Family Life & Love

Posts which have a strong family slant along with relationship musings and some philosophical thoughts.

Aug 292017
 
Vintage Sewing Pattern & 1950s 1960s Montage Dance Choreography

Vintage Sewing Pattern Plus Montage Dance & More For many years my family and I have participated in Vaudeville at the Baker,  an old-fashioned variety show. This year’s theme was Rat Pack Vegas a la 1950s style. We were involved in three acts as well as my hubby playing Frank Sinatra and myself as a cigar/cigarette girl. […more…]

Hot Rods and Hatters Car Show and Me

 Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 at 8:28 PM
Feb 102017
 
Hot Rods and Hatters Car Show and Me

Shumard Oak, Maple, and Pecan trees stood naked against the southern winter backdrop. In contrast, the eternally green Live Oaks looked as if they were wearing party dresses to a wake. The sky hung heavy in shades of fresh erased chalkboard, threatening rain. But for the moment, only a northern wind sent a chill through […more…]

Remembering Mama with 1940s Italian Cooking

 Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 at 9:26 PM
Jan 312017
 
Remembering Mama with 1940s Italian Cooking

Remembering Mama It’s been two years since I lost my mom and I still want to pick up the phone and ask her about a recipe, tell her about the kids, or just whine a titch like a little girl. Which brings me to today’s blog post. My mom could cook, from scratch, and I […more…]

Sep 042016
 
7 Reasons Why the Texas Tiki Round Up is the Place to Be

I’ve been living in Texas for six years, and I had no idea we had something this cool in our backyard. Well, not my backyard, but in a big beautiful backyard in Austin, Texas to be exact. A friend of mine invited me to go to The Texas Tiki Round Up, hosted once a year by […more…]

Recreating Vintage Swing Dance Photography

 Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 at 4:40 PM
Feb 022016
 
Recreating Vintage Swing Dance Photography

Recreating Vintage Swing Dance Photography Here’s a little story about how we recreated vintage swing dance photography, what we learned, and how you can do your own photo shoot. The Impetus and Inspiration As I approached the publication of my vintage swing dance novel: The Girl in the Jitterbug Dress, I needed cover art for my talented […more…]

Swing Dancing and Drinking in Dublin

 Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 at 5:22 PM
Jan 062016
 
Swing Dancing and Drinking in Dublin

Swing Dancing and Drinking in Dublin by Tam Francis The Lesson The night was cool, but the bar was hot. The windows steamed . Droplet rivers created spidery patterns on our side of the windows. We’d abandoned the rental car in lieu of a taxi. Driving on the wrong side of the road and the […more…]

Dec 152015
 
All Time Favorite Vintage Christmas Movies You'll Love

All Time Favorite Vintage Christmas Movies You’ll Love by Tam Francis It’s that time of year when we dust off the old DVDs or even VHS tapes. Oh yes, we still have some of those. Of course many of these movies can be found on the handy-dandy Netflix, but to much sadness, too many haven’t found their […more…]

Top List of Christmas Swing Dance Music

 Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 at 6:11 PM
Nov 302015
 
Top List of Christmas Swing Dance Music

Yule Be Swinging This Top List of Dance Music by Tam Francis No Sentimental Music It’s the holidays and although I love Christmas music, I can do without the sad, make you cry and miss your loved ones Christmas music like The Christmas Shoes. Okay, sure I’ll admit when I first heard this song I had to […more…]