Today, I’m calling on you, my dear readers (of which I have about two these days, but I still get an unusual number of hits from certain posts that are popular on Pinterest), to help a gal out. And that gal is not me.
A reader recently posted a comment to a post in which I mention one of my editions of the Metropolitan Cook Book. She’s looking for a pair of recipes that she remembers her mother making, and now her own granddaughters are asking for the recipes, and might I or someone else reading the blog know how she can get them?
Yes, indeed I do have those, Betty. Unfortunately, the email address associated with your comment doesn’t work, and the actual comment was lost (along with years’ of various post photos, oh dear) during a site migration I was in the middle of when your comment came in.
I’m posting a quick snapshot of those recipes here, in the hopes that one of you may by chance know the Betty who seeks them, or barring that, Google picks it up and helps her out the next time she looks.
And boy-o, this rice pudding recipe looks like a divine way to use my Pyrex 6283 “Rangetop Ware” double boiler!
How about any of you? Any vintage recipe in particular that you’re trying to hunt down? Maybe I can help!
Tomorrow, at 8:49am MDT (14:49UT), is the Autumnal Equinox. There’s a whole scientific description of this biannual astronomical event, but to the layman: equal lengths of night and day. 12 hours of light, 12 hours of dark. Half and half.
Warm up your keyboards, folks, as I’ve had the crazy idea to observe this phenomenon (â™ª do doo de doo doo â™«) with a 12 hour/half off sale at Tiddleywink Vintage! From 9am to 9pm (MDT) tomorrow, September 22, 2012, you’ll save 50% on EVERY SINGLE ITEM. Even clearance listings! No code necessary! In fact, I’ll be turning off all other coupon codes for the duration of the sale. Don’t be greedy. (Shipping is still full price, sorry. Remember that all listed shipping fees are estimates, and any charge in excess of $2 over my actual cost will be refunded to you with-the-quickness.)
I’ve never before offered such a deep discount on the entire shop, and who knows when I’ll do it again. If you’ve had your eye on something, jump on it during this sale! There are only 187 days left until Viva Las Vegas, you know. Time is ticking!
Postscript: I was scheduled to write yesterday about transforming some unfortunate TV trays. The project is at a (hopefully brief) standstill while I try to remember whole out running errands to buy new ink for my printer, which is an integral part of this project. Stay tuned.
Post-postscript: You’ll notice that today’s blog post is notâ€”as originally scheduledâ€”centered on a vintage recipe. I made aÂ Pinterest-via-Bon AppÃ¨tit recipeÂ for dinner the other night, and I’m still eating leftovers. No point in making more food just yet.
Facebook. Flickr. Instagram. Picasa. Twitpic. Photobucket. Snapfish. Smugmug. Everybody you know is posting their photos online, somewhere, somehow. And the most common, numero uno “flaw” I see whenever a person is the subject of a photo is this:
The subject’s head is squarely in the center of the photo. Her body is cut off at an awkward point, and there is an enormous amount of empty, boring sky overhead. Now, this is a completely natural thing to do. As a typical human being, your focus is on your friend’s face. And your camera’s focus, quite literally, is in the same spot. But you need to embrace technology, break some boundaries, and MOVE YOUR CAMERA. Move the viewfinder down a bit. Maybe even turn it sideways. Take two steps closer. Now:
The simplest thing to do, and if your photos fall prey to Centered Head Syndrome it will improve them by 1000%, is to think to yourself, “head to toe.” While looking through the viewfinder, can you see your friend’s head and toes? Good. Start there.
There are plenty of instances where you’ll want to get creative and start cropping your friend’s body for artistic purposes, and there are diagrams online which tidily map out where to crop, or not crop, for the best image. You can delve into the “Rule of Thirds” to think about better composition overall, no matter what the subject of your photo. But before you go there, I want you to have 10 photos under your belt where you can see your friend, or friends, from head to toe. Master this one thing, and then expand on what you’ve learned. Your friends will thank you for it.
With many thanks to the U.S. Gov’t/Peace Corps for providing a copyright restriction-free photo of a beach in Togo. It’s so restriction-free that I don’t need to credit anyone or anything, but I will, because I can.