Monday, January 31, 2011

What's Penny Wearing? #42 Alfred Shaheen

To clarify, Penny really isn't so much "wearing" today's example as she is "displaying" it for me. A fabulous Alfred Shaheen fabric panel from the 60's featuring butterflies that I found at a thrift store. I draped it around her because I thought it would surely make a lovely dress.
What gorgeous style these butterflies have!

These panels would also be great as framed wall art, don't you think?

 Here's a pattern which shows a dress made out of the fabric - not a good image, I'm afraid:

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Pages From Decorating Books - 1965

I found two decorating books at a thrift store. They weren't chock full of photos, but they did contain enough interesting ones to make me feel they were worth the 50 cents each I paid.
Loving the orange Egg Chair and the dining set in this one:
Got a case of the blues? We have some unusual metal furniture, here:
I'd be happy to hang out in front of this fire:
One room two ways - change it up with color:
Wow - a lot of space - nice, modern, open:
I like the furniture and that triple light fixture:
These people have lots of space, too - nice!
I like their lamps and the dining set, below - but that sofa (?) doesn't look very comfortable:
I adore this bright geometric rug!
I like the built-ins, looks like a nice room to kick back and listen to some LP's in, and - I know! How about a fondue party?

I'm up for it. What's the address?

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Crafts for Everyone, Volume 1

Sis Lori here: Back in this post , I showed you Volume 2 of this book series. I mentioned then that I hoped to find Volume 1. Well, my big Sis Tina found it for me!! So here are a few pages from it. I must admit, though, I am partial to Volume 2, as it has more of my kind of crafts.

The first section is Woodcraft- Here is a wobbly duck:

Next section is Metal Craft: Tin-can Flower Pots:

And Twisted and woven wire bracelets:

Then we have Leather Craft: Moccasins:

And another from the Woodcraft section - a child's stool and steps:

These books are from the early 50's and were by Louis V. Newkirk, P.H.D., Director, Division of Industrial Arts, Chicago Public Schools. Great instructional books!!! Thank you, Tina!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Nestle's Again

I have written about Nestle's before, but here I am, at it again.
I didn't even know they ever sold a dry packaged cookie mix. This ad is from 1952:

I think I probably like every kind of cookie or confection made with any type of Nestle's Brand morsels! Take Oatmeal Scotchies, here, for instance:
Or these Crunchy Fudge Sandwiches...
Or most likely just about anything from this 1980 Toll House cookbook:

Mint and Milk Chocolate Morsels were new in 1968. I swear they didn't carry them at the grocery store where Daddy shopped (Safeway in Placerville), because I still don't believe I knew they existed back then!
I didn't see these Limited Edition Dark Chocolate and Mint Morsels at all until after the holidays - but I just HAD to get some!

This is a sweet advertisement - just watchin' the cookies bake:

I recently made some cookies, into which I put an assortment of "chips" because I had so many different bags with varying amounts left inside. (Yes, some leftover Hershey's managed to sneak in there, as well.)
We really liked them. Nothing new there.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Barbie Dress-Up Day #16 More Handmade Fashions

Today's Barbie post is all about home made fashions. The only example I have of a crocheted or knitted item like some of those I'm featuring today is this Tyrolean-looking outfit:

In the one below, Barbie is ready to travel - with luggage that matches her hair!

Barbie and her beau Ken, all set to go ice skating (with Skipper!), or out for a stroll in their pretty green knits:
Stylish separates, including ponchos, one with a cute matching hat!
Skipper will stay nice and warm in her lovely coats:

An advertisement from 1965:
Here's a full shot of Barbie in her outfit. She's quite the fashionista, really - and I believe I heard her whisper something about not being caught dead in this get-up:

Sorry, Barb - I only bought it because my name is Heidi, and I thought it was cute.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tina's Nasturtium Collections No. 1: Hankies

Good morning. Tina here. I am a hankie user. They are so handy to have around... Blow your nose, wipe a sweating forehead, wash a little face. I always have one or two in my purse or my pocket.

Below I am sharing a collection of hankies with nasturtium flowers on them. These are my favorite hankies out of my hankie collection, and the only ones that don't get used. This is my largest hankie at over 14 inches square. It's salmon and brown coloring is bright and lovely. It still has its foil tag on one corner.
Pure Irish Linen Hand Rolled in the Philippines.
This hankie is about 12 inches square and is a lighter linen. This is about the usual size of the hankies I use everyday.
I love the flowers on this sky blue 11 1/2 inch hankie. It also has its original foil label.
Pure Linen Hand Rolled.
This foot wide cutie has bright bouquets of flowers including nasturtiums and a purple border.
Some of the hankies, including this one, are so thin that you can literally see through them when you hold them up to the light.
Another large, at 13 1/2 inches hankie, with exuberant happy blossoms covering the light blue border.
A very good artistic rendering of nasturtiums, but the printing stamp was a bit off.
My only round hankie. It is about 12 1/2 inches wide, with perfect hand rolled edges.
These are the fiery orange florals that I enjoy most in nasturtium coloring. I have five of these hankies with the bouquets and the stripes. The sizes range from 11 to 12 inches.
I have two with brown borders, two with burgundy borders, and one with a navy blue border.
This hankie is similar to vintage framed prints I have. A lovely blue bowl.
Rather faded, this hankie is the most like a man's hankie I have, excepting the pattern.
This little hankie is more cheaply made and is only 11 inches wide.
It has a lovely border of nasturtiums.
Another hankie with a border of flowers, this time including poppies and daisies.
The lemon yellow nasturtiums form the border and the shape of the hankie on this example.
Although the nasturtiums are not artistically correct on this hankie, I love the way the ribbons wrap around and make the center of the design.
Nasturtiums do not have a center stamen. I call these examples nasturtium "wanna bees". But these are so like them I include them in my collection anyway.
More of the "anatomically" and color correct bouquets against gray, how pretty.
A closeup.
More "wanna bees", these have the correct leaves and the tails on the buds, and I like the butterflies.
Nasturtiums have five petals, so the artist got that part right.

I am ending with the one that got away. A hankie, round, that was listed on ebay and I was outbid on it! Every collection has the one that got away, and someday I will find it again.