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.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

1940s Rita Hayworth Inspired Hair Tutorial

I made a rambling video thing! Some of you may have seen it already, but if not be sure to check out my YouTube channel for my latest video. (scroll down to view) This is my first ever hair video so please be kind. It turned out much longer than I had planned but I hope some of you will find it helpful. 

Rita Hayworth - Source
The hairstyle in my video is inspired by Rita Hayworth and has become my go to style when I want a vintage look for everyday. I use a very basic pin curl set, I don't follow any real pattern. Though I do section off the front portion of my hair to make couple pin curls, normally 2 or 3, that are then brushed and pinned to one side. All my curls are rolled in the same direction just because I find it quicker to do so.

For the video, I set my hair using Garnier Fructis curl shaping spray gel for natural hair hair. I let the pin curls dry over night. My hair was slightly damp and I sprayed the gel onto each section of hair as I went. As noted in the video I will sometimes use LottaBody settle lotion, which for humid weather, I find has a stronger hold.

Here is what the hairstyle looks like when using LottaBody. I should note that I had been outside for several hours before this photo was taken. :)

Photo by Jim Gallagher
I would love to hear your thoughts on this video as well as any suggestions for future videos.

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