• mmymoon

For the china/glassware fans: Mood-lifting Depression glass

I may have written about this before, but I collect LE Smith Mt. Pleasant in black -- which was their most popular color, and haunts many antique malls. I like black frilly stuff, so I just about died when I encountered my first piece. It's so BEAUTIFUL, and unlike any of the clunky black stoneware dishes out in modern production.

Some of you may have seen pieces of Hazel Atlas Crinoline, which is obviously a Flickr favorite, and has even inspired Re-ment replicas.

But in my idle browsing tonight, I chanced upon another cutesy pattern: Cherry & Cable, which somehow puts me in mind of the more precious sweet lolita dresses, so I had to share it with you all. (Particularly pieces like this pitcher or this jar, which is amazing.)

I'm personally coveting the black/amethyst carnival butter dish, which may be the single most awe-inspiring butter dish I've ever seen. And there's a miniature version!
Love tea
  • vivcore

Macaron Adventures

I've been failing at making a perfect macaron for years, and took a class last week on them which seems to have lifted the veil!

I made a batch of raspberry flavor, vanilla flavor, and my all time favorite rose flavor! It was so exciting to finally get a perfectly round, soft yummy macaron at last! I hope to be able to make some violet ones next maybe? My tips for success are...
1: Wait! Definitely leave the whites out at room temp for the 3 days recommended, and let the macarons rest for the full 15 mins before baking them, and wait till the next day to eat them. I could never cope with all that waiting before but it really pays off!
2: to get multiple flavors from one batch, make a classic french butter cream to fill them, separate it into as many containers as you want flavors and flavor and dye each batch separately.
3: Remember art school! If doing say 3 flavors, pipe the first set plain white, the second add a little pink dye before adding to the piping bag, the second a little blue or yellow to make lilac or orange colors. You'll be able to get so many combos from one batch and really make a splash when you serve so many varieties for the same work as one!
Mini Me!
  • vivcore

Quaintrelle Problems

First World Quaintrelle Problems. So today I was out on my deck lighting a fire ready for an exciting dinner tonight when... I caught a scary looking bug out of the corner of my settled on my bosom. I squealed and smacked at it rather hard to get it off only to find it was the velvet patch I had stuck there this morning when I got dressed ( I guess they really were called mouch/flys for a reason!)

Any one else have any amusing (or boring) anecdotes as a result of living quaintrelle?
Mini Me!
  • vivcore


Theme is back, though late this month (I've been out of town) so here it is...

Let's see your quaintrelle vanity! Getting dressed is part of the ritual of a quaintrelle life, let's see the pretty nooks you've created for getting ready in style!
Also, check over at [info]my_quaintrelle  this months style theme over there is 20's. Incorporate the style from the 1720's, 1820's, 1920's and show us what you've got over at [info]my_quaintrelle !)
  • redrin

cupcake hat!

so hopefully i do it right this time. >>

here's my latest, it's a cupcake hat up for critique if you'd be so kind. i am thinking of putting some sort of white lace around the rim, but i can't yet decide. i have a few new laces coming in the mail soon, and i'll post those. i'm very excited to receive them-- they're handcrafted 100% cotton lace and very lovely.

The undead are totally quaintrelle!

Continuing the theme of spooky dolls -- Monster High being possibly the greatest thing to happen in my life and the culmination of my collecting hobbies -- I thought I'd share this with the community:

The other day I was searching Flickr for "quaintrelle" and came across this...

Catrina / Quaintrelle*

Kind of random, but it made me grin.

Monster High

Posted this on my journal thought maybe some of you might be interested in them. Let me know what you think.

Okay, I admit I have not grown up nor will I ever. I still like
dolls well fashion dolls anyways. (I tend to be afraid of baby and porcelain dolls.) I think Barbie is still quite spiffy and still have a fondness for the old gal. Now mind you I'm too old to really play with dolls, but I think collecting them can be fun.

Anyways now to announce probably one of the only good things that have come from this crazy Twilight fad and that is Mattel has decided to release a monster theme doll line because you know werewolves and vampires are now trendy. -_- (-cough- I liked that stuff before it was cool.)

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Hello! I just discovered this comm and I'd love to show you some of the stuff I've been doing recently.  I do a lot of embroidery stuff, and a lot is quite old fashioned. First, these are from when I was 13, I embroidered these, with my own additions and edits, from a pattern I found in an ancient sewing magazine of my nans (which I've included below if you want to have a go). It took quite a while, but I think they look nice.
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Bathing Suit Sewing Troubles

I mentioned in my first post (so very long ago) that I was attempting to make a bathing suit. Well, as it turns out, I can't sew a straight line at all, sewing machines dislike me very much, and patterns never turn out the way I expect them to. Here's what I've come up with, if you are interested:

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Quaintrelle Community

The 2 quaintrelle communities have got super quiet lately, with few posts, and few comments. I actually run a message board with a quaintrelle theme called the Tea House

It combines the My Quaintrelle and Vie Quaintrelle ideas but has the extra advantage if being together, search-able and followable. We have personal style threads people can subscribe to and comment on to keep a personal record of all your awesome outfits together, as well as lifestyle talk that can be pulled up easily for ongoing discussions.

I really hope to be able to keep the quaintrelle community growing and strong, so I hope you'll come try out the boards and see if we can as a community really build some connections and make something great together.