Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Vintage Kitsch'n: Blueberry Peach Cobbler

Recipe: Variation on Cherry Cobbler
From: Betty Crocker Good and Easy Cookbook

Instead of the cherry cobbler, I used peaches and blueberries since that's what I had on hand.

Creative Cookery: I do what I want
Instead of canned pie filling, I used a mix of fruit, sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon.  I also substituted Trader Joe's Multigrain baking mix for the Bisquick.

Vintage Wares:
Pyrex Square Flowers for mixing and  Spring Blossom for serving.

Verdict: Blue Ribbon
This is actually a recipe I have been using for years. My mother's cobbler recipe is almost identical. I've just never seen it written down before. Nor have I, or would I, ever use a canned  filling.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Thrifts of Terror: The Scream

I don't even know where to begin with this.
The Carol Channing hair.
The frilly dress and apparent lack of arms.
The perpetual lopsided scream. (or yawn?)

Seen at The Barn Sale Hamden, CT
Special appearance by Dan.

The month of June has been nuts.
The blog has been totally neglected.
But now I'm back to posting Thrifts of Terror if nothing else.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Thrift Share Monday Returns!

After a crazy few weeks working crazy hours on American Buffalo, and a couple weeks recovery, I am happy to say that the Thrift Share is back! My friends came up from New York a few weeks ago to see a couple shows in the area (including mine), and of course we managed to squeeze in some thrifting. That means new kitchen wares! Hooray!

First up, my two latest additions to my cast iron collection. First is an 8" generic one that is made in Korea and in excellent shape.I bought this at the Goodwill Outlet, because it was so heavy they sold it to me for $1.99 instead of the pound rate.

Next is my first piece of Griswold cast iron. It's a 10" number 8 skillet. I bought it at The Barn Sale in Hamden for $35 which is comparable to eBay prices. I haven't seasoned either one yet. But once I do, that old Lodge pan is going to the donation pile.

Funny how thrifting trips will have themes to them. In addition to cast iron, I purchased a few avocado items. At Savers, I picked up two small Pyrex canisters with the avocado lids. I already have two of the larger sizes so these are a nice addition to the others.

The Goodwill by the pound also yielded a small soup Thermos. Also, in avocado!

I limited myself to only one single gelatin mold. This classic heart shaped one. It was $1.

I'll be linking up with Apron Thrift Girl now that her interwebs are back online after her move. Hopefully now that my life has calmed down a smidge, I'll be back to regular posts and catching up on y'alls blogs.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Thrifts of Terror: Warning Clown Alert!

Don't you love it when the Goodwill gets multiples?
Scary clown banks for everyone!

Seen at the New Haven Foxon Goodwill.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Friday, May 25, 2012

Vintage Kitsch'n: The Jell-O Mold Collection Grows

I knew it. I knew this gelatin mold obsession could very quickly get out of control. SEE?!

Ridiculous, I know. But they're so easy and cheap. And I have been taking down old items on my kitchen wall and replacing them with the molds. Adds a nice touch to the kitchen,eh?

I love this 9 cup one. I think it was $2? I remember there were two others just like it that had been diswashered and were marked at $5. Proving that no matter the item, Goodwill pricing never makes sense. Also good to know that these items can fall to the deadly dishwasher film.

I picked up these 3 cup molds at Goodwill for $1-$2 each. They are so perfect for me to halve recipes and try stuff out on myself without making a giant amount of Jell-O.

I've discovered that at Savers, the tiny molds  will live with the kitchen goody bags. Good to know. I found these little ring molds for $1.

These swirly aluminum molds were a lucky find at the Goodwill by the pound. I found 4 of them together at the bottom of a bin. They probably cost less than a buck.

There hasn't been much time for Jell-O making lately, but that should change soon. Plus I'll have an office job for a month where I can try my recipes out on the break room. I did make the Peanut Butter Cups recipe from Hello Jell-O for a friend who helped me out during American Buffalo. They turned out yummy and using foil baking cups for the molds was cute.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

American Buffalo: Behind the Design Part 1

After a 16 year hiatus I have started designing sets again in addition to my usual costume design gigs. Before the big summer production hits, I am cutting my teeth on Elm Shakespeare's current project American Buffalo. While at first glance, it seems  like a small play, it has been a big challenge to get a 1970's junk shop installed in  the Kehler Liddel Gallery.

How does one go from this...

to this?

First, you treat it like an art installation. I call it: "American Junk Shop." For me American Buffalo represents beginning of the journey of where we are as a Nation today. The 70's are the beginning of the end of the American Dream.  For more of my thoughts on the play check out my previous post: American Buffalo An Introduction.
Next, we took a trip to the warehouse of our Lighting Designer, Jamie Burnett. Myself, Jamie, Mark-the Director, and the Artistic team Jim and Margie spent a few hours one Sunday afternoon "shopping" around the various piles of scenery and furniture.  We found lots of cool stuff, like this amazing yellow poker table, old guitars, chairs, and crates.

And check out this amazing 70's latch hook. It's very The Shining. (I want it.)

Once we got all of the furniture over to the Gallery, I started dressing the set. I've managed to gather various things from home, thrift stores, Yale, and a generous donation from some thrifting buddies. Because we are not able to install a full scale junk shop, I had to abstract the junk around the edges to suggest that there is more junk beyond what you see.
Everything on the set was either found or borrowed. In this corner we have Ye Olde Elm Shakespeare Trunk as a base with junk piled on and around it.

The large black speaker is actually part of our sound system and while it is not 70's, it is unobtrusive enough that it blends into the junk pile. Especially with the period speaker on the floor.

The golf clubs, ukulele, pedestal ashtray, and tennis racket all came from Jamie's warehouse. Jim brought the chainsaw. The stoneware jug was donated by a friend. I borrowed the spittoon from Yale. Because what kind of male hangout doesn't have a spittoon?

I provided the bowling bag, ice skates, shoe forms and the metal crate. The metal crate is a personal favorite and a Goodwill Outlet by the pound purchase. It probably cost $2. There is one other item in this pile that isn't in the photos, but is mentioned in the script. See if you can spot it when you come to see the show!

Stay tuned for more American Buffalo: Behind the Design later this week. I will show you Bobby's costumes from design to completion and give you a tour of Donny's desk. If you are visiting my blog via Elm Shakespeare's Facebook Wall please stop by the Vintage Spinster Facebook Page and give it a "Like". Then, you will get updates on my latest Jell-O creations and thrift store finds in addition to all of my Elm Shakespeare design projects. (I'm not kidding about the Jell-O.)