Saturday, January 29, 2011

Holiday Roundup (Valentine's Day, Easter, Christmas)

Big Valentine Heart Cookies
by Whipped Bakeshop

Valentine's Day

History Of Valentine’s Day @ Today I Found Out

Terrific Valentine Ephemera Clip Art @ Pugly Pixel

8 million hearts and "It's Magic!" valentines @ A Vintage Cottage Home

Tatertots and Jello has instructions for making a Bow and Arrow Valentine Wreath plus Valentine's Pillows!

{Valentine Inspiration} Cookie Cartons @ Whipperberry

Learn how to make Heart Cake Balls/Pops @ Tip Junkie

Umm, Organized Christmas has Cupid Poop: Valentines Day Gag Gift

Mutant Cupid's papercraft @ castleforte

Victorian Beehive Cobweb Card tutorial @ Marissa Louise via Craft

Vintage Romance Commic blog Sequential Crush shares an "Are You Ready for Marriage?" Quiz from 1970 and the story "Made for Each Other!" from Heart Throbs February/March 1971


Sweet Bunny Softies To Make Pattern Roundup and 300+ Easter Crafts, Printables & Sweet Treats @ Tipnut's new Easter Goodies site


bongobells re-shares a rare/out of print Christmas album from Hawaii - 2001's A Father-Daughter Christmas by Stardancer

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Holiday Roundup (Chinese New Year, Valentine's Day, Easter, Christmas)

Chinese New Year / Year 4708 / Year of the Rabbit

Chinese New Year info from Wikipedia

Chinese New Years @ Kaboose

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Family Events in New York City @ Mommy Poppins

San Francisco's Chine New Year's Festival & Parade

Valentine's Day

Vintage Valentine's Day Clip Art - Stunning Woman @ The Graphics Fairy

From Grathio Labs (via Craft) comes a rather unique free printable: Patent Illustration Valentines

Download you free PaperToy Monsters Cupid Papercraft

Pugly Pixel has news of a soon to be available free Valentine's Day blogger background from Powered By Pastries


Our first Easter Bunny link - Easter Bunny Art by Peter Gray

Giggle at The Daily What's Easter Prank of the Day

Mental Floss lists their 16 Favorite Rabbits with our friend the Easter Bunnny coming in a disappointing 12th


and everthing else too has a neat vintage kid's cookbooklet from Betty Crocker that features a number of delightfully illustrated recipes with holiday themes including Sugar Plum Dreams, Silver Bells, Flaming Monce Pies, Tiny Tims and Mr. Pickwicks.

Here's a roundup of all of The Second Disc's terrific Christmas music related posts from 2010

Monday, January 24, 2011

Holiday Round-up (Burns Night, Valentine's Day, Christmas)

Burns Night

Good to Know offers some great Burns Night recipes

The Daily Mail Online reports: Scots unveil their healthy haggis in a bid to persuade U.S. to end 40-year ban

Valentine's Day

The Graphics Fairy and Pugly Pixel teamed up to offer a nifty collection of floral ephemera that's just perfect for Valentine's. Plus check out The Graphics Fairy's Antique Valentines - Bunnies, Birds and Butterflies

Zakka Life shows you how to make Origami Heart Lollipop Valentines plus a Valentine Heart Pouches Upcycle

Make your own Pretty Valentines Heart Hanger from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

Squid Love – The Tentacle hugs valentine day card printable @ Dabbled

second story window has some cute Freebie Printable Valentines plus a free matching game for kids - Heart to Heart

A Vintage Cottage Home has a lovely Blue Valentine

Four Realities shares a Sugar and Spike Valentine's from 1960

Whipperberry has free printable Valentine Bottle Labels

homework shares an easy way to Valentine-ize a candle

Valentine's Tea Bag Printable @ Tatertots and Jello

Try The Idea Room's X's and O's S'mores--Williams and Sonoma Knock-Off


Lee at MY(P)WHAE has tracked down and recorded the original version of Jingle Bells from an 1872 collection of sheet music - The One Horse Open Sleigh (James Pierpont)

Stubby (from his House of Christmas) has news of soul legend Percy Sledge's plans to brighten our holidays this year.

And on an only slightly Christmas related note (because Elves are Christmas related, right?) Cartoons of 1935 has screen caps from The Shoemaker and the Elves

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Burns Night Roundup

Burns Night

Find out all about the poet Robert Burns and the traditions of Burns Supper/Burns Night (wikipedia)'s Burns Night Information Page

The Blagger's Guide To...Burns Night @ The Independent

25 things you may not know about Rabbie Burns @ Caledonian Mercury

A bonnie Burns Night in Scotland @ Mail Online

Cocktails for Burns night @ the yorker

iVillage offer tips on Organising a Burns Supper

The Guardian's Lucy Sweet finds Burns Night Supper still perplexing after 15 years plus how to make Haggis from scratch

Suite 101 asks 'Will Americans Taste Authentic Haggis For Burns Night This Year?"

Guardian Books podcast: Remembering Robert Burns and WG Sebald

Robert Burns' Complete Works Released On I-Phone App @ Edinburgh Guide

Video of the Day - MST3K - Favorite Moments - Jack Frost

Video of the Day - MST3K - Favorite Moments - Jack Frost

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Todays, almost entirely Valentine's, Holiday round-up

Ideal Veggie Heart


Stubby's House of Christmas remembers the legendary Don Kirshner

Valentine's Day

Fabric Valentine hearts garland @ How About Orange

Check out Tip junkie's new Valentine's Day Blog

A Vintage Cottage Home offers a trio of lovely vintage cards - Give Me Thine Heart!, Happy Hearts and a super cute Kitten Valentine

Vintage Valentine's Day Clip Art - Darling Clown Girl @ The Graphics Fairy

Crochet Love Hearts @ Planet June

Under the Table and Dreaming's put together a nice roundup of Valentine's Day Ideas and Inspiration

Check out Simply Savings' list of Valentine's Ideas That Don't Cost A Lot

tatertots & jello's found loads of terrific Valentine's Day Ideas and Printables plus Mod Podged Valentine Subway Art and a Hanging Fabric Yo-Yo Valentine

Get your free Valentine's Day Papertoy Monster

Sunday, January 16, 2011

A Visit from the Background Fairy

Now that I'm keeping SWO open year-round I figured I should change up the decor around here to match, if only vaguely, the season at hand. A week or two ago I did just that. I spent an inordinate amount of time sampling various blogger supplied templates and backgrounds before settling on one I supposed had a fairly soft, romantic, Valentine-sey feel to it. However, when I showed it to my wife and daughter they informed me it looked like a Victoria's Secret shopping bag. They found this ever so amusing and I became determined to make a change.

Today I remembered that my favorite vintage clip art blog - The Graphics Fairy - had a companion site offering lovely vintage inspired blog backgrounds - The Background Fairy. And that's where I found our current background

So, many thanks to The Background Fairy!

The Background Fairy

Friday, January 14, 2011

Catching Up With Christmas Quickie

Click the image above to preview the pix I shared over at Santas Working Overtime's tumblog back in Nov. Then click here to visit the November archives or click here to go to the home page. I'll be updating with new pix, of my own and found around the web, a few times a month until the holidays roll around again.

How-To: Make Glögg @ Craft

Last Chance To Download Indie Folker's Free Christmas EP!

Blimey, It's Another Blog About Comics on Dodgem Logic's Christmas issue.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Today's Holiday Link Roundup

Christmas & Chanukah

Christmas TV Burnout! @ Check the Cool Wax

Stubby's House of Christmas remembers two more singers with holiday connections who have sadly left us recently - Margaret Whiting and Debbie Friedman

Some holiday pulp fiction from Evan Lewis: "Skyler Hobbs and the Yuletide Terror" @ Do Some Damage

Lionheart sings medieval music for the season @ WGBH's Classical Performance Pod


Spider-Man, "The Trouble With Snow" @ Me and You and a Blog Named Boo

Snow Quilts @ Pleasant Home

Valentine's Day

DIY "Be Mine" Valentine Decoration and Heart Hair Clips @ the idea room

Make Valentine's Day Ruffle Balls @ Tatertots & Jello

eighteen25 is sharing a neat Framable Valentine's Print

Make a surprisingly cheap Heart Wall Lamp @ paper, plate and plane

Check out eclectic salvage's Vintage Valentine Museum

The Graphics Fairy has "Love's Young Dream", a vintage Romantic image of a Man & Woman.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Holiday Update (Martin Luther King, Winter, Valentine's)

Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday

Learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr. @ Wikipedia

The Meaning of The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday @ The King Center

Life has a large selection of photo collections featuring Martin Luther King Jr, and Coretta Scott King

Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story Comic (1957) @ Ethan Persoff

"What The World Needs Now/Abraham, Martin And John" : Tom Clay @ Stubby's House of Christmas

Things to Do on Martin Luther King Jr Day 2011 with Kids in New York City @ Mommy Poppins


The First Snow @ Cartoons of 1935

Handmade Kid Monster Snowshoes @ Craft

"Winters Eve" and "Snow" @ Vintage Kid's Books My Kid Loves

Valentine's Day

How-to get organized for February @ Tip Junkie

Valentine's Day Sweets @ delish

The Graphics Fairy has a vintage Cherub Riding Giant Heart clip art and a vintage image of an Anatomy Heart

A Vintage Cottage Home has a pair of vintage Valentines Day cards

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Catching Up With Christmas Part 4

Cloud 109 posted a bunch of nifty vintage Christmas comics and stories...

Blimey! It's Another Blog About Comics shared a number of rare bits out of various vintage UK mags

More wintry comic frolics at and everything else

Lots of cool vintage Christmas Cards

and Golden Age Comic Book Stories gifted us with...

Loads of irreverent Christmas Comic Cover goodness @ Ty Templeton's Art Land

Christmas Sounds: Super Christmas Men by James Kochalka @ American Elf

Winter Comics Fun! The Mighty Isis in "Avalanche!!"

Here's a wee winter's tale from The Mighty Isis #4. Written by Steve Skeates (Spectre, Aquaman, Namor) with art by Mike Vosburg (Tales From the Crypt) and Bob Smith (Archie, Captain Atom, Super Friends).

The Mighty Isis #4 -  Avalanche 1 The Mighty Isis #4 -  Avalanche 2 The Mighty Isis #4 -  Avalanche 3 The Mighty Isis #4 -  Avalanche 4 The Mighty Isis #4 -  Avalanche 5

Video of the Day - Man in a Blizzard (Idiot with a Tripod)

Video of the Day - Man in a Blizzard (Idiot with a Tripod)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Our First Valentine's Day Post!

Valentine's Day Links


The Lives of the Saints : St. Valentine @ Catholic-Saints

Valentine's Day @

Find Valentine's Day related articles and podcasts @ NPR

Naturally, Wikipedia has an extensive entry on Valentine's Day

Food, Cards and Crafts

Martha Stewart has 53 Valentine's Day recipes plus her usual assortment of crafts and other "good things"

Craft the perfect romantic Valentine's repast with the help of Food Network

Valentine's Day Food @ Bon Appetite

Check out the food, craft and decorating tips @ Better Homes and Gardens Valentine's Day section

Valentine's Day crafts, recipes, e-cards and more @ Kaboose

Disney's Family Fun Magazine offers a wide selection of Valentines Day cards and crafts

Valentine's Day @

Lots of Valentine's Day menus and recipes @ Epicurious

Crayola offers a selection of printable Valentine's Day coloring pages

Hershey's have got Valentine's Day recipes, crafts, and fun facts

Vintage Valentine's goodies from The Graphics Fairy...

White Chocolate Candy Cane Heart Pops @ Craft

Craftside has a free gun-toting cupid clip art image

Song of the Day - PLASTICZOOMS - "Pink Snow"

Song of the Day - PLASTICZOOMS - "Pink Snow"

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Early January Update

Even though the holiday season has pretty much wound down I won't be putting this blog on hiatus. I'm planning on a few posts a month, at least until Christmas in July, sharing links I may have overlooked during the holidays and keeping track of all the latest Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Years related  stuff I find. I have a few neat things planned for the upcoming year but I have to figure out a way to work on Santas Working Overtime year round without getting burned out on Christmas. Stay tuned...

Catching Up...

Stubby remembers the late Gerry Rafferty

Griffin-McClelland-"On Christmas Day in the Morning" (winter, 2010) @ McClelland Music

Winter Comic Bool Covers @ Yet Another Comic Blog

Holiday themed pix and music all year long at