American Heritage Brands

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Love this article on American Heritage Brands.  I’m especially interested in those brands that are still making their products in the USA with high quality materials.  For example, I’ve found that these days when I look for jeans, it’s hard to find 100% cotton jeans.  Once upon a time most jeans were 100% cotton.  I’m not sure if it’s because of the American appetite for leisure wear or what, but these newfangled jeans with their stretch just don’t wear like the old cotton ones.

Also, according to this article, the signature product of L.L. Bean is the Maine Hunting Shoe.  For me their signature product will always be the Boat and Tote Bag, pictured above.  Monogrammable, still 100% cotton (although they also make synthetic versions), and a great gift.

When I was in high school, my best friend worked at an old-timey soda fountain downtown.  She scooped a lot of ice cream during the summers.  The owner was this classy guy who bought all of his employees a Boat and Tote bag (I believe they were the large size with the short handles) and they were embroidered with the employee’s initials.  I have loved them ever since.

Today on Food 52: 10 of the Most Iconic Scandinavian Designs & Their Stories

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Unikko (Poppy), by Maija Isola

Lately I’ve been interested in all things Scandinavian, especially cookbooks and design.  So I really enjoyed this post that came up on Food 52 (my very favorite food-and-so-much-more blog) today.  It’s amazing how modern these designs seem, even though most of them are over 50 years old.

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I especially liked the Kobenstyle cookware (above) that is produced by Dansk.  I hadn’t heard much about this brand before, but will definitely be taking a closer look, especially at vintage pieces on Ebay.  It appears as though their pieces used to be made in Denmark, but are now made in Asia.  A quick Ebay search on “Dansk made in Denmark” turns up quite a few interesting pieces.

The Cutest Baby Mobiles

With the baby coming soon we’ve been looking for a mobile for her crib.  The cutest ones are those on Etsy- there are some incredibly creative people out there.  The mobiles are like little works of art.  Here are a couple of my favorites.

il_570xN.464147464_syl8This one (above) by SweetDreamsBabyShop is probably what we will end up getting.  I love the simple design, and you can even choose the colors of the raindrops (I think I would go with lighter, more pastel colors).  I also like that the hanger is covered in fabric.  I think this one would be cute from any angle- since the whole point of the mobile is to give baby something to look at.

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This one (above) by CutenSoft is so adorable.  I love the little Waldorf doll on the moon, the velvety material, and all of the soft shapes.

I could spend all day looking at the crib mobiles on Etsy.  One of my favorite searches is, “mobile Waldorf”, as you get to see a lot of mobiles with Waldorf-inspired characters on them– babies, animals, etc.  There really are so many great options for crib mobiles out there.

 

 

 

Blendtec Creamy Potato-Leek Soup

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My husband made this soup tonight for dinner and it was absolutely delicious!

Speaking of the Blendtec…we recently tested out our warranty when the Blendtec started making a terrible grinding noise.  We determined that it was the fault of the jar, and Blendtec sent us a new Four Side Jar at no charge.  It was so easy since their website is set up to make warranty claims easy.  I love this blender, and I love this company!

Great Moments in Tupperware

Oh how I adore vintage Tupperware.  I realized recently when looking through an Ebay search on “Vintage Tupperware” just how much of this stuff we had in our kitchen when I was a kid, so I thought I’d do a couple posts on my favorite pieces of Tupperware.  I’ll start with the things I still have and use today.

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The Tupperware Shelf Saver, #1243.  Most of these that you find on Ebay are yellow like the ones above, but there are a few in other colors.

First up is the Shelf Saver, item #1243.  These containers seem to fit perfectly in kitchen cabinets, are stackable, and the rectangular shape means they waste less space than round containers.  I use these for salt, baking soda, cocoa, brown sugar, and powdered sugar, and I have yet to find anything for these items that works as well as the Shelf Saver.  I had a few leftover from the old homestead where I grew up, and recently bought a couple more off of Ebay.

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The Tupperware Serving Center, #1665.  Great for potlucks.

Next up is the Serving Center, item #1665.  I come from a big family, and most of our holidays are done potluck style.  There is always a vegetable tray and the Serving Center is perfect for cut up vegetables, with a container for dip in the center.  You could also use this for cut up cheese, chips, etc.

Next up:  Tupperware for children!  I loved my Tupperware when I was a kid.

Rifle Paper Co., decorating a dollhouse, and homemade soap

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Love this gift wrap so much…the soft pink bow goes so well with the blues.  Photo from the Rifle website.

Right now I am loving the Rifle Paper Co.  I just bought these thank you cards for baby gifts, and am seriously in love with this Toile Gift Wrap, which I plan to buy as gift wrap and as wallpaper for the new dollhouse I just bought for my little girl (who is not born yet– we don’t have diapers, we don’t have bottles, but we do have a lovely dollhouse).  I also love their LeSportsac collection.

Speaking of the dollhouse, we just picked up this very cool dollhouse from Ikea, which I was unable to find online.  It was $30 and it’s pine, and I plan to paint it white and add “wallpaper” (i.e., Mod Podged wrapping paper) and some wood floors (cut from wood veneer strips).  There are some really great ideas online for dollhouses and I plan on making mine so that it’s appropriate for a very young child- i.e., no little pieces that can come off, and I imagine we will graduate to a fancier dollhouse when she is older.  I think it will probably be a home for the Calico Critters Hopscotch Rabbit family, or something similar, so I’ll choose my colors and patterns accordingly.  I can’t wait to start this project.

I also just recently bought supplies to make homemade soap, so I will be posting on this project in the next week or so.  I look forward to giving homemade soap as gifts, and as someone with very sensitive skin I look forward to having soap that I can tailor to my skin’s needs.

A year ago today: Etsy buys- stamps and napkins