retro

Sometime in the mid 70’s the iron-on transfer was invented, and it opened up a whole new world in ‘fashion’ tees. I remember seeing small stands in the middle of our mall, that had binders of iron designs to choose from. You picked your awesome iron-on, picked your shirt color and size and voila you were now the proud owner of tee with a thick, kinda sticky chunk of art on the front. A few extra dollars and they would iron your name using fuzzy velvet letters too.

 

Keep on Bikin' T-ShirtI loved those t-shirt stands, because I was fascinated with the instant customization factor and also- the wack-a-do designs. What was going on in the 70’s that kids needed to walk around with “Keep on Trucking” on their shirt? Or “Keep on Bikin!!”. Was there a movement to STOP biking at some point? Why did we need to tell people to keep doing it?You Turn Me On

And there was the ‘clever’ (term used loosely) ones. Shaggy haired guys would buy the ‘You turn me on’ tee and then play innocent when their teacher told them it was against school rules. “But I just love electricity!!!” you would hear some kid saying as he was being escorted to the principals office.

I remember having several of these made. My all time favorite was “Ms. Behaving” that had a picture of a little cat with a halo over it’s head. I picked it out for the cat. I totally got the double meaning but hey I was 5 years old. Cats pretty much ruled my world then. Ironically I was the most well behaved kid in history….so I think the ‘Undercover Angel’ would have suited me better.

Well ladies and gentlemen- the iron craze is making a comeback. Not only can you buy original vintage shirts like this disturbing ‘Foxy Grandma’ from this site, but you can also buy brand new ones over here.

I am gonna be honest; I spent way too much time on those sites trying to figure out how I could work this whole ‘iron-on’ trend into my wardrobe. I imagined myself getting up to do a presentation, and removing my suit jacket to reveal a “Kiss my Bass” tee with a giant fish on it. Or maybe this beauty “Traction Action”.

It could be my ‘signature’ thing.

Don’t worry,  after a bit I came to my senses and realized I was too old to pull off this look. People would think I have been wearing them SINCE the 70’s. (sigh).

However, I have my eye on this beauty below.

Cuz I kinda have a thing for Fozzi bear.

Wocka wocka.

SkyWatch Friday

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Yorba Linda Country Club, California   The funny thing about Southern California is while it is usually 90 degrees on Christmas it can very easily be cloudy and a cool 65 degrees on the first day of Summer vacation. Newscasters around here like to call it ‘June Gloom’. But it never stops my kids from [...]

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AlbumTalk: Blame it on Cuba.

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In an attempt to distance themselves from their Uncle Castro back in Cuba, the sisters added the ‘De-‘ to their last name when they came to America. The helmet hair and bushy eyebrow trend can only be considered  passive revenge for the whole Bay of Pigs thing. We retaliated with The Jonas Brothers. – - [...]

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SkyWatch Friday

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  Orange County, California It was game 3 of the Little League playoff championship and we came prepared to show our spirit. While our Tucker warmed up for the big game, Jack was put in charge of decorating the stands.  And this big brother is just as invested in this baseball team as Tucker. He [...]

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AlbumTalk: When fame gives you a big head. And hat.

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  Even though Elna had added the blue ribbon, Rigmor knew it was her old ‘Hot-Dog-on-a-Stick’ hat. And no matter how hard she sat and prayed it was still there when she opened her eyes. “How would anyone take their music seriously with a hat like that?” she thought. Something had to be done about [...]

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SkyWatch Friday

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8: 47 PM ~ Newport Beach, California ‘ It was a long shot. Literarily. A photo taken on faith. It was all but totally dark, and I stood on the Newport pier next to the night fisherman setting up for the evening. As I watched them cast their lines with glowing lures to guide the [...]

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PhotoTalk: Stamp of (dis)Approval

Ronald was sure his European stamp collection would impress the lay-dees. He couldn’t understand why his penpal stopped writting after he sent her this photo.

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Family Field Trip: Melrose Ave. and Coles

This weekend we ventured out on another Family Field Trip. It has been a while since Little League, tennis, soccer and the damn pig have consumed our weekends the last few months. And since The Husband was back from Korea and off to Guatamala this week- we thought we should make the most of our [...]

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Sincerely Fro Me to You

Welcome to Sincerely Fro Me to You! Read guidelines for entry here. Its really very simple. And a quick note to let you know I will be moving the FRO to a monthly linky. I am hoping this will give participants more time to gather/scan old photos and get their posts up. (will be 2nd [...]

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