Thursday, January 15, 2009

HAPPY ANNIVERSAY 50's Pin Up LEbg Style!

Finding the perfect anniversary gift for my husband always seems to be such a challenge! Most items he ever mentions liking, he ends up purchasing for himself. When you ask him what he would like, or course he will say "Hon, you don't have to get me anything at all!" . So, I've been watching him closely and we both like art deco, the era of the 40's and 50's, and particularly those pin up ads right around WWII. So, I decided that I would get some pictures done of me with a 50's pin up look. That was a lot easier to think of than it was to orchestrate the whole ordeal. Geesh!

So, I called on my good friend Kathy Paton, better known as SMASHING on Etsy. Kathy is a fellow metalsmith artist and photographer. We set up a day and time and I got busy looking for vintage clothing appropriate to the era. I found some AWESOME finds at a local second hand store called The Sassy Peacock. I spent under $80.00 and came home with several beautiful outfits that I know I will wear again. Then, I came across some "kickin" high heeled saddle shoes at a thrift store for only $3.00. I can't believe they fit! All I needed where a few accessories including some beautiful fascinator combs from BORING SYDNEY off of Etsy, and schedule my hair and makeup appointment.

I found a fun and friendly hair stylist at the JC Penny hair salon in Erie by the name of Amanda. We did a mock up hair style and scheduled the "real deal" look for Saturday morning the 10th of January. My friend Nicki, HANDMADE, helped me secure a MAC makeup artist at the Crocker Park Mall in Cleveland.



In the mean time, I was also invited to attend the local Pittsburgh Belly Dancing performance the very same evening as a vendor. Now the day was REALLY jammed pack!

Saturday came and there were snow warnings all over Pa. and Ohio! I had to go, so I set out for my hair appt. first. Amanda did a wonderful job and I traded some jewelry work as part of my tip. Take a look at her beautiful bracelet! :0)




Off to Cleveland for makeup and a photo shoot! The roads were terrible and it took me nearly 3 hours to get to the appt. Now I was late! We finished makeup and I headed over to the photo shoot. By the time we were finished and reviewed some of the pictures it was already 5:30pm. The Belly Dancing Performance was to start at 6:00! Thank you Andrew and Jennifer (husband and sister-in-law) for taking my wares to the show, for setting up, and for manning the table until I got there! I took me 2 1/2 hours to get back home and to the show. What a day! But, it was all worth it because in the end, my pictures turned out really fun and cool and my husband was ecstatic! :0)
I owe a BIG THANK YOU to all of the people who where involved in helping put this together! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Jodie

18 comments:

Lilly Pea said...

wow the pic turned out great! what a very thoughtful anniversary present!

SToNZ said...

This is TOO good.
WOW!

virtuallori said...

Isn't that Kathy awesome?!?!? She's so much fun to sit for.

You look gorgeous (as always)!

ConnieK said...

Wow, that is awesome, you look sooo pretty!

Caly's Jewelry Creations said...

Wow....! That is so cool and what an awesome and unique gift...!!! Way to go Jodie...!

Sara at Soap Rehab said...

What a great gift!! And great job on the finds, too. Your photo is wonderful!! Fun! :)

Valerie said...

You are just stunning!

minimeg said...

How fun! I'm glad it all worked out :)

kae1crafts said...

Wow! What a great idea. Husbands are so hard to really surprise with gifts and this one is wonderful. Those pics turned out great and I'm glad he appreciated your efforts.

Happy 50th. Hope I can be as successful this December when we celebrate ours!

Leah said...

cool gift idea! it turned out great!

Vintage said...

Jodie what a wonderful memory maker. Thanks for sharing it with us.You look terrific! I'd love to see those high heeled saddle shoes!

CopperLeafStudios said...

these are great!!! What a perfect look. How completely surprised must he have been?????

Linda Stranger said...

All that planning and running around... totally worth it!

You look fabulous! That's an awesome picture! Wow!

seaglassthings said...

You look HOT girl!!! Fantastic idea!!!

Artwork by Colleen said...

aww, Jodie- the pictures did turn out fantastic, and I finally got a chance to read all the details-- What a busy day! Glad you got to and from everywhere safely.

I bet Amanda was pleasantly surprised with such a lovely tip!! What a good idea!

Melanie said...

Totally adorable... sounds like it was worth all the work it took!

You could be in vintage magazine!!!

~Melanie

Lo Christine said...

What a fantastic idea! The picture is great.

Fiona said...

Totally fantastic look!