Sweet Vintage Carousel | A Mixed Media Project

It's finally up, my latest mixed media creation! Last week I shared some work-in-progress pictures (this post) and here is the finished product!

(You can purchase this at my Ginger Peachy Store on Etsy!)

The Idea

About 6 months ago, I shared a sketch on Instagram of a mixed media idea with a carousel. While researching carousel inspiration I ran across so many beautiful pictures of carousels around the world. Some had double or triple decks, others had strange and unique animals, and still others were vintage reproductions. I enjoyed the experience very much, and was frankly inspired to do more than one piece.

These pictures brought back memories of carousels growing up. Like the double-decker carousel in a mall that has since shut down. As a little child, I both loved and feared that one. It seemed unending. Then there was a simple carousel at a amusement park that I rode with my little sister who was just a baby at the time. And the stories could go on.

The Process

I wanted to be very basic with the idea and not include other animals or crazy additions. I originally wanted a cream background but felt that it took away from the polka dot horses, which by the way, are supposed to be Frosted Animal Cookie horses. Did you get that impression? So I chose a lilac color instead.

I fiddle with patterns and colors, and altered some from original thoughts, but there's no surprise there. I rarely have a piece that comes out exactly as I designed it.

The floral paper that makes up the bulk of the carousel I had previously used for my Be My Love Plaque. It's such a beautiful pattern and it just seemed to work so well for this idea, I just had to use it again.

I bought gold foil paper for the center pole and outside poles of the carousel, and free-handed the loopy carousel border, top and bottom. I struggled with this one. I want to reach professional levels with my designs and thus work to create recordable sizing and measurements. When I was first playing around with scrapbooking I would just use what I had on hand, but professionally, I need to be able to reproduce the same design when necessary. And yet, at the same time, I don't want my projects to lose character. Any machine can produce perfect lines and arches. If you want something like that then you can purchase a $10 picture from a cheap store.

So my arches are not perfect, or my lines not entirely straight (though I sincerely try to make them), this just means there's more human involvement here.

Here is the page all put together and the ribbon ready to be trimmed off the frame. In the sketch you can see there are a few differences, like the lace for instance. I really wanted to add lace ribbon to the bottom of the carousel but in the end, the blue cardstock looked better, and the lace ended up on the frame.

The Finished Product

For this project, I left out the glass in the frame. With 3D projects, glass tends to smoosh the design and take away from the carefully constructed feeling of the creation. I don't really know how to explain it any other way. It just fits.

The title plaque probably caused me the most concern. I don't like my handwriting for fancy projects and I am no good at free-handing fancy script. So I borrowed an idea from my Give Thanks Plaque. I found a font I wanted, printed it (backwards) and laid the printed side over my pre-cut plaque. I rubbed the opposite side of the paper like you would a transfer and the ink left a light imprint. I then took my drawing pen and cautiously filled in the lines. Not too bad, if I don't mind saying so myself.

Only by accident did I decide to turn the foil poles on the outside inward. Before I attached the elements, the paper shifted and I realized that this gave the impression of being circular.

Some closeups of the frame detail.

So far I haven't decorated the frames of the projects I've done, which made it handy for me to swap the frames around. But this time, I knew my carousel needed more around it than just a plain white, distressed frame. There was little question in mind as I slapped on a lace bow and little pearl embellishments with Mod Podge.

So how do you like it? My own little touch on old-fashioned carousels! As you can see, I did not withhold the buttons. Choosing orange buttons really make the floral pop, don't you think? I'm thinking of another vintage amusement park idea, maybe revolving around swings...

If you are interested in purchasing this new creation of mine, or something like it, be sure to stop by Ginger Peachy Store on Etsy! And remember, I would love to work on a custom idea for anyone who has something special in mind!

Once again, thanks to my sister for her awesome photography!!

Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle Pillow | New Crochet Design

 "At the table, with an iron in her hand, stood a very stout short person... Her little black nose went sniffle, sniffle, sniffle, and her eyes went twinkle, twinkle; underneath her cap -- where Lucie had yellow curls -- that little person had PRICKLES!"  
-- From Beatrix Potter's story, The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle

Introducing my latest creation, the Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle Pillow!!

The story of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle is probably my favorite. It connects many of the characters of Potter's other stories with the homely hedgehog doing the washing for them all. Her manner is so old British and kind, I almost wish I were Lucie and had the choice to live there always. But the end always gets me as Lucie discovers that Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle is just a hedgehog after all.

(This pattern is now available at Crochet Spot for free! Also, I will have the pillow itself listed on my Etsy shop, Ginger Peachy Store, soon as well!)

After making the Bridgette Bunny Pillow, I knew I wanted to make more. I love how vintage these animal-shaped pillows look. It's like they came out of a Victorian nursery! And you know me, I love vintage, and I love recreating it. If you want to hear a little about the design process, then read on.

Like the bunny pillow, I knew an outline would make my crocheting much easier than trying to freestyle it and hope I get the shape right. I have rarely used diagrams in my work because I have usually not needed one. But this is a case where a diagram of the form was soooo necessary.

I had bought some poster board for reinforcing my scrapbook pictures. But I also found out how useful it was for larger-than-notebook-paper projects. The sketch in the top left corner is my initial idea for the pillow. I kept it on hand to insure I remembered all the elements I wanted to add.

As you can see from this picture, I drew a colorized sketch to get an idea of the color scheme. Here are both panels completed.

I tried to give myself two weeks to start and finish this pattern. I probably didn't really start crocheting though until the middle of the first week, and then I had a few "necessary breather" days where I had crocheted too much and was paying the price, physically. But other than that, I worked pretty faithfully and I'm surprised my shoulders and neck held up as well as they did. But unfortunately, I was still a few days late. I'm so thankful for a patient boss!!

I really underestimated how much I was going to have to put into this piece. Simply completing both panels was only half the work. There was so much extra embellishments I had planned that it took me practically two whole days to complete.

I surface crocheted the ears, the bonnet ruffles, embroidered the nose, pink of the ears, eyes, prickles on back and front of bonnet, crocheted paws and attached them. But it was all fun. I planned on making her shirt plaid but eventually decided against it.

Here are both panels completed and awaiting joining and stuffing. As you can see, I didn't add the 3D bonnet ruffles at this point. Once I was finished with the piece I realized she looked too flat, so I gave her bonnet extended ruffles using surface crochet as the base stitches.

I used contrasting colors to join the panels in order to break up the look. Here I joined part of the piece before pausing to stuff the head. You couldn't imagine how much fluff this pillow can hold! I wanted it to be well stuffed, and I didn't spare the horses, so it took me a little while before I was satisfied.

And there she is, all completed and lovely!

She really turned out a little taller than I had planned. I guess I am still learning. I am glad the prickles on the cap turned out as well as they did. I really love that part of the story, where Lucie sees them but thinks they are hairpins. I just couldn't leave that out.

In my sketch, I gave her neck a bit of a slope. But as we all know, crocheting takes curves and makes them geometric angles and beautiful sketches become pixels, to some degree. There was need of a break between her head and bodice. I loved how the floral ribbon worked so well for the bunny but in the design stage of this pattern, I was afraid something like that just wouldn't work out. However, I was so glad I had this lacy ribbon. I have used it a number of times actually, and it just worked beautifully for her bonnet tie. The perfect thing to break up the continuity of the body and add an extra special vintage touch.

And I am pleased to say, that is the conclusion of my most recent creation. Rachel, the owner of Crochet Spot, will have the pattern up within the next few weeks, I expect. (Update: get the pattern for free here!) I will link to the page from this post when she does.

Also, If you would like your very own Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, I will have her available in my Etsy shop really soon! Don't forget that I do custom work as well. Feel free to contact me with any ideas you might have.

So what do you think? Do you like my animal-shaped pillows? What can you imagine me doing next?

Stick around for some mixed media art soon to come, and hopefully before too long, I will have a Ginger Peachy pattern for you as well!

Nothing But WIPs

I feel like 50% of the posts I write are excuses for why I wasn't able to write about what I had planned. This is the second time in the last few weeks that I have been unable to prepare a project for my Friday craft post. Of course, I always have good excuses, but I've come to realize, yet once again, that it is time for some schedule readjustments.

But at least I can share some work in progress photos to show that I have indeed been busy. One of my worst mistakes is underestimating how much time a project is going to take. I never can give myself enough time to meet a deadline. On the other hand, if I knew that I could work hours a day at it maybe I would be able to. But as I have said time and again, my neck and shoulders won't allow too many consecutive days of crocheting.

I have been working steadily all week but yesterday I woke up in pain and decided that it was time to give myself a day off from crocheting. So instead I worked on my mixed media piece.

I've done some more since but you'll have to wait until I have finished for better pictures. I have so many mixed media ideas only I take forever creating them. Plus, I always end up creating ideas that I have to buy specific material for.

Among the crochet projects this is the one that has kept me busy the last week or so.

The top picture was working out the basic design. I'll talk more on that in a later post. The second picture is what I have finished today. I did a whole panel today!! But then my eyes said, "Enough!!" I have so much more to do: eyes, nose, and ear embroidery, arms, shirt plaid, skirt stripes, and et cetera. I just pray that I don't pay for my long hours of work today tomorrow and can't finish. We'll see. Maybe next week I'll get back on blogging track.

Gold Spattered Robin's Eggs for Easter

Happy Easter all!!

Easter means buying new dress clothes for church, preparing a dish to take to the family get-together, hearing the incredible account of Jesus' resurrection, giving chocolate bunnies, and of course, dyeing and hunting eggs. We were never overly celebratory of Easter, for no reason in particular, but we did have a few traditions, mostly revolving around the customary family get-together. I can probably count on one hand the times we as children had a chance to dye eggs, which is regrettable but not mentally injurious to our childhood growth. We had a great time hunting plastic eggs, and occasionally, others would bring real eggs that had been dyed.

Tradition is so important because it gives a person memories to look back on and look forward to. When they revolve around family it brings relationships closer together and builds a solid foundation into the life of a child. Sadly, when people grow they can often grow apart and traditions fall apart as well. This year we won't be doing the traditional family get-together, but I wanted to do something in celebration all the same.

Last year I posted an article in March about some craft buys that I intended to make into exciting spring projects. Unfortunately, I never got around to painting the paper eggs that were in the batch.

This year I was not going to let the opportunity pass so easily. I had promised my sister and was determined to make good on my promise. So we looked up some wonderful ideas on Pinterest, and oohed and ahhed over the elaborately painted pysanka eggs from Ukraine, pinning way too many. Since there were twelve eggs, and we rarely have a chance to paint these days, I divided the amount in half and we freestyled on the first half, while I planned something special for the last half. Here's our separate designs.

We were planning on going Greek but I ended up painting vines and my brother did one of his ancient patterns on his egg. He creates wooden weaponry and thus has ample opportunity to practice those old celtic, viking, and etc, designs. Once he gets his creations organized I'll have to do a post on them.

For the last half I chose a style similar to the DIY Dyed Robin Eggs from Erica at Honestly Yum. Hers are real eggs that she has dyed with red cabbage (of all things) to get her blue color. It's an amazing idea and an interesting post. I set about separating all the blue and green acrylic paints we had and then started mixing.

I'll be honest, I always want a color we don't have and I always make a complicated mix to get the color I want. I try to be brainy and mentally "measure" how much and what of each I put in but this time, for some reason, I didn't even bother. I just wanted Robin's Egg Blue! So I mixed and mixed until I had what I wanted.

Remnants of my paint mixes.

The last blue egg.

My sister spattering her egg gold.

My other sister, who can't leave the silver paint alone even though we are using gold, thinks she is Victor Von Doom.

We even got Mom to paint an egg! (She doesn't think she's very crafty but we know that's not true). I took a hard bristled brush and watered a batch of gold paint and then spattered our blue and green eggs. Frankly, I think we got more gold spattering on the table and our arms then we did on the eggs. But it was super fun and super easy!

After that I started searching for a way to display the eggs, and wouldn't you know, we went through and decluttered last year and therefore have little in the way of baskets. I was just about to give up when I spotted one Mom uses at Christmas to put books in. Perfect! I took it outside and filled it with dried pine needles.

This morning was photoshoot time and guess what, I had a buddy.

Look closely at the bottom, left corner. See him? I kind of got sidetracked momentarily and made him the star of the show.

Isn't he so cute?!!! I could kiss him!! But I don't think he would appreciate it. I've spent so many days of my younger life chasing and catching toads. But I guess I am once again getting sidetracked. I wrote a post on toads five years ago, read it here.

And that is our Easter creations! Sometimes it is just so good to get crafty. When was the last time you took a moment to craft? You know, it's good for your soul.

Leave me a comment letting me know your thoughts! Next week I will be sharing my next mixed media piece and I can't wait to show you! See you soon!

60's Fashion Highlight | Sally's Hairstyles

It's been a long time since I last did a fashion post. They're so much fun, for me, but I wonder just how interested my readers are with these blasts from the past. So readers, here is your chance to let me know what you think about my vintage fashion reviews.

Meanwhile, today I want to show you a couple of late 60's hairstyles and a makeup example.

Sally Ann Howes played an agent in an episode of Mission: Impossible in 1969 (Se. 4, ep. 5, "Fool's Gold"). I've known her best for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang which she did just before this. I have always loved her voice and acting style and I wish they could have hired her permanently for the show. However, this was the season right after Martin Landau and Barbara Bain left where there were many female guest stars but no one steady until season 5 when they cast Leslie Ann Warren.

In this picture, Sally's hair is full and curly, or big, as the term goes. They have pulled half of it up with hidden pins so that the curls fan out around and down the back. I definitely want to try this on myself one of these days.

By the way, don't you just love her pearl earrings?!

Her makeup is typical of the period -- neutrals with thick eyeliner and false eyelashes. The color of her lipstick is more noticeable, however. Not quite rose but not enough orange for coral. I personally might not choose so pink a color but I think it's a good choice for her.

With the same fullness as before, Sally's hair is now pulled back into a brown hair clip, just like the kinds worn today. As average as this hairstyle may be, the lift and the curls make it above average. This one should be super easy to recreate.

I often talk about trying new styles of hair or makeup, and sometimes I do and just don't share it here. But other times I don't because I don't want to take the time to fool around with things like that during the week. And yet I can't seem to find time to do it on the weekend. Plus, I only wash my hair twice a week, so I'm a little loathe to fill it with a lot of product like hairspray, mousses and gels at other times. I also brush my hair as little as possible to keep down frizz. So you can imagine what might happen if I decided to tease it.

Nonetheless, one of these days I will. By the way, I shared a few pictures of a retro style I did on my sister some time back on Instagram. Go to my page and check it out!

Coming up, I have painted paper eggs and a new mixed media piece to share! We'll see which one makes it on my Friday craft post. Hope to see you then!

My List of 12 Classic Mystery Film Series

It has become a tradition with my family to watch a classic mystery every Saturday morning while eating a larger-than-weekdays-breakfast of scrambled eggs, homemade muffins, coffee, and sometimes baked apples.

Like any normal American family we watch a little too much TV, though we still watch less than most. But what sets us apart from the majority is what we watch: a steady diet of oldies. It's a favorite pastime of mine, answering trivia on old movies. It comes all too easy for me, which means I probably have an unhealthy interest.

Since we have started our classic mystery tradition some years ago (definitely too many to count) we have seen a good many of what old Hollywood has to offer in the way of mysteries and film noirs. I have done one of my favorite things and created a list for you. Here are 12 classic mysteries with my personal opinion. There is so much more that I could add to this list when it comes to mysteries but I want to stick to the shorter ones (almost or a little over an hour long) featuring a specific mystery solving character. I have listed my favorites first, from 1 being my favorite to 12 being my least favorite, but in each category I give them a separate rating when suitable based on four aspects, humor, action, story, and logic.

Here goes!!

My List of 12 Classic Mystery Film Series

1. Charlie Chan (1931 - 1949)
I first heard of Charlie Chan when I saw a boxed set at Costco or Sams many years ago. Since then I have managed to get ahold of 33 out of 44 total Charlie Chan films. These films feature three different actors playing the part of the famous Chinese detective, Warner Oland, Sidney Toler, and Roland Winters. Some of the supporting characters are Chan's sons and daughters, as well as his driver played by Mantan Moreland, always looking to help solve the mystery but often getting into more trouble themselves. The Sidney Toler films would probably have to be my favorites since they seem to have more humorous supporting roles than the other two.

Each mystery is pretty typical of the era, what some may consider simple compared to the elaborate plots of today, but very enjoyable nonetheless. Charlie Chan's manner is patient and full of wise old Chinese sayings. Action in these films is probably about average, I would say, nothing to startle the typical mystery format but satisfying just the same. The humor in these are usually pretty witty, especially when you have Chan's entourage following along.

2. Sherlock Holmes (1939 - 1946)
For years I have watched Basil Rathbone as Sherlock deduct his way through one mind-boggling crime after another. I am personally proud to say that I have found all 14 films. Since I have not read the original works by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, I cannot say how true to character Rathbone's version really is, though my brother, who has read Doyle's works says he is a little more serious, I believe, than originally. This is not to say that he is liked any less in this house. I may have put him second on my list but he is probably first to many others. The mysteries are intriguing and take a mind like Sherlock's to figure them out. However, the pompousness of Nigel Bruce in all his British character is rarely a help to Sherlock, which is, I am told, not according to the book. Granted, there are a few times when he surprises us.

I think if I had to choose a favorite film it would probably be a toss up between The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Voice of Terror. Though I really need to watch them all again before coming to a conclusion.

Action wise, these Sherlock's would most likely rate about the same as the Charlie Chan's, about average with a few unexpected moments of action. The humor is about average as well, just enough but not as much as some I will mention later.

3. Nancy Drew (1938 - 1939)
Bonita Granville as Nancy Drew is superb. Compared to the books, there are a few notable differences, but the four films are so good I can't say a bad word about them. I just don't know why they didn't make more! With the same devious, nose-for-mystery attitude, Granville as Nancy Drew manages to find trouble in every situation and drags her boyfriend, Ted, along whether he likes it or not. To read what else I have written about this famous female sleuth, check out my post, Nancy Drew, Legendary Sleuth.

4. Bulldog Drummond (1935 - 1939)
After discovering one of these played by Ray Milland in a set of old mysteries, I set out to see if there were more. And there were! Going as far back as the early 20's, there are a total of 23 Bulldog Drummond films. We have seen 9, the one I mentioned, 7 with John Howard as Drummond, and a spin-off called Bulldog Jack, which I wouldn't recommend unless you want to laugh at awkward Britishness. There are others with Ron Randall and George Mohr, as well as some earlier ones with Ronald Coleman. Sadly, I can't easily get ahold of any more but I am still on the lookout.

Bulldog Drummond is a former British officer turned detective. In the films he is referred to as 'Captain' and can get confused as a member of the police himself. But as usual (I say in fondness of the stereotypical tendency of movie making) though police often prefer he stay out of it, he has little difficulty in solving the case before the authorities.

I would say my rating on action would have to go up a point with Bulldog Drummond. The original novels consider him quite the "bulldog" in form and action, though the movies still have their restrictions. Humor reaches its peak however upon the entrance of his old wartime friend, Algy, played often by Reginald Denny.

5. Torchy Blane (1937 - 1939)
My mother recorded these and only later did we discover how good they are. Cheers to mom! Out of 9 we have 5, missing the first 3 with Glenda Farrell. Lola Lane plays one film as Torchy but she can't beat Farrell, I'm sorry to say.

Torchy Blane is a hardnosed, newspaper woman with police detective for a boyfriend. The ingredients for many roucous, and devious, stories. Frankly, there are times when, in my opinion, she is too hard. For instance, the time when she and Steve, or Skipper, are about to get married but she lets a story take precendence over their relationship. Of course it always works out in the end. Gahagan, a heavy flatfoot played by Tom Kennedy in all 9 films presents the lumbering comedy while Torchy's constantly getting the upper hand on Steve grants a generous amount of wit.

My favorite film, of those I have seen so far obviously, would probably have to be Torchy Blane in Chinatown. I always like Patrick Knowles so he is a definite plus to this film, but the mystery is a little more intriguing than the rest.

6. Perry Mason (1934 - 1937)
The only one I have seen is The Case of the Curious Bride, but that's enough to sell me on the story. Let me advise you, Warren William is no Raymond Burr. This one has constant witty comedy, with William heading the show and his fellow colleagues -- a reporter, a coroner, and you name it -- add their own quips. I have seen a collection on Amazon of the rest of the early Perry Mason and am itching to get my hands on them. Although I have heard that they didn't measure up to this one. We'll see.

I would put action at about average and humor at the top. A definite must see!

7. Mr. Moto (1937 - 1939)
Peter Lorre as the Japanese detective is a new one for us. We only recently discovered these and I took no time in attempting to acquire the rest. Unfortunately, I have been unable to find the last film to finish off the series but I am not resigned. Having seen Peter Lorre in Arsenic and Old Lace, among other things, as a small and insignificant man, though humorous, his role as Mr. Moto was surprising. With the same measured thinking as his Chinese forerunner Charlie Chan, Moto steps up the stories with his action and disguises. You know the action films where there is no end to the falls the hero takes? Not so in Mr. Moto. He can dish it out and rarely ever has to take it.

8. Mr. Wong (1938 - 1940)
Also a fairly new addition to our mystery repertoire, Mr. Wong has been equally interesting. Seeing Boris Karloff, whom I knew best from his narrative of the Grinch, as a tall Chinese-American with the intellect of an old professor was delightful to say the least. There are 5 films where Mr. Wong is played by Boris Karloff. However, when he died, the creators tried something new with The Phantom of Chinatown by casting Keye Luke, a former Charlie Chan son, as the new detective. It would have been interesting to see where this went since Luke was an amusing character from the Chan's but apparently the public was done with Mr. Wong.

Like the Torchy's, supporting roles played by Grant Withers and Marjorie Reynolds as police captain, Street, and female newshound, Bobbie, add a special touch to the otherwise organized Mr. Wong stories.

While watching these we discovered that the third film, Mr. Wong in Chinatown, was remade 8 years later as a Charlie Chan with Roland Winters called The Chinese Ring. Hardly anything was changed, even the roles of Captain Street and Bobbie. Granted, the characters of Tommy Chan and Birmingham Brown added their typical amusing touch.

9. The Lone Wolf (1939 - 1943)
The Lone Wolf is a bit of change from the detective stories I've mentioned before in that he is a former jewel thief. The police are constantly trying to pin a new rap on him, even though he has been clean for quite a while. Because of his past, however, he is often thrown into compromising situations and must solve the mystery to prove himself innocent.

Warren William plays 9 Lone Wolf films, only 5 of which we have seen, while various other actors play the role making a total of 24 Lone Wolf films. William as the Lone Wolf is kind of like William as Perry Mason, quick with the quips, the girls, and the mysteries. I'd rate it about average in action and story, but give it, like the Perry Mason's, an added point for humor.

10. The Shadow (1937 - 1946)
Our latest discovery is the Shadow films. The first one we watched featured Rod La Rocque as the Shadow and I wasn't impressed. We watched the second with him as well and my opinion hadn't improved. I decided to give the next one a chance however since the Shadow was played by another actor, Kane Richmond. I'm glad I did because Richmond changed up the story generously.

The Shadow is an early day super hero by the name of Lamont Cranston. He's the nephew of the commissioner who (surprise, surprise) aggravates the police captain by his interest in crime solving. Little does the commissioner and police captain know that he is the masked hero that has revealed the answer to many a difficult mystery. Cranston is followed around by his secretary/fiance and his hired man who for a change know all about his secret. I really like the fact that he doesn't have to hide his identity with his fiance like so many other stories would have it. It makes things a little less complicated. Well, in some ways. The interaction between the main characters is full of sly jokes and witty quips as well making these on par with Warren William's portrayals of Perry Mason and the Lone Wolf.

11. Ellery Queen (1935 - 1942)
Queen is a mystery writer who solves crimes with the help of his secretary, Nikki Porter. I was surprised when I first discovered Ralph Bellamy playing the role of detective. In the early films, Bellamy is usually anything but smart. For instance, his role in That Awful Truth with Irene Dunne and Cary Grant was one of a naive cattle rancher. His intellect is a bit sharper as Ellery Queen but honestly, I don't think he could have done it without Margaret Lindsay as Nikki Porter.

These were amusing and I would definitely watch them again, only I feel Bellamy's character was a little harsh at times, and even sometimes reminiscent of his former flightiness. In my opinion, Nikki Porter was the real detective, even if she got herself into a few messes now and then.

On the other hand, the first one we watched was with Donald Cook called The Spanish Cape Mystery and it deserves an entirely different rating. Cook is intelligent as well as patient with the dunder-headed police force, while wasting no time in flirting with the pretty, prime suspect. He is quick-witted and casually smart, a definite good watch.

12. Michael Shayne (1940 - 1946)
I am not sure I should comment on this one yet. I have only seen one Michael Shayne, Dressed to Kill, and although the mystery was compelling and the supporting characters amusing, Shayne himself was hard. I especially didn't like the slur against marriage. He's all set to marry a girl that seems nice, but she ends up running off with someone else for a trivial reason and he claims in the end he's happier single. Kind of demoralizing for the time. There are 12 films in all, with Lloyd Nolan playing as the private detective in 7 of them. I will definitely give the rest a try as soon as I can get my hands on them, but until then, I'm afraid Shayne will remain at the bottom of my long list of classic mysteries.

And that does it. If you read all of that then you have my hearty thanks. If you have watched and are familiar with all that I spoke of, you have my admiration. I know a lot of people don't cherish the old films anymore, which is really sad, and thus I have written a lengthy post on a topic that interests a growing minority. But you know me! I can spend forever talking about old movies and making lists of my favorites.

I'm thinking of doing a list of the best classic TV shows next. What do you think?

Thanks for reading! Please feel free to ask questions and don't hesitate to recommend any I missed!