Style Spots: Lemons Into Lemonade

So this past Sunday was one of those "Are you kidding me?" days. My mom, cousin and I headed into the city for some serious deals at a church rummage sale, only to find out the sale isn't until next weekend (whoops!)! The next one took us a good 30-45 minutes to find because it was on a street that disappeared except for two small blocks, which was inconveniently where our destination was. Normally it wouldn't be a problem, but my phone had died, meaning no Google Maps, and mom left her GPS at home. So we had to call my dad for emergency backup directions. It ended up being worth it, though, and I was able to find some great stuff.

The hubs actually spotted this lamp...

And I love the ornate brass in the base.

Some old Vess soda bottles (The seltzer is still unopened! Wonder if it's still fizzy?)

I love these little vanity canisters, and they'll go great in our future bathroom. Mismatched lids, but just adds to their quirk!

This spring and summer, the hubs and I are planning on doing some serious jam/preserves making, and this old mill will be awesome for it. Has wood handles that are so lovingly smoothed.

These two canisters (originally instant coffee canisters) go with two carafes I got some weeks ago, so I'm planning to sell all four items as a set.

Love these owl prints! And I know someone else will, too, which is why they're going to the store. The frames are in great shape, so painting them a mustard or white color would really help make them a bit more modern.

My cousin spotted a set of Hartmann suitcases in the basement. This is the smaller one (the bigger one looks just like it). Great additions to my growing vintage luggage collection!

My mom found this set of four Christmas TV trays that are uber 50s. Each one has legs that snap onto the bottom. Of course this means a Christmas party later this year is a must!

Lately I've been scooping up shoes for the store, but I finally hit the jackpot: These babies are all in my size and fit like a dream! And their previous owner kept them in pristine condition. (The brown ones with the bow are my fav.)

I've also kind of started an old recipe box (w/ recipes) collection. I keep seeing them at estate sales and can't believe the family wouldn't want this old beauties to pass along! So I scoop them up (usually for less than $1) and spend a good amount of time going through each one. Now I have a list of recipes to try!

I picked up two books as well; one is a vegetarian cookbook, the other is this awesome cookbook of just desserts. There are pages with tons of tips, like substitutions and "reasons why your cake went wrong" & lovely little teal illustrations. Can't wait to get bakin'.

I also picked up this this old purse, which is in excellent condition. The designer/manufacturer name is still there on the inside, but it's become so faded I can't make it out! So if you have any guesses, would love to hear them.

I loaded up on some fabric remnants, which is such a great way to build up supplies for a novice sewer like myself. That way I don't have to spend tons of money! In the background is a beautiful crewel pillow kit, and I love the colors of the design. Can't wait to start making it!

Lastly, these lovely mod tulip mugs were really hard to pass up. They're headed for the store, where hopefully the design will trump the lack of a sixth.

Did you do any treasure hunting this weekend? I would love to hear about what you found! Also be sure to hop on over to Apron Thrift Girl, Flea Market Finds & The Penny Worthy Project to see what goodies were unearthed by fellow thrifters! 

{Images by me}


Sunday Meditation

"Geeking out is not a universal feeling. 
As a result, if one person in a group geeks out, 
everyone else is wondering in curiosity what is wrong with that person."

— Urban Dictionary

Hope you have some major "geek out" moments this week! I know I will. :)


It's Friday. I'm in Love. {With Vintage Cameras}

At our wedding reception we had a little camera "bar" where our guests took turns snapping shots throughout the night. That happy occasion gave me a quick start to my growing vintage camera collection — to which I've recently added a Polaroid Land model —and now I can't stopping hunting for more on Etsy. There are some beautiful photos out there featuring these age-old babies, and I am seriously in love. :)


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DIY Friday

Here are my favorite DIY projects of the week. Hope you're inspired to try one of them this weekend!

Love the vintage style of these doily-covered soaps via Dollar Store Crafts. I can picture a whole shallow bowl of them as killer bathroom decor.

Over at Tatertots and Jello, Terra from Mama Says Sew created this Anthropologie-inspired ruffled burlap lamp. I love it with that blue base!

For those of you with little ones (or those of you who just love to color!), these rainbow crayons by Alex of the Alex Keller Studio look like such a fun project, especially when you think of all the color combinations you could choose. Find her tutorial over at papernstitch.

If you're a serious camper (or a seriously finicky eater when it comes to how your food is flavored), this ingenious idea from The Handy Hausfrau makes taking your favorite spices with you a cinch. You can even download her labels, which she Mod Podged onto the top of each compartment.

Simone over at Beach Vintage had the great idea to make your toiletries a little less of an eyesore by covering them with scraps of paper and fabric. I love this idea, especially when you don't have enough bathroom storage to keep these things off the counter.

I am SO in love with this duvet cover from Kiki Creates. Those ruffles are so romantic! You can check out her full tutorial here. Meanwhile, I'll keep brainstorming what color I want to use when I make one. :)

This is one of my favorite uses of old tin cans that I've already tried and loved the results. These particular ones are a DIY idea from OnceWed for wedding favors, which I think is a really cute idea.

Lastly, wouldn't you love to have a wall like this in your house? Well, you can! Katy of Mom and Her Drill posted this plank wall DIY over at Poppytalk, and it's made from scrap wood pallets! Nice.

Which one is your favorite? 

{Images courtesy of named blogs}


Latest Shop Additions

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Hello my readers! Apologies for such a late posting day. I had some business to attend to this morning that kept me much longer than anticipated. I'm working on my DIY project as we speak, so until then, here are some new additions to my Etsy shop, which I'll hopefully be adding to more regularly in the weeks to come!


Etsy Love {Deep Blue Something}

I've been in love with this shade of blue for a while now, so I finally gathered some gorgeous items from Etsy to show it off! If you see something you like, click here to take a closer look. 

{Images via named Etsy sellers}

Bites {Paula Deen's Pound Cake}

This week I had a hankering for cake, but nothing too complex. My mind immediately traveled to pound cake (with whipped cream & strawberries of course!), and I found an absolutely delicious one by Paula Deen on the Food Network site.

She calls it Southwest Georgia Pound Cake, and it has a somewhat crunchy top with a delightfully dense (and slightly gooey) cake. It was gone in three days, so I guess the family liked it, too! :)

Southwest Georgia Pound Cake
(via Paul Deen/Food Network}

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3 cups sugar
6 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (you may use lemon or almond flavoring instead)

Generously grease and flour a 10-inch bundt pan. Do not preheat the oven.

Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Alternately add flour mixture and heavy cream to butter-sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour. Stir in flavoring.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Put into a cold oven and set the temperature to 325 degrees F. Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes without opening the oven door. Bake for an additional 15 minutes if necessary.

Remove from the oven and cool in pan for 15 minutes. Invert cake onto cake plate. 

{Image by me}


Sustainable Style: Eco-Friendly Packaging by Ben Huttly

Can you imagine going to your local grocery store and seeing all the vegetables adorned with this packaging? I can; it would be amazing! And these labels aren't just for eye candy, either. They were designed by Ben Huttly, an art student in the UK, to be 100% biodegradable (including the 100% natural cotton twine), and they include seeds of the vegetable its packaging, encouraging buyers to grow their own supply. They're also printed using a laser cut machine, which eliminates the use of harmful inks.

His inspiration for this project comes from a simple question: "How can I inspire people to start growing fruit and vegetables at home?" I think I love his answer.

What say you? 

{Images via Lovely Package}


Style Spots: Rustic Goodness

Going into this weekend, I was really excited: There were three community rummage sales happening, and some good vintage estate sales not far from them. So I got up early on Saturday and headed for rummage sale #1. When I got in, I was so sorely disappointed; there were maybe 10 tables of items, and it was all, well, not my style. :) I was in and out in about 5 minutes, then drove to the next one, where I found a couple things but, again, it was sorely under-inventoried (new word?).

I was so bummed that I didn't even chance the third rummage sale. Instead I started mapping my way toward the vintage estate sales. The first one had a lot of really good stuff, but the prices were a bit unreasonable. I made a mental note to go back on Sunday when things were half off, but not without grabbing a big box of thread. And boy am I glad I did! I had only purchased it because I'm just getting into sewing and this was a great way to have an immediate inventory of thread. But once I got to the car and started rifling through it, I found a smaller box inside it that harbored this:

All this beautiful vintage thread! Each spool is wooden, and there is some seriously luxe 100% cotton and silk in there. It definitely made up for the lack of the rummage sales and I went home happy.

On Sunday a friend and I went back to that sale and one more and found some great items. I wish I would've snapped a picture of this beautiful wood chest she went home with, but I didn't. You'll just have to make due with my finds. :)

Another train case and some vintage Angiolini shoes for the store

An old chopper and a big clothespin for me :)

An old plant mister for me (love its Victorian feel) and some strange wood penguin picks for the store

A couple brass candle holders, for which I have a crafty plan

A little watering can since I sold mine before we moved, and some beautiful mod napkins for the store

Set of four place mats and napkins for the store (love the bright yellow)

Some old belt buckles for another crafty purpose

Two peach baskets I'm going to use to store blankets in our future living room & guest room

Another beautifully rusted piece: An old tool/tackle box...

That I'm going to clean up and line the inside with cute contact paper. It'll be my new craft tool box.

What goodies did you find this weekend? Be sure and hop on over to Thrift Share Monday, The Penny Worthy Project and Flea Market Finds to see what fellow thrifters dug up! 

{Images by me}
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