November 14, 1952 - It's Coming Along

Good Afternoon,
     As I have mentioned many times before I am currently working on making my brand new 1096 sq ft house into a comfortable home for my new hubby and myself.  We are slowly getting through all of the major home improvements that needed to be done to make it completely livable.  One major thing is left unfinished and by no fault of our own.
     In early October we decided to cancel our order for new counter tops from a large chain store.  I was very unhappy with the customer service that we were receiving and instead are going through a small local company.  However I must admit that this is going just as well.  They are giving us a slightly better deal (they are also putting in a new back door and replacing two windows for the same cost as what the chain was charging us just for the counter tops) however their costumer service skills are again lacking.  They were supposed to begin making the template on Friday.  You see I am off work Friday's so I could let them in and tell them exactly what we are looking for.  Well at around 2:30 in the afternoon I still hadn't heard anything so I called the Kitchen Company and they told me in not so many words that he wasn't coming.  Now don't you think they could have had the decency to call me a little earlier and tell me this.  Perhaps then I could have gone out shopping or to visit with my Grandmother-in-Law down the street instead of being cooped up in the house for what was probably going to be the last nice day of the year.  That really got my craw.
     Well enough of that!  I am more set in my decision about my new lifestyle than I have ever been in my life.  It is not very easy to stay in a retro frame of mind when you are withstanding a constant barrage of current news and media not only at work but by your own husband.
     I have been cleaner, more organized and just plain happier since I have adopted my new way of life.  I would recommend that anyone take on their own project of self-improvement, mine has brought me to the 1950's let yours take you where it may.  I have learned two major things while taking on this challenge.  One is that you can take anything that you don't like about yourself and change it as long as you work hard enough.  The second is that the human body and spirit is very adaptable.  You can learn a new skill, take on new challenges and reach for new heights as long as you aren't afraid to try.  The me last year would have told you that I could never go for a month without the microwave.  Here I am nearly a full year has gone by without a single use.
     As for next year, not that I am starting my New Year's resolution list quite yet but I will say that I am going to focus more on my new wardrobe.  I had such hope to have an entirely new wardrobe by the end of the year and here we are in mid-November with only two skirts, a petticoat and a dress to speak of.  Sometimes life (and buying a new home as well as getting married) gets in the way.  I was thinking of even perhaps taking in the sew weekly challenge.  This means making a whole outfit or dress every week.  I think that as long as I stick to discount fabrics I can make my new wardrobe more of a reality in 1953.

Till Later!


October 19, 1952 - I Have Not Dissappeared

Good afternoon,
I apologize for the lack of updates in the past month however I have been very busy putting together my new perfect little home. My entire life has become all about home inprovement. Although I have been trying to stay true to my way of life that is something that is most difficult. We have not been able to cook in our own home yet because of the missing countertops and kitchen sink. Most meals have been with family or at local restaurants. Wehave tried very hard to keep fast food to a minimum however that is unavoidable when you are on a tight budget.
I have so many ideas and so little patience to pull them off. What is a girl to do? The first job is to tackle the painting, which we have done quite a lot of that and can't wait to be over. I am going to leave this one short but I promise to update again really soon.


September 11, 1952 - On Being a Housewife in the Fifties

Good Morning,
    I hope everyone is having a good week.  I know that I have been.  Everything with the house is running as smooth as silk and we will be closing in less than a week.  I cannot wait to get in there and get my hands dirty.  Most of the things that we are having done we will be having professionals do.  As I have said earlier we are going to have a plumber and an electrician in to do all of that work.  We are having two windows replaced and new counter tops.  There is also a desperate need for a new back door.  Our home was broken into while it was still on the market and that was stolen along with all of the copper piping (this is something that I may have mentioned before and if so I apologize for being redundant).  However we are going to be doing all of the cleaning and painting and such ourselves.
    Now I titled this little letter "On Being a Fifties Housewife" because I know that there are a lot of cliches and although I was never really alive during this era through talking to women that were alive during it and much research on the internet I have learned that most of these cliches just aren't true.  Men did not rule over their wives.  Women simply had less of a 'Well do it yourself' kind of attitude.  Most of the time women did not work after they were married.  In fact most places that hired women wanted to give the jobs to single women that much more likely needed the money.  That's not to say that no women worked, they were just a lot harder to find. 
    One of the magazine articles that I've read in the past year had a woman defending why she chose to keep her career in the advertizing world even after she had a husband and children.  She made a few good points that it was something that she loved and that it helped to bring in the kind of money between herself and her husband so that they never had to want for anything.
    Her children were watched over by a nanny and her neighbor and she felt fine with that.  However, I also had the following month of that same magazine and I read the editorial comments from fellow readers and they too had their good points.  First and foremost she was displaying a truly disconnectedness from her family.  She said herself on most days she only saw her children for a half an hour in the morning and maybe two hours in the evening after she got home.  This is not the way to raise children, this is the way to let someone else raise your children.  They never have the stability of coming home to a mom that is there, that you can tell about your day.  This is the beginnings of latch key children and being one myself I can say that I hated it.  I personally want to be there for my children and my husband when he gets home from work.  I like to cook and I like him to know that I want to take care of him for the rest of our lives.
    What are the duties of a good fifties housewife in my opinion?  Well, I believe that a good wife should let her husband know that she cares by doing the little things that make his life easier like making sure that he has clean clothes and a good nutritious meal on the table.  In return he will make sure that the grass is cut, all of the snow is shoveled and the garbage is emptied.  A wife should be able to carry on an intelligent conversation with her husband.  Not just sit there and nod and say 'yes dear' because that will soon become annoying and he will stop talking because he will start to feel as though he were talking to a robot or even worse a wall.  A good wife will be there to raise their children if they have any.  She will nurture them and do her best to make them not only confident in themselves, but respectful to others, have good manners and good hygiene.  Keep them happy and make sure that their childhood remains as such.  Not to expose them to too many things that will cause distress in their young lives and monitor all of the media so they are not exposed to too much too soon.
    Having a hobby isn't a bad idea either.  Whenever I pick up a new fifties magazine I see page after page of new ideas for ladies to try out in their own home.  Although I know that many women in today's society lack some of the basic skills that were taught to every young women back then (most of these magazines take it for granted that you know how to do all of the basic sewing, crocheting knitting and such) most of these skills can be self-taught especially with the help of the internet.  There are of course also reading, writing (even letters to people that you don't speak to often), recipe clubs, women's clubs which don't really exist anymore but would be something lovely to restart.  The point is that you can truly be a good housewife, keep your family happy and most importantly keep yourself happy and busy without being any of those stupid cliches.  There is my opinion in a nutshell.  I hope that everyone has a great day, now I am off to pack.

Till Later!


August 26, 1952 - Our House Is a Very Fine House

Good Morning,
   Sorry for the delay in posts but I have been very busy lately.  We went to look at our house and loved it.  There was so much interest in it that we had to put a bid in on it immediately.  The next day I learned that we got it and it will close sometime in late December, so my husband and I have been doing a lot of planning and a little packing.
   There is some work that needs to be done but don't you worry we are looking forward to the challenge.  A couple of windows need to be replaced as well as the counter-tops (because they are missing completely) and the kitchen sink.  We went out and bought all of our appliances this past Wednesday and now we are trying to figure out where we are going to put all of our furniture.
   Everything is moving so quickly that I haven't really had a moment to sit down and breathe let alone write.  I have missed this little blog over the last couple of weeks however and can't wait to get back to life as normal.  This time with a yard and a huge kitchen to make all of those wonderful recipes and a garden that I can grow my own vegetables in.  We are even going to put in a tree on the first day that we are officially living there so that it can grow with our family.
   This is a whole new world for me and I can't wait to enjoy the ride.  I hope all is well with everyone else.  Pretty soon I will be back to sewing as normal and sharing all of my misadventures with all of you.  Please forgive me for my absence.  I will be back online as soon as time allows.

Till Later!


August 13, 1952 - A House Hunting We Will Go

Good Morning,
   Well since we have gotten married we have started to think about taking the next logical step and buying a house.  We live in an area that is very reasonable with housing costs especially now that the market is what it is.  It didn't take long for us to find our humble little abode.  If all goes well we will be putting a down-payment on it on Monday.
    It is a lovely ranch style home that was built in 1955.  It's only a couple of blocks away from family so we are within easy distance to see everyone.  Really walking distance for visits and walks with the dog.  It is two bedrooms which is perfect for right now.  We have room to grow as a family.  Reasonably speaking we can have two children and still fit comfortably in this house.  It has a large backyard with a big, I believe, maple tree near the middle and an unbelievable three car garage.  That's more garage space than people that will be living in the house.  There is also a nice sized front porch and a a wonderful place for a garden.
   There is some work that needs to be done.  Someone stole all of the copper piping and the granite counter-tops, but the way that I figure is this.  I can now do it anyway that I want to.  I can get the Robin's Egg blue Formica top that I always wanted.  I mean the house isn't ours yet but it's starting to look like all of my dreams are coming true much quicker than I ever thought that they would.  We go to see the whole thing on Monday.  I can't wait.  I don't want to post any pictures of the house itself until we get it.  I guess now I have to get my drivers license otherwise there is no getting to work.

Till Later!


August 12, 1952 - Recipe Club

Good Evening Everyone,
   Time to share a few interesting recipes.  I thought that you might enjoy them, now I haven't tried all of them out myself just yet so tell me if they are any good if you try them.

Tyrolean No Bake Fruit Cake
Serves 8-10
4 cups ground brazil nuts
1 1/2 boxes seedless raisins (appox. 22 oz)
2 cups cut up glaceed fruit mix
2 cups maraschino cherries
1 1/2 lbs. graham crackers, crushed
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup orange juice
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup molasses
2 scant tbs. grated orange rind
1/2 tsp. cinamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp. ginger

Combine orange juice and gelatin and cook over low heat until dissolved.  Ass sugar, molasses, spices and orange rind and beat at high speed until very creamy.  Combine Brazil nuts, glaceed fruit, cherries, and graham crackers in a large bowl.  Combine creamy mixture with dry ingredients and mix well (since mixture will be very thick you may have to use your hands to mix well.)  Firmly press the fruitcake mixture into an oiled tall Tyrolean mold cover with foil and refrigerate for 24 hours.  To unmold, dip mold into hot water and invert over your serving tray.  Garnish mold with glaceed pineapple and/or cherries.

ABC Aspic
Serves 8
3 - 3oz packages of lemon gelatin
4 cups boiling water
3 - 8oz cans seasoned tomato sauce
2 tsp seasoned salt
3 tbs. vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

Dissolve gelatin in boiling water; add other ingredients.  Pour into Rose mold pan.  Chill until set.

In the forties and fifties everyone had a thing for aspics and salad gelatin molds.  I have wanted to try one for a while now but have simply never gotten around to it.  I think that maybe tonight is the night to try this one out.

Cheese Straws
1 1/2 cups flour
6 tbs. shortening
5 tbs. ice water
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup grated cheese
dash of paprika, cayenne pepper and Tabasco sauce

Cut shortening into dry ingredients.  Add water and mix as for pie crust.  Place dough into cookie king press tube (or roll into strings).  Form dough into lines of desired length with a sharp knife.  Separate slightly.  Bake at 400 degrees for 5-10 minutes.


August 9, 1952 - A Brand New Challange on the Sewing Front

Good Morning,
   Well, I didn't want to admit it to myself.  However, after not sewing for the better part of fifteen years I have to admit that I am a complete novice.  It seemed that lately every project that I was trying to accomplish was coming out a complete disaster.  This hadn't happened since I was about thirteen years old.  I was making my own clothes as an older teen.
   I didn't want to let myself believe that I couldn't pull off a five star project the first time out of the gate after not attempting it for so long.  So here I am in all of my ashamed glory telling you I am a total and utter beginner at sewing.  The main reason that I haven't shared all of my sewing projects on here is because they have been one foible after another.
   This month however I finally made a cute dress that came out rather well.  Out of the fabric that my step-mother-in-law gave me there was a huge piece of cotton that was black with little lacy vines on it and I thought it would be perfect for a little pattern that I was dying to use.  I made what I thought was all of the necessary adjustments and cut it out.  It sewed together in less than two hours and when I tried it on it was, well let's face it . . . a tent.  I over estimate how much material I have to leave to grade up a pattern one size.  I had to take the whole thing in about six or seven inches and it still fits over my head.  I really didn't want to put in a zipper so that was nice.
   I looked at myself in the mirror and saw that I had finally constructed something that looked good.  It however was still a little loose looking and plain.  To fix the loose looking part I constructed a very simple tie belt and to change the monotony of the simple dress I added a lace trim around the bottom.  It was honestly the first time that I made something that I liked and had self hemmed.  Normally I ask hubby to help me get a straight hem but since it was so loose I didn't really need to make any alterations to the length.  I'll post pictures as soon as I get them.  You see, the dress is on the bedroom and hubby is still sleeping, poor dear has a nasty little cold and he needs his rest.  I hope you understand.
   I have as of late become more obsessed with fashion and homemaking than ever.  So inspired am I being a new wife that I want to make my home adorable and my clothes perfection so that my husband will want to show me off. Quite a long time ago I found a woman that uploaded every picture from nearly every Lutterloh pattern book since the 1930's including some of the harder to find ones.  I wish she put up the pattern pieces as well but I suppose that beggars cannot be choosers.  I have a pretty determined nature and I would like to teach myself how to draft the pattern pieces myself eventually.
   The whole reason for this post seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle.  I want to start a challenge for myself.  I want to really get started on my new wardrobe.  This new dress has me more encouraged than ever that I can pull it off.  I would love to be able to sew a dress a week as they do at one of my favorite blogs sew weekly but I think that budget and time problems would keep me from trying to take that on.  I think that one piece of clothing every two weeks is more my speed.  I would like to have at least 10 outfits by the end of the year.  There should even be time for a Christmas dress.  I already have a skirt that needs a shirt and as a side project I would like to knit something about every four months.  Now this I am brand new at.  Until about a month and a half ago I had never lifted a set of knitting needles in my life so I'm not quite sure how this is going to turn out.  Wish me luck and the next letter will probably be about my new project.
Till Later!


August 6, 1952 - A Jackpot Kinda Day

Good Morning,
   How are you all doing this morning? I am feeling much better after the accident.  On the mend as they say.  One of my normal Traditions lived on the other day when we spent the morning at the local flea market.  Over the past several years I have learned to hone my skills in negotiating prices and acting like I don't really want something that I honestly don't think that I could live without.
   Well yesterday those skills were put to the test when I found a man who was selling an old recipe binder that had a pile of old newspaper clipped recipes in it.  I obviously wasn't going to pay a fortune for it because hey it is a flea market after all.  You never get what something is worth at a flea market.  He started out with a pretty darn low price of $5 and I made a sort of disinterested noise and he dropped it to $3.  I wanted to squeak from happiness but my inner bargain hunter took over and I asked him if he would take $2 and he said yes.  Well, you would not believe what I got for that price.
   Inside that little binder was a true jackpot from the heavens let me tell you.  Inside the front cover the original owner had written 1939-1940 and there were at least 100 loose magazine articles, labels from 40's and 50's containers especially from spry shortening and articles from my local newspaper in the mid to late 50's.  The magazine clippings ranged from the late 30's to the early 60's.  This woman collected these pages for around 30 years.  I was astonished at what amazing condition it was all in considering it had been sitting out in the sun and god knows where else for at least the last 60 years.
   That was not the only thing I got from this same man.  I also paid $0.50 for a Pennsylvania travel guide from 1957.  I have looked from time to time on E-Bay or at flea markets for items such as this and they are consistently overpriced.  My ultimate goal would be to get a few maps of Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey that I can keep in the car.
   This little book however is a little doozy  called "More Vacation Fun in Pennsylvania"  It highlights a bunch of little places that are still around today so perhaps next summer we will be going on a road trip around Penna. for a few days to save on money. 
   There are a lot of beautiful full color pictures throughout the book and it highlights some of the most scenic and may I also mention FREE places to go in my home state.  I know that in 1952 people were much happier with their lot in life and spent little on vacations.  If I told you how much money we spent on our trip to Las Vegas last week I think that you would fall right off your chair.
   Next year is going to be kept much closer to home and much cheaper than this years.  Perhaps we will spend a day in Lancaster where even here in the fifties the ways of the Amish people were an attraction to be explored.  Maybe we will even rent a boat for the day and laze in the lake sunbathing.  I can just see it now and boy can I not wait.
   The last thing that I want to tell you about is a cookbook that I got for free from one of my favorite vendors at this flea market.  I won't say her name but she is always incredibly nice to us and is almost like family at this point.  It's just a little book from Nordic Ware.  I'm not sure on the year but she told me that it was in the fifties.  (She is in her eighties.)  It is called "Unusual Old World and American Recipes".  It is obviously an advertizement for their bake-ware but it still highlights some very interesting recipes such as Mandarin Coffee Bread and Frosty Lime Seafood Salad.  Maybe for the next recipe share I will put up a couple of these.
   It is now time to start the day so have a good afternoon.
Till Later!


August 4, 1952 - My Grandmother-In-Laws Perfect Style

   How are you doing this morning?  I had a very nice weekend.  Getting ready for the wedding has been hectic but fun.  It is just around the corner now and I can't wait to get to Vegas and be a Mrs instead of just a little old Miss.
   As you can see I changed the form of my blog post a little.  I wanted to try this for a little while now but simply never did.  You see in 1952 people wrote letters often.  Much more often than they ever used a phone and although this is being done on a computer and not by hand or on a typewriter I thought it would feel a little more authentic if I wrote it in the form of a letter.
  A couple of weeks ago hubby started bringing over family pictures and boxes of mementos from his grandparents relationship before they were married.  They had dated from 1955 until 1958 when he was discharged from the Navy.  There were hundreds of pictures, letters, documents and even a few 1950's yearbooks for me to look through.  I loved every moment of our search through the past.  One thing that was consistent however was his Grandmother's sense of style.  
   I had only seen a few pictures from her graduation in 1955 and her wedding dress in 1958 before this and I knew those two dresses were beautiful but they were also very special occasions.  It wasn't until we were looking through these pictures that we discovered just how beautifully she dressed most of the time.

   Hubby has slowly begun to get all of these pictures scanned into the computer so that we will always have them and don't have to worry about losing them to time.  As soon as I have more available I will share them with you because these are too precious and too beautiful to not share.  
   For now however I will have to leave you with her amazing wedding dress.  She still has it and if I would have fit in it she would have let me wear it during our wedding.  Unfortunately I don't think I could have dreamed to fit into it.  She was so thin and beautiful.  
Till Later!


August 3, 1952 - Starting Up My Little Home

As I had written earlier me and my husband (I love being able to say that now) did not live together until two days before the wedding.  I have had this apartment for seven years however so there is really nothing that is needed besides a new coffee pot.
However, as a new little wife I feel that I must be even more vigilant to keep a beautiful and happy home for my husband.  That's what my fifties counterpart would have done.  Hubby likes being involved in every aspect of the home life.  He even did the laundry yesterday because I am currently on muscle relaxers due to the car accident that we were in and they knock me out when I take them.  So we went grocery shopping together and planned all of the meals for the next two weeks together and we even have one day a week where we cook together so that not only do we get to spend time as a couple but he is learning how to cook which no one ever taught him how to do before.
Today he is at his grandmothers doing some housework and getting the new car looked at.  (It has been sitting in her garage for a few months to save on the insurance and the battery died.)  So I am here all by myself and I am going to use my time wisely in researching what my fifties self would do to make her house run smoothly and efficiently through the happy summer months.  I also want to put the finishing touches on the summer dress that I made using a retro pattern that I initially bought for my wedding dress.  I look forward to it being part of my vintage wardrobe.
I hope everyone is enjoying this lovely August day.  Till Later!


August 1, 1952 - I Got Married!

I realize that I have been neglecting my little blog over the last few weeks, however it has been with good reason.  On July 24th I got married.  It was a beautiful ceremony and we stayed in Las Vegas for a few days as our honeymoon.
The day after we returned home we got in a car accident.  We were rear-ended by a drunk driver on the way home from grabbing groceries and I ended up in the hospital until 4 in the morning with a pretty bad case of whiplash of which I am still recovering from.  I am going to keep this simple for now but I will leave you with a few pictures from the honeymoon.
Till Later!


July 2, 1952 - Play Ball!

As I have said before, my fiance is an avid baseball fan and being such I thought that the perfect birthday gift for him would be to take him to a baseball game.  However, seeing how we are paying for a wedding in less than a month it seemed that the major league Phillies were out of the question.  But what fun an afternoon at the minor league ballpark would be.
So, his birthday being yesterday I got him tickets for us to go see the Reading Phillies.  They are the AA affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. (The major league Phillies, if they had a letter would be AAAA.)  It was a good game that we won 7-5.  We met a couple of very nice people while we were there and had a lovely dinner out at a local Chinese restaurant.  I think overall it went very well and he said he had a very nice birthday.
This got me to thinking to look up the 1952 Phillies.  On July 1, 1952, playing in New York,  they played the Brooklyn Dodgers losing 3-4 and on the 4th of July, one of the most famous days for going to baseball games they played a double header against the Boston Braves, unfortunately losing both games, 1-2 and
2-3.  On the left is the 1952 Topps baseball card for someone that had a career of 16 years with the Phillies.  He started with the team in 1944 until he gets traded in a few years.  Right now he is playing short stop but is a pretty versatile player that tried a hand at 2nd base, 3rd base and was even brought in to pitch a few times.  However he was unable to find success as a pitcher with an ERA of 5.40 in seven career appearances over three seasons.  As a position player he had several successful seasons in Philadelphia and was named to the All Star Team this year.  For this season his offensive statistics are comparable to Raul Ibanez in 2010.
On the right is Phillies Legend Richie Ashburn.  He is such a prominent  figure in the history of the team that they have named an entire section of the stadium after him called 'Ashburn Alley' where you can shop, eat and learn all about the history of the team while being watched over by a larger than life size bronze statue of Ashburn himself.  He plays center field and is a future 6 time all-star and hall of famer. With a very impressive fielding percentage of .980 his future hero status is understandable. 
Tonight is going to be a night in but tomorrow we are heading to a family picnic.  If I don't write before that, I hope everyone has a happy and safe 4th of July.
Till Later!


June 29, 1952 - Lowered Expectations

I read something the other day on a blog that I frequent during my research and it was something that really resonated with a subject that I feel quite passionate about.  She was talking about how in fifties magazines they gave you a short description of a project and how to do it, as well as a picture of the finished project.  They honestly expected you to know what you were doing because you were taught the basics by your mother or in school.  They thought that they could just give you the bare minimum of information and you would be able to figure it out for yourself.
People were taught the basics of sewing and cooking by there mothers so they should have no problem throwing together a plain white blouse to add some screen printing too.  They could do this without being told 'go to your local fabric store, pick up blouse fabric, pick out pattern, pin pattern to fabric, sew together blouse, add buttons and then begin screen printing process.'  They just told you to make a plain blouse and then make it beautiful with screen printed designs, followed by about three sentences about how to screen print.  They could fit about ten different projects on each page.  How wonderful is that.  You can get about thirty different project completed every month if you knew the basics first.
This brings me back to a very sensitive subject with me.  The fact that no one is taught the basics anymore.  As I have said before I was leagues ahead of my fellow students in home ec because they expected so little of us.  Who with even the lowest IQ couldn't figure out how to sew a pillow or a pair of boxers?  I won't even get started on the fact that after two years of home economics that we still hadn't even touched a pot.  Would you believe that they thought that someone would get hurt.  Seriously, if this is really a problem I think that there are a lot of kids that should be placed in a little padded room so that they don't hurt themselves in regular life.
They run a much bigger risk of hurting themselves cooking at home when they have no basic knowledge and let's face it, no parental supervision.  I believe that more emphasis should be put on home and future personal care and development than on who can make the team sport.  But that is only my lowly opinion.  How far is little Johnny going to get in life if he can't balance a checkbook or he spends all of his money on new clothes because he doesn't know how to sew the button on one of his cheaply constructed, made in china pair of pants.
I think that the expectations should still exist.  We just need to step up and find a way to teach the foundations.
Till Later!


June 28, 1952 - Some New Additions

As you all know, entertainment is a very valuable tool in making yourself feel much more "in the era".  I have tons of music and movies at my disposal.  As I'm sure many of you know there is a site called Hulu that nearly always has a slew of old films at your fingertips, as well as some I've had in my own video collection.  I also have a few seasons of some classic television, such as I Love Lucy and Amos & Andy.  YouTube has also been very helpful in that regard.  However, I am always on the lookout for new movies and suck to add to my collection and this weekend I got my wish.  I acquired several new movies and now I can't wait for Tuesday nights. (Movie night for those of you whom don't remember.)
The ones that I received are:

Law & Order: Ronald Reagan, Dorothy Malone; A western about a sheriff that quits over an attempted lynching and tries to settle down with his girl on a ranch.

The Lavender Hill Mob:  Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway, Audrey Hepburn; A group steals gold and gets it out of the country by disguising it at miniature Eiffel Towers.

Love In the Afternoon:  Gary Cooper, Audrey Hepburn;  A private detective is trying to entrap a man with the wife of one of his clients.

On another subject last night I had a bit of a sweet tooth and I don't want to make anything too big.  I am trying to stick to my diet, so I picked up my General Foods cookbook and found the perfect recipe for home made chocolate sauce. 

Hot Fudge
2 squares of unsweetened chocolate
6 tbs water
1/2 cup sugar
Dash of salt
3 tbs butter
1/4 tsp vanilla

Combine chocolate and water in saucepan and place over low heat stirring until blended.  Add sugar and salt.  Cook until sugar is dissolved and mixture very slightly thickened. stirring constantly.  Add butter and vanilla.
I let this cool quite a bit and used some to make a very yummy and rich glass of chocolate milk.

I am off to do some more research, I hope you all have a wonderful day.
Till Later!


June 24, 1952 - Getting Back to the Swing of Things

It's a new season.  Summer is here and I couldn't be in a better mood.  It turns out that when hubby-to-be and I get married they are actually going to be giving us a larger apartment so it will be just like moving into our first home together instead of just him moving into my apartment. 
I have been thinking a lot about fifties weddings recently and really it seams that most of them were pretty small and just a family event.  Even his Grandmother who was to say the least a gorgeous and spoiled 50's bride, had a very small and intimate wedding.  Of course there were exceptions, just as there are now.  I can't believe what some women go through for that over-the-top wedding that they see on those shows 'Bridezilla's' and 'Say Yes to the Dress'.  The money they spend on that alone would put a nice down-payment on a house.  People in today's society really have their priorities messed up.
Why can't people be happy to live within their means.  Have  small intimate wedding and a nice home with furniture, instead of going into your first year of marriage in debt.  My fiance and I decided long ago that we were going to pay for everything in cash.  This meant that it was going to have to be relatively tiny in comparison to most weddings, however, we wouldn't have any past due bills hanging over our heads.
Honestly, I'm not even getting a dream wedding dress because financially, with one of us fresh out of college and the other working part-time at a grocery store it just isn't financially plausible to drop a couple hundred dollars on a dress that realistically I will wear once.
I still dream of my dress, the only difference is now I'm going to make it in pink and have it as a special occasion, or perhaps even Easter dress.  I think that we should take back all of those situations that you used to dress up for.  I still accompany his Grandmother to church on holidays even though I don't go myself.  Why shouldn't I leave the house on every occasion feeling good about myself and the way that I look.  I can't imagine how it would feel to walk outside all of the time looking like a slob in pajama pants and a stained T-shirt or, as I saw the other day.  There was a woman that was wearing a shirt that I own as a dress.  The length goes just past your bottom.  This was not made to be a dress and left absolutely nothing to the imagination.  If she had to bend over for some reason.  There would be quite a show.  If I were the owner of the store I would have thrown her out to be honest.
Oh well, time for work.
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I Am So Sorry

I know that I have gone MIA for the last month or so.  This was not intended I simply got sidetracked with, well lets just say life got away from me.  But I'm back now so hopefully in the next couple of days I will be able to put up the rest of the cleaning up and clearing out posts and a few things that I read recently as well as some of the recipes that I have tried recently. 
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May 26, 1952 - Cleaning Up & Clearing Out [Part 2]

This is the second part of the new collection of authentically vintage 50s-late 60's sewing things that I received after my hubby-to-be cleaned out his grandma's basement.

The sew and stitch thing is a needle assortment.  The handle of the marker is made of marble and the handle is painted steel.  Believe it or not what looks like match books are actually hosiery repair kits.  Inside them are a few small colored strings.  A needle and these wooden sticks that look like matches but in fact have a wax like substance on them that stops runs.
Then there are black thread in two sizes.  Would you believe that it's actually a wooden spool, plastic just isn't the same. I always thought that getting a box of 500 pins is pretty good but they actually used to go by weight.  5 lbs of pins goes a long way and they look pristine.  I don't believe that the whole 5 pounds are in there but it's pretty close.
Lastly, are these two Santa patches.  These were shoved in the bottom of the sewing box.  Within the material that I'm going to share over the next couple of days there are more Christmas things, including a half finished stuffed Santa that is most definitely fifties.  Guess what's going on the couch next Christmas.
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May 25, 1952 - Cleaning Up & Clearing Out [Part 1]

I could not have been more lucky.  Over the weekend my darling fiance graduated Summa Cum Laude (with highest honors) from college with a degree in Psychology and I couldn't be prouder.  However, I am the one that ended up with a gift.  The day before he was asked by Grandma to clean out the basement and that he should throw away anything that she wouldn't want.
Well within the walls of that basement stood a small treasure of vintage material, yarn and buttons.  There is even a sewing box that is small but circa 1956.  Most of the fabric is just remnants and I'm not really sure what I'm going to do with them quite yet, however, even with a vintage dress made of completely new fabric with one embellishment of vintage fabric will make you feel a bit more authentic.
So here is my new collection:

This is only the first part because there is so much to share.  I got materials galore and a 5 lb box of pins.  This is one of the coolest finds that I have ever seen and it was right under my feet for five years.
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May 19, 1952 - A Few New Recipes

It has been a little while since I shared any recipes and I thought since I was doing this Good Housekeeping project I would share a couple of the recipes that I have tried so far.  Sorry, I am not very good at remembering to take pictures after or while I am cooking.  I shall try to remember to do so in the future.

Chicken Cacciatore
Serves 2
1 1/2 lbs fryer chicken
3 tbs. fat or salad oil
1/2 cup minced onion
1/3 cup minced green pepper (I am allergic so I used celery, always great substitute)
2 minced cloves of garlic
1 3/4 cup canned tomatoes
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup Chianti wine (I used red wine because that's what I had in the house)
1 3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. allspice
1 bay leaf
1/4 tsp. leaf thyme
Dash cayenne pepper

Clean, wash and dry fryers.  Heat fat in large skillet or dutch oven.  Fry chicken in it until golden brown on all sides.  Add onion, green pepper, and garlic; brown lightly.  Add remaining ingredients; simmer. uncovered, 30-40 minutes, or until chicken is tender.
Serve with sauce over it with french bread.

Devils Food Cake
2 oz unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup boiling water
1 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
1/2 cup sour milk or buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla

Heat oven to 350F.  Grease and flour an 8" x 2" cake pan.  Melt chocolate over hot water; stir in boiling water until smooth.  Cool.  Sift together 3 times, the flour, baking soda, baking powder. and salt.  With back of spoon, work shortening against the sides of the mixing bowl until creamy.  Slowly add sugar, continuing to work until creamy.  Stir in cooled chocolate, then beaten eggs.  Add dry ingredients alternately with milk in small amounts, beating well with a spoon after each addition.  Stir in vanilla.  Turn into pan; bake in moderate oven of 350F 50-60 minutes or until done.  Cool on wire rack10-15 minutes before removing from pan.

Butter Frosting
1/4 cup butter
Speck of salt
2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
About 3 tbs. cream or milk
1 tsp vanilla flavoring

  1. Place butter in medium mixing bowl; let stand to soften  a little.
  2. Add salt; then work with back of wooden spoon, or electric beater at high spead, until light in color, fluffy and creamy.
  3. Gradually stir in about 1/3 confectioners' sugar.  Then add remaining sugar and cream, alternately, while stirring or beatinguntil very smooth.  Add only enough cream to make of spreading consistency.  
  4. When frosting is smooth, add vanilla and spread on cake.
I hope these are some yummy additions to your kitchen artillery.  The Chicken Cacciatore was amazing and is something that I am going to make again and again.  I loved it and made the leftovers as lunch the next day with some noodles.  I was proud of it and still am. The devils food cake, well, how can you make a bad chocolate cake.  However I am going to be putting off the dessert section for a while.  At least until after I get married.  I want to be able to have a really enjoyable time there without having to worry about what I look like so I am going to be watching my fat and calories for the next couple of months very closely.
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May 9, 1952 - A Lazy Kind of Night . . . Sort Of

I finished my first day in my new department.  I am now in the prepared foods department which has two major advantages.  First, I now have a constant schedule and days that I can guarantee off.  Second, I no longer have to worry about customers.  I am stationed in a room away from all of them where they can't find me.  I have never said that I was really a social creature and when I am at work people can sometimes get under my skin easily.  This new job is easy and there is really a set list of things that need to get done and we do them.  That's it.
As for the night ahead I believe that I am going to sit down with a few TV shows and perhaps a movie as well as my oven cooked Banquet Fried Chicken TV Dinner.  Banquet didn't hit the shelves until 1955, Swanson's came out this year but they do not sell them anymore.  The only TV Dinners still owned not by Swanson but by it's parent company Pinnacle Foods is Hungry Man.  Because of this information I thought that banquet would just have to do.   However much I am going to try and be a little lazy tonight and enjoy an evening of TV and reading I will likely end up working on my sewing project.  
I would like to get to the sewing stage of this dress by the weekend and that isn't going to happen if I don't finish all of the alterations on the bodice before the weekend.  I will also probably be catching up on some cleaning that got put off this weekend.  I have a few dishes to do that I didn't have time to do this morning after breakfast because I had to leave so early in the morning and I would like to do a little scrubbing in the bathroom.  Time will tell.
I also finally talked myself into buying some good baking cocoa.  This is something that I have put off for a long time since I have been trying not to make too many sweets, seeing as I am on a diet and all but every time I look for some sort of yummy dessert to make with our Sunday dinner I come up dredging the bottom of the list because almost every recipe I can find asks for cocoa.  Time to go.
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May 6, 1952 - So Insanely Happy!

I am so excited.  We have finally picked the place for our wedding.  It is less than three months away and just the other night I was trying to think of somewhere that was economical and a place that said "us".  I thought about the baby Phillies Stadium and I thought about a state park nearby and although both are wonderful places my third thought was the one that "took the cake" so to speak. 
There is a local Family Theme Park called Knoebels Grove which both of us have spent so many fun times both as children and as adults.  I zipped them off one of those new fangled e-mails and they got back to me that if we were going to keep it small there will be little or no charge at all to hold the wedding right there in the park.  The details are now in the works and for the first time since he asked me to marry him nearly a year and a half ago I am the excited blushing bride.
This is the first day that I have thought about flowers and who is going to video tape the wedding.  Even who would like to come.  We don't have a lot of money to go around so it will be pretty much everyone pays for themselves if they want to ride, but admission into the park is free so they don't have to ride if they don't want to.  I have even started to wonder if now I should make a pair of white capris with matching lace around the bottom to wear under my dress after the wedding so that I can ride all the rides without fear.  How much fun will this day be now.
I know this pretty much sounds like non-sense right now but I couldn't be more excited and I can't get my mind to slow down enough to write a comprehensible sentence. 
Now if I can just figure out what to do with my hair . . . . .
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May 5, 1952 - and the Project Moves Forward

I spent a small portion of the day altering the very large muslin for the bodice of my new spring/summer dress.  It took quite a while to get it all complete.  I think that I have a working bodice piece however now.  Please keep in mind that I am absolutely terrible at remembering to take pictures of my projects.  When I get into sewing and readjusting and the like I really just seem to forget everything else that is going on around me.  So what I did was made the darts about another inch or so in on both sides took the whole thing up about four inches all around and took in the sleeves a bit.  I night have to shorted the sleeves too but I'm not quite sure yet.
I only remembered to take the picture after I had already disassembled the thing so that I can put it on the real material.  If you saw the difference in the size between the pattern that I made and this pattern, wow!  I can't wait to see what the whole things ends up looking like.  I must admit, I never had to make this many adjustments with a normal pattern but to have about 300 vintage patterns for next to nothing I think it's worth the little annoyance.
The other morning before I headed off to work I made what I believe is the sixth recipe from my Good Housekeeping 1949 cookbook.  The are titled tea drops and with good reason.  If they are eaten alone they taste a little on the bland side but eaten along side some coffee or tea they are just a delight.  The only sugar in them is sprinkled on after you are finished putting them on the cookie sheet.
Here is the recipe if you want to give them a try.

1/2 cup shortening
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1 egg, well beaten
1 1/2 tsp. grated lemon rind
1 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
2 tbs. granulated sugar

Heat oven to 375 degrees F.  Work shortening with spoon until creamy; add powdered sugar slowly, continuing to work until light.  Add egg, rind, then flour; mix well.  (I had to add about a tbs of water because it was to crumbly to put in the pan without it.)  Drop by rounded teaspoon fulls, 2" apart, on greased cookie sheets.  Top with granulated sugar.  Bake in moderately hot over or 375 for 12-15 min (I changed it to 10 minutes after the bottoms of my first batch burned), or until done.  Makes about thirty cookies.

A compliment in disguise?  The other day when I was at work one of my managers asked me what I had done over the past couple of days and I told her that the previous night I had drawn out a pattern and cut out a muslin mock-up of a dress bodice and in the morning I baked cookies.  She looked at me as though I were an alien.  This woman is in her mid-forties.  She proceeded to tell me that she would never have the attention to do what it is that I do.  She told me that I was born in the wrong generation.  This I  took as a very big compliment.  I would do nearly anything for people to see me as not from my generation.  The people of my generation are money hungry, wasteful and selfish.  I want to be giving and loving and good at the things that I believe I should be good at.  She then told me how she was living off of steamed vegetables in rice that come in a bag that you throw in the microwave.  I looked it up, each of those bags go for around $2.50.  A bag of frozen vegetables in a non-microwavable bag is $0.99 and a large bag of rice is $0.87.  That's $1.86 and you would get at least two of the microwavable bag portions out of the frozen veggies and four to six out of the rice and all it takes is about a half an hour of your life.  Everyone has a half an hour to spare especially to feed your children something nutritious.
Off I go for another exciting day of cutting up fish, this is my next to last day in this department.  I will be switching starting next week.  I am going to be doing a job now that doesn't require me to have to deal with customers anymore.  Who would pass up a job like that! Especially after the better part of thirteen years behind a register.
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May 3, 1952 - I Am The Most Indecisive Person!

I know what I wrote was going to be the pattern that I showed you in the earlier post but, surprise of all surprises I changed my mind again!  I recently got a hold of a Lutterloh pattern set.  It took a little while but I now have the measuring tape to go with it.  Well after I figured out how to use the system exactly I couldn't wait to try one out.
I wanted to go with something simple to start out,  I figured a simple spring/summer house dress was the perfect way to go.  I never made one of these patterns before and I was afraid that it wasn't going to be big enough and didn't want to waste all of my good material so I went and used some lining that I had laying around to make a mock up of the bodice.
So I got some newspaper because I'm not going to spending money on butcher paper before I know this will work for sure.  I took a piece of tracing paper and traced out the pattern pieces.  You then take these pieces and place them in the center of the newspaper.  You use your ruler to match the numbers and lines on the piece of paper to the ruler.  If there is one thing that I would change about this system, it is that if there is a very long stretch between dots that you would have another dot drawn.  There were a couple of times that I had to get hubby-to-be on the floor with me to hold the measuring tape while I drew in a couple of extra dots so I knew where to connect in the right way.
The newspaper patterns came out perfect.  They were wonderful and took almost no time at all.  After how smoothly it went I was tempted to do three or four patterns so that I can do a bunch of projects without having to worry about making anymore.  I decided against it though since I didn't really know if it was going to work yet.
They looked to be what I thought was the right size.  The next day I pulled out some hunter green lining (I look terrible in hunter green, kind of like a marshmallow wrapped in a leaf, so I doubt that I would use it at any point so it made the perfect practice material.)  I cut the pattern out with a little room to spare.  They said in the book that there is no room left for a seem allowance so I tried to make one.  I basted it together so I can see how close it was to my size. 
Well it was WAY OFF!  It's my own fault I knew that I was making it bigger than my size was supposed to be and I left a generous seam allowance too.  I really shouldn't have done that.  I have a whole ton of alterations to make on it.  I have to take it in at least three inches on each side.  I have to shorten the bodice about two or three inches above the dart and I think I'm going to have to widen the neck just a bit.
The other problem is that there are NO instructions at all for these patterns.  It's just like you are given the pattern pieces and a picture of what is supposed to be the way it looks.  You are left to your own devices to figure everything else out on your own.
I'm going to spend this evening trying to fix it because as of right now it looks more like a sleeved cape than a fitted bodice.
I have tomorrow off of work and plan on spending the day working on some sewing projects and maybe making some plans for next week.  My fiance and I have been talking lately about taking an old fashioned vacation where we go see a national park or something like that.  Something where our biggest expense is going to be food and accommodations.  I was really hoping to take a train out but the more I look into that the more that I see that it is pretty much just as expensive to take a plane out.
Some of the places that I have looked at so far are Yosemite and Yellowstone which are both at the other end of the country and Niagara Falls which is much, much closer to us.  This may be possible by train but I'm guessing that it will be more expensive than just going to a national park.  There is always the Adirondacks up in New York but I'm not really sure if they have a whole lot by way of activities.
He told me to start working on a notebook with ideas for local day trips and 3-6 day vacations that we could take not only by ourselves but with our future children.  We are looking to start a family soon after our marriage.  I know that a lot of people want a few years together by themselves before they have children but you have to keep in mind that we have been together for five years by the time we get married and I am no spring chicken and want to have at least two little ones.
I believe that I have prattled on enough for one day.
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April 29, 1952 - Breakfast Ponderings

As I sit here eating my egg and two pieces of bacon with a slice of toast (My normal breakfast.  Either that or a small bowl of Maypo.) I wonder.  What was life really like back then.  Not everyone was middle class.  How did the poor families of the 1950's live.  How did they stretch their food budget?  How did they keep themselves entertained if they couldn't afford movies or a television set.  I say this as I look around my house that has 3 TV sets for 3 small rooms and only one of them is vintage, not 50's but vintage.
It also makes me think about my life.  Am I doing enough to let go of the modern ideals?  I still think a lot about the entertainment of the 50's to keep myself amused.  Since I don't have a vintage newspaper every morning I pour over my favorite vintage blogs here on my 2002 Compaq.  I still spend at least two hours on the computer a day and at least 3 hours watching TV whether it be old movies or old TV shows.  I thought for the last few months that I was living vintage but no I am living semi-vintage in a modern world.  I understand that I have said this before but I really need to let go of modern conveniences.  I am going to start by limiting myself to one our of computer time three times a week.  Most of that will be used for blogging or slight bits of research.  I have a hundred books and magazines around my apartment to keep myself occupied while I have free time not to mention I have tons of dresses and accessories to make and share with all of you.  Projects that tend to get put off again and again so that I can "just look something up really quick" which turns into two hours on the computer.  It is the first thing that I do when I wake up and the last thing that I do before I go to bed.  Checking my stats, seeing if anyone else followed me.  It becomes somewhat consuming. 
If I spend more time worrying how I can make my life run more efficiently maybe I will not need to entertain myself quite so much.  I'm sorry for the self-pitying rant please forgive.
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April 27, 1952 - My New Dress-To-Be

After some careful consideration I have decided that my next sewing adventure will be an upsized house dress.  Although I am working very hard at losing this excess weight it is coming off slowly.  This means that I need clothes that I can wear now and clothes that can just be tightened with a belt as I get smaller.  Therefore one of the patterns that has been in my stash for a little while now would be perfect.
It is McCalls 4287 from 1957 and I will be attempting view B.  The material I am using is a little on the dark side so I am hoping to get in at least one or two wears before summer hits.  Since it was 82 yesterday and is supposed to be in the 80's again today we will just have to wait and see if that is possible.
I can't make this blog too long today because I have to leave for work in about an hour and I have quite a bit that I would like to get done before I leave.  Since I am not getting home until around 5ish tonight I am going to do the prep work on my first Good Housekeeping Cookbook 1949 recipe.  I'll be making Chicken Cacciatore so I am going to dice the celery (it's supposed to be green pepper but I am allergic to bell peppers so whenever a recipe calls for them I will be substituting either celery or Zucchini) and getting the non-refrigerated ingredients out onto the counter and ready for when I get home.  I have enough chicken to make two dishes, so I will probably also be making Chicken Stew With Dumplings at the same time tonight and just package it up and freeze it for future meals when I'm not feeling quite so up to cooking.
I spent a good part of last night making a checklist of all of the recipes in my new cookbook so that I can mark them off as I complete them.  I don't want to mark in my book, it's too priceless and I would like to keep track of what I make and what is yet to be made.  This has proven to be a much more daunting task than I had thought that it would be.  There are just thousands of recipes in these pages and I'm trying to lose weight. HA!  As long as I stick to the serving sizes I should be fine and I have decided that I am going to stick with a very simple breakfast and lunch.  Both under 300 calories so that dinner is free to be up to 800.  I have also subtracted any kind of snacking in my daily life.  That has been one of the hardest changes in my lifestyle.  I am a grazer by nature.  There have been days in my past that I have not eaten an actual "meal" through the entire day.
This brings me to my next problem.  Prepackaged foods.  I have major issues with these and even more so with the ones that tout themselves as healthy.  Now I promise not to turn this into a rant about consumerism or modern laziness.  Especially since I too have been known to indulge in the TV Dinner or two in my life.  My problem is more with the meal in a bags.  Take Voila! for example now I have a recipe for garlic chicken that after some calculating I have found to be about 230 calories for 1 1/2 cups (which is a generous serving) and other than a little bit of natural sodium from the butter that you use it is very low in sodium and the fat isn't that insane.  About 4g per serving.  Theirs however is 240 for 1 cup, 940mg of sodium which is a whopping 39% of your daily intake and a not to terrible 12% of your fat for the day.  8g although 2 of those grams are saturated fat.  I can make mine with no saturated fat, and what does it take me?  An extra 10 minutes of prep time and maybe 10 extra minutes to cook.  And this is one of the healthier alternatives.  Don't even get me started on the Marie Callendar meals.
I'm going to stop now because I wanted this post to be short.  I hope everyone has a beautiful day.
Till Later!

Update:  [6:50pm]  I just got through making the Chicken Cacciatore and it is phenomenal!  The only substitution that I made is I used white wine instead of Chianti which is what it calls for.  It is honestly one of the best chicken dishes that I have ever had and I am not one for tomato sauce.


April 25, 1952 - The Cookbook Project and Some New Material

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about Julia Child and how I admired the woman that cooked her way through the entire book of Mastering the Art of French Cooking.  I thought about doing that myself but really I wanted to be a little more 50's wife, a little more all-American.  This Easter I got my wish.  This past weekend, while I was at my grandmother-in-law-to-be's house we were sitting and talking about recipes and she asked me if I would want a cookbook from the forties.  Well of course I said yes, next thing I knew she was in the cabinet in the living room and pulled out a 1949 edition of the Good Housekeeping Cookbook.
As I said in an earlier post.  Her husband died last Monday and on the first page was an inscription from him that said:

Don't ask me why it says "or something" under the blue pen in the black ink.

 I must have asked her three or four times if she was positive that she wanted to give that to me and she insisted that she did.  She told me that it was what he gave her for their wedding.  They didn't get married until 1958 so I'm not really sure where he got it from and if you ask hubby-to-be she never cracked the binding.  It is in pristine condition and looks like it's hardly been read at all.  
This is becoming my mission.  I'm not giving myself a time limit because I think that is too much of a strain on your resources to limit yourself.  But I do want to cook my way through it.  Most of the recipes are delicious and I am absolutely sure that my 1952 self would have this book.  All of the recipes are so detailed and one of the best things about it is I think it was designed for the 'new bride' because nearly every recipe has instructions on how to cut it down to be for two people.
Also I got a very wonderful Easter present from my step-mother-in-law-to-be.  She is a crafter herself and knows how hard it is to be able to afford all of your supplies so when she finds things that she isn't going to use, she gives them to me (lucky me!).  This go around I got a huge bag filled with yarn.  I really need to learn how to follow crocheting instruction patterns.  If you remember I blogged about an authentic 1952 crocheting pattern that I got earlier this month and I would love to take this opportunity to make something from it.
On top of the yarn she gave me a huge bag full of I would say at least 15-20 yards of different kinds of fabric.  I honestly can't wait to get started on something.
The first set is to your right.  There are five different kinds of material pictured.  A purple wool and purple lining (I'm thinking of making a winter or fall jacket out of that) Some grey wool suiting and grey lining as well as some khaki material that I want to see if I have enough to make a sort of outdoorsy outfit.  I'm not really sure on all of the lengths but other then the grey suiting material which is about 2 1/2 yards I would say I have no less than 3 1/2 of the rest of them.
The second set is right here on your left and consists of a very lightweight green jersey on the bottom left then a green very soft cotton.  Not really jogging pants material but I could see someone making a robe out of it.  Next is a navy blue poly blend that is pretty small but I think I could pull off a blouse with it.  Then in the top row are the two cotton/calico prints.  The one on the right is little flowers on straight lines and the one on the left is a huge piece of material, I would say around six yards or so.  This is probably going to be my first real vintage house dress.  I'm not quite up to the standard of evening gown yet.  Not to mention that I don't think this print, although pretty, is very worthy of much past a house dress.
Last but most certainly not least is the lace.  Now I didn't get this over Easter.  In facts I've had it for probably over two years now but I have never found the perfect project for it to go on.  I wonder it my vintage inspired wedding dress will be where I begin.  There is a ton of this lace, especially the white however, I am leaning toward my wedding dress being ivory to give it a more vintage look.  I have even been recently looking into the old style fascinators.  I gave you a link because I had to look up what to call them too.
They are really adorable though and they have tons of them for sale on Etsy that are vintage, white and have veils.  Well my day off has been spent on the computer so far, so off I go to clean up around here and get something done around here.
Till Later!