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Michael Ely

Michael Ely

http://www.michaelandspider.com
I have been living with my partner, Spider, for over 40 years. We were part of the first wave of young gay couples living together openly shortly after Stonewall. We are originally from Los Angeles, but we have been living here in Tucson for the past 17 years.

We are both musicians. Back in the day, we performed together in alternative rock bands, whereas today we record soundscape CDs (mixing different music genres ranging from rock to ambient to world to jazz to film score) which we release independently (in other words, we have no label support).

We live in a pueblo style track house and our inside decor is an eclectic mix of cowboy and Indian, Hindu, nautical, Alice in Wonderland and, of course, lots and lots of kitsch!

I am so happy to have discovered this great site, a place where I can share my love of kitsch with others, a site created by the wonderful, talented and charming Allee Willis.

Submissions

 

Tura Satana’s Mink Coat

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Hicksville Trailer Palace

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Color and Picture Vinyl

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Crocheted Beards

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Allee Willis Light Switch Plate

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Kitsch Michael Ely has commented on.
Comments

These are all of comments I've made about all the beautiful Kitsch in the Kitschenette Wing of the AWMoK:


 

Something For The Birds

  1. Michael Ely says:

    Thank you so much, Allee, for your kind regards.

    For anyone interested, I have been writing a blog about what my partner and I are going thru as he battles cancer. I'm not the best writer, but I am totally open and honest about our lives. Maybe it will help others in some way....

    http://my-life-on-parade.tumblr.com/

  2. Michael Ely says:

    Hey Jeff. Just tried to email you, but don't think my email went thru. Please write to me at spiderandmichael@q.com and we'll go from there.

  3. Michael Ely says:

    That boxcar birdhouse is my personal favorite. Believe it or not, it was inspired by a dream I had and we had so much fun designing and building it. Of course, we would be more than happy to help in any way we can. We'll take photos from each side and send you the dimensions.

    Note to Allee - We haven't given up on finishing our Allee birdhouse. We have all the pieces cut and now we need to put them together and paint it. Unfortunately my partner is now battling liver cancer and we've been up to our ears in doctor appointments and bills and paperwork and just haven't been in the right frame of mind to be creative, but we will finish it!

  4. Michael Ely says:

    First of all, thank you sooo much for the Camembert award. Spider was the first to see our email this afternoon and he said - "Oh my god, you won the special cheese award!"

    It will be an honor and fun to build the Allee birdhouse. We only build birdhouses in the Spring (when the air is warm and we can have the garage door open while we work), so it is a few months away form realization. In the meantime, we are discussing various ideas, such as the sunglasses will be three-dimensional cutouts (not just painted on) and we'll need to fashion a hanging bobble earring.

    We have built many, many birdhouses for friends and family over the years (we built our first one back in the late 80's), and several simple ones for the birds outdoors, but most of the birdhouses we build are designed strickly for indoor display (as the harsh AZ sun would destroy their character).

    What I forgot to show was that each of our birdhouses is branded on the bottom. Rather then sign them, we brand them using a hot M & S branding iron (that was specially made for us).

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1950′s Pilsner Glasses

  1. Michael Ely says:

    I would say that a set of 8 of these glasses in excellent condition would be worth around $35, so not worth a lot of money, but they are beautiful to enjoy.

  2. Michael Ely says:

    You are right, Allee, in that pilsner is a type of beer, and this shape of glass takes it name from the beer. From Wikipedia: A pilsner glass is used for many types of light beers, including pale lager or pilsner. Pilsner glasses are generally smaller than a pint glass, usually in 250 ml or 330 ml sizes. They are tall, slender and tapered. The slender glass will reveal the colour, and carbonation of the beer, and the broad top will help maintain a beer head.

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Apache Land Cafe plate

  1. Michael Ely says:

    First of all, hi to Allee. Sorry I haven't posted for over a year, but things have been rocky. Still, I check in from time to time to see how things are going. Also, still haven't finished our Allee birdhouse, but it's almost complete and will share soon. Love ya, Allee! You're the best and coolest.

    As to the plate, it is indeed rare and the value (depending on condition) runs from $65 to $125.

  2. Michael Ely says:

    Melmac would be grand, but this is heavy china (made by Wallace China, same company that produced Western cowboy china for restaurants).

    Don't know for sure, but someone once told me that the inside of the Apache Cafe featured large Indian design mosaics made from glass and stone and beads.

    For more AZ Native American themed motif, check out this totally kitsch motel - http://www.galerie-kokopelli.com/wigwam/

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Tura Satana’s Mink Coat

  1. Michael Ely says:

    Thank you, Allee, for the Camembert award. Gosh, I wish I could have been around for the Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls reunion party at Willis Wonderland. I'll bet that was a hoot!

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Stangl Thistle Dinnerware

  1. Michael Ely says:

    Hey Loal. Sounds like you have a great collection. I just love the thistle pattern as I love thistle plants (which grow here in parts of the desert). For the record, I did finally get my kidney shaped platter! Next on my list is the skillet. I would love to have one. Those Christmas plates sound awesome. Don't think I've ever seen one. You should share on here if you haven't already.

  2. Michael Ely says:

    Thank you, Nessa. :)

  3. Michael Ely says:

    Well, my birthday is next week, so maybe someone is going to surprise me with the kidney-shaped platter, but, alas, I don't think so. The link you posted just goes to show that the platter is hard to get. Ya know what they say, patience is rewarded. One day I'll get that platter! Part of the fun in collecting is searching for that elusive piece, right?

  4. Michael Ely says:

    Thanks Rusty. I love Mexicana pieces too. It especially goes great with Fiesta.

  5. Michael Ely says:

    Glad you like this set, Allee. Pretty much all of the pieces including the plates are solid brown clay underneath (or along the rim in the case of the teacups) with the exception of the salt and pepper. Both the teapot and coffeepot are brown inside. I have more pieces (not all shown in photos), but the one piece I don't have and really want is the kidney-shaped serving platter! You can usually find this piece in other Stangl patterns on ebay, but never the thistle pattern! If anyone spots it, please let me know!!!!

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Kitsch Michael Ely is Jealous Of.
Jealous

This is Kitsch that I'm jealous of in the Kitschenette Wing of the AWMoK:



 

Conch Shell House

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Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – All Aboard THE WIENERMOBILE!!! – Part 1

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The Weber collection

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Asian Lady With Bee-Hive – 2010 (a painting by Denny)

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Vintage speakers from theater…

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