Sunday, June 16, 2013

The Great British Sewing Bee ❘❘ BBC TV Show

I don't know about you, but I love the shows that the BBC comes out with: Call the Midwife, Sherlock, Doctor Who, The Great British Bake Off, etc.... Recently I discovered the show, The Great British Sewing Bee on YouTube and it is the perfect sewing show! It features the history of home sewing and fashion in Britain's history -- fascinating stuff! But not only that, it also shows sewing techniques & projects and how you can do them yourself, which is handy for home sewists who would like some sewing tips while watching a television show. Oh, yes, another thing I love about The Great British Sewing Bee is the music! Gotta love listening Doris Day while watching a sewing show -- perfect for the vintage girl at heart.

If you would like to watch the show yourself, search The Great British Sewing Bee episode 1 on YouTube to find the first episode. I won't embed the episodes below, because you never know how long they will stay up. Btw, there are only four episodes.

Have fun watching!

House of Love by: Elizabeth Cheney {1914}

This book can be downloaded as an ebook.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Movie Life Magazine {April 1940}

I love movie magazines. There is something about them that I just love. Maybe it is the photos? The trivia? Interviews? I don't know what, but they sure are intriguing.

The magazine I'll be featuring today is one of my favorites - Movie Life (April, 1940). Why? It has an article of one of my favorite actresses - Deanna Durbin. That may, or may not be the reason why I bought this magazine. *grin*
Look! Cary Grant takes an old family friend to the premiere of My Girl Friday {I love that movie!}. Also the Los Angeles' Mayor greets Rosalind Russell at Girl Friday press party. In the bottom picture on the left, Olivia de Havilland is sporting the new pompadour hair-do. While on the right we have Judy Garland on a date to her movie, Strike Up the Band.  
Here we have, Errol Flynn, Anne Shirley, and Shirley Temple. 
 Next up we have a four page spread on Deanna Durbin. Enjoy!

Have you seen the film, Young Tom Edison (1940) starring Mickey Rooney? I grew up watching this film, so it was fun seeing this little spread.
This page is filled with stars! We have a wedding picture of Ronald Reagan & Jane Wyman. Katharine Hepburn {in a darling dress and pumps!}, Raymond Massey & Mrs. Roosevelt! That's just on the top row of pictures. Underneath we have Mickey Rooney, Pat O'Brain, Gene Autry, Olivia de Havilland, and many others!!

I hope you all enjoyed this little peak into one of my magazines I own. Let me know how you enjoyed it!


Friday, April 29, 2011

Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress

Yes, I was one of those who woke up at 4:30 this morning to watch the Royal Wedding of Prince William & Kate Middleton. 

Was it worth it? Yes!! I simply adore Kate's wedding dress - minus the dip in the front neckline. Other then that her dress was pretty much my style - simple yet classic. And here's to hoping that wedding dresses with sleeves will come into vogue again. 

The moment I saw Kate in her wedding dress, I immediately thought that her dress had some similarities to Grace Kelly's wedding dress. Which by the way, is another favorite wedding dress of mine. :)  

Here is a comparison picture for y'all. Look at the lace overlay and the sleeves.

If you are wanting to copy Kate Middleton's dress may I recommend Vogue 2979.

Did you watch the Royal Wedding? What did you think of Kate's dress? What was your favorite part?

Monday, April 11, 2011

Internet Archive

My very favorite website with free resources is Internet Archive. You will find TV Shows, Movies, Music, Radio Shows, and Books that are in the Public Domain to download onto your computer. What bliss!

What kind of Radio shows do y'all enjoy? Maybe you like one of the following? They are some of my favorites.

How about music? Do you like the oldies from the 30s, 40s, and 50s? Why don't you check and see if your favorite singers are available on Internet Archive. Here are some that I have found already for y'all:

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

1965 Southern Cooking - Fried Chicken & Buttermilk Biscuits

Fried Chicken
The one on the left is made with King Arthur White flour. While the one on the right is gluten-free and made with almond meal from Trader Joe's.

1/2 C. flour
1 tsp. salt
some pepper
1 tsp. paprika 
I had 8 legs and thighs pieces and there was enough mix leftover for more.

Put everything in a paper sack and shake one chicken piece at a time. Place chicken on a plate. Heat either grape seed oil or shortening in heavy skillet to the depth of 1/2 inch. When warm add the chicken and fry both sides until lightly browned. Turn pieces frequently. When all pieces are evenly browned, cover and cook slowly 30 to 40 min., or until thickest pieces are tender when pierced with a fork. Drain on plate with paper towel.  

Buttermilk Biscuits
These are so good! We love them so much I made fresh ones for lunch today. :) AND they taste Cracker Barrel's. 

2 C. flour {I used King Arthur White Flour}
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/3 C. shortening
3/4 C. buttermilk

Blend first four ingredients together in a bowl, with a spoon. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender until mixture resembles cornmeal. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients; add buttermilk all at one time. Stir with a fork until dough follows fork. Gently form dough into a ball and put on a lightly floured surface. Knead lightly with finger tips 10 to 15 times. Gently roll dough 1/2 in. thick. Cut with a small glass cup, lightly flour first. Place on a baking sheet, greased, close together for soft-sided biscuits. Brush tops lightly with milk. Bake 450 degrees 10 to 15 min., or until biscuits are golden brown. 

Both of the above recipes are from The Southern Cook Book of Fine Old Recipes {1965}. You can buy your own copy here

Monday, February 28, 2011

Quote of the Day.... Little Boys

"Little boys come in all shapes and sizes,
Shy and adventurous, full of surprises,
With misshapen halos and
mischievous grins,
Small dirty faces, and sweet, sticky chins.

They'll keep you so busy, and yet all the while
Nothing can brighten the world like
their smile.

And no greater treasure has brought homes more joy
Than a curious, active, and lovable boy!"

-Author unknown

{Source of pictures: LIFE photos hosted on Google Images.}


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