Monthly Archives: May 2007

All keyed up – it’s about time!

Vintage salvage jewelry bits and pieces are back en vogue–and two of the hippest trinkets you can flaunt this summer are vintage keys and timepieces. Look at some of these super cute vintage keys and clocks charms that I recently found that you can wear with the cute summer styles.

No. 091 Miss Ruby Evangeline Bourdon – $28 by Talula

Treasure of Love necklace – $4 from Make Me Smile Jewelry

Room No. 5 – $23.50 by PetitOiseau

Open the Door to Love – $25 by Glitteryblue

Music is My Life – $15 by Piggy

Vintage Brass Skeleton Key – $23.00 by PetitOiseau

Time After Time – $22 by The Hand of Fatima

Locket Pocket Watch – $12 from Nellyjoy

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Just the Bombalurina!

Vintage jewelry is the bomb–especially the revamped vintage created by none other than Bombalurina! This artist knows how to combine vintage jewelry findings into thoroughly modern individual statements!

Twilight Time Necklace – $25

Affirmatif Necklace – $29

Lucky in Love – $25

Outlaw Cameo Earrings – $14

Decades Necklace – $37

Hit the airport with stand out vintage luggage

Traveling can be so mundane, but it can be quite a bit of fun if you’re attracting a crowd as you saunter up to the ticket counter. How, may you ask, do you accomplish this feat? With standout vintage luggage, of course! Check out some of the gems I spotted recently.  With these unique vintage suitcases, finding your bag on the luggage carousel will never be difficult.

Mod Circles Luggage – $59.99 @ Bamabelle

Oh Dear Me – $42.00  by Heather Murray Art

Mr. Lemonhead suitcase – $100.00 by Mr. Toast Store

Bessie Smith Blues Queen Vintage Luggage – $85.00 by the Schroeder Sisters

Case Closed – $50.00 by Tricyle Wares

Red Hot for the Summer

It’s time to start thinking red hot summer fling, and what better way to kick off (and turn up) the heat of the summer than with some flaming red vintage accessories? Check out the little hot numbers below and see if they wouldn’t add a little sizzle to your wardrobe.

 Granny Pouch (with a twist) – $29.00 @ threegreenapples

 Red Argyle Felted Purse – $20.00 @ Cofygirl Knits

Vintage Red Rockabilly Purse – $9.50 @ Lovedovevintage

Red Flutter Sleeve 1970s Top – $16.00 @ Bamabelle

Pinup Girl in Training Little Red Skirt – Vintage ’80s Skirt $12.00 @ Lovedovevintage

Picnic Wristlet – $19.50 @ Wolfbait U.S.A.

Hollywood flicks

I’m a fan of old Hollywood movies — Sunset Boulevard (probably because I relate a little too well to Norman Desmond), Citizen Kane (Rosebud!), The Women (it’s all about men, and yet not a man in sight), and so many others. I just found a blogger with a passion for the same sorts of movie noir (old and new).  Rick’s Picks Flicks has reviewed several obscure movies (and some popular ones, too, like Spiderman 3), including Brief Encounter, To Kill a Mockingbird (a classic!) and Aunti Mame to name a few. 

Vegas on my mind

I’ve been off in Vegas amid the glittering lights and gulches of sin. Now that the clanging of the slot machines has subsided in my head, and the smoke from my mind has cleared, I’m ready to present an homage to the Vegas that once was. Where has the Rat Pack gone? Bugsy Segal and the tempting harlots that adorned his arms? Swanky 50s dining amid lots of glittering jewels and perfectly coiffed hair?  Bring back Dean-o and the boys, the crooners, the gangsters and the glamour (and the goofy skits).

1950’s Homemaking tips — a crash course

The 1950’s really were the era of June and Ward Cleaver! Check out this excerpt from a 1950’s Home Economics textbook, compiled by Ms. Leslie Blankenship, that clearly defines the role of homemaker and wife…as if!

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 makeup, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh looking. He has just been with a lot of work-wary people. Be a little gay and a little more interesting. His boring day may need a lift.

Clear away the clutter: Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives, gathering up school books, toys, paper, etc. Then run a dust cloth over the tables. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of 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 quite. 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 minor compared with what he might 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 other places of entertainment. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure, his need to be home and relax.

The goal: Try to make your home a place of peace and order where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit.

Jeannie C. Riley – HARPER VALLEY PTA