Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Another Enchanting Rose Teacup Exchange

I'm very excited to have participated in another teacup exchange hosted by Stephanie of the blog The Enchanting Rose. Stephanie has hosted this exchange many times (10 so far!), and this was my second time participating. (You can read about the last exchange here.)

Each person taking part in the teacup and/or mug exchange fills out a quick questioner with some basic info in order for Stephanie to pair us up. Along with our teacup, or mug, we were asked to include a friendly note, tea or coffee and a little something extra. The idea of the exchange is the opportunity to connect with like-minded people and, hopefully, create new friendships. I like that in organizing the exchange, Stephanie made sure that we each sent and received packages from different people. More ways to connect with different people!

The arrival of my teacup package could not have been timed more perfectly. I had recently learned that a very dear friend, someone I had been incredibly close to for years, had died from cancer. The real kicker was that because we had not talked for several years, I had no idea he was even sick. The news came as an absolute shock and the next few days were a roller coaster of emotions. Daniel, or Danny as I knew him, and I were best friends growing up and later high school/college sweethearts. We went our separate ways but his friendship is something I'll always treasure. Today marks a month since he passed. :( Needless to say the arrival of a box full of tea and dark chocolate was just the thing I needed that particular day. The teacup is so pretty too, don't you think?

Thank you Hana for your wonderful teacup, tea and chocolate! Your gifts and lovely note helped brighten my day!

I don't often share this kind of thing outside my personal FB page but a few people have asked if there is anything they can do. For those that might be interested, a GoFundMe page has been set up to help my friend's family. Danny was only 35 when he passed, he was a disabled military veteran and he leaves behind his wife and a little girl. For anyone who has dealt with the loss of a loved one or is currently going through a serious illness, not having to worry about small things like a buying week's worth of groceries can be a big relief. I realize many people are not in a position to donate, or many feel weird about giving money to someone you don't know and I totally understand. However if you are able and willing, any amount would be a great help. Even if you are not is a position to donate I know that sharing the page would be greatly appreciated as well.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

What's On My Sewing Table and More Snow

I have been a very lazy blogger lately. But I promise I have been working on projects! So far this year I have made two pairs of pants for myself, and could really use at least one or two more pairs. I don't have any good outfit photos right now but here are a couple detail shots. These are actually pajama pants but I don't care, they are so comfortable!

I also made a third pair of pants with a matching bolero jacket for a friend. I'm really happy with how that set turned out. I used leftover fabric for the facing and for the pockets!

I have been making some good progress on my pile of UFOs! This green bolero is the third one I had made using the pattern and I absolutely love it. You can see my first one in this post. I plan to make the dress at some point this year too.

If you follow me on Instagram, or on my personal FB page, then you have seen all the snow and animal photos. And we are getting more snow now!! (12 inches and counting!!) Back in February I spent a week farm sitting for my sister. It was a nice change from working in the office!

We did have some nice weather, including the 60 degree day I went snowshoeing, (you can check out the little video I post to my YouTube channel) but now it's back to shoveling!! Had to believe that the official start of spring is only a few days away!

Friday, February 10, 2017

More From the Ladies Home Journal, February 1943

I would like to share a few more images from my February 1943 copy of Ladies Home Journal. (For fashion-related images from the magazine see this post.) Vintage magazines are so much fun to read through. The images I picked for today are all health and beauty related. Three of my favorite 1940s movie stars have ads in this magazine. Hedy Lamarr, Rita Hayworth and Rosalind Russell. I've always wondered if they star who advertised products actually used them on a regular basis. What do you think?

It seems ladies in the 1940s worried about their weight too, just like many of us today.

How about this ad for nail polish? I find little things like this helpful when choosing make-up and nail colors for an authentic look.  I also appreciate that, given it's 1943 and WWII is in full swing, the ad features a female shop worker. Just because you're working in a factory doesn't mean you can't have pretty nails! Or so the ad would lead us to believe. ;)

Even this lovely lady, recently engaged, has her nails painted!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Victory Griddlecakes - From "The American Woman's Cook Book"

I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend. Who likes pancakes? Pancakes are one of my favorite breakfast foods. I've tried a couple different recipes over the years and the two I like the best are my mom's and the one I'm going to share with you now.

If you don't own a copy of The American Woman's Cook Book you need to. It's a great addition to any kitchen. Not only is it full of great recipes it's loaded with advice on meal planning, food prep, and more.

Here is the recipe for griddlecakes. And a few extras!

First gather your ingredients and your mixing bowl. I used a Pirex dish that belonged to my grandmother. I like this one because it's a small size and has a little pouring spout.

Your griddlecake batter should be nice and bubbly once it's all mixed.

Heat up your pan with some oil and pour!

Cook until golden brown!

Add a side of bacon and orange juice and you have a breakfast of champions!

If you try this recipe let me know how you like it!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Ladies Home Journal February 1943

Is it February already? January seemed to fly by as I'm sure this month will too. I'm enjoying winter but around this time I really start to crave warmer days and spring colors. One of the things I like to do to fight the winter blues is to have some fresh flowers in the house, either in potted plants for flowers from the grocery store.

Today I'd like to share some images from my February 1943 copy of Ladies Home Journal. Over the weekend I pulled out my stack of vintage magazines and started flipping through them. Seriously, I have enough content to blog about for the next two years!

Among the many advertisements in this magazine was this one for fighting colds. Seems appropriate for this time of year. There were also several ads for makeup and skin care but I'll share those for another post.

It's interesting to see how much focus is put on encouraging people to "do your bit" for the war effort.  What a cute attic apartment. I'd live there now! Also I'd like to point out that we are currently painting one of the rooms in our house this color. But we picking the color long before I saw this picture. I do like the yellow and green combination so I'll be sure to work that into the room somehow.

And let's not forget the impact of the war had on fashions. Here are several pages dedicated to sprucing up the wardrobe you already have! I love that the colors on these pages are so fresh after all these years!

Do you have a favorite image from this post? What kind of content from vintage magazines are you most interesting in seeing in the future? Fashion, food, ads, health and beauty products, other kinds of articles? I'd like to keep this requests in mind as I go through my magazines.
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