Tuesday, July 06, 2010

My Hippie days- art, fun and winning something here!


I just completed a quilt (full size) about the 60's and I did a large hippie girl, complete with a burning bra, a guitar and words plus loads of flowers and peace signs. I will show it once it is quilted and embellished-it'll be even better then. I have piles of jewelry with peace signs to sew on and the best beaded earrling to go inside the fabric ones on her ears. My daughter saw it today and put dibs on it. She said it is the coolest thing I have done! haha.
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I did posters to make money in those days and behind me is a poster I did for someone. I made good money doing posters for the fraternity guys that wanted full size posters of girls in bikini's. I also sold oil paintings to my Father's friends but I didn't make as much money doing that.

This is a photo of a photo so it probably isn't very good-Mark and I lived in this little apartment and this was me before I went to work-I remember watching the news about the Manson family....

My brother took this photo of me when I worked at the Bon Marche. I bought those bell bottoms and NO one here wore them yet and everyone thought I was nuts-I loved it

So I have four nice prizes that I will give away before I leave for Wyoming on the 15th. I will choose from people who leave comments in the next 10 days. You could win something cool.

40 comments:

Melinda said...

I love what I have seen of your hippie quilt and can't wait to see the rest of it. I remember the hippie days fondly.

WoolenSails said...

Those pictures of you, are too fun.
I was not a good hippie, my father did not let us wear those types of clothes. I had one pair of cool pants, that my sister bought me, lol.

Debbie

beth said...

You may send something cool...but you're the one who looks cool in those pics!!

Nancy said...

Groovy.

Vicky F said...

Hi Mary Lou
Loved the photos of you! And your hippie quilt (from the little I can see) is way cool. Can't wait to see more. Did you include a VW van with a peace sign in your quilt?
Peace and Love, man.
Vicky F

blop said...

We lived so far in the country that we had no idea what the heck a hippie was...good thing, I surely could have been one!!!!!!
Love your hippie dippie girl!!

Wendy said...

I love to look back at the photos of the "hip" and "hot" back when... when cool was really cool! Love the dos Mary Lou!!

Sandi said...

Great photos Mary Lou,

Did you ever wear hot pants? I did in the early 70's...so long ago but they were fun.

Also had fun in the bell bottoms, hey you could hide your shoes they were so broad.

Love your long hair and glasses!

Artist Within said...

I love your quilt and can hardly wait till it's finished. I also just finished a sixties quilt for our guild challenge, "The sixites, a decade of changes." It was a great challenge.

Artist Within said...

I just love your quilt. I just finished a sixties quilt also for our guild challeng. "The 60's, a Decade of Change". The quilts will fantastic. I can hardly wait till yours is finished.

Pam said...

Remember those hip hugger bell bottoms!! :0)
I had this really cool crochet belt with tassles!!
Great Quilt Mary Lou!! :0)

Kim D. said...

Love the hippy quilt, so adorable!! Those photo's are so fun of you with the 70's fashions back in style, your styling too.

Carol said...

what a fun trip back to the 60s!
I had a plaid pair of bell bottoms just like the ones you're wearing and I liked them so much, I wore them on my honeymoon! LOL!!

The little book of Nessie said...

Your hippie quilt is going to look great Mary Lou! Love your pictures. You look really cool in those clothes! Regards, Nessie

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

I love the photos! The scarf with the matching thingy's around your boots...
;-)
indian jewelry, that pillow your leaning on, so many great details, patterns! You had great images to pull ideas from! Can't wait to see the whole thing! I still love bell bottoms... shhh, don't tell anyone..

Anonymous said...

It is always fun to look at our old pictures. Can not wait to see this new quilt
grandmatomato@yahoo.com

Sandy K

Anonymous said...

Never been able to exude coolness.
More of a dork.
But a contented one.
Love art, love having fun and who doesn't want to win something? I'm not THAT much of a dork!
And P.S. ~ I'm working on my story quilt in my head yet. It will be the dorkiest, coolest quilt ever! Did I say cool?

Karen in Tucson said...

Love the Hippie photos - Groovy!
I was a newlywed to a military guy. Was a secretary and had strict dress codes on UofAz Camus. No long hair or flowers in my hair but loved it all.

The early 70's were more fun for me with all the hot pants and great outfits as I was again a newlywed to a guy who loved it all. My grandkids can't believe the photos of us!

Can't wait to see the quilt when finished.

West Michigan Quilter said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos. Brought back fond memories of that time. Love your quilt. You are so talented.

Maree in NC :-) said...

LOVE the way cool pictures, Mary Lou! Those days don't seem that far away and I really do thank you for taking me back for a visit! Can't wait to see the finished hippie quilt!

All you need is love! :~D

Heather said...

Far out baby!

Catherine said...

Those were the days, big earings, false eyelashes, bellbottom hip huggers and leather. I had it all! Love your blog.

Very Terry said...

Far out! What a great idea!
:o)

Anonymous said...

Have to show the photos of your hippie quilt to my daughter. She used to say she wished she could have been one. Can't wait to see the finished quilt in person. Maybe next summer at your retreat.

Fran Fairchild

quiltyascharged said...

Oh my, your photos brought back memories. Pink satin paisley patterned hot pants. Oh I thought I was so cool!!! Bell bottoms, oh yeah!!
Liz
PS I love your quilts, your books, your...
I look forward to going to one of your retreats!!

Karen said...

Those 60's photos cracked me up! What fun to look at them! I have some of those somewhere but would be hard-pressed to pinpoint them! I thought it was cool that you started a bell-bottom trend in your neck of the woods...who knew! I can't wait to see the whole quilt!

Rebecka said...

Mary Lou, you are way cool. Thanks for sharing your photos! I liked your peek at the 60s quilt. I bet it's a fun one when you show us the whole quilt! Sounds like you have a lot to do, don't work to hard. :)

Dede said...

I love your eye shadow Mary Lou! I had a pair of bell bottoms that were yellow with brown circles, I wore them til they completely wore out.
Thanks for the Hippie Memories!
Dede

Cecile said...

So, about those "hip-hugger","bell-bottom", PLAID, pants...was that a "body-suit" you were wearing, you know, the kind with snaps in the crotch that were a real pain most of the time? I had a bright yellow/gold body-suit that looked pretty good "in those days" along with my long straight hair. Hey, I was a CALIFORNIA GIRL after all.

Rhondi said...

Hi Mary Lou
I love the photos of you when you were young. Long hair, bell bottoms, big glasses...those were the days. Glad they're long gone :)

Mary Lou Weidman said...

Glad they are gone? Oh not me, I thought this was such an interesting time and full of our country's history and art at a peak of newness and clothing was fun and discovery everywhere-I guess today is kind of like that but I am not as young and my clothes aren't nearly as exciting...

Em said...

You are my hero!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for starting my day with a giggle and inspiration, Happy MOnday, Em

maeve315@msn.com said...

Oh my gosh, I cannot wait to see your 60's quilt!!!! I KNOW it will be wild and colorful! I used to sew my clothes "way back when" and I had the best fitting pair of flair leg pants done in white with huge orange and yellow flowers all over them! Loved 'em! I was a "mother earth" type way back then. I still love flowing clothing, beads, sandals, and of course, mother nature!

Anonymous said...

Mary Lou your blog never dissapoints me, it is a delight.Look forward to your recipes too. Lynnot1@msn.com

Quilting Diva said...

I don't know Mary Lou, you looked like one foxy-chick! I'm sure that many of us could find a dated photo to display on our facebook page, too. Don't you wish you still had those vintage pants? Not that they would fit...Why is it that clothes shrink in the closet? My shoes do, too!

Anonymous said...

I sure do remember those days. Yea, if you were a little different then they did think you were nuts!
Debbi

Michele Bilyeu said...

Dang,you were one red hot hoochy mama! Hope the contest is still open as its only the 14th. I'm up in Alaska caretaking my mom with Alzheimer's and it's almost catching...but I did remember to find your blog and get caught up and inspired by all of your fun. Now,I get a hippy flashback too!!!

Spangle said...

Cute Hippie Pics!

Spangle said...

Cute hippie pics!

Jana said...

I wasn't a hippie but I sure do remember the eye shadow! White was all the rage and then I switched to purple. Oh those were the days! Was fun to meet you at Quilt Wyoming! Had a great time in your Flower Power class!