Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mrs. Pinkham's Vegetable Tonic


Have you ever heard of Lydia Pinkham's Vegetable compound? It was one of the first "medicines" marketed just for women. There is a very interesting history of the company here. They were a very prolific company publishing quite a few booklets on a variety of subjects.
This one is a cooking booklet. Published around 1929.
 The testimonials are quite something with their dramatic wording. But as usual for cookbooks of this era, you can spot several very cute aprons!

 "Wholesome Candies" ?!? 

 This one is on Sewing. Love the cover! It is also the same time frame 1928.

 Directions for an apron, which I made and posted about here.

 A simple negligee......
 a Nightgown.....

I love this illustration of  a "modern working girl"!



Thursday, April 17, 2014

Entry Hall

I have waited a long time to do this post! At last, finally we have coat hooks!!
I love my little entry. It gets a little congested at times, but there is just enough room to take off your outdoor things and hang them up. Coats on the hooks, mittens, hats and keys in the baskets.
We made the coat rack to match the trim, giving it a look of permanence, of always having belonged. The coat hooks I ordered from Overstock.com.
Just enough hooks for everyone, including the pup! The mirror is the one I posted about here where my brother-in-law had to ride in the trunk.
These baskets solved a long endured problem. Where to put hats and mittens in a tiny hall? I love this solution! Just enough space for a few choices, but not a space taker. We tried this out in our old house with oblong baskets, but the woolies didn't tend to stay in as well. I was so excited to finally find these half round baskets at Hobby Lobby.
 In the very first picture behind the open front door is the door going up to my room. We usually have that door open and this is what it looks like. Just about covers the baskets. But it still works for us!

Looking in to the hall from the living room.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Happy Easter?!?

I was just thinking how thankful I was that Easter wasn't early this year, how it would have been a most depressing if Easter was cold and snowy.....

This is what we woke up to this morning. 
 My poor little Snow Drops! Hopefully, it won't last long.....
A few pictures I snapped on our morning walk around the neighborhood.
 I love how blue the sky is after a good storm. The perfect shade........
Robin tracks in the snow. Unfortunately the picture of the robin didn't turn out. But at lest the Robins isn't fooled!

Last year I was wishing spring would hurry and posting about April Showers, Daffodils and new Wellies. Sigh!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spring Apron Inspiration

I thought we could use a little inspiration today! It is a very dreary day here. I shouldn't complain, at lest it is April Showers and not an April Snowstorm. Hope you enjoy!
April Showers Apron
Bluebirds over Dover
Tulip Apron
Green Tulip Apron
Floral Half Apron
Peach Apron

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

More Cooking Booklets

 My last antique excursion found me walking out with two more cookbook pamphlets! I don't know why I am addicted to them, perhaps because they are so much more colorful than cookbooks from the same era. 
Some day you are going to see me listed in the Guineas Book of World Records for the largest collection......
First up we have the Hershey's cookbook copyright 1940. I love the glimpse we get of a "modern" kitchen!
 All the basic chocolaty goodness.
 Sour Cream Cocoa Cookies caught my eye. Looks very interesting. I will let you know when I get around to trying them!

Love their slogan! I have a reprint of this cookbook from the 1970s. Most of the recipes look the same. But how can you go wrong with a bit of chocolate!

 I found this one very interesting. What caught my eye was the colorful illustrations inside.
 I love to read recipes for sandwiches. They were so inventive then! Though some do not sound good at all. 

"Avoid Spongy, Tasteless Bread - Buy Bond Bread!" 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Book Nook

We have been doing a little rearranging here lately. This cube shelf was originally for Mandy's closet, but we decided shelves hung on the wall would be a better use of the space and moved it up to the book nook. It was so fun unpacking some of our books! I love coming up the stairs and seeing all of them tucked in the shelf. You can see to the right we still have a few more tubs to unpack and space for another shelf.

Don't you love how the simple task of unpacking can lead to four hours of cleaning and re-organizing?!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

March Apron of the Month

March Apron of the Month is here! 

 I would like to introduce you to 
Hazel. 

Hazel is a modern girl with plenty of old-fashioned roots. She features a smoothly flaring skirt with plenty of swish, a perfect backdrop for old-fashioned patchwork hexagon appliques or to show off  a beautiful fabric.
 I have to tell you, I had a completely different plan for March Apron of the Month. But I have been in the middle of a hexagon craze and just couldn't get excited about anything else. I finally stopped fighting it and just gave in!
 I love love love how the hexagons turned out. They were so quick and easy to do too! (For an easy tutorial see my post on English Paper Piecing.) The possibility are endless! Can you envision Hazel with a Dresden Plate block, a really fun retro print with big ric rac along the edge or a vintage motif embroidered!?! 

I couldn't resist including this picture. Love the bit of window and bed. But notice the lovely lines of the back view of Hazel. Love the way it curves.