Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Betty Boop Mugs and Coasters



Betty Boop Coffee Cups 
& Beverage Coasters Gift Guide


Betty Boop Love and Hearts Coffee Mug
Betty Boop is one of the most well-known and popular cartoon characters in the world.

This page features some of the popular Betty Boop items available today in the category of mugs and cups for the coffee & tea drinkers on your shopping list, along with some fun beverage coasters to place those mugs on. For Betty Boop fans everywhere, these mugs and coasters will be a favorite gift to receive for any occasion.

The Betty Boop character has long been associated with hearts. Her famous red dress and the red hearts just seem to go together as shown on the Betty Boop Coffee Mug above, available on Amazon.

 

Betty's Creator
Animator Max Fleischer

 

Max Fleischer, Creator of Betty Boop (Source)
Max Fleischer, an artist and animator who was a pioneer in the development of the animated cartoon, created Betty Boop.  Over the years she has been featured in films and comic strips and on TV in cartoon form.

The 'mass merchandizing' begun by the heirs of Max Fleischer brought the image of Betty Boop to audiences today, most of whom are unaware of Betty's place in cinema and animation history.


Betty Boop Began...

in 1930

 

Helen Kane (Source)
When Betty Boop was first created in 1930, she was modeled after singer Helen Kane. But did you know that Betty was originally created as an anthropomorphic French poodle?

By 1932, when the first Betty Boop cartoon came out, Betty became a human character. Her floppy poodle ears became hoop earrings, and her black poodle nose became a girl's button-like nose.

She's come a long way from her original character.


(For a complete story of Betty Boop, read her story on Wikipedia.)

Betty Boop Mugs

 

Betty Boop Travel Mug
A Fun Way to Enjoy Your Morning Coffee When Traveling to Work

Send your man off to work with this creative Betty Boop ceramic traveling mug that proclaims "What's a Girl Gotta DO?"


Betty Boop Travel Mug, Black Buy Now on Amazon


Stopping for Your Favorite Latte?


Available on Amazon

Drink your Latte with this 'winsome' Betty Boop Latte Mug.

Some say that 'Betty Boop' was "High Maintenance"! :) (Saying found on the back of this cute pink Latte mug)


Vandor Betty Boop 14-Ounce Ceramic Latte Mug, Pink PRODUCT






Betty Boop Beverage Coasters






What is a Beverage Coaster?

A beverage coaster is also known as a coaster, a drink coaster, a mug rug, or a beer mat. The idea for coasters probably came from the use of saucers under a tea cup to 'catch' the drippings or condensation.

Coasters are used to rest beverages on to protect a table top or any other surface where the user might place their drinks.

Coasters can come in the form of paper, cork, glass, sandstone, fiber crafts and more and have images of anything imaginable!


Cartoon Character Betty on Coasters!




Betty Boop Coasters on Etsy


This set of beverage coasters with a Betty Boop design is handmade with plastic canvas and yarn. They can be found in the Etsy Shop of Coastal Island Crochet and Crafts.

The 4 coasters in this set each have a design of Betty Boop. The coasters are created using plastic canvas and acrylic yarn. The design is done in pink, red and black with a bit of gold for her earrings. She sits on a white background. The coasters measure a generous size 4.75 x 4.75 inches.

Perfect coasters for your bar, coffee table or end table. They make a great gift for any Betty Boop lover.


Betty Boop in Classic Poses


Available on Amazon 
This coaster set has Betty Boop showing off all her red dresses.  

A set of 4 glass coasters measuring 4" wide is adorned in pink polka dots.  The set of 4 coasters also includes a caddy.
https://www.amazon.com/Betty-Boop-Coasters-Polka-Pink/dp/B00OH5LGDE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1472217263&sr=8-1&keywords=betty+boop+coasters&linkCode=ll1&tag=giftguidegalaxy-20&linkId=4b409e793f902f0fd67dda36fa1eb3fc

 

Cartoons with Betty Boop...
and her friend Bimbo

Source

Betty Boop and Bimbo starred in more than 90 cartoons between 1932 and 1939 and the Betty Boop comic strip by Bud Counihan between 1934 and 1937.

Her 1933 cartoon "Snow White" (not the Disney film "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs") was selected for preservation in 1994 by the U.S. Library of Congress in the National Film Registry, quite an honor for a cartoon character!


A Mug that Resembles the Animated Character of Betty Boop!



Motorcycle Betty Boop!

Betty Boop and I hope you have enjoyed this selection of Coffee Cups and Coasters with her Image!
4-Piece Cork Coaster Set












© 2012 Wednesday-Elf

 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Seasonal Jigsaw Puzzles


Fun and Interesting Facts about Jigsaw Puzzles

 

Source: Pixabay

Did you know that jigsaw puzzles have been around since about 1760?

Once upon a time someone painted a picture on a flat piece of wood, then cut it into small pieces with a jigsaw. Aha ~ now we know how jigsaw puzzles got their name!

The two most traditional subjects for jigsaw puzzles are castles and mountains, though nature scenes are also popular.

The world's largest jigsaw puzzle at the present time has 32,256 pieces and, when finished, measures 17' x 6' (as recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records).  Titled Keith Haring: Double Retrospect, the images are a grid of 32 works from the late pop artist, Keith Haring.

Recently it has been discovered that doing jigsaw puzzles is one of many activities that can help keep the brain active and may contribute to reducing the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

Jigsaw puzzles make great gifts and can be a wonderful leisure time activity for the whole family.  Let's check out some interesting jigsaw puzzles related to the four seasons of the year!


SPRINGTIME



Spring Garden Jigsaw Puzzle

First Day of Spring - 2016


The Spring Equinox for 2016 occurred on March 20th in the Northern Hemisphere. It's a welcome season after a cold, snowy winter.

We tend to consider Spring in the northern hemisphere as occuring during the months of March, April, and May, although many say that President's Day in February marks the beginning of the Spring season here in the U.S.  Of course it all depends on your specific climate and weather conditions for a particular year.

Spring brings us the Easter Holiday (March 27, in 2016) and May Day on the first of May. April showers and May flowers, springtime birds and butterflies, all are signs of Spring which make beautiful scenes in jigsaw puzzle form.


SUMMERTIME.... AND THE LIVING IS EASY! 

 

Summer Days at the Seashore
The Summer Solstice begins on June 20 in 2016.

Summer, according to meteorologists, occurs during June, July and August in the northern hemisphere.  Here in the United States, we often associate summer with beginning on Memorial Day weekend (last weekend in May) and ending after Labor Day (first weekend in September).

Summer - my favorite season of the year. It's the season of baseball and the 4th of July. Warm days, beach days, vacation time and a time to be lazy. Jigsaw puzzles fit in perfectly for soft summer evenings as the day winds down, or for rainy day activities. I love summer!


AUTUMN, FALL, HARVEST TIME


Autumn Reflection Jigsaw Puzzle
Fall Equinox

In 2016 the Fall Equinox will occur on September 22nd. The season is known interchangeably as Fall or Autumn. It's also harvest time.

Fall is filled with pumpkins and Halloween, cooler days and colorful autumn leaves, turkeys and Thanksgiving. It's a bountiful season and a jigsaw puzzle in an autumn theme makes for a pleasurable pastime.


WINTERTIME

 

Winter Paradise in a Puzzle
Winter Solstice

December 21st is the First Day of the Winter Solstice in 2016. What first comes to mind when we think of winter is snow. If you live where it doesn't snow (as I do in the southern U.S.), you need a way to capture those gorgeous winter scenes. Jigsaw puzzles are a wonderful way to do that, bringing a bit of the 'winter wonderland' into your home.

Wintertime brings us the holidays of Christmas and New Year's.

 

This is what Christmas looks like at my house in Georgia!




Christmas Palm Tree Puzzle
Christmas Tropical Palm Tree
*Puzzle by Christmas_T-Shirts on Zazzle

My southern state of Georgia is in a sub-tropical zone and our average December-January temperatures are around 60 degrees for highs (average lows sometimes 38-40). Any above-freezing temperatures in winter are perfect for me... and is the reason I retired to a 'winter-less' spot. :-)


Wintertime Holidays


The season of Winter has many holidays. Besides Christmas and New Year's Day, we have Valentine's Day on February 14th. Then St. Patrick's Day brings us to the Month of March where we find 'the season of winter' winding down.

Celebrate the end of the Winter Solstice and look forward once again to the season of Spring with a colorful themed jigsaw puzzle!



On January 29th...


Celebrate National Puzzle Day



by working a Jigsaw Puzzle!



*This article was originally published on another site - © 2012 Wednesday-Elf

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Mellow Yellow Springtime Décor & Gift Ideas

The Color Yellow Gives Us a Mellow Feeling!



Sunflower Photo Print on Amazon

When I think of Springtime, the primary color that comes to mind is 'yellow'. Sure, the new green buds appearing on the trees are noticed as a fore-bringer of Spring, but yellow stands out brightly in the early blooming Daffodils and the golden warming rays of the sun.

Spiff up your house for Spring with Yellow accessories, get a gift in Yellow for those Springtime holidays, birthdays or special occasions, or just add some touches of Yellow here and there for the warm, glowing, Spring feeling the color yellow gives you.


Sunny Yellow for your Wall


To me, nothing is sunnier looking than a Sunflower. Having a Sunflower on your wall is a welcome sign of Spring. Yellow is also a symbol of happiness and hope. No wonder sunny yellow makes you feel happy!


Yellow Bird Song by The Kingston Trio


The song "Yellow Bird", was first recorded in 1957 and is probably best known by Harry Belafonte, but my favorite version comes from MY folk music era by 'The Kingston Trio'. Listen to this mellow music while you browse these Yellow Gift Suggestions.





The chirping of birds is a sure sign of Spring!


Goldfinch Print

The Goldfinch is the state bird of New Jersey, Iowa, and Washington. It loves sunflower seeds at feeders.

This Goldfinch yellow bird photo print by SuRI Photography is available on Zazzle makes a lovely Springtime print for your wall.




Yellow in the Kitchen



Early Morning Coffee on the Deck

 

Source: Pixabay
Nothing I like better in the Spring than being able to sit outside on the deck with my morning coffee.  The warm air with the scent of the springtime blossoms on the dogwood trees and the twittering of the birds is a very relaxing way to begin your day.


Start your Day with A Cup of Coffee or Tea

 

...In a sunny Sunflower Mug!

Having lived in Kansas (and married to a Kansas boy), Sunflowers have naturally become a favorite flower in my life and in my home.

This is such a bright & sunny start to my day to have my morning coffee in a Sunflower mug.  Available on Zazzle, this beautiful cup is created by Patti J. Adkins.



 

Yellow Dishtowel for a Cheery Kitchen

 

Honey & Bees Hanging Kitchen Towel
This is a great updated version of the crocheted top towel. Handmade with a fabric top, it buttons securely around your oven or refrigerator door, keeping it where it belongs and handy for you to use.

This is a quality velour half towel in soft yellow with bees and a honey pot that says "Happiness Is Homemade". The buckle is a cotton fabric with a small floral pattern in peach, yellow & green, with a lining of flannel to keep it rigid. It is topped with a peach button.

This cute kitchen towel is available in the Etsy Shop of Grandma Linda's House. Just click on the picture to see a close up view.



Mellow Yellow Home Decor




6-Piece Bathroom Towel Set

Fill your bathroom with a whole set of bright and cheerful sunshiny yellow towels and washcloths.






Yellow Duckie Bath Mat

Get whimsical with a 'Yellow Ducky' Bath or Shower Safety Mat.



 

 

 

Bring the Color of Spring... Into the Bedroom or Living Room

Available on Amazon
 
Bring Spring inside by decorating your bed or living room sofa with pretty pillows. My favorite is a design of yellow flowers, like this beautiful yellow Daylily.

This bright flower design will bring a touch of Spring sunshine into your home.








 Yellow Gift Suggestions for Springtime Occasions! 




New Baby, Birthdays, Weddings, Easter Holiday....



Sunny Yellow  Plush Penguin

This handmade crocheted plush penguin toy in a bright yellow color makes a darling baby gift for a baby shower in the Spring.

This cuddly little roly-poly penguin is the creation of Coastal Crochet Crafts on Etsy and is just one of several plush penguins available in traditional black & white and in a wide variety of different colors.


Handmade Paper Quilled Springtime Yellow... On a Greeting Card

Gold Pot of Flowers Hand-Quilled Card
Beautifully handmade in paper quilling, this lovely greeting card is perfect for a springtime birthday.  What better way to add a little sunshine to anyone's day than with this pot filled with flowers!


A white textured card measuring 4½”x6” or 11cm x 15 ½ cm has a gold shimmer cardstock panel attached to the front with the borders wrapped with ribbon.

Decorating the middle of the card sits a hand made bronze shimmer coloured pot which is filled to overflowing with paper quilled fringed flowers in bright colours of orange, lemon, ivory, bronze and yellow.

Eucalyptus coloured looped leaves, shaped leaves and stems of quilled buds complete this unique floral arrangement. 
Inside the card is a yellow scalloped edged paper insert awaiting your own personal message.
The card comes with an envelope
 

Created by an Australian paper designer using the creative craft of paper quilling, Enchanted Quilling also has a wonderful selection of other cards in her shop that are perfect for other Spring occasions (Easter or Mother's Day).  This card, and many more, can be found in her Etsy shop she calls Enchanted Quilling.


Which is YOUR favorite Springtime Color?




Yellow Lady Bug says...

Plush Yellow Ladybug

 

Thank You ~

For visiting my bright and sunny world of yellow Springtime décor and gift ideas.


© 2012 Wednesday-Elf
 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Wooly Sheep and Lovable Lamb | Gift Guide

Sheepishly Cute and Clever Gifts

Sheep and the little lamb are favorites in all forms. Children love them in nursery rhymes and as plush pets. Sheep are popular as décor and decorations. The sheared wool is favored by yarn crafters who spin their own yarn.

Sheep are raised for fleece, meat and milk and sheep husbandry is practiced throughout the world. There are more than 200 breeds now in existence.

From Big Horn Sheep to the tiny baby lamb, this gift guide will introduce you to many sheep-related items, along with some fun facts about sheep.



From Big Horn Sheep to tiny baby lambs....


*A sheep from birth to one year of age is called a LAMB.

*Adult female sheep is an ewe.

*The male is the Ram.




Brief Facts in the Sheep World



  • Sheep are probably one of the earliest animals to be domesticated for agricultural purpose.
  • Sheep are raised for fleece, meat and milk. A sheep's wool is the most widely used animal fiber, and is usually harvested by shearing.
  • Meat from young animals is called lamb. Meat from older ones is known as mutton.
  • Sheep husbandry has been practiced all over the world, but today sheep production is most well known in Australia, New Zealand, the southern and central South American nations, and the British Isles.


Suffolk Sheep are a Well-Known Breed


They are a black-faced, open-faced breed of domestic sheep from England



The Suffolk Sheep Originated in England

 

Suffolk Sheep Pair - Photo Print on AllPosters


  • Suffolks were developed in England by crossing a Southdown ram and a Norfolk Horned ewe. The end result was an improvement over both parent breeds.
  • They have black faces and legs, and a large frame, with the rams weighing between 250 to 350 lbs. and the ewes around 180 to 250 lbs.
  • Suffolks are mainly raised for their wool and meat.
Webkinz Sheep on Amazon


A Plush Stuffed Suffolk Sheep...
This lovable plush pet sheep is part of the Webkinz World. It comes with it's own unique special item and special food that can be used online with your virtural pet!

Plush Suffolk Sheep measures about 8.5 x 7 inches and is soft and very cute.


Big Horn Sheep

 

Big Horn Sheep Art Print
The Big Horn Sheep is native to North America and got its name from their large horns. The horns can weigh up to 30 lbs. on a 300 lb. ram.

Coming to North America originally across the Bering Land Bridge from Siberia, they became the most admired animals of the Crow people, and what is today called the Bighorn Mountain Range was central to the Crow (Apsaalooka) tribal lands. The sheep were hunted for their meat and for their horns, which were used in ceremonies.


Plush Big Horn Sheep

Douglas Climber Big Horn Sheep

This adorable cuddly plush toy Big Horn sheep measuring 8 x 4 x 6 inches is soft and squeezable.  It makes a great gift for children, but also for adults who love the Big Horn sheep.  Displayed in an office, it will generate a lot of interest.  It is nicely detailed and beautiful.  It is part of the Douglas Cuddle Toy line that is distinguished for it's high quality craftsmanship and unique designs. Their animals have very distinctive features, including endearing gestures and expressions.



Black Sheep

Little Black Lamb - Photo Print
In sheep, a recessive gene sometimes results in the birth of a sheep with black, instead of white coloring. These sheep stand out in the flock and is probably where we got the expression 'black sheep of the family' used to describe an odd or disreputable member of a group.

 

Sheep in the Kitchen...

 

Sheep Potholders!

The Black Sheep Oven Glove & Pot Holder Set
Bring a sheep into your kitchen with this Black Sheep Oven Glove & Potholder Set. Set includes 1 black sheep with a shamrock on his ... um... backside, among a flock of white sheep on a square pot holder and an oven glove.


Have your Coffee with a Sheep

Black Sheep Ceramic Mug
For your morning coffee, here's a porcelain coffee mug with a black sheep design that matches the potholder set above.  It even includes one black sheep with a 'Shamrock'.  

This makes a really cute set for the cooks on your gift list.





Baa Baa Black Sheep...




Shaun the Sheep
This soft plush sheep is based on the animated television series called "Shaun the Sheep".   Shaun is the very curious, clever and cool leader of the flock.  This 19" soft squeezable plush sheep will bring the lovable character of Shaun the Sheep to life for children who are fans of the animated Shaun, both in the TV series and in the Shaun the Sheep movie.

Shetland Sheep

 

Flock of Shetland Sheep (Wikimedia)


Flock of Shetland Sheep on the Shetland Isles

  • The Shetland Wool is commercially important to the wool industry of the Shetland Isles
  • Shetlands occur in many different colors and patterns.
  • The wool produced by the Shetland is a valued commodity. Shetlands produce numerous shades of wool colors .
  • Shetland sheep can show almost all possible sheep colors and patterns and eleven main colors are recognized. These are light grey, grey, white, emsket (dusky bluish-grey), musket (light greyish-brown), shaela (dark steely-grey), black, fawn, moorit (reddish brown), mioget (honey-toned, yellowish-brown), and dark brown.

Shetland wool yarn

Handspun Shetland Wool Yarn on Etsy

One skein (4 ounces) of handspun 100% Shetland Wool yarn in green and orange is available in the Etsy Shop of Liliththerat, a knitter & spinner from beautiful Victoria, BC.  She calls her shop The Knitting Rat (because she loves rats) and her shop is filled with beautiful skeins of handspun yarns in a variety of colors and shades, along with selections of her own hand-knitted items.



Border Collie Herding Sheep - A Working Sheepdog

 

A Border Collie Rounding Up Sheep

Photo Print available on AllPosters


  • The Border Collie is a herding dog breed developed for herding sheep and other livestock.
  • Border Collies come from England and Scotland.
  • Sheepdogs are extremely energetic and acrobatic, and are noted for their intelligence.
  • Border Collies need considerable daily physical exercise and mental stimulation.


Max the Pet Border Collie


A Border Collie named Max - A Family Pet
My brother-in-law has a pet Border Collie (not working) named Max who is confined to his (large) yard by an invisible fence. His home is in the country and the property is surrounded by a forest. Deer often come out of the woods to nibble grass along the edge of the lawn. Max cannot leave his yard (and the deer seem to know this), but he just quivers with excitement, wishing he could go 'herd' the deer. :)
Meadow, the Border Collie


Border Collie in Plush


Meadow, the Border Collie
A plush stuffed version of a beautiful Border Collie

This is an 8 inch plush Border Collie named Meadow, who enjoys herding and traveling everywhere with you!

*From the Douglas cuddle plush toy line. 






Thank 'Ewe' for Visiting my Sheep Gift Guide






© 2011 Wednesday-Elf