Saturday

August 18, 1950 - Off My Lazy Behind

I have been talking forever about having a whole new wardrobe to work with and I just never seemed to get around to making it.  Sure I had a project here and there, like the apron that I desperately needed, I already had the material for that one, or the summer dress that I just can't seem to finish even though it is half way through August. 
Well I have finally made a pact with myself that I am going to work hard to create a completely new wardrobe to replace my wardrobe over the next two years, well 100 weeks to be more precise about it.  I have started a sub-blog that is linked to the top of this page called In Two Hours a Day which is pretty self-explanatory.  I have decided to try to put aside a maximum of 2 hours everyday (that it is possible) to sewing.  I want to at least work on something everyday.  Sat - Tue I am your everyday ordinary housewife which makes this pretty simple to stick to, however, on Wed - Fri I work ten hours a day and am gone from the house for at least twelve, on those days this is going to be a much more difficult task to stick to.
I must admit I have kind of a difficult time sticking to my projects but this is something that I have been dreaming of for years and it is finally going to come to fruition. Wish me luck!

Till Later!
Andrea

Friday

August 17, 1950 - Just a Note

I have decided to delete the Ladies League Forum.  This is because I was the only person that ever posted anything and despite my efforts I only attracted one member in a month.  This is mainly my fault.  With the way that I enjoy living my life, I don't spend very much time on the internet and that means that I don't have the time or the desire to search through countless pages of search results just to self promote.
I would much rather just stick to expressing my opinions about all things 1950 right here with you.  Thank you for understanding.

Till Later!
Andrea

Tuesday

August 14, 1950 - Just Checking In

Good Morning;

   How is everyone on this rainy morning?  This is just going to be a quick note of hello because I have a full day ahead of me.  Since it will be winter before you know it I'm going to be starting up my end of summer cleaning today.  I will be doing all of those boring chores that you put off for as long as you can like scrubbing the grouting in the bathtub and washing the curtains. 
    I'll let you know if I think of any really good tips or tricks that I can pass along but really for the most part it's just me and my comet doing the dirty work.  I'm also going to try and get some sewing done today.  I still have to put the embellishments and pockets on my apron and I'm going to also try to finish up my summer dress before it is too cold to wear it anywhere.
    By the way I got to looking at some ideas for a Halloween costume and I already have the pattern for this:
It's a costume for a roulette wheel.  I don't know if I would leave the blouse the same or if I would make it gold so that it would be like the top of the roulette wheel.  I might sketch something out sometime this week and if I do I'll post the sketch and see what you guys all think.  It actually seems pretty simple to make, it's simply a bunch of panels sewn together.  We'll see.

Till Later!
Andrea

August 7, 1950 - When Husband Comes Home

   My dear sweet husband owns a series of books called Uncle John's Bathroom readers and although I stay away from them myself he found something that he pointed out to me the other day.  There was an article inside it's pages that pertains to my life.  Now don't get me wrong, it's not as though he was hinting or anything, he just thought that I would like the article.
   It is from a 1950's Home Economics Book:

Have dinner ready: "Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal - on time.  This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him and are concerned about his needs.  Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospects of a good meal are part of the warm welcome needed."

Prepare yourself:  "Take 15 minutes to rest so you will be refreshed when he arrives.  Touch up your make-up put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking.  He has just been with a lot of work weary people.  Be a little gay and a little more interesting.  His boring day may need a lift."

Clear away clutter:  "Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives, gathering up school books, toys, paper, ect.  Then run a dust cloth over the tables.  your husband will feel he has reached a haven for rest and order, and it will give you a lift, too."

Prepare the children:  "Take a few minutes to wash the children's hands and faces (if they are small) comb their hair, and if necessary, change their clothes.  They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part."

Minimize all noise:  "At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of washer, dryer, dishwasher or vacuum.  Try to encourage the children to be quiet.  Be happy to see him: Greet him with a warm smile and be glad to see him."

Some don'ts:  "Don't greet him with problems or complaints.  Don't complain if he's late for dinner.  Count this as a minor compared with what he may have gone through that day."

Make him comfortable:  "Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or suggest he lie down in the bedroom.  Have a cool or warm drink ready for him.  Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes.  Speak in a low, soft, soothing and pleasant voice.  Allow him to relax - unwind."

Listen to him:  "You may have a dozen things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time.  Let him talk first."

Make the evening his:  "Never complain if he does not take you out to dinner or to the other places of entertainment.  Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure, his need to be home and relax."


   Now by and large I think that these are great rules to live by.  I love my husband and I want him to be as happy as possible when he comes home from work.  As with all articles like this a few things are going too far.  I mean I don't think he would want me to offer to take off his shoes for him but having dinner ready on time so he doesn't have to wait, sprucing myself up so he sees something fresh and happy when he arrives home and listening to him and not complaining are great ways to make the hubby feel loved, thought about and appreciated everyday.

Till Later!
Andrea

Monday

August 6, 1950 - My New Do!

I have been looking forward for quite some time to changing up my hairstyle and making it a little more authentic.  I am very untrusting of hair dressers because I have been burned again and again by their inability to follow simple instructions, so I have been cutting my own hair for years now. 
This is the first day in quite some time that I have had the entire day to myself to do whatever I wanted to and I decided to make it a beauty day.  I worked very hard to get the house spic and span last night so that I had nothing to worry about today and here I am after three hours of work with a style that looks similar to Donna Reed's right there on the left.
Ava Gardner had beautiful hair and that is probably close to what it will look like when it gets to be a bit longer again.  I am blonde however.  I have had a similar style before but since I don't go to a hairdresser it is hard to keep up after.  It is easy to cut a few inches of, it is much harder to give yourself a trim.
Another thing that I am doing today is watching a very good movie called Pin-up Girl starring the incomparable Betty Grable.  The music is beautiful and the costumes are to die for.  If only I didn't have to go make dinner (we are having a sort of mid-year thanksgiving dinner) I could sit here all afternoon and talk about the musicals that I love.


Till Later!
Andrea