Monday, July 26, 2010

Recent Vintage Finds

I was in Venture, Ca recently with some friends and we checked out some antique and thrift stores in downtown Venture. There was one antique store I could have spent hours in. There were cases and shelves full of stuff! Gorgeous oak furniture, tons of ceramics, china and a vintage handmade quilt I would have loved to have brought home. In the end I settled on a few treasures.

I LOVE crochet and I needed pretty hot mats so I couldn't resist these beautiful hand crochet hot mats. I have them hanging in my kitchen when not in use.

Since moving, I have been slowly decorating my daughter's room the way I want it. I fell in love with these plaster wall hangings and didn't think twice about getting them. The little girls on the front are so sweet. They were such a great price too! I adore antique shops.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Vintage Coffee Percolator!!

After losing a battle on eBay for a retro coffee percolator I found this vintage coffee percolator with a "Buy it Now" option and snatched it up before someone else did. I would still LOVE to have a more casual retro percolator but this beauty will do just fine until I can get my hands on one.

It will be great to use at baby or bridal showers and I'm even thinking ahead to the Christmas party I want to have so I can show it off! Fun Fun!!!

This cup of coffee this morning was delicious! I was a little nervous at first because I wasn't sure how it would turn out. I was pleasantly surprised.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Granny Square Pillows

My new favorite things, Granny Square Pillows!!!! Crochet Granny Squares evoke a familiar nostalgia. When I see a Granny Square crocheted with brightly colored yarn, a warm fuzzy feeling comes over me. My heart leaps with joy as I admire each colorful row of stitches. I like to think that as a grandmother crocheted a granny square she was hoping that it would bring comfort to her loved ones.

I've been trying to decide on a fabric to re-cover some sofa throw pillows but I can not find the right pattern or color combinations so I think Granny Square pillows will be the perfect solution. I can choose the colors I want and it's inexpensive. I just need to make myself do it!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


The word "Jello" screams retro! It's fun, colorful, inexpensive, yummy and nostalgic. Who could ask for more?!?!

I prefer things to be as unprocessed as possible so I decided to make jello from scratch. Here is the Knox Gelatine brand recipe for jello.

4 packets of Knox gelatine
1 cup cold natural "no sugar added" fruit juice
3 cups boiling natural "no sugar added" fruit juice
2 tablespoons sugar or honey (optional)

1. Sprinkle gelatin over cold juice in a large bowl. Let sit for 1 minute. Add hot juice and stir until gelatin has dissolved, about 5 minutes. Pour into mold or a 13x9x2-inch pan.
2. Chill for 3 hours and cut into squares or shapes.

There are vegan alternatives to gelatin I would like to try out even though I have no problems with gelatin.

I ordered some great vintage Jello and Knox cooking booklets from amazon and eBay. Most were under $2.00!! I will post some pictures of the booklets when they come in the mail. Can't wait to try out some fun jello recipes and share the results with you.