The passport is out. The suitcase is filling up. Ms Jeannie is getting ready to embark on an extended trip.
Caught up in a sleuthing adventure that will take her around the world, Ms. Jeannie will be wearing her best detective hat as she scours big cities and small towns for clues to one giant mystery of history. It is not certain how long she’ll be gone or what exactly she is working on, but it will be a long while before she returns and depending on her location she might not always be able to stay in touch regularly.
In the interim, while she is away, there will be a new (to you) name and face managing the vintage landscape and holding down the history fort that has been the world of Ms. Jeannie Ology for the past five years. Hello, dear readers, my name is Katherine! While you may not have known me by name all these years, you have known me by words as the voice behind Ms. Jeannie, the writer of this blog and the interpreter of the muse that is MJO. As you all know by now, Ms. Jeannie prides herself on keeping a bit of anonymity regarding her identity. And in working with her for all these years now, my identity has also been somewhat mysterious too. But now that Ms. Jeannie is off on her own, an independent traveler out on the oceans of discovery, I too, am embarking on a new adventure myself.
Like Ms. Jeannie, I have a passion for all things vintage but there is one particular area that holds a high level of fascination – the kitchen. When Ms. Jeannie was battening down the proverbial hatches, covering the furniture and boarding up the windows in preparation for her long trip aboard she left one room of her vintage house open and untouched – the kitchen. Ms. Jeannie and I have spent a lot of happy and fulfilling time in the vintage kitchen, as you have read about so many times here on the blog. So when Ms. Jeannie announced her plans for departure, the evolution of the blog seemed to naturally reveal itself. Our vintage world dear readers is getting a bit more specialized.
You’ll remember in 2015, we went through a narrowing of the vintage lens once before with a focus on vintage books. That distinction led to an unexpected yet completely enthralling love of vintage cookbooks which then led to our new found specialty and the future subject of our blog. With that being said, Ms. Jeannie and I are very pleased to welcome you to our new focus…
The Vintage Kitchen – where history comes to eat! This direction, although new, will still be quite similar to the same types of writing approaches we have taken in the past. I’ll be discussing all the various components that make up the vintage kitchen from cooking techniques and recipes, to interior design and decoration, to music and art and all things that food has inspired. There will still be interviews and movie nights, cookbooks and countdowns, field trips and travel getaways, gardening posts and fashion pieces to work with but from here on out things will all be connected and centered around that one food-centric room in the house that everyone has loved for centuries. And there will be postcards. Sent from any and all available ports of call, Ms. Jeannie promises to pop in and say hello from time to time with tidbits about her travels, hopefully some photographs and if time permits her possibly even some lengthy letters.
The store (coming very soon!) is being stocked as we speak with a curated collection of vintage kitchen-themed treasures including original art and handmade objects refurbished from antique materials. So while it may seem like things are changing in a big way, they really aren’t changing that much – just narrowing the focus a little bit more.
Stylistically, the blog will be evolving over the next month and you’ll see changes in appearance that reflect the new theme, as well as the launch of a new storefront. There will be a special page just for Ms. Jeannie’s far-flung correspondence and there will be a much more easy to navigate recipe section that allows for simplified ingredient searches and printable pages. There are future plans too for some really innovative and interactive components, should Ms. Jeannie’s travels extend for years, but each new element will be unveiled one at a time to ensure a smooth transition.
I hope dear readers that you’ll be as excited as we are about this new direction and that you’ll continue to keep in touch. If there are any topics that interest you regarding the vintage kitchen please post a message below and I will be happy to dive right into discovering some interesting stories surrounding your suggestions.
In the meantime, please join me in sending Ms. Jeannie off on her travels with best of luck wishes. Maybe she’ll be popping up in your neck of the woods on her sleuthing adventure. You never know where our mysterious Ms. Jeannie might land. Keep your eyes peeled for a woman in an orange headscarf and cat eye sunglasses.