Thursday, September 30, 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Animal House

Here's what all the animals at Banar Designs are doing right now:

 Sassie naps in the "in" box on my messy desk.

 Baby Kitty rules the roost.

 Tootie looks cute.

 Artie blends in.

Chloe poses for a cat food ad.

Zoe stretches out on a long box of feathers next to a file of colored paper.

Abbie snores quietly in a basket on my desk.

Ebony quenches her thirst.

Monday, September 27, 2010

A meme ?- 7 things about me

I don't quite understand "memes" but Doug ( tagged me to do one so here goes:
7 things about me-

1. Generally speaking, I like animals better than people.

2. I cook so seldom (read-never) that I have to dust my stove.

3. I love to read...books, newspapers, magazines, internet articles, anything.

4. I'm a zentangle addict ( a form of doodling that's supposed to put you in a zen-like state.) I also like other forms of art- collage, watercolor, pastels, drawing, etc.

5. I identify with hoarders-but I don't think I'm there, yet. I hate to throw anything away... I might need it tomorrow. Some people think I'm a cat hoarder but I don't think 6 qualifies.

6. I spent the first half of my adult life living a life just like the T.V. show "Mad Men" in L.A. advertising agencies and design studios.  The second half in the publishing and craft kit business with my sister.

7. I'm a bleeding heart liberal and proud of it.

Now I'm supposed to get 7 more people to do this-

I've sent emails to the following people asking them to write seven facts we don't know about them on their blog, then tag seven others. (and I hope they'll forgive me)

Nancy Javier
Helen McHargue
Penny Smith
California Girl
Jane LaFazio

Ground Zero Mosque

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Sepia Saturday- Clang, clang, clang went the house!

This is my Uncle Glenn's house in Chicago.
The copy says : Commuters waiting for a streetcar at 104th and State wonder if they are "off their trolley" when a two story frame house comes rollin' down the track. But it's only moving day for the Glenn Finwall family. Last April, Finwall purchased building for $500 after it was marked for razing. Today, movers  start nudging house to 98th and Eggleston from original site at 104th and Michigan.

I remember this house well. My sister and brother and I had many good times there. In the upstairs there was a large playroom between the bedrooms at either end of the house. My cousin, Carol Ann, and I spent many hours playing with paper dolls, many of which we made ourselves. She was a wonderful artist and I think this is where I got my love of art. This may have been the start of my whole career in the art field. I wish I could thank her but unfortunately she died when she was in her early 20's.
Jackie, Danny, Carol Ann and ? on their front porch.

Uncle Glenn and Aunt Phyllis enjoying their back yard.
Her brothers, Danny and Jackie (now known as Glenn Jr. and Jack) were also fun playmates for my younger sister and brother. Their mother, my Aunt Phyllis was a wonderful aunt. She had a freezer in the basement which she kept stocked with popsicles. She loved to go to auctions and find bargains. I think I was also influenced by this because I love garage sales and thrift stores.

If you follow my blog you'll have met my Uncle Glenn. He was the one who, as an eleven year old, saved his family in a car wreck.  He also became a wonderful artist in his later years.
You can see his art here

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Sunday, September 19, 2010


Scout and the photographer.

Ruby stalks a plant

Tootie- "Can Scout come out and play?"

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Friday, September 17, 2010

New Zentangles

Sunday, September 12, 2010

SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY- See Sepia Saturday for shadows

I just noticed that on my Sepia Saturday post there were some pretty neat horse shadows.
So see Saturday's post below.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Sepia Saturday- The Horsewoman

Me and my horse, Becky.

My mother had written on the back of this picture; "The Horsewoman" with an exclamation point.

When we moved to California from Chicago my mother immediately signed us up for horseback riding lessons. I guess she figured that's what you were supposed to do when you got to the West. We were, of course, thrilled. We lived in San Diego at the time (about 1950). For some reason we were taught "English" style.  However, when we moved to Pomona I got a horse and it came with a western saddle. I don't remember if this caused any problems. I often rode bareback.

There was a pasture near our house where you could pay to keep your horse.  My girlfriend, Linda, also had a horse and we usually rode together.  We learned to do tricks and had a lot of fun. The rest of the family hardly ever rode. When I got to high school, unfortunately, I lost interest. This seems to be common with young girls and horses. Linda never lost interest, though and still has a horse.

After a while the horse was sold. I still feel guilty about this. I love animals so much that I can't imagine letting this happen. I think I got more interested in boys than horses.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Borrowed from the Center For American Progress blog.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The new scapegoats- Muslims

Americans of all stripes—religious and nonreligious—need to stand up for our fellow Americans who are Muslim. Embedded in the Bill of Rights is the right to practice our religion. Countless patriots have fought and died for this freedom. When religious freedom and tolerance is attacked for some, it is threatened for all. All of us must work tirelessly to undo the suspicion, hatred, and xenophobia directed toward our Muslim fellow citizens.
Bishop Gene Robinson

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Mad Men vs. Mad Women, Headbands, Awards

As I watched "Mad Men" win so many Emmys this week I was transported (again) back in time to my days in advertising in the 60's. I was talking about it with my friend, Robin, and she mentioned how much she liked the hairdos with the headbands from those days. The ladies on the "Mad Men" show often wear headbands. I hadn't noticed this til she mentioned it.

Working hard at my drawing board with my hair neatly held back with a fashionable headband. (This photo has spots and fingerprints all over it. )

The women in advertising had their own separate club and gave out awards called "Lulus".  Women, of course, could join the Art Directors Club (ADLA) but it was made up predominately of men and harder to compete in. I did manage to win an honorable mention once in the ADLA but in the Women's Ad Club it was easier to win. Not many women were Art Directors, though. Most of the women were in other parts of advertising.
The first award I got was presented by Dina Merrill (actress and daughter of E.F. Hutton and Marjorie Merriwether Post). It was always quite a gala event, patterned after the Oscars, complete with an orchestra. 

The next year the award was presented by Howard Duff and his wife, Ida Lupino. (where are they now?) I sent this picture to my hometown newspaper and cropped out Ida. Howard was a little more well known at the time and Ida looked awful in the photo. My note on the photo said Ida looks like a creep and the person at the newspaper wrote "so does Howard". (Note the headband)
 Here's the uncropped photo.

The next year I won two "Lulus".  I don't remember who the presenter was that year.  (I'm in the middle, 3rd from left.)

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010



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