Thursday, May 31, 2012

Making Terrariums!

Still following up on my thirty before 30 list, I vowed to "get and keep alive more plants." I had been wanting to make a terrarium for awhile, so I picked up a cute glass container thanks to the Hobby Lobby card I won from my good friend Danavee. I began scheming what to put in the terrarium, but realized that although bloggers put succulents in closed terrariums, they will not stay alive in that environment.

(Can we talk real quick about how fake blog photoshoots can be? Sure, succulents look really cute in closed terrariums but everything I read said they will die with that kind of moisture.)

I visited our local nursery and asked what plants would work in a closed terrarium and they only suggested moss and ferns. I wasn't loving that idea, so I kept researching. I discovered that "baby tears" (pilea) worked well. I found TerrariumHouse on Etsy, a shop that had both really cute moss AND baby tears in her shop. I ordered one of each!


They arrived the following week in really great shape. I hoped to fit them both in my small glass jar but I definitely underestimated their size! Only the baby tears would fit in my glass jar so I went hunting for another container. In January, I tried making my own laundry detergent and bought a big "fancy" jar (from Wal-mart) to hold it. When I ran out, I decided I didn't really want to continue making my own (plus, we got Lucy and I didn't really feel like the homemade stuff was getting dog-ness out of our laundry) so I then put her treats in the jar. That wasn't actually efficient, so the jar went upstairs to my "craft" room to await its next purpose.... It is now a terrarium!


Because I was slightly obsessed with making terrariums, I had been collecting both terrarium accessories (deer, toadstool, etc) and terrarium tutorials on Pinterest.

I layered pebbles/gravel, then activated charcoal, then potting soil. I spritzed them with water then put the lid on. They developed condensation on the glass, so I removed the lids for a little while and then put them back on. I think they are so fun!

The bigger one (with the cupcake moss and the deer) lives on our stairs. I think sometime in the 90s whoever owned this house finished the attic and built a staircase in front of the living room window. Strange, right? The stairs partially block the window... but the stairs also make a great plant stand and the window gets great light. The smaller terrarium lives on my "new" shelf that I will post about soon! Gotta get all my 30 updates in!

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Thirty Before 30: Decorating the Living Room Wall

My birthday was so great - I am so thankful for all the amazing people in our lives! I will write more soon about it - stay tuned!

Meanwhile, do you remember when I posted a hilarious photo of a flower drawing Andy hung on the wall? I had hammered SO many nails in the wall and hung a lot of frames filled with various things but then took them down once we were married and he moved in because the arrangement felt VERY girly. I took down his flower drawing and hung it on our fridge which left the wall above our couch empty for months and months and months.

Recently, I decided to no longer use nails and instead use 3m Command Strips. I love these things! They are so versatile and work SO well.

It took me awhile to figure out the configuration I wanted and which prints/drawings/print-outs/etc to hang. I went with the below arrangement which is all subject to change since it's so easy to swap out with the strips! (No, I'm not getting paid to promote them, I just love them!)


PS, it's really hard to take photos of frames with glass! How do people do that? Is there a trick I'm missing? Do professionals remove the glass for photo shoots?

The arrangement is a little small for the wall but it works for now. (It might also be too high, or that might be an optical illusion.) Someday, I'd love to get larger artwork or something but for now, this is what we have - a mixture of original art from an estate sale, old family photos of my mom and her cousins, a cute globe postcard from "France" in Epcot, my Rebekka Seale sparrow print, a few ACEOS from etsy, and the birdcage print is an old school flashcard.

Someday I really want a new couch - a more streamlined, mid-century couch. I got this one on Craigslist years ago when my style was very shabby chic/pottery barn-esque and unfortunately I haven't been able to find an appropriate couch and then we got Lucy and want to wait to make sure she wouldn't tear a new couch up. 

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Honeymoon Roadtrip Video

I have officially run out of time to complete my thirty before 30 list! Although, we are celebrating my birthday on Friday so does that buy me a little more time? :)

I did get a lot done and like I mentioned in the last post about this, it has definitely encouraged me to live life more intentionally. I am in a major creative streak right now which is SO fun and unpredictable.

I finally finished editing together the little video clips from our honeymoon roadtrip last year. We drove to Chattanooga to visit Rock City, the Tennessee Aquarium, and the Chattanooga Choo Choo. The next day, we took a ride on a historic train then headed to Atlanta for the Coke museum, dinner at Houston's, Ikea, and a private tour of CNN thanks to someone I met through work. Most of the video comes from Rock City because it was so gorgeous and the aquarium because some of the critters were so intriguing!

Here is my simple little video!

I have a few more thirty before 30 updates that I will post later!

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Corner of our world: Vintage chair

Just a little corner of our room - I finally cleaned all the laundry off this chair and mopped the floors so it was time to take a new photo of this little corner. :)

Got the chair a few years ago at the Goodwill Outlet for $4! Amazing. The yellow pillow is from Urban Outfitters (a wedding gift from our friends Will & Cali), the curtains are actually tablecloths from, and the black pillow is handmade by me. The nightstand is from when I was on A&E's design show "Find and Design" yeaaaaars ago and it supposedly came from the flea market, but you never know with a reality/tv design show!

(I've probably never mentioned the show here before - when I first bought my house, my roommate and I were on the show and they re-did the extra bedroom into a "shabby chic party pad." The only thing that remains in that room from that design is the light fixture! My style has completely changed and the room is now Andy's office!)

In other chair news, if you live in the Nashville area, check out this chair that I am selling. If you're interested, please email me!

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Bloggers at the Dress Barn!

Recently, Lisa from My Pretty Baby Cried She Was a Bird emailed a few of us local vintage bloggers because she had been invited to a bloggers' night out at our brand new Dress Barn. None of us really knew what to expect, but we were super excited for the opportunity to all meet! I had met Rae, Rae had met Eartha, and Rae and Lisa had seen each other at estate sales but never met. It was so, so fun to all hang out!

The Dress Barn ladies were super sweet and the new store at Opry Mills (our outlet mall that just re-opened after the flood of May 2010) is beautiful! We had a lot of fun hanging out in the dressing room!


Dressing room shot! Me, Rae, Eartha, and Lisa.


With their purchases! Eartha bought a really cute handbag, Rae got an awesome tiki-style dress, and both Lisa and I picked up some new shades.


Here's Rae with her fun new dress!

We also got to meet Adrienne of What Lola Wants! It was so fun to hang out and be girly!

Lisa recapped our time together here and is giving away a $25 gift card to Dress Barn! Eartha, Rae and Adrienne also wrote about our blogger meet-up!

Have you had a chance to meet any of your blog friends? It's a blast!!

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

What has been keeping me busy?

Oh, lots of things!

I have been loving plants and flowers lately and so I've been working more with them. Lucy (by way of her grandma Young) gave me a cute dog planter for mother's day and I got free* marigolds at Wal-mart the very next day, so I planted those.


dog planter

So cute, huh? The dog looks pretty similar to Lucy and the head and tail bob, which is pretty darn cute. I put it out on our deck, which gets full sun, so the poor marigolds haven't been very happy, unfortunately!

Those aren't the only flowers I've been working with, though!

When we got married, I bartered with my hairstylist, Lauren. She did my hair and I pledged to day-of-coordinate her wedding in the future. She got married in April in a private ceremony and planned a super cute and intimate reception Sunday night at The Boundry in Nashville. My major duty was picking up the geraniums and cutting them and arranging them in tiny vases then transporting them to the venue. Lauren had everything under control and the reception was so relaxed and the Boundry staff were so amazing that I barely had any other responsibilities! I wish I could have done more for Lauren and Alex but they are definitely laid back and have the right attitude toward weddings and marriage!

Here are the beautiful geraniums I got to play with!


And a photo of the cute vases, a blurry pic of one of my little arrangements, and another show of the whole bunch of them. It was nice to play florist in my kitchen for a little while!


The reception was a great success! Lauren and Alex are about to move to California (agh!) and I am really going to miss her friendship and talent with my unruly hair!!

These are just a few of the things I've been working on... stay tuned for more!

*Free marigolds - ha! Funny story and also the biggest waste of 10 minutes of my life! I was checking out and was asked if I wanted to donate to Vandy Childrens' Hospital. I said sure and the cashier told me that for donating, I got a free plant. She told me to show my receipt to the person outside and they would give me my free plant. I walked outside (mind you, this whole time I am pushing a cart full of stuff) and there was no one out there. There was, however, an employee corralling carts inside. I asked him if he knew who to ask about the free plants and he had no idea what I was talking about. (red flag #1!) He said to ask in customer service, so I pushed my cart back inside and stood in line at customer service. There was only one person behind the counter and the line was growing longer and longer. When it was finally my turn, she (surprise!) had no idea what I was talking about.

I suddenly felt like everyone thought I was trying to scam them into giving me a free plan. Just at that moment, an older British lady started asking a greeter about her free "plahnt." She said "The cashier told me I get a free plahnt!" So, I officially knew that I was not alone and was not pulling a scam. The customer service rep started calling people and trying to figure out what was going on, but in a tone that definitely still conveyed that she didn't really believe us.

A manager finally came around and told us that the free plants were the hanging baskets in the black pots. The British lady and I were like "Wow, a hanging basket? That's awesome!" (She probably said "brilliant" and not awesome.) We both hauled our carts back outside and the hanging baskets were $16 each. Neither of us felt very ethical taking a $16 plant for a $1 donation, so back inside we went to clarify. The manager said, "The $1 hanging baskets," and we assured him there were no $1 hanging baskets.

So, skeptical customer service rep came outside with us and led us to the little trays of flowers and said "These." They were neither $1 nor hanging, which is why we originally passed them up. I was so done with the whole ordeal that I just grabbed the first ones I saw, which happened to be these very cute french marigolds that are now, unfortunately, dying.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Brownie Love


When we were home for Mother's Day, my mom gave me my grandmother's brownie camera. I love it! I see them at sales every now and then but haven't seen one with the flash... I think the flash adds so much personality!

It has found a really cute home in our house, but I haven't had a chance to take photos yet. I have to re-hang some artwork and grab some extra accessories and then I will be ready to reveal!

I have been really bad about blogging regularly - life has been pretty busy and isn't calming down anytime soon!

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Unconventional Shopping :)

You know I love a good deal and I love how easy it can be to find amazing deals online!

Van from ThriftCore has space in her local antique mall, but she also sells via her blog and Facebook! It's fun to follow her feed and see what she has for sale every day!

A few weeks ago, she posted a light that I thought would make a great gift for Andy! I like to buy gifts in advance but the problem is that I am my mother's child and I can NOT hold onto a gift once I have it... I have to give it right away!

So, the light came and I excitedly opened the box and presented Andy with the bubble-wrapped package and gave him what I intended to be his birthday present approximately 2.5 months early. :)


It's so cool! He hung it up in his office right away. It lights up and looks great!

And I loved the note and drawing she included in the package!


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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Updates and Celebrations!

I have been so behind on blogging! We have been so, so busy. Here are some recaps and updates from the past few weeks!

First, the kitchen is coming along- I still need to take final "after" photos but here is a sneak peek:

I am loving the new color and the nice, flat walls! And I love our new microwave cart!

Andy and I celebrated our first anniversary but I never had a chance to share what he got me! Following the first anniversary "paper" tradition, Andy had one of our favorite wedding photos printed on a puzzle!! How great is that??


Here we are the night that we had a few friends over to watch Empire Strikes Back (I had never seen it!)


And here's me with sweet Lucy:


And here are the cookies that me, Sylvia, and her daughter Emmy decorated for Star Wars day... can you tell who they are?? I had no idea how to decorate them since I am definitely not a Star Wars aficionado!


This weekend, Andy and I went to Louisville to celebrate mother's day with my mom. We visited one of my favorite places, Churchill Downs:




It has been a very fun few weeks! May won't be slowing down as my 30th birthday is in exactly 2 weeks! AHHH!!!

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Friday, May 11, 2012

This is so fun - Whimseybox invited me to be their first featured user! I went pretty cheesy with my answers, but what can I say? I'm pretty cheesy!! :)

I hope you have an amazing weekend!

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Thirty Before 30 Update #4

With less than 3 weeks until my 30th birthday, I am checking in on my Thirty Before 30 list! Somehow, when I originally created this list, I mis-numbered items and therefore there are not actually 30 items - woops!

Also, lots of my priorities shifted over the year and it's interesting to see that! The items that are in red are the ones that are no longer an option or priority.

You'll also notice the theme of "I need to blog about it!" below. I guess I better start taking photos so I can blog about these projects before May 29!


1. Buy a new couch - This has moved to a lower priority until Lucy is out of her puppy stage, although she has not tried to destroy our current couch yet, so maybe she would be okay with a new one... but, better safe than sorry.
2. Get the attic (craft space & guest room) organized - The attic gets organized, then gets trashed again, then gets organized. It is almost always "in progress" but it is fairly organized, I just need to put things away! And then I'll take photos and blog about it!
3. Change up dining room wall decor - I have done 2 of the 3 walls and I still don't know what to do where the mirror and sconces are. It's a little fancy for my current taste but the mirror was a gift so I don't want to get rid of it or anything... still figuring this out.
4. Redecorate above the couch - I did it! I just need to blog about it!
5. Get shelves for living room and redecorate the inside the door space - I did it! And it looks GOOD! I just need to blog about it!! :)
6. Hang the "Y"s I've been collecting - Added the yellow Y to the kitchen and the cream one to the dining room. Just need to blog about it! :)
7. Get (and keep alive) more plants - I love all my plants! I need to blog about them! :)
8. Go through my old CDs and figure out what to keep/import/sell/etc
9. Get a canvas print of the "Believe" sign at the church where we were married  
10. Organize garage - We still really need to do this!


1. Get our wedding photo booth photos printed for our guestbook  
2. Finish wedding thank you notes
3. Be more intentional in my friendships
- this one is hard to quantify, so I'm leaving it up here as a reminder to initiate hanging out with friends!
4. (woops)
5. Get our wedding featured on a wedding blog - Thank you Ashley's Bride Guide!
6. Make a meal plan/menu with Andy - After talking about it, we're not really going to do this.
7. Learn how to arrange flowers properly
- I am hoping to get over to the big flower shop to pick out some individual flowers and try my hand at arranging. I have read books and blogs on arranging, now I just need to put what I've learned into practice!
9. Edit a video of our honeymoon roadtrip
- sheesh, I need to do this!
10. Watch all the seasons of Mad Men - We finished the first 4 seasons finally! Now we just need to catch up on Season 5 so far!
11. Take a trip with Andy - Seattle!
12. See a play/musical - We saw our friend Jason in The Complete Works of Shakespeare, we saw Mary Poppins on stage, and we saw an adaptation of CS Lewis' The Screwtape Letters!
13. Ride our bikes this fall and next spring - we have been really really bad about this!


1. Put an item on consignment in a local vintage shop
- not going to do this now that I have a booth
2. Succeed with booth at TN Antique Mall
- The booth has gone really well and while April was a bad month, I think overall, my booth is doing well!
3. Go to an auction
Make postcards for my business to leave at the booth
5. Do a fabric bouquet tutorial on my blog
6. Grow my blog to 75 followers and 75 subscribers - Oh my goodness, you guys. Thank you so much for subscribing! I have 170 GFC followers and 255 Feedburner subscribers!!
7. Do another flea market (maybe even organize one?) - This one is also not going to happen since I don't have the inventory to set up at a flea market AND have my booth.

All in all, it was really nice to have a list to work through and goals to attain. I'm not sure if I'll do a list of "31 before 31" because these were all pretty mundane items...and I can't really think of what I want to accomplish in the next year.

I have big goals and dreams but I don't want to place time constraints on them and I also want to keep myself open to spontaneity and honestly, God's plan for me. I think this list helped me be more intentional in what I do and I think I would just like to live more intentionally, rather than by a list.

Are you working through a list of goals? I would love to read about it- leave a comment with your link if you're blogging about it!

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Baking Powder Biscuits

As a southern lady and wife, I feel like sometime in my life I need to perfect the art of biscuits and gravy. I am a hopeless, hopeless failure when it comes to gravy - I have tried a few times and watched women in my family make it, and I just can't get it. One time, I tried to make breakfast for dinner and made biscuits and gravy. Andy took one bite and immediately went to pick some dinner up for us. Eek!

In any case, I decided to try to make biscuits from scratch for the first time (but NOT gravy - I couldn't handle it if BOTH items failed!) and it worked! It actually worked!

I have limited baking supplies at home, so I had to find a recipe that called for ingredients I had on hand. I went with this Baking Powder Biscuits recipe from

All you need is:

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
1 egg
2/3 cup milk

*insert record screech here* Cream of tartar? What the heck is cream of tartar? I googled and discovered it activated baking powder in recipes... but this recipe didn't call for baking soda, it called for baking powder! Hmm. I googled some more and saw that it is basically an acidic ingredient and one can substitute vinegar or lemon juice for cream of tartar, so I pulled out my jug of vinegar and substituted away!

It was easy - you just mix the dry ingredients, cut in the shortening, then beat the milk and egg together and add it in. Roll it out, cut out your biscuits, then bake for 10-12 minutes at 450 degrees and voila! Homemade biscuits!

You'll notice that my biscuits are 2 different shades. I baked a 2nd batch while we ate the first batch and I forgot to set the timer so they turned out pretty dark - but I taste-tested one and it was actually pretty good! It kinda tasted like a cracker biscuit, if you can imagine that! I like crackers, so I thought it was ok, but you'll probably want to keep a better eye on your biscuits while they bake!


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Monday, May 7, 2012

Thrift Report: Estate Scores!

Rae texted me Thursday to let me know that there was an amazing estate sale happening a little bit outside of town. I wasn't sure if I would have time to go, but luckily, I was able to go - about an hour before the sale closed and amazingly, there was still a GREAT selection!

I picked up some fun potholders and a cute pink & white accordion pleated pillow that will all go to the booth. But, two of my favorite finds were a Viewmaster Projector and a white task lamp. The projector was the first item I discovered - apparently, there were a ton of viewmaster slides but a local news anchor bought them just a few hours before me! I'm so glad she didn't see the projector! I LOVE IT. It works and is so, so cute. And the white lamp is in great condition and it also works! I picked up a bag of little figurines that included 2 fawns and a little squirrel that will all go in terrariums or in potted plants. Love this stuff!


They also had a ton of vintage Christmas. I got a LOT - a box full of vintage ornaments and then 2 fun retro Santas.


I am so, so glad I stopped. I also bought some faux bois metal shelves that I'm not quite sure what I'll do with yet!

Funnily enough, I ran into Rae when I was leaving! She has stopped by everyday and said on the first day, it was unbelievable how much great stuff there was. I'm sad that I couldn't make it then, but very happy with my finds!!

What did YOU find this weekend???

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Worn out AKA Kitchen Updates

I hate to miss a Joey's Mom post today, but it's just been one of those weeks!

Actually, make that 2 weeks!

Last Sunday and Monday, we emptied out our kitchen in preparation for a few updates. We had some broken tiles that we needed replaced and the kitchen walls were textured plaster that was just so, so ugly and I was so, so over them. The kitchen is the one room in the house that I have never done anything to! I just put up with it because it was small and tricky and I thought I might just have to live with it.

Well, we don't want to stay in this house forever, so I figured I should start getting small projects done here and there so that it's not a huge ordeal when we put the house up someday.

The guy who is doing the work does it on the side, so we're at the mercy of his life and schedule... and therefore we're into week 2 of not having a proper kitchen and not being able to use the dining room and also having our microwave cart sit in front of our front door.

Not ideal, especially for someone who is an OCD cleaner. On Saturday, I felt so incredibly restless because I couldn't clean the kitchen and dining room!

Here are photos - BEWARE - what you see might shock you. :) (I'm so tired I didn't even edit them - I normally don't post anything without tweaking, but like I said, it's been one of those weeks!)

Our messy kitchen before:



Very, very messy... woops! You wouldn't know that I'm OCD about cleaning, would you??

Check out this texture:


The result of moving everything out of the kitchen:


Oh boy.

The window that I so foolishly decided to strip 60 years of paint accumulation off of... big project, big mistake.


The kitchen in progress:



It will hopefully be done tonight. Hopefully. We've heard that before, unfortunately. I'm trying to be positive but my patience is a little worn from the past few weeks of craziness!

I can't wait for it to be finished and to get our kitchen shiny and streamlined and THEN show you photos!! Stay tuned!!! 

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Why do we love buying vintage?

Why do we love buying vintage? Since last July, I have been interviewing fellow vintage-lovers about their favorite second hand score. There have been so many amazing responses - I have posted the most recent answers below, but you can see the entire Favorite Finds series here if you are new around Owl Really! Click the responder's name to visit their Favorite Finds post and learn more about them!

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I love buying vintage/secondhand for various reasons. The first
reason is I love the thrill of the hunt! To find a vintage treasure
among 'junk' is such a thrill to me. The second reason is it's unique!
If your house is full of vintage or second hand items, there is always
a story attached to that item and most likely no one else will have
something like it. Lastly, it's affordable! I can go shopping much
more often if I purchase items at $5 rather than than $50 items.

When it comes to decorating and design, I tend to lean towards a very
modern style. However, this style on its own can seem very cold and
uninviting (see:!).
Adding vintage pieces to a modern room adds warmth and interest, and
dispels the clinical feel that modern design can so easily slide into.
In addition, I think it is easier to establish your own unique
decorating sense by using vintage pieces, rather than having your style
dictated by the stores you shop in. And let's be honest... I love having
pieces in my home that are different from what everyone else has!

I love buying secondhand/vintage/thrifted clothing because it makes the
most sense. First of all, fashion is always recycled in some way, so
why spend ridiculous amounts of money. I like to buy what I want to
wear and not because a department store is telling me what to buy. You
also are way less likely to be seen wearing the exact same thing as
someone else!

I love the idea that an item was previously loved. It has a story, it
has already lived another life before it even makes it to your home. I
prefer to be surrounded by things that have a history, there is a
certain romance to it.

Style, girl! It's all about the equal amounts swagger and elegance of
clothes from an earlier era. And quantity and quality over new-ness is
another interest. I could have one department store dress, that someone
else could well be wearing on the same night at the same event, for
$28, on sale, and it would be a "deal". Four sixties' dresses,
hand-hunted from the wilds of Goodwill, practically if not actually
one-of-a-kind, for the same amount, makes them a "steal". We love
steals! And it's not that I don't ever buy new, but the thrill of not
knowing what you're going to find at the thrift store or the flea
market has just about ruined me on actual retail stores. I can express
my taste and aesthetic without breaking my budget.

I love the idea that the item has history and a story. I also feel like
most secondhand items are higher quality than modern day items - I love
solid wood furniture and that is hard to find at affordable prices if it
is new. Also I'm so lucky because my husband loves to restore
secondhand items so I have that luxury to get to buy things and he'll
make them new for us.

I love buying vintage and secondhand (and also handmade) because it all
has a story, it's well built and you are helping the environment too.

I think it runs in my blood. I must have inherited that gene, as my
grandparents dealt in antiques when I was young. My parents decorated
with vintage and antique everything. I would go to my grandpa's shop or
basement and nose around in all his old stuff, and I caught the bug! I
was purchasing vintage lamps and trunks before I even moved out of my
parent's house! There's something about having a piece that no one
else has. The curiosity about where it came from. The history that
comes with it. And then there's the thrill of the hunt. I'll never
get tired of hunting for treasures!

So, what do you say? Why do YOU love buying vintage? Let us know in the comments!

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Parsimonia: Now and Then

I love following Beth's blog, Parsimonia {Secondhand with Style} and keeping up with all her amazing vintage finds. She has introduced a really fun new series on her blog called Now & Then in which she shows vintage and current-day packaging of household items. It's so fun to look at the old packaging and see how design has changed. Of course, I always prefer the vintage designs! :)

See an example below and click through to see her post about it!

Check it out and tell her I sent you!

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