Tuesday, November 30, 2010
if betty crocker is the mother of true american cuisine, (and who says she isn't?)then this classic find is the missing link to all of her genius. it's a 1971 set of her recipe card library that takes you back in time- a time when pork chop scallop (potatoes, that is), sombrero pie, and bonnie butter cake ruled the dinner table. living was easy then... if you had a jar of pimentos, a single onion, and a can of cream of mushroom soup, you were golden. everything you'd ever want to prepare for your family and friends is included in this recipe set- some category highlights include: budget casseroles, men's favorites, impromptu party fare, and american classics. and they're all housed in a charming, hinged box that bears the trademark colors of the era- chartreuse and avocado. on the lid, the raised words "the betty crocker recipe card library" give you rock-solid assurance that you'll be cooking only the best food america has to offer. circa 1971, that is.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
a rustic stool with great character and charm, stability and comfort. what more could you possibly ask for in a stool? it's all here, in a neatly hand-painted wood and metal package. stool height is 25 inches, though it appears to be adjustable. that is, if you can get a screwdriver into the painted-over screws.... (hand-crafted, paper mache owl by Mr. Joey Veltkamp not included.)
this little gem came to seattle in the early 1950's by way of the West German company Olympia Werke AG Wilhelmshaven. the Olympia Splendid 33 is a sharp looking, mid-century workhorse with an all-metal painted shell, and gleaming stainless steel guts. the gorgeous reddish brown keys give it a sweet look, but don't be fooled. when it comes to function, those West Germans don't mess around. it even comes with a UW University Book Store metal tag. i bet this typewriter was a best friend to some graduate student in the philosophy department back in the day. (original case included.)
good looking desk lamps are tough to find, but look no further than this one. it's painted a yellowish tan color with a couple of perfectly placed bands of white. she's in tip top shape with only a few minor scuffs that give you the idea she's lived a pretty productive life. though clearly there's many good years left in her.