Friday, July 1, 2011

Patriotic Baking

Betty loves the summer and baking so the 4th of July is her favorite warm weather holiday. While her husband is in charge of the grill, Betty makes sure they have lots of seasonal desserts for guests to enjoy. This year make your own festive sweets with these adorably retro cupcake baking cups and decorative stars by Wilson. They are sure to add a vintage feel to your backyard party!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Nautical Fashion

With the kids out of school, Betty and her family spend many warm summer days on their sail boat, at the beach or country club pool. And nothing says summer fashion like nautical clothes. Betty's outfits always look picture perfect yet effortless in red, white and blue. Whether you are on sea or land, you can't go wrong with these retro looks!

Friday, June 17, 2011

A Handmade Father's Day

As an avid crafter, Betty always encourages her kids to make their own gifts and cards. So, with Father's Day around the corner, you should do the same! All you need are a few supplies and an idea to get started. This vintage inspired card is perfect for any dad who loves boats or fishing. Steal this design or use it as inspiration for your own. This Sunday show dad you care with a gift handmade with love!

1 blank card and envelope
two different color papers (card stock or any think paper)
Sail Boat Stamp
Stamp Pad in Black
Glue Stick

Instructions: Not that you necessarily need them, this card is so easy to make!
1. Cut a rectangle 1/4 of an inch smaller than your card on each side. Glue the cut paper to your blank card with the Glue Stick.
2. Cut out four anchors with the Martha Stewart Punch and glue them inside the cut rectangle. It is helpful to layout the cut anchors first to see how they will fit in the space before you glue.
3. Press the stamp onto the Stamp Pad, then press it onto your card on the left hand side. Make sure to give it lots of time to dry.
4. Write dad a cute note and make this Sunday his best Father's Day ever!
Copyright: Betty's Kitschen
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Monday, May 23, 2011

Pancake Party

Betty knows the best way to start your day is with a pancake breakfast so why not plan a pancake party! Jesse from Our Labor of Love and Ashley of The Flashdance came up with this lovely setup with Once Wed. Use it as inspiration while planning your own get together. You can find similar vintage items on Etsy to help pull together your sweet event.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Jadeite Kitchenware!

With it's milky green color, Jadeite is one of Betty's favorite collectibles. And if you love retro kitchenware, it is a must have! Betty acquired her first piece after buying a bag of flour which came with a small jadeite jar. She loved it so much she decided to purchase the rest of the set. It wasn't long before Betty moved on to collecting dishes, cake stands, mixing bowls and more. The glassware, which became hugely popular in the 1940's and 50's, was mostly produced by The Anchor Hocking Company as part of their Fire-King line. You can find lots of amazing examples on Etsy!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Betty's Kitschen at the Brooklyn Flea

This past Sunday Betty was at the Brooklyn Flea! Check out the photos of her booth for her Etsy Store Betty's Kitschen. If you couldn't make it this past weekend she will be back in Williamsburg on June 5th. Stop by and say hello!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Golden State

Betty may be an East Coast gal, but her fondness for California is deep. She visits The Golden State at least once a year. Whether spending time in Palm Springs or San Francisco, she always makes sure to soak up some West Coast sun which is why she loves the retro feel of this letterpress poster. From paperparasol, it would look great in any mid-century modern ranch!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Happy Easter!

Betty loves everything about Easter but her favorite part of the holiday is dressing up! Every year she looks fabulous in a brightly colored spring outfit complete with hat and gloves. And her daughter always looks adorable in a cute Easter frock. This year dress in your retro Sunday best!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A Mid-Century Patio

From Top: Plainair, Sears, CB2

When you think of 1950's and 60's living one thing that is sure to come to mind is the patio. No mid-century housewife would own a house without one and Betty is no exception. All spring and summer she does most of her entertaining outside and takes much pride in her outdoor decor. This year transform your veranda, terrace or garden with Betty's favorite vintage and modern picks for exterior decorating!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Cute as a Button

You don't sew, so what! Buttons aren't just for making clothes and quilts. Betty thinks they are a must-have for crafting. The possibilities are endless so get creative! If you are at a loss, start simple - Betty loves these decorated paper clips! Of course, with all these great vintage colors you could just start a button collection.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Just mailing a letter may feel retro nowadays but take some advise from Betty and always send a thank you note to show your appreciation. These vintage looking cards are a great way to let someone know you are grateful for their gift or their hospitality. Keep your stationary and supplies organized with a mod letter or pencil holder. And, if you really want to be like Betty, write your letter on a classic typewriter and use old-fashioned stamps!

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Betty knows Valentine's Day is for sweethearts so this year buy some retro jewelry for your honey! These plastic and bakelite pieces are perfect for any mid-century woman. They are both vintage and modern just like your love.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Casserole, Perfect for Winter

The best way to fight the winter blues is with comfort food! Every January Betty takes out her pink pyrex casserole dish and gets cooking. After a warm and hardy dinner her family forgets all about the cold weather. This season test out Betty's favorite winter recipe.
Pink Pyrex:

Betty Crocker's New Dinner for Two

Shepherd's Pie

1/4 cup (1/2 envelope) of our instant Mashed Potatoes
1 1/2 cups diced cooked beef or lamb
1 cup cooked vegetables
1 cup beef or lamb gravy or 1 can (10 3/4 oz.) mushroom gravy
1/4 tsp. salt

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare potatoes as directed on pkg. for 2 servings; set aside. Stir meat, vegetables, gravy, and salt together. Pour into 1 qt. baking dish. Mound Potatoes in a ring around the edge of dish. Bake 30 min., or until potatoes brown slightly.
2 generous servings.