Friday, October 26, 2012

Photo Friday: Ahoy, Lana!

Lana Turner is my favorite actress. Aside from acting, I've always felt her look was the quintessential example of 1940's style. She had a multitude of hairstyles, always perfectly coifed — and the perfect lipstick to complete the look.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Questions for my Grandma

Recently I've started sending my Grandma several questions when I write her letters. She's a wonderful Grandma, who humors me by answering all of them! :)

 I thought I would share ones that pertain to WWII and the 1940's with you.

1. Where were you when you found out that WWII had started?
I was working as a nanny in Illinois. It must have been my weekend off as I was in a little church on a Sunday night. I was told about Pearl Harbor.

2. How old were you when the war started?
I was twenty years old.

3. Did you set your hair with pink curls, rag curls, or rollers?
Pin curls and rollers.

4. Did you or any of your sisters work in factories for the war effort?
Yes. My sister and I worked at a glove factory, but we did not make gloves. We sewed the lining inside helmets. When the war ended the factory went back to making gloves.

5. When things were rationed during the war, what did you miss the most?
I think the rationing of sugar was felt most by house holds.

6. What is your best piece of advice?
Be a good listener.

Number 6 doesn't have anything to do with the War, but I thought it was good. ;)

Friday, October 19, 2012

Photo Friday: Ginger & Fred

Ginger and Fred — fabulous.

Ginger knitting — even more fabulous.

Ginger knitting in a stunning formal with perfect pin curls — indescribable fabulousness!

Would anyone happen to know which movie this shot is from?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Shop Stop: Custom Return Address Stamps

Custom return address stamps are a great gift for the avid letter writer in your life, newlyweds, or a family gift.

2impress has so many great styles in their shop, but these retro options will really make your envelopes stand out! Make it a gift set by including a stamp pad, stationary, pens, and postage stamps. 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Photo Friday: Lauren Bacall

Loving Lauren Bacall's classic ensemble! Her outfit is so classy and tasteful — yet the zebra top and white pencil skirt add an edgy, femme fatale dynamic.

Miss Bacall celebrated her 88th birthday on September 16th.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Shop Stop: Cat Eye Glasses Rubber Stamp

Isn't this cat eye glasses stamp too cute!? Think of all the cute things you could jazz up with it — notecards, gift tags, stationary—even some plain brown shipping paper could be turned into fabulous wrapping paper!

At $6.00, this is a nice find to put in a stocking for the 1950's lover who is also a crafter, or to make your own paper goods stand out!


PoshBinky hand carves their stamps, and shipping is very affordable!

If any of my family is reading this, you now know what to buy for me.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Photo Friday: Irene Dunne

Such a glamorous picture of Irene Dunne! The photographer in me is loving the light-burst radiating perfectly from behind her. There's something so stunning about black & white photos, but I do wonder what colors have been hidden. What color do you think her dress was?

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Shop Stop: Depression Era Gloves & Scarves Knitting Pattern Book

Christmas is only 83 days away — I know, not the cheeriest thought for some. Anyway, since I'm always on Etsy or Pinterest, I thought I would post some of the things that stand out to give you some ideas for Christmas gifts.....or gifts for yourself, because some things are just that fabulous. ;)

For the knitters and crocheters out there, here is a book of scarf and glove set patterns from the Depression era. Scarves are such a popular homemade gift, but won't your vintage loving friends be surprised when they open up the box to see a reproduction vintage set that you took the time to make?

Iva Rose has many more patterns in her shop. Her books are reproductions, so you don't have to worry about  brittle paper or wear and tear as you take your knitting & pattern with you.