Tuesday

Daily Pattern

 I could definitely see a little girl wearing this to school on the first day, how utterly sweet!
Very nice intricate work.

Monday

Daily Pattern

 Sweet, makes me think of a kindergarten teacher.  I think this would be a very nice dress to wear around the house.
There are tons of patterns for the backs and sides of chairs.  I suppose that they had to be changed pretty often because they lay right where the head and hand go.

Sunday

August 25, 1949 - My New Perculator and the Daily Patterns

Just wanted to chime in this morning with a very happy fact.  For the first time this morning I used my vintage glass stove top percolator.  Now first I had to get new coffee because regular coffee is too fine to use in a percolator.  Then since it is so old and hasn't been used in ages, I had to watch it like a hawk to make sure that it didn't simply BLOW UP!  I have to say that it made a slightly weak cup of coffee.  I guess that I might not have used enough coffee, but I filled it until it was at the top of the tube.  Its still yummy though.

 Not my favorite but its a 1 yard pattern so it can be made for around $4.

August 4, 1950 - Thinking of Going Back

Well, I had a very tiring day so far.  My husband and I worked in the yard (a lot) then we went out to the local nursery for some pet friendly mulch and a new shovel.  They just don't make things like they used too.  The one we bought last summer snapped in half.  Showing you a hollow fiberglass center.  Then we went out to lunch which I must say I am very proud of myself I stayed VERY healthy in my lunch choices considering it was a buffet.
Then when I got home I did the dishes and the laundry, which is still in progress.  Tonight we are going to have a very light dinner because lunch was the big meal. 
I've been thinking the last few months about how lacking I am in the knowledge of what led up to the fifties life that I lead (at least as much as I can) and that starting making me think of going back and gathering some more information and research as well as some more possessions and materials to live a 100% pure fifties life. Well with modern appliances and you know all of those things that I have mentioned in previous posts that I just can't do without, like the western digital box and the little beauty that I'm typing on right now.
I thought that with part of this I can go back a little farther and maybe be in 1949 to feel it out a little more, learn more about World War II and the impact that it had on women my age.  Perhaps live on a rationing diet for a little while.  I do need to focus a little more on my health.  Over the past 10 years my weight has really crept up on me and it's something that I need to address before it becomes a real problem in my life.  Not to mention, look at all those beautiful dresses that I can't fit in right now and I just know that it will be so much easier to throw myself in head first if I have the wardrobe to match.  So if anyone has any strong feelings either way please let me know otherwise I'm going to dial the clock back another year and start again.

Till Later!
Andrea

Saturday

The Daily Pattern

 This dress makes me think of a teacher.  I still like it but it sort of looks a little dorky.  I don't think that I would make this one, it might be nice for a walk in the forest.
This is utterly beautiful.  It would take forever to do and would be easy to mess up.  I would still love to try one of these one day.

Friday

August 2, 1950 - Why Did So Much Change?

Now I know that there are cranky people in every walk of life.  There always have been and there probably always will be.  But since when did it become the norm for the vast majority of people to just be down right rude just because they feel like it.
I work two days a week at a local high-end grocery store and I have so many stories about things that customers have done I can probably write a book, but the ones that really stand out are just how blase people are about the feeling of those around them. 
There was a time a few years ago that I was standing in the checkout line, now I wasn't in uniform because I was already done with work and I needed to pick up a few things before I went home.  A woman in her late 50's ran into my hand full speed with her cart.  This caused a decent sized gash in my hand that began immediately to bleed.  I understand that accidents happen so I wasn't initially mad.  However, instead of saying I'm sorry like most people would this woman simply said 'humph' and looked away completely disinterested. 
Another one that I can think of is, well let me start by saying that my job is working with alcohol and we have a 100% proofing policy which means no matter how old you are you have to produce a valid form of identification to purchase alcohol. Well, some older people [mid 40s and up] become very irate when you ask them for their ID and even worse some of them don't carry it with them by that age and we are not permitted to sell without it.  I don't care if they complain about the policy, I don't care if they curse up a blue streak.  I do however care very much if they start to attack me personally.  I have been called stupid, moron, dumb and more that I can't or I should say won't write about here.
Now the reason that I bring this up is because I could never imagine showing someone you don't even know so much disrespect.  I am a somewhat intelligent grown woman that deserves some respect.
Speaking to people that were adults in the 1950's tells me that not everyone got along but you would never disrespect someone so badly as to call them names just because you didn't get what you wanted just the way you wanted it.  Very frustrated right now.  Sorry for the rant.

Till Later!
Andrea

The Daily Pattern

 Sweet house dress, just sweet, however it looks like it is designed for someone that is very thin.
This looks like it involves some tatting and is just beautiful.

Thursday

The Daily Pattern

 Very, very cute summer dress.  I know this is something that you would just wear around the house but I think that it would at least be really cool in the summer.
Who doesn't love a cute little doily.

Wednesday

July 31, 1950 - My Birthday Recap

I was lucky enough to have a wonderful husband that took me to do one of my favorite things in the world to do.  We traveled to Jim Thorpe, which is pretty close to our house to see a couple little museums.  They were so fascinating and the town is just like taking a walk back in time.  This is a sweet place that is stuck in the Victorian era with so much original architecture and antique store after antique store.  If you live anywhere nearby you really should take a trip there it is unforgettable.
The first thing that you see when you enter the
town is the historical railroad station.  They still do scenic train rides all day, most days of the week.  We didn't go on one today but I have gone on them in the past.  In fact we went on the Christmas ride and although it was designed for children it was still so much fun.  It's a little on the expensive side if you want to sit in the first class car but it's very much worth it if you do.
As soon as we got here I decided that we were going to go see the Old Jail.  The place has been on a few television programs over the years due to the hand print that supposedly won't come off the wall from one of the Molly Maguires.
You have to to take the tour first but I have to admit it is quite informative and the man that did our tour seemed as though he has been doing it for quite some time and had it down.  They take you through and show you the rooms that the warden originally lived in and then through the lower level of the jail.  Then they take you down to the Dungeon where solitary confinement was.  They said that it was an average of 114 degrees in there year round, there was no light and they were there for up to two weeks at a time.  They then tell you all about the trial of the MMs and they have a reproduction of the gallows right where they originally were. 
After the tour is over you have free reign of the entire building with the exception of the dungeon.  You can go anywhere and touch pretty much everything there. 
The second place that we stopped was the Asa Packer Mansion.
Now let me start by saying that I have been to an awful lot of historic homes over the years.  Again this is one of my favorite things to do.  But this home truly is the most beautiful and well preserved house that I have ever been in.  See the daughter of Asa Packer was the last woman to live in the home.  When she passed away in around 1909 she willed the home and all of it's contents to the Borough of Mauch Chunk.  They didn't have the first clue what to do with it so they just went in and threw covers over all of the furniture and things and there it sat for 44 years just as is. 
In the fifties they opened it up for tours and everything in the house is original, and in some cases it's right where she left it before she died.  Her sewing work is still on the table and her drink tray was still on her bedside.
It is a large Victorian mansion with 18 rooms and stained glass windows, and hand carved wood on every doorway and ceiling.  The doorways are special because they are all hand carved rosettes and each one throughout the entire house is different so they are known as the snowflake rosettes.  It's just a home that if I ever had the opportunity to buy I would do it in a heartbeat and live in it just as it is right now.  I think that possibly I wouldn't bring anything with me except my clothes.  The house is just PERFECT the way it is.
After we got done there we went shopping for a little while, where I found two more plate that match the set I own, which is nice because I had a very hard time when we had more than just four around the table.  We also picked up a couple of books at a used book store.  The only problem is that everything closes so bloody early there that by 6 o'clock the town is just shut down.  Even with that I believe that this might just be the best birthday that I have ever had.

Till Later!
Andrea

The Daily Pattern

 Ok, I have to say vests just aren't my thing. I think they look weird on anyone and even when I see my beloved Margaret Anderson in one I sort of cringe.  This unfortunately no exception.
What an adorable little dolly to make at home, and this completely makes up for the lack of cute dress pattern.

Tuesday

July 30, 1950 - My Birthday


Today was my birthday, just got home from Jim Thorpe (it's a little over a half hour from my house) and I'm exhausted.  I'm going to sleep now but I will write a whole lot more tomorrow.

The Daily Pattern . . . Well kind of

There was no daily pattern today so instead I thought that I would show you this most adorable dress I found in the paper.  I have to start reading the beauty advice.

Monday

The Daily Pattern

 Don't know exactly why but this skirt reminds me of a military uniform, kinda cute.
I love hand cross stitch and hand embroidery so this is right up my alley.

Sunday

The Daily Pattern

 Very pretty, I love summer dresses and this is one sweet example of one.  I love how they used to pockets to be so expressive back then.
I have to wonder if these would stay on a leatherette couch.  I love our furniture but I have to say that it is NOT very fifties friendly.

Saturday

The Daily Pattern

 In the drawing this is very pretty, but something is telling me that this wouldn't look nearly as nice made up.
Edgings, I particularly like the next to bottom one.

Friday

July 26, 1950 - At Work With Nothing To Do

This morning I have nearly six hours with nothing to do. I have work and so I am here with my computer but I don't have to start until 2pm and I was here starting at 8am. Therefore I believe that I will listen to a few radio shoes and perhaps set up for next week as well as watch the two shows that I missed on Wednesday night. I have been trying to keep up with my entertainment while not letting the hubby know exactly what I am doing because he will just say that it is stupid and that I am of course going overboard again. Perhaps I am but this is the most accomplished and happy that I have felt in a very long time.
This is also the first time that I have been able to stick with a plan like this in a very long time, for more than a week. The food thing is harder than I thought that it was going to be. We have a lot of leftover food in the house and I don't want any of it to go to waste so I've been trying to use it. Not to mention that with the Bar-B-Que at the beginning of the month we are well over our food budget for the month and I really don't want to buy anymore if I don't have too.
The things that I have found hardest so far is the beauty regimen and keeping myself from watching the TV when the hubby is watching. The other problem is the computer restrictions. Although self-imposed I really want to stick to them and that isn't easy when it's sitting right in front of you all day and your husband practically lives on his. Also somewhere along the line I lost the book I was reading, I shouldn't say that. My darling moved the book from the coffee table so that he could do something with a bunch of pictures and now I can't find it. I have to remember to ask him tonight where he stuck it. Oh well I'm going to get to the radio shows now have a wonderful day.

The Daily Pattern

 This is one of the prettiest dresses that I have seen in a very long time.  I believe that it would be a morning house dress.  The floral design is beautiful as well.
How pretty, a beautiful embroidered lady with a tatted dress on the edging.  Of course a few days a week the paper also offered mail away arts patterns as well.

Thursday

July 25, 1950 - Our Anniversary Remembered

Of course as most people do, we went out for our anniversary.  We went antiquing which is probably my favorite activity on earth.  I found of all things a smaller matching suitcase that goes with the one that I had already bought and whats even better is that the key that I have fits both of them.  I managed to get matching luggage put together from 2 different states across the entire country.  I also purchased a few old blank postcards from Niagara Falls to send while we are there, along with that I bought a new book, and canape and sandwich cutter set, they were 2 of each shape and they are all very simple shapes like diamonds, shamrocks (for bridge games) and several sizes of circles.  I'm sure that there was more but I simply can't think of anything.  It was a wonderful time and a wonderful second anniversary. 

Till Later!
Andrea

The Daily Pattern

Sweet little girls dress, I love the sleeves on the bottom dress sleeves.  The little girl in the picture simply looks like a doll.