Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Practical Tips For Clothing Care

photo courtesy of-Nationaal Archief-Flickr

I am a faithful reader of Woman's World Magazine. I enjoy their recipes, crossword puzzles, and positive affirmations. But, the most enjoyable part of this weekly magazine for me is the practical health, home, and beauty tips they have packed into every issue.

As the proprietor of a vintage clothing business, safe storage of woolens and stain removal are issues that I deal with every day. Recently I found several "tips" on these very concerns on the pages of Women's World magazine. I have not yet had a chance to try out the suggestions but I want to share them with you and I will report on my successes or failures. I would like to hear back from you, the readers of my blog, as to whether you give them a thumbs up or a thumbs down too.

The tips:
1. Moth-Proof your woolens!
Protect your sweaters during the warm weather by wrapping them in a few sheets of newspaper and sealing with tape. The paper will keep out moths and absorb moisture, keeping woolens fresh until fall.

2. Remove underarm stains from shirts!
Don't let stains ruin your favorite white shirt. Crush 4 uncoated white aspirin tablets and mix with 1 tsp. cream of tartar. Add enough warm water to make a paste, then work into the stain with an old toothbrush and let sit 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water. The salicylic acid in the aspirin removes the stains for good.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Hand Painted Clothing & Primary Colored Coach Purses

I spent the morning updating the shop with a grouping of 70's hand painted cuties by Katie Denton Originals of Cape Coral, Florida. I found these recently at an estate sale of a lady who was quite the dresser. She was a snow bird too, which explains the fantastic Florida fashions.

The trio consists of a kelly green wrap style sundress that is embellished with seagulls in honor of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, a sunny yellow wrap skirt with the cutest pair of owls both front & back, and last but definitely not least, a sky blue wrap skirt with a magnificent blue marlin sport fish on each side.

After lunch I put up a pair of vintage Coach purses in primary colors to round out the day before hitting the garden to tackle some nasty weeds.

I have a few more surprises up my sleeve to round out a week focused on the 70's & 80's, groovin' to the summer of love tunes as the infamous hair bands are coming into their own....stay tuned!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

My Guilty Pleasure

I can't wait to sit down and read my newest purchase, a fantastic vintage Motion Picture magazine. It is my guilty pleasure just as it was for many of the magazine's original readers. It is dated June, 1951. The front cover sports the lovely starlet, Janet Leigh. If I come across any juicy gossip I will be sure to let you know.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day

The first man in my life was my daddy, he made me feel like I was the most important person in the world!

Happy Father's Day Daddy, I miss you!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Sweetest Treasure-A Vintage Case Full Of Cosmetics

I have had this treasure for quite awhile but I was content to enjoy its uniqueness without delving into its history too much. I am in the process of redoing my photography studio/sewing room/packaging room/display room....you get the idea...I need to clear out some room! This sweet vintage cosmetics case needs to find a new home with someone who will love it and cherish it for the rare treasure it is.

From my research I found that the Beauty Counselor company originated in Grosse Pointe, Michigan which makes perfect sense as I am in Michigan too, in fact the beauty counselor representative whose labels are on the bottles in the case was from the same small town where I live now.

The case is round with one flat side done in a dark brown faux crocodile/alligator material. The case is about 8.5" high x 5" wide not including the handle & it has a zipper opening. The soft shell pink interior comes complete with most of the original contents. There are 4 clear glass bottles with pink plastic tops that fit securely on the top with pink elastic compartments. Above them are slots for the original comb and mirror. In the bottom of the case are 4 milk glass jars with pink lids and content labels that snuggle securely in their elastic holders. The jars of face powder, foundation, etc. also have labels with the beauty counselors name, address and phone number. One last item is a lipstick sized case that is a deodorant stick with a push up tab like lipsticks of the day, how would you apply deodorant in a skinny, narrow lipstick sized container?

You can make this fabulous set your newest treasure over at Club Vintage Fashions & More on Etsy.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Summer Offerings At Club Vintage Fashions..Part 1

I have lots of new items listed at Club Vintage Fashions & More and plenty more in the almost ready to go stage.

School is over for another year and I am officially on summer break....hip hip hoorah!

Keep checking the store daily for more vintage beauties.

Available now:

Coming soon....Gunnies by Jessica Victorian style 1970's blouses...very Steampunk.