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dear mae,

i’ve got an itch for some new glasses. i’m thinking i need a pair of 1960’s round frames. they aren’t exactly in my budget right now, but i still had fun trying on a few pairs of frames at hollywood vintage.  i’m thinking a new pair would make a fantastic christmas gift from my loving husband (are you reading this?).  these were a few of my favorites:

my desire for round frames is inspired by edith head, and winston churchill. can you have classier inspiration? i think not. the third pair is my favorite. or maybe it’s just that picture, what do you think? do they suit me?

<3,

betty

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dear mae,

i’m getting down to the wire, and to be honest, it’s boring. this may or may not be the last time in my entire life that i can actually claim boredom.  i put together a nice “mom look” today to go run some errands and clean house (i hate the term nesting).  i put my hair up in a turban threw on some eyeliner and lipstick (as i was running out the door to catch the bus), i’m really stretching my maternity wardrobe now (literally, these pants are barley holding at the seams, i didn’t realize that this big belly came with a matching butt and thighs).

vintage scarf courtesy of a new dress a day giveaway!

holy crap stunned look on my face.  that is a huge belly.

and nothing better than a wack-a-doodle self portrait to make your own mom look more normal.

anyway, i’m down to the final stretch, only 23 days until my due date, so basically any day now! i can hardly believe it! i’ve made a few minor adjustments in the nursery i plan on sharing with you before the week is through assuming i don’t get caught up in the rest of my to do list, or something even more exciting!

❤ betty

p.s. have you seen my nursery on apartment therapy? i’m pretty proud!

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dear mae,

i recently purchased the august 1966 issue of better homes and gardens.  i love love love reading old magazines! the articles about how to clean your husbands socks, what are the new and hip wedding gifts,  and how to encourage good posture in your children will seemingly never go out of date, nor will that sideways wall mounted pink refrigerator! the best/worst part of magazines from the fifties and sixties are the recipes.

the first image here is some kind of lemon orange jello mold with mixed can fruit and mini marshmallows.  not too icky, until you top it with cream cheese and shredded cheddar. werid.
the center recipe is frozen mayonnaise  filled with canned fruit and cream cheese. barf.
the last recipe is another fruit filled jello, topped with sour cream (had whipped cream not been invented yet?) and mini marshmallows. close, but still not quite right…

all of these ideas are about 1 step away from sounding delicious, but i do like the idea of taking a prepackaged food or dessert mix and turning it into something a little closer to home made.  so i’ve been doing just that! here is the deliciousness that i have created!

recipe courtosy of kraftrecipies.com

what you need to make it

  • 2 pkg.pumpkin spice pudding mix
  • cinnamon
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 1  grahm cracker pie crust
  • 1 tub whipped cream
what you need to do to make it

beat dry pudding mixes, cinnamon and milk with whisk 2 min.; spread 1-1/2 cups onto bottom of crust.  stir 1-1/2 cups whipped cream into remaining pudding; spread over layer in crust. top with remaining whipped cream. chill 1 hour. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg before serving

yum-tastic, and super easy!

<3, betty

oh, if anyone is interested in the actual recipes from he magazine for any reason, i would be happy to share them as the picture i took of the magazine doesn’t read very well.

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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,

another work-a-day hairdo!

1. tie a scarf with a big bow

2. spray your roots

3. tease! tease way more than you think you need to!

4. pull up the top half, twist the ends, and pin them high and close to your scalp

5. lightly comb the top to reduce flyaways and strays

6. curl your fringe and any little straggle hairs

7. spray it! i like to spray a lot, because i ride my bike to work, and want it to look nice when i get there.

my hair is a lot taller than it looks in this picture, but i have a problem taking pictures of myself that don’t give me crazy eyes.  i’m going for kind of a 1950’s bouffant look that will survive my commute and the high humidity of my workplace.

<3, betty

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dear mae,

my hair and i have become rather close lately.  i’ve become a near pro at the the art of the beehive, and sport one whenever i wake up early enough.  i love it when gals on the street stop me to tell me “that is the best hair i’ve ever seen” (true story! eek!) but then i get a little sad when they say “i could never do that.” i assure you you can! it just takes at least medium length hair, loads of teasing and hairspray and a hand full of bobby pins.  i like to zazz mine up with a scarf or a ribbon, mostly because the back of my hair ends up falling out by the end of the day.  i owe my big hair to a one miss kerry from yours truly, x.

please excuse the fearful look in my eye, i hate taking self portraits, they always look weird.

this is my favorite workday hairdo, my boss says it makes me look fast, like my head is on fire or something.

<3,

betty

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