Category Archives: HOLIDAY GREETINGS TO ELVIS

The Ghost of Thanksgiving Past

Elvis Thanksgiving 2014

For some reason, my blog platform won’t let me upload any photos right now, So I can’t do the Thanksgiving message I wanted to.  But I do have pictures in my blog media library from the other years I did do a Thanksgiving post.  So, like the Ghost of Christmas Past, these old shots will energize from the vapors and appear here tonight.

In 2016 I found three turkeys made up to look like Elvis on the internet.

This one does not have many of the iconic Elvis attributes like the sunglasses of jumpsuit.  But the turkey is playing a guitar and has a badge saying Elvis, so I posted it.

 

This guy has the sunglasses, a cape, lots of bling, and a sign saying Elvis.

 

This turkey doesn’t need a sign.  With the hair, sunglasses, jumpsuit arms and legs, and a bunch of rings on his fingers, we know this is supposed to be Turkey Elvis.

Elvis Praying

I did post some serious photos as well. The message under this photo of Elvis praying said:

“I hope Elvis fans everywhere have much to be thankful for.”

 

I used this picture back in 2012, but it didn’t have the little X in the top right corner.  I wonder where that came from.

 

Peanut Butter and Turkey Sandwich

I posted this picture the day after Thanksgiving when everybody had lots of leftovers.  This was one suggestion in a online article. I had hoped to find a peanut butter, banana, and turkey sandwich, but this is the closest I could find.

 

Happy Turkey day

 

Yes, Happy Turkey Day to everyone. Have a great Thanksgiving.

 

Phil Arnold

Original Elvis Blogmeister

An Elvis Birthday Scrapbook

Elvis Happy Birthday

It’s a challenge to come up with a different way to celebrate Elvis’ birthday every year. One thing I haven’t tried is a scrapbook – an album of photos marking the event. So, I gave it a try with the pictures arranged in different categories.

 

Elvis Enjoying His Birthday Cake:

Elvis Cutting Cake with Sam Phillips Easter Weekend 1957

If you recognized Sam Phillips in this shot, you’ve got a good eye. The website where I found it says it was taken in 1957. If anyone has more accurate information on the dates of these photos, please post it on Comments.

Elvis Eating Cake while in the Army 1959

This is obviously an Army shot, taken in the barracks by the look of the cot nearby. I believe this was taken in 1959.

Elvis Cutting Cake at his 27th Birthday 1962

Elvis never performed at the Las Vegas Sahara Hotel, so I’m not sure why he had this cake on his 27th birthday in 1962.

Elvis Birthday Cake During Wild in The Country 1961

Elvis’ 26th birthday in 1961 took place while he was filming Wild In the Country.

Feeding Birthday cake to Priscilla in 1960

The website where I found this says it is Elvis feeding birthday cake to Priscilla in 1960. I don’t know if it was for her birthday or his. Anybody Know?

Elvis Birthday Cake During King Creole 1958

That’s Delores Hart on the left, so it looks like Elvis celebrated his 23rd birthday while filming King Creole in 1958 or his 24th during Loving You in 1957.

 

Elvis With His Birthday Presents:

1958 Elvis Birthday with Priscilla

It looks like Elvis is having a great time opening this big box.

Elvis Receiving Presents at Graceland Gate

This present is smaller, and Elvis is older and snappily dressed.

 

Elvis Cake Designs:

Elvis Presley Sun Record Cake

I’ve seen several round cakes designed to look like a record, but this is particularly well done.

Elvis Presley Love me Tender Cake

It looks like this icing Elvis is about to slide off the cake. I can’t imagined that it was planned to look like this.

Three Tier Elvis Cake

Somebody went all-out to create this three-tier cake with Elvis and a hula dancer on top.

Elvis Presley Guitar Cake

I wonder how many sections of cake had to be held together with icing to give this guitar cake a seamless look. There’s a round cake below it, but the glare makes it impossible to see what it says.

 

Birthday Greetings Creations:

Elvis and Baloons Happy Birthday

Nicely done. Not so busy as most.

Three Elvis Happy Birthday

Triple Elvis. I like it, but one of them should have been a 50s Elvis.

Elvis Cake Cartoon

Enjoy that hunk-a hunk-a birthday cake.

Elvis Birthday with Northern Lights

Nice use of the Northern Lights to frame Elvis’ face.

 

Elvis Presley I Need a Birthday Kiss

I hope you enjoyed our Elvis Birthday Scrapbook.

 

Elvis Presley Birthday Greetings

 

 

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Reindeer on TV Christmas Specials

Santa's Sleigh and full moon

Recently, the beloved Christmas animation Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer took a hit on the Huffington-Post website.

 

HuffPost

Obviously they need to come up with a lot of new content every day, so at times stuff shows up that is really out there.  Like this.

Parable on racism & homaphobia

 

I’m not going to explain how the writer came up with that horrible notion.  It would just make you mad, like it did me.

But in reading it, I started thinking about the reindeer in my BIG E and the SANTA MAN book.  As I’ve told you, I’ve always visualized it as an animated Christmas special on TV.  Something that people watch year after year along with Rudolph, the Grinch, and A Charlie Brown Christmas.

 

Then, I realized that I hadn’t explained much about the reindeer in my storiesI’ve told you about the key elves, the villain and his henchmen, Big E’s jetsled, the magic that comes from the North Pole, the four-man elf band called the ELVI’s, the Ghost of Christmas Future, and Big E’s hound dog Snorty.

But all I’ve told you about the reindeer is that they can talk, just like the reindeer in Rudolph.

Stop calling me names

From now on

 

However, I don’t visualize the reindeer in my books as fuzzy doll-like creatures.  Mine are like this.

Reindeer

These are strong, dedicated and focused guys with heroic scenes in both the original book and Part 2.

 

For example, here is a section from the first book when the villain has shot a tractor beam down from his space station, locked on Santa’s sleigh, and started pulling it up toward the craft.

Once the beam had locked on the sleigh, Santa was horrified.  He had no idea what to do.  In desperation, he yelled to the reindeer, “There’s no way we can break loose from this beam.”

Comet yelled back, “There might be one way, but you won’t like it.”

“What?  Tell me.”  Santa’s state of despair was such that he would listen to anything.

“Well, maybe we should dump the sacks of presents,” Comet said with a look of pain in his eyes.

“Oh, no.  No, we couldn’t do that.”

“Santa, I’m sorry, but I agree with Comet,” said Prancer.  “If we reduce our weight a lot, maybe then our reindeer power will be enough to break us away from the beam.”

“No, I just couldn’t do it.  There wouldn’t be any presents for the boys and girls this Christmas.”

Dasher turned his head and yelled from the front of the team back to Santa, “If Scrooge gets his clutches on you now, there won’t be Christmas any year.  You gotta dump the presents.”

Comet, Prancer and Dasher all had important speaking parts in that short scene.  And that reindeer power mentioned by Prancer turned out to be impressive, indeed.

 

Snorty Sniffing

In BIG E and the SANTA MAN – Part 2, there’s a humorous scene when Big E takes his new hound dog Snorty over to the reindeer barn to meet everybody.

The visit had gone well for about fifteen minutes. Then, as he chatted with Dancer, Big E heard Donner yell, “Hey, cut that out!”

Big E rushed over and asked, “What happened?”

“He was sniffing my butt.”

Laughter erupted in the room, but Donner didn’t join in, a perturbed look frozen on his face.

Big E bent over, grabbed the dog’s collar, and made eye contact.  “No, Snorty, no.  Bad dog,” he said in a deep, serious voice.  Then he looked at Donner.  “I’m so sorry.  That’s kind of a dog thing, you know, but I’ll work on trainin’ him not to do it anymore.”

“You better.  If he ever tries that again, he’ll get a swift kick in the nose and won’t be smelling anything for a while.”

 

Reindeer

In addition, there are two dramatic action scenes with the reindeer in Part 2.  The grand final confrontation is a total team effort with all the key characters contributing, including the reindeer.

 

 

So, that’s it — the final pitch in 2017 for my books.  I’ve tried to make these posts as interesting as possible.  I guess they’re working because the sales through Amazon this year have far surpassed last year’s.  I really appreciate the support from all of you who have purchased the books.

 

Big E and the Santa Man Amazon Page

 

For those of you who haven’t bought a copy (or told a family member to give you one for Christmas), it’s not too late.

Please click here and go to Amazon and get the best in Elvis fiction and the wildest Christmas fantasies ever written.

BIG E and the SANTA MAN

BIG E and the SANTA MAN – Part 2

 

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS

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THANK YOU.  THANKYOUVERYMUCH

 

 

Phil Arnold

Original ElvisBlogmeister

Happy Birthday, Elvis

happy-birthday-blingee

Most years when holidays come up, I search in Google for Photoshopped pictures that incorporate Elvis and the holiday.   There a few talented folks out there who have made dozens of these Elvis images and usually mark them with their name along the bottom.

One of the most prevalent names I came across was Blingee.  For years, I mistakenly thought Blingee was somebody’s handle or pseudomym, but I wondered why the style of the images varied so greatly.  Some were fairly simple, but others were loaded up with glitter, sparks, and stuff that flashed or spun around.  Here is an example that I found last week while looking for Happy New Years Elvis images.

best-wishes-blingee

Let’s see, we have an Elvis photo in front of a clock.  There is a big champagne glass on one side and two smaller ones on the other.  Happy New Year is expressed in text three different ways.  There are those four blinking pink things in the corners and gold confetti hanging down from the top.  Notice the two calendar pages on the right and the blinking musical notes under them.  Look at Elvis’ hair for a few seconds and you will see little blinking stars.  Look at his chin and wait for the pink heart that flashes on and off.

So, I wondered how this Blingee person could do much good work but still make the occasional cluttered mess.  Then, last week I discovered that Blingee is actually an internet website that gives you everything you need to make your own images.  The Happy Birthday, Elvis image above was my first attempt on Blingee.  The cake spins around and the word ELVIS flashed like a neon sign.  Other than that, it’s pretty restrained.

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black-guitar-happy-birthday

To make an Elvis Blingee, you start with your own picture or one from their library (which are called Stamps).  Then you add other Stamps to complete your design.  Believe it or not, there are 15 stamps in the above birthday greeting.  By my count, there are at least ten that blink or move.  Here are a few of these stamps.  The checkerboard backgrounds disappear when you apply them to your design.

bouncing-ballons elvis-script

black-guitar

fireworks

Sorry these are so small.  You can enlarge the sizes after you’ve added them to your Elvis picture.  Of course, you can move them around to any location you want.

Blingee also makes it easy for you to send your completed design as an email or ecard, or to post it on Facebook, etc.

If you’d like to try your hand at creating an original Elvis image, click here to go to Blingee.com.  You can jump right in and figure it out as you go like I did.  But it will save you some time if you click on Need Help? and watch the two how-to videos.

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2979-elvis-stamps

This is pretty incredible.  Blingee has almost 3,000 images of Elvis.  I can’t wait to go through all of them.

search-elvis-stamps

In spite of the abundance of Elvis images available on Blingee, I used a rare photo from my files for my first attempt.  It was taken in 1957 when Elvis sailed on the USS Matsonia to Hawaii.  I’m going to dig into my files and find another cool Elvis picture to use in a another Happy Birthday greeting.

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Happy Birthday Elvis

Yeah, it’s another simple one.  I don’t see the need to clutter it up.  The photo may be one you haven’t seen before, but the message is shared by all Elvis fans.

So, Happy Birthday, Elvis.  We miss you.

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Musings on Elvis–Happy New Years Images

Elvis Characacture Happy New year

When New Year’s Eve gets close, I search for Elvis Happy New Years in Google to see if any new images have been posted since I checked the previous year. This weird one is new and I kind of like it.

 

Elvis - Happy New Year

This is one I posted years ago without accreditation. Today, I thought I’d search for it on Google Images to see where I had found it. The picture came up right away. When I clicked on “Visit Page,” guess what came up? ElvisBlog. So, sorry, but I can’t praise its creator.

 

Elvis and Exploding Champagne Cork

Did you notice the champagne glasses in the previous picture? Champagne is synonymous with New Years, so it shows up in a lot of the Elvis-New Years images. I especially like this one with the cork exploding out of the bottle.

 

Elvis saying Cheers

Although this image contains no text about New Years, it is still found in the Google Images category with the ones shown above. Elvis looks especially cool holding up that glass. Probably making a toast to the folks in the audience at a Vegas concert. Everybody said, “I’ll drink to that,” and created a great memory.

 

Elvis and Bill Black - Happy New Year

How’s this for maximum simplicity? I’m glad Bill Black is in it. He was a party guy, for sure.

 

Elvis - Happy New Year in Blue

This one goes in the other extreme. I like Elvis in the early fringed jumpsuit. The cityscape with fireworks exploding above it is very nice. But, I think the clock is overkill. The picture would look better without it.

 

Elvis - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

This is an image you could post earlier than the others because it includes an ornament-loaded Christmas tree. It would work for over a week.

 

Elvis and crowd - Happy new Year

Staying with young Elvis, this uses a shot of Elvis from behind entertaining a bunch of teens. A bolder font would show the text better.

 

Elvis - Happy Near Year and Welcome 2014

I normally don’t post a greeting from a previous year, and it bugs me you almost can’t read the text at the top of this one. – Happy New Year and Welcome 2014. But it is good for pointing out the Blingee name at the bottom. I’ve seen the name on dozens of Elvis composite pictures, and you probably have, too. This is a still snap of the original which blinks repeatedly. Next week, we’ll look at what I learned about Elvis and Blingee while working on this post.

 

Elvis Arms raised - Happy New Year

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I second the motion. Have a great 2017, everyone.

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Some Elvis Christmas Images You Might Not Have Seen

ELvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe Christmas

There have been dozens of drawings of Elvis and Marilyn Monroe together, but until today I had never seen this one. I found it first on a T-shirt design, then Googled the shirt name “Elvis and Marilyn Christmas,” and up it came. I love it with both of them wearing Santa outfits and Elvis sitting on a car bumper picking and singing to her.

 

'Hello, is that the temp agency?

There are many cartoons based on the similarity of the words Elvis and elves. If anyone objects to me posting this one, I will delete it and add one of the others.

 

Christmas Tree Decorated with Elvis Figurines

How about a Christmas tree completely decorated with Elvis figurines and guitars for ornaments.

 

Elvis in Santa Hat

Elvis looks pretty good in this Santa hat doesn’t he?

 

Elfish Presley

And not too bad in an Elf hat.

 

Elvis and Two babes Around Christmas Tree

Speaking of looking good in a Santa hat. Let the party begin.

 

Elvis Buys his Tree Here Every Year

Clever marketing.

 

The 4th King

Believe it or not, I found a couple of other 4th King cartoons.

 

Priscilla on Staircase at Graceland

We’ve all seen the pictures of the stairs at Graceland decorated with poinsettias at Christmas, but have you ever seen this one with Priscilla sitting on the steps as well?

 

Elvis in White Jumpsuit at Christmas

There are dozens of Photoshop pictures with Elvis in a Christmas scene. I picked this because I like his smile. But I can’t place this jumpsuit with the fancy shoulder treatment. Anybody know its name?

 

Six Billion Fans

I just love this one. Very clever. The dog reminds me of mine.

 

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas.

Phil Arnold

Original ElvisBlogmeister

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Elvis Merry Christmas Greeting

 

A Thanksgiving Message

I hope Elvis fans everywhere have much to be thankful for.

Elvis Praying.

Happy Thanksgiving from ElvisBlog

 

Elvis and National Jukebox Day — Part 1

National Jukebox Day Sign

I saw on the morning news that today is National Jukebox Day.  I never heard of it before, but I have a few Elvis & jukebox pictures, so let;s celebrate.

Elvis and jukebox

Elvis and Jukebox

Elvis at Jukebox

Elvis and Jukebox

Elvis CD Jukebox

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Have a Happy Thanksgiving Everybody

Happy Birthday, Elvis

Black and White Elvis Birthday Cake

 

Elvis Birthday Party Hat

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Viva Elvis Happy Birthday

 

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

Elvis in Heavenly Clouds

From Elvis in Heaven

 

Big E with Bag of Presents at North Pole

And from BIG E at the North Pole

 

 

I hope Elvis fans all over the world have a great Christmas.

Phil Arnold

Original ElvisBlogmeister

 

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