Saturday, May 29, 2010

R.I.P Mr. Hopper

French photographer Jerome Bonnet won second prize in the portraits singles category for this photograph of the US actor Dennis Hopper
 Dennis Hopper May 17, 1936 – May 29, 2010  

A Retro Treasury

Just a lil treasury of some cute things I found on Etsy. Enjoy:

Like what you see? 

Visit the shops of this treasury:

Saturday, May 22, 2010

TRD Artist Spotlight: The Altered Head

I love, love, love talking with other artists- especially those that are interested in pinups and the rockabilly culture. I have found some amazing artists that just floor me with their abilities.

So, as an ongoing series  for this blog, I will be posting TRD Artist Spotlights as I find these wonderfully talented people the world must know about.

Starting with AlteredHead on Etsy.

altered head artist <--- Lisa Jeffers aka Altered Head

TRD: What is your background? Where are you from? What is your passion and what influenced you to start creating?

AH: I am from Maryland originally but re located to Phoenix, Arizona. My passion is to create something new each day. I come from a family background of artists that have inspired me from within. I have realized over the years that my creativity and uniqueness was in my genes all along and that all I had to do was "just add water".

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TRD: What inspires you to create? What is your favorite tool to use when crafting?

AH: I am inspired by several different mediums . I have a certain fondness for female anatomy and beauty. Most of my assemblage, collage, ACEO and artists trading cards feature Victorian nudes and retro pin up girls. I love to incorporate various found items, color and various metal bits to add a 3D effect.

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TRD: Who/what motivated you to sell your art online?

AH: Motivation to sell online came from a dear friend who has a shop here on Etsy. She has truly motivated me and supported my networking efforts .

TRD:  What is your goal with your craft/store?

AH: My goal is to share my creativity with others. All of my proceeds (which have mostly been from private sales), go toward supplies. I do this for fun and although sales are paramount to some, it is not the end all be all for me.

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TRD: Any words of advice for fellow artists  and artisans?


I love AlteredHeads awesome work and think it would look lovely on my very bare walls! It may just be there one day.


Scarlett O'Hara 2010!


Gone With The Wind was one of the first movies  I watched over and over- mainly to see all the amazing dresses and fashions I always imagined myself in. I never thought it could be a reality.

… until I came across Mary Magdalene on

I am in serious WANT over these dresses:


MM also makes super cute skirts, jackets and accessories:


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What a source of inspiration! I will own dresses etc.  like these one day.


Monday, May 17, 2010

Mannequin vs. Human Head?

My sewing machine has a new home on the kitchen table for the time being before a proper sewing table/ space is created. I don’t mind, actually is the best sewing area I have had in a while and I thoroughly appreciate it.

012 I brought out my trusty sewing friend to help me with an idea I had for some hair clips I thought up last night.
This is the first of many to come:
009Always thinking of what’s next- listing the clip in my store- I wondered how to show what it looks like when worn. I’d like to be able to give ideas on hair styles and how to use the clip with them.
This brought up the question – Do I wear the clip? Someone else? Mannequin? Dog?  

Personally I really like the idea of the mannequin. 

A new search begins. A retro looking mannequin that can show off my hair accessories and allow me to practice up-do’s. 

Ideally, I would like the base to resemble these beautiful ladies:
blond mannFound @: NostalgicCorner on Etsy

black vintage head
vintage head
Found @: LBDK on Etsy

…but with hair. I think that is going to be the tricky part. A future project? Yes, I think so.

If you know where I may get a mannequin head with hair for a reasonable price please share!
What do you prefer: mannequin or human for a model?


Lisa Freemont Street's 11,000 Subscriber Giveaway!!

Lisa Freemont Streets videos on YouTube are amazing if pinup is your thing and your glitz needs a little polishing . 
As just announced she is having a giveaway as a way of saying thanks!
Leave a comment here to be entered, by May 31st:

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

What’s New Pussycat?

ALOT! It has been about a month or so since my last delicious post. That is too long, I apologize as it will not happen again (if I can help it!)


I have been spending a good portion of free time organizing my thoughts and ideas for The Retro Diva.  I have a schedule now for this lovely blog and I plan on bringing to you my research of the world of pin up and all things retro and wonderful!

There are many new items for sale at the TRD Etsy Store:


Even more fresh ideas coming soon and of course I let y’all know when they are listed!


The TRD blog has had a little makeover itself.  I gave her a new background and created the blog button to the left:

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So If you are a Retro Diva- let the world know. Copy the code and paste the button to your favorite social network.

Stay tuned for more retro goodness.


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