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Friday, May 27, 2011

Vintage Magazines

Good Friday to all!!

The weather here has deteriorated, once again.  But above all of the clouds is glorious sunshine and I will have to think on that all, in fact all weekend, from the sounds of the forecast that CBC radio was giving this morning.

So what better to do than relax and read through some magazines. My sister Sue gave me a stack of vintage magazines several years ago.  This one is from June 1944.

Lets see what is inside.  Don't you love the old advertisements?  I do.

And I love to see the decor that was popular back in the '40's.  Here are a few examples of traditional, modern and even country from an article entitled, "What Makes a Room GOOD".

I love the red used in the photo above.  And don't you love the area rug?

 A lot of the photos were in black and white back then.

Now for a Before and After of a guest bedroom.

Notice all of the red roses that were added.  A few pieces of furniture, the chest, a place for the suitcase and the footstool.  It is now much more cheerful, don't you think?  And a pattern so we can make the lovely bed jacket that the leisurely guest was wearing in the "Before" photo.

 And we will finish off with some recipes from Del Monte Foods for some summer salads.

I hope you enjoyed our journey into the 1940's 
and hopefully it brightened your day just a little bit.

Have a wonderful weekend my friends and I will see you next week!



Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Lilacs and Apple Blossoms

Hello on this gloriously beautiful Wednesday!

I have cleaned up the old Singer Sewing Machine that my husband found on the curb and have set it in place.  Come take a look!
The cabinet has wooden legs on it, something that I have never seen before.  And at some point this old treadle machine has been made into an electric machine.   I haven't tried it out yet, but I will.

Apple blossoms in a vintage bottle and vintage vase.  The cotton runner under them is also vintage.  I love my vintage telephone, she has such sweet lines.

More photos of blossoms around my home, I love the feeling of cut and live flowers and blossoms inside.

My crab-apple tree only blossomed last week and already the area around it is carpeted in tiny blossoms that are falling off of the tree.  I wish the blossoms would last all summer, and forget about making fruit.

On a more sober note, Minneapolis had a tornado go through on Sunday and it destroyed some beautiful 100 year old trees and fabulous old houses.  Carla of Hammers and High Heels has photos on her blog and her home was hit also.  So sad.  Go over and show her some love, I'm sure she needs it.

Remember the people in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri when you pray today.  There is so much devastation and loss of life for the people in the counties that were hit by tornadoes to deal with.  God help them!

"Don't brashly announce what you will do tomorrow, you don't have any idea what tomorrow will bring." ~Proverbs 27:1


Monday, May 23, 2011

Mod Vintage Eating Area

Did you have a good weekend?  Ours was rainy on Saturday, but Sunday turned out to be sunny and warm.  It's a mixture of sun and clouds today, normal Spring weather.
Today is Victoria Day, here in Canada, commemorating Queen Victoria's birthday.
My kitchen has been described as being a mixture of modern and vintage, so I am joining in a fun party called Mod Mix Monday over at Mod Vintage Life.  I love Nita's blog, her home is so cozy and colorful and a beautiful mixture of modern and vintage.  If you haven't seen her blog yet, go over and take a look.

Truly a mixture of modern and vintage.

My oldest daughter sent me the runner for my birthday, so I have added all of the colors that are in it to my kitchen decor.  It is very cheerful feeling, so I like it.

Be sure to check out Nita's party today. 

On Saturday I made a delicious Upside-Down Berry Cake, it turned out to be delicious, but did not come out of the pan well, the berries wanted to stay in the pan.  I had buttered the pan, but perhaps if I had used baking Pam, it would have come out better.  I will make this cake again, though, it was that good.

It calls for fresh or frozen raspberries, blueberries and strawberries.  Then you put min-marshmallows and raspberry Jello powder and sugar on top of that.  Sound interesting?  I expected it to be extremely sweet, but it wasn't, just nicely sweet.  The tartness of the berries must off-set the sweetness.

It was 'berry' delicious!
  Here's the recipe:

Upside-Down Berry Cake Recipe

Upside-Down Berry Cake RecipePhoto by: Taste of Home Upside-Down Berry Cake Recipe Rating 4.08
86% would make again
“This cake is good warm or cold and served with whipped topping or ice cream. It’s very moist with loads of flavor and can be whipped up in just minutes.” Enjoy! Candy Scholl - West Sunbury, Pennsylvania
This recipe is:
Contest Winning
Upside-Down Berry Cake Recipe
  • 15 Servings
  • Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
20 30 50


  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries, halved
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 package (3 ounces) raspberry gelatin
  • 1-1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 package (18-1/4 ounces) yellow cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil


  • In a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish, layer the walnuts and berries; sprinkle with sugar, gelatin and marshmallows. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, water and oil; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Pour over top.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before inverting onto a serving platter. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 15 servings.

Nutrition Facts: 1 piece equals 276 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 28 mg cholesterol, 249 mg sodium, 51 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.
Upside-Down Berry Cake published in Simple & Delicious May 2010, p37 

"Just as lotions and fragrance give sensual delight,
a sweet friendship refreshes the soul."


Friday, May 20, 2011

Oh Spring, How Do I Love Thee

Let me count the ways.

I love your sunsets at 9:30 at night...

...and the lovely colors!

I love your fresh green growth in the gardens...

...your crab-apple blossoms...

...and your sweet little bunny rabbits.

I love that I can stand in my back yard and hear so many different kinds of birds singing...

I love that my apple tree is getting ready to burst into pink blossoms...

...and that the bird bath has so many different birds in it preening and cleaning themselves...

...that my window boxes are full once again...

...and my vintage pot is, too!

I love that I get to use my old galvanized bucket to water the flowers with.

What do you love about Spring?


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Garage Sales are Back!

Hello my friends, I hope you are all having a lovely week.
It feels like Summer here today!  
I am going to mow the lawn once it cools down, for the first time this year.  The leaves are coming out on the trees and the fruit trees will soon be blossoming, life is GOOD!

And, with the warm weather comes garage sales. 
See what we found this week and last.

The pretty blue Coleman cooler was $2.00 and my neighbor gave me the white enamel bucket, isn't it sweet?

My sweet husband is my hero, he saw these on the curb and brought them home for me.  I need to clean up the old sewing machine cabinet, it has a not-so-nice smell, then I will put it in my living room.  The bookshelf will get a nice coat or two of white paint and a shelf on the bottom, I haven't decided where it will go yet.

My neighbor, who is a collector of vintage items, knows I like to use old buckets and he gave me this one.  Isn't it great?  I think it will make a great planter.

I picked up a couple of other things that I will show you at a later date.

Have a good week!