Geraldine Hoff Doyle, the inspiration for "Rosie the Riveter," died on Sunday at the age of 86 due to complications from arthritis, the Washington Post reports.
Rosie's story began in the 1940s, when the 17-year-old Doyle was working at a metal factory in Ann Arbor, Michigan. A visiting United Press International photographer snapped a pic of her on the job.
The image was then used by artist J. Howard Miller for the "We Can Do It!" poster, released during World War II. As the Washington Post writes, "For millions of Americans throughout the decades since World War II, the stunning brunette in the red and white polka-dot bandanna was Rosie the Riveter." A later "Rosie the Riveter" interpretation, done by Norman Rockwell, was featured on the Saturday Evening Post in 1943. Ultimately, the idea of "Rosie the Riveter" came to represent all female factory workers at the time. But for decades, Doyle had no idea that her
likeness was used on the original poster.
The New York Times writes: Mrs. Doyle was unaware of the poster's existence until 1982, when, while thumbing through a magazine, she saw a photograph of it and recognized herself. Her daughter said that the face on the poster was her mother's, but that the muscles were not. "She didn't have big, muscular arms," [her daughter Stephanie] Gregg said. "She was 5-foot-10 and very slender. She was a glamour girl. The arched eyebrows, the beautiful lips, the shape of the face -- that's her."
According to the Wall Street Journal, Doyle quit after just one week at the factory where her picture was made famous. "She later married a dentist and raised a family in Lansing, Mich.," the Journal reports.
Doyle is survived by five children, 18 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
WPT is dedicated to your entertainment via mocking the complicated relationship between your parents, technology, and you. "This blog is dedicated to the trials and errorsthat come when a parent handles a cellphone."
Be sure to check out both sites, and "like" them on Facebook as well.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Anyway, my first musical love struck me in 7th or 8th grade when I stumbled across Hanson's MMMBop music video. Thus began a borderline-unhealthy obsession that lasted ever since (though I would have denied this in my high school years). Zac Hanson, they youngest and seemingly more attainable portion of the trio was my favorite. My parents didn't allow me to date then, but I was even smart enough to striked a deal with my dad that I could date Zac, if he ever asked.
Well, we've all grown up... even little Zac! He and wife, Kate, welcomed their second child, a girl, last Wednesday. Congratulations!
Friday, December 17, 2010
Sell.com, Amazon, eBay, and my personal favorite, Craigslist, can help you find and purchase many of your favorite things. A few months ago I bought a DVD with original episodes of Strawberry Shortcake (again, the show from the 80's... not the weird, modern-day computer generated version). Another new favorite of my daughter's. I found my favorite Charlie Brown movie, and of course, my Saved By The Bell collection.
In Pizza Party, each player aims to collect the pizza toppings that match the color of their handle. Occasionally a player will draw a "Switch" card, forcing them to swap pizza slices with an opponet. First to fill their slice, wins.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Last year, I saw an article in Cosmo magazine that featured three handmade "foodie" gifts for the holidays. I was really excited about the Vodka recipe, and bought some cute bottles to make gifts for my friends. The idea never panned out, however, and I am planning to give it a go this holiday season.
The article had instructions for an Orange Poppyseed Pound Cake, and a Chocolate Chip and Dried Cherry Cookie Mix in a Jar, as well as the Raspberry and Lemon Vodka . Here are the instructions for the first two foodies-- I'm keeping the vodka recipe to myself ;)
Orange Poppy-Seed Pound Cake
This cake is an indulgent treat! I like to give a box of tea along with it.
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
- 3 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1½ cups granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- ½ teaspoon orange extract
- 6 large eggs
Chocolate Chip and Dried Cherry Cookie Mix in a Jar
Perfect for the baking-challenged friend. Print the instructions on a card, and attach.
- 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ²⁄³ cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup coarsely chopped dried cherries
- ²⁄³ cup brown sugar
- 8 ounces chocolate chips
In a bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Then add the granulated sugar, cherries, flour mixture, brown sugar, and chocolate chips to a jar in layers. Seal the jar, and tie with a ribbon.
Attach this recipe to the jar:
To make cookies: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Using an electric mixer, beat 1 stick of room-temperature butter until creamy. Add 2 eggs and1teaspoon vanilla. Stir in cookie mix. Drop by the tablespoonful onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until golden. Cool. Makes 36 cookies.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Tell me you've seen this commercial.
Designer [looking] jeans that you can sleep in and wear to the grocery store! With flare legs and pocket rivets. No way. These sweats can be yours for only $39.95 and an $8 shipping charge. Free crew neck t-shirt with purchase.
Christmas made easy! You're welcome.
Friday, November 5, 2010
Los Angeles (April 20, 2010) – Two great forces in entertainment have combined with the announcement of an unprecedented arrangement between The Estate of Michael Jackson, represented by Executors John Branca and John McLain, and Cirque du Soleil for the creation, development, production and promotion of Michael Jackson projects, featuring touring and permanent shows, based on the music and songs of Michael Jackson. Special lifestyle projects, including a nightclub to open with the Las Vegas production, will also be developed.
The first of these projects will be an arena-touring show in which fans will experience the excitement of a Michael Jackson concert, expected to debut in late Fall 2011. That arena show is anticipated to enjoy an extended run in Las Vegas in conjunction with longtime Cirque du Soleil partner MGM MIRAGE. The Las Vegas permanent show, also in partnership with MGM MIRAGE, is expected to open in late 2012. MGM MIRAGE will announce the location and plans for the permanent theatrical venue at a later date.
Read the full story HERE.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Cheryl Kilodavis wrote My Princess Boy in response to the cruel reactions her 5-year-old son receives when he dresses in sparkly, shiny frocks:
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Meatloaf from your favorite recipe
Make your favorite meatloaf recipe and shape the loaf to resemble a mummy's body with crossed arms. Bake the loaf until it's cooked through. Let it rest about 3 minutes, then lay 1-inch-wide strips of American cheese across the body as shown, leaving a narrow space on the head for the olive slice eyes. Trim any overhanging cheese with scissors and return the mummy to the still-warm oven to slightly melt the cheese, about 1 minute.
3 cups cold milk
1 tub (12 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed, divided
15 OREO Cookies, crushed (about 1-1/2 cups)
Assorted decorations: Milano Cookies, decorating gel, candy pumpkins, candy corn pieces
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3 red apples, peeled and cored
1 tablespoon lemon juice
6 cups low-fat plain yogurt
3 tablespoons sugar substitute
2 cups frozen peaches or mango
2 cups frozen pineapple
Red and yellow food coloring
Friday, October 22, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
I used the cell-phone provider, T-Mobile, for several years and recently switched to another provider. I will NEVER again use T-Mobile. The company is dishonest, and the have no consideration or compassion for customers who have given them both a significant amount of time and money. When the cell phone I purchased broke yet AGAIN (after upwards of 3 or 4 full replacements and another half dozen troubleshoots in the store), I was told that the phone was no longer made/sold and I would have to purchase another phone for near-full price. Considering I was 16 months into the one-year contract I had asked for, I decided to switch and partner with my husband's plan. That's when everything went south... fast. I was flooded with hourly phone calls, and I responded by making my final payment by check. The calls continued and eventually a nice representative let me know that my check was finally received and there would be no more calls. I wish that had been true. It was at that time they began to demand a termination fee. I reasoned that I should be on month-to-month terms and no fee would apply, and they agreed and reversed the fees (and also discovered TWO mis-charges on my bill, and STILL asked me to pay an additional $24 for God-knows-what). Again I was compliant and made the payment and was assured that my account was now closed in good standing. Long story short, the harassing phone calls started up again... I re-explained to more associates.... fees were reversed again... and then un-reversed... and more phone calls, and explaining... and their "Supervisors" refuse to hold true to their word of offering me the contract I asked for, and following through on the fee reversals they promised. Needless to say, while I didn't initially leave on bad terms, I will now never, Ever, EVER return to this company or recommend them to anyone I know.
Apparently I am not the only one with these sorts of issues. Check out THIS blog post I stumbled upon.
And, that's my rant about that.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Can you believe it?! This is FOR REAL! Antoinne Dodson became an overnight internet sensation when his auto-tuned news clip hit YouTube last month. I featured the VIDEO CLIP when I first saw it, and gave you the UPDATE when his song sold 91,000 copies on iTunes. Now you can sport your very own Bed Intruder costume this Halloween... all for under $20! You'll receive the wig, bandana, black tank top, and [best of all] an autographed rolled up paper to shake around!
Check out http://www.bedintrudercostume.com/ to buy yours today!
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
Riley and I have been hard at work, creating and sending cards to terminally ill children all across the country. I could not be more impressed with both her creativity and compassion. A few days ago I bought some kid-friendly postage stamps, and came up with a new idea:: starting now, for every order sold through my Etsy site, we will send an additional card to a sick child. Your purchase will ensure a customized "cheer" card is made and mailed! Thanks in advance for your contribution.
Speaking of Etsy, I decided to branch out from only cards and am now selling some other paper crafts as well. I currently have 3 Disney princess cut-out packs for sale which you can check out HERE.
As for a personal update, I have tried to make the most of my four day weekend. The kids got haircuts yesterday, then had a playdate with Miss Kelsi. This morning I woke up and baked three types of cookies, including sugar, which my kids enjoyed frosting for Halloween with their buddy, Rylee. After baking, we went out for lunch, then they spent the afternoon playing outside. At one point I had to call my son in to capture wild frog that had decided to take up residence in our downstairs! Everyone knows I hate frogs. Luckily Noah saved the day!
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
I didn't venture from bed for much of the day, but I did manage to creat a few cards and throw them up on my Etsy site. I spend the majority of the day resting in efforts to rid of this bug before I had to get back to work today. No such luck. With an 11 hour work day looming ahead, I had to physically drag myself up and attem' this morning. I also go back to school this week. Looks like the laundry is taking a back seat to my sniffles (but, hey... I don't cook or clean anyway, right?). Blah. Really, that's all I have to say about that.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
As my box of "finished" cards filled up, I began to wonder how and when I would use all of those cards. The answer was so clear. I googled a few key words and found several great sites for sending greetings to hopitalized children and war veterans. My daughter got in on the action and even made a sweet little card for "a sick kid" which she is SO proud of.
So far I have sent a card to 6 year old Peyton who I found on Hugs & Hope, and Aiden and Isabella who were featured on Make a Child Smile. I am excited to send out many more to other organizations as well!
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
I came across Vista Print where I designed some great business cards, labels, and a stamp that feature my blog and Etsy addresses. I also decided to copyright my blog and artwork. I now feel completely ready to take on the crafting business world!
Monday, September 20, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Lyle and I have decided on our Halloween costumes, and I couldn't be more stoked! We have decided to go as contestants of the *amazing* game show Legends of the Hidden Temple!
I wasn't sure where I would find a costume, so I had to google it. The best deal seemed to be mypartyshirt.com, which offered not only the t-shirts, but all of the accompanying accessories. I have decided on Orange Iguana, and Lyle is going to rep the Blue Barracuda.
They have other awesome costumes including Wheres Waldo and Buddy the Elf. If you hurry, you can take advantage of the discounts on the website and get your costume guaranteed before Halloween.
They sent me a discount code to save 20%, which was really cool, and I ordered the costumes. That sounds like the end of the story, right? Wrong. Not only did I save 20%, but I got one of our shirts free because there was a Halloween sale going on. The site was easy to use, and here is the best part: I selected the slowest/cheapest shipping option... and my order was in my mailbox two days later! No kidding. I will definitely use this company again. And so should you.
Twenty-one year old idiot Jessica Gamble is giving mothers everywhere a reason to feel furious and appauled. Apparently she has nothing better to do than give her two-year-old daughter a marijuana cigarette, videotape the nonsense, and post it onto YouTube. Obviously the video was reported to child services, and Gamble has been indicted on charges of Child Endangerment for which she faces up to 11 years in prison.
I am sickened at the thought of a mother intentionally putting her baby in harms way. It's wrong enough that she is smoking in the same room as her child, while the young girl is in her care, but to allow her to put a lit cigarette into her hand, and a drug into her system, is sinister. I hope that sweet little girl is taken away from her mother - for good - and forgets that she ever knew how to accurately smoke a joint.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
My friend Andee has recently opened a vintage store, London Couture. Last weekend I participated as a runway model in his grand opening fashion show, Strutts For Mutts, which was a charity benefit for the Metro Animal Shelter.
Since I had already created a number of vintage-style cards, I asked Andee if he would be interested in having them in his store, and he was very excited about the idea. I made a decent size collection for him, but after the show, I felt inspired to try out some fashionista-themed cards as well. I got ahold of two new Cricut cartridges-- Forever Young and Summer in Paris (limited), which are perfect for the cards I had in mind. Here are a few of my new designs (don't mind the camera phone quality photos, haha):
Of course these cards will be packaged up with envelopes and my logo before they are sold to the store, but I wanted to snap a photo first because I am really happy with how they turned out. Don't forget to check out some of my other paper gifts over on my Etsy site here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/mrsjmattson. Unfortunately I am reserving all of my Vintage and Fashionista cards for London Couture, but I will let you know if I put any up!
This chart is supposedly able to predict the gender of your child based on the mother's age at conception, and the month she became pregnant. I tested it out with the data from my pregnancy with my now 5-year-old daughter and, low and behold, it was correct. According to the calendar, if I were to become pregnant right now I could expect another daughter. Pretty cool.
Friday, September 17, 2010
I've been scrapbooking for years, but never expanded beyond photo albums. After purchasing my Cricut machine in July, I found myself eager to cut out new things, and I started exploring with greeting cards.
Now that I have made a whole basket full of cards with various themes, I have decided to try and sell some of my inventory. Check out my Etsy site HERE.