Fruit and Luggage Labels for Vintage Backyard Decor

 Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 at 8:15 AM
Mar 212016
 
Fruit and Luggage Labels for Vintage Backyard Decor

Fruit and Luggage Labels for Vintage Backyard Decor by Tam Francis I don’t know about your part of the world, but here in the southern U.S. the weather is turning warmer, and people are planting and sprucing up their backyards. I wanted to share one of my favorite projects. How to make a boring wood fence […more…]

Hemingway Book Club Cocktails with Vintage Flair

 Posted by on Mar 5, 2016 at 3:32 PM
Mar 052016
 
Hemingway Book Club Cocktails with Vintage Flair

Hemingway Book Club Cocktails and More with Vintage Flair by Tam Francis When I first moved to my small Texas town, everyone was plenty friendly in the way that Southerners are, but what I mistook for friendship was mere politeness, and it took me over a year to figure it out. I love to read […more…]

Feb 192016
 
Lose Weight with WWII Rations Recipes? Meet Guru Carolyn Ekins

The approach of spring brings thoughts of warmer weather, summer plans, and vows to get in shape when the weather breaks. With this on my mind, I thought it a swell time to introduce my blog readers to one of my favorite bloggers, Carolyn Ekins. When researching WWII rations for my vintage fiction The Girl in […more…]

Recreating Vintage Swing Dance Photography

 Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 at 4:40 PM
Feb 022016
 
Recreating Vintage Swing Dance Photography

Recreating Vintage Swing Dance Photography Here’s a little story about how we recreated vintage swing dance photography, what we learned, and how you can do your own photo shoot. The Impetus and Inspiration As I approached the publication of my vintage swing dance novel: The Girl in the Jitterbug Dress, I needed cover art for my talented […more…]

Swing Dancing and Drinking in Dublin

 Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 at 5:22 PM
Jan 062016
 
Swing Dancing and Drinking in Dublin

Swing Dancing and Drinking in Dublin by Tam Francis The Lesson The night was cool, but the bar was hot. The windows steamed . Droplet rivers created spidery patterns on our side of the windows. We’d abandoned the rental car in lieu of a taxi. Driving on the wrong side of the road and the […more…]

Dec 152015
 
All Time Favorite Vintage Christmas Movies You'll Love

All Time Favorite Vintage Christmas Movies You’ll Love by Tam Francis It’s that time of year when we dust off the old DVDs or even VHS tapes. Oh yes, we still have some of those. Of course many of these movies can be found on the handy-dandy Netflix, but to much sadness, too many haven’t found their […more…]

Top List of Christmas Swing Dance Music

 Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 at 6:11 PM
Nov 302015
 
Top List of Christmas Swing Dance Music

Yule Be Swinging This Top List of Dance Music by Tam Francis No Sentimental Music It’s the holidays and although I love Christmas music, I can do without the sad, make you cry and miss your loved ones Christmas music like The Christmas Shoes. Okay, sure I’ll admit when I first heard this song I had to […more…]

Call the Midwife: Vintage Book Reviewer

 Posted by on Nov 20, 2015 at 10:04 PM
Nov 202015
 
Call the Midwife: Vintage Book Reviewer

~ Call the Midwife: Vintage Reviewer ~ by Tam Francis The Synopsis Call the Midwife (Penguin Group, 20o9), originally  The Midwife (Orion, 2002), by Jennifer Worth is a memoir of birth, joy, and hard times set in post WWII England against the backdrop of the East End of London, generations of families living, loving, birthing, and […more…]