Crochet a Vintage 70s Rainbow Posy Flower Shawl

Pick a bouquet of rainbow-hued posies for this openwork shawl.

Perfect for autumn, this is an absolutely stunning dahlia flower shawl for you to crochet! Colorful rainbow flower motifs are joined together to make this beauty. Edged in long fringe. Instructions are below.

Happy Crocheting!


Crochet a Vintage 70s Stained Glass Granny Square Shell

This is such a pretty crochet pattern from Women’s Day Granny Square magazine, circa 1974. Unique stained glass shell, is an ingenious assemblage of fancy geometrics. Created by Barbara Schaeffler.

Granny squares are making quite the fashion comeback, with designers like Dolce and Gabbana showing similar garments. Make your own designer statement by crocheting this sweater in striking colors of your choice. So fun! Instructions are below.

Happy Crocheting!


Vintage 70s Orange Coffee Braid with Marzipan Holiday Recipe

It might seem a bit odd to post a vintage 1970s Christmas recipe in July but this is in response to a reader’s request. She wanted to know if I had the recipe for a braided orange bread that was in “one of the winter issues of Seventeen magazine in the 70s”, that she had been searching for forever. As luck would have it, I went to my huge stack of Seventeen magazines and the December 1973 issue was on top. This issue had THE recipe! So here is the recipe in all its glory, and it certainly does look delicious!

Orange Coffee Braid

Why not make it in summertime…or anytime of year. Enjoy! 🙂


WWII Beauty: All it Takes is a Bar of Soap

Camay Soap, February 1945

Beauty routines were so much simpler in the 1940s. According to this Camay soap ad from the February 1945 issue of Ladies’ Home Journal magazine, you could have lovable, softer, smoother skin with just one cake of Camay! The glowing wartime bride, Mrs. William H. Geyer of Nutley, N.J., showed off her apparent skin care results.

I like the fact that the Camay Mild-Soap Diet emphasized cleansing without irritation. One minute, morning and night, is all it took. No fussing with astringents, toners, scrubs and masks. People have a lot of sensitive skin issues these days (myself included), and it’s wise to adopt a simple cleansing routine. I’ve done the same recently, and it really has made a big difference in my reactive skin.


Washing Clothes the Wartime Way with DUZ!

Vintage 1945 DUZ Soap for Wartime Washing

Laundry is eternal, even during wartime. This is a great vintage 1945 ad for DUZ laundry soap, on how wash all your clothes during those trying days. DUZ cleaned grimy overalls, dirty towels and pretty undies with equal ease. Women everywhere called DUZ a washday wonder!

I like the suggestion to use just a little of DUZ, and not be wasteful as it contains vital war materials. Of course, the happy homemaker is drying her laundry out on the clothesline, which also saved energy. This is how I do my laundry today; use little detergent and ALWAYS air-dry! 🙂


Coty Does the 40s Pin-Up Red Lipsticks in the 70s

The Pin-Up Reds by Coty Originals, 1972

In the early 1970s, there was a definite ’70s does ’40s makeup and fashion trend. This 1972 Coty Originals ad is a great example. Coty was celebrating the 29th anniversary of the Coty American Fashion Critics Awards, and saluted the jitterbug, the upsweep, the funnies, short shorts and the oomphiest reds since ’43.

With a beautiful pin-up girl painting by “Horn”, it advertised Coty’s deep red lipsticks and blushers reminiscent of the 1940s. The lipsticks came in two new frosteds: Fireside Coral and City Scarlet. And two new creams: Plunging Pink and Rouge Red. The blusher had its own tinted glossy highlighter and came in Brave New Red & Shine and Rare Mauve & Shine. And they’re all as wonderful and sweet and terrific as candy stores, 78 RPM records, the Brooklyn Dodgers and 35 cent movies.