sienamystic: (Anya)
So this has nothing to do with the rampant over-sharing I regularly do on here. In fact, this isn't really a problem, it's just a thing I'm thinking about in that vaguely-irritated-but-not-really sense.

So I buy old magazines, the 1960s and before. As you do. And I scan fun advertisements and share them on Flickr and post them to an LJ vintage ads group, and occasionally put them up on Tumblr, etc. As you do. I make no claims of copyright over them, because I don't have that right. And most people who see them and want to put them on a website do the polite thing and do the link back and yadda yadda. So it's annoying to see one of your own scans posted with a link back to somebody else's Flickr page, and follow that link to find a few other scans you did there in the same photostream (because they were kinda crappy scans to begin with and so easily identifiable) and then the other person has slapped a copyright symbol on them. Probably the default setting, but it gets on my nerves a little bit. Welcome to the internet, you must be new here, blah blah. Still ticked me off a tad.

So that's it, actually. A minor gripe about something that no doubt goes on all the time and this time I happened to see it. So thanks for listening, and have two Hostess ads, from 1928 and 1930.

No wonder tea guests are frankly amazed to hear that cakes like these are bought at a grocers )

Cake doesn't have to be homemade to be good, Mrs. Hale finds )
sienamystic: (LIfe)
I've been invested in making collages, recently. Actually, that's not quite true - I've done it before, although with just a gluestick and a blank book, but now I'm doing new techniques I've never tried before. Most of the stuff involves transfer work, using contact paper and caulk and, as the delicious odor in my kitchen says, beeswax. I've had varying degrees of success with it. My work at the moment lacks, I think, any sort of real edge to make it more interesting than "pretty," and I may never get to that point. But I find it really satisfying to see what turns out, and I'm going to keep playing around with it and see what comes up.

batgirl says get out there
Batgirl Says Get Out There

Three more this way )

Gotta keep scrounging stuff to add three-dimensionality on these, but not go over the top to the "too busy for busy's sake" point. Difficult for me to do. Some of my earlier collages were really just one image on an otherwise blank sheet, because I was convinced I'd spoil the purity of it all somehow.
sienamystic: (This is art)
A former curator of mine has been, for the past five years or so, researching a journal written by a woman named Sylvia Lewis Taylor. She began the journal at the age of fifteen, in 1801, and continued writing it until she was forty-six, in 1831. In the journal, she chronicles her life in Bristol, CT, and, later, Ohio. Alden has been transcribing the journal and researching Sylvia and her family, and has written a short article about it here at Common-Place.org. Taylor was particularly detailed in writing down the routine of her day, and there is a lot of information in the journal about her work with textiles - knitting, quilting, spinning, etc. (The journal remains unpublished but researchers can request a transcript, I believe.)
sienamystic: (red hat)
Favorite Recipes and Menus from Our Kitchens to Yours, by the Good Housekeeping Institute, 1930. Another find from an antique shop in Kentucky. It's the usually amusing mix of surprisingly sensible advice and really boggling stuff, like the discussion about acid foods, where they dispel an old rumor about acidosis with some new scientific information...that I think has been completely disproven since. Ah, well. Science marches on.

Here's some of what they have to say:

Avoiding Food Fads and "Diets" - --Some strange beliefs about food and food combinations have long persisted which are not based on fact. We refer to one on p. 11 as to acid foods producing acid blood. Many still believe they should not eat acid fruits and milk at the same meal, while there are those who are sure that lobster and ice cream at the same meal will make them ill. Many believe that fried foods are indigestible when as a matter of fact it depends upon how fried foods are fried. we discuss this on p. 131. Bananas have often been listed as indigestible food but we know know that this is not true provided they are eaten when thoroughly ripe.

Vegetarians warn us to go vegetable-wise while a few years ago a diet composed largely of meat had a host of followers. There are still those who advocate a diet of raw food entirely. Others point the way to health through fasting, and we have still one-sided readymade "diets" offered for various ills. Part of the folly of adopting any of these diets is that they are often restricted to a few foods and therefore maybe lacking in food value. Provided that we are in normal health and that we do not overindulge there are no foods we need avoid or that we cannot safely combine in one meal. All special diets should be prescribed and supervised by physicians. There are those, however, who are sensitive to certain foods, after eating which they suffer in various ways such as having an outbreak of "hives" or a violent sneezing attack, similar to "hay fever". These people suffer from a "food allergy" and once they are sure of the offending food or foods they should avoid them.

A Simple Guide to Healthful Meals - If in planning your meals you see to it that each day they include the following foods or types of foods you may feel satisfied that you are providing healthful meals.
1. One pint of milk, as a beverage, or used in soups, sauces, or desserts.
2. One serving of fruit, raw if possible.
3. At least two generous servings of non-starchy or green vegetables (such as carrots, tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, string beans, cabbage, beets, etc). One of these should be raw whenever raw fruit is not served on any one day.
4. One serving of meat, fish, or a substitute such as an egg or cheese dish.
5. Breads (including whole wheat), starchy vegetables such as potatoes, dried peas, beans, lentils, etc, cereals ready-to-serve and cooked (including whole grain), desserts, butter and cream to complete the menu and satisfy the appetite.

If any member of the family is overweight have them cut down on the foods in 5 above, especially those rich in fat, i.e. cream, butter and rich desserts such as pastry, rich cakes, ice cream, etc., sufficiently to lose weight slowly and steadily. Have the underweights drink one quart of milk a day and increase the amounts of food in 5 sufficiently to gain weight steadily. Everyone should drink plenty of water and take out door exercise every day. It is well to check up on your weight from time to time to keep the right weight according to age and height.
sienamystic: (Sophie)
Found in an antique shop in Paris, Kentucky

1950s Prom Queen
sienamystic: (SPQR)
I wondered why my Flickr stats had exploded recently - turns out the NY Times food blog linked to one of my scans of a Table Talk menu for January, 1912, and then the Redbook bobbing for apples bondage cover has just been launched onto Twitter. I will enjoy the pretty, pretty count totals before my images sink back into the great ocean of the internet and are mostly ignored once again, except for all those students looking for images of Michelangelo's Bacchus and the loyal cross-dressers who come to view my girdles.

Redbook cover Oct 1933, Bobbing for Apples
sienamystic: (LIfe)
The spirit of Artemis and Esther Williams was with me, and I have returned, swimsuit in hand, and a pair of goggles, too.

I ended up spending a little more than I wanted. My Reebok suit was originally seventy bucks, but was marked down to fifty. It's a bright teal blue tank suit (the Santa Barbara solid classic tank), with no embellishment except for a little...what do you call it, ruching, maybe, but not to define an area or make your boobs look great but to simply add some loose cloth over the stomach. It was a tossup between it and another Reebok tank, black with a white vaguely Hawaiian border along the top, and what decided it was the fact that this was ten bucks cheaper and fit a little bit better, plus Bemo liked the color on me. Both of the suits it came down to were size 16, although there was a size 14 in the running until I saw that it was eighty bucks.

I tried on a slew of other suits, including a few Speedos. I found some that fit me well, but the lack of any support was noticeable in most of them, and the ones that held me in were too small, and I'd get a little more side-boob showing that was probably advisable. Some of the ones with the cross-strap backs were a little more challenging to wriggle into and out of, although I loved the way they sat on my body. I may revisit that option in another twenty pounds or so.

Grand total, including goggles, was $66. As I said, a little more than I wanted to spend, but honestly, having the ability to try on the suits proved to be really important to me.
sienamystic: (jello horror)
Off to Dick's Sporting Goods today to try on a few more suits. If their website tells the truth, they carry several brands so I can try on a few. I went to a different sporting goods store here in Lincoln (the Dick's is up by Omaha) and they really only carried two: Tyr (which is not a brand I know very well, but they seem to be ok) and, theoretically, Speedo, but they only had a handful of Speedos on-hand, and none of them anywhere close to my size so I couldn't even see how they did for me.

I am the mighty huntress! Victory will be mine!
sienamystic: (Vespa)
I've been looking online for a reasonably-priced, one piece swimsuit in my size. While that looks like a simple proposition, it's proven to be surprisingly difficult. I started my search on Ebay, where the majority of the suits are either buy-me-nows at sixty to seventy dollars, but you can find the occasional used one for cheap. The problem is that I'm still a little squeamish about a used suit. When they looked like they weren't too dingy, I placed a bid, but I haven't been aggressive enough, and lost them to others.

So I started looking elsewhere - Land's End, Speedo, Amazon, a few websites that claim to carry plus-size swimsuits. I started running into a few problems consistently. First of all, many of the suits were designed to look cute by the side of the pool, but wouldn't be good to swim laps in. I wanted a simple tank suit with something like a racer back, or cross-straps, or just tank straps that wouldn't roll or slide. I didn't want something bedazzled, with belts, skirts, or ruched to add festivity across my boobs. Plus, I didn't want some of the eye-bleeding prints that are apparently quite fashionable at the moment. I was hoping for maybe one or two colors, maybe some simple color blocking. This consistently narrowed down my choices to a handful of suits, which, judging by the comments on them, were favored by women in their sixties who did water aerobics. But ok.

From here, price seemed to be a big problem. The Land's End's cheapest suit had terrible ratings for fit. Their pricier suit was just under fifty bucks - a little pricy for what I wanted, but I was willing to pay for it, until I read comment after comment from people who swim daily, and found that not only did the suit fade drastically in a very short time, but that they needed to buy new suits after about three months. Seriously? Three months? I mean, I'm not going to be swimming daily, but that seems like a really short lifespan for a suit. Every other suit I found seemed to be in the mid sixties to high seventies, and on up - more than I wanted to pay, but I may be forced to it in the end.

The next problem was size. I seem to have put myself into a weird category where I'm neither flesh nor fowl, and what will probably need to happen is that I'll have to take my measurements to settle the issue. Am I an 18 in misses? A 16 in womans? A 16 in misses? On some websites I seem to not be considered plus-size anymore, and in other places the difference between a regular 16 and a plus-size 16 seem to vary quite a bit. And am I a 40 or 42 in a Speedo, except when they switch to another measuring system that might be a dress size but then again maybe not? What about the different measurements Land's End uses when you designate yourself a "D Cup" person? After a certain point, I was completely confused about what size I actually needed. And when I went to a sporting goods store to try on a few of their store brand, I seemed to be somewhere between a 14, which fit but was snug, and a 16, that mostly fit but was weirdly baggy in the torso.

So, I have purchased no suit yet. I may just have to suck it up and pay more than I was hoping to. And I'm going to have to take good measurements before I do anything. Plus, it would be nice to drop ten more pounds (I've plateaued again) and become a more certain 14. Part of the reason I'm so dissatisfied with what I'm finding is that I'm chasing a swimsuit I used to own, way, way back in the day. It was a black Body Glove suit, with a racing back, very ordinary except perhaps for a slightly high cut on the legs. I loved that suit. I had my very own wind machine when I strutted around with that suit on. It made me feel like a badass.

Sadly, that was many years and many pounds ago. I should go check and see if Body Glove even exists still. I might be able to talk myself into a pricy suit if it still taps into that place in the back of my brain when I ruled the pool.

ETA: Body Glove still exists, but I may have to drop that ten pounds before I can fit into their largest suit. I also just looked at Title Nine, which is probably ditto, but also had some cute suits I rather liked.
sienamystic: (aikido)
Via [livejournal.com profile] pegkerr - [livejournal.com profile] jemyl is in a precarious position at the moment. Please take a few minutes to see if any of her jewelry speaks to you.
sienamystic: (Ryden queen)
It's almost October, and my personal style guru, an artist and manager of our museum's store, has turned the store's decoration over to Halloween. I took pictures so you can be as tickled by it as I am.

This is why I end up buying nut cups that I have no use for - I just put them on a shelf and look at them with glee in my heart. )
sienamystic: (Reading Woman)
Bought for a quarter in a local antique shop, because I liked her smile. There's an inscription on the back, but I haven't deciphered it yet, except for her name: Velma.

b/w vintage photo of Velma
sienamystic: (flowermachine)
I have a grand total of two things up at the moment, but here's a link to my Etsy store.

Suburb of Heaven
sienamystic: (outlaws)
stuffed rattlesnake

You can find many interesting things at auctions. A great deal of them are things I have no wish to bring into my house.

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