Sunday, January 26, 2014

Tie It Up! ~ Scarf Tutorial

It's one of those days Poodles.

The kind of day where you just don't feel like doing your hair!

Hair Shmair! I want to sleep longer!!
But you still have to enter the land of the living- AKA be seen in public! HA!

What do you do??

Tie it up!!! With a pretty scarf and a few simple tricks, your hair will be looking fashionably fabulous in no time!!

Here's a Poodle How-To Hairstyle:

1- Part the crown of your head into a "U" shape. Roll into a simple side or forward roll. (Check out my tutorial for some helpful hints on front rolls!) Or twist your hair into a pouf/pompadour.

2- Gather the rest of your hair into a high ponytail.

3- Take a bandanna or square scarf, and fold into a triangle shape.

4- Fold the pointed end down, and continue to fold in wide strips until the scarf is one long strip.

5- Place the scarf under your ponytail at the base of your head, and tie the ends together behind the roll or pouf you have created. Pull the scarf tight, just like tying your shoes! Shift the scarf slightly to one side if you'd like. Purely esthetics here, whatever you prefer!

6- At this point, release the ends and secure the scarf over your ears with bobby pins.

7- Taking up the ends again, tie into a simple knot or bow! It's that easy!

8- Spray your new-do with some hairspray, and you are ready to face the day!!

Hmmm… Let's try this with a vintage scarf and a bow...
Add a pink poodle skirt and some bakelite bangles,
and you are ready to go!!!
I cannot get over the beauty of my marbled pink bangle
from Brighter Bakelite!
If I could buy their entire stock, I would!!! LOVE!!!!
And I adore this skirt from Bettie Page Clothing!
It has all the essentials: pockets, a cute print, andddd...
…it TWIRLS!!!! Hehe!!!
Look at you Poodle!!  All stylish and cute!! WOOF!!

Tie it up Poodles!!! And off you go! Muah!!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Poodle Perfect Pyrex ~ Part Two!

Alright Poodles, here's the lowdown on Pyrex care…

I stink at it. Eek!

Until last year, I stacked my bowls any ol' way, used them to hold fruit on the table, and even broke a cherished vintage nesting bowl.

It was bad; I cried.

It was while I was sweeping up those precious glass shards, that I decided it would probably be a good idea for me to learn how to take care of the pieces I still owned.

Ya think?!!

So I went on a Google search mania, found lots of great tips, and did a little experimenting of my own.

***Poodles and PinCurls Pyrex Care Caveat: Just because these worked for me, doesn't mean you should try them. AKA… don't blame a poor Poodle if you damage one of your own pieces. ;) ***

Here we go…

My arsenal!
Tip numero uno: Your white Pyrex has one of those annoying rust looking stains; try gently scrubbing with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser! This works for most surface stains, but I wouldn't use on a color background.

Tip two: Your thrift store find looks scuffed and/or severely stained. What to do??!! Bar Keepers Friend to the rescue!! This product works wonders! I place some powder on a damp soft sponge and then rub onto the stained piece lightly. Let sit a few seconds, and rinse! I will admit to scrubbing the white surface of my stained bowl with it; BUT this was a piece I thought was beyond saving and only cost a few dollars. My thought process really was, "what've I got to lose??"

This thrifted bowl was pure yellow...
After much painstaking cleaning with Bar Keepers Friend,
 between the pink pattern, it looks great!!
I would not use this product on my matte black snowflake, or on any other delicate design; it may be too harsh. I also would not use it more than once or twice on the same piece, as I fear it may fade it over time. It's really more of an I'm outta options kinda thing.

Tip three: You've washed your bowl with warm water and gentle suds, but those crevices just won't come clean. Try a wooden toothpick!! This works great for all those areas a sponge can't remove.

Tip four: That darn Goodwill tape/sticker residue will NOT come off!! This is my esthetician-based wax removal advice, hehe; try olive oil. Rub it into the sticky area, and let it sit for awhile. Then try washing off with a soapy sponge and warm water. Repeat as needed.

Tip five: Another olive oil miracle! Your old bowl has seen better times; it's once bright glaze now looks faded and dull. Solution… using a soft cloth, coat the bowl with olive oil and let it sit overnight. That dried out glaze will drink in the moisture and restore some shine! The next day simply gently wash your bowl and enjoy your "new" piece!

This once dull bowl looks new again!
I removed the scuffs with Bar Keepers Friend, and then
gave it a healthy dose of olive oil!
Tip six: This is the single greatest, coolest, best piece of advice I found through Pinterest. How to stack and display your gorgeous Pyrex bowls? Use inexpensive disposable storage wear in graduated sizes! Experiment with what looks best; sometimes I leave the lid on, sometimes I use only the bowl. Check out Confessions of a Pyrex Hoarder for this tip and for pictures of one of the most amazing Pyrex collections ever!!!

Tip seven: Unless you want to wash your Pyrex every week (um, no thanks) display it behind glass doors or keep it safe in a cabinet.

Tip eight: Follow Pyrex Love! This is an invaluable site for Pyrex collectors!!!

Tip nine: Get some display inspiration from Pinterest! Check out the million and one Pyrex boards there, and then go get creative in your kitchen!


This poor bowl has seen better days. Dishwasher Damage!!!
This absolutely, positively ruins the glaze. Dulling it and even erasing some patterns. 
So that's it Poodles! My top ten Pyrex care tips!!

Now go lose yourself for a few hours in the land of Pyrex Pinterest! Hehe!!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Poodle Perfect Pyrex - Part One!

It's a new year Poodles!!!

And this year I have decided that I WILL finish projects!! I WILL NOT procrastinate!!! I WILL post more!!!


I wrote that last week.

I may need this… HA!!!
*sigh* Oh well, maybe next year.


Anyhoo, I am working on finishing one project…

…my kitchen!!

It is ridiculously hard to make a modern/tract house kitchen look vintage. But I'm trying. Hehe!

California is full of beautiful old houses; mid-century, art deco, bungalow… you name it, we have it. But we also have one of the nation's highest cost of living rates.

And I say BOO to that!

To buy a vintage home in my town, would cost somewhere in the region of $500,000 to $1 million. Yep, $1 million. For a two bedroom, one bathroom home, that most likely needs extensive remodeling work. That's California for ya.

Since I don't have that kind of cash (ha!!!), I've set about turning my suburban tract home into my mid-century masterpiece.

With that in mind, and with an awesome new hutch to fill, I've been slowly but surely collecting vintage kitchenware. Including….


I have never seen that yellow pineapple casserole,
have you Poodles?? Or that white space saver??
Pyrex oh Pyrex, how I do heart thee!!!

With it's milky glass interior and brightly glazed exterior, Pyrex brings bright cheer to kitchen shelves.

Working on my kitchen collection! 
But it isn't just Pyrex that fills my vintage loving heart with joy! Fire King, Federal Glass, Hazel Atlas… I love it all!! Beautiful, durable pieces that continue to charm.

Fire King Dream Sets!!
It can be quite expensive to collect vintage glassware, so I do what I do best…I thrift!! Hehe! And obsessively check eBay and Etsy for those single pieces I can't ever find in store.

$2.49??!!! What?! If only…
While you might not find that flawless, complete set of nesting bowls you've been lusting after, you will find one or two lovely pieces to take home. And your collection will grow and grow!

Cinderella Bowls!!!
I love the Gooseberry and Butterprint patterns!
I only have that one Delphite Fire King teacup, but isn't it delightful?
It pairs perfectly with my banded Petalware bowl. 
Every single piece in this picture was thrifted,
mainly from Goodwill!!
My Verde Cinderella bowls were pieced together through thrifting,
as were the divided Snowflake casseroles.
The gorgeous Gooseberry Pink bowls were given to me
by the lovely Lulu!
Just thrifted these beauties!
Atomic Dots by Federal Glass on the left.
Hot 'n' Cold Chip bowl by Pyrex on the right.
And don't be afraid to snatch up a bowl that may look damaged; I've got some tips that may help save those thrift store finds!

But that's for tomorrow… or next week…or…