Well, howdy there friends! Did you survive Black Friday? How about Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday? I’m overwhelmed just typing it out. I felt like I hadn’t even finished cleaning up from Thanksgiving dinner before I was being bombarded by sale information, what has happened to us??? You know, we have a tradition in our family and I can’t recommend it enough. Every year after Thanksgiving dinner, we draw names from a hat for a White Elephant gift exchange… sometimes we focus on handmade gifts, sometimes we select an item from our own house that we’re not using anymore. Sometimes those items are really awesome!! It’s totally low pressure, super budget friendly and a total scream. I mean it, sometimes there is actual screaming (like, cackling laughter screaming). And as the saying goes: the more, the merrier…
Without further ado, here’s this week’s Friday Five! Wishing you all a great weekend.
My wonderfully talented friend, Miss Andrea aka Hula Seventy, is celebrating a milestone today! Visit her blog for all the details. For the record, I own several of her beautiful photographs and they are among my very favorite pieces to hang on our walls.
An incredible story (and a little bit sad). via Daily Mail online / thanks to reader Sarah for sharing it with me!
I recently discovered this fantastic blog, Mid-centuria. So much goodness, guys. If you like mid century like I like mid century, you’ll love this blog.
BRINGS A HAPPY TEAR TO MY EYE.
I think MrCompaq92 nailed it when he said, “Is this what heaven looks like?”
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”
“Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.”
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
- Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013
Rest in peace.
The prettiest green velvet cocktail hat + some golden party shoes + a set of chalkware kitties.
I’ve been busy! Out in the wild a lot lately y’all! If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw that we had a very special guest stay with us the week before Thanksgiving and I’d be lyin’ if I told you we didn’t hit up alllll the spots. I’ll be sharing some of my favorites finds from the week with you soon!
Some recent snaps from around the house.
There was a time when, if you asked me what my favorite color was, I would definitely not name yellow. Red or aqua or pink or orange… but definitely not yellow. I’d tell you yellow and purple were my two least favorite colors and that I certainly didn’t have either of those colors in my wardrobe. Pretty funny how much yellow pops up in my life these days.
Still not so much on board with purple, but yellow? Yellow makes me happy.
Hi Friends! I’ve got a wacky vintage dessert recipe for you today.
I was assigned “something green” for Thanksgiving dinner, which was easy (green bean casserole, duh! I also cooked a pot of collard greens and a batch of brussels sprouts) but I wanted to bring something else. Since I didn’t want to end up with too much pumpkin pie (although, is too much pumpkin pie really a problem?) I decided to look for something in one of my vintage cookbooks. I chose this pie, from a 1960 Betty Crocker cookbook, for a couple reasons: 1) I had almost all of the ingredients on hand – all I needed was the unflavored gelatine, 2) it was a whip and refrigerate kind of creation, which meant it didn’t need any precious Thanksgiving day oven space, and 3) I found the recipe in a section called “Dessert Spectaculars” and I thought… how could this go wrong? It’s dessert! It’s spectacular! This is the kind of stuff our grandmothers made and our grandmothers know what’s up! Right?
* not pictured, but totally part of the mix: cottage cheese – hang with me.
Would ya look at that thing? If I was a real food blogger, I would have probably edited out that cherry juice stain…
CHILLED PINEAPPLE CHEESECAKE
2 1/3 cups fine vanilla wafer crumbs (I used Nilla Wafers)
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 1/2 cups crushed pineapple
2 envelopes (2 tblsp) plus 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatine
4 slightly beaten egg yolks
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups small-curd cottage cheese
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 cups heavy cream, whipped
4 stiff-beated egg whites
maraschino cherries for garnishing (I used these)
Mix crumbs, butter. Press onto bottom and sides of a buttered 9 inch spring form pan. Drain pineapple, reserving syrup. Soften gelatin in 1/2 cup pineapple syrup. In double boiler, combine egg yolks, sugar, lemon peel, salt and 2 tablespoons pineapple syrup. Cook an stir over hot, not boiling water for 5 to 8 minutes or till like smooth stirred custard (mixture will seem to get thin as it cooks).
Remove from heat. Add softened gelatine, stir till dissolved. Add crushed pineapple, cottage cheese and vanilla. Fold in whipped cream, *then egg whites. Pour into crumb-lined pan. Chill about 5 hours, or until firm.
* I ended up omitting the stiff-beaten egg whites because I was slightly weirded out by them. I didn’t even stiffen the egg whites, I just didn’t bother with them at all. I have no idea what kind of difference stiffened egg whites would have made in the final result, but I just didn’t want to eat raw egg whites, my brain just said no.
This little cake has a nice bright, sweet flavor. It’s creamy, and like a cheesecake, but a much lighter version – it didn’t have the denseness that a cheesecake has. Cottage cheese: you either like it, or you don’t from what I gather. I will say, my 12 year old son “hates all cheese ever forever” and totally shoveled this cake into his face. While my 13 year old cousin, who’s family always has giant tubs of cottage cheese in the fridge, took one bite and was like, NO. HAH! So there’s that.
Would go nicely with a cup of coffee or tea, but hold the sugar. There’s enough sweetness in the cake. Let me know if you make it!
Well, hello there! I didn’t mean to pull a disappearing act but I guess I’ve just been busy living life, blissfully away from my desk for the past couple weeks!
Back in November, I caught up with my husband, who was in DC for a week long conference, so that we could celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary. Since he was busy doing his “conference thing” during the daytime, I was able to toodle around the city all by myself. The married-with-children set will totally appreciate what a luxury it is to be all alone, doing whatever you want at your own pace. I decided to hit up my favorite museum and stroll around downtown since the weather was so perfectly fall-like, still sunny and mid 60s and it doesn’t get much better than that for this time of year, folks. (Side note: I realized as I was preparing the images for this post that this has become a bit of a tradition)
First stop: the Museum of Natural History, specifically the Birds of DC exhibit. It’s located on the ground floor, tucked back in what almost seems like an off-the-beaten-path-style back room. It’s a half circular hallway with a beautiful display of birds, some of which are now sadly extinct. This exhibit doesn’t ever seem to be all that crowded, which allows for this bird lover to really just kind of zen out. I’m fascinated by all the different species of birds that live in just one city, and it’s pretty cool to get such an up close look – from tiny hummingbirds and goldfinches to giant blue herons and eagles. In fact, I’m taking a Field Ornithology class in the Spring and I’m really looking forward to it!
Another one of my favorite exhibits is the Hall of Bones. I absolutely love the design – it’s so midcentury modern and minimal – the colors, typeface and the way the skeletons are displayed just does something for me. And then of course there’s that space agey pod for resting one’s tired museum feet! I searched and searched for more information on this exhibit but alas, I pretty much came up dry. (Only that I think these are the folks behind this beautiful design work, but I don’t know much else about it’s history… I’m guessing it was installed in the early 60s? Do any of you know more about it?)
I also really enjoy the Hall of Gems and the Sant Ocean Floor. The museum also has a more hands on area that’s geared more towards kids, where you can hold giant grasshoppers, Madagascar cockroaches and other big critters if you dare. I didn’t hold anything this time, but in the past I was brave enough to hold an Eastern Lubber who I actually thought (call me crazy) was kinda cute! If hissing cockroaches aren’t your thing, you might enjoy the live butterfly pavilion, which I tried for the first time this year. A $6 ticket gets you something like 15 minutes inside a greenhouse-like room, filled with flowering plants and steamy air. Aside from the few wiggly kids in my group, I thought it was a really nice experience – I even had a giant blue butterfly land on my shoulder at one point. And thankfully, those wiggly kids settled down after a few minutes.
I think I spent about 5 hours at the museum and said almost no words to a single human being the entire time I was there. Which is kind of weird, but also really nice. Every once in a while you just need to be quiet and alone with your own thoughts, you know?
Of course when I had seen all I could see, I was pretty hungry…
BA-DA-DUM!!! A classic dog from a street vendor hit the spot.
DID YOU KNOW?
- The Museum of Natural History is open 364 days a year with free admission, and is the most visited natural history museum in the world.
- The museum’s collections total over 126 million specimens
Are you planning on visiting in the new year?
A new exhibit called Beyond Bollywood opens in February.
His + Hers Chopper Hoppers. You know, a little dish to put your dentures in at night.
Found these at a flea market a few weeks ago, couldn’t leave them behind, obviously. I’ve got plans to put them on display in my bathroom. You know, as an extra reminder to take really good care of my teeth.
By the way, vintage + denture on Etsy turns up some interesting finds.
I’m kicking off the week with a shop update! New items will be trickling in all day…
Friends! How was your week? It’s been beautiful and crisp and sunny here in central Virginia – the Blue Ridge Mountains are the prettiest rusty orange right now and they look just gorgeous against clear blue skies! We will be keeping ourselves busy this weekend raking leaves and putting some finishing touches on a few house related projects. What about you? Any big plans?
Here are a few things I bookmarked to share with you for today’s Friday Five. Enjoy!
THE PRETTIEST GARMENT RACK I EVER DID SEE.
Everything Sarah Sherman Samuel does is beautiful. I mean EVERYTHING. Have you guys seen the cabin renovation she and her husband totally rocked together? If you haven’t, you should grab a snack as it’s going to be a while before you’ll be able to pull yourself away. I’m serious.
So, I just took a car load of new inventory to my shop this morning, including a whole bunch of vintage coats – and y’all know those bad boys are heavy. I was especially happy to find this awesome DIY garment rack tutorial on Sarah’s blog the other day as I really need to beef up my garment racks! Beef up my garment racks! Weird but true.
A SUITCASE FILLED WITH GORGEOUSNESS, THAT’S WHAT IT IS.
I’m a big fan of Jane Foster’s work and I loved getting this little peek at some of her favorite 1950s fabrics. Where’s that heart eye emoji when I really need it?! Head on over to her blog to see more.
TALK ABOUT SYNCRONIZED.
THE MENOPAUSE, 1953.
PETS ARE HAPPY MAKING.
Almost always when I’m sitting at my desk working, my 11 month old dog Boone is laying at my feet. I LOVE IT and I love dogs so this pinboard totally makes me smile. That’s Audrey and her sweet pup, Mr Famous above.
Happy weekend, people!
I’m a polka dot girl. Forever and always a polka dot girl. I feel like you just can’t help but be a happy person when you’re wearing a little polka dotted number. Know what I mean?
Here are 10 lovely polka dotted numbers I found while poking around Etsy. Enjoy!
1. 1960s Blouse, $48 from recollect vintage
2. 1950s Bricky Brownie skirt, $66.05 from Lais Vintage
3. 1960s knit shell, $138 from 86 Vintage
4. 1960s Polka Dot Minnie, $44 from Pom Pom Vintage
5. 1950s Polka Dot Gloves, $38 from Jess James Jake
6. 1940s Red Ruffle dress, $68 from Simplicity Is Bliss
7. 1950s Cocktail Dress, $88 from Fab Gabs
8. Sailor Blouse, $30 from Jess James Jake
9. 1980s Canvas Pumps, $48 from Pretty Old Goods
10. 1980s Betty Boop heels, $39 from True Value Vintage
I’m a big fan of projects that I can start and finish in the same sitting. Sometimes I feel like I have so many balls in the air and if I take on a makeover project of sorts and it’s going to be days or weeks until I can come up for air, I get super discouraged. I think I might suffer from DIYADD. Is that a thing? I always start out really excited about… painting, let’s say. For about two days, I feel pretty pumped. Fresh coats! What a joy! Look at the room transform! And then I get really tired of rinsing rollers and having whatever room I’m working on be in a total state of disarray. Know what I mean? Anyhow, here are two simple projects I knocked out last week, both of them took me less than an hour.
I recently picked up this completely weird Jimmy Carter planter at a yard sale because, you know, it’s not every day you come across a completely weird Jimmy Carter planter. And it was $1.50. How could I leave it behind? I knew right away that he needed a fresh coat of white paint. After brushing on the first coat, I put on my thinking cap and busted out a can of high gloss spray paint. Exactly one minute later, I was done.
BOOM. Bright white, super weird Jimmy Carter planter in the house. (So bright you can barely see it! HAH! Gotta love the lack of good natural light that comes with the fall + winter months)
On to the next.
Confession. I’m a vintage fabric hoarder. I’ve been holding on to this stuff for like, a decade. I suffer from TATCIU syndrome. You know, too afraid to cut it up. You’ve heard of it? Well, lately I’ve been telling myself that it’s just silly to hoard all this awesome fabric in bins and never let it see the light of day. What kind of way is that to appreciate beauties like this? IT’S NOT. So… I took a deep breath and cut two large squares out of this barkcloth panel to make a throw pillow. Certainly not the most complicated sewing project out there, but like I said, I’m going for same day gratification here.
One new pillow, finished in under an hour. That’s how ya do it, friends!
Next up, I’m going to hem some curtain panels that have been on The List forever! We’ve got company coming soon and I’ve got to get this place in ship shape!