The Vintage Kitchen… add a little cinnamon, sugar, lucite and bakelite

The last few weeks have flown by with my return to work. Whist my hours are part time I am finding it hard to “switch off” once I leave the office. I think this practice is actually an art form. That said, some nights I am so exhausted, I really don’t have much more energy than is required to cuddle, feed and bath our little munchkin. If leagues of other women have managed this juggling act (says she, valiantly) so can I!

Saturday night, darling husband gave me some time to sew and I worked on a vintage inspired apron that I have been hoping to finish before Christmas. This was of course between researching appropriate finger foods for the little one and investing hours into baking tray upon tray of gingerbread for the coming week, (thank goodness for Annabel Karmel).  Am I the only one to feel like I spend the majority of my free time in the kitchen? Reality check, I do!

bakelite cakeToday however was Sunday and imagine how thrilled I was to find a few beautiful retro kitchen items at a local market. The cake canister was in amazing condition and a little net research confirmed that this little beauty manufactured by a company called “Eon” (circa 1950s) was indeed Bakelite. I bought the coasters from the same person. The “Crystalware” stickers were still on the back stating that they were manufactured in Australia and were a glass-like resin. It would appear that these are actually lucite with bakelite inlay. I LOVE LOVE them, not just because of their vintage value but because of their pretty, sunny quality. All of it so very Mad Men. And I am always on the hunt for a sunburst clock to travel through time with us, on this wonderful journey called life.


Separately, the other week I picked up a Birko. If you don’t know what they are, truthfully I wouldn’t either, except my mother always fondly tells me about when I was newborn, my Father rushed out and bought one as a bottle warmer, despite the cost. He apparently presented it and said “You’ll need this for the baby” In those days these were quite a coveted kitchen appliance, and quite expensive. And now I have my very own (wink).

 A parting thought, I have to mention a book I came across recently and LOVE for all the vintage fashionistas and crafters out there. Its called “Vintage Crochet for your Home” (Coats and Clark) with patterns adapted from the 1920s to late 1950s. I have never crocheted an afghan, dish cloth, doily or place mat… I have always been a knitter with a desire to crochet… this book is full of great ideas and big on inspiration!

Merry Christmas, world.

Mad mad mad for 40s fashion… with a cherry on top

There has been a great interest of late in 50s and 60s fashions with the airing of MAD MEN, but I must admit, I also adore some of the designs which were fashionable in the 1940s. As such todays pattern is a 1940s knitting pattern produced in Australia. Oh, two patterns, why not!  If your  ever read my blog, you’ll be aware I love both sewing and knitting (though I have been putting myself through a few courses online of late to learn couture sewing).

But back in the day, knitting was an equally important skill, trade for cheap machine made knitted garments isn’t what it is today. I generally only sell 40s and 50s designs at my etsy store (VanessaLovesVintage) because of Australian copyright laws. If you see someone selling Australian reproduction sewing or digital knitting patterns post 1955, I’d say be careful, they may knowingly or unknowingly be in breach of Aussie copyright law.

Anyhooo… here are two patterns today… shameless plug, they are both available in epattern format at my etsy store! “Cherry on top” is one of my favourites… as soon as Little Prince is a bit older I plan to get this one on the needles… well, I hope so anyway! 😉 I like the buttons on the shoulder on the second design… I think the feature at the neckline is nice too, doesn’t make it toooooo much lace and provides a bit of a focal point…. What do you think?!?



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