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Backyard Swingers

This is what happens when a swing set, sofa and backyard umbrella have a baby!

Suspended canvas, fringed three-passenger rockers are SO underrated!!!

Charles Phoenix
March 15, 2012

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Party Tree

Whoever colorized this bare backyard tree with crepe paper, balloons and a lone beach ball deserves an award of outstanding excellence. It's birthday-on-budget brilliance at its very best. What are we waiting for? We should all have such tree treatments at our backyard parties. I want a whole forest of colorized trees!

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Greatest Rose Float!

With the exception of the Tiki-themed rose float I will have the honor and joy of riding on January 2nd, in the 123rd annual Tournament of Roses Parade, this big giant piece of cherry pie has got to be my favorite rose float of all time!

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Picnic Pickin'

The dapplely leaves of summertime’s wild greenery and grown grass invite a trio of sleeve-less ladies and their babies out for an afternoon. Blankets are spread and the cotton cloth covered folding table is set with food in plastic, glass, foil and wax paper. A wooden picnic basket sits tableside alongside a blue metal ice chest covered with a short stack of newspaper, comics out, topped with factory-baked golden brown hamburger buns and a pile of steaks ready for the BBQ. Lunch is almost ready.

But that’s not what this slide is about.

This slide is about the topless tot staring at the steak while picking her cotton. Let’s face it, we all pick put cotton from time to time, but not often when someone is saying “Say cheese!”

Here’s to summer picnics, pickin’ cotton and YOU!

Charles Phoenix
August 8, 2011
Los Angeles, CA

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Paint-by-number Blonde

Who is this perky girl’s colorist? Whoever they are, give them a raise!  But what we really want to know is what kind of toxic chemicals it took to get her curls so glossy so flossy they look like spun sugar?

We do know she poses proudly before a pleasant peanut butter-colored wall adorned by a trio of paint-by-numbers.  Though the honey blond wood framed scenes depict the Old World they are most certainly products of the New World.

Not only do we have Detroit to thank for the automobile and Motown, the legendary city is also responsible for bestowing upon the world one of our all-time favorite Americana crafts: paint-by-numbers.

Detroit’s Palmer Paint Company introduced the kits at the 1952 New York Toy Show. The new instant-art form allowed anyone and everyone to be an artist and quickly became a craze that swept the nation. By 1955 more than 12 million kits had been sold.

Paint-by-numbers are to the art world what TV dinners are to the food world.

Today, vintage paint-by-numbers are prized collectables.

If you love them the way I do, may I suggest you add the Paint-by-Number book, by William L. Bird, to your personal library. My bookshelf wouldn’t be complete with out it!

Here’s to spun sugar hair, peanut butter walls, paint-by-numbers and YOU!