Friday, April 18, 2014

Watch What You're Buying!!

I don't always bake, there are just some things that I don't bake and only pre packaged will do.  I plan to have strawberry shortcake over the weekend, vanilla pound cake is what I use and I always buy it!!  I was at a different grocery store this week and picked up this cake.

It looks good enough from the front, I was in a hurry and just took it, I didn't look at the best before date, didn't look at the back of it or anything, I feel embarrassed  that I bought this cake so blindly.  First of all, if I had looked at the best before date, I probably would have put it down right then, best before - Sept. 23 - really, what does this cake have in it?

When I was putting it away at home, I finally looked at the back - this cake was made in Dubai, United Arab Emirates - now I have nothing against that country but why in heaven's name is this cake at a grocery store in Canada?  I wish I had turned the cake over and saw the back,  I would have seen the print at the top, looked at the ingredients and then saw where it was made - I would never have purchased it!!!   The first ingredient is sugar, oh my goodness, since this grocery store is not in my town, it will be going to the garbage!   I went to my local grocery store yesterday and bought a cake made in Canada!!

Sometimes we are in a rush and don't inspect these packages like we should, I thought the day I bought relish made in India, that  was bad enough but this seems worse, we should be supporting our own when we can and the products are made here.    By the way, I returned that relish to the store and they looked at me like I had ten heads when I said why I was returning it!! 

Buyer Beware!!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Good Housekeeping 1938

Yesterday I bought these two 1938 Good Housekeeping magazines off a local buy, sell and trade site many of you that read my posts regularly know that I really like to find vintage magazines.

One thing that I noticed when I was going through them last night, a lot of advertisements used cartoon captions, I'm going to share a few of those with you.  Click on any pic for a closer view.

There are very few colored ads in these magazines.


If only the summer menu was this easy!!!  He looks happy to be having that can of Franco American Spaghetti.

She should have used Royal Baking Powder right from the start!!



This is a funny one!!

Fresh sandwiches in waxed paper!!

She wants to move to Siam - see why....

Things could be so much better with Colgate Dental Cream!

Fels-Naptha soap must have been popular back then, I've seen different ads for it.

Quite the name for a toothbrush!!

Palomolive - the remedy for "middle age skin"

Be dainty - Loretta Young was!

I wonder does grapefruit juice really work for sleepless nights?  

These two magazines are the oldest ones I've found so far - a Good Housekeeping magazine for 25 cents and for a much thicker magazine than we have now!!  Couldn't go wrong!!  

Linking up with Sir Thrift a Lot over at Thriftasaurus and Dawn who hosts the link party We Call it Junkin

Monday, April 14, 2014

Try Some Double Chocolate Muffins!!

I wanted to use up some of the buttermilk I had in the fridge, so I just typed in buttermilk muffins, yummm, some chocolate muffins sounded good to me, actually double chocolate muffins!  It's an easy recipe and more than likely you have the ingredients on hand, well, maybe not the buttermilk, put it on y our grocery list!!  It's great for baking and homemade buttermilk pancakes are the best!   The recipe originally comes from Jen at Jen's Favorite Cookies.

1/2 c. vegetable oil, I used canola

1 c. buttermilk

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 c. white sugar

1/4 c. brown sugar

1/4 c. cocoa powder ( I didn't have any regular cocoa so I substituted the dark here, the only cocoa I buy now is a darker variety at Bulk Barn)

1/4 c. dark cocoa powder 

1 c. chocolate chips

Mix ingredients in order - how easy is that???

Fill muffin cups 2/3 full.  Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes.  

Give them a try - I don't think you'll be disappointed!!!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Breck Shampoo and The Breck Girls

If you grew up in the 60's and 70's, there's a very good chance you had a bottle of liquid gold - Breck Shampoo.  I remember it well, it seemed like a luxurious shampoo to me, it was thick and smelled so good.     Maybe I liked  it because of their ads and the beautiful Breck girls, after all, who wouldn't want to have a head of hair like those gals had - I was always trying all the shampoos - my hair was long, straight and tended to be on the oily side - I needed all the help I could get!!!

Last week Heidi Ann who writes about lots of vintage goodness over at her blog, Gold Country Girls, did two posts about Breck Girls - she included pictures from her vintage magazines.  If you want to read her posts, they're  here and here . That was all I need to haul out my vintage magazines and see what I could find -  I'm sharing mine with you today.

But, first, here's a few Breck facts - 

Breck Shampoo was created by Dr. John S. Breck in 1930 in Springfield, MA - it was thought to be the first pH balanced shampoo in history.

The Breck Girls were first  illustrated by Charles Sheldon who had previously worked at Photoplay Magazine, he was succeeded in 1957 by Ralph William Williams - his work is what you'll see on my images.

All Breck Girl images are at the Smithsonian Institute - many of the girls were company employees, Breck family members or local women who were not models.  Numerous celebrities were also Breck Girls - Cheryl Tiegs, Jaclyn Smith, Cybill Shepherd, Kim Basinger and Brooke Shields.

Breck sponsored America's Junior Miss Pageant - many girls were used from there.

The ads were normally on the back cover of such magazines as Ladies Home Journal, Woman's Home Companion, Seventeen, Vogue and Glamour

The Breck girl was phased out in 1976 with the death of Williams.  

In 2006, Breck was acquired by Dollar Tree - from what I've read online people  it'sjust not the same - nothing is ever the same anymore...

Here are the Breck Girls, from my thrifted magazines.

From Ladies' Home Journal  - January/Februrary 1964 - I found this page torn from the magazine and folded in the middle.

From Family Circle - December, 1964

From Woman's Day, January 1966 

From Woman's Day, December 1966

The July 1973 issue of Woman's Day saw an ad for a new Breck Shampoo - Super Balsam.

From Woman's Day, October 1974

Once again they were advertising a new product - Breck Satin Lotion and Creme, the ad is different and there is no signature from Williams on it.  It is from Good Housekeeping, September, 1970.

There was even a Bonnie Breck doll - which you could order for $2 - this is from Good Housekeeping, October 1971.

It's no wonder these beautiful illustrations became part of the longest running and most successful campaign in advertising history - every one is gorgeous  - the images live on  - look on Pinterest,  you can probably see just about every Breck Girl.   I really think I need to find some more ads!!

Linking back with Dawn at We Call it Junkin and don't forget to check out Heidi Ann's Breck Girls at Gold Country Girls

Friday, April 4, 2014

Easter Thrifting

It's not easy to thrift for Easter items around here, well, it would be if all I wanted were dollar store items because that seems to be pretty much all there is!!

I actually found three things yesterday, one vintage for sure, one not new and another thing, probably new!  They set me back $2.50.

It was odd this little made in Japan guy wasn't picked up at Value Village - my kids used to often get egg cups for Easter, there are still a couple here that we use.  This one will not be used!!!

Danish butter cookies came in this tin - it's not very old, but it can pass for sort of old - it's banged up and dented on the sides!

I have been on the hunt for a lamb planter for weeks now, I know I used to see those things all the time, not any more and if I would have been smart maybe I would have kept a couple that I got when my children were born, but they're long gone....  So, out of desperation I bought this, I think it's really cute, I don't really care if it's old or not!  

I'm happy to find anything when pickins' are so slim!!

Linking today with Junkin JoeThrifty Things Friday and We Call it Junkin

Monday, March 31, 2014

Using My Thrift Finds for SMASHing

More and more I find myself hunting down good paper items at the thrifts for my SMASHing stash - I'm finding some great stuff!!  It's always nice to have lots of stickers and embellishments to use but SMASHing can be done with just magazines and such.  Last week I found these two great old children's books, I have no qualms about cutting them up for pages that I plan to do, I paid only a few cents for each book and they're thick ones, it was really worthwhile.

The French encyclopedia is full of the sweetest illustrations...

I also came home with a couple of old knitting patterns, I was only looking in this section because I have seen people use old sewing patterns for SMASHing, I was sure surprised when I saw these patterns, I bought them and I SMASHed them because Mom made these caps for me and my children.

Here are a few more pages that I've done recently, all with bits and pieces from thrifted books,  magazines and catalogues.  Some of you that follow me via Jill's Little Bit page on Facebook or Instagram have probably already seen these pages, but I know a lot of people out there are not on either one and like to see this type of page.  Click on any pic for a closer look!

I found this pack of unopened Peanuts Valentines, I gave some sheets away and used some for SMASHing.

Thrifting and SMASHing - it's a great combination for me.

Linking up with Thriftasaurus and We Call it Junkin

Friday, March 28, 2014

I Used to Do Needlepoint!

I have been taking part in a month long photo challenge on Instagram, hosted by  Fat Mum Slim, there is a different prompt for each day - I've tried it before but never carried through, yesterday the topic was "something I made" this is what I posted on Instagram yesterday - if you're not on Instagram, you're missing the fun!!

I used to do needlepoint back in the 70's and into the 80's - I can't knit, crochet or sew but I could do needlepoint.  I loved it - I made them for myself, made them for gifts - I always had one on the go.  Dad would make the frame for me and I was all set.  I think this one is one of my favourites that I have left - I haven't looked at in in ages - they're packed away, maybe I should get a new frame on this one and hang it up!  These prints are all a nice size, the one above is approximately 16x20, they're all similar.  There was a lot of work involved in these prints!!!

This one I made for Carla 

I was always kind of partial to this one, I loved the pinks and greens together.  I remember my grandfather made this frame for me - it's birds eye maple wood.  All of the frames have seen better days now - but the canvases have stayed really nice.

I don't know, is needlepoint still popular??

Linking my needlepoints up with Share Your Cup ThursdayJunkin Joe and We Call it Junkin