Sunday, September 29, 2013

What a Find

This was in a local consignment shop.  The fact it had my maiden name was only a small part of why it caught my eye.  Isn't it fantastic!!! Now I just need to find a place to put it, since of course it came home with me.  I even got the owner to come down on the price since I told a story of how it was mine as a small child and the proof was in the name.  lol

Saturday, September 7, 2013

oil spill

A few weeks ago, I made a big mess.  While moving a pan, I bumped the cabinet and spilled the oil all over the floor.  eeeewwww!  In the past I've tried cleaning with lots of things, but always had a slick residue.  I don't like using lots of chemical cleaners.  I remembered that using baking soda on a spilled egg works great, but didn't have enough for this big of a mess.  What's the next best thing?  Flour.  I covered every bit of oil, even the splatters, with it.  It worked great.  I let it sit long enough to absorb the oil, then swept it up.  There were no slick spots to catch me off guard later.  Sooooo, if you have a major oil spill on your floor, and I really hope you don't, just grab the floor and broom. 

Friday, May 31, 2013

getting organized again

I start every school year off with good intentions to stay organized "this year".  But alas, I always fail.  I spend my summer cleaning, throwing away, donating, and whatever else it takes to get it all together.  One of my tricks that actually has helped is turning all my hangers backwards.  As I use a garment I hang the hanger back correctly.  By the next summer I know which clothes I used or didn't.  Sometimes it's hard getting rid of an old favorite, but it does help.  Unfortunately, sometimes as this time approaches I will wear something just to say I can keep This year I had several tops to eliminate, but now I feel much better.  If it only worked on shoes.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Another page from Home Ec. History

This is another page from the 1944 Home Ec. books I found.  This shows the progression of the electric stove. Is Westinghouse still in business?  I would love to find one of the first  model's in working order.  I would definitely be "vintage" then.

Friday, March 1, 2013

vintage teacher resource

I have had these GREAT teacher tesource magazines for almost 25 years.  They came from the old high school where I graduated, in the old Home Ec. department.  I love cuddling up with them on a cold winters evening and perusing all the vintage hair, clothes, recipes  and just neat stuff.  I always find something I hadn't noticed before.  They are bound editions of "What's Up i Home Economics?"  I have copies from 1942-1945.  I've learned alot about how our country dealt with the times, you know victory Gardens and stuff like that.  They constantly remind the teachers to be encouraging and keep everyone in a positive frame of mind.  So much of what we need now.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

I did it

I have been trying to get a Victory Roll for months.  This is the first time I even got close.  from the front it almost looks like PeeWee herman. lol  now if I caa only figure out how to keep it like this.  There are so many great blogs that gives tips for this kind of stuff.  I'm having fun blogging again.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

What a vintage find

While cleaning out the bathroom cabinets I found my Grandma's curler bag.  I love this bag.  When I was in high school i had to roll her hair every Saturday.  Being the tomboy that I was, I hated it. We did have some good talktime, but at that time that wasn't important.  When she died, for some reason, I wanted this bag.  Thinking I would never use it i put it away for a long time. 
Twenty years later, here it is and it brings back such great memories of our Saturday afternoons together.  Since I've been interested in vintage styles, I decided to try my hand with these. 

The rolling part was easy thanks to Grandma and the practice I had so long ago.  Unfortunately, my long hair was not agreeable to the bristly curlers.  I had the dickens getting some of those things out.  At one point I thought I might need to go find the scissors.  Maybe I should have paid more attention and asked some questions on those moments with dear ole Granny.  Anyway, it was an interesting way to spend a rainy Saturday.

Sunday, January 27, 2013


What is hse doing you ask?  Is she actually cooking a pit of rags? If you knew me well you wouldn't doubt it's possible, but not today.
Sometimes it's the little mundane things that make a big difference.  From time to time I take all my discloths and soak them in boiling water with a splash of bleach.  Yes I said the "b" word.  I don't use it often, but sometimes it just makes me feel better.  I don't believe most things in moderation are bad unless you make it so.  After it soaks there for several minutes I rinse and wash.  Now I take them out and they smell like kitchen cloths should smell, not last weeks turnip greens or spilled milk. and they feel clean not grimy.  Now it's all good!!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

A "GLOOPY" winter day

It's a gloomy, sloppy winter day here in central Louisiana.  I just call it "gloopy".  It's not good for much of anything important.  Think I'll just enjoy a cup of cocoa and bake something.  I might find time to look through a few seed catalogs.  Happy January everyone!!