Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Worth a thousand words

Top to Bottom:
Pioneer SX-980 Receiver
Vintage rooster pin
Monaco tripod
1960s hair pins, rooster pin, swizzle stick, scarf
1950s/1960s Nightgown
Sedum plant in sunlight
Garnet bracelet and glass swizzle stick

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Dreamy nightgowns and their results

Wouldn't you just love to slip into a flowing, pink gossamer nightgown like the one pictured on this Simplicity pattern from the early 1960s?

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Free embroidery pattern: 1950s girl with bike

1950s girl with bicycle

Here's a treat for all you lovely readers: another embroidery pattern from my posts about vintage underwear and vintage recycling. This time I chose the girl in a summer dress packing up her bike for a ride.

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Also, I made a Facebook fan page for the Hausfrau Journal! If you are so inclined, I would love if you would give me a little "thumbs up"...

Friday, January 20, 2012

No longer a non-knitter

Sometimes it feels like I'm the last person on earth who doesn't know how to knit.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Even more advice from the Hausfrau's Right Hand

It's been a while since I featured some excerpts from my little booklet "Die Rechte Hand der Hausfrau" (1950), which offers advice for fixing a slew of problems around the household.

This time, I thought it might be fun to "fact-check" some of the tips by seeing if any other publications mention similar techniques.

This should be interesting! Here we go:

Monday, January 16, 2012

Germglish - Knox incense cones

Knox Räucherkerzchen

Today I came across this box of Knox incense cones while putting away the Christmas decorations. Here's the warning printed on the side:

"Smelling smoke candle ignite on the top and put in a smoke man or on another fireproof pad glow. Only employ below supervision! Caution, very hot!"

Funny thing is, once you're high on incense fumes, it starts to make sense.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

How to make a hair rat for free

The Common Hair Rat (Rattus pilosus)

Nests near the heads of fashionable women during the day; nighttime burrow is located in bathroom cabinets.

Feeds solely on stray hairs gathered from hairbrushes and combs.

Varies greatly in size, color, and texture.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Footie pajamas from 1950

During the colder winter months, don't we all dream of being surrounded on every side by soft, warm fabric? I came across these drawings of lovely footed pajamas (or pyjamas for some of you out there) from a monthly publication by Beyer's that appeared at the end of the year 1950.