Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Vintage Danish Plastic Jewelry

When I was 8 or 9 my mom gave me a brooch of a pink nylon plastic elephant with a clear rhinestone on it's eye.  I loved this pin, more than any other piece of jewelry that I had at the time.  Sadly that brooch and the majority of my childhood artifacts were all picked up by a junk collection company a couple of years ago.  The great thing is that I see this brooch for sale on Etsy every once and awhile, so I know I can pick one up when I want it back in my life.

So with that memory as inspiration I write this post, "Vintage Danish Plastic Brooch".
Over the past 4 years I have been able to find a few Buch + Deichmann pins, thanks to "Talize"(a second hand shop down the street) I have found them in 3 different styles, Dolphin, Mask, and the Bird.  The bird is my favorite.

 Here is some information on the company that use to make these gem.  B+D( Buch + Deichmann)started up in Denmark in the early 70s.  Buch + Deichmann made jewelry till the late 80's and now just make eyeglasses and watches. They also made bracelets, necklaces and hair accessories.  I remember wearing this exact one in my hair as a kid.


They had a designer who's name was Ketty Dalsgaard.  She was inspired by the shiny rings from the moors of fishing boats to create a line of brightly-colored nylon plastic bracelets. I never had any of these but now I want them so bad!  Her collection as had nylon plastic earrings, chokers.

They are all so pretty!!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Second Hand Craft Supply Haul

I'm a big fan of using and purchasing second hand craft supplies. We have some great local places where I get a lot of my stuff at such as Talize, Value Village, BFM, Goodwill, Worth a Second Look.  You can pick up some great grab bags with an interesting mixture of things.  It gives you the opportunity to use new supplies that you would have never picked up at "Micheal's".  An added bonus to helping the planet by reusing and recycling, is that these grab bag don't cost too much.  This grab bag cost my $2.99
Let take a look at what came in the bag.
First are these great bells, 15 little bags in an assortment of styles and sizes. Approx. 142 bells!
I have great project in mind for these, and will post about when I get it done.

Next, are the beads. 10-60" strands of gold tone beads in 4 different sizes and styles.


All the packaged bead came from a bead shop in Arcadia, Florida, Jenefa Arts & Crafts.  As far as I could find, this craft store is no longer in business, and the company that has the address now, has been at that location since 1983.

There is was also about 8 other packages of random color beads as well.


Some baggies of pom poms.


Two really cool items that came in the bag was a carved pink bird button and a sterling silver necklace with 5 blue beads.



I truly recommend heading out to your local thrift store to look for supplies on your next project.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Board Games: The Great Turtle Race

While checking out my usual thrift stops last week, I came across this great gem.  The Great Turtle Race.  This board game is in great shape with all the pieces included.

It is a Parker Bro. game. Made in Canada from 1976. Ages 3 to 10.

Here is a Canadian commerical in french.

You get 3 plastic turtles a spinner and the board you use is the inside bottom part of the the box.  It's a bright pretty colorful box.  The board inside also spins when the turtle goes on "wake-up" mode.

We played with my 6yr old niece. She loved it, thought it was fun and silly.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Glimps at our Tree!

This year the theme of our Christmas tree is "Everything".  I put everything in my tree.  All the vintage finds from this and last year.  So it's pretty full.  Which helps keep my cat out of the tree.  Bonus!!


My only vintage snowman ornament.

 I picked some German Christmas ornament from the Kris Kindle Market a couple of Saturdays ago.

Hope everyone is enjoying the season.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Vintage Costume Jewelry Finds

  We were out and about yesterday at our usual spots, looking for gift ideas, when I found some pretty exciting vintage jewelry pieces.
The first thing I spotted was a D'Orlan gold tone necklace.  Now this D'Orlan necklace is nothing like the ones I use to sell at the jewelry counter at The Buchart Gardens.  Those one are the kind with the glass beads and semi-precious stones.  I happen to have a set that my mother gave to me(it was gift from my father when they first came to Canada).

So on returning home I started to do some research. I found a couple of good sites. Vintage North was a really good source and so was Creed Canada.  Some things I knew from before and I learned a few things too.  Here's a short summary: D'Orlan was founded in 1957 by Mr. Maurice J. Bradden.  In the 50's he became Mr.Boucher’s protégé.  Mr. Marcel Boucher was a prolific designer of costume jewelry and his names signify quality materials and craftsmanship.  In 1979 (after his death)Mr.Boucher's designs and molds were sold to D’Orlan Industries of Toronto, Canada.  Pieces that are made from the original Boucher`s molds have the D`Orlan mark and an inventory number
 Which the piece that I picked up has, the D’Orlan stamp and an inventory number "1399" on the back by the clasps.  It`s a really pretty piece.

The second piece was was a really neat resin necklace.

I have no idea who made it, or where it`s from and when it was made.  It has a clasps tag, and I can`t figure out what it stands for.  If anyone knows something about this piece, please leave a comment.
This necklace is gentle loved and is in great shape.

Does anyone recognize this symbol
The third piece is a pair of plastic and metal earrings.  Pretty and simple.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Chile Independence

Every September 18 in Chile they celebrate their Independence or Chile’s Fiestas Patrias.  In Chile they have a 3 to 10 day party.  Store and offices close on the Friday at 1pm and don't open up till Tuesday.  It's a huge celebration that I've always wanted to be in Chile for.  My dad always told that I should witness it once in my life because it is impressive and you get eat a lot!!  Great food is everywhere and lots of red wine for drinking, "fondas" they are like fairs, fireworks, musics, parades.  People are everywhere happy, dancing the Queca and in festive spirits.

Here in Kitchener we have a good size of Chilean population.  The neighborhood I grew up in was a Latino filled complex and this day they always have a dinner with music dancing and Empanadas!!  Yummy, yummy Empanadas.  A traditional meal that you wash down with a Pisco Sour.

Picture taken from Cachando Chile

So this event got me thinking about making Empanadas again.  We make them twice a year, usually at the request of a family member.   We make about a 100 or more so everyone has some to take home.  It takes about 2 days to make, quite a bit of work and a couple of oven going at the same time.  But it is all worth it.

Last time we made them was this past February

The challenge this time around is that I want to make the Empanadas healthier.  In the past 2 weeks I have done a lot of research and test making of different types of food, version of thing I eat but without out dairy, gluten and any process types of ingredients.  I learned quite a bit and was disgusted by some of the things that we consider "food".  One of the ingredients that is used to make the dough of the Empanada is shortening.  Shortening is so unhealthy for you, it is basically rotten vegetable oil that has deodorants and dyes, it also contains trans fats.  My alternatives are using coconut oil or ghee.
Ghee is also known as clarified butter.  It is butter with the milk proteins are removed, which makes it more digestible for the lactose intolerant than butter.
 Step one in making my healthier Empanadas is picking up some ghee from the Indian Grocery store.
As part of my goals in life, to be self reliant I choose to make my own ghee.  There was a brick of unsalted butter in the fridge just waiting to be use for something.

So here is how you make Ghee:
You will need : 1 lb of organic, unsalted butter (1/2 kg will do)

My method:
1. Heat the butter on medium-high heat, in a medium size sauce pot, until it melts.
2. Turn the heat down and let the butter boil for about 15-20 minutes. It will start to foam like crazy to the top of the pot.  Remove the foam with a spoon so you can see inside the pot.  You will hear the butter crackle and pop, that is the water evaporating so do not cover.
The milk solids will start to separate and settle on the bottom.  The ghee will be the golden liquid that floats on the top.  Your ghee will be ready when the noises stop and your can see little brown flecks at the bottom.  You want your milk solids to be toasty brown but not burnt, because if they are burnt so is your ghee.
3. Strain the ghee through cheese cloth or a fine sieve, I had neither so I used a coffee filter which works as good.  Store in a an air tight glass jar at room temperature.  Once it cools and solidifies it will be a creamy light yellow.

Ghee is a saturated fat as it comes from animal fat, ghee has no hydrogenated fat if made from pure butter, which is considered healthier for that reason, if eaten in moderation.

When using it in cooking you do not need to use as much when a recipes ask for butter or shortening.  Ghee goes a long way.  One teaspoon of ghee would give you the same amount of flavor as a couple of tablespoons of butter or oil, roughly speaking.

So know that I have my ghee, I can start by trying some different dough recipes.

Friday, August 24, 2012

The Versatile Blogger Award

First let me thank Stephanie from the lovely blog Bassability for nominating me for this award.  It was truly kind of her. Her blog is a wonderful mix full of honesty, homemade chemical free DIY and positivity. Her blog is one of my daily reads that I really enjoy.  Thank you Stephanie! 

 P.S.  I have been working on the post for over a week, writing a bit everyday, been really busy.  But I'm happy I finished it.

Here are the rules for accepting the award:
  1. Thank the Blogger who nominated you.
  2. Include a link to their site. 
  3. Include the award image in your post. 
  4. Give 7 random facts about yourself.
  5. Nominate 15 other Bloggers for the award.
  6. When nominating, include a link to their site.
  7. Let other Bloggers know they have been nominated.

Here are my Random Facts:

1. As a child I had a big fear of Sasquatches( i blame my father) I kind of still do.

2. One of my goals in life is to be self-reliant, grow my own food, make my own clothes(or at least learn how to make textile), on many fronts including health.  Not having to be dependent on the mass market of unhealthy products.

3. I love the feeling of being in a Casino, I'm not gambler, or a senior citizen...but something about hanging inside a casino I like.

4. When I was young, one of my dreams was to be one of the Golden Girls( the 80's t.v. show).  I wanted to be Blanche, the slutty one.  I want to be full of life when I get older just like them.

5. I don't like anyone touching my hair.  I have not had a haircut at a salon for at least 5 years.  They always the opposite of what I want.  So I cut, dye and style my own head.

6. I have a weakness for Joe Louis and Cheetos.

7.  I want to take singing lessons.  I had a bad experience in grade 7 when I was part of the choir, my teacher asked me to stop singing during a practice.  I was so embarrassed and hurt that I never sang in public ever again.  I hate that teacher.

My nominees for The Versatile Award:

1. Sarah from Fabulously Asian - Her blog is a positive place were she shares her journey to a healthier self.

2. Messy Carla of A Fashion Blog In A Size 16 - I love Carla fashion style.  She is a cutie.

3. Ms. Patricia of Red Writing Hood - Wow, what an honest and emotional provoking blog.  Anything I ever read that Patricia has posted, I have walked away with a strong emotional response.  She makes me feel and think.  Thank you.  One piece of advice I have taken away from her blog is from a post were she encourages bloggers to "Share You".  Share things about you that is more than surface deep.

4. Jess Rollar of Milky Robot - Jess is an artist and a crafter, I love her work and seeing her ruff sketches turn into awesome figures.

5. Kate of Good Night Prudence - A lovely blog.  Fuels my desire to visit Britain.

6. Lisa of My Pretty Baby Cried She Was A Bird - I enjoy following Lisa in her thrifting adventure and getting excited by her finds.

7. Rajeev of Rajeev's World -I enjoy reading his blog about his travels inside and out of India.

8. Nita of Pashteit - Love this style dairy from Nita.  Sometimes it nice to look at beautiful outfits.

9. Andes Donde Andes y Mas Cosas.  This blog is form of many members who post about Andes and other world music.  I love this one because I am a big lover of Spanish folklore music.

10. Morgan of The Dainty Dinosaur - I love the fact that she is a young lady who loves to blog.

I chose 10 instead of 15.  I do love and enjoy reading all the blogs I mention above and hope you do too.

Thanks again Stephanie!!