Thanks for all your kind encouragement. See you soon.
Monday, April 24, 2017
Friday, April 21, 2017
There's a whole hell of a lot of embroidery and smocking going on in this vintage Hungarian blouse. I've done a fair amount of needlework in my life, but nothing as nice as this. The hours (and good eyesight) involved in making something this beautiful is mind-boggling, and I wish I knew the person that made it. I'm sure they had a creative streak (and patience).
Vintage 50's Hungarian blouse-1860-1960.com (vintage seller extraordinaire)
Vintage Raffia skirt-Etsy
Vintage Collins-style bag-Goodwill
Carved Bakelite bangle-Hand-Me-Ups
Enameled bangle-gift from an old neighbour
Alva museum reproduction charm bracelet-Nomads With Baggage
Earrings-Target (years ago)
Vintage Qualicraft raffia shoes-can't remember
Fragrance-Coriandre (I'm soooo hooked on this fragrance. Review soon, I promise)
That's a "W" flag on the door. When the Cubs win a game, we put up the win flag. As far as I know the Cubs are the only team that fly a W when they win a game. I don't have a flagpole, so the door will have to do.
I varnished my toenails just for you. I didn't
Have a super weekend.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
I made two small changes to the recipe as I had yellow bell peppers to hand rather than pimentos, and I used dried onion as I couldn't imagine cutting open an onion for a whopping single teaspoon! They really didn't overdo onions and spices in the 60's.
Danny managed cooking most of this by himself, though I did help out lining the pan with parchment. I must admit, it smelled good baking away in the oven, and the boys really enjoyed it. I did not partake as all that cream, butter, and cheese would have had me suffering (not that I'm unwilling to suffer for cheese, but not cheap cheddar I bought for $3.00 a lb. I'm a bit of a snob that way).
Mrs. Dan Jones Jr's Macaroni Loaf
1 cup uncooked macaroni (I used bow-ties. In 1967 she probably used elbows)
1/4 cup butter
1 cup cream, scalded (I used heavy cream but I think 1/2 and 1/2 would be fine)
1 cup soft bread crumbs
1 teaspoon onion
1 teaspoon green pepper
1 tablespoon parsley
1 tablespoon pimento
3 eggs, beaten (I had large eggs)
1 cup grated cheese ( I used cheap cheddar)
Mushroom sauce to serve. There wasn't a recipe for the sauce but being 1967 I'm going to go out on a limb and guess it was condensed soup. I skipped it.
Cook macaroni. Add butter to cream and scald. Pour cream over breadcrumbs. Add remaining ingredients and pour into a loaf pan lined with oiled paper. Place in a pan of water and bake at 350 degrees F. for 1 hour or until set. Mine took about 40 minutes. The recipe doesn't mention it but if you plunge a butter knife into the centre and it comes out mostly clean. it is set. Too damp, and it will fall apart. Treat the loaf like a quiche.
Next time, I have my eye on a sponge cake recipe baked with sweet wine.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
I'm dressed like Mrs. Beasley again. I've lost count of how many navy and white spotted dresses I own, but between different lengths, sleeves and sizes I absolutely need each and every one. Sounds like a reasonable argument to me! I wore the shrug for half a minute until the sun came out and I realised it was warm out. That's always such a pleasant surprise when the forecast is wrong in my favour.
I'm not wearing my specs and I can't see a thing. I nearly laid myself out on the sidewalk too!
That's what I get for wearing "normal" shoes. Give me 4 inch heels any day over wedges.
This beautiful bag is being used for the first time. I bought it in the dead of winter, but I knew it would go well with so many items in my springtime wardrobe. The chain is short, and it isn't meant to be worn on the shoulder, The purse is by Walborg, a sought after brand in business from the 40's to the mid-60's. Don't worry, I'm not selling it. I can see this becoming one of the most practical bags in my collection.
1960's/70's polyester dress-Goodwill
Vintage Walborg bag-Goodwill
Fragrance-1980's Coty Chypre (Lucky find)
Lippy-Revlon Snow Peach
Easter was fun. We bought a box of confetti filled eggshells...
Wonder what we should do with them?
Hit them like a tennis ball! Yes, that's the volleyball sand-we don't have a tennis court at our park. You make do.
The turkey vultures are back. Nothing like having a trio of these ugly beasts flapping above your head. They won't attack (unless you're fully dead) but I still don't like them.
"Confit?! How dare you?! I'll have you know none of my family were confit, thanks very much."
"Ha Ha, Confit has his tail feathers in a twist."
The mallards prefer to stay out of it.
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Thursday, April 13, 2017
I bought these tights at Halloween a few years ago, and I just adore them. I have another pair with a more subtle tattoo design, but some days subtle just won't do. You know I mean business when I wear the bold tights and funky Christine Alexander jacket. I love this jacket so much from the crazy Victorian cut and styling to the funny nylon material and crystal buttons. Buttoned up it could look convincingly 19th Century-from a distance. There's something so steampunk about it, deliberate or not.
80's Chaus blouse-Goodwill
Vintage JR of Florida bag-Hand-Me-Ups
Sara Coventry bracelet-Can't remember
Vintage dangling sequin earrings-New Life Thrift
Christine Alexander jacket-Hand-Me-Ups
Fragrance-Ma Griffe ( I don't know why either. Must be a "mood thing".)
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
We had a rare 75 degree F day in early April. I'm certain we'll all be back in woolens by next week, but today was glorious. The lettuces are sprouting up in the boxes you see in the photo, and the dianthus began flowering. what more could I ask for?
I'm a bundle of stress at the moment, so naturally I've been pouring my energies into distracting activities. Grading papers, unpacking my summer wardrobe, and watching baseball are keeping me busy, and I've started outlining next year's curriculum. Poor Danny, he isn't going to appreciate the classes I've cooked up for him. I'm also planning for the worst with my tooth and jaw, so I've prepared work for the substitute instructor (Mr. ETB) to work with. I find it is best to be over prepared. We're racing into the end of the semester now anyway, so it is largely completing workbooks, drills, and readings. Worst case scenario, there's documentaries though for some reason Danny doesn't appreciate my choice of documentaries. *Shrugs*. I did move the surgery out one more week to give myself a bit more time to get mentally ready.
Kate Spade bag-Goodwill
Large bracelet-Claire's years ago
Necklace-Goodwill (Bibi got me thinking about pendants and gold chains and I remembered this piece that combines the two)
Fragrance-Guerlain Vetiver vintage formulation
To my readers that celebrate Pesach, have a happy one,
Saturday, April 08, 2017
Hello there, embellished skirt lovers, I'm back with more from my collection.
They fuck you up, your skirts and shoes
They don't mean to but they do
I'm taking liberties with the poem
Larkin would not approve.
This isn't a Mexican skirt, but it is in a similar style. This one's from Target via the Goodwill. The sweep isn't that wide but it would still benefit from a crinoline. As I was just off to run errands I didn't bother.
Norma Kamali peasant top (has matching trousers) -Goodwill
Vintage Caro-Nan handbag-Antique mall
Copper earrings-K Mart
NY And Company skirt-Hand-Me-Ups
Cardigan-Sears about 10 years ago
Old Navy shoes-Goodwill
Sara Cov brooch-Goodwill
Rings and bangles-all over
Check out the sweep on this one.
The skirt isn't vintage, but the blouse and handbag are. I also wore a nifty little purple bolero with the outfit but forgot to get photos. The tooled leather belt is something my cousin Andrea gave me in the mid-70's! I've kept it because I like it, and though I wear it a bit looser than I did in 1975, it does still fit.
The belt practically screams, Arizona!
Whereas the bag screams, Mexico! My love of tooled leather handbags nearly equals my love of a good embellished skirt-luckily they look good together.
1960's blouse-Salvation Army store
Vintage Mexican handbag-New Life Thrift
Arms full of Bakelite-all over, large carved bangle from Hand-Me-Ups
Crinoline-Ruby Begonia's, Lincoln, Nebraska
Fragrance-Vintage Mitsouko (It was my signature fragrance for years and years, but I hardly wear it anymore)
Wonder what laid this egg?
Here's a couple more from older posts:
I just unpacked this one for yet another season.
And this beauty that sheds sequins all over.
We have all sorts of air quality alerts this weekend due to agricultural burning in Kansas blowing up our way (Thanks, Kansas!). It sort of limits any outdoor activities with Danny's asthma so perhaps we'll find a nice museum to spend time at. I hope you have a nice weekend, free of air pollution.