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dear mae,

i got super giddy when i snagged this little ditty from my dearest local thrift.  it’s the super seventies doughnut phone!  there is even a sticker on the inside of the handle with the qvc ordering line, as well as the previous owner’s membership number.  it’s the little things that remind me of why i collect vintage things to begin with, every thing has a story, even if i don’t know it. i can imagine some bored housewife sitting in front of the set, rotary dialing over and over because she keeps getting the busy signal, until she finally gets to order that diamond tennis bracelet at bargain discount prices.

sitting at home playing bored housewife. it’s a lot like playing house, only there are real dishes to be done.
i bought this print from ikea with hanging it above this phone in mind.

makes me want to get a phone line.  it might be nice to have one any how, but so much nicer to have a fun phone to plug into it!

<3, betty

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dear mae,

next time you feel like you need a super great craft project, or two, and short on cash, i can tell you that your local thrift store’s linen isle might need a good sifting though.  the bed sheet i bought in my last post has been transformed into both a lightweight summer frock, as well as a curtain for my bed room! at the local good will in town they have a plethora of fun bed sheets ranging from graphic star wars prints to dainty florals and neat tickings.  the instant i saw this sweet floral/stripe/polka dot fabric i knew it would soon be a dress hanging in my closet! well, with no further ado…

i even used the trim from the top edge of the sheet for my skirt, sweet little polka dots!

i used a vintage dress that i already had for the pattern, i love the low scoop back.  i added my own little twist with the wrap around so there would be something just as pleasing for the front.
and then there were curtains! or kind of, they are only thumb-tacked to the wall until i get some proper rods.

well, how have you been spending your time when you aren’t busy working, or schooling or what have you? i also spent a good long time cleaning my bedroom. its funny how a little thing like tacking half a bed sheet to your wall can inspire you to get other things straitened out!

❤ betty

 

 

 

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dear mae,

i’ve been thrifting! gosh i love it, the smell of mothballs and old, old perfumes, digging though piles, bins and racks.  nothing better, in my book.  except for maybe an estate sale.  this is what tom and i picked up this week from goodwill this week!

i picked out the bed sheet because it reminded me of rosmary’s baby, but i don’t think it’s going to go on my bed, it might make me some lovely curtains, or perhaps a sundress.  my pyrex collection is getting pretty out of hand, if there is such a thing, but i’ve moved on to straight corningware.  i found some crazy daisy bowls and teacups, as well as a couple random pyrex pieces.  when we went to the beach a few weeks ago i realized that i no longer have a thermos.  i used to have a terrific, huge, hot pink one, but i don’t know where it’s gone, so i replaced it with this chubby little yellow guy! i’ll be happy to have it in the wintertime i’m sure.

tom came across this fabulous map rolled up in the arts and crafts isle.  he bought it before he even knew that it was a map of portland.  i was pleased to see that it even includes our small town in the southern suburbs! tres cool! it’s covered in stickies with peoples names on them, perhaps friends of the previous owner.  it reminds me of the map we used to have of oakland county, but not quite as awesome, as this one doesn’t roll up and retract, but very awesome, none the less.  in total we spent less than $20, quite thrifty indeed!

❤ betty

p.s. i did make a dress and a curtain! see my next post!!

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dear mae,

i don’t know if you know this, but i don’t have a driver’s licence.  it all started when we moved here on tom’s birthday, the day our plates on our car expired, and the day tom’s driver’s licence expired.  we figured once we got jobs and a steady income we would get new plates, and get tom road legal again.  then came december when our car insurance expired, then my birthday in march, when i became no longer legal to drive.  so, we don’t drive, at all.  the taurus is still sitting in our assigned parking space while it’s tires slowly leak air waiting for us to give it a better home, or get it some shiny new oregon state plates.

but in the meantime, i really don’t mind not driving.  i am more fit today than i was in high school from walking everywhere, and the public transit in this town is stellar, not to mention free, and last night, tom brought me home the most amazing gift a non-driver could ask for.

it’s a 1970’s schwinn varsity racing bike.  in bright yellow.  with one of those thingies for holding a milk crate on the back.

i am utterly smitten.  it needs some good lovin and some elbow grease, but it’s going to be a dream when it finally stops raining long enough to go for a ride.  i think i might scrub it down with a toothbrush this afternoon.

❤ betty

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dear mae,

the time machine is starting to make progress! i have one little nook in my living room that is completely vintage.  for anyone reading who isn’t aware of project: time travel, the rules are as follows: i will only purchase anything for my home that is older than myself, or handmade, or of vintage design.  for example,  my eames style lounge chair was produced in the 80’s but was designed in1956, so i let it slide. plus it’s my favorite thing in the house.  the way i look at it, only the highest quality design and construction will still be hanging around from bygone eras, and are usually a steal at thrift stores or a garage sale, and worth a splurge at an antique shop.

clockwise from bottom left: 1970’s dinette chair, re-covered in 1960’s merimekko, free ; 1970’s olive teardrop lamp $12; florence, 1960’s italian mannequin$25; and of course, late 1980’s plycraft lounge chair and ottoman$15

this little nook is perfect for working on my knitting, listening to the radio with a cup of coffee, or curling up with a book.  the only thing thats missing is some bright curtains to hide the row of garages outside.  i think i might borrow florence’s outfit for today, she looks so cute!

❤ betty

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hey hey hey mae mae!

after work today i decided to get dressed all pretty and head into town with my fella.  no special occasion, just heading over to the goodwill to look for a pretty new dress, or another swanky lamp.  we found neither, but equally satisfying, we found mork and mindy the board game, and anti-monopoly II (it states clearly on the box that it is not the same as anti-monopoly I and is in no way related to monopoly).  so then we stopped at the lambs thriftway, picked up some rainier beer and are gonna have a good ‘ol fashioned game night tonight. but, before i get all silly, i want to show you my super cute out on the town for no good reason look!

70’s vintage polyester dress, salvation army; cardigan, urban outfitters; hat, gift from my aunt vicki when i was 12;  enamel rope necklace, salvation army; tights, target.

and i’m off to make a sandwich, drink some beers, watch a movie and play a game!

❤ betty

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dear mae,

a few days ago, i was yearning for my home decor of the past, and like many a woe, i quick trip to the goodwill solved everything.   i picked up a couple more picture frames, and a new (old) lamp, and i’m just pleased as a peach.  it is for me, how you would feel after getting a great deal on a vintage dress, or a real hip pair of shoes.

i added a most classy playboy bunny circa 1965, and a clipping from mccalls march 1960 issue.  really adds a bit of pizazz.

another clipping from an old playboy. the caption reads, “yes, madam, i’m sure he’s in the bath.” oooh risqué!
i don’t know if this photo does this lamp justice, it is humongous! i felt really cool riding home on the bus with it in the seat beside me, humming the theme to i dream of jeanie.

if i were you, i might go to your local thrift and pick up some frames for all of those weird old ads you collect, they are way more dramatic framed in a group than thumbtacked to the wall.  sometimes i even keep the picture that came with the frame in it, as in that weird family portrait.

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