Sunday, October 4, 2015

Vintage Color Palettes - Birthday Greetings

Vintage Color Palettes - Birthday greetings - hex colors on blog - Ponyboy Press

This lovely Vintage Color Palette comes from a birthday greeting postcard that was sent to a young boy from his "Gramma". Most likely it was sent in the 1920's. 

The colors in this palette are some of my favorites. I love the rich, muted colors.  From left to right, the hex codes are: 978778, 606887, b16241, 758060

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Vintage Color Palettes - Witch Tree & Ramona's Wedding Place

Vintage Color Palette - The Witch Tree - get hex color codes on the blog

Two Vintage Color Palettes today because sometimes it's too hard to chose just one. I went through some postcards I hadn't been through in a long time yesterday and found these beauties.

This one above is a gorgeous "Phostint" postcard from the early 1900's. It is of the Witch Tree in Monterey. A lone cypress that was full of history and mystery. From what I can tell it was destroyed in a storm in 1964. At one time it was considered the most photographed tree in the U.S.

I love the unique colors of the palette for this postcard. Rich antique versions of modern colors. I especially love that dark cypress gray/green that is almost black. That's a color you don't see much these days.

The hex color codes are from top to bottom: 7e5154, fcbbbb, 6eadb5, 595f5e.

The next color palette is from a linen postcard from around 1940. The postcard is of Ramona's Marriage Place in San Diego. It's one of the oldest surviving examples of Spanish architecture and still stands.

The color palette of this postcard is filled with sunlight and summer shadows - a pretty vintage southwest color combo.

Hex color codes are from left to right: fad5a8, e47e62, 9183ab, a6b96b

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Vintage Color Palette - Ramona's Marriage Place - Get hex codes on the blog

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Vintage Color Palette - Yamato Bros. Co.

Vintage Color Palette - Yamamto Bros Co. See blog for hex codes:

This is a beautiful vintage color combination from this unique piece of advertising scrap. The company who distributed these was Yamato Bros. Co, in Kobe, Japan. I am guessing this is from around 1910.  Can you read Japanese?  I'd love to know what it says.

The hex codes for these colors is from top to bottom: f8b4c3, a7b15f, ce3041, 296e8f.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

All the Zines you Could Want in One Room - The Portland Zine Symposium 2015!

It's that time again! The Portland Zine Symposium is this weekend and I will be there. Need convincing:

Top Ten Reasons you should go to the Portland Zine Symposium:

  1. It's free
  2. It's air-conditioned
  3. There are free workshops where you can learn stuff
  4. There are thousands of zines there for you to browse
  5. Because you've never known for sure what this whole zine thing is about
  6. There are lots of comic artists there, too.
  7. You will have some great conversations
  8. You'll probably end up with some free stuff
  9. You'll get to see me
  10. You can see my new zine!

Hope to see you there! I will be near the far front door.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Vintage Color Palette - Souvenir from Moro, OR

Vintage Color Palettes - Souvenir from Moro, OR - more info and Hex codes on Ponyboy Press blog. Follow VCP on Pinterest.

This vintage color palette is from a postcard that was sent from a small town in Central Northern Oregon in 1909. Written on the back it just says "Well, did you get this?"  It was sent to The Dalles, OR.

It's a lovely and unique postcard with an interesting combination of hues. The hex color are from top to bottom: f6bbba, f4454f, fdde53, 759552.

If you like a vintage palette you can use it to make patterns and backgrounds or use it as the basis for decorating or web design. Just for fun I quickly made a background on Colourlovers from a pattern someone else designed. Here it is as a background for this image:

A background made from the Vintage Color Palette Souvenir from Moro, OR

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

How I Got Into Zines

I ran across a zine today called "Entry Point" that was put out in 2009. It was a comp zine where different zine makers wrote about how they got into zines.  It was neat to see the page I contributed again and I thought I would share it, now, 6 years later! Wow, can't believe it's been that long.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Vintage Color Palette - Charleston Garden & The Sherman Chicago

Vintage Color Palette - Mid-Century Advertising Illustration - Altman's Charleston Garden. See more with hex codes on the blog. - Ponyboy Press

These two Vintage Color Palettes are perfect for showing off the unique colors used in vintage mid-century advertising illustrations. This is total Mad Men territory.  

The above VCP is from a postcard for Altman's Charleston Garden on 5th Avenue in New York. This was the restaurant in B Altman & Co - a department store at the time. It seems to still be there as an event space. This restaurant was on the fifth floor of the building! Oh, I wish I could have seen it. 

This postcard was sent in August 1956 to Laguna Beach, CA from Flushing, NY. 

The hex codes for this palette are from left to right: 287e68, 2e7a9a, 994c59, 70b4a4.

Vintage Color Palette - Mid-Century Advertising Illustration - The Sherman in Chicago. See more with hex codes on the blog. - Ponyboy Press

This illustrated advertising color palette is from a postcard for The Sherman Hotel in Chicago. 
This color palette is so sophisticated mid-century. I love the colors and could totally imagine a living room or office lobby done in these colors. This postcard has no message on the back.

The hex colors for this palette are from top to bottom: d07828, aa4b0d, 76949a, d8cea8.

Not sure what these Vintage Color Palettes are about? You can use these color palettes for inspiration in decorating, painting and design. The hex colors are provided so you can use these color palettes in web and graphic designs. Follow this link to learn more about using Vintage Color Palettes.

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Between Holidays - French Toast Muffins with Clementine Maple Icing

I always really like the week between Christmas and New Years. Don't you?  I love the way things slow down and everyone's okay with it. The Christmas lights and decorations are still up, but the grand hoo-ha is mostly over.  A new fresh year is on the horizon with lots of plans, but not quite here yet, so just relax and wait till it arrives. It's a good week.

On Christmas day I made a late brunch for the mister and me.  At the last minute I had a brainstorm to make a new dish that I kind of made up right then.  It turned out great and I wanted to share it with you.

I'm calling them French Toast Muffins, but they might be more of a Bread Pudding. I don't really know. Basically I took some of the delicious gluten-free Challah Rolls that I got at the local Gluten Free Bakery here in town called New Cascadia Traditional. In case you don't know, Challah bread is a traditional Jewish egg bread. I've always wanted to make great french toast with it, but I didn't think I could because they only had the rolls. But, this recipe made it work.

So, back to the recipe. I took the rolls and broke them up in pieces and put them in the muffin tin (previously sprayed with Coconut Oil). Then I beat a few eggs with some half and half, vanilla, cinnamon and a little maple sugar (the granulated kind, I got mine here). I poured this mixture over the bread, sometimes smashing the bread a bit so it absorbed it all.  I then baked for about 30 minutes on 350°. See, how scientific I am? It's all abouts and kind-ofs. But, what do you expect for a last minute made-up recipe.

Then - and this is the best part - I juiced 2 clementines and mixed the juice up with a lot of powdered sugar and a smidge and a splash of more granulated maple sugar until it looked like I wanted it to look.  Once the muffins were cooled down a bit I drizzled it all over.  You could also skip the icing and just put syrup over them.

French Toast Muffins with Clementine Maple Icing on Ponyboy Press blog

These were delicious hot or cold, They were great that day and just as good two days later. The icing even seemed to get a stronger taste of clementine as it got older and thickened. Having only juice and sugar in them, I just left the icing out. These were super easy and there are so many variations you could do. They'd be great for a potluck or picnic breakfast. 

I hope you enjoy this quiet week and have a great New Year. Thanks for keeping up with me.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Vintage Color Palettes - Xmas Greetings and A Happy New Year

Xmas Greetings Vintage Color Palettes on Ponyboy Press Blog

Here are two Vintage Color Palettes that also wish you a Happy Christmas Season and a very Merry New Year. These are unique colors for Winter Holiday postcards, don't you think? I really like the combo of both of these postcards. Both are from the 1910's. 

The Xmas postcard's hex number colors are from right to left: d1db67, b1d1c6, fb878a, 658a28.

The New Years hex number colors are from top to bottom: b7b156, 9d6d48, ebcec6, b4a6ad.

A Happy New Year Vintage Color Palettes on Ponyboy Press blog

Not sure what you can do with these color palettes? See this blog post about Using Vintage Color Palettes by Ponyboy Press.

Thank you for following Ponyboy Press over the years. I hope you all have wonderful holidays and a terrific 2015!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

20 Years of Ponyboy Press - Giveaway!

20th Anniversary Giveaway for Ponyboy Press - enter until 9/20/14

It's been 20 years this year that I started my first zine. It was the beginning of 1994. I'd been submitting poems and prose to small journals I found listed in Poets and Writers. Some poems of mine had been accepted by a journal dedicated to Richard Brautigan and the editor and I became friends which resulted in long phone conversations late at night. He told me about zines and Factsheet Five. I picked a copy up of Factsheet Five and read all the descriptions of all kinds of zines that could be made. I'd never seen a zine like they had listed under perzines, but I began making one right away.

Despite having been a writer and a crafter most my life and despite having graduated form SFSU with a degree in Creative Writing a few years earlier, it still had never occurred to me to make my own little book. 

I suddenly knew that a zine would be a perfect place for all the little blurbs of writing I was prone to create and all the vintage photos and ephemera I'd been collecting for no particular reason. I remember that in one of my first zines I had pasted in (no scanner access yet) a little business size promotion I had picked up when still living in Ventura 10 years earlier. I'd kept it all those years. It was an amusing ad for Desi Arnaz Jr. giving a talk in town for something like Scientology. Perfect.

My first zine was called Frank, Jasper and Me and was published in Feburary 1994. I think I made 25 copies and gave it out to friends. While I was getting it ready to print I thought it'd be fun to have a name for my "press". One night at a cheezy blues club in Mountain View Marilyn Wann and I (who was also starting her zine FAT!SO?) thought up press names as she drew little logos for me.  The stick pony logo I use for Ponyboy Press still is the one she drew on a flier for me that night.

I made seven issues of Frank, Jasper and Me, which was just a personal zine with stories from real and imaginary friends and lots of vintage clip art from old magazines and my own collection. Even though I hadn't seen other personal zines, my zine looks surprisingly like a lot of other zines from that time that I later saw. Frank, Jasper and Me always had a cover image of two guys and a girl. I really still love all the covers of FJ&Me. They aren't all accessible to me right now, but next time I come across them I will post. Here is the cover of last issue. I probably made about 75 copies of this one.

Frank, Jasper and Me Zine Cover from Ponyboy Press from 1999

 I just came across these the other day. These are reviews that were listed in Factsheet Five for the first couple of issues.
Factsheet Five reviews for Frank, Jasper and Me zine.

Once I moved to Portland in the summer of 2000, my zine making really ramped up. I joined the IPRC and got involved in helping to organize the Portland Zine Symposium. I started the zines Figure 8, Imaginary Life, Paper Crush and Current Resident by 2002.

These are both issue one of the zines Paper Crush and Imaginary Life - out of print. From 2002.

The first issue of Figure 8 from 2001

I started making crafts (actually I had always made them, I just started making them to sell) and sold at the local crafts shows like the Handmade Bazaar for many years.
Ponyboy Press projects circa 2003
Handmade Bazaar around 2003

Ponyboy Press magnets 2007
A lunchbox filled with magnets from around 2007

I estimate that I've probably printed about 1000 copies of the most popular Figure 8 zine. You can find some of the Figure 8 zines in libraries all over the world. I've had zines in art exhibits, mobile libraries and referenced in books. If you're interested in the Ponyboy Press zineography, you can find it here on the ZineWiki site.

If you think this is winding up to a good-bye, it's not. I will continue making zines and crafts, because that's how I am. However, the time between each is longer and the distribution of them will be smaller.

The Giveaway:

So, what it comes down to is this: I have lots of one of a kind crafts laying around that I am ready to pass on to someone. I don't really have the time to list them on Etsy and it seems weird to just have one item like that anyway, so I decided the anniversary of Ponyboy Press is a good time to have a giveaway.

2 winners picked at random will get a pile of Ponyboy Press Projects and maybe some zines. Some may be from ten years ago. Some may be things I made and never even offered for sale. And who knows what else I will throw in!  You may get gocco printed cards, patches, pillowcases, little booklets, buttons, magnets, pocket mirrors, never know!

To enter, please leave a comment here or on the Facebook post that mentions the giveway. Sorry, International people, but I can only ship these goods to people in the U.S. The last date to enter is September 20th.

Hope you enjoy this giveaway. Thanks for all your support over the years!

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