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New In Store : Groovy Afghans!

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We are very excited to showcase some very 70s Afghans we have recently added to our shop’s inventory!

I grew up with these and always have loved their bright colorful knits, and how they can come in so many combinations. My family had a tradition where my great grandmother on my father’s side would make one for each new family member either born into the family or married into the family. I had a pretty pink and purple one growing up!

I once tried my hand at making one for a friend as a present – and let me tell you. These are EXTREMELY time consuming, and mine ended up very wonky and I did the easiest pattern you could possibly do. So after my own try I have a lot of appreciation for any beautifully made afghan I happen to come upon while shopping.

But luckily for you and I, I don’t have to go making these beauts! Someone already has done all the dirty work and we just get to bask in the warmth of these amazing afghans!

Beautiful Fall Chevron Afghan

American Flag Afghan

Poinsettia Afghan

Pink Chevron Afghan

Purple Cake Icing Afghan

Celtic Squared Afghan

Creamsicle Swirl Afghan

Tie Dye Afghan

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 Yellow Striped Afghan

Hurry up and get yours today!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/SevenMinutesInHeaven

https://www.etsy.com/shop/SevenMinutesInHeaven

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Favorite Vintage Finds of 2013

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It’s that time of the year when you start cataloging all of your favorites, all of those momentous occasions, all of the special things that happened throughout the year. And I am here to start with one of my favorites…my Vintage Finds!

Hats

I have definitely upped my Hat game a lot this year. But it is easy when you find so many great ones. I had started a bit of a hunt trying to find the cleopatra beaded headdress type hats for awhile and was pleased to find a gold one at a thrift shop early in January. The White fascinator was a steal as someone was selling it for practically nothing and I snatched it up. It’s a great piece to work with all of my glittery outfits. The Purple velvet pillbox hat has been a great addition to all of my darker and fall pieces this year. The Delicate blue flowered bird cage veiled head piece was so beautiful I couldn’t say no to it – plus it matched my blue hair at the time! And the Burgandy Bowler style hat is an easy staple for me to throw on whenever.

Caftans

This had to be the year of the Caftan for me. I couldn’t turn around without a beautiful one slapping me in the face begging me to buy-buy-buy! I need this for my collection! So I obeyed and did as I was told. They are just so comfortable and at the same time they do what I love which is make a bold statement! I wore the two variations of the tiger ones almost weekly. The Silk-Wintery looking one I saved for special occasions and the long maxi one just does amazing things to my cleavage so I of course took advantage of that! Can’t wait to find more to add to my collection next year!

Dresses

My favorite go-to clothing item always are dresses! I never can find pants that fit, and dresses are the most simplest thing for me to accessories – usually with nothing – especially with how beautiful most of the prints they have are. The floral fall dress I wear almost weekly now since it is perfect for the season – and I can get away with layering whatever I want underneath to stay warm since it is so long. The Red Polyester dream dress I wore to watch the opening of ‘The Great Gatsby’ and was pleased to find that a lot of people dressed up -and some even brought champagne! The Lavender dress I saved for the cooler months but I have yet to find a long enough slip to go underneath yet. But just look at it’s beauty and wonder! The white lace dress and I are madly in love and I even paired it up with this head-piece for a special anniversary dinner with my man-friend! The green maxi was an ebay steal for $10! I have a couple of 70s house dresses that sometimes I have to wear out of the house like I did when I paired it with this letterman jacket. When I picked up this orange oriental maxi it was labeled ‘costume’ during Halloween time at a thrift shop I frequent – but it was most definitely Vintage! This Disney Princess dress I fell in love with – it really makes you feel quite magical while wearing it. The print on this floral halter bathing suit piece instantly attracted me to it. And finally another see-through lace dress to complete my favorite Dresses of the year!

Sweaters

Sometimes I feel that, finding an amazing sweater is the equivalent of finding an amazing t-shirt but just for another season. These three finds killed it this year for my sweater collection! I was on a tare the beginning of this year and the end of last year trying to find all things that reminded me of mermaids – and this glittery sweater just so happened to fall into my lap. It has individual large sequins sewn onto this soft wool sweater base. It makes everything around me glitter when I wear it. Now the Popeye sweater – there really isn’t much to say – but that was an amazing find – and I doubt I will ever part with his fantasticness! The houndstooth sweater is a recent find and an amazing one at that. It’s so cozy and goes exactly with the type of mod vibes I have been trying to put out lately.

Shoes

Amazing Shoes in my size that are comfortable enough to wear in NYC are one of the hardest things for me to find. It’s weird to think that I used to wear heels ALL the time before I lived in New York – now I hardly wear them. Unless I’m getting driven to wherever I’m going – it’s just a killer on your feet. I did manage to find these 1940s Dead stock camel colored heels at my work last week and they fit perfectly and don’t hurt my feet! The Justin’s happened to be the 2nd or 3rd time I had tried to buy and wear them on a daily basis. It only took me buying 1 1/2 sizes up for me to be able to wear them on the daily.

Misc.

These pieces were must have accessories or else I would have been lacking this year. The 1st is actually a beautiful piece I bought a couple of weeks ago in anticipation for next summer (just need a high waisted skirt or perhaps shorts to go with it. The Sage Robe was bought during my kimono crazy time – but it compliments this green forever 21 dress I bought ages ago to-a-tee! The skirts came all at the same time – the rainbow one has gotten a lot of play – and I foresee the floral one getting more use this coming spring. My little Red Riding ‘no-hood’ cape added the right amount of whimsy to a lot of my summer ensembles this year!

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So how about you gals? What are some of your favorite Vintage finds this year?

 

My Thanksgiving Dress

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I don’t know about you guys, but I love starting my own traditions. Whether it be to have week-long birthday celebrations, getting a new tattoo with my best friend for each of our birthdays per year, or saving a special dress to wear once each year.

This post is in dedication to one of those traditions. ‘My Thanksgiving Dress”. Here is the story :

So I started my own Thanksgiving tradition three years ago when I first moved to Minneapolis.
I had this particular dress in my closet that, to me, didn’t feel like it fit into any other season or occasion so I hardly wore it. The only time it seemed proper was for a holiday meal, and since I don’t celebrate x-mas that was out. Leaving only one other Fall holiday – Thanksgiving!

I can’t pin-point when and where I purchased this dress, but I think I got it from this store in Jacksonville, FLA in riverside for on the cheap! It is thrifted but, someone hand-made this dress. I always hope that it was some sort of bridesmaid dress or another lovely event such as that. Whenever I come upon handmade dresses at thrift stores I almost always pick them up if they are in my size the quality is always great and it is a great treasure. I have some of my handmade things out in the thrifted world as well and I hope someone found it and loved it as much as I did when I made it.

Thanksgiving 2008
Thanksgiving 2008

This was the first year I wore it, but the second year that I spent in Minneapolis for Thanksgiving, both times were magical. This year all of us were vegetarians so there was no turkey but we found some delicious substitutes for it instead.

Thanksgiving 2009

The 2nd year I went to South Dakota for thanksgiving. This was my first time ever in South Dakota and everything about this Thanksgiving was completely different from any other Thanksgiving before. Their extended family was so large that they had their thanksgiving in an elementary school cafeteria. I was the only vegetarian, and the family was so sweet to accommodate me, but I have learned to adjust to eating only just side-dishes from growing up in my family.

Thanksgiving 2010

The 3rd year‘s Thanksgiving was my smallest one ever. Just my best friend, Ben and I here in New York to celebrate in our tiny little apartment. I made my first Tofurky roast from their ‘feast’ meal you can get at the store. Everything was very yummy and I was happy to eat all the leftovers.

For the 4th year of my Thanksgiving Dress we went all out. It was my 2nd year in NY and I moved in with a good friend of mine from High School. We made a massive feast had some of our closest friends over, and I made some very potent Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes. As you can see we got a little rowdy and by the end of the party my poor little Thanksgiving Dress got ruined! But it was okay it was worth it.

Last Year’s Thanksgiving Dress was a switch up. Obviously I could only wear something else that was Vintage, and suited the holiday. So I chose this white knit sweater dress by ‘Dress Du Jour’ made in Korea. I couldn’t find any information on it. But I just loved the traditional aspects to it, while it also had the bomb-shell / wiggle-dress to it, plus it was sweater-like to keep me warm in this weather!

I will be wearing it again this year, and add it to the tradition of my Thanksgiving Dress!

Do you guys have any holiday traditions like this? I know some people all wear matching sweaters for holidays, maybe you could start your own ‘hat-wearing’ tradition? Everyone has to wear a hat with a bird on it!

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Well, it’s an idea – isn’t it?

Mad about Georges Briard’s Pineapples!

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Earlier this year I had a pretty strong love affair with all things fruit and tropical related. I was running around like a mad man trying to find pieces to add to my wardrobe that included ‘pineapples’ ‘parrots’ or anything that resembled ‘paradise’! After a couple of hours searching I kept coming across these beautiful kitchen-ware pieces.

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Upon reading a bit up on them it turns out they were created by Jascha Brojdo who went under the named Georges Briard to mark his ‘commercial’ pieces. His pieces were big in the 50s, 60s, and 70s and sold at places like Neiman Marcus and Bonwit Teller. His pieces are generally signed and come in a variety of kitchen and household items – you have probably seen his glasses/cups at some point at a thrift store or flea market you’ve been to.

Frankly I just loved the pineapples, (check out my sweet pineapple manicure I’m currently sporting!) and could EASLIY see me being one of those brides that requests to have all matching pieces for my registry! “Yes you have to go on etsy to see my registry!, do it! DO IT!!!..I must have all my precious!” ….okay you see I went a little crazy there.. But I am serious about my entertaining pieces I told you!

In closing, I will leave you with another bigger collection of Mr. Briard’s pieces for you to ogle over and possibly purchase – thanks to his extensive popularity on my favorite website (other than this one of course) Etsy!

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Laziness Celebrated with Susan!

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1960s Table Spread

I was in a vintage shop this past month (surprise, surprise!) and stumbled upon what I originally thought was a simple tin platter dish, and was quite surprised when I realized it spun around in a circle.

Lazy Susan

What had I discovered, but a Lazy Susan!

I don’t know about you guys, but it had felt like forever since I had seen one in action. I remembered the one from my childhood (late 80s early 90s) being a part of the kitchen table set up, and my mother had another double stacked version in the cupboard for her spices. But In her current home, and that of any relative or spouse’s family member whose house I had the privilege to be at I can’t recall noticing one.

The last time I remembered seeing one in use was at a chinese restaurant back when I lived in Chicago in the early 2000s.

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Where had all of the Lazy Susan’s gone? My thoughts immediately go to the fact that less and less people eat dinner at the dinner table with a full family, and that could possible warrant less relevancy of such a kitchen accessory. But I’ve considered it to be such a great piece to add to your kitchen table or counter top to collect your most used spices, or oils and vinegars, possibly napkins and misc. pieces like decorative straws?

On Etsy the options are nearly endless. Almost 2000+ options show up. And the fact that it’s history is some-what of a mystery is also an interesting piece of it’s puzzle.

60s Table Layout

So what else to do with all of this information, but to pluck through the listings and search out the best 60s/70s versions of ‘Susan’ to share with our readers looking to give their Thanksgiving / Holiday tables a little of that vintage charm!

Here are my favorite picks :

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I’m primarily a fan of the flat versions with the fun mod and psychedelic patterns or designs on the top. It would look pretty swanky especially if you topped it with dishes that were made of glass! Also these would make great cake stands as well, taking a slice of cake and get a beautiful design underneath as an extra treat! The sort with the separated dishes would be an easy way to spruce up a veggie platter – source the dip in the center of course!

Henry Ford's Lazy Susan

I will leave you with Henry Ford’s use for the Lazy Susan. Leave the help and servants at home while camping and serve everyone on this gigantic scaled Lazy Susan. Man after my own heart, he doesn’t take entertaining lightly – no matter where the setting!

 

Cooking Vintage Recipes. ( 60s / 70s )

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Being a fan of all things Vintage, and loving to cook every day – it’s natural that I may one day mix the two hobbies. I have decided to try out a new past-time here on SMIH, with experimenting using Vintage recipes and bringing them up-to-date with my pescatarian diet. I probably will occasionally make some of them into vegan/vegetarian as well, as I like to give myself a challenge.

Until I acquire some of my own cookbooks, I will be using the aid of the internet to source recipes. So far I have had good look, check out the Vintage Recipes I found below!

1960s Cocktail placemat

The Retro Housewife has amassed a fine collection of 1960s specific recipes, including : Mistletoe Dip, Charlotte Russe, and Big Top Circus Cake.

Hey My Mom Used to Make That‘  showcases some 1960s food and beverage recipes, with their original accompanying advertisements!

Psychedelic Cookbook

I absolutely love this Psychedelic Dessert Cookbook, the etsy gives you a preview of an awesome cake that uses assorted sized gum drops to make flowers!

Or maybe I can splurge and buy these Chicken/Turkey Molds, which go along with this ad Kitchen Retro found that shows how they were used back in the day! Make Seitan turkeys for thanksgiving?!

And of course every vintage kitchen isn’t complete without it’s very own aspic collection! Now here is where a vegan recipe would be interesting since most aspics use gelatin, using a vegan substitute like Agar, Carrageen, or Kosher Gelatin. Let’s see what I can get into! Honestly this may be one of the first things I make because it is odd looking, and I would love to force people to eat it’s strangeness!

1960s Hostess Cookbook

 Couldn’t go wrong with picking up this ‘Hostess’ cookbook from the 60s! I love the description : “Chapters cover “Gay Supper Parties,” “Easy Little Dinners,” “Bright Little Brunches and Lunches,” “Teas and Receptions,” holidays, patio parties, and more.”  I want to host a ‘Bright Little Brunch’ !

Speedy Orange Cake

This ‘Speedy Orange Cake’ from Recipe Vintage – looks like an easy go to cake!

1960s recipe card

Peggy’s Antiquated Recipes‘ gives a run-down of a collection of 1960s Cookbooks and includes a couple recipes including : Cheesy Pups, Ramequins, and Pink Lady Pie.

Let me know if you have any 60s/70s recipes that you want to share! I would love to test them out for the blog!

Bento Love.

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Bento Boxes! I have loved making these fun japanese lunches for over a decade now! Usually whenever I am trying to eat healthier or more economically.

What is a Bento Box? Well I would explain it as a full meal made into a box or many small containers. Here is the wiki definition : Bento (弁当 bentō?)[1] is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine.

Bento

The most common place (in america) you may have seen one is at a sushi or japanese restaurant. They usually offer a bento box that is one big plate / container separated into many compartments and each holding a different food item. Usually a sushi roll, some dumplings, rice, salad, and the main course. (I highly recommend ordering one next time you go out, they are so filling and usually a great deal)!

 

Bento Supplies via Wendy Copley

 

Bento Supplies via Wendy Copley