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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

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.



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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May 24, 2013

Vintage Sheet Music Art

ismoyo's vintage playground: 1920's sheet music art - Do you ever think of me
One of the things about my job that is really important to me is saving vintage treasures from the landfill and being destroyed forever.
When i found these wonderful antique music sheets from the early 1900's in a box on the floor, all the way in the back of a dusty thrift shop, i got that rush feeling. Got to save these.
If they were kept around for more than 100 years, they should not end up thrown carelessly in a cardboard box.
ismoyo's vintage playground: 1930s sheet music art - its gonna be you - flapper
Before there were mp3's, or even cd's or records, there was sheet music. Going back to when most people didn't even have a radio yet, musical entertainment came from playing the piano. Around the turn of the century, families gathered round and sang and played.
ismoyo's vintage playground: 1920s sheet music art - the Desert Song - Flapper
The early 1900's were the golden age for cover art illustrations on the sheet music booklets. Nowadays these make for eye-catching pieces of affordable art. For around $10 - $20 you can have an original 1920's flapper girl illustration on the wall.
ismoyo's vintage playground: 1930 sheet music art - My heart belongs to the girl who belongs to someone else
Unfortunately, the golden age of sheet music art didn’t last long. It ended in the late 20's, very early 30s. Piano's were being replaced by radios and record players, and less sheet music was being sold. The sheets that were still printed, now had photographs of the performers or movie stars on the cover.

Want to have some antique sheet music art on your walls? The pieces shown in this post and a few more are available in the shop.

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