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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.

Vintage Tv Dinner

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 :


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!

Beginner’s Vintage Sewing.

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Here at Seven Minutes in Heaven, we OBVIOUSLY – LOVE – Vintage! So I think we are always trying to think of different ways we can acquire new pieces or add to our collection in some way or another. We collect from vintage stores, online shops, friends, jobs, etc. But what about making your own vintage pieces?

Have you ever found a pretty dress while shopping at a thrift store only to find that it didn’t fit? Or you loved the fabric for something but hated the design? I know I have found myself in that position several times. After passing over pieces for a long time I decided I couldn’t keep letting these beauty’s go, so I decided to look for my options.

Firstly I should mention that I am a self taught sewer, by no means a seamstress. The skills I use I acquired from my 7th grade Home economics course. I hand-sew everything but I have had experience using sewing machines (and at one point in my life owned one). I always use patterns to sew [clothing] and have in the past made VERY simple patterns for small items based off of designs I saw and tried to recreate. In short what I am saying is that, if I can do it you can do it!

I love working with patterns, vintage or new. Sometimes I feel they may be tricking me when I mess something up. But once you get into the swing of reading patterns then it definitely goes a lot smoother. Practice makes perfect right?


I feel like I have a huge catalog of vintage patterns saved on Etsy, that I am just dying to find the time to put into play. For me though it usually is a matter of coming upon the right vintage fabric to match it with. I haven’t had much luck [currently] finding affordable vintage fabric online or in thrift shops, so I substitute in completed pieces I find in my finds that don’t work in some way.

Retro Pineapple Print

Here is a fabric swatch from a beautiful ‘pineapple’ print dress I found at Buffalo Exchange in Williamsburg that I just could not live without. Unfortunately I would have had to redo the entire top part of the yoke to make it fit and that didn’t seem as fun as finding new purposes for the fabric.

Enter in this 70s Mccalls hippie, flower-child pattern! I used the fabric as the lining to this skimpy  lace eyelet tank so that it would peek through whenever wind caught the lace just right. It took about 4 hours to make (with some stops in-between) and I have a new top! Plus I have extra fabric left over for other fun projects – I always think just to make a million pillows. But maybe some other sort of house-hold thing could be a possibility as well.

Simplicity Caftan Pattern 70s

Now sometimes I find a vintage pattern that I just absolutely have to make something with it right away. Which was the case with this 70s Simplicity Caftan pattern. Initially I was on a massive hunt for a similar tropical waterfall pattern – but couldn’t find enough in the massive yardage that it required.

Completed Caftan Dress from Pattern

Luckily for me I was able to find this beautiful parrot in paradise pattern at a local fabric store that suited it. This project took over a week working on and off (remember I hand-sew everything, a machine would make this a lot easier) to finish. But I loved the outcome. Unfortunately I haven’t found an occasion to wear it and have considered putting it up in the shop to sell. But it was a good learning experience in making a Caftan from scratch.

Here are some other pieces I have bought simply because I MUST have the fabric! Admittedly I have an obsession with astrological print everything – ESPECIALLY when it is vintage. It took two years of working at a vintage shop before this incredible find came in. I think I might actually try to alter the dress to fit (I suck at alterations – but maybe I can learn to get better?) and the space button-up I thought of taking the sides in and giving it as a gift to my space-loving boyfriend but it might look swell as a button-up pillow as well. (see what I said about making everything into a pillow)! :p

So where does all of this leave us, dear readers of SMIH? Well let’s inspire each other to find more ways to use Vintage Patterns in our sewing projects, or maybe not pass over that muumuu that has the most perfect 60s print on it – repurpose it!

I’ll leave you with some vintage patterns I am currently swooning over!

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