February 05, 2014

Etsy Shop Reopening Sale

ismoyo vintage etsy shop sale
My maternity leave has lasted long enough. Or maybe not, but a girl got to go back to work someday right?
So in honor of our little bundle of joy, the shop will reopen today spreading the love around with a 15% discount on all vintage and handmade items. Now through Valentines Day!

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January 27, 2014

Baby is Here and a Dutch Tradition - Beschuit met Muisjes

ismoyo's vintage playground - Newborn baby announcement - vintage suitcase - photo inspiration
In between changing diapers and trying to get some sleep, i am very happy to introduce our newborn son to the world.
It's been a long and rough ride getting here, but we made a wish and he came true.
ismoyo's vintage playground - Dutch newborn baby tradition - beschuit met muisjes
The baby is a mix of Afro American, Dutch and Asian heritage. And daddy and me are planning on incorporating the good things of all the cultures in his bloodstream.
Starting with a classic Dutch tradition that started in the Middle Ages. In the Netherlands the birth of a baby is celebrated with "Beschuit met Muisjes". Rusk-like rounds of twice baked bread topped with butter and sugar covered aniseed. "Muisjes" translates into "Little Mice". The aniseed are called this because of their shape and sometimes the little stem sticks out resembling the tail of a mouse. Depending on the gender of the baby, the muisjes are either white and blue, or white and pink. The anise is thought to stimulate milk production, and symbolizes fertility.
The tradition is that when family and friends come over to see the newborn for the first time, or when mommy or daddy goes to visit the workplace during maternity leave to show off the new baby, the people are treated to Beschuit met Muisjes. Older siblings also bring them to school to share with their classmates. (sidenote, be very careful eating this Dutch treat, the muisjes are rock hard and can cost you a filling or chip a tooth. Second sidenote, i don't know anyone who actually likes eating beschuit met muisjes)
Muisjes are sold in every supermarket in the Netherlands and i am amazed that the Ruijter company is the only company making them.

I have to thank my best friend who came to visit me in NY very early in my pregnancy for bringing me two boxes of Muisjes. One pink and one blue (at the time we didn't know the gender of our bundle yet).

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January 08, 2014

Planned Pregnancy Activities and the Reality

ismoyo's vintage playground: Planned Pregnancy Activities and the Reality. First trimester pregnancy illustration from 1980 Parents Expecting magazine
Vintage illustration, first trimester pregnancy, 1980 Parents Expecting Magazine.

In the past, whenever i would think about how it would be if i would ever be pregnant, i would think about how i would slow down a bit. Take time to do things that often don't get priority in regular daily life.
What i thought i would do while pregnant:
- Blogging, i thought i would do more writing than usual, maybe even get back to a somewhat regular schedule of postings.
- All my store stock would be re-organized and photographed and given great product descriptions.
- I would think about all the movies i would watch, and play the Wii on days spend on the couch.
- My nail art manicure skills would be perfected by the end of the pregnancy.
- I would gather all my paper supplies and loose magazines and work on my collage journals.
- I would work on some craft tutorials, make a bunch of new chalkware figurines, and sew a lot of baby clothing, baby quilts and other cuteness.
- The freezer would be filled with plenty of healthy dishes, ready to be warmed up after the baby arrives.
ismoyo's vintage playground: Planned Pregnancy Activities and the Reality. Second trimester pregnancy illustration from 1980 Parents Expecting magazine
Vintage illustration, second trimester pregnancy, 1980 Parents Expecting Magazine.

Oh how wrong was i. The baby is expected to join us somewhere within the next two weeks maybe and the only thing i started doing in the past week is watch a few movies. Just because moving around is getting to be a very difficult task.

In all my plans i didn't think about the time it takes to find and move into a new apartment. Or the time i would spend on lists of things to research and purchase for the baby. And i also never planned on being pregnant during the busiest time of the year for my shop. The Christmas holiday shopping season.
ismoyo's vintage playground: Planned Pregnancy Activities and the Reality. Third trimester pregnancy illustration from 1980 Parents Expecting magazine
Vintage illustration, third trimester pregnancy, 1980 Parents Expecting Magazine.

Blogging? Plenty of topic ideas, some even ready in draft. Finishing a post? Just something that would happen in my late night thoughts.
Photographing store stock? I was happy if i got all orders packed and shipped, and all customers emails answered.
The holiday season kicked in not only the last few months of the year, but also the last few months of my pregnancy. A time i definitely have less energy to get through each day. Once i did all the necessities to keep the shop running and my dear customers happy, my battery was running on empty.
Nail art? Journaling? Crafting? Sewing? Cooking? I can only laugh about it now. Whatwasithinking?

We're nearing the end of this adventure now. It's getting closer. And without getting into too many cliches, i can't wait to meet the baby, and at the same time i want this pregnancy to last a little longer. I'm excited scared, and excited looking forward to the next chapter.

Making plans for when the baby is here? Idontthinkso..

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December 18, 2013

Vintage Christmas Cookbook - plus Star Bright Cookies Recipe

ismoyo's vintage playground: Christmas Cookbook Cooky Book
Finding delicious looking food photos on pinterest or googling recipes is quick and easy. But there is something about going old school, and using a real cookbook. I have many, and knowing me, almost all are vintage. The Wisconsin Electric Power Company published annual promotional cookbooks in the 1960's. Most of them not only have food photos and recipes, but also great illustrations inside. (currently i have one of these available in my shop: Festive Foods - Holiday Cooking)
One of my favorites from their series is this vintage Christmas Cooky Book. It doesn't have the illustrations, but it does have lots of adorable Christmas doll photos. They remind me of the Japanese puppet books by T. Izawa and S. Hijikata, and the Rose Art Studio (some of these vintage childrens books can also be found in the shop).
I have scanned some of my favorite pictures from the Cooky Cook book for you to enjoy. And of course one of the recipes, Star Bright Christmas cookies!
ismoyo's vintage playground: Christmas Puppet Doll Photo Cookbook Cooky Book
This young fellow's quick to share
His Christmas Cookies with the Bear.
When you get yours will you share too?
It's quite the proper thing to do!
ismoyo's vintage playground: Christmas Puppet Doll Photo Cookbook Cooky Book
The Teddy Bear has come to tea,
He's having fun as you can see.
Christmas cookies everywhere
Can't be beat for party fare.
ismoyo's vintage playground: Christmas Puppet Doll Photo Cookbook Cooky Book
The Spotted Pony loves his pal
... she's his favorite kind of gal.
See the way he cleans the plate
Those Christmas cookies are just great!
ismoyo's vintage playground: Christmas Puppet Doll Photo Cookbook Cooky Book
Pretty gifts and cookies too
We must hide them all from view
But Christmas day will surely come
Then we'll all join in the fun.
ismoyo's vintage playground: Star Bright Christmas Cookies Recipe
Star-Bright Christmas Cookies Recipe

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups sifted all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
4 drops red food coloring

Cream butter; add sugar gradually; beat in egg yolk and vanilla.
Blend in sifted dry ingredients and milk.
Divide dough into thirds. Add peppermint extract and red coloring to one third of dough; mix well.
Chill plain and pink doughs.
Roll white dough 1/8 inch thick on floured canvas; cut with 2 inch round cutter.
Place on greased cooky sheets.
Roll pink dough 1/8 inch thick on floured canvas; cut with a small star shaped cutter.
Place a star in center of each round cooky.
Bake at 375 degrees 8 to 10 minutes.
Makes about 5 dozen.

Enjoy!

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October 06, 2013

Vintage Treasure Destash

Can you call it destash when talking about vintage collectibles?
If you can use the word for selling off unused craft supplies, why not use it when selling off vintage from my home? They are all items from my personal collection, or vintage stash.
I have many collections, small and large. Lots of items that i never thought i would want to part with. Things that make me happy just having them around.
But there have been a lot of changes lately. Expecting a baby makes you look at things differently, and we just moved into a new apartment. Same neighborhood, but a bigger place. It has a nursery! And another extra room! Luxury of space in New York, i can hardly believe it.
That being said, yes, we have more space now, so i could easily go out and hunt for even more treasures. But i want this house to be less cluttered. Soon there will be a little one crawling around and it wouldn't be smart having all these vintage figurines and decorative collectibles around. Don't get me wrong, when you walk into our home you will still definitely immediately see that a vintage lover lives here. I need some mod history around me!
ismoyo's vintage playground - vintage big eyed art deer by K. Chin
I have a pretty extensive vintage big eyed art collection. So much that i never at one time have all pieces displayed on the walls. A bunch of them are just laying around in a cabinet. With preparing for the move i went through all of them. I kept thinking, Yes, they make me happy, but if they are just stored away, shouldn't someone else maybe get the change to enjoy them?
ismoyo's vintage playground - vintage art by altarriba
These two have been listed in the shop, one is a cute big eyed deer by K. Chin and the other is a rare piece by Altarriba. A few more have been listed for sale and a few i'm still pondering about. I might sound very certain and determined about this destash declutter process, but actually doing it is still something the secret hoarder in me has to overcome.
ismoyo's vintage playground - rubber baby boy doll
Another tough question i had to ask myself was - how many vintage rubber dolls does one really need? I could easily fill a few large suitcases full with them. I should not be so selfish, and its not like i'm throwing them away. I know there are more collectors of these type of vintage dolls out there. They can give them new loving homes. So i'm making a selection and parting with a few of them.
ismoyo's vintage playground - cute waving big eyed rubber doll
Look for the rubber baby boy doll and the waving girl doll in the shop together with a few more of their friends.
ismoyo's vintage playground - ceramic deer figurine bookends
And then there are the loose items, the vintage houseware pieces and little knick knacks that i have so many of. These are hard to part with because i either have been using them for awhile or have them around for so long that they really belonged in our home. But new house, new interior design, i'm looking at everything with fresh eyes. Do i still use it and will there be a place for these items to live in the new house or not.
ismoyo's vintage playground - magazine cover clutch purse
I have had the vintage deer figurine bookends in our living room for a number of years. It is time to send them on their merry way. And i remember as a little girl being so fascinated by my mothers fashion magazine clutch purse. Hers gone missing over time, but years later i was so excited to find one for myself. But i never really use it, and maybe someone else will. The vintage magazine clutch purse has been listed for sale in the shop too.
I have added many more items from my personal collections to the shop and a some more pieces are waiting to be photographed. Keep an eye out on the Etsy shop!

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