via The Craft Begins
Friday, October 2, 2009
It's almost the weekend! Here are a few vintage beer and spirits ads to get you in the "mood" :)
Apparently they weren't very adventurous back then with their vodka cocktails - they only advertised screwdrivers!
(click on the image to be able to read the cute copy)
(Pre hot babes in bikinis! Funny how the adds are more "wholesome" and geared towards couples and families in the earlier years and then clearly turn into "boy's club" ads in the 60's - definite sign of the times.)
1956 Bacardi Rum
1955 Beer Brewer ads
1950 Black and White Scotch
1942 Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer
What do you think about these vintage ads? What cocktail are you looking forward to enjoying this weekend?
Thursday, October 1, 2009
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup lard (or shortening - Crisco)
5-6 tablespoons of ice water, or more as needed
(note: if using for a sweet pie, add 1 or 2 teaspoons of sugar)
Mix flour with salt, and cut in butter and lard. You can cut the butter/lard in using a food processor or with a pastry blender. Or, you could use a box grater for the butter.
Put flour mixture in bowl and add water mixing with a fork until pastry comes together. Form into a ball and cut in two pieces. form each into a round, flat disc and refridgerate for 1 hour.
The secret to a good crust is to not over-handle the dough.
Basic Apple Pie
5 or 6 apples
juice of half a lemon
1/2 cup of white sugar
1/2 cup of brown sugar
cinnamon to taste
2 tablespoons flour (more if the apples are very juicy)
1 tablespoon butter
double pie crust
Recipe and images via Thibeault's Table
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I'm really seeing a lot about chalkboard paint lately. Using it can be a very fun and creative way to decorate a room or - for you label gun fanatics - to label everything in sight! :)
I'm actually going to use chalkboard paint to cover one of the walls in our attic loft/office/soon-to-be den space!
To find out how to use chalkboard paint click here. To find out how to make your own chalkboard paint click here or here.
Here are some fun ideas for using chalkboard paint...
It would also be cute and very functional used on cupboards or pantry doors. You could write what's kept behind the cupboards (for you labellers) or keep a grocery list or weekly menu. I think it would be a fun way to spice up a laundry room as well.
via Martha Stewart
For all you moms out there, you know how much kids love to write on walls - well this way they can do it with permission and without destruction! You could paint entire walls of kids' bedrooms or playrooms with chalkboard paint and just let them go crazy in there with chalk!
via Martha Stewart
I have a useless space on the wall between my stove and fan light that is covered in a tin-like material (I guess for splashes). I so badly want to hang a picture there but I can't. I think I may try this and I can write out recipes instead!
Super fun way to add some colour and life to a mud room!
Here are some really creative ways to use chalkboard paint on objects around the house. It comes in all different colours so you're not just stuck with the typical black or dark green and there are lots of ways to use it besides just on the walls.
Label gun fanatics - pay attention!
Chalkboard place mats! You can write a personalized message to each guest or use them like you would place cards.
via Real Simple
Use it to label kitchen jars - spices, pastas, loose tea leaves, etc
These are darling chalk tags I found over at Olive Rue - perfect for containers, baskets and gift tags. You can pick up a pack of these from her Etsy shop here.
I used to rent an apartment with an HORRENDOUS old fridge - I really wish I knew about this then! I just did my best trying to cover it with vintage post cards. For those of you who rent or a new fridge isn't in the budget, this is a really funky idea.
via New nique News
If I had an herb garden this is definitely something I would need to do to keep them straight. Very cute idea!
via Ashley Ann Photography
Love this! Creative way to jazz up some old vases.