So long, 2014!

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School is Out

Westville School

Back in the 1980s, I went to art school, and I along with all of the other illustration majors were required to take a course in photography. We had to shoot the photos as well as process the negatives and make the prints. I don’t recall what the particulars of the class assignments were although I can tell from looking at the negatives which were the assignments and which ones were shot just to finish off a roll. The shots to finish the roll are a lot more interesting.

While my fellow students mostly resided and shot their photographs in Philadelphia, I lived and did most of my shooting in and around Westville, NJ. Above is the shuttered Westville School. I think I went here briefly when I was attending either kindergarten or grade school.

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Merry Christmas!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

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Box 2217

Box 2217Here’s another one of Tina’s photo elective shots of Center City Philadelphia circa 1981. As I’ve written before, illustration majors at the Philadelphia College of Art were required to take a photography course where the students would shoot, process and print black and white photographs. Being that the school was situated in the heart of Philadelphia, a lot of photographs were shot there. The shot above may have seemed par for the course at the time but being that three decades have passed, it’s interesting to see what has changed. What stands out to me is the fire call box. They used to be everywhere. Not any more. They vanished without anybody noticing.

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Chocolate Dipped Orange Shortbread

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Orange and chocolate are one of my favorite combos – right next to chocolate and peanut butter. This shortbread has candied orange peel, orange zest, and orange juice – it packs a powerful orange punch! Then you dip the cookies in chocolate, wait impatiently for them to set, and “forget” to put them in the cookie boxes. Yeah, you’ll want to keep these for yourself!  Continue reading

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Christmas in South Philadelphia

Christmas in South Philly…about 50 years ago. My Dad must have stayed up late getting everything in place.

It’s the early 1960s. My stocking is on the end. No stocking for my younger brother who hadn’t shown up yet. I was the baby.

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Express

express-detI don’t have a specifically Christmas themed glass negative from John Capewell, but this one with a child, a canine playmate and a toy wagon will have to do. This looks to be Capewell’s younger son Henry with the family dog. Continue reading

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Wrapping It Up

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Due to some unforeseen events, this Christmas has been a flurry of shopping, wrapping and stockpiling cookie dough. Gifts are shipped, cards are on the way to their destinations, and I’ve completed all of my jewelry projects. I’m looking forward to a relaxing day of baking pies and cookies and listening to some Bing, Dean, and Frank.  Continue reading

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The Photo Elective – King Richard’s Tavern

King Richard's TavernBack in the 1980s, I went to art school, and I along with all of the other illustration majors were required to take a course in photography. We had to shoot the photos as well as process the negatives and make the prints. I don’t recall what the particulars of the class assignments were although I can tell from looking at the negatives which were the assignments and which ones were shot just to finish off a roll. The shots to finish the roll are a lot more interesting.

While my fellow students mostly resided and shot their photographs in Philadelphia, I lived and did most of my shooting in and around Westville, NJ. This is another shot of another hang-out or watering hole known by the regal name of King Richard’s Tavern.

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Cherry Chocolate Shortbread

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Growing up, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a covered candy dish full of ribbon candy and chocolate covered cherries. These cookies are like popping a chocolate covered cherry in your mouth, then taking a bite of a delicious shortbread cookie. If you’re headed to a cookie swap, these are the cookies to show up with! Continue reading

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Friday Five – Number Seventy One

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Seventy-first in a series creating a collage using five elements.

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Mom, Frosty & the Kids

melted-frosty-detA while back I had posted a number of photos of the Capewell children happily cavorting with a snowman. This plate looks to be taken a few winters after the other shots and the kids along with their mother seem somewhat dour.

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2014 Retro Holiday Gift Tags

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You’re running around like a maniac, and you know there’s something you forgot – oh yeah, the gift tags. Well, I’m here to save you a trip to the store – here’s a set of three free downloadable gift tags! Just click here or on the picture below to save to your desktop, and print on sticker paper or card stock.

Like these? There are more here and here!

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Be nice, not naughty! These gift tags are for personal use only. Please do not use or sell commercially.

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Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

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I got up with the birds on Sunday morning, and since I had the luxury of time – I decided to make a batch of cookie dough for the great holiday bake-off of 2014. In the next two weeks or so, I’ll steal bits of time here and there and mix up various batches of dough for the freezer, so I can do my baking all in one shot! These cookies are chewy, and the addition of the cranberries add a nice tang. Since there’s oatmeal in them – I’m pretty sure it’s okay to have a few for breakfast!  Continue reading

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