Thursday, March 15, 2018

Tiny T-V

As I was talking about in the last post, adorable old salt and pepper sets, Mr. Husband Sir surprised me with this amazing Tiny T-V as a gift recently!

I had first seen it advertised in "Workbasket June 1957".  
You turn the knob to have the shakers raise up.  The TV area is also a picture frame!
Mine came with a removable promo for "Orofino Oasis Club" in Orofino, Idaho, Estell Darr : Table Top Dancer.  Your Free gift with purchase of 5 lap dances.

So, so cute!

Here are a few extra spicy posts featuring S&P shakers:
Thrift Scores
Westinghouse Laundromat

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Miniature Mixer

One of my favorite things to do is read old magazines from the 1940-50 time period.  I was reading through "The Workbasket", a publication for "Home and Needlecraft for Pleasure and Profit" recently.  I don't have but a small stack of these because I don't knit, crochet, or "make r d of 20 ds".  There are a few other non-yarn articles on gardening, tips for repurposing (Worn out chenille robes or bedspreads can be used to make dust and polishing mitts), and recipes (Beef Ball Ramekins).  The bulk of the tiny magazine is full of ads.  Ads for "Accordion Prices Smashed! Hurry ! Get in on these sensational accordion values." Or the highly suspicious "Your old fur coat into New Cape! Send no money, just your old fur." 
There are tons of ads for "making money in your spare time". You can train to be a beauty consultant by mail order or simply wear Fashion Frocks to sell to your friends.  Or there is the "600 ways you can earn extra cash without selling effort!  No experience needed!  Make big money with Salt n' Pepper sets, America's greatest craze!"

I came across this 1957 ad for selling greeting cards but was obviously drawn to the adorable Miniature Mixer salt and pepper set.  It is an exact replica of my 1951 Sunbeam Mix Master.  After a short search on ebay I came across an actual set with the original box even (9.99)!  On further inspection through other edtions of my "Workbasket" magazines, I noticed several more super cute salt and pepper sets: frying pans, coffee pots, telephone, toaster....  I can't let the "craze" hit me too hard, I don't have room for all of these mini seasoning apparatuses.  They aren't functional even.  The blender holds about 4 pinches of grounds in each beater along with having tiny shaker holes.   They are purely for adorable dust collecting.

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Kitchen Kit

I picked up this vintage hostess gift box at a thrift store a couple of years back.  

 Never been used...

I comes with four folded napkins and a set of wood salad tongs, but 
the best is the illustrated big headed salt and pepper peoples!

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Mini Mart

A tiny doo dad from my house:
This adorable vintage Super Market can fit across my hand!  It is a vintage building for a train set. 
If there are any 'Clean up on aisle 4" situations it can be mopped up with a quarter piece of a sheet of toilet paper.

 Since I collect old food packaging I am going to display the mini mart along side them in my kitchen...maybe I'll also include some green stamps (scroll down to "Marketing Day").

Thank you, come again!

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Itty Bitty Cookware

I happen to stumble across these super cute toy itty bitty pots and pans on ebay for 3 bucks (plus shipping).  

The graphics are so stinky cute.  I am a bit concerned about the boy and his extremely stiff pan handle holding hand though.  It's like he is the Edward Scissorhands of cookware.  Pots, pans, and measuring cups sprout out as fingers!  He is Freddie Frypanfingers!

These little 5 and dime toys are exactly what inspired the look of my retro art hanging,
Deluxe Dining Doo Dads!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018


A "new" cardboard egg carton I picked up at an antique mall (5 bucks).

Superb graphics!  Look at all the wonderful things you can do with eggs!  Scrambled, deviled, poached, fried, and benedicted!

I want a pink plate so I can recreate that perfectly symmetrical breakfast!

Inside view.  
There is a lot of engineered complicated folding involved in here to keep those 12 eggs safe!

I am adding this to my mini supermarket "aisles" display area in my kitchen.

Here are a few more items on the grocery list of past posts concerning vintage/retro food packaging:

Thursday, February 22, 2018


Another one of my favorite things...this sifter.
I have a thing about not wanting items that are uni-taskers only used on a limited basis.  I just prefer to substitute other tools to do their in low demand jobs.  All of these years I didn't have a sifter and just dealt with clumps in my powdered sugar, I just tried to work them out with a fork, unsuccessfully for the most part.

I happened to come across this adorable sifter at an estate sale and brought it home.  I am a sifting fool now!  Also it's not a uni-tasker since during it's down time it's a decorative item on my kitchen display shelf!

Another item that I don't own, which is going to be a hard one to believe, is a rolling pin.  I just use a large tall drinking glass and coat it down with flour.  Maybe if a gorgeous (cheap) one crosses my path I may consider adding it to my kitchen arsenal.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Sewing Choo Choo Cards

These vintage kid's sewing cards are so freaking cute!
I found them at a thrift store a couple of years ago.  I think there may be a few cars missing though since there is a "baggage car #1", gotta be a #2. Also 2 wild animals and a few clowns does not a circus make! All of the red sections are fuzzy felt.  These would look adorable framed in their train sequence on a kid's wall.  Feel free to print these for your personal use.  Maybe use a small dremel drill bit to make the holes for sewing.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

GE M-47

The GE M-47

Sounds like some kind of heavy duty machine gun artillery.  But it's just the official name for this vintage hand mixer from General Electric.  I picked it up from an estate sale for 6 bucks.  Why would I need another mixer when I have a lovely Juice joggling, Sunbeam Mix Master stand mixer? beloved 1951 Mix Master is "sick".  It happened during that marathon baking I did making 6 different Christmas cookies.  Now when plugged in, even in the ''Off'' position, it is "On" and runs only at max speed.  I have cried over this.  I love that mixer.  I found an appliance repair shop in town that says they will take a look at it (and not for free) but I am not ready to let it leave the house, and have the guy tell me there's no hope.  I am also scared that in normal fashion, usually when I take on something that involves another party actually doing their job properly it goes to hell and lingers.   Either the guy will lose the beaters, or the entire machine, or just take my mixer and money and close up shop causing the authorities to then get involved.  And yes, I generally check reviews and have friends recommend people for the jobs even. This stuff happens to me, all of the time....all the time.  Around the same time my mixer went out I was also dealing with the eyeglass store breaking my pair of vintage frames and then losing them, then finding discover that the outside lab broke them because they tried to shove too big of lens into them.... 

So, I picked up this mixer to get me through until I can take my Mixer to the doctor.  I have used it once already, and it is no comparison.  It is not as good as my stand mixer and cumbersome having only one hand free.  Also the beater eject button is right where my thumb goes...that's going to happen one day.

It is a dandy looking machine though!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Be Mine! Sweetheart Cake

"Clad in swirls of delicate pink frosting and boasting a heart of spicy red-cherry filling, this Sweetheart Cake is a sentimental way to court the favor of your valentine."

For Valentine's Day this year, I decided to make this lovely icing clad cake.  I actually ran out of icing so I had to do the lettering with some left over red gel icing in a tube.  It turned out kinda bloopy texted compared to the original from 1953.  The cake is just chocolate from a mix but I added cherry pie filling to it.  The description in the ad called for a heart formed from spicy red cherries...maybe I should have added some Tabasco to the cherry mix and molded it into a cardiac form?! The small red hearts flanking the edges are oversized sprinkles made by Wilton.  I have had them for a year (clearance last year 50% off score!) so you may not be able to purchase them in current times.  I can't find a "best by'' date on the container so that translates to me as "Good forever". 

 I'm sure the sprinkles are fine....If anything they might cause some artificially red hued holiday colored meadow muffins.  Nothing but the best sentiments to court favor with my valentines!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Will you be my chicken-tine?

You guys!!!  KFC is giving out FRIED CHICKEN SCRATCH AND SNIFF VALENTINE CARDS (with a purchase)!!!!!

 Four deep fried sentiments featuring the Colonel!

"You have the secret recipe to my heart."

"I fell in love the moment I slaw you."

"We're two peas in a chicken pot pie."

"I'd be with you all the time, if only I could.  You make me feel so finger lickin' good."

The backs feature a heart shaped set of drumsticks scented with love...Kentucky Fried Chicken love! 

Enjoy these past deep fried morsels:

Monday, February 12, 2018


Since I have been going through my stuff and only keeping the things that bring me joy I thought I would post some of my favorite things for the next chunk of posts.  

These vintage Squirt salt and pepper mini bottles are teetering on joy and ehhh.  I don't like green glass bottles but they are cute and mini. Mostly I love the box!

Squirt boy is super cute!

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Simpson Cookies

Mr. Husband Sir and I just had own 21st "Metting Day" a few weeks back.  No, "Metting Day" isn't some obscure Simpson's reference.  It's something PB came up with several years back.  It's the day that we first met...therefore it's our "Metting Day".

For own first Valentine's Day back in 1997,  I made Mr. Boyfriend a batch of Simpson cookies from these exact cutters.

I have made these cookies for him several times over the past years.  Normally I leave them dough skin colored and icing-less, along with using a pre-fab sugar cookie mix.  How boring.  This year I decided to try out a few improvements.  I used a recipe for sugar cookies that I got from PB's second grade teacher (5 years ago), which I hadn't tried out yet.  It is perfect!  It holds the shape of the cookie and doesn't spread while baking.  I also tinted the dough Simpson's flesh yellow.  
I then made icing to add some umph to the features and painted it on with a paint brush.  I made the brown Homer stubble by adding a bit of cocoa powder to some of the icing.  To achieve the vibrant red on Maggie's pacifier and Marge's necklace I first painted on white icing and let it dry.  Then I mixed a tad of red gel dye with a double tad of coconut extract in a small container, then painted it on over the dried white icing.
Mr. Husband and PB showed how much they liked all of my hard work by finishing them off in 24 hours (I helped too!).

Sugar Cookie Recipe:
1 cup butter
2/3 cup Sugar
1 egg
1 tsp coconut extract
1 tsp almond extract
2 1/2 cups sifted all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt

Cream butter and sugar.  Beat in egg and flavorings.  Combine flour and salt in separate bowl.  Stir into butter mixture.  Cover and chill for 30 minutes.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Grease cookie sheet.  Roll cookies in flour to 1/4 inch thickness.  Cut and bake 8-9 minutes.  Ice when cooled.

1 1/2 cup confectioner sugar
1 tbsp milk
Food Coloring

Sift sugar into glass bowl, add milk, and stir.  If icing is too stiff, add more milk.  Divide into number of colors desired and tint.  Spread on cooled cookies.  Icing will set when completely dry.  Store in airtight container.

Here a few more Simpson-y past posts:

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Mrs. Elsie Borden

 A few weeks ago we went to see a new exhibit within the museum I am always talking about.   Same one that my apron show* was held in.  The show was a hodge podge of items from the archives.  I would love to peruse those archives!!! This adorable life size Elsie Cow statue was at the entry...

 and wearing an apron!

I am not sure of the year of this statue, maybe 1950s.  The info card didn't give much, other than she had been displayed in a local grocery store.

 If I would have known I could have worn my red gingham apron so we could be matchers!

*What?  You've forgotten about that apron show?!
Well, then grab your gingham apron and shuffle on over!:

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Westinghouse Laundromat Salt and Pepper Shakers

Many years ago (probably 18) I saw a set of these salt and pepper shakers at an antique mall.  I fell in love with them but the price was too steep for my thrifty blood, 25 bucks.  At that price I figured they must be rare and I eventually forgot about them.  Back in October, Mr. Husband Sir and I happened to be looking around the very same antique mall and (no they weren't still there) I happened to recall these cuties.  I just mentioned it in passing really, but look what happened to be under the tree this year!

Now my dinosaurs can wash their own tube socks!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Spam Upside Down Pie and Party Sandwich Loaf

Last summer Mr. Husband and I decided to socialize with other adults, something that doesn't happen very often.  We are fairly introverted only getting out in the world to plunder through bins at the thrift stores or Target runs.  However these friends are into the same thing so we made an evening of not going anywhere together.  
We ladies each made a vintage dish to share.  I made Spam Upside Down Pie!

Festive and fun to make!

Check out those awesome radish roses!


I used bacon spam and a horseradish dipping sauce (pre-fab).  It was pretty tasty!

My friend was quite ambitious and turned out this amazing Party Sandwich Loaf! 


It involved three different fillings along with acquiring an unsliced loaf of bread from a bakery all the way across town!

Here are our two dishes hanging out with each other at my friend's house.

We also each made a dessert.  I made individual coconut agar jelly puddings with diced peaches and she made a pear pistachio pudding castle.  What is a pear pistachio pudding castle? you may ask.  It's diced pears mixed in pistachio pudding served in a sand castle bucket mold.  My friend thought the pudding would mold into the shape of the castle but it's not that didn't really work out as she had planned.  It still was fun to serve the pudding from the castle bucket with the supplied little toy shovel though!

As for activities we watched "Sandy Path", a spoof of the documentary "Grey Gardens". Oh my gosh, it is so hilarious!  It's from the series Documentary Now! staring Fred Armisen and Bill Hader. 

image source

When "Little Vivvy" slaps that slice of baloney on to the front of the fridge for the cat sitting on the top to eat, I laughed my pudding all over the place!

We had discussed prior to our get together about us playing some games. We all collect old board games so I was looking forward to seeing what they had...which turned out to be boring adult games like Yahtzee and backgammon.  Luckily I had brought along
The Game of Shopping at the Super Market!

I LOVE this game!  The graphics are adorby and the game is fun!

Each player gets a little shopping cart and has to land on certain spots to get everything on their grocery list before they can "check out" and win the game! Be careful not to land on "Watch Food Demonstrator, Miss a turn."

Sure it's recommended really for people in the single digits... but it's way more fun than Yahtzee!

Once I get the house whipped into shape I'll have to host them at my place where we can play with my Mr. Potato Head dolls and maybe I'll make a Wiener Crown Roast !