7.31.2012

Style Spots :: A Few Good Things

So let me tell you a little about my weekend: It was busy! Saturday I hosted a baby shower for my sis-in-law. She and my bro are having their first little one, and we're all SO excited! They've decided not to find out what the sex is, so I'm on the edge of my seat, waiting to see if it's a boy or girl. Perhaps the best part is their due date is my birthday, so my fingers are crossed for a birthday twin (although I know the odds are not in my favor...but you never know!).

Then on Sunday, we participated in a progressive dinner with good friends from high school. Two of them just recently bought new houses, and no one had really been to ours yet, so the three of us played host. It was really fun getting to see everyone's homes and spend so much time together catching up and hanging out. So if any of you are reading this, let's do that more often. :)

Knowing all these plans for the weekend, I knew Sunday morning would be my only window to hit up some estate sales. I ended up going to four, and all of them were pretty picked over, but I did find some hidden gems...

A beautiful vintage gray wool Oscar de la Renta dress, for sale.

A cute little baby boy gingham romper, for sale.

Another little romper that I am in love with (the little shorts/suspenders are so cute!)

A vintage dress pattern...

A huge painting that I got for the living room.

And a little family of pheasants!

How was your thrifting this weekend? Find anything good?

Linking up with:
Thrift Share Monday
Flea Market Finds
Thrifty Treasures
Magpie Monday

7.26.2012

Vintage Love :: Reflex Camera Pencil Sharpener


I've been playing around with my Kodak Duaflex camera this week (the results of which you will hopefully see in tomorrow's post), which means I've had vintage cameras on the brain. I've also recently reclaimed the fun of using pencils again. There's something freeing about knowing you can easily erase something you scribble down, and as a kid I also loved how wonderfully worn in the paper got after two or three times of an eraser rubbing over it.


So it was somewhat clandestine when I came across this reflex camera pencil sharpener (which is now on my wishlist, thank you). And the way this kind of camera is built, it's almost like it was suppose to become a sharpener at some point: the lens easily turns into a hole for the pencil (get your mind out of the gutter, dirty bird), and the advance lever winds around to sharpen said pencil.


Brilliant, no?

You can find here.

7.25.2012

Fav Freebie :: 'Sew Vintage' Printable


For all you lovers of sewing out there...or just lovers of pretty printables. :)
via Etsy France (click on images to get larger size, then drag and drop onto your desktop)

7.24.2012

Style Spots: Back in the Game

Up until this past Sunday, I can't tell you the last time I went to an estate sale. Thrift stores? Yes. But for I guess about a month there, I was spending most weekend hours finishing up Holly, and the past two showing her off around town. This Saturday, I was at the Soulard Market Park Arts and Crafts Fair, which I loved for two main reasons: 1) It's in Soulard, which is a beautifully historic part of the city; and 2) I got to park under a tree, so for once it was actually cooler in the trailer than outside, which makes for a happy Beth (otherwise watch out, it's cranky pants time).

The show was over by 2 p.m., and I played around in my head with the idea of going to some estate sales, and then remembered I had only slept about four hours, so the hubs and I grabbed lunch at Schlafly after dropping Holly off, then crashed at home, taking a four-hour nap and waking up around 8:30 p.m. (whoops!).

But it actually turned out well, because I got up early on Sunday, which means my sleeping schedule was still intact, and I headed to a couple estate sales before running some errands. Both were in South City off Hampton, and the first one turned up these little gems...

Vintage patent black purse.

Some '60s appetizer forks.

Set of cut-glass appetizer plates that will be replacing a set of Anthropologie ones
I got a few years ago.

A handmade crochet poncho, for sale.

A vintage blue pencil skirt, vintage size 14, for sale.

I realized when taking these pictures that Esmeralda is in the trailer, so until I remember to take things there over the weekend to photograph them, you're stuck looking at hanger pics. :)

The second sale was a bit more picked over, but I did walk out with two things...

Another Flameware double boiler (yay!). This one is even bigger than I one I picked up some months ago.

And some silverplate salad tongs...

With a really pretty pattern pressed into it.

Earlier last week, I did some post-work thrifting at Value Village and a Goodwill. I found lots of cute vintage linens to sell in the trailer, but unfortunately that's where they are, so no pictures. But I did still have some of the vintage baby clothes I've been picking up (all for sale, by the way).

Love the red polka dots in this one.

A vintage Diane von Furstenberg girls dress (what??).

I tried to research it, but couldn't find anything about children's clothes made by
her except the recent line she did for Gap. Anyone know anything about this one?

Little romper set with yellow gingham.
I added them into a little children's section in the trailer, so if you have a little one on the way, come by sometime and check them out!

I also found these pillows...


And a new coffee table!

A wonderfully '60s rattan one, with four triangle seats that pull out.

And the fabric is in gorgeous condition!

All this means that our old coffee table set is for sale. It's a three-piece vintage Lane set, the Acclaim line, that we picked up last year.


The stuff that looks like discoloration is actually dust....I'm not a good housekeeper (haha).

It's in good condition, but has some minor wear on the edges and a glass ring on one end table (all from the previous owners), so we're pricing it as such, at $250. If you're in the area and you're interested, just shoot me an email! I'll be putting it on Craigslist later today.

What about you? Find any goodies this past week?

Linking up with:
Thrift Share Monday
Flea Market Finds
Thrifty Treasures
Magpie Monday

7.20.2012

Come See Holly @ Soulard!


Hello, my lovelies! Are you ready for the weekend (albeit another very hot one)?? I most certainly am, especially because it's my first time selling at the Soulard Market Park Arts & Crafts Show (yay!). Holly and I will be somewhere near the "food" end, so once you satiate your tummy, come on over and feed your craving for vintage, as well as loads of amazing handmade goods crafted by some very talented people.

I've been thrifting the past couple nights and have some great stuff to add to Holly, including a little baby/kids section with vintage clothes. I've been collecting pieces for the little ones over the past month or so, and I think I finally have enough to start selling. So if you're expecting, or just had a little babe, be sure and stop by to check out the selection!

7.19.2012

The Thrifted Kitchen :: Cinnamon Honey Scones


This past week, I was having a major craving for scones. I don't know why; I hadn't seen a recipe online or on TV anywhere, but I just couldn't shake the need for triangular wedges of doughy goodness. And the more I thought about it, the more excited I got, because, surely, with all the vintage cookbooks I have, there had to be a scone recipe in there that was interesting.

(Fast forward an hour and a half....)

I ended up finding only two recipes, and both were the tasteless kind that's rely on gobs of butter or honey on top to bring in some flavor. Well, I only have one word for that: boring.

Still determined, I went to the next line of defense: compilation cookbooks. You know, the kind that are printed by churches and schools to raise money for their respective. And I just so happened to have a blast from the past on my bookshelf: the Edgar Road Elementary School "Family Favorites" book from 1991, when I was a wee little second grader. I remember the school having a contest of sorts as they planned the book, asking all the students to submit a drawing that could be used on one of the intro pages when it was time to go to a different group of recipes. And guess whose drawing made it in there?


I know...you've never seen such a realistic drawing of a bunch of grapes and a banana (or a bunch of grapes with two perfectly parallel rows...).

But back to the task at hand. In the breads section, I came across a recipe for cinnamon honey scones, and decided that's the recipe I would try, because surely the addition of those key ingredients would elevate this recipe a bit. But boy was I wrong. I couldn't really even taste the honey, and barely got the flavor of cinnamon when I bit into it. Stink.

So before the scones could cool, I ran to the pantry and grabbed some powdered sugar and a vanilla bean, some salt and some milk. I scraped half a bean into the milk and let it steep about five minutes or so, then added it to the sugar and milk, making a vanilla bean glaze that has saved many a baking hiccup in my past. I poured it over the still-cooling scones, and once it set took another bite.

Victory!

Despite the last-minute save, I'm still perplexed and somewhat disappointed. I mean, I've had some truly delicious scones in the past that didn't need any kind of topping to give them some taste. So I wonder how I can tweak this recipe for future use to give it more oomph. Less baking powder? More butter? What do you think? I know some of you have a killer scone recipe out there...


Cinnamon Honey Scones
Courtesy of the Edgar Road "Family Favorites" Cookbook
Yields 8 scones

1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon honey
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
6 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1/2 cup milk

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder and cinnamon. Add butter and work in into the flour with your hands (or a pastry blender) until it looks somewhat yellow (or has the consistency of coarse crumbs). Add the honey and milk and break the egg into the bowl. Stir with a wooden spoon until thoroughly mixed (it will take a little time, but keeping working it; I promise it's enough wet ingredients).

*Note: From here on, I altered the recipe a bit. The original has you scoop spoonfuls of dough onto the cookie sheet, but I like triangles, so here's what I did...*

Take the dough in your hands and loosely pat it into a disc. Place it into the middle of the cookie sheet and start pressing evenly into a larger circle with the palm of your hand until it's about 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch thick. Take a knife and cut into eight wedges.

Bake for 15 minutes, or until edges of scones are golden. Once done, remove from oven and let cool 3-4 minutes.

While scones cool, make the glaze:

1/2 vanilla bean
1/4 cup milk
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Cut vanilla bean in half and scrape the "caviar" out. Mix into the milk and let steep 5 minutes. Add milk-vanilla mixture to powdered sugar and mix, adding more milk as necessary, until you have the right consistency for drizzling.

Break apart scones, place on a cooling rack set inside a parchment-lined sheet cake pan. Drizzle glaze over scones and let set 2-3 minutes before serving.

7.18.2012

Vintage Love :: Melody Miller Viewfinder Fabric

Let me let you in on the methodology of how I find the random things I end up posting on here. When it comes to things like these new Vintage Love posts, I usually just search for something specific that pops into my head to see what kinds of fun it retrieves. And that's it. (Pretty scientific, huh?)

This week, I saw a picture on Pinterest of an old toy viewfinder (which we all had at some point), and decided I'd do a little Etsy search to see what came up. To my delight, it was this really fun, modern Melody Miller fabric that I remember seeing ages ago and completely forgot about. And it has been used to create some cute things!

Ruffled-sleeve dress by Belly of a Whale

Pillow cover by Allihoppa

Clutch bag by Octopurse (15% off through end of July!)

Wallet by Faith on Earth

Cosmetic pouch by Octopurse (also 15% off!)

Isn't that little girl the cutest? :)

What kind of viewfinder memories do you have?

7.17.2012

Fav Freebie :: Summer Vintage Floral Gift Tags

I think if I look back on all the Fav Freebie posts so far, a majority of them have come from Eat Drink Chic. And you know what? I'm okay with that. I mean, Amy can't help it that she's just so darn creative, and I can't help but download almost everything she posts to the site. So it's kind of a match made in crafty, thrifty heaven (now I just imagined heaven filled with endless craft supplies and thrift stores....awesome!).

But anyway...back to the task at hand: these summer gift tags covered in fresh vintage floral patterns...

{Images by Amy Moss courtesy of Eat Drink Chic}

If you've seen the pics of Holly, you'll know I love me some vintage floral, and it's actually given me an idea of what I can do with that half roll of wallpaper I have left. I already use these shipping tags to price the inventory...maybe I can cover one side of them with the wallpaper so they tie into the trailer more? We shall see...

Until then, I'm just gonna hop on over to Eat Drink Chic to download these beautiful babies.

7.16.2012

Style Spots: Holly's Debut!

As some of you know, this weekend was the Indie Craft Revolution Show at Mad Art Gallery in the city, and it was also the debut of Holly, my new mobile business venture for Parsimonia. But before I show some pictures of this amazing weekend, I want to give a big thanks to Kate, who very graciously let Holly park on the curb during the show; to the hubs, who did so, so, so much work on top in his already busy schedule to help restore the trailer; and my mom, who wallpapered a very tricky curved wall and helped me organize and stock inventory before the show. I am so lucky to have such a great family that has supported this dream of mine, and I'm so excited to see where it goes! (Haha, I feel like I just gave an award-acceptance speech!)

So, without further ado, here are some shots I snapped the past two days...






I also got to meet some of you blog readers, which was such a treat; catch up with some of the girls I've gotten to know during my time in the craft show circuit (particularly Miss Chelsie, the ridiculously talented lady behind Fable and Lore, who has the cutest style and the nicest smile); and make new friends, like Lisa, owner of The ReTrailer, who also has an amazing vintage trailer store stocked with her own tea and spice blends.

Holly's next stop will be at the Soulard Market Park Arts and Crafts Show this coming Saturday. So if you're in town, I'd love to see your shining face! :) And don't forget to follow her @ShopParsimonia to stay up to date on where we'll be in the months to come!

Happy Week

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7.12.2012

Vintage Love: David Klein TWA Posters

Some of you might remember this awesome trip to Madison I took with my girls last year, which included a stop at a wonderful little indie craft store called Anthology. Since then, I've been a bit obsessed with the Africa travel poster I bought there (pictured below), and finally decided to get some more posters of places I have been together to decorate that giant empty dining room wall.


Turns out I didn't have to do much research at all to find out who the artist is, and it's almost embarrassing that, being the vintage-lover I am, I didn't know his name. But we all have to learn these things eventually, right? In any case, his name is David Klein, and he pretty much paved the way for that "jet setting" vibe Americans encompassed in the 1950s and 1960s by designing these iconic posters for the Howard Hughes-owned TWA airline.

I've always been one that leans toward the abstract side of art, and scrolling through these designs is so inspiring for me. I love how playful and vibrant they are, and can certainly understand why they gave so many people the itch to travel!

These are the ones I'd like to slowly add to the wall:





To learn more about Klein and see more of his work (including the original art comps of the travel posters), visit his website. And I finally tracked down a site that has a lot of reprints available for purchase, which you can find here.

Which ones are your favorites?
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