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Review: Pillow Stalk, Mad for Mod Cozy Mystery

We haven’t done book reviews on Mid-Century style yet, but perhaps that’s because we didn’t know “Pillow Stalk” was out there.   Written by Diane Vallere, this book is custom made for Mid-Century fanatics who enjoy a good cozy mystery! Born on the same date, Interior Decorator Madison Night has modeled her life after Doris Day, but when a killer targets women dressed like the bubbly actress, Madison’s signature sixties style places her in the middle of a homicide investigation. The local hunky and mysterious detective connects the new crimes to…

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Mod it up with ModCloth’s Make The Cut Contest: ‘Prints Charming’

Because we know our readers love ModCloth, we thought you might be interested in this contest! Have you always dreamed of becoming a fashion designer? Well now that dream can come true! The ModCloth Make The Cut program is a recurring design contest that invites the ModCloth Community to design garments, graphics, or fabric prints. Its main purpose is to further their mission of democratizing fashion by producing clothing designed by community members. YOU can become a designer at ModCloth! How does the contest work? Entrants will design a new…

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Most popular posts of 2013

We’re a little late sharing our most popular posts of 2013 – but January isn’t over yet! 🙂  Be sure to check them out if you happened to miss them! 1. The top post was an oldie! – “Don’t replace your windows – it’s not green or saving green!” Still good information if you’re debating fixing or replacing the windows in your old home. 2. The second post appeals to the decorators or crafty types: Online Vintage Fabric Stores: for interior decoration and crafting fun! – these are some of…

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Raising Retro Kids: Pedal Cars

Pedal car history goes back to the 1890’s when toy makers took their cue from real cars on the road. At the turn of the century, the cost meant  that these cars were playthings for only wealthy families especially with many families reeling from the financial devastation of The Great Depression. No pedal cars were produced in the mid-1940’s when all metal production was directed to the World War II effort. Pedal cars experienced a comeback in the 1950’s to 1960’s with chain-driven models. With postwar prosperity in the 1950’s,…

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War Seemed More Relaxed in the 1950s

In today’s society, the mere mention of a bomb on a social networking hub could have the police knocking on your door. The term “terrorist threat” is held by loose standards as children and young adults could face jail time for inappropriate comments made to friends in jest. Would this kind of behavior been worthy of so much attention in the 1950s? When you look back at Cold War memorabilia, it seemed more like the populace accepted the possible future with a lighter heart. Facts over Entertainment Although public service…

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Mid-Century Photo Friday: It’s Cocktail time!

Happy Friday! We ran across this fabulous ad on our Pinterest page! It inspired us to post a Whiskey Sour Recipe for our Friday afternoon libations! There’s even a video over on About.com on how to make one! Whiskey Sour: Prep Time: 2 minutes Total Time: 2 minutes Yield: 1 Cocktail Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz whiskey 1 1/2 oz lemon juice 3/4 oz sugar syrup Maraschino cherry for garnish Preparation: Pour the whiskey, lemon juice, and sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into a…

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How To Add Fun Into Your Daily Lifestyle

If you would like to make sure that you are adding a little more fun into your life, you might want to take a moment to check out some of the online casino games. Even though you might not have thought that you can win at Royal Vegas online casino games, you really can. All you have to do is to first make sure that you are finding the best possible online casino games to play.   To do that, you might want to start by reading through some reviews of…

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Happy Independence day retro buffs!

Check out more vintage art at “vintagegal” Families often celebrate Independence Day by hosting or attending a picnic or barbecue and take advantage of the day off and, in some years, long weekend to gather with relatives. Decorations (e.g., streamers, balloons, and clothing) are generally colored red, white, and blue, the colors of the American flag. Parades are often in the morning, while fireworks displays occur in the evening at such places as parks, fairgrounds, or town squares. The night before the Fourth was once the focal point of celebrations,…

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Blame the 50’s for our Credit issues!

Nowadays, receiving a bank credit card is standard procedure upon opening a checking account. But when exactly did bank cards become a part of our culture? Crediting the Mid-Century with the introduction of, well, credit would be historically inaccurate. . .the practice dates back to the late 1800s with inventions such as charge plates and credit coins. The bank card, however, was invented in 1946 by a Brooklyn banker, John Biggins. The card was called “Charg-it” and could only be used locally. Users had to have an account at Biggin’s…

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