Monthly Archives: April 2009

Stuff I’m Into: Vintage Kitchenware

I’m such a vintage nerd! I love not only the stuff itself (pyrex cookware, Melmac, and no, that is not a planet, old kitchen tools) but I love the vintage advertisements!

I haunt junk shops, flea markets, garage sales, antique shops, and love to get a good deal because, as well as being a collector, I’m cheap. Really, really cheap. Thrifty. Frugal. Even the words please me.

So, being all of those things, when I wanted to get a set of Pyrex Primary Colors bowls (they are beautiful and practical, the best combination in the world) I knew I wasn’t going to pay the 80 plus dollars at an antique store. Over about three years I found lonely Pyrex Primary Colors bowls in various junk and antique shops. I paid $10.00 for the first one I bought, the red one, but it wasn’t just for the bowl. I also got some other cool Pyrex dishes and a couple of other items, so really, the bowl was about $4.00. The second was the smallest blue one, and I paid $5.00 for that. The green one was next, and I paid $5.00 for it, and finally, the elusive big yellow one. I found it last summer sitting forlorn and lonely without its mates. I adopted it for just $10.00! So the whole set cost me $24.00!

Aren't they beautiful?

Aren't they beautiful?

Since then I gloat whenever I see them for sale on eBay for exorbitant prices. I’d never buy them by mail because I’m not sure they’d arrive in one piece… or four pieces actually.

I was looking around at stuff about Pyrex on the internet and I actually came across a site called Pyrex Love, and they have a list of all the places they’ve seen Pyrex used on TV and in movies! So I’m not the only weirdo.

Check it out: http://www.pyrexlove.com/pyrex-on-tv-film-commercials/

And it’s true; I see my pieces all the time on TV and in movies and point it out. “There’s my yellow Pyrex bowl!”

My passion for Pyrex is ongoing as is my collection… I’ll show you what else I’ve got next time!!

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Finding my Feet

It’s been a long month.  I had in quick succession, the release of Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark, finishing touches on Lady Anne and the Gypsy Curse (Book Three) and copy edit corrections on Lady Anne and the Ghost’s Revenge (Book Two).

All. At. Once.

And at the same time 25 (twenty-five) blogs to contribute to.

Whew… so I’m just beginning to catch my breath.

I want to say to readers… I am planning some exciting giveaways in the next while, things available only to my newsletter subscribers, so to be included, go to my website – http://www.donnaleasimpson.com – and sign up for my newsletter.

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What Kind of Regency Heroine are YOU?

I just had to share this fun quiz on a holiday…

What kind of Regency heroine are you?

http://www.quizilla.com/quizzes/724203/the-regency-romance-quiz-what-kind-of-romance-heroine-are-you

My result says this:  Oh dear, you are Bookish, aren’t you? You are a highly intelligent and witty bluestocking, whose beauty is hidden behind spectacles. Your dress sense is eccentric and a little unfashionable, and you consider yourself plain. You have very little use for men, who find your knowledge of Shakespeare, interest in politics and forthright speech formidable. You are undoubtedly well-off. The only reason for your presence in a novel of this kind (which, I might add, you would not dream of reading, although you have occasionally enjoyed the works of Miss Austen), is your mother, who is absolutely determined that you will make a good marriage. Rather than defying her directly, you are quietly subversive, dancing with anyone who asks you, but making no attempt to hide your intellectual interests. The only person who can get past your facade is the man who is witty enough to spar with you, and be amused at your blatant attempts to scare your suitors away. While you will, no doubt, subject him to a gruelling cross-examination to find out whether his respect for your intelligence is real or mere flattery, you may be sure that he is your match, and that you, he AND your mother will all live happily ever after.”

Fun!!!

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Cupid

Okay, so I have a new favorite show. Have you watched Cupid yet? It airs on ABC Tuesday nights at 10 pm and stars Bobby Cannavale as Cupid and Sarah Paulson as  Dr. Claire McCrae. Now, I thought I remembered a previous incarnation of this show, and it turns out I was right. The original starred Jeremy Piven of Entourage fame.

It is a cute premise; Cupid is sent to earth, banished from Mt. Olympus, and has to make 100 matches without his bow and arrow before he’s allowed back. But is ‘Trevor Pierce’  really Cupid, or just repressing emotional problems? That, of course, is what Dr. McCrae thinks.

But last night’s episode, Live and Let Spy, brought to mind one romance fiction trope I particularly like, but didn’t realize until I saw it last night; the misanthrope who is won by a woman of some naivete, but much character.

I really enjoyed last night’s episode, which featured a burned-out ex-cop PI who finds love with a poor-little-rich-girl with a social conscience. That sounds kind of lame, but it worked!

Give it a try! Good romantic TV shows are few and far between.

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Awesome Book video!

So, in looking for a YouTube video about the Georgian era to share, I came across this book video of Eloisa James’s book Desperate Duchesses. Love it!

So, since Eloisa just ‘friended me’ on Facebook or MySpace (I have the memory of a backward louse these days) here is her video!

So cool!

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