Friday, October 2, 2009

Daily Aesthetic Fix

via The Craft Begins

Everything Vintage: 5 Decades of Booze

Vintage Friday

It's almost the weekend! Here are a few vintage beer and spirits ads to get you in the "mood" :)

Smirnoff Vodka
Apparently they weren't very adventurous back then with their vodka cocktails - they only advertised screwdrivers!







Captain Morgan's Rum


(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.)















Randoms I just liked:

1956 Bacardi Rum

This guy is scary looking! LOL It was obviously before they realized beauty sells booze!

1955 Beer Brewer ads
I love these - I wish I was there with them!

1951 Piper Heidsieck Champagne
Circus in a bottle!

1950 Black and White Scotch
This one is really sweet

1942 Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer

1937 Seagram's Crown Whiskey
I just found this funny and bizarre...

What do you think about these vintage ads? What cocktail are you looking forward to enjoying this weekend?
Happy Vintage Friday! Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Daily Aesthetic Fix

via Home

Warm Apple Pie

Tasty Thursday Feature

To be honest, I've never made a pie in my life. The crust part seemed much too intimidating and using pre-made pie crust just didn't feel right to me... But I do love to eat it!

Apple pie is great in so many different ways - it tastes yummy, it's comforting, the scent of it helps to sell homes, a movie trilogy was made about it...

In anticipation of the approaching Canadian Thanksgiving, I found this scrumptious apple pie recipe over at Thibeault's Table. (Although, I'm going to have to leave the pie-making up to my Nanna again this year)

Butter-Lard Pastry

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

Heat oven to 425 F
Peel and slice the apples. Squeeze half of lemon over slices and toss to coat.
Add the sugars, flour, and cinnamon. Toss again.
Roll out bottom crust and line pie plate.
Add apples, dot with 1 tablespoon of butter and cover with second crust.
Decorate with leftover pastry.
Make sure to cut a couple of vent holes. Brush with milk and sprinkle with a little sugar.
Place pie on bottom rack. Bake for 15 minutes. this helps to cook the bottom crust.
Reduce the heat to 375F, and raise the pie to the middle rack. Bake for 40-50 minutes. If the crust is browning too quickly you can cover with a piece of foil.

Enjoy :)


Recipe and images via Thibeault's Table

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Daily Aesthetic Fix

via Home

Chalk it up!

All-Things-Creative Wednesday

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...

You could make a wall calendar for your office or even for in a kitchen. It sure beats those unattractive dry erase calendars with the messy markers!

Having chalkboard paint in a dorm room would be so much fun! Friends could stop by and leave personal messages - and the great thing is that they can be erased before the parents come for visit ;)

via Better Homes & Gardens

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!

Painting a partial wall in the kitchen could be useful when helping the kids with homework or writing instructions for babysitters...

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!

via alkemie

Super fun way to add some colour and life to a mud room!

via alkemie

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

via pichaus

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.

These napkin holders could be used as place settings as well.

via ameico

What is your experience with chalkboard paint? What household objects are you just itching to chalk up and label??


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