Sunday, October 4, 2009

Some Exciting News

Hello Ladies, I am sorry I have been away so long, owing many of you a visit to your blog, one of you a give-away goody, and just lots of blog-world catching up to do.

The truth is, however, I just haven't been feeling up to it. And truth is, I haven't been feeling up to much these days. And if you look above this post, and notice my shiney new ticker, you'll understand why. :) Caleb and I are expecting a baby in late April, and I am about 11 weeks along today. God has blessed us, I am very excited and thankful to our good and gracious God for blessing us in this way. I of course appreciate prayer for my little peapod and his or her development.

As excited as I am about the pregnancy, I have been more sick than I thought possible! I didn't know you could feel so terribly unwell as an expectant mother. I have not felt well in about a month now, having a hard time eating anything, not just in the morning, either, but all day! I'm tired mostof the time and have a hard time doing much. And so blogging, both reading and writing and other things, have really, really taken a backseat. In fact, I get extra nauseated if I'm online for very long, so I don't promise to be blogging regularly until I am feeling better. I start my second trimester next week, and I know many ladies start to feel better around that time, so i am praying this will be the case for me. Again, I appreciate your prayers in this area as well, because I am behing in my housework and at the office, and really in every way! :)

God bless all you ladies and hope to see you soon!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Recovering

Hello Ladies,

I seem to be on the mend. Thank you for all your sweet notes. Eventhough I am feeling a bit better, however, I still don't have the strength or mental energy for blogging, reading or writing. :( And something terrible seems to have happened... somehow because I tried to do some decorating while I was very ill, now I sort of have this bizarre association between my fall decorations and feeling nauseated. Very sad!!! I'm praying this well pass when I am fully recovered.

Sorry I can't take part in all the exciting around Blogland about fall decorations. Also, I owe two bloggy friends goodies, one just because (that's you Angela) and one from the Apron Giveaway (Forever Vintage) and I am thinking I will be well enough on Monday when the post office reopens to go get those sent off. Here's praying, anyway.

Thanks again, ladies!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Still Sick

Hi ladies, just a quick update that I am still sick and having a hard time getting off the couch or wanting to eat much. Looking at the computer for very long makes me feel worse, so I'm still not really blogging. My fall decorations got half done and I'm hoping to feel better soon.

You know its bad, ladies, when I'm not even uploading a photo. What I HAVE been doing with all this sitting on the couch time, however, is taking lots more photos of vintage images to use on the blog, which has been good.

OK, I've reached my screen-viewing quota for the hour.

Thanks for your prayers, ladies.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

My First "Button"


Hello Ladies! well, must be y'all have been a-prayin', because I feel better already! I'm still not doing any marathons or anything, but Im feeling well enough this afternoon to do some laundry and start dragging out my fall decorations and start putting summer away. Boy does this feel good!


I'm taking a break to unload photos from my trip to NY, and I decided to post my first "button". Many of you ladies have some of the cutest buttons, like The Vintage Housewife, and Aunt Ruthie over at Sugar Pie Farmhouse. I have wanted to make one for a while for any of my bloggy friends who might want to beautify their blog with some fun retro art, but haven't known what to do, especially as "Armchair Housewife" is actually a pejorative term, not one to embrace, so I'm not like to do a "I'm a Proud Armchair Housewife!" button. haha... that would sort of defy the point of the blog.


But I so liked the little graphic I put together for my intro to fall post a few days ago, and thought you ladies might like it, too, so I'm putting it up for any and all to use. I have now added my web address at the bottom, and if you use it as a decoration on your blog margins, I would appreciate you making it a link to my page as well, but there's no obligation. I want to figure out how you ladies create the button HTML, but for now, if you're handy enough to just click and save the photo above, and post it as a 'picture' gadget on your blog, you are more than welcome to. No obligation, of course, but thought it would be fun to share. :)


God Bless, ladies. More soon (if I can stay off the couch...). Thanks again for the prayers!

Too Sick to Blog?


Hello Ladies. Well, you know it's bad when I'm feeling too under the weather not only to write my own blog, but to read yours as well. At current count Google Readers says I have nearly 300 unread posts. Ha! I came home from my trip last week and hit the ground running with work and lots of house-buying-related evening activities, and for the past few days I've been feeling so under the weather I've basically been living on my couch. My summer decorations are staring at me, begging to be taken down and replaced with all things fall, and my "to do" bloggy list is collecting dust. Not to mention the 300-some posts of yours I am behind on.


But, that's life. I'm praying to feel better soon enough to start being productive again. Prayer would be appreciated.


I also want to say thank you to all you newer followers of my blog, I so appreciate every one of you evenif I haven't had a chance to stop by your place and say 'hi'.


I hope to be back sooner than later with fall decorations, pictures of our new house, and more.


God Bless you, ladies!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Home Again and Here Comes Fall!


Hello ladies!
Just a quick stop in to say thanks for the well-wishes and prayers for my trip home, all went well. What was very exciting was seeing the few trees here and there that were starting to change color in the rolling hills of NY on my drive home. And on the drive to work today I noticed one young tree on my street is already bright orange! As such, I officially declare it Fall here at Armchair Housewife, and you'll notice some decorative changes and more to come. If you haven't been over to Dame Penniwigs to get some lovely Autumn graphics for your blog, stop what you're doing and get over there right away!


And speaking of Home, Mr. Armchair and I have some exciting news, and that is that we are in the process of purchsing our first house! We were able to get past that bump in the road I mentioned in a previous post, and tonight we sign some more paperwork that puts us on the road to home-ownership. Lord willing, we will get posession on Oct. 9th,and be moved in by Nov. 1st. Yes, you know what that means, ladies... Christmas in my new house! Yahoo!!

God is good indeed.When I can, I'll post some pictures of the new place. I intend to blog more this week, do some catch-up blogging I've been behind on, so I pray to see you again real soon.

Thanks for stopping in, and i can't wait to catch up on all of YOUR blogs as well.

God Bless, ladies!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

We have a Winner!!


Hello, Ladies! Congrats to Caroline from Forever Vintage, on winning the Vintage Apron Giveaway! I am so excited to get these lovelies off to you!


I want to say thanks so much to all of you who participated, and became followers during this giveaway. It really blessed me to meet so many new bloggy friends.


And don't despair if you didn't win this time. I already have some more give-aways planned for fall, winter, Christmas, just because, etc. it's fun giving stuff away!


God bless you ladies and I'll see you when I get back from my trip early next week!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Where I Get my Vintage Images


Hello again! Two posts in a few minutes time... I'm on a roll! I just wanted to take a minute to answer a question that a few of you sweet sisters have asked me recently. "Where do you get your vintage images?" and the answer is I take them my myself. Here's how.

I have a running collection of vintage magazines, mostly from the 1950s, and most ladies' magazines like Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal, etc. I use my digital camera, on the 'macro' setting, which allows you to take quality photos up-close, and I take photos of all the ad art and other illustrations in the magazines. I think load the photos into my Photobuck.com account, and I use their image editors to crop and brighten the photos to my liking. They are then stored online for whenever I chose to use them here at the blog. This is somewhat of a time-taking procedure, but I so enjoy it that it has become like a hobby to me.

I will still occasionally use other photos from public domain sites, and when I do so I make the photo a link to reference back to where I borrowed the image from, but the vast majority of he images used are from my own storehouse. That is why my 'image policy' on the left asks people to ask for permission before they use any of the photos, as I've worked to create them and feel that they make my blog unique.

Hopefully this answers your questions and I encourage you, if you come across some well-priced vintage mags, from whatever era, or picture books, to make use of this process, if you have the time. It's lots of fun!

God Bless, ladies!

Give-away Winner Announced Later Today


Hello Ladies! Just wanted to let you all know that I WILL of course be doing the give-away draw tonight before I head out tomorrow for PA. So stay tuned, I'll announce a winner and get those lovely vintage aprons off to one lucky gal. And ladies who advertised the give-away, thanks so much, and go ahead and take those down now. :)

Monday, August 31, 2009

A Wonderful God Story


Hello ladies! I have been wanting to share this cool story with you all for a bit, but didn't know at what point in the "journey" to post about it. However, as I haven't been able to blog as much as I'd like this week becuase of this story, and because I'd actually appreciate some prayer, I'm going to share now.


Caleb and I currently live in a two-bedroom apartment, which we thank the Lord for. We started out a seriously broke college couple, and God has blessed us and steadily increased our income over nearly seven years of marriage, so we've been able to go from petty tiny one room with no laundry facility (not to mention the stop off of living with my parents for a few months at one point in our first year of marriage) to a nice roomy two bedroom.



We live in an area that has a very high cost of living, and homes are very expensive, and so while Caleb's business continues to be successful and we have been saving, we didn't see home owning in the near future for us.



Last month we were giving serious consideration to renting a townhouse condo owned by friends of ours. We were helping them with some renovations and got thinking, "Wow, wouldn't it be nice to have this space.. a little yard... the basement..." This would of course mean an increase in our rent and utilities, however, so told Caleb, and meant it, that I was going to pray and trusted and knew that the Lord would lead him, as the head of our home and as the financial manager, as to what was the best decision for us. I remember working on the house and walking through each room and just praying and telling the Lord I trusted Him. And I was blessed just to be in that place of trust with the Lord and to know my husband would make hte right choice for us.


Caleb had told me he would make the decision on a Monday, and I went to his office after work with some anticipation, wondering what he would say. When I arrived, he said, "well, I had some interesting news today..." and proceed to tell me that, totally out of the blue and unexpected, a family member had given us a gift- a substantial gift- and had expressed their wish that we would use it to bolster our down payment for a home.



You can imagine how floored I was
. More than the excitement at the prospect of owning our own home, however, I was FLOORED by God's timing and His love for us through His provision. Of all days to find out about this gift, we find out the day Caleb is going to make a decision about renting this townhouse. And as it turns out, he was going to say yes, so imagine had we agreed, signed paperwork for a year lease, and THEN found out about this gift. But No... God is his goodness not only provided for us in an unforeseen manner, but did so in such a perfect timing that we were able to see clearly His hand at work.



This is where you applaud for God, ladies! :)

So... Caleb and I have been house-hunting for the past few weeks and it has been exciting. This, as you can imagine, has taken up a lot of our time, and thus why I haven't been able to post very much, especially this past week as we have gotten closer to making a decision.


And so here is my prayer request:
We have put in an offer on a place, but there has been an unexpected bump in the road with this specific place, and we don't know all the details yet, but it's been an curve ball we weren't expecting. We would so appreciate your prayers for us, as we want to have God's good guidance and pick the right house that is right for us and any children the Lord might bless us with. Thank you, and when we make a decision I'll inform you all for sure.


I would also appreciate your prayers
as I am going to be traveling on Wed to PA to visit my family for an extended Labor Day weekend. My sister is having surgery and I plan to be there to help out with the babies. I covet your prayers for a safe journey and for recovery for my sister.

I'll be blogging frequently again when I get back, I'll be doing my fall decorations, have lots of thrift store goodies to share about, and (Lord willing) might even have some pictures of our new home to show you! God is good, ladies!

See you in about a week!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Shopping Spree


Hello ladies! I've been just about dying to share this haul of goods I got with you earlier in the week, but have had zero time to do up a proper post. Well, it's Friday morning, I got my man off to work with a good breakfast in his stomach and I have a little time here to enjoy a cup of coffee and share some finds with you.

So, on Monday afternoon while preparing dinner, I thoght to myself, "I am in terrible need of some clothes." The truth is I do not like clothes shopping becuase I am short and overweight and the whole process is usually quite frustrating. And as our income has gone up in the past couple of years, I am more reluctant to even bother with the thrift store, and instead go to the two stores I know have petite-cut clothes and just buy a few things there.

But, as a result, I have very little clothing, so Monday night I thought well I better just bite the bullet and go into town to the thrift store. Caleb agreed and we headed out.


We arrived at our local Talize store (ladies, if you live neara a Talize make sure to check it out, fabulous second hand store with good prices) and as we were getting out of the care we noticed big "SALE" signs on the windows, and on closer inspection discovered the store was having their bi-annual half off everything in the store sale! What were the odds of that? We got pretty excited and headed into the very busy store and while we had to fight the crowds, we both got a TON of stuff at highway robbery prices. When it was all said and done, we got two huge bags (think big black garbave bags) full of clothing and a few household items, for 90 dollars canadain (so about...70 dollars US). That's insane, ladies! And we got points on our Talize card and had two dollars taken off that price to boot! Needless to say, we were excited.

So, without further adieau, let me show you what I got. I'll show the housewares first and then the clothes, and read to the bottom because you won't believe the awesome stuff I got.


First, I got this cute cream pitcher, which you can see found its way to my kitchen shelf before I even had a chance to take a picture.



I also scored with this pretty green glass (to match with my Christmas dishes) cake stand, and this serving plate. Now here's what's cool about this servin dish: my mother in law recently gave me the pink glass dish set she had been using for holidays and nicer meals since my husband was born, and it's lovely but doesn't have a serving plate. Well, don't you know this one matches that dish set? And I got it for 1.50, thank you very much.

Now, as for clothing, without a doubt my biggest find was this retro shirt-dress that actually fit me. Ladies, I am short and heavy and finding tops in a second had store that fit is hard enoguh, but a DRESS? Almost impossible. And yet.. this one fit! Behold:



I know the pics aren't great, sorry. If Caleb were home, I would have asked him to take some, but this is what I could manage. But isn't it cute?


Look at the cute black, red and white detail on the dress. And you'll notice here that I am wearing a fabulously retro black and white chunky necklace that I also got, for a dollar, at the Talize!



You can see here I also scored another cute retro necklace, big red and clear plastic 'beads', I can't wait to be able to figure out something to wear with this one, too.



Ok, back to the dress. It's such a nice length and doesn't it look smart with my heels? Now the only downer about the dress as it was was that it clearly ws meant to have a belt (had the loops built in) but no belt came with it. I was bummed because I have a hard time finding fashionable belts in my size, but wouldn't you k now it..


I found a black belt that goes perfetly with the dress right there at Talize! And I only paid 50 cents for it. Crazy.



My next find was this blazer, great for the fall. This is another surprise becuase since I am so short (not even 5' 1"), I have a hard time finding long-sleeve tops, and especially jackets and blazers, that fit me becuase they are usually too long in the sleeve an dlook boxy. But this one must have been cut for petites because it fit me!



This will look great with jeans or slacks or even a plain skirt in just a few weeks when fall is here. I think with the half off I only paid three dollars for it. Sweet!




I also found this skirt, it's a black and white micro design and is lined so it will be nice for fall and winter.



I am the worst clothing photographer ever, but you can see I got a whole whack of shirts, dressy and casual,



Including this funky retro Elton John shirt. Fun!!


You already saw the necklaces I bought, but here are a few more accessories I picked up, including a couple of pairs of hoops earings, and a pair of Steve Madden wedge shoes.

Here's a better shot of the shoes. They are a dark blue, so they'll be good with jeans.

Well, I think that just about does it for that trip. I was really humbled by God's goodness, because He allowed us to just show up for a sale we didn't even know was going on, so we could afford to buy twice as much as we would have otherwise. I have a wedding to attend tomorrow, and I was feeling concerned I wouldn't have anything to wear, but now I'm excited to wear that fun retro dress, the matching necklace, and of course the hair is going to be retro-fabulous with one of the do's I've learned from The Glamorous Housewife. I'll take picutes when I'm all done to share.

Thanks for coming along on my Shopping Spree! I've actually got even more to show you from another thrift store stop I made later in the week, but I'll probably save that for Today's Thrifty Treasures on the weekend.

God Bless, ladies, thanks for going on the journey with me!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Further Attempts at Glamour...


I actually got up early again this morning to try to do my hair. Some of you read my post about The Glamorous Housewife's series on retor hair-dos (please go check out her site becuase she's done a few more pictorials and she's done a great job of giving detailed instructions) and I've continued to be inspired.
I did go buy rollers last night but I was out so late I didn't have a chance to experiment with them, and this morning I didn't have the time or energy to fuss with it, BUT I did get up and use my curling iron and experimented. And I came up with this.

I was pretty happy. I basically just parted my hair in the middle, curled the hair in sections, rolling upward and outward, gently brushed and sprayed the curls, and then pinned the hair back on both sides. I don't know how specifically 40s or 50s it was, but it sure looked better than my usual ponytail. I took Glamorous Housewife's advice and bought some Paul Mitchel's style lotion and some medium-hold spray for the styling part, and then I had some serious style mega hold stuff to hose myself down with at the end.

And once again I got inspired to put on some makeup and jewlery, and felt pretty cute, if i do say so myself.


You can see here I got some really cute retro-style earrings at the thrift store this week, I'll be showing more of them soon.


And the curls really did hold. this is a photo of my home after work at almost Six. What did end up taking a lot of the spunk out of the curls was doing the dishes.. I think the hot steam from the water just killed them, but otherwise i think they would have lasted into the night. The two photos below were taken at 6:00.





I'm definitely going to try to keep this up, I just feel empowered now like there's something I can actually do with my teaspoon of fine straight hair.


Thanks again, Glamorous Housewife, and all you ladies who left sweet comments.

Bloggy Complaint


Hey ladies, sorry you're getting such short little mosty-worthless blogs from me this week (although I see some of you appreciated the fruit fly tip- it really does work!), but it's been a crazy busy week. I didn't even get to do Rednesday!! What the?! But I WILL be blogging soon, hopefully tonight, I have tons to blog about, so stay tuned.

Just had to take a minute for a mini rant
and say I really hate (strong word choice, I know, but there it is) the new blog commenting format. You know the one where it tells you to pick your identity and then you press post and THEN it either tells you "could no post please try again" so you click post AGAIN and THEN it gives you the word you have to spell and THEN, if you're lucky it will post your comment? If you're lucky you'll skip the first round of "Sorry we couldn't post your comment" and go straight to the security thing (Why can't they just put the security thing on the page like the old style?) but its a frustrating, silly waste of time.

Am I being a cry baby? Probably. I just like the old system my blog has and some of the older blogs still have. If it aint broke, don't broke it more, as I always like to say...

(And let me add it's still a joy and priviledge to leave comments on the blogs that have the above-mention newly unimproved commenting system, but I'm just caveching)

Rant over. :)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The End of an Era

This is not a partisan post and has nothing to do with the politics of Ted Kennedy. Just wanted to comment (and show this *gorgeous* photo of Kennedy from 1961- doesn't he look dashing? Men don't do dashing like they used to...) that his death feels like the end of what has really already been a bygone era. When I think of "The Kennedys", I picture Jackie O and the classical images of John and Bobby in the 1960s. And yet their brother lived on so much longer, a sort of touchstone to a time that some people view was a golden "Camelot" age in American politics.

He seems to have been
a very beloved Senator on both sides of the aisle if not for his politics then for his personality, and I pray his family is given God's comfort today.

Got Fruit Flies?


I don't know about you, ladies, but around my house right now it's fruit fly season. I hate those little buggers (pardon my language if you're a reader from the UK) and am so glad I discovered a successful way to rid my kitchen of them.



If you don't know this trick, ladies, discover it. Works like a Charm.
Simply take a small glass and fill it half way with apple cider vinegar. Add a few drops of dish soap to the vinegar.

Set out on the counter and the fruit flies line up to take the plunge.



See how many I caught in only about 30 minutes time?
I had double that amount after a few hours and my kitchen has been fruit-fy free ever since.

How did Rednesday sneak up on me? Boy do I have some fun stuff to show you this week!! My post will just have to be tardy today... see you (and see red!) later this evening.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

First Updo of my Adult Life



Oooooooh Ladies, am I excited!!! I have recently discovered the Glamorous Housewife over at Tales of a Retro-Modern Housewife, and she has just begun a how-to-give-your-hair-some-retro-glamour hair series, and I'm excited. I've always wanted to do more with my hair, but I've never known how.


I was so excited about her first post
that I fiddled with my hair at 11:30 at night. Ok, so I know that helps contribute to an "F" in "getting to bed by 10:30" goal, but i was just excited.


And guess what? I DID it! Well, at leasat sort of. And sort of is passing with a flying grade for me, because on the scale of one to glamour I'm about a negative 53, especially these days. It was hard and I didn't know where to put my hands and the pins and yadda yadda, but I did it, and I totally feel empowered to maybe feel a bit more feminine and glamorous. Yay!


So here are some shots. After I got the hair up I figured hey, put on a blouse and some jewlery and even- GASP- some lipstick to get the full affect. I can tell you without a doubt, at least from the waste up, this is probably as glamorous as I have looked in a couple of years, in my bathroom at midnight. Haha! Now, let's see if I can manage to get up and do it in the morning for work.. hmm..




Hey, it's hard to take photos of your hair when your by yourself in your bathroom at midnight, so cut me some slack...





This one is really sort of cheating because I took my glasses off... I couldn't leave my bathroom without them so this is a look that will never be... :)



Ok, that's more realistic.


I want to say a really really BIG THANK YOU to Mrs Glamorous Housewife for being a great inspiration. I can't wait to see the rest of your hair series, and ladies go on over and check out not only this but her site in general. It's a dish!

Blessings!