I'm a bonafide movie geek. So, while delaying the inevitable photo editing, I got distracted and ended up watching some online stuff about the upcoming Watchmen movie. I found this interesting interview with the costume designer, Michael Wilkinson. The movie takes place in multiple eras, so he had to cover everything from the 30s to the 80s. Fun!!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
These rare gems are ready to help you look stunning at your holiday parties, worship services, shows, events, dinners...or anywhere you want to look radiant in vintage!
Click the images to go to the Ebay auctions...but do it fast before the gavel drops and time runs out!
Friday, November 28, 2008
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This pretty little number reminds me of the dresses seen around the office of Sterling Cooper on AMC's Mad Men. But how much would the average gal really have paid for it? The original store tags from Natelson's of Omaha says she would have paid $19.98. Not bad at all, eh?
I wondered what that would equate to today, though, so I found a price comparison gadget on the US Dept of Labor site: http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/cpicalc.pl. It turns out that the gal about town today would have pay $139.58 for the same item. Anyone who has gone to the mall lately would see prices pretty close to that in most "name brand" stores.
Hatfeathers Vintage will happily let you buy this pretty for just under half of that. If the boys in the office pat you on the tush for wearing it, though, you're on your own!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Our featured item is a lovely hat that has been consigned with Hatfeathers by a family friend. The original owner has recently had to reduce her estate, so we are selling this hat, one of the few pieces of vintage she kept through the years. This gives us a rare opportunity to pass on some of the background history of it. I love knowing the background of things; where they've been, who loved it, when they wore it, and all that fun stuff.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees
1/2 C softened real butter (1 stick)
1tsp baking soda
3 over-ripe bananas, mashed/squashed/smooshed to a goopy mess
Cream the sugar and butter together, then mix in the eggs and milk. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and salt together. Combine the dry ingredients with the wet, mixing just until mostly combined. Add the squished bananas and mix it all together. If you would like to add 1/2C of chopped nuts, do it now.
Put in a loaf pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 1hour or until slightly cracked on the top and firm.
Top with butter, cream cheese, or go au natural!
Monday, October 27, 2008
For women’s casual attire, a novelty print skirt or vintage pin up sweater are sure to make heads turn. A men’s guayabera, knit shirt, or vintage Hawaiian shirt will put any modern mall-bought shirt to shame.
But what if you don’t want to wear your collection from head to toe?
Vintage beaded cardigans look great over a baby doll T with jeans or a pencil skirt, old or new. A vintage print or eyelet blouse can be worn with shorts for cool look in warm weather.
Guys can spice up their modern suits with a vintage tie or colorful dress shirt, or even a fedora. A vintage concert T looks great with jeans, vintage or new.
Vintage jewelry and accessories can spice up a modern wardrobe with an eccentric touch. A vintage 60s enamel brooch can add a splash of color to your coat lapels while costume jewelry can make even the simplest outfit fun and fancy!
Vintage purses and handbags are a great way to add anything from chic style to colorful whimsy to your daily wardrobe, plus they make a great conversation piece!
A colorfully patterned scarf can be worn as a neck tie or headband or scarf or a waist sash. Vintage platform shoes can add the spice of disco diva or kitten spikes can add sexy sophistication.
Whether head to toe or just as a finishing touch, vintage clothing and accessories can make your look complete.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
I have been after myself to do a blog entry, and here I am, one month to the day of my last one and shocked that its gone so quickly.
So, where have I been? Well, sanding dry wall and painting for one! Hubby and a buddy got a flip house, a nice yet abused little ranch home to renovate and sell. My parents always seemed to be fixing up places when I was growing up, so I know how to patch a wall, so I've been helping out there. Hey, Mom, I'm using that BFA emphasis in painting afterall!
What else have I done? A little bit of gardening, of course!
I have a bit of OCD when it comes to the plant arts, and am happily in my second year of volunteering my Master Gardener hours towards the Magic City Line mini-train at our local park, Rothwell Park. I've been raiding the end-of-season bins for scraggly perrenials, who will gladly join our lovely park and reward my optomism heavily come spring.
I was fortunate enough, also, to be helped by real superheroes this fall, as well. The Superheros bike ride came through town, and were directed to our little all-volunteer community area. They helped me out by digging canna rhyzomes for the year and refreshing my mulch paths on the new maze bed I formed last year. Their spirit really fit in with the ideas I had behind creating the maze bed; volunteerism, community, and sharing have helped me build from a clay and weed nub to a glorious garden. Their volunteer hours were well appreciated after a long, tough summer for the gardens. Many hands made light work, especially for a job that would have taken little old me a full day to complete alone. Thank you, Superheroes, wherever you are!!
Here we are hard at work:
And a little goofing off after the work was done:
So, what else have I done? Why, add a whole slew of new goodies to the stock room, of course!
I have been hitting the streets hard lately, finding loads of new/old goodies to add to the website over the next few months....as soon as I regain the feeling in my arms, that is!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
The line is marketed at kids-juniors, and it is some neat stuff, but my inner Mom alarm is going off. Has no one at Sears ever seen his videos? He doesn't curse, or call women "ho's", and I respect that, but he's not exactly clean either. The majority of his videos do have sexual overtones, booty shaking dancers, and, of course, his trademark shirtless ripped abs.
LL seems to have led a pretty clean life, I hope he keeps that up. This line will certainly put his name on the minds of kids, and they will be watching to see how he acts.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
I loved the Asphalt series..parts 1 and 2, and am looking forward to seeing what A.B. comes up with in this nautical version.
It starts tonight on The Food Network!
Monday, September 1, 2008
She just celebrated her grand opening, and still has a list a mile long of "to do's", but she's up and running, and it will all fall neatly into place in no time.
Here's the proud owner on opening day. Best wishes to Elsewhere Vintage!!
Friday, August 29, 2008
So my wee one is getting into more "big boy" cartoons, leaving behind the hallowed halls of Sesame Street and Blues Clues, so we've been hunting around for some good faves. Not being much into the new style animation of Sponge Bob and the like, we turned to some retro stuff...naturally! We've been enjoying some old Tom & Jerry cartoons on the Cartoon Network. Kiddo gets a kick out of the slapstick gags and Mom gets to hear some jumpin' beats from the occasional Big Band scores, like the one I've included here. There are a few episodes where Tom & Jerry live in some pretty posh atomic era pads, so, if you happen to catch a few of these fun old shorts, watch the background for some retro furniture, home styles and such.
It's classic in more ways than one!
What girl wouldn't love to glide across the ballroom floor in this marshmellow dream? This Emma Domb gown features mesh chiffon over taffeta, with a bit of tulle for body. Simple? Yes! Paired with the right shoes, jewels, and classic hair and makeup, this is all it would take for a girl to steal the show. I think it would make a great less-than-traditional wedding dress.
Find it at http://www.HatfeathersVintage.com in the 50's department.
After you’ve filled plates and bellies, go back to the ham and start cutting it for leftovers. If you have oodles, separate some out into a couple of plastic storage containers to stow in the freezer. It thaws wonderfully and can be reheated for another day. The leftovers will stay fresh in the fridge for well over a week, if they last that long.
Sweet Home-Baked Ham
Choose a 10-15 pound Butt or Shank portion of ham from your grocer.
You will also need some brown sugar. I recommend pairing it with some potatoes for boiling or mashing, and some corn starch to make gravy with.
Set the ham, package and all, into the bottom of the (clean) sink.
Open the plastic packaging from the top, peeling it down like a banana skin, leaving the bottom for the ham to rest on in the sink. Rinse the ham well, tipping it up to rinse the bottom as well. Make sure to remove any plastic cap the butcher put in under the bone of the flat end.
While your ham drains, prepare your roasting pan. I like the enamel roasters with the raised ridge bottom, or the ridged top piece with holes for the fat to drip out. Pour a cup or two of clear water into the bottom of the pan if using the 2 pc model, just enough to come halfway up the ridges if using the single piece type. This will provide some steam to soften the meat, and a good base for gravy. Place your drained ham in the pan.
Use a sharp paring knife to cut diagonal lines in the ham, just the fatty layer, about 1/8” into the outside, all the way around, then turn the other way and do it again, creating a diamond pattern (no need for precision here).
Create a tent out of aluminum foil (you may have to crimp 2 pcs together) that will cover the pan and ham, and crimp tightly around the pan edge.
Put this grand concoction into a 250 degree oven and let it do its magic for 3-4 hours, depending on how big the ham is.
Pull the ham out of the oven and remove the tent. Bump the oven up to 350 degrees.
Use a fork and knife to pull off the diamond shaped fatty pieces. Put them into the foil tent for disposal (recycle, girls!). Once you have cleaned off the majority of the fatty chunks, you’re ready for sugaring! Using your hands, crumble and drizzle brown sugar all over the outside of the warm ham, tap it into place. Neatness is not required, or possible for that matter!
Put a meat thermometer into the ham, being careful to get into the center of the meat and not onto a bone, and put that ham back into the oven.
Bake it for about another hour, until the thermometer shows 140 degrees internal temperature. Remove it from the oven and let it rest a while before carving.
If you want to make gravy, use the drippings, separate the fat, and thicken with corn starch.
Slice the ham with an electric knife. Serve.
Ham Egg & Cheese Pie –leftovers deluxe!
This is great for brunch, dinner, breakfast, midnight snacks....whenever!
Gather ingredients into a big bowl, mix, and dump into a prepared pie shell.
Slice ham leftovers into cubes, about 1-1.5 cups will do
Add cheese cubes or shreds, a cup or so is plenty
Add a ½ cup or so of frozen carrots, corn, onions, green beans or whatever your family likes, or you have on hand
Mix in 3-4 beaten eggs
Stir it all up and pour into the pie shell
Top with torn up strips of canned crescent roll dough, if a little top crust is desired.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
There was an interesting article in the Washington Post recently about the Gardens of Versailles, and how the climate changes are taking their toll on the plant life there, some of it dating to the French Revolution.
My favorite point in this article is how they stopped using insecticides to kill off the bugs, instead letting the bugs grow fat and juicy. Guess what happened? The birds came back and ate the bugs! Isn't that amazing!? Nature has a way of taking care of itself, if us pesky humans would just let it be and stop screwing it up.
My garden has its fair share of buggy critters. I don't use anything to deter that, no matter what they nibble on. Sure I have aphids on a few things, but I also have lady bugs who love a good juicy aphid. I've got caterpillers galore, and yes, they turn a canna leaf into swiss cheese, but then they turn into a lovely butterfly. There are plenty of birds during the day, and in the evening the bats put on a show having their way with the mosquitos. If I sprayed insecticides, none of that would happen. It's worth the trade.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Recently, this style has seen a come back, worn well with a tight top underneith and skinny fitted jeans, with the butterfly top off the shoulder in true slouch style.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Here's the bit of the show last night:
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Vested Gentress had the whimsical print thing down pat, and this fun example is no exception.
The crisp white dress is covered with Morning Glory vines in blues and greens. How fun!
Dresses like this offer a fun alternative to the Tshirt and shorts routine, just pair with a pair of sandals and go.
Find this and more fun stuff at http://www.hatfeathersvintage.com
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
They Might Be Giants....but for my kid? You bet your bloomers!
My son (age 6) has a new obsession, and who would have thunk it!? It's They Might Be Giant's two DVDs "Here Come the ABCs" and "Here Come the 123s", a collection of witty, quirky, and (don't tell) a little bit educational video tidbits. We got hooked on it when Disney and Noggin started playing the video for "Zeroes" in between shows. I know neither of these discs is particularly new, but they're worth seeking out...and those of you without kids may not have seen this new venture, so here you go.
If I stop to think about it, it really does make sense, since TMBG was doing quirky, thought inducing music even back in the 90s when I was listening to them in college. It relays nicely to the kid scene, and gives Mom something fun to listen to with the wee one. I've posted three of their video tidbits above, so enjoy them with someone you think is nifty.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Spring has sprung here at the Hatfeathers studios...more like sprung a leak! This has been one of the wettest springs in recent memory, but, in between sprinkles there has been some planting going on. Being a Midwesterner, we have to choose wisely when planting. Our garden friends have to be tough enough for 100+ degree heat and dips down to below zero, rain in buckets and months without. We manage, though, and if you can, so should you.
In a recent newsletter from the National Gardening Association, I read this interesting tidbit:
"Researchers at the University of Virginia found that air pollution from power plants and automobiles is destroying flower fragrance and making it harder for bees to find flowers when foraging. The result is that bees visit fewer flowers and gather less nectar. Researchers found that scent molecules could travel up to 1200 meters in the 1800s. However, with pollution, today’s scent molecules travel only 200 meters. When the scent molecules bind with common pollutants, such as ozone, hydroxyl, and nitrate radicals, the flower’s aroma gets destroyed. The bees can’t find the flowers so they go hungry and the flowers don’t get pollinated. "
So what's a vintie gal to do? Why, plant some flowers! Easy grow "old school" flowers like daisies, coneflowers, bees balm (monarda), any type of mint, coreopsis and black eyed susan will give the bees and butterflies something to enjoy. You'll love it, too! The rewards of gardening are many; there is the physical aspect of getting out and moving, plus the beauty of the flowers in your yard. Also, a good sized flower bed cuts down on mowing time, reducing the polutants and cutting down on gas use!
Don't have a yard? How about looking for a local garden club that does public garden projects? Perhaps your local retirement or nursing home could use a hand brightening their landscaping. Does your apartment building allow window boxes, or is there a small green space that needs some work? Even a small herb garden can be grown in an old bucket. There's just no reason not to have plants around.
Hooray for flowers!
Thursday, May 8, 2008
OK, they aren't the fanciest named-label dress, nor are they really that much different than the Levis jeans we could go to the mall and buy today, but I still love to find a pair of Big E jeans.
The Levis company has been around since the 1800s, originally just to produce sturdy jeans for minors to wear that wouldn't wear out fast. Little did Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss know, but people would be wearing jeans as their main clothing item-from fashionable dress to work attire- well over 150 years later.
One time, while considering the jeans industry in church (appologies to God for my wandering brain) I decided to count how many people were in jeans as compared to anything else, as they walked by at communion. I lost count, and it's not a big church.
So, this item of the week is featured not only as just a neat thing to find, but as a salute to the jean itself. Wardrobe staple and a favorite clothing item for anyone from New York fashionistas to midwestern moms to hard working blue collar folk.
See them this week only at auction on ebay: http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-60-s-Big-E-Levis-Denim-Jeans-501-Redline-42W_W0QQitemZ360050659896QQihZ023QQcategoryZ52401QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
Saturday, April 19, 2008
It features a strutting peacock in a woodblock style print. The front looks like a fairly standard wiggle dress, but the back has a little added gathering of fabric, so you can shake your tailfeathers, too!
Find this nifty bit in our 50s section at http://www.hatfeathersvintage.com
There are loads of great bags out there for purchase, I've seen a lot on ebay, in stores like WalMart and Target, and through online retailers. Give them a try, help save the world one grocery trip at a time.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
This shirt is just one of those fun, novelty-type things that I enjoy finding.
The chocolate brown fabric is loaded with a unique, heavy chain stitched logo, plus the bowler's name at the front, "Martha".
It may not be the height of fashion, but I think it's a real hoot!
Find it and other nifty things at http://www.hatfeathersvintage.com
1 cup regular rice (the cheap by-the-bag stuff, not Minute Rice)
1 regular can chicken broth (or veggie broth)
1 small can of sliced mushrooms and their juice
About ½ Stick butter or margarine, sliced and dropped in by the chunk, use as much or little as you like
Put all the ingredients into a loaf pan or lidded casserole, cover with lid or aluminum foil. Bake at 300-350 for about an hour. Keep the lid on the whole time, don’t peek!
Picky kids? Leave out the shrooms, but add in more water, about 1/3 of the broth can will do the trick.
Friday, March 28, 2008
Wear it with jeans or slacks, a full skirt or pencil skirt, wear it open like a jacket over a babydoll Tshirt, or closed over your favorite figure enhancing undergarments for that bombshell pinup gal look.
Bright colors are in this spring, so why not go retro while fitting in with the trends?
Find this and other wonderful vintage items at http://www.hatfeathersvintage.com/
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
The approaching Easter weekend is a perfect time to celebrate the lost art of hat wearing.
Find this and other wonderful hats at http://www.hatfeathersvintage.com