Vintage 1960s High Fashion Knits


Mod and Mint: Vintage 1960s High Fashion Knit Outfits
My mom taught me how to knit when I was a little girl. Just a few basic stitches. I could make a scarf, and i think i once made a basic dress for one of my dolls. But that is over 30 years ago. I do know how to crochet and made many crocheted items in the past number of years. When i look at these knit fashion photos from the sixties, i think i should really dust off those knitting needles and get my skill up.

The orange dress above features one long cable running down each side from neckline to hemline, front and back, for a long casual sweater look. Yes please!

Mod and Mint: Vintage 1960s High Fashion Knit Outfits
Or this long coat made of mohair and tweed yarn combined. Casual loose line, decorated solely with a large ribbed collar. Elegantly matched with gray gloves and satin scarf. I say, perfect now that the weather is turning a bit colder!
And the shirt suit on the right is very Mad Men as well. A hip length jacket with a shirt collar, knit in a novelty ribbed stitch. Buttoned cuffs and slits at the sides.

Mod and Mint: Vintage 1960s High Fashion Knit Outfits
How comfy is this gorgeous wool tweed coat with matching scarf for upcoming wintry days. Patch pockets, three-quarter sleeves and leather buttons.
Or what about a sweater dress of mohair in wonderful fall colors? Made exactly like a sweater even to the ribbed cuffs, neckline and hem and the grosgrain ribbon binding down the front.

On another note, when did we ladies stop wearing those wonderful hats?

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10 Tips from the 1960’s for new Mothers


Mod and Mint: 10 Tips from the 1960s for new Mothers
Being a new mom there is so much to learn. Some times i have the feeling i’m just one step ahead of my baby studying up on what i can expect next and what to do now. Once you figured something out, baby is already moving on to a new phase.
This little promotional vintage book from the 1960’s is chock-full of tips for new mothers.
Published by Hedstrom, makers of baby and childrens products. Besides the Priceless Pointers, it also has a number of pages showing their line of cribs, strollers, and nursery furniture.

Full disclosure, the cover of this vintage book had the number 202 above the title. “202 Priceless Pointers for new Mothers”. I edited out the number. Why? Well, if someone happens to pin the image onto Pinterest (feel free to do so), it would be a little misleading. New mothers would click thinking they would come to find 202 tips and then, not so much.

Mod and Mint: 10 Tips from the 1960s for new Mothers
I have picked out a few of the new mother tips, some of which i think might come in handy in the future, and some that just made me giggle.

10 Tips for new Mothers
1. If your toddler screams about being taken from the tub after his bath, simply pull the plug and let him continue to splash until the water is gone. When he sees the fun is over, he’ll leave willingly to be dried.
– My baby loves bath time and would stay in as long as we let him. But so far he also doesn’t mind it when we take him out. He knows he will go into his warm room to get a baby massage rub down and into his warm pj’s followed by some reading and cuddle time.
Maybe in the future i will need a tip like this. Mental note. Don’t forget bath tub plug tip.

2. Next time after you polish your baby’s shoes, spray them with hair spray to prevent the polish from coming off on everything.
– Uh? Was i supposed to polish my baby’s shoes? I don’t think his cute crib shoes will take to polish too well. 2014. No more polishing baby shoes.

3. To pep up soft drinks at a child’s party, place a marshmallow in each section of your ice tray, add water and freeze.
– This could be an instant hit on pinterest. Or am i late to the party and is it all over there already? I’ll check. Maybe this summer i will have a marshmallow ice cube post on the blog.

Mod and Mint: 10 Tips from the 1960s for new Mothers
4. When a child is past the baby bath stage, but too small for the tub, a plastic clothes basket, the kind with holes in it, can be used to bathe the baby! Run several inches of water into the tub, place the basket in it and sit your baby in the basket. He’ll love the water swishing through the basket and there’s no change of the child falling on the slippery tub or being frightened by too much water.
– My baby started out in an upright WashPod (think fancy bucket). He loved being in it, supposedly it feels somewhat similar as to being in the womb. Unfortunately he outgrew it pretty quick, big boy baby. So now he is in the big tub with me or daddy, or splashing in his inflatable whale tub. Which he will outgrow soon as well. So maybe i should get an extra large clothes basket. With holes in it. Because he might be frightened by too much water. I had never thought about that possibility. Will baby be afraid of too much water? Back to tip 1, pull the plug.

5. When teaching a baby to drink from a cup, wash a baby food jar, put the top on and punch a small hole near the edge. The little jars are easy for baby to hold, the top stops spills and it’s only a skip to a regular glass after this.
– Ooh another possible pinterest hit! How to make your own sippy cup tutorial! I just don’t have any baby food jars. Proud ‘i-make-and-freeze-my-own-baby-food’ mother here.

6. Children love talking on the telephone to grandma, grandpa, aunts, uncles, cousins. To help them visualize the person to whom they’re speaking, keep a small snapshot photo album near the phone for these “pretend visits”.
– That’s so 1960s… FaceTime. ‘Nuff said.

Mod and Mint: 10 Tips from the 1960s for new Mothers
7. For those assorted bugs and insects that all children want to keep for a while… any jar can be topped with a piece of nylon stocking held in place by a rubber band.
– Hold up, wait, what? My baby boy will want to keep bugs and insects? I can’t even start thinking ’bout this.

8. To avoid a mess at feeding, stand your toddler in his playpen. Since he must hold onto the sides, he’ll not be putting his hands in his mouth or hitting the spoon.
– I like this. Baby started standing up not too long ago. Now he wants to stand all the time. He also likes to eat all the time. Eating while standing? That must be his favorite thing to do. No mess feedings? Mommy’s favorite thing.

On that note, 9. When your baby reaches the age where he wants to feed himself, let him practice with dry cereal and a spoon, you can let him go at it alone on everything. This method will save a lot of messes.
– Sounds like a good tip. Baby is feeding himself, for now just finger foods. But he is starting to grab the spoon and hitting his bowl with it. Now only to find out when and which dry cereal baby can eat. I don’t think dry rice or oatmeal baby cereal will make for a yummy meal.

10. When your boy or girl brings home each final report card at the close of the year, take a snap shot picture of the child and attach to the card. Years later you can see how they looked during each grade and you’ll have a permanent record of your child’s school days.
– So far ahead still. Nonetheless this is a very cute idea. I’m thinking, take a picture each year of the child holding his report card. With a big smile for all the good grades. My baby is smart. Obviously. My baby. My little hero.

So there. 10 Tips for new mothers. I’ve just read through all 202 of the tips in the book. I feel like an expert. For now. Until baby wakes up from his nap and throws me a curve ball. Tip 203 anyone?

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How to Carve Mini Pumpkins with a Drill

Shocker: I have never carved a pumpkin before.

I have never decorated for Halloween before.

In the Netherlands we didn’t celebrate Halloween, so i didn’t grow up with the festivities. And even though i’ve now been living in New York for over 7 years, i haven’t once put up a pumpkin or any scary type skeletons, ghosts or other monsters as fall decorations.
What’s happening now must be some kind of nesting syndrome. This year i found myself grabbing a few mini pumpkins at the farmers market. I recently had a baby, and my husband and i purchased our first home. Naturally i must nest and decorate.

Loving pumpkin soup, i do know how to pick a good pumpkin. It needs to look healthy, no bruises and have a sturdy stem on top. Push on the stem. If you can push it up and down in the pumpkin, leave it, it’s not fresh anymore. When choosing a pumpkin to decorate with, it makes sense to pick one with a nice shape. I tapped the shells a little, listening, thinking if it sounded a bit hollow the walls probably wouldn’t be as thick. But these are mini pumpkins, how thick would the walls really be?

Mod and Mint craft tutorial: How to carve mini Halloween Pumpkins with a drill.

I’m not the first one to come up with the idea to use a drill to decorate a pumpkin, but this is the first time that i, me personally, am actually “carving” a pumpkin. They might not be perfect, but i like them well enough to share with you how i did it.
Happy drilling!


Mod and Mint craft tutorial: How to carve mini Halloween Pumpkins with a drill.
How to carve mini pumpkins with a drill
You will need:
– Mini Pumpkins
– Washi Tape (or painters tape) (optional)
– Sharpie marker (optional)
– (Dremel) Drill and drill bits
– Sharp Knife and Spoon
– Tissues
– (LED) votive candle.

I started by marking dots on a pumpkin using a Sharpie. Almost stopped after this step, since i kinda liked the look of them already. In an understated kind of way.
But no, i was planning on doing some pumpkin carving, so i would carve. Or better said drill.
You could skip this step and freestyle your way through the drilling part.
Washi tape comes in handy when dots need to placed along a straight line. Easy to stick on, easy to remove.

Next, carve the lids off with a sharp knife and scoop out the insides. I kept the seeds to toast, and the flesh for Baby O. He loves his pumpkin!

Now get the powertools out! Or in my case my Dremel drill. Place the drill bit against the side of the pumpkin over your marked dot and drill through to the inside of the pumpkin.
Use different sized drill bits for a variation of hole sizes.

Wipe the pumpkin clean with a tissue. And your work area. And your face.
Yes, be warned, there will be some pumpkin debris flying around.

Put the stem lids back on to display as they are, or put in a (LED) votive candle to have them light up in all their dotted pumpkin glory!


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Vintage Childrens Fashion Illustrations

These mod childrens fashion illustrations come from a vintage Dutch sewing magazine from the early 1970’s.
I think the outfits are just too adorable and i love the color schemes used.
Makes me itch to get my sewing machine out and start making some vintage style clothes for my baby boy!

Mod and Mint: Vintage Childrens Fashion Illustrations 1974
I think i recognize these first two as the work by Dutch illustrator Ans van Emden. She was mentioned as one of the magazine’s contributors, but the images weren’t signed, so i’m not completely sure.

Mod and Mint: Vintage Childrens Fashion Illustrations 1974
And because it’s almost Halloween, here are some wonderful illustrations of childrens dress up costumes from the same magazine. Halloween isn’t celebrated in the Netherlands, so these costumes were designed for the Carnival celebration that is held each year in early spring.

Mod and Mint: Vintage Childrens Halloween Fashion Illustrations 1974
This is the work by Loes Dirksen. I don’t know any more of her work, but these pages were signed with her name.

Mod and Mint: Vintage Childrens Halloween Fashion Illustrations 1974

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5 Amazing Monochromatic Vintage Interiors

Home decorating in the 1970’s was all about using color. And if you went for it, you went for it. Crazy Amazing, or Wonderful Amazing. You be the judge.

Mod and Mint: 5 Amazing Monochromatic Vintage Interiors

Brush-On Paint Design in Yellow.
Forget about decorating with wallpaper, pictures and mirrors. Open your eyes – and your mind – to painted wall designs, as designer Lawrence Peabody did here. Notice how the free-form supergraphic on wall flows right onto the conversational seating arrangement. (originally posted this photo over on my previous blog

Mod and Mint: 5 Amazing Monochromatic Vintage Interiors
Living in Purple and Red.
The couch and wall covering have been done in the same color scheme of purples and reds. The patterns of circles and stripes make that the sofa does not visually disappears into its background.

Mod and Mint: 5 Amazing Monochromatic Vintage Interiors
Suspension space savers in Orange and Pink.
Wooden shelves held together by chains surround the vanity table. Shelves are painted orange to match the wall covering and carpet.

Mod and Mint: 5 Amazing Monochromatic Vintage Interiors
Wicker dinner in Pink.
Have a seat. If you can find the chair that is. Wicker table and peacock chairs painted in hot pink to match the rest of the interior.

Mod and Mint: 5 Amazing Monochromatic Vintage Interiors
Color it Green.
Floor to ceiling posts and overhead beams, painted parrot green, bring architectural interest to the room. Roll-up shades on windows and in front of shelving, continue the strong vertical impact. Green metal dining set by Meadowcraft on shaggy rug.

All images found in vintage home decorating books and magazines from the 1970’s from my personal collection.
Want your own vintage magazines? I can’t keep them all to myself, so i have some listed for sale in the Mod and Mint shop on Etsy.

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