Wednesday, November 30, 2016

What's Penny Wearing? #145 An Elegant Vintage Robe And Some Lovely PJ's

Today, Penny is wearing a vintage robe and a lovely pair of pajamas I found earlier this month.
The long vintage bathrobe in rosy quilted satin buttons down the front and also ties at the waist:
I love the pretty buttons and the metallic thread used in the stitching:
Rather an elegant look for an everyday robe:
I think the robe pairs quite well with the floral "Lauren Ralph Lauren" pajamas, don't you?
Note the monogram on the pocket:
So pretty together, and just in time for Christmas!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Lori's Christmas Corsages

Lori was working on some Christmas corsages over the weekend for a Craft Fair she is going to next weekend in Marin, and she sent me a few photos yesterday:
She is making them out of a variety of crafty bits and pieces - most of which are vintage - that she has been collecting for years.
Aren't they pretty?
I think they are turning out  to be very lovely, indeed!
Good job, Lori!

Monday, November 14, 2016

More Of My Colorful Finds

Here I am again with some of my favorite finds.
First up, three more adorable vintage Counterpoint magnets for my collection:
A pretty papier mache gift box, backed by gorgeous batik fabric:
Another fabulous flower power vintage suitcase!
I hate to pick favorites, but I mean - come on.... right?
I love it:
I think this vintage mug pairs remarkably well with the vintage fabric I found at the same thrift store:
I do not know how to translate what it says on this vintage tile, but it's sweet, so, who cares?
(Actually, I do! I'd love to know what it says. Anybody?)
I think it may be either Figgjo Flint or Berggren, but I'm not sure.
I DO know that I really like it!
I found this great vintage avocado green kitchen scale from Sears:
I also found a nice little stash of bump chenille - I rarely find any of this, so I thought it was pretty cool:
And this little cache of vintage baby stuff, including the fab vintage Irmi pieces (from a crib mobile, I suspect) was all together in a little "grab" bag at an antique show. I grabbed, it all right!
That's it for today!
More to come, soon.
Because I cannot seem to stay away from the thrift shops to save my life..........

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Skillet Apple Pie From Trisha's Southern Kitchen

A while back, I decided to try a recipe I had seen Trisha Yearwood make on her Food Network TV program "Trisha's Southern Kitchen.
I really enjoy her show. I like her a lot; I enjoy her music, and also her personality.
 She's very down-to-earth, and she just seems like the kind of woman who could become an instant friend, if you had the opportunity to meet and spend time with her!
I made it in my Lodge cast iron skillet, which was a Christmas gift last year.
You can find the recipe on the Food Network's website. (Click here  to view the recipe.)
It was easy to make, and we liked it!
I didn't end up making the Cinnamon Whipped Cream, which I believe I would have liked very much, as well.
I didn't have any heavy cream on hand, so I topped it with vanilla ice cream instead.
My only issue was that I found it difficult to get the brown sugary layer of goodness at the bottom out of the pan while cutting it.
I may have baked it a bit too long; I'm not sure.
But it was good.
Very sweet - but good.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

What's Penny Wearing? #144 Plaid And Patchwork

Today Penny is mad for plaid, in a patchwork skirt I purchased recently at a thrift store,
along with two vintage shirts:
I've had both of the shirts since the 70's.
Layered over a short-sleeved blue cotton chambray shirt is a cotton flannel plaid shirt in one of the prettiest color combinations I've ever seen.
I wish it fit me still, because I'd be wearing it.
I loved it back then, and I still love the bright and pretty blue plaid:
I'm just really kind of digging the look of this patchwork skirt:
I love the mix of solids and wonderful plaids:
I just liked the way they all looked together.
I think it would make a cute outfit, perhaps paired with tights and boots?
What do you think?

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The November Page From "The Year Around Book", With Illustrations by Jerry Pinkney

So... it's November 9th, and the elections are behind us.
Whether or not they resulted in what you had hoped for, I'm here to wish you a Happy November, now that it's all over!
And I wanted to share this month's page from my wonderful vintage (1965) tome "The Year Around Book" by Helen Jill Fletcher featuring the fabulous illustrations that I adore by the extremely talented artist Jerry Pinkney.
Coincidentally, just last week I purchased a vintage California school music textbook that also features his illustrations!
 "This Is Music" was published in 1968.
I was absolutely delighted when I found it (at a thrift shop).
Here's a turkey from that book, since we're talking about November and all:
And check out this colorful two-page spread:
"Friends And Family" - so cute and colorful with a friendly postman and a dog who actually appears happy to see him!
( I used to be a rural mail carrier - don't get me started on dogs and mail carriers!)
And by the way, hopefully you will be spending the Thanksgiving holiday later on this month with YOUR friends and family!
I'll leave you with this last illustration:
You know, that's the way I would truly like to be spending my time.
Yes, "Singing Through The Day" sounds pretty good to me!
(Just for the record: I'm not saying that I FEEL like singing through the day, nor that I am going to be.
Only that it does sound like a lovely thing to do.
If you love to sing.
And I do.
That's all.)