Thursday, October 24, 2013

Crochet of Life

As an avid crocheter, I ALWAYS let out a yarn obsessed fan girl scream whenever I see crochet anything in movies and TV. ESPECIALLY when it involves old movies and TV shows because...well...old movies are awesome. :D

So imagine my squeal when I spied some hooking up (yarn wise) in 1959's "Imitation of Life":

That's the amazing Juanita Moore as Annie and always super cute Sandra Dee as Susie. The movie all around was great but the Crocheting is Awesome scene (as I like to call it) was my favorite. :D

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Vintage Touches for a Brighter Day

Hi everyone!

I was thinking this week: While I would love to be living in a mid-century house decorated with mid-century furniture and gee-gaws, wearing authentic vintage clothing while planning vacations in my Shasta trailer, that's just not in the cards for me. And you know what? That's okay!

And it could be that some day I'll wake up with the resources and amazing good luck to find all of these gorgeous things, but right now I'm celebrating a "vintage" life in my own small way. Sometimes just having little "touches" of something with a history is enough to brighten your day and make you feel like washing the dishes isn't so bad after all. ;)

So the other day, I made banana bread in a Pyrex dish, hung up my sweet rose apron, put up my feet and listened to some Ruth Etting (on my modern day Kindle of course, HA!) while drinking a mid-morning cup of coffee from my pink Stetson melmac cup.

I love mixing up my decades and just having fun with my vintage treasures.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Slug Bug

Hi everyone!

Lots of radio silence around here, eh? This year has not been especially kind to me as I lost my brother on April 7th, 2012. Doesn't that sound weird? I mean I didn't "lose" him, he died so yeah....

Anyhoo, my vintage shopping and stalking has been greatly reduced but I'm hoping to hop back on board the vintage train soon. In fact, here's a cup I found on one of my last trips to the thrift store. I love the graphics on it!

Because that's what you want to ponder when having your morning coffee...bug problems.

This mug is personalized, on the back it says, "Baby". Cause you know, nobody put Baby in a corner...with bugs.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Girl in the Flowered Hat

Hi everyone! Wow, it's taking me so long to update this blog that it really is vintage. LOL I'm going to get better at posting, I promise! I've actually got a few thrifty things to show off, once I stop being lazy and start taking pictures (sounds like some sort of lazy blogging Real World, lol). Anyhoo, found this sweet girl at a thrift store and just had to bring her home:
How cute is she??? I'm thinking 1960s-1970s? She's hanging in my craft room now and I do believe this picture inspired my new look over at Just Add Glitter and Stir. :D So how are y'all doing? Any cool vintage finds lately?

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Pink Azalea

Hi everyone! Wow, no vintage goodness from me since July??? Yikes! Well, I've got something now! lol Back in 2009, my good blogging buddy, Julie from Life With The Tucker and Wolek Clan surprised me with a 1950s Betty Crocker's Picture Cook Book. My mom's birthday is tomorrow and I really wanted to give a vintage cake recipe a whirl so I got out the fab book Julie sent me and got to perusing the Cakes section.

I decided on the lovely Pink Azalea cake: 

The Pink Azalea
Cakes "from scratch" aren't terribly different in today's kitchens, except maybe the use of shortening (then) as opposed to butter (now). This cake was pretty easy to do although I got a little fancy with it and used almond extract over the vanilla called for in the recipe. The frosting was another story.

I've made quite a few scratch frostings and icings before but this one called for just sugar, a little cream of tartar and a little water, boiled and poured over stiff egg whites. Which normally wouldn't be a problem except that when I went to remove the candy thermometer, it was hot (duh), I dropped it back in the syrup where it promptly broke adding the extra ingredient of glass. So out that first batch went and we started to boil again without the benefit of knowing what temp the syrup was before adding to the whites. Oh well. It's still pretty.

I colored one cake layer pink (added too much and it came out bright pink when the book called for "delicate". Oops!) and added strawberries to part of the frosting for the middle of the layers. The outside got doused in pink frosting and it is delicious!

My first foray into the world of vintage baking was successful (busted thermometer aside) and I can't wait to try another recipe from this book!

Monday, July 11, 2011

I Love Lamp

Hi everyone!

I have found some fabulous vintage treasures but for the most part, things like awesome lamps, furniture and accessories have alluded me. I rarely luck up into finding anything cool at yard sales for instance, but I've always put that down to me being lazy and not searching hard enough.

So the Fates were smiling upon me this past Saturday as I was taking the husband to work and drove past a house on my street having a yard sale. They had your usual junky "cleaning the house out" stuff but I slammed on the brakes and spun around as I saw something amazing peeking out at me over their white picket fence:

I know, RIGHT?!

Isn't it gorgeous?! And wouldn't you know it, it is in beautiful shape. The shade is perfect, it works and is right this minute sitting beside me looking awesome. My husband turned up his nose at it and I told him he was nuts. I also told him that I love this lamp so much that if our house ever caught fire, I would grab this lamp, take it outside and then come back for him. :P

I love lamp. Literally.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Date Your Family

Hi everyone!

I admit that with a new baby, a 2 year old and a husband that works most nights, our "family dinners" are practically non existent at the moment. Luckily I can live vicariously through this family's dinner...

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