We've noticed a trend in Craft Bits: The closer we get to a holiday, the more vintage stories we find around the 'net. Our guess is that, when faced with a demanding and stressful task list, vintage stuff provides a sense of comfort. (Or maybe we're looking too deep into it?) This week was no exception, with stories on an icon's clothing auction, a new reality show on the topic and a new way to sell retro finds.
But before we get to that, can we turn your attention to delicious cookies? Thought so. Many are starting to make their holiday cookie doughs now, to freeze and enjoy when it's closer to the big day. We're thinking of picking up that habit, perhaps starting with this recipe for classic cut-out cookies. How do you approach holiday baking? Do you make things in advance?
For more great (and kinda retro) cookie ideas, visit Star Tribune.
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Did you know that the same basic dough used to make Linzer tortes can also be used to make five other cookies? Sure, it's a little similar to a sugar cookie dough, but slightly less sweet (to compensate for the jam when you do the Linzer version). We love the versatility.
For the full recipe for this very versatile Linzer cookie dough, visit USA Weekend.
Old Hollywood fans (and vintage lovers) take note: Couture from Liz Taylor's wardrobe is going up for auction at Christie's New York. Valued at over $30 million, the collection includes lots of caftans, evening gowns and plenty of 60's era clothing. The sale takes place December 13-17, but you can see the preview now.
For more about the Liz Taylor couture auction, visit Examiner.
Remember Tupperware parties? Or at least, your mom going to Tupperware parties? Well, they're back (though in some parts, they've never gone away) but in a different way. Instead of offering lots of food storage containers, these shopping parties are for jewelry, accessories and vintage clothes. Sounds like a good time.
For the full story on vintage shopping parties, visit The Telegraph.
Second Time Around
So we just recently discovered "Fashion Hunters" on Bravo, which chronicles the day-to-day life of the New York City vintage/consignment shop Second Time Around. Unfortunately, we got to the season a little too late, because it ends on December 6th. But definitely tune in to catch a fascinating glimpse at what goes on when you consign, how items are priced and, um, some really interesting characters. (Like an, ahem, older lady who consigns her jewelry to pay for her hair extensions because her "boy toys love them.")
For more about "Fashion Hunters," visit Bravo.