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SewMod retro fabrics Geekly chic

Retro, vintage, or fashionably nostalgic, Riley Blake has brought the Chic to Geek with old school records, cassettes, and TV’s.

SewMod retro fabrics Geekly chic

I thought we’d revisit these shop favorites at SewMod and add a few of their newest novelties to the mix. Cat eye sunglasses and 50’s style dresses have me swooning.

SewMod retro fabrics Geekly chic

I have this romanticized vision of what it would be like to buy Pyrex for my robin’s egg blue kitchen, do all my household chores in a dress and heels, and bake cakes all day.
I’m almost certain I was born in the wrong decade. I’m over 40 years late for a 50’s date! But that’s ok, a girl can still dream. I can collect my vintage Pyrex, bake cakes, and vacuum, although, it’s not as fun while I’m in my yoga pants:)

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If you’re having a tough time visualizing what modern projects can be made with the retro prints, let’s see if I can help.

How about picking two and making some Gum Drop Pillows for someone heading to college? They’d be cute in a dorm room!

SewMod gum drop pillows Amy butler

Maybe a few fabric baskets? Here is a free tutorial from Birch Fabrics.

Fabric baskets

Or a cute apron, like the one from the Etsy shop Boojiboo will have you baking sweet treats for your love in no time!

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Visit SewModDesigns for more patterns, project ideas and all of the retro Riley Blake fabrics!

It’s the end of April. It’s rainy. And cold. I don’t like it one bit and I’m feelin’ a little under the weather myself. If it doesn’t warm up soon here, I will be gettin’ the official Couch Potato award. I’ve gone thru an entire series of Rules Of Engagement, Orange Is The New Black, and now I’m working on American Horror Story. Yes…I said Series, not season. I’m losing touch with reality…

Of course, I’m watching all of this in between the fabulous sewing, cooking and cleaning a housewife does. What? Didn’t you heard me say I was losing touch with reality!

Even though I’m not a housewife, or even married for that matter, I’ve always wanted to be the Retro Housewife. I’m a mid century girl caught in a modern world. I actually do love all of the domestic goddess duties. I would have thrived in June Cleaver’s time, complete with party dress, hostess apron and a cocktail in my hand just waiting for my Ward to come home from a hard day’s work.

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Hey..it’s my “reality”..don’t judge!

And as any good hostess would, I’m going share my White Beans & Ham recipe..so let’s get started…

1lb dried northern beans, soaked overnight and rinsed
ham hock
leftover Easter ham, diced
handfull diced carrots
1/4 tsp oregano
Salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste
5 cups water
1 pkg. Jiffy cornbread

Throw it all in the crock-pot on low for about 5-6 hours or till your beans are tender.
Be sure and make that cornbread before your Ward gets home.

Now give him a kiss when he walks through the door. Sit him at the table and serve up the goodness. Smile when he has seconds, cause it’s just that good!

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The only thing missing is my sweet tea and that’s because I drank it all last week! Guess it’s wine then.
Cheers y’all!

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