This is the Spring Branch Bowling Club, halfway between Austin and San Antonio going “the back way” through the Hill Country. There are quite a few old small-town, nine-pin bowling clubs throughout Texas that remain gathering spots for the locals. Nine-pin lanes are not automated, so the pins are set and the balls are returned by hand, usually by local youth. I have also had the pleasure to visit the Blanco Bowling Club. Their cafe is very popular in the community and features classic American food alongside Tex-Mex plates. You pretty much have to go outside of Austin for original bowling alley action — sadly-but-understandably all of the alleys in Austin have been remodeled.
Vintage bowling provides an endless supply of inspiration and (dangerously) stuff to collect. Here is just some of the ephemera I collected before and during working on Lucky Strikes. See lots more Lucky Strikes inspiration on my Pinterest board – including The Jesus.
My Fall 2014 collection, Cookie Book, was inspired by vintage baking ephemera: recipe boxes, copper cookie presses, cookie jars, junior league cookbooks. The name is a nod to the classic 1963 Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book, which inspired generations of bakers with its technicolor photography of the silver-nonpareil-topped, candied-fruit-filled, coconut-and-spice-dusted treats. Get a facsimile edition of the book here on Amazon! My mom has her mom’s copy, and I spent many hours browsing the recipes and pictures, and baking many of the recipes (with varying levels of success!) when I was old enough. The Cooky Book was a place where sweet cookies, candies, and savory crackers all came together to live in beautiful, tasty harmony. The Cookie Book fabric collection harkens back to this most fantastic era in baking. It features 15 quilting cottons and four cotton lawns, with two of the quilting cotton prints on unbleached quilting cotton. See all […]