Brass Is Back

A Touch Of Brass

Using Brass in home decor, in the Art Deco Period brass brightened  the the home during a drab time in our History. 40 years later in the 1970s Brass was in Vogue again.

I love vintage brass. Vintage brass animals add a touch of whimsy to your home decor, even functional brass items candle holders and boxes can add a bit of texture to your bookshelf. I like a bit of greenery to  enhance the richness of the metal..

Now 40 years later vintage 70s Brass is back some choose to clean their brass, I prefer to leave the patina in place.

Using Instagram To Its Full Potential

 I just stared to get active on Instagram last month.. Every Summer sales in the shop slow down, even ebay, facebook and etsy have been  sluggish this summer, so I decided to expand my horizons adding Instagram to my shop portfolio..  Logging onto Facebook one day a post from Jill Newman of JunknLove appeared on my timeline.  ” Are you using Instagram to it’s full potential to build your brand recognition and grow your following? ” Jill was offering a workshop and or  private Instagram tutoring the timing was perfect!  I had dabbled myself but didn’t quite understand the entire process.


Above one of my first Instagram shots.

Instagram is filled with some  awesome photos, but mine were lacking, I had no idea how everyone got those crisp clear shots.. Nothing I did worked.. Thanks to Jill, I learned about apps and enhancements, now I don’t feel like such a photographic failure.. I am still in process of learning but I think my pics have improved,  I continue experimenting..


Jill introduced me to apps that help me get the bright crisp look I was trying to achieve. And with some experimenting I have learned angling and prospective shots..

bluestuff2On Instagram, I have met a large group of like minded folks from all over the world we help each other out, we are all seeking followers and sales everyone shares and encourages one another…. Thanks to Jill’s help my Instagram Shop went from 20 followers to almost 1300 in 3 weeks., In addition to new followers,  I have made three sales and brought  many new customers into my shop! Not too shabby..for a beginner..

Sugar Daddy Retro Candy

Vintage Sugar Daddy Candies

Sugar Daddy

In the 1960s my brother and I use to head to the Saturday afternoon movie for the matinee .. Mom gave us 25 cent for the movie and 25 cents each to spend on  treats.. The choices seemed endless, to the 7 year old me..There were giant Hershey Bars , York Peppermint Patties , M & M’s.. I always passed on those confections and went for the Sugar Daddy’s, which were sure last most of the  afternoon.. Candy was a nickle each, I saved a dime for an Orange Soda out of the Vending Machine. The Sugar Daddy is a sweet rich caramel sucker introduced in the 1920s, these sweet treats were renamed Sugar Daddy in the 1930s because the term was very popular  and suggested a wealth of sweetness. What could be better to a kid than a sweet slab of caramel on a stick the rich creamy caramel slowly consumed one lick at a time…

Hoosier Cabinets

I have always dreamed of owning my very own original Hoosier Cabinet.. I am so happy to announce on a recent trip to Tucson I scored one.. ! It is in pretty good condition needs a few finishing touches to bring it back to its original glory I cannot wait to get on this project. I have the perfect place for it in my Oak Kitchen. So stay tuned, I will be posting updates and photos of my project..  so excited !

From the Hoosier Collectors Corner :

During this season of family gatherings, holiday parties and cookie-making, we should give thanks for the host of modern tools and conveniences that make preparing a meal today (and the cleanup!) no longer as time-consuming as it once was.

Prior to 1900, the inability to hire a cook meant long hours in the kitchen making almost every meal from scratch. Butter had to be churned, breads mixed, kneaded and baked, and since kitchens were usually rather large rooms equipped with little more than a sink, a table, a stove, and one or two cabinets or shelves – most staples were often kept in a separate pantry – preparing a meal entailed a great deal of time and energy wasted walking to and fro.hoosier

Billed as an “all-in-one kitchen,” the Hoosier cabinet was an evolutionary leap beyond the simple baker’s cabinets and step-back cupboards it replaced. (Though many companies made Hoosier cabinets, the name derives from the Hoosier Manufacturing Co. of Indiana.)

Generally about 4 feet wide by 6 feet high by 2 feet deep, the Hoosier consisted of an enameled or porcelain shelf that could slide out from between the lower, footed cupboard and the shallower upper compartmentalized section. Not only did the shelf provide much needed work space, but all the tools and staples required for producing baked goods and other foods were arranged within easy reach.

Behind the doors of the typical Hoosier was a flour hopper – some could hold up to 50 pounds of flour! – with sifter, a sugar hopper, a salt box, glass coffee and tea canisters, and several glass spice jars. Additional accessories could be stored in a compartment behind a tambour door in the upper section, while various implements and utensils rested in drawers in the lower.

By the turn of the century, cooking was regarded as a “domestic science,” and the Hoosier’s “scientific” approach to helping solve logistical problems in the kitchen made it a hit with housewives. Many a family found the price tag of $50 to $75 for a complete unit – cabinet and all accessories – rather steep, but a genius marketing move created payment plans of a dollar down and a dollar a week that placed millions of Hoosiers in households around the country.

Unfortunately for the Hoosier, the next big thing in kitchens was on the horizon, and by the 1930’s, manufacturers of the free-standing units had begun to lose ground to the built-in cabinets that remain popular to this day.

By Michele Alice
December 08, 2013