The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2012-04-22

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Ad of the day, Chromecraft, april 28, 14

I just love this set!


Friday, April 27, 2012

Ad of the day, Rugs... ish, April 27, 2012

Another room I love they aren't selling the room.

The ad is for baked-enamel coated flooring. Which seems kind of... odd.


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Ad of the Day: Creepy twins, April 26, 2012

Love the colors, love the furniture but am finding the twins a little creepy.

They remind me of the twins in the movie The Shining (Book by Stephen King) a little too much.

This is the entire ad, it's for oak flooring.

All images are clickable. 

Ad was the inside cover of House Beautiful, Septemeber '62 - NOFMA stands for National Oak Flooring Manufacturers' Association


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Looking backwards to go forward

Philofaxy's  post today includes files for LOTS of  (different sized) printable 2013 diary inserts; definitely check it out (if you haven't already). I'm so glad this is available, you can never have too many insert options, especially free ones.

Seeing it this morning reminded me of a post I've meant to do for ages.

Calendar years repeat. I  read (in a book on tight-wadding),  thrifty people save calendars  - Reusing them when the year repeats.  The dates of Holidays won't match but that's an easy fix.

I love old diarys, letters, and planners. All can be had for very little money  (estate sales, garage sales, thrift shops and  on Etsy or Ebay though the price will be much higher).  In the 40's, 50's and 60's a lot of companies put out branded agendas as advertising and for whatever reason, people keep them. 

I have a few,  unused or hardly used.  I like the semi-used ones personally - It gives the pages some history.  Looking through them a few months ago reminded me about the years-repeating thing and I thought, cut and punched they would make great Filofax inserts.

The year repeats for 2012 are:

  • 1928  
  • 1956
  • 1984

And for 2013:
  • 1901
  • 1907
  • 1918
  • 1929
  • 1935
  • 1946
  • 1957
  • 1963
  • 1974
  • 1985
  • 1991
  • 2002
Most of mine are roughly A5 size give or take a schoochy bit. Since companies put out whatever they thought would define their image, they come in all sizes and configurations; from teeny all the way up to full-on desk size.  

Most are spiral bound with a leather(ish) cover.  If you take out the pages, cut off the spiral edge, and punch them you've got one-of-a-kind, upcycled Filofax calendar inserts, at very little cost, that will make you the  envy of all  Filofolk within a hundred miles...

Okay, I'm assuming the envy part, maybe it's just me.

 An added bonus: Since fountain pens were  used more frequently back then, the paper tends to be fountain pen friendly.

Rock your old calendars, they will love you for it.

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Today's vintage image, Tappan Love, April 25, 2012

Yesterday I did a Tappan appliance ad and I kinda, sorta bashed it.  Just so you know me and Tappan are all good, here's one that I love.

I'm a total sucker for these colors, I just love the blue and green combination.  When I was little and walking home from the bus stop I used to wish really hard that when I opened my front door my house would be, floor to ceiling, blue and green.


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Today's vintage image: It's hot, April 24,2012

This image was a back inside cover ad.

Every time I go back to this magazine (House Beautiful, July 1962) I'm floored by it - And not in a good way.  This kitchen is the most visually jarring space I've ever seen.  

I feel hot (also not in a good way) just looking at the picture and can't imagine standing in all that hot, hot red with the oven on.  

In 1962, before a pathological love of stainless took over the world, appliances came in colors.  Mercifully they used white ones in the ad.  Red appliances are the only thing that could make this ad worse.  

Not sure what the thought process behind the ad was.  If it was an attempt to stand out in a time dominated by the colors aqua, pink and yellow; they succeeded - Again, not in a good way.

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Home again, Filofaxilly

I'm all comfy and cozy, back in my A5 Malden Filofax.  Since some  things inside  are new I  did another video (it's at the end)  but first a few still shots of some of the newbies.


Cutest stationary in the world.

It didn't come with holes, I punched them so I could put them in my Filofax (Natch!) I got it at an Etsy shop, Puchimo

BeFunky Viewfinder 4 on iPhone

My Lord Dodo inserts, love.

staples brand 4x6 photo pages

Paris photos in an insert I got at - so cheap. Fifteen of them for less then four dollars.

Avery square repositionable envelopes on a filofax divider

The avery re-prepositional envelope (size of a CD) with tabs.

And on to a video with far too many stamps and brand logos.


estate sale karma in progress...

I'm verklempt.

huge sewing kit

This sewing box is truly huge.  Ventura was sleeping with his head under it and he's a big dog.  You can see him there at the bottom.  

The buttons you see are the only ones with the box, the rest is general sewing stuff. 

Culver signed Fire king

This is a Fire King Culver signed casserole and lid.  It's really lovely, definitely used but looks GREAT.  There is one small chip on the inside rim.  The knob is gold and the sides are gold washed.  Never saw anything like this, don't know why I bought it can't imagine using this in a million years.  It's too...  fine.


A ton of wicked cool paper  Ephemera

Boy scout cards 1931 and 32

Like these Boy Scout membership cards.  One's from 1931; one from 32.


More paper and this cool white with gold note pad holder.

More Ephemera

Paper, paper, paper and few pictures.

vintage plans

And plans; I think the guy might have been an engineer or architect.

swanky swigs glass and swizzle sticks

Think this is a Swanky Swig glass from Anchor hocking. Swanky swigs are juiced-sized glasses that held Kraft cheese products. Many versions were made and distributed over the years. 

It's filled with swizzle sticks I also got there...  

BeFunky Original on iPhone

Verde Pyrex individual casseroles, I had two and bought the other five this weekend.

BeFunky Original on iPhone

I think this is Fire King Gay Fad.  There were three pieces and I got them all.  Another thing I can't imagine using although it's obvious these were used.  

They are just too lovely to dirty up with food...    

I think I was in the grips of an estate-sale-feeding-frenzy because a lot of this stuff I just wanted so I could look at it.  

This was the last day of the sale; usually there's not much left so I can't even imagine what was there when the sale opened.  


Today's vintage image - '58 Chevy April 23, 12

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This ad came from Household Magazine, January 1958.  These wagons were BIG, in some you could seat nine!  


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