Friday, September 14, 2018

I Said I Wasn't Shopping

The more I insist I don't need anything, the more determined the thrifting gods are to toss me great finds. When we made the trip to Grand Island to drop off Danny's fair entries, we called in at some of the shops along the way. In Grand Island, there are two Goodwills. One was a bust, but the other had fantastic baubles. I left thinking it was a very good day-little did I know what the universe had in mind.
On the way home, we stopped by the Mennonite thrift store in Seward. I filled another bag with baubles, shoes, and vintage clothing. Surely, it couldn't get better, could it?
Yep, it got better. The Salvation Army store in Lincoln was a treasure mine of vintage clothing, some of which I'll show later in the post. It was only 125 miles from home, but it might as well have been another country for all the great discoveries. If the jewellery and clothes in Omaha can seem picked over and slightly over-priced, it only takes a trip a couple hours west to remind me what a great place we live in for second-hand shopping.

This is one of the dresses I picked up at the Lincoln Salvation Army store. 1950's square dancing frock? Don't mind if I do! Or do si do.
  It can be worn off the shoulder as well. It was under five dollars, so absolutely money well spent.
Get yer tits out.

Outfit Particulars:
Vintage square dancing dress-Salvation Army, Lincoln
Rings, bakelite bangles, earrings, brooch-all thrifted various places

 This dress is a rare, purchased-new item from the sales at Lindy Bop. I'd been watching it and hoping it would go on sale. It is too large in the bodice but I love it so much I might spend the money on alterations.

 Fine, I'm afraid of birds, including waterfowl, but the print was still impossible to resist.
I would have no difficulty resisting this duck. *Shudder*

Outfit Particulars:
Dress-Lindy Bop
Vintage Naturalizer shoes-Thrift World
Nantucket Basket handbag-Antique mall
Rings-all over
Victorian bracelets-both thrifted

 Our weather has been strange-autumn back to summer in the span of a few days, but I've slowly been bringing out the lighter weight clothing in autumn hues. This 60's maxi probably started life as a robe, but I won't tell anyone if you don't *wink*.
 I do love a good sleeve and this certainly satisfies that desire. I wouldn't want to wear this if I were a smoker. I don't know how we all survived the 70s without accidentally setting ourselves alight.
That massive bakelite stretch bracelet was something like $1.99 at goodwill. Looking at it in the case I was sure it was modern, but as soon as I picked it up, felt the weight of the thing and noticed the aging string, I knew I had Bakelite. I can't wear it long as it is seriously heavy. The wood and plastic medallion was something I picked up at a yard sale and then forgot about. I find long necklaces hard to wear but with just the right maxi dress they can work. I do like a long bit of wood. Ahem. 

Outfit Particulars:
1970s maxi dress-Antique mall
Vintage bucket bag-Hand Me Ups
Vintage white shopper tote-Goodwill
Vintage bakelite bracelet-Goodwill
Vintage necklace-Yard Sale
Shell earrings-World Market about 10 years ago

 This dress is 90's does 50's and I just adore it. There's a bit of tulle sewn into the bottom of the lining acting as a mock crinoline which gives it just enough shape to look retro and still be easily wearable (I drive a very small car that isn't a good match with puffy petticoats etc.).
 Finding turquoise jewellery that isn't set in silver with a Southwestern theme can be tricky in my part of the world, so I always grab bangles when available. The blue ones aren't bakelite but the look right at home with the others that are.
Outfit Particulars:
Dress-I can't remember! I bought it new.
Earrings and necklace-both Thrift World
Brooch-recent trip to Grand Island Goodwill
Talbot's belt-Thrift World (that is one seriously well made leather belt!)
Vintage handbag-Goodwill (I think)
Large brown bangle-Hand-Me-Ups
Blue bangles-Hand-Me-Ups

There's me, getting my leg out on the side of a highway. As you do.

 I have no idea if this piece is vintage or not as the label was missing. It feels a little too well made to be new, but I could be wrong. It only has a few buttons at the top and I assume is meant to be worn over a skirt or trousers. I stuck a tunic beneath it as well for the sake of modesty (it is very revealing) which also makes me think it is vintage. That much skin wouldn't have been shocking in the 70s (well, maybe on someone my age it would have been). No matter, I love it and plan to get plenty of wear from it.

Outfit Particulars:
Tunic and leggings-both Dots about 17 years ago! Not bad for fast fashion.
Top/dress-ish thing-Goodwill
Necklace and matching earrings (bought on 2 different trips)-Goodwill
Brass evening bag-New Life Thrift
Fragrance-Probably 24 Faubourg which I have been wearing constantly day and night since finding a full bottle for $4.99 at Goodwill. This stuff is addictive. How I ignored it so long is beyond me, but it is definitely my fragrance of summer/autumn 2018. I wonder if I will like it as well in winter? Hard to believe the same nose was responsible for that reeking Celine Dion nightmare, but I guess everyone's entitled to one really big mistake in their life. Anyway, yeah-24 Faubourg is magical. 

This silk dress was another purchase from the Salvation Army store in Lincoln. I would guess it is late 90's/early 00's. The beaded 80's jacket was probably overkill for daytime wear but...well, you know me. 

I was a little worried I might catch the attention of the bees happily collecting pollen on the flowering melon vine but they left me alone. There's a risk in wearing yellow this time of year when there's less food around for the bees.

Outfit Particulars:
Dress-Salvation Army
Vintage straw bag-Hand-Me-Ups
Bangles and rings-all over
Necklace-K Mart
Earrings-yard sale

 After returning home, the Omaha thrift stores must have heard about my success in Lincoln, Seward, and Grand Island. Not wishing to be outdone, the local shops promptly presented me with a nice selection of inexpensive baubles.
This Victorian holloware brooch is missing a few leaves, but given the age and the practically free price, I couldn't resist buying it. I don't mind less than perfect pieces.

I will leave you with one more outfit from the trip to Lincoln.

That's some heavy, vintage polyester action!

Somewhere between Minne Mouse and a stewardess uniform.

Outfit Particulars:
1970's polyester dress-Salvation Army store, Lincoln
Vintage handbag-Goodwill
Vintage brooch-Etsy
Vintage shoes-yard sale
Rings, bangles, earrings-all thrifted various places

Today and tomorrow the annual Sarpy County Museum yard sale is going on to raise funds for the museum. I have a serious upper respiratory infection at the moment and will have to miss it this year (unless I make a miraculous recovery overnight which I'm not expecting). I'm bummed about it, but looking at this post I clearly don't need anything! I certainly don't ever need to purchase another piece of jewellery as long as I live. I'd also planned a trip to the orchard this weekend for apple picking but that's going to have to be delayed as well. I'm pretty stoic when it comes to cold, flu, etc. but this is really kicking my behind. Danny has a milder version of it (thank god) and so far (fingers crossed) Mr. ETB has escaped it.

I hope autumn/spring (depending where you are) is treating you well. Spare a thought for the people in the path of the hurricane if you can-it sounds horrible.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018


Congratulations to Ann at Polyester Princess as she's the winner of the State Fair cookbook! Ann, drop me an email at cornmotherne at yahoo dot com with all the info on where to send it.

Thanks to everyone for entering. We'll do it again next year.

Saturday, September 01, 2018


Finally, someone appreciates my State Fair outfits😀.
That's Me

It was funny, I didn't expect to be paparatzied at the Fair, but suddenly the media person did a u-turn on her golf cart and the next thing I knew I had a microphone and camera in my face.  Anyway, the pressure is really on for next year...

Thursday, August 30, 2018

2018 Nebraska State Fair and Giveaway

Danny Brought home two Best of Division rosettes in addition to the many ribbons for baking and canning. I just knew that mint jelly would be blue ribbon-it was incredible. We are so very proud of him just for entering each year, and doing all the very hard work. Congratulations, kid!
Not the greatest photo, but you get the idea.

I recycled last year's hat adding several butterfly brooches to the band. The skirt has a fair theme, but don't look *too* close as it says, "Atlantic City!"
 There were prize winning quilts...
My phone camera does not do this beauty justice.
The shooting gallery.  I didn't get any photos in the archery section. Let's just say Danny's skills aren't in aiming accurately at things. That's OK. He isn't keen to go hunting anyway. 
Funnel cake...
...robots on scooters? I feel like I ought to know who it is, but don't. 
All in all it was a great fair, and I'm already looking forward to next year. As always, I have a giveaway with a copy of the State Fair cookbook featuring all of last year's winning entries. That was the year Danny swept both divisions so basically, it is Danny's cookbook. I also purchased some silly Nebraska State Fair socks, and a fridge magnet. Contest is open world-wide, but if you have won before, I'm going to exclude you in a spirit of er..."fairness". Leave a comment by 10 September, and I'll draw a random winner from my fancy state fair hat. Good luck. I'll be back in my next post with a visit to a minor league ballpark, and the Nebraska Baseball Museum. See you later. 

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Countdown to the State Fair

kolache pastry with dried and fresh cherries

Drop-off day for the Nebraska State Fair is 20 August, and that means the week ahead is going to be a flurry of activity at House of Eat The Blog. Biscuit dough comes first as it can stay in the fridge until we're ready to bake. I suspect the 19th will be a very late night. Danny does the baking, I do the dishes and paperwork-that seems only fair. I'm still resting after the oral surgery (and waiting for the next round) but I was able to get through it without much pain and only needed Tylenol the first day. I'm thankful for that as I don't like the idea of taking anything stronger. Thank you all for your kind thoughts and words of support. I'm trying to see this in a positive light. If my crown hadn't broken off, and my dentist wasn't out of town I wouldn't have ended up at the emergency dental place and I wouldn't know much of what I now know. I'm not happy about it, but I'm pretty good at dealing with the stuff life throws at me. As the kids say, "Adulting." I never had reliable parents so I've been doing the adult thing for a long time. Here's something not adult...
I almost bought this shirt at Goodwill today, but decided a photo was good enough. Now that I've cleared out so much of my wardrobe I'm loathe to fill it up again unless I absolutely love a piece. We'll see how long that lasts! I must admit, it has been easier getting dressed now that I can easily see what I have.

Of course, if the Goodwill presents you with a beautiful 60's Hawaiian maxi dress, you should certainly buy it. If it happens to be .99 cents you should also congratulate yourself for waiting for good stuff. This is the good stuff. 

Outfit Particulars:
1960's Hawaiian-Made maxi dress-Goodwill
Orange shoes-K Mart
Vintage Delil handbag-Thrift World
Shell earrings-World Market about 10 years ago
Bangles and rings-all over
Lippy-Revlon Siren
Fragrance-Bvlgari Omnia Coral (because sometimes I match my fragrance to my dress😀)

 Something about late summer in Nebraska makes me wish I were in Hawaii. If I use just enough imagination the fields of corn and soybeans could look like sugarcane. Okay, not really but by this point in the season it is so hot I have been reduced to wearing the most comfortable items I own, which generally speaking are Hawaiian items. Mr. ETB lived in Hawaii in the mid-60's and loved it. I'm sure he wouldn't recognise it now.

Outfit Particulars:
60's Hawaiian Maxi dress-Long gone costume/vintage shop
Vintage 60's handbag-Etsy
Sandals-K Mart
Rings-all over
Crystal cha-cha bracelet-Hand-Me-Ups
Can't remember which fragrance I was wearing.

 More Hawaiian clothing? Sure, why not?! How about some vintage menswear?
 Such a fun Tiki print. I'm not sure about the white, cropped trousers but for some reason I own the same pair in two different sizes. Must have liked them at some a decade ago? Also not sure about men's shirts with belts but eh, it was the 60's (possibly the 70's). The shirt zip all the way down and can be worn as a jacket. It is made of very high quality barkcloth that resists softening up. It looks as crisp as when I bought it several years ago. I actually bought it for Danny, but by the time he was big enough to wear it, he didn't like it. Kids!
Outfit Particulars:
Vintage Hawaiian barkcloth shirt-Hand-Me-Ups
White trousers-K Mart
Shoes-K Mart
Straw Bag-World Market
Fragrance-Revlon Unforgettable (actually, it is kinda forgettable)

How about some psychedelia? I found this dress when I was having the clear out of my things. I think it was only worn once (literally, as I bought it online NWT).
Outfit Particulars:
Vintage dress-Etsy seller Cloistered Muse
Vintage Caro-Nan basket purse-Antique mall
Lucite bangles-all over
Fragrance-Aquarius (I mean, what else could you possibly wear with a dress like this?!)

I need more fingers to accomodate the rings. I have very ugly hands and fingernails that split and break and look generally ragged. I can either hide my hands, or adorn them with something more interesting to look at. I choose the latter. My grandmother Alice always wore big costume rings and had the displayed on her dresser in a large tray like you'd see in a jewller's case. I imagine all those years of admiring her rings convinced me that's what I should do when I reached her age. There's something very nana-ish about a ring on every finger.

Finally, this 2000s does 1920's dress  had a first wear. I'm not a fan of drop-waist dresses but the crepe fabric and lovely teal heart print was impossible to resist. With vintage reproduction shoes from American Duchess and a 1930's handbag, I felt practically ready to dance the Charleston.

Outfit Particulars:
Shoes-American Duchess
Vintage handbag-Goodwill
Hair combs/barette-Sally Beauty Supply
Egyptian revival necklace-Goodwill
Murano glass earrings-Hand-Me-Ups
Bangles-various places
Fragrance-Jicky (vintage formulation)

That's about it from around here. I hope your summer is going well. After the fair and Labour Day, we're back to school for our final year of homeschool. Danny is starting grade 8-next year it is off to high school. He's expressed interest in a career  as an exterminator as he can be self-employed and can learn what he needs with a few courses rather than a degree. I'm not discouraging him. There's a market for people that aren't afraid of bugs and get a perverse delight out of eliminating hornet's nests. Most people don't have jobs they find satisfying, but if killing a bunch of stinging insects does it for him, who am I to dissuade? At this point it sounds better to go into debt starting a business than for a degree that at best is going to get him an unpaid internship. He might change his mind in the next 4 years, but if he doesn't, we'll support him. I know you're wondering, and no-I haven't given him a copy of Exterminator! Yet.

 I can just see it now, Deadly Dan's Exterminating Service-We'll get rid of the mice and wipe the smiles off their faces.