Friday, October 28, 2011

Everyday Vintage #9: Winter Gloves

Target has a very large selection of lovely gloves. My favorite pair are the green suede ones on the left. The accent stitching on the top of the hands and three tiny buttons at the wrist give them a 1930's-Myrna Loy feel. While the navy blue leather-like pair, in the middle, have a 1940's style to them. All are priced at $19.99.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

A New Adventure

Here's a new blog project I started. Let me know what you think :) CLICK.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Christmas Shopping

As hard as it is to believe, there's only 66 days until Christmas. Yikes! Usually I'm much more on top of my list, but with the budget being a lot tighter this year, I wasn't able to shop ahead like I typically do. Consequently, I've decided to make quite a few of my gifts this year —besides saving money, it seems like the vintage thing to do. Unfortunately I can't write about them all because the recipients will probably read this. Lol. I can disclose that my knitting skills are being put to good use. ;)

Another source of inspiration is the Craft Christmas Club. So many wonderful ideas there! I'm going to be making this adorable Pincushion Jar.

But since not everything can be handmade, I've compiled a little list of goodies and shops that will hopefully give you some gift ideas:

These Retro Rosie Earrings are $9.99 over at ModCloth. They also come in the very-vintage color "Mint".

Be sure and check out ModCloth's "apartment" section for all sorts of adorable and unique gifts. You're bound to find something for that someone who has everything.

These gorgeous, handmade barkcloth bags are made by Valerie from For The Love of Pete. She has a wonderful selection of styles and colors in her etsy shop. You will be giving someone a one-of-a-kind piece — not something of poor quality that is mass produced. It's also great to know you are purchasing from someone who has a passion for what they create.

Wrap up your darling gifts in some vintage-reproduction wrapping paper!
Sweet Vintage Wrapping Paper is printed 60 lb. paper and produced locally in the USA. Each sheet measure 7.7 square feet, has a different pattern on each side, and is only $5.00 per sheet. Shipping is at a wonderful price of $2.00 for the first sheet, and $1.00 for each additional sheet. You also get two free gift tags that coordinate with your gift wrap. Neat fact: the stars in their prints represent WWII.

They also have a STUNNING selection of vintage-repro Christmas cards. The best selection of reproductions that I have ever seen! You can buy sets of the same, or mix and match for the same price.

For the WWII or art lover, Vintagraph's selection of posters is divine. All posters are museum quality reproductions. Sizes start at 8 x 10 and go up to 47 x 34.

Are you making any gifts this year? Where do you like to shop for special and unique gifts?

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Everyday Vintage #8: Vintage Kitchen Towels

While perusing Ikea yesterday, I spotted these lovelies:

The colors and embroidery have a very classic feel. Besides looking adorable hanging in your kitchen, how cute would they be tucked into a gift basket of baking goodies? Or lining a basket filled with fresh dinner rolls? (I am hungry. Lol.)

$5.99 for a 2-pack.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Vintage Recipe: Gingerbread Dessert

Gingerbread Dessert
"Luscious packaged pudding fills and tops in" — Theresa M. Lessmeister, Peru, Illinois

1 package gingerbread mix
1 package butterscotch pudding
2 cups milk
1 large chocolate-nut candy bar

Prepare gingerbread mix according to directions on package. Bake in 2 waxed-paper-lined 8-inch layer cake pans. Make butterscotch pudding with milk, following directions on package. Cool. Put gingerbread layers together and top with pudding. Sprinkle with finely chopped candy bar.

Gingerbread Dessert taken from the May 1945 issue of Better Homes & Gardens magazine.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Long Time, No Blog . . .

MY COMPUTER IS FINALLY FIXED!! Blogging will (hopefully) be less spontaneous and more frequent. Thank you for sticking around and following even though the posting was getting less and less. I'm looking forward to catching up on all of your lovely blogs, as well!