The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2012-05-06

Friday, May 11, 2012

Ad of the Day, Dog...Food? May 11.12

Today's ad from a May, 1943 Woman's Day.  It was common to see references to products being good for the War Effort in magazines around this time.    The entire as is at the end.

The ad starts with a pup asking for Gaines Dog food by phone.

It adds the Army uses it.  I wish they said the Army's dogs use it but that's neither here nor there...

The part I found really odd was this section.  It talks about how it gives everything that dogs need but conserves war-strategic table food because Gaines contains few if any ingredients  that are needed at present for human use. 

I don't even know what that means...

Ads are always targeted to the times but I have to wonder, what the heck was in that stuff?

In 1961 Gaines came out with Gaines Burgers, a meat-ish product requiring no refrigeration.  It was a technology later used for people food.


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Filofax with some Oh! La! La!

This week my quest for great paper  had me crossing time zones, an ocean, and a continent; to France.  

Photo is from Goulet Pens.

It's made by Clairefontaine and it's très magnifique.

It's  90g,  French-ruled and white (not all my pictures make it look white, but it's white none the less.... ).  I wanted  this paper forever and finally ordered it from  Goulet Pens.  There are a few pads but the one I got has 48 sheets (96 pages) and it's roughly A5 (6.75 in. x 8.75 in.) size.

I was very jazzed to try the French rule (or Séyès paper ) because I thought it would be like like graph paper on steroids, and it is!  

This paper is used by students in France. The lines are an 8mm x 8mm grid pattern with thinner horizontal lines spaced 2mm apart. There is a wide left margin. 

Goulet Pens has a video about it if you want more info.

There are two minor issues for using it in a Filofax (besides having to punch holes). The first is it's a bit wide for my Malden Filofaxes A5 binder (or in French:  Agenda organiseur A5 Malden - Classier sounding don't you think?)  and you have to cut off a little.  The second is the notebook isn't micro-perforated.  Since I bought the staple bound pad I just took out the staples and pulled the whole thing apart. 

 Considering how much I like this paper neither is enough to even bother me.  And look how fabulous it looks next to Do-Do von Teese. 


It's great as To-Do sheets and all kinds of lists.  I used lots of different inks on it and the Séyès paper dealt with them like a champ.

This is a better picture of the color even though the photo's a bit meh...


Just look at the paper's derrière... Er, backside.


Il est parfait n'est-il pas?

I have another project going with this Oh-La-La! of a  paper.  The project involves a  vintage leather binder, French-ruled paper, a Moleskine, and the book Wreck This Journal.

  So far it's coming out great and I'll post when I'm done!


Retro Planet is swoonable!

There are a lot of things I'd love to find at estate sales but never do.  That's why I love Retro Planet.  Just look at this table...


There are ton's of great gift ideas but I think I love this stuff too much to share.

Dad's Tours Don't Make Me Pull This Car Over Tin Sign

This cracks me up...  So true!

  (Click buy and it will take you to the product page)

Jadeite Butter Dish
I heart this...

 (Click buy and it will take you to the product page)
Jade Glass Nesting Measuring Cups

And these...

 (Click buy and it will take you to the product page)

Retro Telephone
Yum! I had one of these, I miss her.

 (Click buy and it will take you to the product page)

Green Kitchen Clock
I covet this  Kitchen Clock

 (Click buy and it will take you to the product page)

Retro Burst Clock
And this Retro Burst Clock

 (Click buy and it will take you to the product page)
Laundry Drop Your Pants Here Tin Sign 
This 'Drop Your Pants Here' sign would be very helpful - my family missed the day in class when they told you not to drop stuff willy-nilly.

  (Click buy and it will take you to the product page)

Atomic Age Lamp
This Atomic Age Lamp is just bangin'

 (Click buy and it will take you to the product page)

And check out their clearance section here HERE!  If you've never seen Retro Planet you'll love the thousands of Kitchtastic items.

I have affiliate links with Retro Planet but this isn't a sponsored ad, I just love them.


Vintage ad of the day, Chrysler 1963, April 10, 2012

Another car ad, Chrysler this time. 

The Sports-Bred 300

One reason it's so appealing to me is the colors available at the time.  Look at that red interior!  It beats the current choices of  grey, dark grey or jaundice (the ugly tan color that comes in every car).

I love the green!

New Yorker

My love of aqua is without bounds...


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Vintage image of the day, style inpiration, April 9, 2012

This is another design inspiration type ad; it's from House & Garden November 1962 and I think the room is fabulous! 

I love close-ups where you can see the nick-knacks.

And these chairs are divine!

I tried to get the entire ad, it's for the flooring (Congoleum) but my scanner suddenly won't cooperate.   The rest of the ad was just text.


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Ginger and Ventura give Cesar Cookie Crunchies 5 pink dog tongues up!

A little bit ago Mom Central was looking for little dogs to try out Cesar Cookie Crunchies and as luck would have it, I have a little dog.

And a big one

That's Ventura with a stuffy on his head.

Even though he weighs seven times what Ginger weighs, she is the boss and they are BFF's.

Ginger is twenty and since I signed up for this Mom Central blog tour, she's had a health blip.  A week ago she suddenly had seizures, I thought I was losing her.  I spent a lot of time crying that night but the next day she was herself again.  I scooped her up and brought her to the vet.  Since there was nothing obvious, lab work was done.  

What actually happened is a little unclear, she's got some signs of renal failure and gall bladder disease although at her age it could be other things.  She went home with meds and proceeded on with her little life oblivious to whatever her condition is.  She seems totally the same except now she's on prescription dog food and some daily medicines.

Here's where the  Cesar Cookie Crunchies  come in...  Ginger (well, Ventura too) loves treats.  Her new food is soft so I give her treats because I think crunching is good for my dogs teeth...

... got to keep those few that are left, after all!

 And I think something nice and crunchy alleviates stress too.    When Ginger was younger she could handle any size bone...

I got her this one for her birthday one year.  I know it was a ridiculous bone for her but I love making my dogs happy.

But with her new diet and lack of a full set of chompers she needs something more her size, something geared to little dogs and  Cesar Cookie Crunchies are perfect!  She loved both flavors 
Rotisserie Chicken and..

Filet Mignon very, very much!

I like giving Ventura little dog treats too, he's very food motivated and little treats mean more treats for training.  

So you can see, anything is possible with motivation!  Rotisserie chicken and filet mignon are very motivating!

Ginger (and Ventura) gave  Cesar Cookie Crunchies 5 pink dog tongues up!

If you have a sec check out Cesar on Facebook or give them a Woof! on Twitter it will make their day!

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Cesar and received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”


Today's vintage image, Fridge insides, May 8, 2012

Fridge inside shots are pretty common in old magazines and they're kinda fascinating to me.   The fridges are stuffed to busting - mostly with uncovered food- and everything is on or in some pretty fantastic Pyrex (or another magical brand; something that was cheap then and costly now.)

The more I crop the image, the more fun I find.

Love the Coke bottles.

What a packed freezer!  Back then none of them were frost-free, you had to deal with that your self. My first apartment had a freezer I had to defrost; I used a hammer.

Here is the entire image.

All are clickable for your viewing pleasure.


Sunday, May 6, 2012

Today's Vintage Image, Masonite May 6, 2012

This is one of my favorite images.   I like it more and more every time I see it.  There isn't one thing in it I wouldn't want.

It's from a magazine called Household February, 1958. Household was a magazine published by Capper Publications in Topeka Kansas.

Masonite was invented in 1924 by William H. Mason,a friend and protégé of  Thomas Edison. In the 1930s and 1940s Masonite was used for many applications including doors, roofing, walls, desktops, and canoes. 

It was sometimes used for house siding but that didn't work out so well. Masonite rots when exposed to the elements.  In 1996, International Paper (then owner) lost a class action suit brought by homeowners whose Masonite siding had deteriorated.


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