Saturday, May 10, 2014

Vintage Color Palettes - La Valencia Hotel

Vintage Color Palettes - La Valencia Hotel - Ponyboy Press

I got a new Vintage Color Palette for you today. This one is a postcard from a La Jolla, California hotel - La Valencia Hotel.  The Hotel still exists and is quite grand and beautiful. The picture below is the closest I could find on the website to this spot. The tile is the same at least.

Wouldn't you just love to have a lemonade and a shrimp salad at this lovely vintage scene. I just love the avocado green and the slightly acid yellow. The seafoam green (or blue, whichever your slant) and the dusty salmon definitely make this a combo you don't see around today.

The hex colors for this palette are from left to right: 799661, eadb69, a7c1bc, e4a18d Wondering what you can do with them? See this post on How You Can Use Vintage Color Palettes.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Vintage Color Palette - Greetings from North Chicago

Vintage Color Palette - Greetings from Chicago - Ponyboy Press blog

This is a pretty pastel palette from a postcard sent in 1948. The message on this postcard is a gem and just as great as the image. It's like a poem on it's own, as is. It was sent from Pennsylvania to Maryland on 3/31/48. It reads:

Dear Schulers,

Congress has declared war on the termites. It will cost about $250 and the war will last two and a half days. Mom wants me to buy ten more chicks since she has to bother with a few. One went to chick heaven already. It's raining, but mom is washing the clothes. Erwin left a white shirt, the one with the book of chances. Anne called Andy yesterday, Dobby had pneumonia.
Love, Joe

At the top it says:  J.M.J.F. I wonder what that means.

The hex colors of this palette are from left to right: f8c7a1, aabb78, 95b0c3, c3bdce

Vintage Color Palette - You're a Cat

Vintage Color Palettes - Circa 1970 Cat postcard - Ponyboy Press blog
If you're looking for a bright colorful palette inspired by the late 60's and early 70's here is one for you. This vintage postcard doesn't have a date, but they began publishing in 1965 and they put out a lot of colorful comedy hippie and swinger type cards. I got a few of them when I got this one.

To me, this palette of turquoise, magenta, yellow and green is a unique collection of a specific version of these colors popular from the time.The turquoise has a little more green in it and is a bit softened. The magenta is super saturated and clear, the yellow has a good amount of orange in it and is dense and the green has more yellow in it - a version that was used a lot during that time. If you want the hex code numbers they are from left to right: 3ca9b4, d91d6e, ffd337, 69b643.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Vintage Color Palette - Bridge in Autumn

Bridge in Autumn Vintage Color Palettes on Ponyboy Press blog
These are some of my favorite colors together. You see these colors used a lot in 1940's bark cloth fabric.  I love the fall colors. I don;t know when this postcard was made, but it was mailed in 1962 from Kay in Campbell, California to her nephew Steve who was in the service in New Jersey. Maybe she collected the postcard on some earlier travels to the far East.

The hex color number are from left to right: b8571a, 176a6b, 85803f, a93b2f. Wondering what you can do with these palettes? Check out my post about Using Vintage Color Palettes and all you can do with them. You can also see all of them on the Vintage Color Palettes board on Pinterest.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Vintage Color Palette - Sunset on the Desert

Vintage Color Palettes - Sunset on the Desert -

This vintage linen postcard caught my eye today and it won out over some autumnal themed postcard - which I'm sure autumn color Vintage Color Palettes will be coming soon.  

These dusty colors are a wonderful combination and capture sunset in the desert pretty good. If you want the hex codes for this palette they are from left to right: a1ac99, e0cb48, b4aabb, 909ab0

Sunday, September 15, 2013

three things

twenty four hour zine screen shot
I want to tell you all about a really great series of interviews on the Twenty Four Hour Zine blog. 

It's called Live Fast, Die Old! Conversations with Zinesters of a Certain Age. Long time zine maker Josh Medsker interviews zine makers like Ben Snakepit, Joe Biel, Ken Bausert and many others about being over a certain age and still making zines. 

Josh and I recently had a conversation for this series. You can see all of the conversations, including mine at the Twenty Four Hours Zine blog.


Imaginary Life #3 - Ponyboy Press
I have a special re-release all color issue of my zine Imaginary Life 3#.  Imaginary Life #3 is 4 little zines - one for each season. It came out in 2003 and I always thought it was so pretty it seemed like a shame that people couldn't see it in color. So, for the ten year anniversary I printed up a very small amount of them in color. 

Imaginary Life#3 is all about my life over ten years ago. The struggles and deep thoughts of a single 30 something gal who had recently moved from California to Portland. IL#3 is in the Etsy shop now.


Letter Writing Boot Camp - Paper Doll Army
Are you one of those people who misses the written letter? Were you a zine kid in the 90's and still pine for the days when people wrote back and forth and ordered zines through the mail? I was never one of those kids, but I do miss the written letter and I like the general aesthetic of writing a letter - the feel of the pen in your hand, the fast scratch of the pen to paper when your writing is trying to keep up with you head, the times of pondering and thinking as the page waits for your new thought.

If what you need is a kick in the pants to get back to writing through the mail, then the Radical Uprises's Letter Writing Bootcamp and Paper Doll Army Project is for you.  You order ration packs through the mail, you have missions and you get badges when you complete them. It's one of the brilliant, lovely and always uplifting projects from Jetta of the Radical Uprise. Check it out.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Vintage Color Palettes - East Greenwich High School

It's a back to school Vintage Color Palette today. Such lovely crisp fall colors. The hex color codes are from left to right: b03539, 97b44e, 54643b, 8e4929.  Happy September!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

New Zine! Current Resident #4 - Read a Story

It has been a whirlwind the last 6 weeks and on my first day to sleep in (yesterday) I slept for 14 hours!

Yep, I've been tired. Between getting a new full-time job, finishing up freelance work, going to a three-day conference and then making a zine in a weekend for the two day Portland Zine Symposium - I have been WAY too busy for my taste or stamina. But, now things are calming down a bit and I'm ready for that.

I wanted to tell and show you my new zine. It's a collection of more house stories. I go through all of the many photos I have collected of just houses (no people in front or writing on the back, usually) and stare at them long enough till a story comes to me.

It's available in my Etsy shop right now.  Here is one of the fictions for you. There are 8 in the book. As I say in the intro, maybe I should call them "readings" instead of fictions. That's what it feels like when the stories come to me.

Excerpt from Current Resident #4:

Boy, did my father love to garden. He spent hours after work and all day on the weekends out in his yard, babying each plant and bush. He took care of his plants in a way I'd never seen him take care of me or my baby sister. There was no yard for me and my buddies to play catch in. No yard for Sis to play Ring Around the Rosie. It was all blooms and bushes and it was overwhelmingly beautiful.

When he would come home from his unremarkable job at the shoe store he would change clothes and then drag Sis and me outside to see what had developed since that morning.  Standing among all those plants when they were blooming like in this picture - it smelled like fancy ladies perfume and ice cream sodas. Sometimes surrounded by all that pungent pollen my head would buzz in a uncomfortable way and I felt like I was turning into a bee.

My father would beam. My mother scoffed,  and she and her parents often made fun of his gardening.
If she had enjoyed the garden like he did or if she had loved his passion for it, life would have been easier. Growing up there would have been more like it looked from the outside - cheery, lovely, prolific.

Instead Mother resented it and I'm ashamed to say that my sister and I took our cues from Mother and her parents - which only made him spend even more time outside. One summer I helped him almost every afternoon for a month and he was a different man out there. He was joyous and silly. He reveled in the comments of neighbors walking by, flitting like a hummingbird from flower to flower, soaking in the way the plants responded to his touch.

I pulled away from helping after my mother called him a pansy once. She said he was like his garden. Grandpa nodded as if he had  come to the conclusion a long time ago. My father looked stung and I saw a slight movement back as if an invisible hand struck him but went through him instead of hitting him. He let out a "Huh" sound, barely heard over my mother's cackling. Then he downed his iced tea and went back outside.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Happy July - Let's Celebrate International Zine Month!

July is International Zine Month. Are you gonna take part in the festivities?  What are the festivities, you ask? Well, first and foremost is making a zine. Lots of Zine Fests happen in July and August, so many people are already working hard on zines to have for the festivals.

There are a lot of other ways you can take part and International Zine Month and Stolen Sharpie Revolution have created a 31 Days of IZM list for you. It includes an activity for each day. Do all of them or do a few, either way you'll be celebrating the awesome and revolutionary craft of making a zine. Lots of people are checking in to We Make Zines and posting what they are doing on their blogs. If you want to get some ideas check out We Make Zines.

Day 2 called for a list of ten things you like about zines. Okay, here's my list:

  1. You don't need a grant, a publisher or permission to make a zine.
  2. You get to meld images and words in any way you want.
  3. You can learn as much as you want to in zines. So much information! Lots of it not covered in other publications.
  4. It is very satisfying to hold a finished zine of yours in your hands (and to give it out).
  5. Zines are art
  6. You meet and connect to some amazing people with zines
  7. You can design the text in a way that forms the way a person reads the zine.
  8. Zines are fun and take little money
  9. Zines give you a creative outlet.
  10. Zines can be done by anyone!

Day 3 of 31 Days of IZM is Distro Appreciation Day. I'll list my fave zine distro's here.  Check them out and spread some money around there if you can. Distro's are always a labor of love and I would hate them to disappear.

Hopefully, I will check in more this month with more 31 Days of Zines, but, um, I also got to get to making that zine for the Portland Zine Symposium in August.  Feel free to share links to your blog posts about International Zine Month. Happy July!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Body Positive Printable

Boy, I am getting some stuff done this week. As Clutch would say "I'm kicking life's ass". You know how there are some things on your list of things to do that are easily pushed aside for other things? I'm getting to some of those this week and it feels good.

Right now what I have is a printable 5x7 body positive inspirational print for you.  In 2005 I created issue #3 of Figure 8 zine (currently out of print). I made the subtitle and theme "The most revolutionary thing you can do is love your body".  I kind of doubt I'm the first one to say it, but through the zine the message reached a lot of people and I was happy to see the enthusiastic responses.

So, now, it's 2013 and I still print and sell some issues of Figure 8. I wanted to revisit that phrase and create a printable or postable image for your online outlets (click on it to go the flickr page with the large printable file).

I still believe this, but I might rephrase it if I was writing that zine now. Love is a word that can be easily dismissed or trivialized. We use it so much in so many ways. What we really need to have a revolution is to completely and utterly accept our bodies as they are - as is. And of course, this is what true love is, but, like I said, I think it is easy to forget this sometimes when throwing the word love around.

So, can you imagine it? Can you imagine if all women, men and children everywhere (or even just in this country) simultaneously no longer cared about their looks and their size? What kind of energy would people have left over for themselves and others if they are no longer hating themselves or trying to fit themselves in a mold that is not their size? And what would they do with that energy? Perhaps they would help other people more. Perhaps they would exercise for fun and eat what their body craves naturally and not what is morally acceptable.  Perhaps they would save lots of money and have more time to think about things other than what their body looks like. And, even more exciting - with this lack of judgement on themselves people would no longer judge other people on looks or size. Can you imagine the ramifications of that?

I hope you'll print this up or pin it on your Pinterest board. Share on your social media networks and when you do think about and share one thing that you can see happening if people could all finally and truly accept and love themselves as they are. <3 p="">

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