The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2012-04-29

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Ad of the day, Beautiful Glasbake and a little history, May 5, 2012

Before the 1970's  black and white ads were the norm.  Sometimes, like this ad, there was one color to catch the reader's eye.   I don't post a lot of black and white ads because visually they aren't as appealing but sometimes I love the product so much I do.


This is one of those times.  

Glasbake started with the McKee Glass Company,  founded in 1843 ( McKee and Brothers Glass in Pittsburgh, PA.)  McKee Glass  made items under its own name and produced Glasbak. 

In 1961 the company was purchased by Jeannette Glass which dates these as early pieces.  This ad came from a September 1962 House & Garden Magazine.














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Friday, May 4, 2012

The stuff you find at the bottom of a vintage button box

About two weeks ago I found a huge sewing box at an estate sale.  It's currently airing out on the back porch.   It wasn't full of buttons but it had the usual odd things that I find along with buttons.



I videoed some of it and am thinking of doing a video with the buttons too (if there's any interest).

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Filofax Guts

Page by page inside my A5 Malden...




Warning!


It's really long but if you're not tired of Filofaxes yet and want to see more posts about them, click here

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Vintage image today: Vroom-vroom, May 3, 2012

Testosterone on wheels...




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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Edward de Bono: On Filofax Hacks

When I switched back to an A5 Filofax I was short some accessories, especially a bookmark.  I used the Filofax black one (bland, dreary and snore) for a while but it bores me. 

I decided to make one out of... um,  something but what I had no idea.   Edward de Bono said, "Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way."

And that's what I did... This morning I was shopping in Riteaid and a lot of things were 75% off. I ran right to the office supply aisle and yep, the notebooks were on sale.   I've wanted them for their covers forevah but the one's I wanted were ten plus dollars a notebook and I figured, too much.

Today they were selling for next to nothing and I bought and hacked apart a few.


This is a  Mead Trapper Keeper, roughly the size of an A5 Binder. Here it is sitting on Mr. Malden before I cannibalized it.

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I cut the cover apart, punched it (and snipped so it's removable), and put washi tape over the logo.  This is with a few layers of washi tape, looks like maybe one more layer ought to do it.  The size on this is great - It sticks out the top and bottom just a little so it makes a great page marker.

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The next thing is for my art section.  I got three pads: tracing paper, watercolor paper and this learn to write pad; all by Mead.

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I'm using the Mead Learn to Write for my calligraphy.  It's in their pre-school line which pretty much covers my calligraphy ability.  

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Folded in half, punched and cut!

The next one solves a problem for me.  I have sheets I want to keep in the binder but I don't want to have to page though (because there is nothing on them yet).  Things like Dodo Inserts for the whole year and extra graph pages are great to keep but paging through the spares is tedious.

I've been using paperclips but really that didn't work very well; they fly off! This Carolina pad has an attached elastic and it's just what I was looking for.

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I cut off the cover, punched holes, Washi taped the logos and I'm so happy!

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This sits behind pages I don't need yet.


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And the elastic holds the group together, neatly.  Now I can keep whatever I'm not using yet in one tidy lump.

I got a few more but don't have time to rip them to shreds today; more to come!

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Jetpen giveaway winners!





Mailing out the things from Jetpens tomorrow!   So far Terri, Anita and Amy will be getting a package.


There are a few people I haven't heard from, last chance to get me your address is TODAY! 


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vintage image of the day, 1963 colors, May 2, 12

(all images are clickable)

In September, 1962 House and Garden put out it's color forecast for 1963.  There was an accompanying article with the color schemes used in some fab rooms.



This one is called Wintergreen. The first page of the article has all the color predictions.


I thought it looked familiar and I searched the color predictions for 2013 and yep, next years colors are very similar.


Many are dead on...


This text was the facing page of the Wintergreen room.


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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Vintage image of the day, Fumble-free, May 1, 2012

"Keys at hand" is an ad from a 1962 House and Garden and I thought it was perfect!   When I walk my dogs it's hard to hold the dogs, the doody bags (not to mention dealing with said doody.  Ventura's downloads are "MASSIVE" - His vets word, not mine.) and my keys.  

Seeing this was a real aHA! moment.


I got all my beads out and made one.


Two actually, the other one's got my keys hanging off...


Turns out playing with vintage ads isn't all about pointing and laughing after all...  





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Monday, April 30, 2012

Today's vintage image: Closet Organizing 1962, April 30, 12


Before the 1960's magazines had tons of DIY projects; everything from sewing to furniture making.  Prior to the late 50's projects were about re-using what you already had (making clothes and accessories out of an old dress, making a shelf from a broken piece of furniture, etc.)

From 1960  you bought what you needed to make things.  With more affluence I guess people didn't want to use old things anymore.  The number of (what I would consider) complicated craft projects also disappeared.  

After the 1970's the big projects like this were pretty much gone and craft kits started showing up.  

These pictures are from House Beautiful, September 1962 and it's titled Chaos Conquered Or The Case of the Capable Cleaning Closet.  

It's interesting for a lot of reasons, for me it's fascinating because it suggests people have chaos in the form too much stuff.  Before the 1950's people has very little.  If you look through magazines the rooms look very sparse compared to what they have today.   I guess people accumulated all through the 50's and by 1960 had actual clutter.  

I scanned the entire article and made smaller images of every part because it's a great idea.  Even if you don't want to build it yourself, there are many free-standing pieces like that around (i.e. Ikea comes to mind.) 

Clicking images will get you a readable size.



The cabinet is 2 feet by 2 feet and holds a lot.  


They had quite a lot of cleaning supplies!


This is the facing page.






I also scanned the Shopping Information.


It includes prices.


Next to the last part was an ad for the Fire Hood that you could " install yourself if you're moderately handy with tools."



These were everywhere in the 70's but I love that clock more.

This image of the day is a bit long.  Let me know if you like seeing whole articles and I'll do more.

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