Category Archives: kitsch

Chia Obama = Blooming Patriotism

chia squirrel

I hate to spoil it for all you folks on my Christmas list, but I can’t wait to share what I’m getting everyone for Christmas. I have considered in the past making a pact with myself to purchase every single Christmas gift at convenience stores. I’m not doing that this year, maybe next year (I can see you squirming with excitement already).

However, I have found the perfect gift for every single person on my list. From plant lovers to patriots, I’ve got you covered.

It’s the Obama Chia Pet from the Proud to be American Chia series.

Or maybe you’d rather have the Statue of Liberty Chia with the “ever-glowing flame.”

Feeling a bit more revolutionary, there’s the George Washington Chia.

There’s also an Abraham Lincoln Chia edition, but I can’t understand why they didn’t manufacture it where Lincoln’s beard will also grow green plants. Only his hair grows. Shouldn’t Abe be wearing a stovepipe hat to cover his hair, leaving his chin as the best spot for luxurious growing greenery?

Flash Mob – North Dakota Square Dance Style

Well, I guess I can officially type that I’ve seen it all now.

A geriatric North Dakota square dance group is using flash mob moves that they saw on Oprah (Thanks O!).

I’m not sure I’ll ever hear this Black Eyed Peas tune again without thinking of this AARP rug-cutting crew.

Personally the dancer in the red skirt is captivating for some reason, but once the gang on the outside of the circle gets in motion, that’s where I tended to focus my attention.

Conway Twitty Tribute Pistol

Conway Twitty Tribute Pistol

Conway Twitty Tribute Pistol

Bang, bang!

If I were to start collecting firearms, wouldn’t it be something to whip out this beauty – the Conway Twitty Tribute Pistol – for a movie-style shoot-em-up.

America Remembers (which is offering this limited edition Colt .45) ran half page ads in several newspapers across Tennessee last week. That’s how I knew the man with the voice behind “Hello Darlin‘” was being honored in “sparkling 24-karat gold artwork with blackened patinaed highlights”.

With five different portraits etched into the gun, every stage of Conway is there to gaze upon. The side above shows Twitty “at the peak of his career” and with a guitar slipped over his shoulder while wearing his U.S. Army uniform.

The other side (above) shows off a trio of portraits. I can honestly say my favorite is the one on the left which, according to the ad, “shows the singer in a relaxed pose strolling the grounds of his beloved Twitty City.” If you look very closely, you can tell Conway apparently liked to walk around his personal amusement park in a hoody sweatshirt. It really made his Nashfro hairdo look even bigger.

In addition, the pistol features Twitty’s not-quite-as-distinctive-as-Elvis’-TCB logo CT there by the hammer.

Why they didn’t use a “Saturday Night Special” type of weapon (which Conway immortalized in a song about a pawn shop robbery) instead of the Colt .45 model, I’ll never understand.

If you’re interested, get ready to shell outĀ  $1,995.

You read that right, nearly two thousand smackeroos. There is a display case you can also purchase for $149.

Hurry, they’ve only made 300 of these collectible sidearms.

Now I’ve got to get my carry permit, because these are just too swanky to keep locked up at home. I think one would be perfect to carry into a bar or state park in Tennessee.

Cheesy Poof Velvet Elvis

How many times have you heard the phrase “Don’t play with your food” blasted out into the atmosphere when dining in such luxurious eating establishments as McDonalds and Taco Bell?

If those unruly kids can create art with their fries and guacamole, I say let them play … that is as long as I’m seated far away from them.

Here’s some food art to tempt your palate and your creative eye …

A rendering of Elvis made from cheesy poofs and velvet.

For more from the Picasso of the french-fried potato, check out EclecticAsylumArt.

He paints with everything from chocolate sauce to mascara to ketchup and plastic army men.

Amazing stuff.

Feel Good Friday – Winter Wonderland

Last week I opted not to use a Christmas song for Feel Good Friday.

With this being the final Friday before the big event, I’ve chosen my Christmas Feel Good Friday tune – with a twist of course.

It’s the Del Rubio TripletsĀ  doing their version of Winter Wonderland with a bonus dash of Pee Wee Herman and Cowboy Curtis.

An early Merry Christmas to all of you!

The Perfect Fruitcake

In my local grocer, there’s been a display of fruitcakes available for purchase since late October.

Mmm hhhmmm, but not mmmm mmm good.

I believe the purveyor of all good taste, Archie McPhee, has the perfect fruitcake available to consumers – the inflatable fruitcake.


Recycle it year after year and enjoy.

Cheap Souvenirs and Vacation Photos

I think lots of people have little quirky things they do to create moments and mementos when they’re on vacation.

Check out Michael Hughes vacation snaps from around the globe. He buys the cheapest souvenir he can find that represents the local landmark, landscape or statue. Then he holds up the souvenir to match the view of the horizon.

He’s been everywhere from San Francisco to Egypt snapping his fun pics. To read about his technique, how it began, the man attached to the hand and to see lots more pics, read his story at the London Daily Mail.

His pics remind me of the photographer who recreates famous photos with Legos characters.