Monday, May 18

me, winston and used dog...

we are basking in sunshine at the moment, in between eight loads of laundry and laying a gravel pathway around the veggie patches i took the opportunity to get some pics done for my Etsy store...
for two years on Etsy i have managed to keep myself out of the frame but alas my need to 'wow the world' with my 'summer apron wraps' has caused me to rethink my styling.
my girls have been most gracious at weekends by giving me a ten minute period of time to set up my little 'patch' in the yard and then 'model' for the camera. (any longer then ten minutes and they double their charge)


i can hear Tyra Banks wise words in my head, "then you do this, then this and little bit of that" but alas i look more like Flat Stanley then america's next top model...
over the past few weekends of 'shoots' i have got a wee bit more happier about standing in front of the camera. i'm not saying i'm any better at it but i am starting to feel like i have a 'style' of picture that works well for what i am selling.
this all accumulated in me being most reckless, and throwing caution to the wind and deciding to 'record' this moment of time in my life for prosperity's sake...


as i stood on my wee stool,
our #2 muttered "oh lord, let's just hope no one drives by"
then our#1 pulled up with her boyfriend who then muttered "your mom is barking mad" (or the american version of barking mad, to which i do not know but surely should learn one day).
next my man questioned the sanity behind needing to stand on a stool for a photo shoot. (after 24 years together does he really need to question anything, anymore?)

for the second photo, i proposed to the camera person we involve a chicken.
said chicken (Fatty) was most co-operative and dealt well with the 'moment' considering she was under intimidating circumstances... just out of the frame was 'used dog' licking her lips...


i am most happy to know that in years to come when my grandchildren are perhaps going through my effects, they will happen upon my little photos and marvel at their granny, who in her youth (ha, ha, ha)
kept chickens,
had a trailer named Gladys in the backyard
an old Ford truck named Winston on the drive
had an alter ego named dottie angel
and tried to convince the world to wear 'summer apron wraps' and 'slips' everyday...

her creative cogs have started turning, causing her little sleep... but it's all good ~ Tif

16 comments:

bigbucketgirl said...

oh wow! love the photos..love the blog layout...and LOVE LOVE LOVE the whole dottieangel thing. seriously..you are a delight to read and gawp at. and used dog is!

what you need next is a book deal for a lovely coffee table dottieangel book. :)

??you coming back over to these shores?? the west here needs you!

bigbucketgirl said...

husband wants to know what you were looking at over the fence!?

Lola Nova said...

You, your wraps and all animals involved are looking fab.

It's getting a bit spooky now 'cause I think we have the same Ford truck. My man named ours Bessie but, I lean more towards a Bruce or Butch.

Enjoy the stunning weather!

dottie angel said...

why dearest bigbucketgirl,
you tell your hubby, i like to think i have got my 'mysterious come hither' look on, (just like Tyra) whilst peering over the fence... thus fooling any passerbys that i am a 'mysterious come hither' sort of lass (just like Tyra)!

lucky knitter said...

Love the vintage vibe of your photos!

Diane said...

The photos are fabulous. You don't look the least bit like "trailer trash" in that last one.

dottie angel said...

oooh, diane that is such a relief!

Francesca said...

i don't know...everything i think of ('bonkers', 'off her rocker' etc) sound terribly english. i wonder what 1's boyfriend did say?

stop taunting me with that yellow teapot. you know how much i covet it.

HappySquirrel said...

The photos are great!, and the aprons, of course!

Michelle said...

oh tif...
you really need to make postcards out of these...really!!!
I too have a spot which happens to be in the front of the cottage in full view of the locals sitting out the front of the pub...yes I know you can almost picture it...
But the lighting is always just right there...
and I stand there like a total idiot with camera held up high and take shots of my crocheted headbands on top of my head...
ah, doesn't get any better does it?

Elizabeth said...

I think your look is great! And if they don't know why you are standing on things, they aren't looking at Flickr enough. :) Love the dottie angel license plate!

Vicki's Bit-o-earth said...

I don't think I've ever commented on your blog... but got to now. Love your blog, your dottie angel profile, and the photos! Tyra, step aside. LOL

Elizabeth said...

saw this on Flickr today and I love it. :) the wee side doily is genius.

kat said...

now nothing in your photos seemed odd to me.
what did get me wondering is how your man could question anything you do.
mine is the same way, & it confounds me.
it's not like they started off with sane(in which 'sane' means 'dull') women, & one day woke next to crazies (in which 'crazies' means 'perfectly lovelies').
now... if you can get the dog to wear a top hat in the next photo series, my 11yo would be greatly thrilled ;-)

~ Junkyard Jennifer said...

I love it! I've seen some of these photos already but getting caught up, I have to say they're fantastic. Well done!

The whole Dottie Angel persona drew me right in from the start. You've done so well in making a 'brand' for yourself. Your very own unique style and I've said it a million times but I love it all!!

It inspires me always.

Anonymous said...

Hey,
I've just stumbled across your blog whilst googling images of 'duck egg front doors', not sure how it happened but I'm glad it did! I LOVE your writing style - you've put a big ole smile on my face. I'll be sure to come by again!

K x