Tuesday

The Daily Pattern

 So frilly, from a distance I thought that it was for a little girl until I read the description.
Not my style, I can only imagine that it would be in the home of an elderly woman in the fifties, so someone who grew up around the turn of the century.

Monday

January 20, 1950 - The Community

There is something missing in the world today and I have thought about this for a good long while.
The idea and the sense of community has all but disappeared.  I am no expert obviously but has anyone ever thought about how much lower the crime rate would be if everyone knew everyone else.
Can you imagine the boys down the street vandalizing Mr. & Mrs. Jones' fence if they knew who Mr. & Mrs. Jones were and had to have their parents talk to them all the time.  There is such a sense of anonymity in the world that children and young adults must think, who cares, we don't know these people!
I want to take this time to thank all of the people that come and read my blog, even if you never leave a comment, I see the numbers and I know that there are people out there creating a community of people that still care.  There are still people that want to have the values and standards of old.  People that will even in their own little worlds take steps to making life a little better for people that they have never met half way around the globe.  You are the reason that I have never given up my dream that someday we can take back our communities and make them pleasant again.  Perhaps that's a distant pipe dream but thank you for being there and keeping that dream alive.

Till Later!

The Daily Pattern

 One of the prettiest patterns I have seen in a long time.  The perfect little afternoon party dress.  The lace on top and the little ruffles are to die for.  Just too PERFECT.
I am proud to be a Mrs. and I am sad to know that in my 2 1/2 years of marriage I have only been called Mrs. twice.  I have magazines that come to my home this way.  I was going to go into a tangent about respect but I will save that for another time.  This is about the patterns and the one to the right is a lovely one.  More pillow cases and linens but I guess you just can't have too many as I said yesterday.  If I completed all of the patterns that I liked as far as linens go I could probably outfit the Plaza Hotel.

Sunday

Preparing Meals Ahead

It is an unfortunate duty for some women to work, even back in those days there were women whom had no children, like myself, that must work to help support the family.  This makes household duties a little harder than they should be.  This is the reason that there are some times that I cook ahead so that our dinners do not have to suffer.
I would like to share with you the two recipes that I am going to be making tonight.  The first is Pork Chop Casserole from the casserole cookbook:
Sorry if it is hard to read, my camera is terrible, especially when it comes to print.  This seems like a very fall friendly dish and I can't wait to make it.  This will be the dinner that we partake in on Monday night.
Tonight, however, we will be having, Chicken Kiev from the Gourmet Cook Book.  Here is the recipe for that one:
This along with some boiled potatoes, beets and broccoli are going to be tonight's feast. 

Since there is a new fresh 3 inches of snow on the ground around here I will be staying in on this wonderful Sunday.  We need a few groceries, but I think that will wait until I am done with work tomorrow.  I hate to make my husband go out in the snow just to take me to the market.  Yes, I can drive myself but I have never driven in the snow before.

The Daily Pattern

 Simple house dresses are sometimes the best.  I have a pattern that is pretty similar to this one.  I love that the belt is built right in.
I have always thought that most of the women's clothing back then was made out of material without a whole lot of give, but it has recently come to my attention that they are sometimes in fact made out of the same material that some of our stretchiest and most comfortable clothing today is made from.  Stretchy cottons and even sweatshirt type material went into dresses to make them wearable in all weathers.
When I was out recently I found some old original 50's clothing (of course none in my size) and they were very soft and very wearable.
I supposed the motto of this year would be, a girl can never have too many pillow cases.

Saturday

The Daily Pattern

 Little Bo Peep much?
Love 50s puppies.  How cute!

Thursday

The Daily Pattern

 Sweet dress
Love this quilt, I have never been into quilting but this one is just beautiful. 

Wednesday

January 15, 1950 - Renewed Vigor

   After months of frustration and annoyance over keeping true to my lifestyle I woke up this morning with a renewed oomph.  We are going to have some work done on our home to make it a little bit more practical within our kitchen.  We also redecorated the living room in our home slightly and it is more beautiful than ever. 
   For the first time in quite a while I have a joy in being a fifties housewife once more.  Yesterday I cooked a couple of day's in advance and I think that is one of the reasons that I have re-clutched into my happy little world.  My obsession with the fashion has also been renewed.  As I have explained before my husband isn't the biggest fan of the fifties especially the fashion.  He hates dresses that are longer than knee length so all of the dresses that I make will have to be shorter than a normal fifties housewife would be.  They will be as authentic as possible aside from that and I will reserve wearing dungarees and pants for yard work and maybe once a month for comfort. 
   The rules are a little different during the summer because I know that they wore shorts and playsuits during the summer and i will (Once I lose a few more pounds) do that as well.  I have several pairs of shoes that are just beautiful.  They are not authentic but authentic shoes in my size that are wide enough are very difficult to find.
   I have so much entertainment that I can keep myself busy for years, I have many books and magazines, radio shows, television shows and movies.  Enough to keep every spare moment used for the next several years without having to buy anything for years.  That being said I think that I am going to start saving my money.  My meager allowance is going to go toward buying gifts for my husband instead of things for myself.  I love him with all of my heart and he deserves so much, sometimes more than I think that I can give him, but there are things that I know he wants.  Things for his video game systems, things for his collections, things for his wardrobe.  These are the things that I am going to get for him.
   I hope that everyone has a wonderful day and that you have the same feeling of completeness that I feel this morning.  I hope that the feelings of happiness and just feeling as though things are just where they should be. 

Till Later!
Andrea

Fashion Sensible

I have never gotten into hats.  I have a few small hats with nets for special days.  The last one is the closest to one that I would wear.  I like veils and now that I'm thinking of it I am going to get birdcage netting and modify one or two of my fascinators and turn them into cute little hats.

Tuesday

The Daily Pattern

 I'm guessing this is for the apron not the dress. It seems pretty straight forward.  Simple even if you will forgive me.  I like aprons that look a little less frumpy.
However, today's pattern for Household Arts blew me away.  Not only are they a very adorable 50's looking cartoon drawing but for those of who who read my journal regularly know that I am to say the least a dog lover.  Especially my sweet baby.

(That's him on the left)

Monday

January 13, 1950 - Cigarettes & A Beautiful Dinner for Tomorrow

Recently I have been reading an issue of Readers Digest [Jan. 50 of course] and the lead article is about the praises and pitfalls of smoking.  I give them at least a little credit for mentioning the good and the bad (of what was known at the time).  They were currently still trying to prove that smoking caused cancer and that it exacerbated ulcers.  The thing that shocked me the most was their view about pregnancy. 
There were actual medical doctors being interviewed and they collectively said that there is no increased risks due to smoking in pregnant women and although they found nicotine in the breast milk of smoking mothers they saw no ill effects on the infant.  (Wow what a difference to what we know to be true today.)
On the lighter side (no pun intended) I am planning to start making at least 2 beautiful large meals for my husband a week.  We are on a diet, however we are still allowed to eat whatever we want for dinner so I am going to make those dinners good.  We are having chicken soup, warm apple salad and bread with pesto.  This Friday we are having pork cutlets with egg noodles with brussels sprout leaves and one or two other side dishes.  I think it's going to be a good week in our home.  I am changing daily for the better.  This is hard work but I am working on it.

Friday

The Daily Pattern

 Love it love it love it.  It is gorgeous in every way and transforms easily from spring to summer. 
Very, very pretty.  I may even work on my knitting skills for this.

Thursday

The Daily Pattern

 Children's patterns are usually cute and this one is too.
Needlework is not one of my strong points.  A nice enough pattern for a baby sweater and blanket.

Wednesday

Fashion Sensible

Not a huge fan of leg hugging outfits.  They leave much to be desired in the leg moving department.  However the one on the right would be nice for church.

Tuesday

The Daily Pattern

 Ok so this one looks slightly waitress but I think with the right material this might make for a nice daily outfit.
I love these edges and have no clue how to do them.

January 7, 1950 - Secrets of the Beautious Bride

Below are the words that I wish to live by for this year.  I want to be a better wife for my husband, I do my best now but there is plenty of room for improvement. 
Found in an old fifties magazine:

She starts the day looking spic and span.
She goes to market looking pridefully "Mrs."
She rests when tired.
If she does her own cooking she has a mirror hanging on the kitchen wall,
powder and lipstick handy.
She doesn't go slack if she is alone in the house.
She eats a sensible lunch, served neatly on a tray.
She knows ice-box nibblings are bad for complexion, figure, morale.
She greets her returning spouse with joy even if she has burnt the pot roast.
She doesn't burn the pot roast - it has it's right to glamor, too.