Monday, January 30, 2012

The Undies...

fresh ! vintage lingerie ! Lovely ! 60s Jacques Heim all - in - one ! Vanity Fair ...Vassarette....30s 50s 60s 70s vintage lingerie., lace, chiffon, tricot,crinoline.
Sexy and Utilitarian.

80s ruffle butt sissy cobalt blue panties

60s pale turquoise blue Vassarette slip

Silky black 70s vintage peignoir robe

60s Jacques Heim vintage All In One with lots of stretch and 4 garters

60s vintage Vanity Fair hot orange nylon slip

vintage sexy sheer red 3 piece set....Babydoll bikini bra Ooo La Lavintage

Baby blue crinoline

60s bra..white longline vintage bra

60s low cut demi cup black lace bra

vintage silky panties and babydoll pajama set

Horse laugh 80s tiny bikinis...Are We Having Fun Yet? With tags, and never worn.

60s lacy Green granny panties, Penney's vintage lingerie

Vintage silky rayon black and red Japanese kimono

30s satin nightgown with tags Never Worn!

70s Peach floral Pajama set of silky nylon

Leopard 60s Vintage Vanity Fair Leopard shorty nightgown Lingerie

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Winter blues and water woes.....

No pictures of my vintage  Winnebago ...this post, but here's my bedroom....
I survived quite well during the nasty snowstorm...I didn't lose power and no branches fell on me, my garage or my house. I know many many folks had to endure days of misery. My neighbors lost several tall branches of their beautiful birch tree due the weight of heavy snow and ice. I had a branch from one of my trees, fall in my backyard and it missed the fence,the power lines and anything of value at all !

this is my hall, and see that rug? yes. I got that off the street in 1984, when I lived on N. 13th. Sweet! 40s magnolia wool rug....Tacoma used to come pick up your crap during the spring and fall home clean-ups and lots of stuff was left on the sidewalks and driveways...and the Free Pickings was good! (this was back in the day before rich people started buying chipped-up "Shabby Chic" real people just found...stuff. We saw the beauty in wabi-sabi, and hey, the price is right! )

Unrelated to the weather (probably), my basement sump pump went Kaput! "Hello Mr. Landlord!"
... the water was almost knee-high, and it extinguished my water heater so we had 3 days with no hot water! I can put up with a lot of crap from life....if I can have a hot shower at night. The plumbers arrived and pumped the basement almost dry, and installed a new sump pump. My bedroom is over the basement/sump pump, and that new sucker was LOUD.

I thought if I just moved my bed to the other side of the room.......but no!
I'm leaving it like this....tho.

We haven't had a good night's sleep for the last few...and we are cranky! But today, I figured out the problem and fixed it. The hang strap for the exit pipe was transmitting the pump racket to the joists and throughout the house. So I moved that strap sucker! and....

sleeping dog, hippie bedspread, vintage slips, Indian camp blanket, and purple....

Little doggie basket, and I love the closet door and doorknob...original to the 40s house.
On the right is Mark's dresser, we got from Jan in a dresser swap a few years ago.

Mark's clothes and his huge HUGE vintage suitcase.
My Guitar Girl picture (free) and vintage fabric on the window.  Thrifted Nighthawks (mercilessly  copied and Marilyn, Bogie, and Dean inserted (crap)) But, Edward Hopper, my favorite American artist, painted it in 1942, and I love it. The painting (not this print!) is the same age as my house....

After years of looking for a vintage scalloped padded headboard, I finally found one (thrifted). I was gonna cover it (maybe someday) but I actually like the 70s avocado vinyl. 1920's tux shirt, and a 40s chenille peacock on deep blue velvet. Map of the San Francisco Bay area. (all thrifted, except the map, which we bought 15 years ago on our honeymoon)
Purple pillows!

Love the closet !

Mark's vintage suitcase and his wool socks. This is just what it looks like...daily. No, I'm not expecting Martha Stewart and don't give a fig about phony stage sets.
I bought that wool needlepoint rug at a Country Living show at the Tacoma Dome back in the 80s. $50 Bucks.

Nighthawks (no TV !!)  I have a lot of paperbacks, and this old dresser (free) used to hold the TV and DVD and VCR players (free), and 2 of the drawers are full of VHS tapes and DVD's...which are mostly going to the Goodwill except for a few....Like Harold & Maude on VHS !
The mermaid-San Francisco-water globe was bought on vacation, when we took 2 of the kids on vacation about 13 years ago in the VW bus. That was a lot of fun! No really. It was so much fun.

 You might have seen Tom Cat as my etsy avatar.
"So long for now......thanks for visiting and yes, we belong to Mark."

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I Own Wheel Estate

Drunk octopus wants to fight you...

don't brave.

I'm a homeowner again....or a home-moaner.
A 1973 (ah yes I remember it wellllll) Winnebago Brave motor home.

More details than you will ever want to know to come later as we begin the saga of The Rest of My Golden Years..... I'm proud to own a Winnie, from the last great era of American Awesome...the name of the interior (pre-blue carpet, it was gold!) the decor scheme was called "Inca".....
Bearable tapestry upholstery, blue carpeting (gag), Acres of Faux Bois, Almond counters, Chrome and stainless steel appliances, Vera golden fern very own plastic crapper....
A CB radio!!!

This was on the AM radio, or on the Cassette tape player in the dash!

I can hardly be happier!
Well if there was a bucket of money in a storage bay and cold bottle of Vodka in the refrig...but hey. I definately wanted  the built-in bedroom in the back, with the entry door just behind the passenger seat. There's a bed above the front seats, but I don't wanna climb up a ladder in to my bed (maybe I'll change my mind about that) ...those dinette bench seats are going! I hate them, and along with the dinette table...

Just feast your eyes...and as the days of our lives drip drip drip away....You can follow along as we repair everything, make curtains, say a lot of swear words (speaking of swear words. ... watch the Winnebago man vid at the bottom).......

that's the blue carpeted doghouse (cowl over the motor that sits between the front seats)

here's an ad for a '72 Winnie

Hey Winnebago man...we understand.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Vegan Skip It Hoppin' John

Feeling nostalgic, I wanted to make something with my bag of black eyed peas. You don't grow up with Oklahoma Okies and Indians and an Idaho country girl without eating your share of Hoppin' John and lots of greens.
I don't do bacon, nor do I do meat....and all the substitutions didn't harm the stunningly delicious flavor....Yes, that's a White Russian......with dinner. A gal has got to keep up her spirits !

*****Vegan Hoppin' John*****
1 T Olive or canola oil
1C chopped onion
1/2 C chopped celery (I had to sub with chopped bok choy and cabbage)
1/2 C chopped bell pepper (I used 3 colors)
1 T minced garlic (I love my garlic mincer)
1 lb of Black Eye Peas
1 Qt stock or buillon (I used 2 vegie soup cubes and some left over kale water)
1/2 t each salt and pepper
1/2 t poultry seasoning
1/2 t liquid smoke
1/4 C maple syrup....(these last 2 ingredients were swapped out for the same measures of Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar) (be creative)

Cook the black eye peas in enough water to cover for about a half hour, in a big pot, and set aside.
Saute the onions, celery or vegetable subs, garlic and pepper in the oil, until soft and gently browned.
Add that to your big pot of cooked peas, the qt. of stock, s & p, seasonings (or the subs) and the syrup (brn sugar)
Bring to a boil, hold it there for a minute, and then simmer for about 45 mins until most of the stock has been absorbed.
Serve with hot (brown) rice and your favorite vegetables.........kale, hot potatoes, cabbage...whatev!

...the nasty snowy weather drove me batty....the only good thing about cold weather is cute sweaters!  When 7 layers of clothes didn't keep me warm enough...I turned on the stove...and baked dozens of cookies, and ate them, and then shoveled a lot of snow to work off all that cookie-fat.
I made a lot of yummy food. I stocked up the day before the snowstorm with lots of coffee, booze, baking supplies, dried beans and fresh vegetables....

right now it's sunny and warm at 50 degrees and the snow is melting....
these pics are from when it was 27 degrees and too damn much snow !! my bamboo was iced over...but he recovered when it melted..

Saturday, January 21, 2012

I don't do fashion ...

I just like neat clothes. I like to make cute and nifty things. I like things to be well-made and last a long time.
This is why I've worn "old clothes" called "Vintage !"

This is why I make a lot of things. I often can't find the things I I make them....and I hope others like them too.
I was snowed out of my photography cold in there...but Look ! the sun has come back...and a lot of the snow has melted. Sunday and Monday, new listings shall be listed!

Lots of shoes and boots, vintage Levis, some jewelry and other stuff I can't remember now.

I only lost one branch and my summer tent is destroyed....the yard looks like the shrubs had a war....Look, my gnome is peeking thru the better days are ahead.

3 necklaces I just made and will list on Sunday the 22nd day of January 2012.

This one has a golden chain, with a simple geometry-inspired metal tube.

this necklace is a long pendant with a vintage skeleton key and an Alice in Wonderland theme with its teapot, blue heart and tiny Excelsior vintage key.

this little cutie uses a vintage chain, and a zipper head...that's all. The zipper pull says COED ....really.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Stop calling shirts with buttons "Button-down"

About 7 years ago* some moron on ebay started calling all shirts with ....buttons...down...the..front....a BUTTON DOWN SHIRT. No. it's. not.This ill-informed "fashion" editorial on Stylelist "The Classic White Button-Down: 5 Days/5 Ways", does not use a button-down shirt styled (?) 5 ways....they use a shirt that buttons down the front. Big Difference!
(not to mention, but I  will, Leggings as Pants)
(and people who say "think" when they mean "imagine" or "remember")

Since I love the Classics ! mis-naming mistakes made by People With A Job in the Fashion/Styling/Writing industries, that don't know wtf they are talking about...really -----  me.....and if that is an actual button-down, please, tell me that it is. She could be wearing the buttons undone....In any case, the distinction needs to be made.
A century ago, Brooks Brothers popularized  putting a button and buttonhole on the collar corner, and Viola! it's a button-down collar.
yeesh, even Wikipedia can supply you with the correct answer.  "Button-down" is sometimes used incorrectly to describe the front buttoning of a shirt; a "button-down" shirt refers to a shirt with an American "button-down" collar introduced by Brooks Brothers in 1896, discussed below.[1]

These are button-down shirts.

 *that was the first time I saw a moron misusing the style term.

I can only blame the herds of Quick Buck artists that decided 10 years ago, to sell crap on ebay, and the sudden influx of vintage clothing sellers that bred like rabbits over there too.....People who don't know the difference between a flat-felled seam and a waffle iron, are buying Forever21 crap, and selling it as "vintage". Beware!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

hearts and moon and star.

"Love doesn't make the world go round, love is what makes the ride worthwhile." - Elizabeth Browning ....

Moon and star cosmic geometry necklace....

Wes Anderson's new movie,  Moonrise Kingdom as an etsy treasury....

new handmades in my "other" shop....
all here: thatyountvillegirl

angora sweater heart and Key !

girl you know it's true......

Ice white angora leaves, red cashmere little mitts....

....vintage Key, jade heart, faux suede....

Hearts and Love...

Big heart, little black dress....

so happy together....

Bruce rainbow love.....

and if it doesn't work out....well....