Saturday, October 22, 2011

Paper Moon


Hello, dear friends!

Oh, my….there’s just so much to love in this world, isn’t there?  So much to love OUT of this world, too!

I’m going to let you in on a couple of my many obsessions…


…the first is vintage “paper moon” photographs!

There’s just something so quirky and charming about these turn-of-the-century photos…most taken in arcades, boardwalks, seaside resorts, carnivals, county fairs…

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…single photos or group shots with friends…these photographs were just for fun!

It was a quick, much less formal, and MUCH less expensive alternative to the customary Victorian studio photographs…

Why the moon setting, you ask?  Some wonder if it was a result of the popularity of Jules Verne’s novel “From the Earth to the Moon”…who knows for sure.  All I know is that I LOVE these moony prints!


Well, then I took a VERY wonky turn…I’m also head-over-heels in love with German china doll heads…


…combine the two, and voila’!


I saw this idea somewhere a while ago…can’t remember where (sorry!), but here’s my take on the combination of two of my loves…


I just took a sweet, innocent paper moon photo…

image {love the color!}

…and added the German doll head image…


…easy peasy!


The words from Bing Crosby’s “Would You Like to Swing on a Star” were going through my head as I worked on my little hybrid creation…


…which led to moonbeams in a jar, of course!


My second lady in the moon was just as fun…


…I added one of those fabulous Tim Holtz tags here…imagine!


…”feeling just heavenly”, she says…


…I think she really is…

Before I leave you, I thought I’d share with you the words to an old song I found on the subject…



I never feel a thing is real
When I'm away from you
Out of your embrace…

The world's a temporary parking place
A bubble for a minute
You smile, the bubble has a rainbow in it

Say, it's only a paper moon
Sailing over a cardboard sea
But it wouldn't be make-believe
If you believed in me.

image {image by Crafty Secrets…a pocket watch piece I made recently…}

Yes, it's only a canvas sky
Hanging over a muslin tree
But it wouldn't be make-believe
If you believed in me.

Without your love
It's a honky-tonk parade
Without your love
It's a melody played in a penny arcade.

It's a Barnum and Bailey world
Just as phoney as it can be
But it wouldn't be make-believe
If you believed in me.

{Lyrics by Billy Rose, Harold Arlen & E.Y. Harburg….It was written originally for an unsuccessful Broadway play called “The Great Magoo”, set in Coney Island.}


See you soon with something new…


{all vintage images found online}