Monday, February 28, 2011

Random Recommendation...#5

Stop saying you're bored!   I recommend doing something about it!

In Case You Didn't Know.... Lulu

 Performer to know Miss Louise Brooks.

Actress and singer and style icon.  J'adore.
digga digga doo

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Scrub a Dub Dub

My love affair with anything vintage has, unfortunately, resulted in a broken heart... and faded colors.  But, being resiliant, I've moved on from the loss of my gorgeous 1940's pencil skirt... and I've learned.

Here's some tips to protect those (clothes) you love.

1.] Use WARM water for natural fabrics (such as cotton)

2.] Use COLD water for synthetic fabrics (such as polyester)

3.] Polyester (and poly blend) clothes look better if they are hung to dry. I don't really know why, they just do from my experience.

4.] Make sure the sink is clean before you wash your clothes in it! (I know, this seems obvious...)

5.] COLD water will keep colors from bleeding (if the fabric is colorfast).

6.] Only wash one garment at a time. Even if the colors are similar. It's better to be safe than sorry.

7.] Dissolve detergent in warm/hot water first, then add to your rinse water.

8.] Don't agitate the fabric too much (or at all if you can help it). Usually I sort of just pat and carefully "knead" (sorry, I can't think of a better way to describe it) the fabric. For dresses I will try to flatten it in the tub and gently "pat" the detergent in. If it's a sturdier fabric, I agitate the fabric just a bit.

9.] Rinse vintage garments in cool water. Make sure to rinse them well. You don't want any detergent residue!

10.] If in doubt LEAVE IT TO THE PROFESSIONALS. I am by no means a professional washer/restorer of vintage clothing, so the more delicate items I let air out instead of risking damaging it forever

((This was originally posted on my favorite blog...Thanks to Adore Vintage, 2009 for these marvelous tidbits... if only I'd listened!!!!))

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Le Cuisine

This is my kitchen right now.

dining nook

chalkboard plates, vintage cookbooks, and a scale


bottles; chalkboarded

bread basket, tea, takeout, aprons, and hemp fridge handles 

if pigs could fly next to our portal window

ready to cook

Monday, February 21, 2011

In Case You Didn't Know... Jenny Lewis

Rilo Kiley, Jenny Lewis (solo and with The Watson Twins),  and now Jenny and Johny-- love, love, love.

Yes, I did share this on the old blog last year... but, its simply marvelous and simply stuck in my head

Love their version of The Traveling Wilbury's hit.

Beautiful and Hilarious.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Carrot Soup

Its actually quite refreshing!

What You Need:
•5 cups carrots, peeled and sliced into coins
•3/4 teaspoon salt
•1/2 teaspoon sugar
•1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
•1 tablespoon light oil (olive, canola, sunflower)
•2 tablespoons fresh basil, cut into chiffonade

What to Do:

Place the carrots, salt sugar, pepper, and oil into a medium-size saucepan and cover with 3/4-inch water. Cover the pan and bring it to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and continue simmering the soup until the carrots are tender, about 16 to 18 minutes.

Remove the soup from the heat and transfer the carrots, along with the broth, to a food processor or blender and puree, in batches, until the soup is completely smooth. Ladle the soup into 4 warmed soup bowls and garnish with the basil chiffonade.

** Fabulous with your Grilled Cheese!!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Le Gourmet Is.....

Congratulations, Mrs. Sergeant!

Mrs. Sergeant from
 is the newest Giveaway winner!!

How did she win these three vintage-inspired cookbooks, you ask?  SIMPLE!!! She left a comment on the original post; her comment was just dropped into a Linky Tools Digital Bowl and drawn at random.  Congratulations, Mrs. Sergeant! 

Thanks to everyone who entered! 
Look for more great giveaways coming soon!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Chalk it Up to... Chalk

Easy and cheap way to add quirky and kitschy to your house?? 
Chalkboard Paint.

My newest love (and Snow Day Projects) revolve around chalkboard paint for ordinary items. 
(No, apparently I don't get enough of writing on the chalkboard at work, Tay...)

10 Ideas from my Someday book:

(Attention Class:  1. Dollar Store Tray = message board; 2. sillhouette stencil + mug = fab. mug; 3. Dresser; 4. Coffee Tray from junk cardboard; 5. Wine Bottles + Chalkboard paint = magnificant vase; 6. Fridge; 7. Funky Fancy Kitchen = labeled and organized; 8. Herb Garden; 9. Old Globe = Idea Globe; 10. Shoes are made for walking)


And don't forget to enter February's giveaway-- ending this Friday Click HERE to enter!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

What's on the menu for February? GIVEAWAY

Its time for another giveaway!
On the menu for this month ~ 3 vintage inspired cookbooks!
 Easy Recipes
'mmm-mmm good' recipes

tried and true recipes

To enter.... Leave a comment.
Winner will be selected and announced at random on February 17th.
The Giveaway winner will be notified  in a message prior to the blog posting; and the items will be shipped out the following day, pending receipt of delivery address.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Diamonds and Pearls

From the 1920's through the 1950's, beautiful (and just this side of gawdy ) costume jewelry was the thing to have... American jewelry designer, Miram Haskell, designed and created the best of it. 

Until the 1950's, Haskell didn't sign her pieces, making the earlier ones difficult to identify and authenticate, but they are highly sought after by collectors. 

Want to know if you've found a genuine Miriam Haskell?

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Monday, February 7, 2011

Saturday, February 5, 2011


a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Seeing My Shadow

Happy Groundhog's Day

(and just between us... winter is just getting started here)