Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Gardening on the Cheap

vintage gardening

One of the things I love most about the house I am in now is the back covered patio.  It's very MCM with decorative aluminum pillars and two-toned dyed cement.  After the batch of rainy weather stops here in the Mitten, I will do a proper tour, but for now, I'd like to share one of my favorite tricks for gardening on the cheap.

I have a walkway that wraps around the side and the back of my house, leading to the back patio.  When my grandma live here, she had these big repurposed tired planters on either side of the walkway. Each year she would fill them with all kinds of different flowers.  By the time I moved in, these were long gone, but I wanted to do something similar.  

I found this pot in the garage (I bought a similar one on clearance at IKEA a few summers ago) and wanted something simple and large to fill the inside.  Being on a tight budget for flower purchases, I bought a $5 hanging pot at the farmers market and transplanted it into my large planter.

This type of flower spreads and continues to grow throughout the summer months and quickly gets big.  They never look like much in the hanging pot and are always cheap (this is the 3rd summer I have bought them for my garden), but once you get them into your own planter, they really look nice.

What are your favorite tips for gardening on the cheap?   

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Lately via Instagram

podcast mad men

50s bralilli ann

vintage ringvintage clothing

This is what my past few weeks have looked like.  From the top down:

1. podcasting about Mad Men  2. Scored a Lilli Ann swing coat for myself  3. NOS 50s bra in the box, headed for the store soon  4. Puppy cuddles  5. My favorite vintage costume cocktail ring  6. Trunk shot of some vintage goodies

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Talking Mad

betty mad men

Did you catch the season 6 finale last night?  WOW!  Tobi and I will certainly have a lot to talk about later this week when we record our last Mad Men podcast.

peggy and joan mad men season 6

Until then, why not check out our thoughts on episodes 9 and 10.  Click HERE or visit to find more on Mad Men, media, and sports!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

What's New | Etsy Sale!!!

vintage etsy sale

I'm having a flash sale in the shop, staring at 9 p.m. EST.  Not sure when it will end, so snap up your favorite items before they are gone or no longer on sale!

Here's a sampling of some of the new items that hit the shop over the last week:

1940s plus size suit wwii

60s suit mad men

melted plastic purse

50s patio dress

Monday, June 10, 2013

1944 Hairstyle How To

how to make a chignon 1950s style

This month for Hey Doll!'s tea time themed issue, I submitted something from my vintage digital media archives -- a hair how to from the June 1944 Good Housekeeping magazine.

Below is the original feature, or you can head on over to Hey Doll! to see the directions in a more clearer text.  Plus, then you can read all the other fun articles!

vintage how to hair 50s hair

Monday, June 3, 2013

Talking Mad

I'm a little behind in posting the latest Mad Men podcast, discussing "Man with a Plan" and "The Crash."  We also touch on the (nonexistent) rockabilly scene here in Michigan and Tobi gets into some comic book terms.

Head over to SpaceLion to take a listen.  Or click HERE.