8.31.2011

8.30.2011

Sustainable Style: Bicycle Coffee Co.



In the five-and-a-half years I spent in California, I went to San Francisco once (I know, right?). But even that brief trip was enough for me to fall in love with the Bay Area. It has such a different feel than Southern California, and since I'm not much of a beach bunny, oftentimes I'd wish we lived up north, where there are redwood forests and snow-capped mountains. I also loved how "local" everyone and everything seemed to be. Not that Santa Monica doesn't have some of that, but it's not as...rugged, for lack of a better word, even more honest, I think.

But enough of my social diatribe, you're here for some coffee, right? Well, if you happen to live in the Bay Area, I've got the perfect one for you: Bicycle Coffee Co. You can take that name quite literally, because it's what they do; they roast coffee (fair trade, mind you), then deliver it by bicycle to San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland.


Started in 2009 by three brothers, a cousin and a family friend, Bicycle almost didn't happen; originally, the group was going to set up camp in the rain forests of Central America, but after spending some time there sipping cups of joe with the local farmers, they realized they needed to bring those beans to the Bay Area, where they built a small roaster and their company was born.

Their beans change with the seasons but, according to their website, they always have a medium, dark and decaf roast available. Right now their medium roast is Nicaraguan, the dark is from the Chiapas region in Mexico, and the decaf is a water-processed Peruvian bean.



You can, of course, find their beans in cafes, markets, hotels and restaurants all over the area, but wouldn't it taste so much better to have it delivered by bicycle? Oh, come on, do it for me. :)

To learn more about the company, check out the video above from Generation Journey of Action, then be sure to visit its website, follow it on Twitter and and like it on Facebook.

8.29.2011

Style Spots: A Melting Pot Weekend

Hey all! Happy Monday! I'm ready to get through this week and be rewarded with a three-day weekend, how about you? This weekend was all over the place for me. The hubs was off in Wentzville doing a big job for Wabash Days, so I was left to my own devices, which included catching up on some shows; some estate sales on Saturday; dinner with my mom and grandma at Three Kings Public House in The Loop (if you haven't been, get your buns over there; the food is delish!); then Sunday I went to the Wentzville Flea Market, stopped at a couple thrift stores on the journey back into the city (which included lunch at Vegadeli in Chesterfield), then relaxed and worked a bit while watching Pride & Prejudice (BBC version).

Side note: When the hubs and I got married, him being the A/V snob that he is, refused to let any of my VHS tapes enter the house, so I had to leave my box set of P&P with my former roomies and have since be on the lookout for the DVD version, which I found at the flea market for $1! I love, love, love this movie. It's long, I know, but so true to the book that any other version just can't keep my attention.

Anywho, onto the finds!

I keep finding these gorgeous hair-net hats and can't pass them up.

Two more lotus bowls! I have a set of orange ones in the shop right now. These, however, have the original Target stickers still on them, so now I finally know where they come from!

Some vintage letter blocks. It kinda shows a sign of the times that the cover of the book explicitly states that all the materials used to make them are "harmless to children."

A Princess Gardner wallet that will be heading to the store. I love the sophisticated pattern quilted onto the flap.

A funky little owl candle holder that will grace our living room (to the hubs's dismay).

Set of four Kelly green fabric napkins. There was a matching tablecloth, but the green was really faded, so I left it behind.

A couple Vera scarves.

A very '90s belt that I picked up with fall in mind. I can't believe this era of clothing is really making a comeback.

A jadeite juicer that I picked up at the flea market.

A set of more little recipe books! I picked this packet up because of the one on the front: "10 Cakes Husbands Like Best." Ha.

An enamel teapot that's in really excellent condition. Reminds me of the Dansk pots I have, but there are no marking on this, so I'm not sure who the maker is. Anyone?

And an old luggage rack with a beautiful teal stretch of fabric across the top. It's either going in the guest room and I'll put a "welcome kit" on top of it, or in the living room with a white lacquer tray on top to use as a side table. What do you think?

Some of the non-vintage goodies I found were a sewing book; a Target bedskirt (finally) and two king Target pillowcases for our bed; a pan that bakes a dozen mini-loaves; a skirt; and some shoes.

All in all, a very successful weekend! What about you??

Linking up with:

Thrifty Treasures
Thrift Share Monday
Flea Market Finds
The Penny Worthy Project
Magpie Monday

8.28.2011

Sunday Meditation



"Time does not change us. It just unfolds us."

— Max Frisch
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8.26.2011

Puppy Love {National Dog Day}

Word on the street is it's National Dog Day, and I thought I'd share how Sadie is celebrating:


Today's the perfect day to visit your local shelter and give a sweet pooch a forever home. Click here to find a rescue organization near you!

DIY Friday

Last week I went to the local hardware store and stocked up on the necessary items to redo an old buffet that I found in the alley...and then it rained! So fingers crossed we have some sunny (but not too hot) weather over the next couple days so I can transform what will be the newest member of our dining room! Until then, these beautiful DIY projects should tide me over...

{by Aunt Peaches, spotted at Say Yes to Hoboken}

{by Design Mom, spotted at Poppytalk}

{Spotted at Sweet Paul}

{by Hank+Hunt for The Sweetest Occasion, spotted all over the place}

{by Simona Strachinaru via Home DIT}

{by Scissors, Paper, Wok via Dollar Store Crafts}

8.25.2011

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Sustainable Style: Ten Thousand Villages

With more than 390 retail outlets in the U.S., odds are you've come across items from Ten Thousand Villages at some point. Started in 1946, this amazing collection of handmade goods was one of the founding members of the World Fair Trade Organization and helps support a sustainable living for artisans in more than 38 countries all over the world. They also encourage their artisans "to use environmentally friendly processes, sustainable natural resources and recycled materials to ensure each product offered has been crafted responsibly" (yay!). I had a hard time keeping my list of favorites to a minimum, so get ready for a feast for the eyes!

{Dangling Leaves Earrings, made in Kenya}

{Nairobi Nights Earrings, made in Kenya}

{Owl Whimsy Wind Chime, made in Peru...so cute!} 



{Spiral Turquoise Earrings made in Peru}

{Blue Embroidered Wall Hanging made in India}

{Sturdy Stripes Shoulder Bag made in India}

{Mouse Cheese Knife made in India}

{Butterflies Wall Hanging made in India}

Make sure and stop by the Ten Thousand Villages website to check out more goodies & (dare I say it?) start looking for those Christmas presents! :)

8.23.2011

Style Spots: Four Men & a Lady

This past weekend I had the pleasure of being accompanied by four gentlemen whilst hitting up some estate sales. It all started with our friend Jeff, who mentioned wanting to go along with me that weekend. Naturally, this meant that the hubs would make a rare appearance. Word then spread to our friend Andy, who couldn't miss out on this get-together. And then our friend Joel (also our downstairs neighbor) hopped onto the party bandwagon. So there I was, four dudes...and me. I wasn't sure what it would be like since I'm a bit methodical with how I go through a sale, but it was really fun to see them find things and be able to share something I love so much with them. And they all made it through three sales, which is two more than I thought would happen. Kudos to Jeff for sticking it out and going to another sale with me after that; the best man standing. :)

I wish I would've taken some pictures of them with their finds before we parted ways, but I think there will be some repeat performances, so next time. Until then, here's what I was able to dig up. I had actually found time to go to an early sale on Friday where (if you can believe it) it was the first time I stood in line and got a number to go in (gasp!). I'm very familiar with the process, but can usually never bring myself to get there when the initial rush happens, because usually that's when all the (for lack of a better word) jerks show up and you have to wrangle things from their sticky fingers. But this sale was a small house and really packed, so they only let 15 people in to start, and then 1 for 1 once somebody left. It was quite nice, actually, not having a ton of people in the house at the same time, and I felt less pressure to scramble around quickly. The woman whose house it had been was a serious sewer, so I walked out with some amazing fabric and such...


A couple shots of some of my favorites...



The one below is several yards, and still in new condition. The lady at the estate sale said the name of the designer, and now I've completely forgotten. Anyone know?


Below is a patchwork quilt top that is all sewn together. Just needs some batting and a bottom layer. It's nice and big and has so much amazing fabrics in it. Can't wait to finish it and turn it into a bedspread!


They had put some stuff outside to make room, and I was crossing my fingers that no one would buy this before I got to go in and put my name on it. It has a little water damage, but I'm so love in with it for my craft room to store all kinds of things. I'll most likely repaint it, and then add a rod in the space above the cubbies to string my spools of ribbon.


Here's what I found on Saturday...



These Butterfly Gold Cinderella bowls were the hubs's spot. He was so proud, and so was I. :)



The hubs is also space nut, so when he was this ash tray from the moon landing, it had to be his.


Never too early for Christmas decs, right?! :)
 What goodies did you thrift this weekend??

Linking up with:

Thrift Share Monday
Thrifty Treasures
Flea Market Finds
Magpie Monday
The Penny Worthy Project

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