Thursday, August 23, 2012

Super Sewing Inspiration: Gretchen Hirsch

(Picture Taken From Gertie's New Blog for Better Sewing)
Vintage Sewist Rejoice!!!
So yesterday the mail carrier brought me my brand new copy of  Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing.  Now I have lots of sewing books (I am kind of like having books) lots my sewing books are project based.  I have to say that I don't think any of them can compare to Gretchen Hirsch book.  It starts with lots of good instructions and how to's for the vintage sewist.  Normally in sewing project books I might like to make 1/3 or less of the projects included.  Not so with Gretchen's book I can see myself making 95% of the projects and I the book looks like it gives fabulous how to on the techniques needed not just for these projects but for  any vintage sewing projects.  I just can't tell you how excited I am about this book and its 25 vintage inspired patterns.  I have a project I have to finish first and I am starting back at work on Monday (my summer is done, boo hoo) but I plan to start working on a pin tucked a line skirt soon as I can manage.

On top of that Today she posted on her blog (if you are not a subscriber you really need to go take a look here) that she has designed a new line of patterns for Butterick Pattern Company and they put her on the cover!!!  All I can say is congratulations Gretchen on putting out your book, your patterns, and making the cover of Butterick catalog.

(Picture Taken From Gertie's New Blog for Better Sewing)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Up at the Cabin

This week we took a trip to the cabin.  Here's a bit about the cabin.  My in laws (lovely people by the way) bought a cabin in western Wisconsin about 4 years ago.  It is on a modest lake and the original cabin was modest too.  Unfortunately with in the first year after trying to gut it to fix many of it's issue my in laws came to the determination that the cabin was in such poor disrepair they just weren't sure what could be done with it. After meeting many times with contractors and trying to get a construction plan passed with the county it was determined that because the original cabin was built too close to the lake for modern standards that the only way they were going to be completely happy with the rehab was to tear down the original cabin and to build a totally new one.  So down came the original cabin and up went a new one.  Luckily my in laws had truly loved the little old cabin they had bought and tried to keep they new cabin very similar but just slightly larger and less infested.

Why am I sharing this on my vintage style blog?  Well when ever I am at the cabin it brings back memories of visiting my grandparents cabin. And well we always go antiquing while we are up here.  Besides enjoying the lake one of my favorite cabin activities.  The picture above is the lake and the tree was a pine tree that had survived over a hundred years but came down last year (much to all of our sadness) in some straight line winds.  We were very lucky that it did not come down on the cabin and that it was one of the only trees to fall (we did lose 2 or three more).  Some friends of ours just a few miles away lost just about all their trees and went from having a lovely wooded lot to one that looked like it had been clear cut.

Every cabin up here seems like it has to have chainsaw art bear.  This one is in rough shape but it came with the old cabin so we put it out to greet visitors.

One of my favorite parts left over from the old cabin is the Bunkhouse.  A little rustic cabin in the woods no water no electricity but very cute and cozy (a good place to take a nap on a lazy afternoon).
 Isn't the inside cute?  This little 50's dinette came with the original cabin and I believe was in the bunkhouse when the cabin, land and buildings were purchased.  It has two twin beds and my mother in law went with the western theme since well, it is called the bunkhouse.

As this area tends to be a vacation destination there is no shortage of antique stores.  One we have visited in the past but hadn't been to in a while is one that used to be called Poor Richards. I am not sure if it is still called this as I didn't see a sign this time other than ANTIQUES and as the prices have risen dramatically since we started visiting it I am thinking Richard is not so poor anymore.

Disclaimer: I have to warn you that in order to keep my 4 year old out of trouble I had to hand him my camera.  Hey moms helpful hint when taking a small child into antique store handing them a camera and asking them to take pictures of both what you like and what they like can really help keep them out of trouble.  Instead of picking up delicate items they are taking pictures of them.

OK so hopefully you get the idea of how packed with stuff this place is.  When the kids asked me what they sell?  I said everything and I think this is quite literally true in the yard alone I saw everything from boats to bathroom sinks.  The kids begged me to by them the worlds smallest violin complete with case and a sword. Here is what I opted for instead.

A 39 Philco table top, a cigarette lighter for the Mr LV (luckly he no longer smokes cigarettes but does enjoy collecting smoking paraphanelia).  Mr LV has also been learning to restore old radios and while this Philco may look rough right now he will have it cleaned up and working soon ( I will post more about our radio collection another day).

Hope you all have a great Week End I know we will!!!! 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Happy Pickle Day

So this is my second year of canning.  I am kind of self taught from you-tube and other instruction videos and books.  Today I made a larger batch than I had attempted last year. I made 24 jars of dill pickles.  Tomorrow I may be doing Dilly Beans.  My tomatoes are later this year than last year so I haven't been getting an over abundance of ripe tomatoes.  Any one else putting up food this year?

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Style Inspiration- Ginger, Tina Louise

OK so when I was a kid after school time was a time for reruns.  I Love Lucy, Leave it to Beaver, Bewitched (a whole other post), I dream of Jeanie (also a whole other post) and Gilligans Island.  Now many people (when I say people I mean MEN) ask Ginger or Mary Ann.  While I will not go there I will start with Ginger played by actress Tina Louise.

Tina Louise born Tatiana Josivovna Chernova Blacker, was cast in Gilligans Island as the Movie Star.  The role was originally designed for Jayne Mansfield. Did you also know Tina Louise did pin up modeling, Broadway acting and even put out an album?  She was also named "worlds most beautiful  red head" in1958 and even modeled for playboy.  She was not just a bombshell but a very talented lady.  Here is to you Tina Louise thanks for making the world a more beautiful place!!!!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Vintage Inspiration: Marilyn and Friends

So last week I talked about sitting in my parents basement when I was a kid watching old movies and TV shows.  A favorite was How to Marry a Millionaire from 1953 starring Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall, and Betty Grable.  If you like 50's fashion I highly recommend it as it does include a fashion show as all three ladies work as model.  They team up to get a penthouse apartment so they can meet millionaires that they hope to marry.  It is quite cute and funny so if you are looking for something light this is for you.

Ps I love Marilyn in catseyes maybe that is why i like to wear them myself.