Friday, December 19, 2008

Vintage Hannukah?

So, I wondered, any vintage Hannukah images? Not really. But I love this retro swinging Hannukah Lounge image:



And this garish display of Hannukah foods; very vintage in its 1950s, 1960s kind of presentation:

Vintage Christmas


This is my favorite one. I found it through Lesley's blog, The Debris Field.


This is pretty; I like Christmas things that give the feeling of elves and fairies and magic.



This one kind of gives me the creeps for some reason.


This one is very sweet; I like the combination of angel with an animal, and I love the soft glowing lights. You have to have soft glowing lights everywhere!

Monday, November 24, 2008




You Are Bettie Page



Girl next door with a wild streak

You're a famous beauty - with unique look

And the people like you are cultish about it



Well, I don't know about that, but she is my favorite pin-up!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Mermaid Time!


I love mermaids, possibly more than fairies. Here are some vintage mermaid images to enjoy. I'm also fond of vintage ads and labels, and was delighted to find both mermaids and old ads together.







This image is from a comic book from the 1950s: Bob Hope Meets the Mermaids. You can see the whole thing here.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Singer Yma Sumac Dies




The Peruvian singer Yma Sumac died at age 86 on November 2. I have great memories of listeing to Yma Sumac when I was a child; I thought her music was so strangely wonderful.

Vintage Ouija





She looks goofy, not mystical, and just what is he grinning for? I think he's up to something!


I love the cartoon art imagery in this one, and use of "Ka-bala!" (as in Kabbalah) to invoke some serious mysticism!

Friday, October 24, 2008


Years ago I had a large rubber stamp with this comment but a slightly different image seen here. I found this at Funky Fridge.com.

Vintage Baby Picture



Yes, that's me! Taken in 1954 or '55. Cracks me up. Casual, laid back, with 'tude, even then!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Vintage Housewife Fun from The Totally Girlie Blog


Lesley's blog (one of her many great blogs) Totally Girlie Blog, brings us some vintage housewife fun. Here's one that I like! For more visit

The Totally Girlie blog, here.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Retro TV and Old Recipes Widgets

I'm having fun with widgets; making them, finding them. Check the menu on your right, you'll see retro kitty clock, and scroll down, you'll find a retro TV widget, and a widget for old recipes. For widget goodies in all subjects, goggle widgetbox.com.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Suggestive Coca Cola Ads




I posted on Alice Surreal about an item in the news now: coke as a contraceptive. Which then had me curious about subliminal (and not so much) and suggestive imagery in coke ads: all that Vance Packard "Hidden Persuasion" kind of thing.

Didn't seem to work for her however.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Smashing Katie




I got to know about Smashing Katie from my friend Lesley, Blog Queen, who runs several blogs including, among others, The Debris Field and The Totally Girlie Blog. Smashing Katie comes to us by way of The Girlie Blog (where I'm pleased to say I'm a co-contributor.) Smashing Katie has its own twist on vintage type items. Here's a bit about the inspiration for Smashing Katie from the site:
We understand the roller coaster of emotions one goes through during a breakup. We understand that breakups happen for various reasons. We understand that sometimes the decision is one-sided, mutual, or for those special breakups, there is a third party involved that "helped" in the process. Smashing Katie spawned from such a breakup where a real Katie was the inspiration.

You can read more on the site in the "about us" section.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Halloween!

I know, it's not Halloween yet. It's not even October yet. But Fall is in the air, and the days are crisp. The lights are out, at least mine are; I have an icicle style string I use in the Fall; the lights are orange that fade to purple and back again. Very pretty. There are so many wonderful vintage Halloween images -- I thought I'd get started early and just post ones as I find them.




Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Coffee Makers

I love coffee makers; the vintage, old fashioned kind, not the Mr. Coffees and the like of today. Something very pleasing of the round shapes, the Air Stream type look of many of the coffee makers. My favorite kitchen object is my simple little espresso pot. Nothing special or fancy, but I love the simplicity and the great coffee (and of course it depends on the beans you use) it makes. And I love the little espresso cups too. And just for fun and silliness, some goofy vintage type coffee signs.





I love coffee makers; the vintage, old fashioned kind, not the Mr. Coffees and the like of today. Something very pleasing of the round shapes, the Air Stream type look of many of the coffee makers. My favorite kitchen object is my simple little espresso pot. Nothing special or fancy, but I love the simplicity and the great coffee (and of course it depends on the beans you use) it makes. And I love the little espresso cups too. And just for fun and silliness, some goofy vintage type coffee signs.

James Rich Studio

New images up on James Rich's blog James Rich Studio, with link to even more new images on the Yessy.com website.

Monday, September 1, 2008



Star of David on the label on this bottle of absinthe. I found the image on a lovely blog called Vintage Postcards.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Pin Up and Dance




These two images are from a 1952 calendar, from Bibi's Box blog.




I love this image, found it on a great blog called Exotic Dance.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

My Coffee Jello Attempt


Well, it wasn't bad. Actually pretty good, in a strange way. As is my style, I didn't use any recipe, just added 2 C of coffee (I threw in some powdered cocoa in with the coffee when it was brewing) to the jello powder.

I used orange Jello, didn't have just plain gelatin. I think raspberry jello would be good too.

A little goes a long way! It's like uber coffee! I just ate two or three spoonfuls, and mixed that with french vanilla ice cream. Whipped cream would be a good addition. Sounds weird, but it really was good.

I think next time I should use 1 C of coffee. . . it's pretty strong with the 2 C, even though some recipes call for 2 C.

In searching the web I found a whole world of coffee jello and flan recipes; it seems to be popular in some Asian cultures. And of course, gelatin, used in the U.S. is an animal product, so many use agar instead, derived from plants. Next time I'll experiment with the agar.


I rarely eat Jello, just haven't thought of eating it for decades. Yet once in awhile I do; I've made some yummy and very simple Jello treats, just fruit mixed in, that kind of thing. I made a weird but tasty lime Jello with jalapeno peppers once, lol.

I remember loving it as a kid; my grandmother made it all the time. She was convinced drinking hot Jello was good for you; and she'd let us drink some of the hot, unset Jello liquid before she put it up and in the fridge. (Which was a turquoise color, of course! I wish I had that refrigerator today!)


image source: http://allsorts.typepad.com/allsorts/
images/2007/10/15/fridge.jpg

I was amazed to find coffee Jello! I've never heard of it before, but I guess it's popular, since Starbucks has some kind of Jelly or Jello Coffee thing. I'll have to check that out. There are coffee jello recipes on-line, here's one I found. They all seem easy and roughly the same: unflavored gelatin, coffee, that's about it.




And of course, we have to have the infamous green Jello ring!



I think I'll experiment with Coffee Jello foodstuffs tomorrow. I'll let you know how that turns out :)

Monday, August 18, 2008

Pin Up Art

I don't know what it is about pin up art but I'm a big fan. Here are two images: pin up, also cheesy cover art for cheesy magazines of the day, lol.






Pin up is classic, vintage, retro, all that good stuff, but there are also artists who are currently painting pin up art images, like this one:



which just happens to be painted by my husband James Rich. You can see more of his images here at Yessy.com, and on his blog, James Rich Studio. I know, shameless promotion, but seriously, I really do love pin up art!

Image source:
The Brink of Sleep, by James Rich