Archive for October, 2009

Kirsten Paulsen

This would be my great-grandmother, Kirsten Paulsen, circa 1912. She married Ludvig in 1915. I want her hat. And her coat.

Is it just me, or is October slipping by faster than last year? I feel as if I can barely keep up. I think those guys who invented TiVo need to come up with a “pause” button for life. I just need a few days to clean up the yard & house, finish organizing the sewing room and catch up with my reading & correspondence. That’s not asking too much, is it?

Christine H.


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Cheer up, Kate.

Oh dear, it appears that the flu (be it swine or the regular miserable variety), is making the rounds early this year and it seems to have taken hold of my poor, dear, friend Kate (of Domestikated). Since I am a bit too far away (aproximently 4,600 miles or 7,500km) to drop off a pot of soup, I thought I would write a “Get Well Soon” post of sorts to cheer her up. Of course, if you are feeling a bit ill, I hope this helps you feel a bit better as well, but this is especially for you, Kate.

Cupcake Car

~The ever ridiculous Neiman Marcus Christmas Book has been released and I am pretty sure this fantasy gift was dreamed up just for Kate: a customized cupcake car, complete with matching hat! I think with a bit of cardboard, styrofoam & fabric, you could make your own version in time for Halloween for slightly less than the original $25,000 price tag. Oh! You should make a cupcake costume, then bake matching cupcakes to pass out—or just eat them yourself.

~Kate loves cake. Kate also loves pink. Hence, a Pink Cakes for Kate gallery up on flickr. Also, you need this vintage pink cake cover and pink cake pan. It’s not a want, it’s a necessity.

~Have you heard about The Phantom of the Opera sequel? I’ll let Liz (of The Park Bench) tell you about it:

I had no idea this was happening, but apparently, there’s a “Phantom of the Opera” sequel set to debut in London on March 9, 2010. It’s called “Love Never Dies,” it takes place after the events of “Phantom” and I swear this is what the article says, it “continues the story of the obsessive Phantom, who has moved from the Paris Opera House to haunt the fairgrounds of New York’s Coney Island.” Somewhere, Gaston Leroux is triple-lutzing in his coffin. I don’t think I’ll be seeing this show unless it stars a pantsless John Barrowman and even then, well…okay, I’d be pretty interested in seeing that.

Hahahahahahahaha! That is all I have to say about that.

~I think everyone has a list of movies they like to watch when they are sick. I reckon a few are universal (The Princess Bride) and can be found on every girls list (Pride & Prejudice or some other Austen adaptation). But one of my all time favorite comfort films is That Thing You Do!

I love the music, the costumes, the amazing one-liners, Steve Zahn and did I mention the snappy music? That Thing You Do! makes me so happy! The moment I finish watching the movie, I want to start it over again right away.

~Finally, we both know there is nothing quite like cozying up to a book with a comfy blanket and large cup of tea. But I know sometimes one is too ill and tired to lift a book much less cipher all those jumbled up letters. That is why they invented audiobooks and one of the many reasons Stephen Fry was born.

Oh J.K. Rowling. We owe you so very much.

Hope you feel better soon, friend Kate!

Christine H.

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Dear Mad Men,

I really love you. I think you are super fantastic and I tell all my friends to watch your show. I don’t have cable, so I would drive to my parents house to watch you during season two, but that got old, so I splurged and bought a season 3 pass on iTunes. That is how much I love your show. However, I am a bit tired of the “we’re such a stickler for historical accuracy” spiel. That is a fine ambition, but we all know you can never be 100% historically accurate. As a lover of period films, I have learned to accept that sometimes creative licenses need to be taken. I can even accept it from you, if you stopped talking about how anal you are about the tiniest detail. But until you step down from your “historically accurate” high horse, I am going to call you out when you mess up.

Betty the Hostess

That cookbook looks pretty swell. Too bad it wasn’t published until 1967.

There are other things that bother me, like the Vietnam pre-draft dodger in 1963, or the pink bakery box. But I am willing to let it slide, in the name of artistic license. But only if you stop being a snob about your “accuracy”, okay? Okay.

I still love you,

Christine H.

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Peggy likes bows.

Peggy likes plaid. So do I. Peggy also likes bows. I like bows. I like bows in my hair; on my shoes; adorning my purses; bows as a brooch. I do not like bows on my waist or hips. Sorry Peggy, you may be my favorite, but our thoughts on bows & men differ greatly.


{From 1962, Butterick 2137. Available on etsy here and here and here.

Look! No bow and it is still a beautiful dress. You don’t agree? Fine. Here are some dresses with bows Peggy might approve:

Blue Bow DressBlack & White Bow Dress

Wait a moment. The dress on the right has brought to mind one of the greatest costumes ever created and suddenly I am rethinking my stance on bows.

Okay. Bows are acceptable, but only if worn above your bust and below your hips. Audrey has declared it so.

Happy Friday everyone! Do you have any special weekend plans? This will be my first Saturday off in a very, very long time, so I plan on sleeping in until noon, laying in bed with a book for 6 hours before finally dragging myself into the world of the living for a dinner of bacon & waffles. Whatever the weekend brings you, I hope it brings a smile to your face.

Christine H.

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