Guns

Let me show you my gun collection:

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I’m totally prepared for when the aliens attack.

So, I have a small collection of vintage tin lithograph toy space guns from the 1950s and 1960s. I’ve been slowly nabbing the cheaper ones off of ebay. They no longer function, of course, other than making sad little clicking noises when the trigger is pulled. They’re from an interesting variety of places…I have one from India and one from Poland. This is how I have them displayed:

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They are hanging above a print of a painting by pop artist Wayne Thiebaud.

I really love the bright, pop art artistry on the guns and how they evoke the 1950’s and 1960’s fascination with space and science. It was the era of sending men to the moon and developing nuclear arms. There’s something really fanciful about brightly painted toys that purport to be atomic laser guns to be used on Mars. They make me nostalgic for a time I never knew.

I discovered them by going to the International Spy Museum in DC. They had one room that was filled with toys from the 1950s, including a large collection of tin litho “G Men” guns and cars:

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Source.

I was fascinated, so I looked into them and discovered that they also made space guns. ….Yes, I am the kind of person who goes to a spy museum and walks away most impressed by colorful toys.

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Graduation Fashion

I’m graduating from law school soon (eek)! My university holds two events: the graduation itself and a semi-formal gala at a museum. Of course, all that my mind could excitedly comprehend was “AHHH NEW DRESS!!” This is what I plan to wear:

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Caché dress. Charm & Chain earrings. Signet class ring. OPI liquid sand Honey Ryder.

I am obsessed with those earrings…I actually have been holding onto them for a while and waiting for a special occasion to wear them. I was specifically looking for a dress that would match the earrings. Man, this dress season was tough. The color selection was awful…it was dressing for either an Easter egg hunt or a funeral. My entire closet is filled with little black dresses; I didn’t want another. And me, a pale strawberry blonde, in pastel is just…a trainwreck. Come on, designers! There were also some neutral color and gold gowns, but they were either prohibitively expensive or would have made me look like a human thumb. And there is a new mullet trend in dresses that I really do not appreciate…I want ALL of my dress to either touch the floor or reach my knees. Mullets just need to be left in the 80s.

I finally found this baby that pretty obviously knocks off Giambattista Valli and Armani gowns.(And I did not pay the price of a used car.) Fun side story: Caché arbitrarily cancelled my order because they “ran out of stock,” so I had to phone a list of stores to see if any of them had the dress in store. Anyway, the signet ring is my university’s class ring. I really love signet rings; there’s something really classic and elegant about them. Finally, gold nail polish to top it all off. I’m really loving the OPI liquid sand collection. I’m not usually a fan of sparkly polish, but I think this has a fun edge to it. I have absolutely no idea what shoes to wear…I’ll probably just throw on a pair of old black heels. Hopefully no one will be looking at my feet.

I was planning to wear this to my graduation ceremony:

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The best part is I already own everything!

Nine West dress. Thomas Sabo earrings. Glass necklace. Material Girl heels.

Those are not giant pearls…they’re clear glass baubles. That’s not the exact necklace I have, but it’s close enough. I’m torn though…I was also considering this:

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Anthropologie dress. Bauble Bar earrings. Le Chateau bracelet. Nine West espadrilles.

I know the shoes/dress are a little matchy-matchy, but I don’t want to buy anything new. It would probably look best with a pair of nude heels. Alas! The only problem I have this dress is the chest area is a bit small. I have that issue with a lot of dresses actually…the waist will fit but the chest will be too small. It’s probably because my rib cage is approximately the size of a baby whale.

I guess I’ll figure it out!

A Rug: My First Big Crochet Project

So my first big crochet project was a rug. Until that point, I had made some scarves and a hat but nothing too substantial. I was moving into my first apartment, and I was extremely excited, so I decided to make myself a rug. I used bits and pieces of yarn that I already had and made myself this:

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So retro.

It reminds me a bit of Kandinsky’s Color Study of Squares, though that wasn’t intentional. I love love love the fringe. I hate the 70’s aesthetic, but I love fringe. Go figure. It was also really fun to put all the fringe-y tassels on! I have since moved apartments and, through a heavy obsession with rugs, run out of floor space for more rugs, so my dear first big crochet project has found a new place in my room….

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I really like mixing patterns and colors.

I think it really jazzes up a cheap Papasan chair I bought at Target (oh god, so 70’s I can’t even handle it). Maybe I’m in 70’s-love denial. And now I want to make something else with fringe…