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WHAT WILL WE MOMS DO WITH THOSE LITTLE KITTENS BACK IN SCHOOL?

Whether we like it or not, here in the North East we are now watching the sun set a bit earlier each day, feeling that little bit of chill in the air upon rising and as we're finishing up the dinner dishes, yes, we are in the final days of summer. . .

Vintage sailorette gal

Those long, lazy days lounging by the pool, sipping on a cool libation in the afternoon, & letting the children stay up way too late are  (so sadly!)  coming to a close. . .

If, like me, you're not quite ready to let go of summer & attack that endless pile of ironing that has been multiplying all summer long

hey, why not?

(Photo courtesy of "Things Your Grandmother Knew")

 and "Back~To~School" means a little more spare time for Mom (finally!)
 then you might enjoy taking a peek at some of these links I've been saving up over the summer to share with you:

1.) ~~THE COLLECTOR'S WEEKLY~~

This is an amazing site that caters to all things vintage/antique or collectible.  They just posted a wonderful interview with the owner of "Glamoursplash" ~~ the best vintage swimwear collection on the web, in my opinion.  You will find so much to read/see/learn & yes, even purchase if you feel the need to spend a bit on yourself now that school shopping is pretty much over!

2.)  ~~THINGS YOUR GRANDMOTHER KNEW~~

The name says it all~~this is practically a Home~Ec course on-line!  You'll find vintage cleaning secrets, vintage recipes, vintage sewing tips, and pretty much everything else your Grandma knew and you wish you knew, too!  This blog is chock~full of vintage research/images and many more links to more great vintage!

3.) ~~THE HISTORY OF DEPARTMENT STORES~~

If, like me, you wish the word "MALL" had never been invented, and a day spent shopping meant dressing up, lunching out, and spending hours browsing through a beautiful department store, with a doorman, an elevator that had a floor for each department, a secret~code bell system to let clerks know when or where they were needed, and lovely boxes tied with ribbon to carry your treasures home in, then you will love this site.  Once again, the name says it all~~you will find some lovely photos of famous, old departments stores and a torrent of information about them.  You can even ask a question about a department store from your area and find out practically anything you wish to know.  Shopping the way it used to be. . .

4.) ~~THE VIRTUAL SHOE MUSEUM~~

Got a thing for shoes?  (Who doesn't?)  Then a visit to this site will be a decadent treat!  I won't say anymore, you have to see for yourself!

5.) ~~THE RENAISSANCE TAILOR~~

Wish, like me, you knew more about sewing & vintage/antique fashions?  This site has a wealth of information for all things sartorial, including a Tailoring Vocabulary Dictionary.  Priceless!

6.)  ~~JANE AUSTEN'S WORLD~~

For all Jane Austen lovers~~a lovely site that will transport you back in time. . .fix yourself a cup of tea and enjoy!

7.)  ~~FOUND IN MOM'S BASEMENT~~

In the blog owner's words: "Vintage advertising ~~  found in my mother's basement, flea markets & various corners of the Internet ~~ dusted off and displayed for your viewing pleasure."

Enjoy!!

Housework rules 

After all that wonderful vintage distraction. . .

that pile of ironing doesn't seem so daunting after all!!

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xx ~ Michelle

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