Saturday, May 26, 2012

Friday, May 25, 2012

Vintage Kitsch'n: The Jell-O Mold Collection Grows

I knew it. I knew this gelatin mold obsession could very quickly get out of control. SEE?!

Ridiculous, I know. But they're so easy and cheap. And I have been taking down old items on my kitchen wall and replacing them with the molds. Adds a nice touch to the kitchen,eh?

I love this 9 cup one. I think it was $2? I remember there were two others just like it that had been diswashered and were marked at $5. Proving that no matter the item, Goodwill pricing never makes sense. Also good to know that these items can fall to the deadly dishwasher film.

I picked up these 3 cup molds at Goodwill for $1-$2 each. They are so perfect for me to halve recipes and try stuff out on myself without making a giant amount of Jell-O.

I've discovered that at Savers, the tiny molds  will live with the kitchen goody bags. Good to know. I found these little ring molds for $1.

These swirly aluminum molds were a lucky find at the Goodwill by the pound. I found 4 of them together at the bottom of a bin. They probably cost less than a buck.

There hasn't been much time for Jell-O making lately, but that should change soon. Plus I'll have an office job for a month where I can try my recipes out on the break room. I did make the Peanut Butter Cups recipe from Hello Jell-O for a friend who helped me out during American Buffalo. They turned out yummy and using foil baking cups for the molds was cute.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

American Buffalo: Behind the Design Part 1

After a 16 year hiatus I have started designing sets again in addition to my usual costume design gigs. Before the big summer production hits, I am cutting my teeth on Elm Shakespeare's current project American Buffalo. While at first glance, it seems  like a small play, it has been a big challenge to get a 1970's junk shop installed in  the Kehler Liddel Gallery.

How does one go from this...

to this?

First, you treat it like an art installation. I call it: "American Junk Shop." For me American Buffalo represents beginning of the journey of where we are as a Nation today. The 70's are the beginning of the end of the American Dream.  For more of my thoughts on the play check out my previous post: American Buffalo An Introduction.
Next, we took a trip to the warehouse of our Lighting Designer, Jamie Burnett. Myself, Jamie, Mark-the Director, and the Artistic team Jim and Margie spent a few hours one Sunday afternoon "shopping" around the various piles of scenery and furniture.  We found lots of cool stuff, like this amazing yellow poker table, old guitars, chairs, and crates.

And check out this amazing 70's latch hook. It's very The Shining. (I want it.)

Once we got all of the furniture over to the Gallery, I started dressing the set. I've managed to gather various things from home, thrift stores, Yale, and a generous donation from some thrifting buddies. Because we are not able to install a full scale junk shop, I had to abstract the junk around the edges to suggest that there is more junk beyond what you see.
Everything on the set was either found or borrowed. In this corner we have Ye Olde Elm Shakespeare Trunk as a base with junk piled on and around it.

The large black speaker is actually part of our sound system and while it is not 70's, it is unobtrusive enough that it blends into the junk pile. Especially with the period speaker on the floor.

The golf clubs, ukulele, pedestal ashtray, and tennis racket all came from Jamie's warehouse. Jim brought the chainsaw. The stoneware jug was donated by a friend. I borrowed the spittoon from Yale. Because what kind of male hangout doesn't have a spittoon?

I provided the bowling bag, ice skates, shoe forms and the metal crate. The metal crate is a personal favorite and a Goodwill Outlet by the pound purchase. It probably cost $2. There is one other item in this pile that isn't in the photos, but is mentioned in the script. See if you can spot it when you come to see the show!

Stay tuned for more American Buffalo: Behind the Design later this week. I will show you Bobby's costumes from design to completion and give you a tour of Donny's desk. If you are visiting my blog via Elm Shakespeare's Facebook Wall please stop by the Vintage Spinster Facebook Page and give it a "Like". Then, you will get updates on my latest Jell-O creations and thrift store finds in addition to all of my Elm Shakespeare design projects. (I'm not kidding about the Jell-O.)

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Friday, May 4, 2012

Vintage Kitsch'n: Rainbow Jell-O

Recipe: Classic Rainbow Jell-O Mold
From: Hello, Jell-O!*
*Note that this is not a vintage cookbook, however the sentiment behind this book is definitely vintage inspired. Because this is a new book I won't be posting any photos of the recipe. Should you like to try your hand at it, the recipe can be found here via the author's blog.

The Jell-O Experiment has been a complete success. I am totally back into enjoying gelatin again. Many thanks are due to the vintage cookbooks of yore as well as new inspiration from the blog The Jello Mold Mistress of Brooklyn and the subsequent book Hello, Jell-O! As soon as I saw it I knew I had to give the Rainbow Mold a try.

Creative Cookery: I do what I want
I followed the recipe. Though judging when the mold is ready for the next layer is tricky. I also wasn't sure how many cups my mold would hold so I wasn't 100% sure how many colors I would end up with.

The Flavors: Strawberry, Orange, Lemon, Lime

Vintage Wares:

Aluminum ring mold:

LuRay Pastel plate for serving:

Verdict: Blue Ribbon
Yes, this recipe takes a lot of patience, but it is worth it. I brought the mold to our latest Opening Night at work and it was a big hit. Most people described it as "happiness on a plate." Nice.

If you want to try it out, I would suggest using a timer to check the set. Also it's a great activity if you have lots of little cleaning chores to do around the house. Or if you are a reseller, maybe it's a good project for between setting up listings.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Thrift Share Tuesday: It won't become a habit, I promise.

I mean, I can't be this busy for the rest of my life. Right?
Anyway I had grand plans to share many of the things I bought for the American Buffalo set I am designing. However, things got busy so I'm just going to show you one item I bought while out Thrifting yesterday.

It is even an item on my grail list: a burl wood clock! It's in great shape and in working order.

I even snagged it for half off, so it was a bargain at $5. I hung it on the set this morning, but as soon as we strike it is coming home with me to hang in the living room. Here you can see some of the other purchases, the silouette deer head, a paint by number, and a lovely watercolor. More details on the set later in the week!

Link ups will commence as soon as Apron Thrift Girl gets her internet up and running in her fabulous new house.