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DIY – Vintage Home Styling For Compact Living

18 Mar

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how I could make some really good changes here at home. Since living two persons on a small area, kinda different tastes as well, it’s not really the time to change the whole apartment. But then I came up with a brilliant idea. I made my own space in a book shelf!

I bought some retro paper that I put up on the walls in the shelf. Also I bought the advice for the jewellery. The rest I had at home already. 3 favourite books are also put on display in the shelf. They are all about vintage and I strongly recommend to buy them if you are into vintage hair, clothes and make-up.

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Vintage Style Music

18 Mar

I actually ordered some CDs since in November. They had to be imported from the states and took some while to get, but when I got them I listened to them around the clock! As you already know, I’m really into Spage Age Pop, Old Goodies, Vintage Music, Bachelor Pad Music and Exotica. So I ordered a couple of CDs, which are brilliant:

Persuasive Percussion - LP Front

Persuasive Percussion preformed by Terry Snyder and The All Stars. This Album contains both the albums of Persuasive Percussion 1 & 2. The First album was released in 1959 and the second one in 1960.

Terry Snyder was born in New York and started working as a 16-year-old as a drummer for different bands. But he is most famous for those Persuasive Percussion albums, under the direction of the great “Mister Stereo” Enoch Light.

Unfortunately Terry Snyder died in 1963, but hence to that he lived to see that the first album sold a half million copies in the first year after its release, and there after averaging 150.000 sales per year during a few years. By 1965 the album had sold about 1 million copies.

enough_light_import-va-16509752-frntI also bought the Enoch Light produced album, preformed by Terry Snyder and The All Stars called 5 Top Albums – Persuasive Percussion 1,2 & 3 – Provocative Percussion 1 & 2. By then, I didn’t realise I ordered a double, but in this one I got more. So thinking about giving away the Persuasive Percussion in the future.

This album contains really great works, and is all of Enoch Lights work with Terry Snyder. The Provocative Percussion is the second release of Persuasive Percussion and contains some great songs as well, even though my absolutely fave is the first in the series.

The+Very+Best+of+Astrud+Gilberto+II+41DpAG17SoL_AA240_The last album I bought, but not least in The Very Best Of Astrud Gilberto, an Brazilian jazz/bossanova singer. I got stuck by the song “The Girl From Ipanema”, “Crickets Sings For Anamaria” and most of all “Call Me” – just love that song!

An odd thing to know is that the American Hip-hop group Black Eyes Peas sampled her song “Who Can I Turn To?” in their song “Like That” from their album Monkey Business from the year of 2005.

So I highly recommend you to get those albums! They are a must in a vintage music library!

Why it is so much funnier sewing with a bubblegum pink sewing machine!

15 Feb

symaskinI grew up with having an old Husqvarna, similar to Singer, you know those sewing machines that you could transform into a table when not used? Do you know what I mean? If not, look to the pic on the left!

I just loved when my mom used the Husqvarna, and also the fact you don’t need electricity to keep it going, just your own feet! Unfortunately it eventually broke down and was beyond repair, and when my parents moved they sold it. Such a shame, but you just can’t keep it all I guess, even though I’d like to have it now.

When I was 12 I got a hand sewing machine from my mom, but unfortunately the needle broke and we just couldn’t find a new one because the brand was quite special. Always I longed to have a real great sewing machine, so that I could at least do some easier stuff.

So yesterday I stepped into a Interior design shop and there it was, love at first sight! Just the simplest stitches, but anyway, I don’t need much more, and how lovely isn’t my latest big love, the bubblegum pink sewing machine? 🙂

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Home

11 Feb

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Some say home is where your heart is, and those words instantly makes me think about my ancestors who left Sweden for America in the early 20th century. They came to Ellis Island/New York as all immigrant did, and then moved to Chicago/Illinois according to my late grandmother. My grandmother always talked about “those who left”, primarily her uncle, and how she almost went to join them in the States in the 40’s, but finally decided to stay in Sweden.

My grandmother is gone since 8 years, and I never got to ask her properly about her relatives. I’ve done some half-heartedly attempts to find records of where they all ended up and if there are some people left who’re related to me, but never got as far as to the date my uncle boarded the ship from Sweden.

My head is full of those questions for “those who left”; Hello, how are you? Did you peacefully find your home in the States, or did you leave your heart in Småland/Sweden? I have a photo of some of you, I don’t know really who you are, but one of the cards has an old hand-writing on the backside of it, saying: “Greetings from those who left”… This photo is, to me, my unknown relatives in the U.S.

This is my contribution to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Home. Hope you liked it. Wanna be a part of it, look here.

Kitchen inspiration

30 Sep

Yup, I bought them all! 😉 The last couple of days I went shopping in order to re-invent our kitchenette. It was just so boring, I’ve had no inspiration what so ever in cooking lately just because the kitchenette looks like a tornado swept in!

So I decided I’d take a couple of shopping sprees at a interior design shop here in Stockholm, so I went “lagerhausing”. Yup, I made a verb out of a store called Lagerhaus, just because that’s what you’re doing. Lagerhausing means you go to Lagerhaus and is not satisfied getting one item, you buy all your items there just because they are so modern, designed, funny and also quite affordable. 😉

So now, our kitchenette is adorable, cute and quite retro at the same time. Actually our apartment was built in the year of 1954, so it feels kinda funny keeping it a little bit retro.

Style Me Vintage – Hair

8 Mar

Found a new book in the book store in the series of Style Me Vintage. I already have the one about make-up, and now I found that one about hair! Of course I had to buy it. It’s really interesting to have a tutorial about how to do vintage hair styles, but when reading the book I realise how hard it is to style your hair by your own in this way! Hair is my weak point. I’m really lousy at doing different hair styles even when I had really long hair! It’s like if my hair just wanna be left alone and put in a ponytail or something. 😉

Anyway, this is a really great book, great tutorials and pictures. I really enjoy the basics about it, telling you also what kind of equipment needed for doing all these hair styles. If you’re a fan of those old fashioned styles, then go immediately and get a copy of your own!

My retro findings!

18 Jan

Yesterday I went down the basement to get some stuff and guess what I found? Yup, my old Game & Watch! There are plenty to say about those darlings. Have both Donkey Kong 1 & 2. First one is my favourite. Also have Diamond Hunt, Towering Rescue and Popeye. Also, yesterday I bought some batteries so I could play for the first time in years, which was hilarious!

Have you ever played one of those games and do you own some retro games too? 🙂