The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2012-04-08

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Vintage Image of the Day: Da-Voon Kitchen April 14, 2012

This was from a 1962 magazine ( I think House Beautiful) The image is clickable for a larger size and definitely have a closer look or you'll miss all the goodies too small to see unless you're really taking a good gander.


Friday, April 13, 2012

Stationery and office supplies; better then donuts

Having accounted for traffic and there being none, I was an hour early for yesterday's Dentist appointment.  The only retail places open at Dawn-Crack O'clock are donut shops and Staples.

I used to work near a Dunkin' Donuts and for the first few days it was bliss, beyond that it was like being suffocated by a cruller eight hours a day; haven't eaten a donut since so Staples won by default.

I didn't exactly need anything but need is such a harsh word when talking office supplies.  My last stationery hunt netted me these Dividers.

washi tape borders

Re-holing them with a layer of Washi Tape added before punching worked great and resulted in very clean looking dividers sans amoebic holes .  But I wondered if I could find Filo-hole friendly inserts and made that my mission. 

 I sorta succeeded.  

Studio C dividers

Not with these, the holes are wrong but the plaid is so right.

Staples photo pages

There are several insert lines (Staples and Avery)  in the right size for an A5 Filofax with three existing holes; the two end ones are in the right position.  I punched in the missing four and it's perfect. 

 I passed these by a few times because I didn't think the holes would line up but this time I'd schlepped my Filofax with me and could match everything up.  Avery makes these too and they are identical.

staples brand 4x6 photo pages

I love that Terri has a place for photos in her Filofax.  When I watch her videos I always think, I need that. I have a lot of pictures I'd like to haul around with me; my son, my dogs...  France.

staples brand 4x6 photo pages

And these work perfectly.  Adding holes is definitely easier then having to repunch. They have an insert like this for coupons too and you get 10 sheets for 2.99.  The photo pages, I think, came in a package of 15 for a little more but I lost the receipt in the Unpacking Frenzy.


I got these too.  They are sticky-backed pockets with a large tab the size of a CD case, made by Avery. They are called Pocket Tabs and they come in a pack of 5 for 5.69.

Avery square repositionable envelopes on a filofax divider

They are very nice for stamps because of the flap closure.  If you're wondering why I need all these stamps, it's because I like letter writing... Which brings me to these.

Moleskine postal notes

 They didn't come from Staples - I had to order them.  They are a new line from Moleskine called Postal Notebooks and there are a few sizes, colors and configurations.   In the simplest terms, it's a card with pages for writing.  The whole thing folds up into an envelope you address, stamp and mail.  In my opinion they are the best new Moleskine product in years.

I like the bags a lot too but no way am I going to pay over A HUNDRED dollars for a tote bag made out of "water-repellent materials" (Their words, not mine.)


And I picked up this Punch Studio Stationary at TJMaxx because I found them, loved them, they fit in the back top Malden A5 slot and it's really hard to find snail mail supplies.  

Does no one write letters anymore?  

It went downhill from there because it was time for the dentist but it was Officesupplytastic while it lasted. 

*Have you entered my giveaway from JetPens yet? It's almost over*


Vintage image of the day: Heywood Wakefield 4/12

(Images are clickable for larger sizes)

The entire ad has more Heywood Wakefield Goodness...

From American Home Magazine 1950


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Vintage image of the day: Congoleum 4/12/12

The seriously cool car is just a small part of the next image.

A seriously cool kitchen.

It's the back cover of House Beautiful, July 1962. 


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Vintage Image of the day: Chromcraft 4/11/12

Chromcraft dining room 

Click for bigger image.

I think this is an ad from a 1940's magazine.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Size matters...

Size is an odd thing; being both concrete and relative. Put the same thing in front of two people and one will see it as tiny, the other as unwieldy.

Because all roads lead to Filofax, even esoteric discussions of size, this post is about going back to my A5. Over the last week or so I've been trying to use my Portland Personal (here here here and here).    There's nothing wrong with it; it remains my favorite binder.  It's a size thing.

Comparing Filofax Models is difficult. There are so many factors from pen loops to style of use, from concrete things like cost to  nebulous things like it makes you smile.  The best analogy for how I feel about Filofax size is something Walt Disney said,  "Here in Florida, we have something special we never enjoyed at Disneyland...the blessing of size. There's enough land here to hold all the ideas and plans we can possibly imagine.” 

There is nothing wrong with Disneyland, it's the happiest place on Earth, but Walt's right; Disneyworld does things Disneyland could only dream about. 

The change happened over a few days in an organic sort of way.  I set up my A5 for one reason; to try my new Lord Dodo inserts. It wasn't planner fail, in fact I was still in the process of trying to make it work.

lord dodo inserts

Since it was a Mock-o-Fax I decided to try using A to Z tabs instead of subjects.

malden a5

And then I punched holes in my business cards, adding them alphabetically to the new sections.

 I was using my Filofax constantly (again), my to-do sheets were more complete and it was always beside me, open.   I'd been using the personal less and less.

That was when I realized I need the A5 size to be fully functional.   Every Filofax size has benefits.  The personal was a lot easier to carry around but the A5 is easier (for me) to use and if  I'm not using it; carry-ability is moot.

 There's nothing wrong with my Personal Portland; it isn't a fail any more then Disneyland is  but as Walt said, Disneyworld  has the blessing of size and the room to hold all ideas and plans. 

filofax a5

And so goes it for my Magic Kingdom, as well. 


Paris is beautiful, Aviary is not. #FlickrFail

Still going through the Paris pictures and what an amazing place.  Still deleting, editing, and printing; trying to get the best possible shots although it's taking some time; there are a lot.  I don't think it's possible to get a bad shot in Paris.  

I'm printing them up using Snapfish via Flickr and the prints are terrific.  Never tried them before this but the quality is great.  I am however, underwhelmed - no, underwhelmed is not a strong enough word - I am baffled, bewildered and hornswoggled by Flickrs decision to go from Picnik to Aviary.  

I had issues with Picnik but there are free iPhone apps that do a better job then what they have now.  In their help forums they explain: "The new editor isn't trying to be a Photoshop, Picnik, or a tool that has everything and the kitchen sink. "

Well, then they succeeded.  It's not Photoshop, Picnik, or a sink but it's a tool... And not in a good way.  

FYI - I have Photoshop but I like online editing when I don't need an elephant gun.  Trying to use Aviary is like trying to mow your lawn with a half a tweezer. 

And now on to the pictures I got to edit before they rolled-out "the shiny new edit tool".  That's what they call it.   I call it #FlickrFail





jj 522

jj 509

jj 635

french pastry

france building

france building

I liked some so much I've started turning them into 5x7 postcards.

Postcards I made

*Some aren't Paris, just favorites of mine.


Vintage Image of the day: The Rec Room 4/10/12

This was a magazine ad for flooring.


Monday, April 9, 2012

Fresh Produce is love in every color of the rainbow

Fresh Produce contacted me a little bit ago about trying something from their summer line and I answered by bouncing up and down in my computer chair while screeching, I LOVE YOU! 

 Hard to get, I wasn't.  

With all my dieting, I'm  short on clothes.  Not that the two dollar shirts I get at the Salvation Army aren't...  um, serviceable, but you know.  A girl likes pretty things someone hasn't already sweated up from time to time.

 I've shopped Fresh Produce before, there is a store in Cape May were I vacation twice a year and when they say that the heart of the Fresh Produce is rooted in the positive impact of color, they are so right.  

I love their clean, fresh colors, and the way they mix them.   I'm all about color; always have been.   (Fresh Produce was Mongo's favorite brand and we always brought her some pieces back from Cape May; great design and beautiful color have universal appeal.)

I had a hard time picking. There is just so much I love I couldn't decide between the island clothes for women line, or a tunic   or one of the plus size t-shirts .

 After a week I  gave up trying to narrow it down, threw out a few ideas and left it up to them to send me something; I knew whatever it was I'd be tickled to bits.  

They sent the  Mandarin Collar Tunic in the color SEA GLASS! Sea glass, is that me or what?

The tag said; SMILE.  And I did.  I'm going to tweet a picture of me in the shirt later today, at the moment my hair's a hot mess. For now, here's the website image....

....because her hair is fabulous.

Of course if you don't like sea glass - I can't imagine that but if you don't - it comes in 20 colors...

  • Black
  • Clearwater
  • Daffodil
  • Juiced
  • Mint Julep
  • Oyster
  • Peri
  • Pink Sapphire
  • Seaglass
  • Sunrise
  • Tortoise Shell
  • Tropical Punch
  • White
  • Cool Breeze
  • Thistle
  • Twilight
  • Eggplant
  • Spring Green
  • Laguna
  • Cosmos

The Mandarin Tunic is described as:

Vintage details including pleats, gathers and special collar give the Mandarin Collar Tunic tunic its breezy style and sweeping femininity.

- 100% cotton voile
- 3/4 roll-up sleeve with button tab
- topstitch pleats on front and back
- side slits at hem
- made in USA  

I describe it as beautiful, It's my favorite color, soft, lightweight and so versatile. (i.e. - It's perfect for hiding unsightly arm flappage and long enough to cover extraneous muffin toppage too.)

Check here for a store near you or shop online.  Fresh Produce now ships to over 200 countries, so women outside the US can enjoy the colorful styles, too.   And stay tuned for that tweet once I get my hair wrangled.


Vintage Image of the day: Pyrex 4/9/12

Magazine ad


Sunday, April 8, 2012

Vintage image of the day: Bonneville 4/8/112


Image from an ad for a Pontiac Bonneville

Full ad


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