Friday, 30 March 2012

Vivian Vendredi - Zombie Face

Here's a rarely seen side of Vivian...

This is a tired little girl home from daycare quietly watching Bubble Guppies - or "Buppies!" as she likes to call it.

She managed to give me this meager half-smile, but that was about it.

And after watching her spend most of the week waking up multiple times at night, feeling sick from getting her 15 month shots, and throwing tantrums that now include banging her head on the floor, it's nice to remember that sometimes she can be still and calm.  Even if it's only for a few minutes at a time.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Perfect Pair

Sometimes you don't even have to ask to receive!

After showing a coworker the pictures from the Mad Men party, she told me that her mother had the same vintage Crock Pot as I do, only in avocado green.  Naturally, the crock pot showed up on my desk the next day to come live with its retro brother.

I love them - how could you not?  They're so awesome!  Got any good Crock Pot recipes I can try out?

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Smoking Table Facelift

You may have noticed in my post yesterday that the smoking table got a little bit of a facelift!  Now that the weather has been a bit warmer I could finally bust out my spray paint!

No big changes - but I gave the whole frame a fresh coat of black paint.  It was pretty worn in some areas, and I love my black metallic spray paint.  It has just a hint of shimmer to it that makes it seem really updated.

Then I just used my favourite colour to update the top!  Bahama Sea - to match Darrell!

Honestly, have you ever seen a cooler table?

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Mad Feast

So, did you all watch Mad Men on Sunday night?  Have you all had Zou, Bisou Bisou stuck in your head since then like I did?  Or do you have a massive food hangover like I do?

Jenn and I had our Mad Men party, and made enough food for about 12 people.  Our goal was to have leftovers, so you could say it was a success.  Here's how it all went down.

We tried to use as much vintage servingware as we could and were trying to go for a whole retro appetizer theme.  It went off the rails at some points though where we just wanted to clean out our fridges and eat stuff.

First up - meatballs.  If only to use my adorable vintage Crockpot.

Seriously, it's the cutest thing ever.

Mmmm...meaty balls.

Then of course we had to have deviled eggs, which I meticulously piped with a Ziploc bag.

Action shots!  Look at that focus.

 I make deviled eggs with mustard - this time I used a nice, grainy dijon mustard and a little bit of pickled onion juice.  Delish.

Oh, and yeah, so we took a shit-load of pictures for this.  It was nice having Jenn there who totally understands the crazy need to document every appetizer and stage it on my smoking table with accessories.

Chicken sliders.  Not necessarily retro, but definitely yummy!  Using leftover rotisserie chicken, we soaked it in Swiss Chalet sauce and put it on dinner rolls.  How can that not be amazing?

I did my best good housewife impression by baking chocolate chip cookies, which obviously needed to be displayed on my vintage tiered stand.

Ritz crackers, always a staple.  We decided to top them with nacho cheese dip, then I obsessively compulsively said that we absolutely needed little bits of red pepper to put on top.  Another trip to the grocery store was made specifically for the red pepper.  Totally worth it!

What swinging 60s party would be complete without Tang?  It's what the astronauts drink, you guys!  Obviously it's amazing!  Know what makes it even better?  When it's Tang sangria!  A little lemon, a little lime, and some white wine and you've got a party in your vintage champage flute!

Okay, so there was another set of pictures with this Bisquick quiche (we were really playing up the whole start of the processed food age) but then we realized that we obviously needed a picture of the Betty Crocker Bisquick with the Betty Crocker Party Book, so we took a whole other set of pictures.  Obviously.

Tortilla chips in vintage Pyrex with an assortment of yummy dippers!

Buffalo chicken poppers.  This was a bit of a creation.  It's just chopped rotisserie chicken mixed with hot sauce, cream cheese and blue cheese, then you make little bites using crescent roll dough.  They were pretty darn awesome, if not necessarily time period specific!

 They taste a lot better than they appear here.

And there's the entire spread - minus the meatballs.  And once again, this was for two people.

Seems reasonable.

So that was our shindig!  I had every intention of getting dressed up in my fancy retro-esque Shabby Apple dress, but then after all the sampling and snacking, somehow my jogging pants were more appealing!

Monday, 26 March 2012

Outfit of the Day - Summer in March

We had insane temperatures last week.  Like at some points it was hard to remember that it was March and not May or June.  I have to say though, I'm not too upset to see the return of more seasonable temperatures this week.  My summery wardrobe is basically non-existent right now, especially when it comes to work stuff.  I did manage to pull this together though.

Woo - bare legs and sandals.  I know, it's really exciting.  That skirt is about a million years old, and I was surprised that I could fit into it again.  Although I don't think I could fit into it today after all the snacks from the Mad Men party last night.  The sandals are my favourites, but they're literally holding on by a thread.  I might have to bite the bullet and get a new pair this year.  I used to always buy cheap sandals and just go through a bunch of pairs in a summer, but then I got sick of it and decided to buy one good pair of sandals and wear them all the time.  These sandals have lasted me three summers of constant wear, so I think it was worth it!

T-shirt and Skirt - Smart Set
Sandals - Aldo

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Vivian Vendredi - On a Samedi

So yeah...I'm late on posting!  The excitement of going to see The Hunger Games last night (amazing!) caught up with me and I didn't get a blog put up in time.  To make up for it, Vivian and I made you a little video.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Mad Men Party Up In Here

I'm sorry, is that weird to mix Mad Men and DMX?  No?  Cool.

So I'm sure if you're awesome enough to read my blog then you're also awesome enough to be pumped that Mad Men is returning this Sunday.

And if you're really awesome, then you'll be at my place on Sunday night eating snacky things off of vintage dishes.

Yes, my friend Jenn and I will be having a little Mad Men party.  If you're in the greater Strathroy area and enjoy such things and want to hang out with us swooning over how dreamy Don Draper is, then you should come over!

There will be deviled eggs and lots of other yummy snacks and beverages!

And I promise to wash all of my stuff.

Plus, I will be getting ideas from this little darling...

I told my coworkers about the party so they could share any fun appetizer recipes with me they might have.  And doesn't my coworkers Deb walk in the next day with this gem from 1960.  Are you dying right now?  I'm dying.  I love this book so much.

The vintage graphics kill me.  It's so awesome - and there's even little suggestions about etiquette which I LOVE.  

How about you?  Stoked for the return of Mad Men?  Having any fun upcoming theme parties?  What's your favourite appetizer recipe?

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Outfit of the Day - Vivian Style

Since I'm sure you're all bored of seeing me take pictures of myself in the mirror, I thought I would do an outfit of the day for Vivian!  She was looking extra-adorable yesterday morning.

All ready to go to daycare bright and early in the morning.

I told you she loved her hoodies.

Hoodie - a gift from Grammy and Uncle Matt from Whistler last summer
T-shirt and Capris - Old Navy
Generic Crocs - Walmart

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Outfit of the Day - Wearing a leather skirt without looking like you should be in a Whitesnake video

It has been crazy hot here lately - oddly unseasonably warm temperatures, and as nice as it is, I'm really not prepared with a spring wardrobe.  The fact that I just bought a new skirt that is pretty fall-y isn't helping my cause, but at least it's cute!

The leather miniskirt - do you dare?  I hadn't realized this was a thing until coming across a couple of articles about it on xoJane.  So when I came across this skirt on clearance at Smart Set for $24.99, I was interested.  When I found out it was an additional 40% off and was actually $12.99, I was basically sold.

I love that it has pockets (seriously, all dresses/skirts should have pockets) has a nice, low fit and has the wrap detail at the front.  I think it makes it really updated and not super 80s.

I dressed it down with teal tights (also on clearance for $2.99), white tee and black flats.  But I think it would be super easy to slut the skirt up if that was your thing and you were wearing it out somewhere.

P.S. - Vivian was completely confused by my Smurf-like legs.  She kept touching them and poking at them.  Ah, babies.  No fashion sense.

The whole outfit is from Smart Set except for the shoes, which are old moccasin type deals from Old Navy.

Monday, 19 March 2012

The Greatest Table in the World and Some Other Stuff

I've got some new thrift store treasures to show off!  I've been trying to make a habit of getting out the check out the shops in town on Saturdays while Vivian takes a nap, since it's so hard to bring her in with me.  Those hands of hers get pretty grabby!

I found this "Souvenir of Malta" tray for $1.  Since my friend Jenn is Maltese, it was an easy gift!  I saw it last weekend and didn't grab it, but luckily it was still there when I went back.

I haven't read Stephen King's Dark Tower series yet (I know, I know!) so I'm trying to pick them up whenever I find them here and there.  So I grabbed book #3, and an old dictionary.  I love the graphic look of the dictionary pages, so I might use some for some framing ideas I have.  

I also found an old atlas which may meet its end by being torn apart and framed in various ways.  When the books are only 50 cents apiece, it makes it easy to think about ripping them up.

I've been wanting to get some embroidery hoops for a long time, because they always pop up on Pinterest with interesting fabrics and then hung on a wall in a grouping.  I love the look of it, and love the idea of using them to display old concert T-shirts or favourite baby clothes or something.  I think I got this bunch of hoops for $2.

There's just something I love about old travel bags like this.  I have an old red bowling bag that I got for 50 cents at a yard sale years ago, and I love it.  I get complimented on it constantly.  This bag is a great size and has a nice long strap, which I love.  It's in really great condition and was only $2!

Sigh...and then there's my treasure, my new favourite.

Now at first glance it may not look that impressive.  Just an old table with room for magazine storage underneath...

But when you look at the top, you see it's actually a table with a BUILT-IN ASH TRAY.

Does this blow your mind as much as it does mine?  I mean, this table encourages bad behaviour.  Notice how the ash tray actually has a section at the back to hold your pack of smokes and a cupholder area?  This table was made for relaxing with a smoke and a drink after you've slapped your wife around a little bit.

I love it.  Just love it.  I would really like to paint the table (Not the ashtray though!  That thing is mint!) and can't wait to use it.  I can't believe I almost walked away from it because I thought it was a little pricey at $8.  So glad I went for it though.  

Have you found anything interesting lately?  The fantastic weather we've been getting seems to have jump-started yard sale season!

Friday, 16 March 2012

Vivian Vendredi - In Da Hood

Vivian has a new obsession.  She is completely obsessed with her hoodies.  Even though it's been 20 degrees pretty much everyday this week, she insists on having a hoodie.  She'll even drag a dirty one out of the laundry basket if she has to.  The daycare even said that she had a fit over it this week.  Who knows where she gets these ideas, but for right now the hoodie is king in her world.

She also had the chance to play some dress-up at Grammy's house this week.  Looks like I'll be putting together a Tickle Trunk for her before too long.  Of course I'll want to fill it with more gender-neutral costumes like fire fighters and Batman.

Oh, and my mom finally put Vivian's hair in pigtails.  I've been wanting to do it for weeks, but couldn't be bothered to pin her down to get them in.  I must say, it's crazy how much more grown up it makes her seem, and maybe even makes her look a little more like me?

Yes, still working on those molars.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

The Costanza

Remember on Seinfeld how George had that ridiculously deformed wallet that was literally bursting?

I feel like I have a wallet like that.

And after spending far too much time at the Chapters counter searching for my rewards card, I decided it was time for a wallet clean-out.  And you, lucky blog readers, get to hear about the contents.

In my wallet I found...

The usual suspects:

  • 3 debit cards
  • 1 basically useless credit card
  • Driver's licence
  • Health cards for Vivian and I
  • Birth certificates for Vivian and I
  • SIN Card (don't know why I carry it since the number is memorized)
  • 2 extended health benefits cards
The Store Cards:
  • HMV
  • Sunrise Records
  • Ricki's
  • EB Games
  • Scene Card
  • Shoppers Optimum
  • Eddie Bauer
  • Air Miles
  • Build A Bear Club
  • HBC Rewards
  • Coles iRewards
  • Petro Points
  • Suzy Shier
  • Plum Rewards
Yes, I never met a free store rewards card I didn't like.

The Punch Cards.  I can almost get a free or discounted something at:
  • Petro-Canada
  • Quiznos
  • Once Upon a Child
  • Marble Slab
  • The Big Scoop
  • Beauti-Tone Paint
  • The local hot dog stand
  • Scentsy
  • Old Navy
  • The Shoe Company
The Randoms:
  • Staples copy card
  • Goodlife Fitness card
  • Canadian Blood Services
  • Costco Membership
  • UWO Student Card (I know, still!)
  • Fire Simulator Training 
  • Lambton County library card
  • Smart Serve
  • City of London employee card
  • CUPE Membership
  • First Aid Course
  • 3M National Coaching Certification Program
  • Hockey trainer certificate
  • Fishing licence
The Really Randoms:
  • Business card for a mechanic that I should call but I'm afraid to
  • Receipt for mom's Christmas present
  • Checklist of Smurfs from McDonalds from last summer that I was collecting for Vivian (still missing Brainy, Baker, Clumsy and Gutsy!)
  • My accountant's business card
  • 2 for 1 Kidscape pass
  • Receipt with a survey code for Bath and Body Works
  • Cineplex movie passes
  • $5.00 off card for Under the Moon
  • A list of Stephen King books I don't have in case I'm in a used bookstore and can't remember
  • Plus a bunch of gift cards with like $2 left on all of them, but I won't get rid of them until they're actually completely used up
Then there's the garbage - more receipts and expired coupons and paperclips than I care to admit.

And then there's the fact that my wallet is like 10 years old and falling apart and has a broken zipper, but I love it and it's Diesel and I refuse to get rid of it until I can find a suitable replacement.

Please tell me you also have an excessive amount of cards and garbage in your wallet.  Don't even get me started on what's lurking in my purse.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Pinterest Challenge - Winter Edition

It's Pinterest Challenge time!  I'm linking up with the lovely ladies at Young House Love and Bower Power today and I'm so excited to see what everyone decided to make this time around!

This time around, I took inspiration from these three sources...

Originally from here.  Repinned from here.

Originally from here.  Repinned from here.

Originally from here.  Repinned from here.
And my plan was to pretty up this craptastic bookcase that I pulled off the side of the road last summer.

Now, I forgot to take any progress pictures, probably because I started it at like 1:00 in the morning one night and finished it at about the same time last night.  But, here's what it looks like now!

And yes, that's my attempt at dressing the shelves at 1:00 in the morning.  Deal with it.

Basically I tore a bunch of pages out of an old medical encyclopedia that I got at the Salvation Army for 50 cents.  Then I just sprayed down the shelf with spray adhesive and stuck the pages down.  Of course I was sure to pull out pages that are about drinking, drug use, sex and puberty because I'm basically a 14 year old boy.

Once I had the whole deal covered, I did a layer of Modge Podge (well, cheap person Modge Podge.  That's water and white glue for the uninitiated.) and then sprayed the whole thing down with some spray lacquer to give it a little bit of a finish.

It's not a perfect job, as is the case with most things I do.  But for being a basically free project (the only thing I had to go out and buy was the medical encyclopedia) I'm pretty happy with it, if only for the experience and to learn from it for the next project!

AND, as a special bonus, my friend Lisa got in on the Pinterest Challenge as well!

She made these awesome looking lasagne cupcakes, which she repinned from here and were originally from here.

Don't they look awesome?  Here's what she had to say about the recipe - "So the only thing I would change is I would bake the first layer of wontons before I did the recipe, making them a bit firm on the bottom and easier to move out of the tin."  

She served them with some steamed cauliflower sprinkled with salt, pepper, parmesan cheese and a touch of balsamic vinegar.  And don't forget the garlic bread!  She also doubled the recipe, which is a good idea since she has two teenage boys in the house!

I have to admit - I'm already thinking up ideas for the Spring Pinterest challenge!  There's always something new and exciting to be made!