Things We Liked This Week (9/10/17 – 9/16/17)

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Our favorite finds from the internet this past week.

Dot (AtticAndBarnTreasures.com) – We made it! Still suffering from Hurricane Irma brain fog I attempted to write a short post for you describing the community spirit and bonds that are formed before, during and after a hurricane. This writer’s article tells it nicely. It is a little long but I believe it a good read. Enjoy!

JayDee (ThirdShiftVintage.com) – Do you ever long to go on an adventure to some place you’ve never been? Some place that is an out-of-the-ordinary destination? Well, I found that place! It’s the Lake Reschen Bell Tower. Including the old church bell tower, there are also over 163 homes and 1,290 acres of land that remain submerged under this artificial lake. I would LOVE to scuba dive there – wouldn’t that be amazing?! Who’s with me?

Laurie (NextStageVintage.com) – From the genius and/or madness department: , the Greenwich Village cookie dough cafe that serves safe-to-eat raw cookie dough. And yes, you have to know it, there are lines. Long lines since their opening. They have a line policy on their delicious website. (Personally, I’m old school and am fully willing to eat Pillsbury right out of the roll.)

Linda (SelectiveSalvage.com) – Flashback to my first apartment after college. “Urban wilding” may be the new expression but the concept has been around for a long time. How fun to read that the millennials are discovering houseplants in a big way. 

Mary Ellen (AuntHattiesAtticVintage.com) – After 13 years of service to NASA and the scientific community, the Cassini Spacecraft is giving its last picture show and will plummet down to Saturn’s surface giving readings until it no longer functions.The crash date is September 15th. I know tears will be shed by the many engineers and aerospace workers. I was wondering if they will play some heroic and inspirational music during the descent. This makes me tear up and makes my heart soar! I wish they could hear this The Tornados – Telstar

Tina (GirlPickers.com) –  If you like nature photography, then you’ll like The Naturalist’s Notebook.  

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Things We Liked This Week (9/3/17 – 9/9/17)

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Our favorite finds from the internet this past week.

Laurie (NextStageVintage.com) – How many hurricanes have come ashore in the US? The Hurricane Research department of NOAA has a comprehensive hurricane list starting from 1851.

Linda (SelectiveSalvage.com) –  If you’re a vintage lover for the “recycling” reasons, then check out this fun article I found listing 21 ways to repurpose a red wagon

Mary Ellen (AuntHattiesAtticVintage.com)  –    Want to strengthen your back and abdominal muscles with one seemingly simple yoga pose? 20 Ways to Do a Plank

Pam (VintageRenude.com) – While searching for ideas to repurpose vintage items as planters I found this great blog post from Brit + Co , with loads of new ideas.  Now, I’m off to create!

Tina (GirlPickers.com) –  Yikes!  I’m all for ground breaking technology but would you let a robot draw your blood?  

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Fantasy Islands: Which TV show would you escape to for a day?

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Ever wish there was a magic portal where you could jump through and escape to just for a little while? For some of us, there is one: the world of television. Whatever you needed, you could find it on TV. Adventure? Glamorous international espionage? Wild adventure? Quirky neighbors and friends? Fantasy? Any profession you can imagine? Any place you can imagine?

Vintage Unscripted decided to dish on our secret TV wish and to ask some of our readers and friends to do the same. Here’s our “As Seen on TV” destinations: 

Bonanza 1959-1973

I love ranches. I love horses. I love the outdoors. And while every single female I knew was in love with Little Joe, it was Hoss Cartwright that stole my heart. It really seemed that there was never a dull moment at that ranch. From horse thieves to drunks in town to kidnapping the Ponderosa always wound up in the thick of it and while I could have done without some of the excitement (if I were there) I truly believe I would have never tired of the 1,000 acres that made up that ranch. Can you even imagine a homestead that large! — Dot, Attic And Barn Treasures

Gilligan’s Island 1964-1967

I would have been the professor and I would have gotten us off that island right away! Or…. maybe not…. They ate good (fresh seafood every day – yum – my favorite), were always safe, got along well, and were always doing something. No pressures from work or timelines or deadlines. Had the entire island to themselves. Zany, good clean SIMPLE, uncomplicated fun, with never ending inventions and contraptions – and nothing but time on their hands. They didn’t build a new boat because they LIKED where they were! –JD, ThirdShift

Little House On The Prairie 1974-1983

I don’t know anyone that didn’t like Little House On The Prairie with its heartwarming stories that taught us life lessons.  It was just a good clean family western/drama.  The setting was in the 1870s and 1880s so everything came hard to the family. Charles Ingalls was played by Michael Landon, who we all knew from the show Bonanza, played the perfect husband and father to three daughters.  I liked that the kids went to a one room schoolhouse where they always seemed to have an encounter with mean Nellie but also always seemed to turn the tables on her.  Just a wholesome family show. — Tina, GirlPickers

Lost in Space  1965-1968

I would love to tell the Robinsons to never believe anything Dr. Zachary Smith tells them and to watch him like a hawk! I would name the robot (I don’t think it had one) because it was smart and was very protective of the family. “Danger! Will Robinson!” All the characters got along with the exception of Dr. Smith, of course. My favorite episode was the one where Penny met the boy in the Magic Mirror (played by Michael J.Pollard) which my friends can tell you I had a major crush on in my early teens! The opening theme music was awesome and apocalyptic and the space costumes were groovy! — Mary Ellen, AuntHattiesAtticVintage

MacGyver 1985 – 1992

How fun it would be to spend a day with MacGyver on one of his secret missions. He was an agent for the Phoenix Foundation, an agency devoted to righting the wrongs of the world. He was their most unusual agent because he refused to carry a gun. Instead he relied on his scientific knowledge, his wits and the occasional roll of duct tape, paper clips and other household items he happened to have handy to ensure each episode had a happy ending. I think the real world could use a few more MacGyvers. — Linda, Selective Salvage

Perry Mason 1957 – 1966

Oh to be one of Perry Mason’s clients. The facts are all against me, but I’m ultimately vindicated by the relentless sleuthing of Perry, Della Street and Paul Drake. The California noir vibe, Della Street’s clothing (she is hands down the best dressed woman to ever be on television), Paul’s street smarts and let’s be honest, Raymond Burr’s long eyelashes…make me sigh. Even their honorable opponents, Hamilton Burger and Lt. Tragg, have a charm of their own. I even love that you can definitely tell the night time scenes (and there are plenty of them) are filmed during the day with filters on the camera.  — Laurie, NextStageVintage

Audience members Patty, Jim and Steve would also willingly sign on to spend time with Perry. To quote Steve: 100%. They maximized black and white, had every character actor in the business on one episode or another, and production values that still satisfy all these years later. Would binge-watch.

Will and Grace 1998 – 2006, 2017 – ?

To live in a New York apartment and hang out with the likes of Will and Grace.  What fun to design homes for the jet set elite and have great friends in the city that never sleeps. To shop in Karen’s closet and spend the weekend in the country or taking in a Broadway show. Dinner parties with Jack and the boys. A whirlwind of fun and you never know what will come out of someone’s mouth. They were brash and outspoken, funny and emotional, and the best of friends. And now they are coming back to TV! — Pam, Vintage Renude

Here’s a few suggestions from the studio audience:

Happy Days 1974-1984

The Cunningham’s weren’t perfect, but they were interesting. And fun. A family that had fun and had each other’s backs. –Diane

Garage Sale Mystery 2013-?

I don’t care for much of what is on TV these days but I love the Hallmark Channel. I’d love to live in a Hallmark world. –Mary

Laverne and Shirley 1976-1983

Two funny girls and Squiggy living in Milwaukee… — Denise

Hotel 1983-1988

I wanted to live in San Francisco and so why not at the (real) Fairmont hotel?! –Donna

Twin Peaks 1990-1991

I’d escape to Twin Peaks, but only during the first season, before we learned who killed Laura Palmer. I love the Pacific Northwest setting, and I could hang out all day at Norma’s diner drinking that black coffee Agent Cooper raved about, and do what I could to convince Shelly that Bobby is no good for her either. –Russ

Murder, She Wrote 1984-1996

I would LOVE to live in “Cabot Cove” for at least a day. Maybe when Jessica is out of town! (Ed note: there’s an awful lot of murders when Jessica’s around). –Karlene

And Holly would hightail it to Fantasy Island 1977-1984. No need to ask why, she’s an author and would definitely want to write her own story. 

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Things We Liked This Week (8/27/17 – 9/2/17)

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things we saw

Our favorite finds from the internet this past week.

Dot (AtticAndBarnTreasures.com) – In light of the horrible (and continuing) disaster brought by Hurricane Harvey and for those disasters happening every day in our land and around the world I wanted to share this link to the American Red Cross. Not only will you find links to help but also links to emergency preparedness and to training and volunteering if you are so inclined. Thank you! 

JayDee (ThirdShiftVintage.com) – I spotted an article about an author’s guest cabin right here in Minnesota. The building was built in 1901, and throughout its 116-year history it’s been a barn, a dance studio, a place to store movie props, a studio/workspace and (most recently) a garage. I love what this has now been turned into. Check it out!

Laurie (NextStageVintage.com) – I’m all for prolonging summer. Maybe this year I’ll do it by drying some of my flowers. This tutorial from Johnny’s Seeds lays out the steps to flower drying success.

Linda (SelectiveSalvage.com) –  Looking for an excuse to act like a kid again? Here’s an article offering scientific proof that playing games and coloring may actually be good for your brain. 

Mary Ellen (AuntHattiesAtticVintage.com)  –   Although I’m not a very big fan of sports, I am a proud Massachusetts born Bay Stater and came across this The Surprising Massachusetts Origins of Nearly Every American Sport” article which you may enjoy reading. Do you agree?

Pam (VintageRenude.com) – This time of year tens of thousands of people convene in the desert to play, learn, and live out their wildest dreams.  From August 27 to September 4 this year’s Burning Man Event is no exception.  If you haven’t heard of it, here’s your chance to learn about this amazing annual event.

Tina (GirlPickers.com) –  Did you know there was an elephant sanctuary in TN?  Me neither but there is.  It’s a sanctuary for elephants retired from zoos and circuses who now have the best life they can to live out their days.  

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Things We Liked This Week (8/20/17 – 8/26/17)

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Our favorite finds from the internet this past week.

Dot (AtticAndBarnTreasures.com) – With the buzzing still going on about the recent total solar eclipse I thought it timely to share this little jewel. This Astronomy Calendar shows celestial events for the remainder of this year and has links to future years as well. Enjoy!

Laurie (NextStageVintage.com) – Thinking about everyone in the path of Hurricane Harvey. The amazing radar images and forecasting models cannot control nature, but they give a really great idea of what to expect. Hopefully the FEMA teams, government agencies, emergency workers will be able to respond quickly and efficiently to the damage Harvey does; and people in it’s path will do what people do, look out for each other and help each other stay safe.

Unlike modern hurricanes, the Hurricane of ’38 lives in New England legend because no one knew it was coming and no one prepared for it. It was thought unlikely that a hurricane could hit New England. Six hundred people lost their lives. Read more about it here and here and here.

Linda (SelectiveSalvage.com) –  I have a soft spot in my heart for old lace work so was very impressed to read about the street artist NeSpoon. Inspired by the patterns of handmade doilies, she has taken her art to a new level mimicking lacy designs on public spaces around the world. 

Mary Ellen (AuntHattiesAtticVintage.com)  –  We saw as much as we could of the eclipse on Monday as our pinhole projector allowed. Unfortunately light clouds prevented us from seeing the sun in our central Massachusetts view of totality. Happy to see this Missed the eclipse today? America’s next one is in 2024 It will happen near enough to my birthday to get this as my gift. Burlington Vermont here I come!

Pam (VintageRenude.com) – TV shows seem to be on my radar lately. Netflix is my viewing choice and this is one of the better Netflix originals to come along. Season two is coming up on October 27. Stranger Things

Tina (GirlPickers.com) –  Someone replaced Jurasic Park dinosaurs with cats and it’s hilarious!  Photos here.  

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Pass it on

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Here at Vintage Unscripted we are quite obviously all vintage lovers. But not everyone is as enamored with old stuff as we are. However, I would expect that every family has some special items they wish to pass on to future generations. In my family we have several heirlooms that have already been passed down and lot’s more to come. Boy, my grandkids are going to have a houseful of old stuff!  

Since the dawn of civilization we have posed for family portraits and celebrated special occasions with pictures adding to the family memory bank by reminding us where we came from. Aside from pictures, many families have a tradition of passing down special occasion serving pieces, quilts, jewelry, and even furniture. Antique wedding gowns from generations past, silver chalices, and family recipes are all items that can infuse the present with a hint of the past.

Some of us collect and save family heirlooms for the history while some have particular attachments to special pieces. Others simply choose to use vintage items as part of their decor. Whatever your reason for collecting and passing it on, be sure the next generation understands and appreciates the stories that go with each item. Those stories are what connects us to our past and make us who we are. Besides, everyone loves a good story.

What are you passing on?

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Things We Liked This Week (8/13/17 – 8/19/17)

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Our favorite finds from the internet this past week.

Dot (AtticAndBarnTreasures.com) – I make my own dog food. There I said it and it’s here for all the world to see. But not for the reasons you think. I have a dog with severe allergies and while there is certainly a lot more to choose from than in the past I trust my instinct and just go with what I know. I found this article that brings forward some points you may want to keep in mind should you ever decide to go this route. It has a recipe too! (this is not my recipe nor do I endorse it – but it is very similar to what I make)

JayDee (ThirdShiftVintage.com) – I enjoy taking photos of plants, flowers, and all things outside. There is magic in nature! This week, I spotted an article that shares my love of photographing the spectacular views that nature provides us – “25 Stunning Photographs of Sacred Geometry and Fractals in Nature“. Like Albert Einstein said “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” Check it out!

Laurie (NextStageVintage.com) – It’s August and that means it’s corn season. Around our house, corn is serious business–which farm stand, which variety, how to cook. So I turned to the Serious Eats Guide to Corn to up my corn IQ.

Linda (SelectiveSalvage.com) –  Fancy yourself a foodie? What fun to learn good eating and a sustainable lifestyle are not mutually exclusive. Read  “9 Creative Ways to Use the Food Scraps in Your Garbage” to see if you agree that what you’ve been relegating to the trash sounds good enough to eat. 

Mary Ellen (AuntHattiesAtticVintage.com)  – I just love these stories of thrift store finds. It pays to keep your eyes open! “Rare NASA flight suits sell for pennies at thrift store

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Things We Liked This Week (8/6/17 – 8/12/17)

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Our favorite finds from the internet this past week.

Dot (AtticAndBarnTreasures.com) – Back to school time is upon us! While researching vintage school related tidbits I ran across this timeless song

Laurie (NextStageVintage.com) Project Runway is back for it’s 16th season this Friday. And this time they have models ranging in size from 2 to 22. Designing for real women, long advocated by Tim Gunn, finally becomes a season long affair instead of one episode. Can’t wait! 

Linda (SelectiveSalvage.com) –  I shook my head when I read this article “20 things we don’t do anymore because of technology” because I think Kim Komando should have addressed the element of “choice” when she penned it. She’s right that technology has made many of these tasks obsolete  but I continue to do several of the items on the list simply because I like to do them. I choose to do math in my head as a form of mental exercise and I love receiving handwritten notes so always make an effort to send them myself. Check out the list and let me know if you agree with Kim or me. 

Mary Ellen (AuntHattiesAtticVintage.com) – When my mother was young she was told she bore a strong resemblance to Hedy Lamarr. Hedy was not only beautiful but was incredibly bright, as evidenced by this article calling her being the mother of Wi-Fi. Never underestimate the intelligence of a woman.

Pam (VintageRenude.com) – While I’m far from a fashion icon myself, I always admire those who choose to follow their heart rather than current style. One of the best examples of this is the amazing Iris Apfel. If you haven’t watched this movie yet, you should. She is an inspiration to many and a true icon. You can find it on Netflix, Amazon, or iTunes.

Tina (GirlPickers.com) –  If you happen to be restoring a victorian home, you can find newly made replicas to match the existing architectural elements in your home.  This is most likely more economical and easier to find.  But if you want the real McCoy, I found this directory of architectural salvage stores

 

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Things We Liked This Week (7/30/17 – 8/5/17)

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Our favorite finds from the internet this past week.

Dot (AtticAndBarnTreasures.com) – Yawn. Do you reach for a cup of Joe every morning to help you wake up? Of course it’s the caffeine that gives you the jolt you need but WHY does it work?

JayDee (ThirdShiftVintage.com) – I love Summer – especially the month of August. The Perseid meteor shower in August is usually pretty spectacular, and it gives us a great excuse to host meteor shower observing parties with our friends. Here’s an article I found this week to help you keep an eye out for the Perseids. Eyes to the sky!

Laurie (NextStageVintage.com) – It’s been a long time since I made a sand candle. (It’s been a long time since I made any candle.) But after declaring a 1 day beach vacation this week, I might need to make some retro sand candles.

Linda (SelectiveSalvage.com) – The Vintage Unscripted team is located all around the country and we often laugh about our regional vocabulary. What fun it was for me to stumble across this article from the Readers Digest “Say These 9 Words, and We’ll Tell You Where You Grew Up”. Check it out and see if their logic holds true for you. I grew up in the military so it’s no wonder my vocabulary shows I am from a little bit of everywhere. 

Mary Ellen (AuntHattiesAtticVintage.com) – Has been off having fun in Vermont this week. She’ll be back to surfing online with the rest of us soon.

Pam (VintageRenude.com) – This month we are being treated to one of mother natures coolest visuals, a Total Solar Eclipse NASA has provided us with everything we need to know about this amazing phenomenon. 

Tina (GirlPickers.com) –  Very cool video showing how marbles are made.  

 

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Things We Liked This Week (7/23/17 – 7/29/17)

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things we saw

Our favorite finds from the internet this past week.

Dot (AtticAndBarnTreasures.com) – How do you see colors? Take this FUN quiz and find out how the colors you see will identify your age. (spoiler – it doesn’t really come close to your REAL age but it is a fun quiz!)

JayDee (ThirdShiftVintage.com) – Have you ever thought about living in a houseboat? Just floating up and down the mighty Mississippi, or maybe some place more exotic? I was fortunate enough to spend almost two weeks on a houseboat with my family, and I have to say – it’s quite an experience! I stumbled on an article this week on Curbed showing houseboats for sale. You have to check out this one in Seattle! Bon voyage!

Laurie (NextStageVintage.com) – Your never too old for a Slip and Slide. We have a tiny hill in our backyard and the kids made one with thick plastic and a slow running hose (that provided water for the garden at the same time it made the plastic slip worthy. In a shocking development, the internet is full of ideas for building your own: from the Art of Manliness, from Wired, from Bob Vila, and one from Snapguide.

Linda (SelectiveSalvage.com) –  Even if you aren’t a bird lover, I think you’ll find this article about hummingbirds – the perfect flying machine fascinating. Mother Nature is the consummate design engineer. 

Mary Ellen (AuntHattiesAtticVintage.com) – I always thought that these vibrant bird ornaments were first created by the plastic companies of nearby Leominster MA How the Pink Plastic Flamingo Became an Icon Enjoy!

Tina (GirlPickers.com) –  Science and nature, oh my!!  Casts made with 3D printers and did you know that Octopus are incredibly smart?  This FB page will WOW you!

 

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