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An Arty, Smarty Holiday

How was your holiday? Hope you had a good one. Ours was filled with more art than usual, since both Christopher and I gifted each other with some great framed lovelies that we hung throughout the house.
Every year in my family, we draw names to get one big gift for whichever family member’s name gets drawn (it’s much simpler that way). This year I ended up getting my own spouse… so in addition to the normal gifts I usually buy, a bigger, secret gift had to be purchased. Mine was this wonderful “Little Owls” print created by a British Etsy seller by the name of Roddy & Ginger. I had it framed in a dark Mission-style wood frame — and it looks fantastic!

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I love having new art in the home. Christopher also gave some swell stuff by famous ’60s/’70s print artist David Weidman. Weidman sold his work pre-framed, in both original screen prints and high quality reproductions (sort of an Etsy seller before his time, actually). This cat print is one of the repros, but it looks great above my dresser:

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And here’s an original Weidman framed screen print of three quail executed in very ’60s shades of harvest gold, burnt orange and brown. Looks wonderful on the blue bedroom wall:

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In addition to the two pieces of fab art, Christopher gifted me with a couple of books off my Amazon wish list — Dan Nadel’s Art In Time: Comic Book Adventures 1940-1980 and Chris Nichols’ The Leisure Architecture of Wayne McAllister.

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C. also needed some books to read. I gave him a couple of things NOT on his wish list (but perfect for him), Anthony Slide’s Inside The Hollywood Fan Magazine and the Images of America photo collection Early Warner Bros. Studios. Good background info for our next Burbank trip.

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Finally I also gave the spouse some DVD sets picked up at Big Lots and Target — Star Trek Fan Collective: Klingon, Perry Mason Season 3, Vol. 1 and a Fox film collection containing Fantastic Voyage, The Lost World, The Towering Inferno and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Hours of viewing fun from those hauls!

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2 Thoughts on “An Arty, Smarty Holiday

  1. Jeanette on January 2, 2011 at 6:29 pm said:

    Hi Matt!

    Saw your website on the Joyce Compton site today. I did a search for her after hubby & I watched “Christmas in Connecticut” last night. I’ve seen the movie before but never realized till last night what a stand-out actress she was. There was something about the way she said something, the way she moved her lips, at the hospital that made me think of someone: Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara! I told my husband Joyce would’ve been perfect for that role. Vivien was super too, but Joyce was an American actress and from the South. Surely other people have noticed this. Would enjoy hearing your comments.

  2. Thanks, Jeanette – I’m happy you found my tribute to Joyce! I always thought she would have been a natural for GWTW – perhaps not as Scarlett, but I could definitely see her playing one of Scarlett’s sisters. Especially had they gone with Jean Arthur as Scarlett, that would have been a hoot! I could even picture her playing one of the gossipy women at Scarlett’s dance – surely they had her in mind for something like that, as one of the few working actresses in Hollywood with a real Southern accent.

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