Archive for March, 2012

What are Easter Eggs

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

It’s that time of the year again where we are not only looking forward to Spring time and warm weather, daffodils and Easter lilies but also to Easter Egg hunts and a good roast lunch with your family.

Start off that lunch with a lovely soup served in ceramic handmade soup bowls. This can be a Cauliflower Polonaise soup or a pea and mint soup, which is simple and quick to make.

The main course has to be, of course, the perfect roast lamb. Prepared with lots of garlic and fresh rosemary under its skin and oven roasted to the perfect pink condition it is a main stake of an Easter Lunch.

With the lamp some roast potatoes, ideally in goose fat, and served in a lovely ceramic Provencal dish, or Jersey Royal Potatoes and vegetables. Peas a la Provence with pancetta and shallots is a must but oven roasted root vegetables, again served in a handmade and decorated ceramic dish will work as well or alongside the peas.

The dessert should be a fruit crumble. We always find that rhubarb and mixed berries are the best. Make this crumble in another ceramic handmade ovenproof dish from the Provence. There is nothing nicer than serving something so easy but tasty directly from oven to table. It looks great and tastes fantastic. With the crumble serve custard, ice cream or cream in a ceramic gravy boat.

After such a lunch it is always good to get a bit of fresh air. If your kids are little, pick a good spot in a local park or garden and organize the ‘decorated egg rolling competition’. Take one hardboiled egg each, decorate it and the one who can throw it the biggest distance without breaking the shell wins. And do not be surprised when your ‘kids’ still want to do this even when they are far from being little. Some things never change.

Take the eggs to the park in one of the unique and gorgeous handmade ceramic egg trays from the Provence. These egg trays also make the perfect gift should it not be you preparing the lunch but you are invited as a guest. Bring this ceramic egg holder , either a 6er or 12er tray, filled with chocolate eggs as a special treat.

Easter is the biggest Holiday after Christmas and should be enjoyed with family and friends so go ahead and make something wonderful and special out of the long weekend. printable easter eggs

Vintage Clothing – How to Take Care

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Vintage clothing is not easy to find and is not usually reasonably priced. You should understand that this is logical because such items are rare finds. If your wardrobe’s profile is bolstered by several vintage fashion and accessories, you should strive harder to make sure your investment would last longer.

You should recognize and understand the fact that most vintage clothing sold today are comprised of second-hand items that have probably been used by other people perhaps 40 to 50 years ago, or probably more. You do not own retro and contemporary clothes (which technically were made in the 1960s to 1980s). You own clothes that are much older than that, perhaps as old as the Victorian era. So how could you possibly take care of such apparel?

To take care of vintage coats and jackets, remember the golden rule: do not store them in any plastic bag. Always remember that wool and many other natural fabrics should be able to breathe.

Beaded sweaters and lace pencil skirt could be hand-washed. They are usually made of silky nylon lining. Those with crepe lining should be dry cleaned instead because the material would further shrink upon contact with water. To store vintage sweaters, use cedar chest or other wooden drawers with natural insect repellants. Before storing, close all buttons and hooks prior to laying face down. Use tissue paper on the sweater’s back to cushion the fold.

Vintage furs could be taken care of easily. You do not need to use cedar or plastic as storage facility. Instead, take it to a good furrier to have it glazed and cleaned initially. Cleaning could be done as rarely as once every year. Do not forget to apply fabric conditioner before long storage. Hang it in a closet through a jumbo padded hanger. There is no need to store it in a cold area. Take note not to jam it next to many other clothes or suffer having to deal with smooched fur.

For hats, purses, and just about any vintage accessories, just make sure there is no dust. It would be ideal if you would keep the hats in good hatboxes that are usually available at conventional home decorating shops. To brush off dust, use soft brass with soft bristles. Purses should be stored in fabric bags, in a manner similar to how luxury purses are stored today. Vinyl and leather purses should breathe, so keeping them in plastic containers and bags would not be advisable. Compacts should first be wrapped in rolls of tissue paper or should be stored in small jewelry bags to protect them from dust.

Overall, there is one great lesson. All plastics are not good and ideal for storing vintage clothing and other vintage accessories. Some people regard plastic as among the most wonderful inventions of mankind, but in terms of keeping, storing, and taking care of vintage things, they are not useful.