3.31.2013

Happy Easter!


Happy, happy Easter all! Isn't this photo hilarious? Quite an Easter Bunny, I must say. :) We're getting all packed up and ready for our trip tomorrow, and me being the bad blogger that I am, I didn't really pre-write any posts to publish while I'm gone. So, during the next 17 days, I'm challenging myself with a little photo-a-day action.

Since we'll have access to wifi every day in our hotel rooms, I thought I'd post one photo each day that captures my favorite moment (or just a very telling one of what that day was like!), so you all can kind of travel along with us. I definitely have my eye on some flea markets in Paris and London, so you can be sure there will be some vintage in there! :)

Have a great time celebrating the rest of this wonderful holiday! I hope you're spending it with family and friends and experiencing much, much love today.

(Photo source.)

3.25.2013

Style Spots For Me!

Well you sure wouldn't know it's spring if you looked outside my window today! St. Louis had an intense encounter with Winter Storm Virgil this weekend, part of which we drove home in yesterday on our way back from Kansas City. I was SO happy to get home after a fairly slow drive among some scary-stupid drivers, snuggle up under a blanket and watch some March Madness. Now, according to the weather report, it's suppose to be in the lower 60s this coming weekend. Go figure.

And since I certainly don't feel like cleaning off our truck and venturing out today, I thought it would be nice to play a little catchup on the blog! I haven't done much thrifting in the past several weeks as we prepare to leave the country on our overseas excursion, but I have done some. Both were quick stops at estate sales that yielded some gems, both for me and Holly. Here is what I brought home for me...


A couple vintage metal trays, some wax for canning (I am determined to do some this summer!), a little floral saucer, and a small milk glass pedestal container.



A set of three brand-new silicone baking mats.

Two pristine hard suitcases in cream and brown. The brown one still has the tags on it!


A vintage picnic basket.


Two vintage pot holders in red and white for our red-white-and-teal kitchen.


And a vintage wool plaid blanket to go with that picnic basket!

How about you all! Have you been able to get out and thrift anything awesome in the past couple weeks?

Happy Week


Illustration by Kal Barteski

3.19.2013

Away We Go

Source.

So I haven't mentioned this on the blog yet, mostly because I was afraid I'd start talking about it too much and y'all would get really annoyed and put me on your "blogs to cut" list. (Let me just say right now: No, I'm not pregnant.) But, it's officially less than 2 weeks away now, and I wanted to solicit your tips and recommendations.

For Christmas, the hubs surprised me with a pretty amazing present. He'd been hinting the month prior that he was taking me on a trip, so I knew what it was, but I didn't know where. I could tell he was just SO proud of himself, because he kept trying to get me to guess. I ran through a list of places I'd mentioned I'd love to go (the Northeast, Montana, French Canada...), and when I mentioned Canada, his face kind of perked up, so I thought I'd hit the nail on the head. 

Then, Christmas morning comes, and I open the box containing the details of our upcoming journey. Inside is a really cute little book he'd made (and which I will always cherish); I open the first page and see a map of the U.S., and a little plane icon with an arrow pointing toward our destination. My brain, so sure it was right, immediately jumped up to Canada, and then realized the arrow was pointing east...much, much further east...like across The Pond east...like Paris east.

"We're going to Paris???!!!" (And yes, that's about the right amount of question marks and exclamation points.)

"Keep reading," he said with a smile.

I flip a few more pages, and then I see the map morph into London...and then a few more pages, and it morphs into Dublin.

"Are you serious??!!"


Now, here we are, just 13 days away from embarking on this epic adventure. I've booked all the important things, like transportation and hotels, so now is the really fun part: the sights, sounds and tastes. And while I've solicited favorite spots from several friends and family who have been to these places before, I would love to know from any of you who have been to Paris, London or Dublin: What can't we miss? Where should we eat? What are your favorite museums? Favorite flea markets? Vintage stores? Produce markets? Places for a pint? (The list could go on and on...)

I know we'll definitely see some of the iconic sites (because you have to, just once), and during our time in England we'll be hopping down to Portsmouth and then over to Bath and back. Other than that, the world is our oyster! :)

3.14.2013

The Thrifted Kitchen :: St. Patrick's Day Cocktails


Before I dive into the land of libations, some exciting news! Vendors have been chosen for Spring Fling in the City, and it's looking like this show is going to be awesome! So, if you haven't already, head over to the Vendors page and check out who will be selling their stuff, and don't forget to eye the Edibles page to see what kind of food will be there, and the Music page to listen to the uber-talented musicians who will be performing at the show!

Okay...enough biz. Let's get toasted. ;-)

Yesterday, after a busy, busy day, I was excited to break out my shaker and whip up a couple St. Patrick's Day cocktails for the coming weekend. Both are definitely what some might call "girly" drinks, as they err on the side of sweet (which means the hubs took one sip and politely put it down while trying to keep from making that "bleck" face). So serving them as an after-dinner special might be the best way to go...you know, once everyone is stuff with corned beef and cabbage.


Both also come from one of my favorite vintage thrifted books: Cocktails and Snacks by Robert & Anne London, published in 1953. It's an abundant collection of vintage cocktail recipes, broken down by the type of base alcohol you'll be using, which makes finding recipes much simpler. And then in the back are suggestions for snacks to make for your cocktail party. So, basically, it's a book about how to feed your friends and get them drunk in the process. *Nods with approval*

And these drinks will very probably get someone drunk since the key ingredient in each one is green Chartreuse, which some people call "The Other Green Fairy," as in absinthe's very, very close cousin. Heck, probably even a sibling. The alcohol content is 55% (!!), so, paired with your favorite Irish whiskey, it packs quite a punch.

It's also made only one place in the world: by the Carthusian Monks of La Grande Chartreuse, near Grenoble, France. The label says it's made using 130 alpine herbs, and the secret method of preparing it is shared by only three of the brothers and protected by a vow of silence! I mean, this is serious business...which also means the price is a bit steep. But that's okay...you'll save money in the end because each of your guests will only need one drink. :)

So, without further ado...!


Shamrock Cocktail
Makes 1 cocktail

1 1/2 oz. Irish whiskey
1/2 oz. green creme de menthe
1/2 oz. dry vermouth
3 dashes green Chartreuse

Stir with cracked ice. Strain into cocktail glass.


Tipperary Cocktail
Sidenote: This is the county in Ireland where my family hails from...holla!
Makes 1 cocktail

3/4 oz. Irish whiskey
3/4 oz. green Chartreuse
3/4 oz. sweet vermouth

Shake with cracked ice. Strain into cocktail glass.


Slainte! :)

3.11.2013

Sadie's 6th Birthday!

Yes...I am one of those pet parents. I buy my dog presents on holidays; bake her puppy cakes; and this year go to the local party supply store, buy a giant silver number six that's three times as big as she is, and then bribe her with copious amounts of treats to pose for her birthday portrait, for which I set up an actual color-themed backdrop of sorts.

This is who I am.

And I like it. :)

I thought some of you animal-lovers out there might like it, too, so I'm sharing some snapshots of Sadie's big day. I'm sure to her it was just like any other, except more annoying...because of who I am.

Oh, and the cute little two-tiered cake? Sadie looooooved it. I got the recipe from Pretty Fluffy, which is definitely my new favorite dog blog. Be sure and give it a gander for lots of ideas on how to pamper your fuzzy sons and daughters!






3.05.2013

Style Spots...For Me!

So I'm just going to come right out and say that I'm not really sure that the following is all I've spotted for myself since the last such post. I know most of it is from this past weekend, with a couple things from, honestly, I don't know how long ago. When I look around the house and in my den of hoarder-dom (otherwise known as my "craft space,"), I just can't quite remember what is a new find and what is an old.

So either my brain is in serious need of some memory games to help keep it fresh, or my collecting over the winter has reached an alarming level. I'm going to treat myself diplomatically and say it's somewhere in the middle. :)

This past weekend, the hubs and I ventured to my college-day stomping grounds (and the city where he and I met), Columbia, Mo., for the True/False Film Festival. We watched some great films, hung out with friends (including Ruth Acuff, who is going to perform at the Spring Fling in May!), ate some Shakespeare's pizza, and right before we headed back, I convinced the hubs to let me pop into the new Goodwill.

I don't know if I've ever told you guys about my extensive experience with said nonprofit company. I've worked at one in St. Louis (summer after my first year of college), was an assistant manager at the old one in Columbia (which is now a Jo-Ann's), and assistant manager at one in Santa Monica. Anyway, I was sad to see that my old home away from home was no longer, and that its successor is a shiny new freestanding building further east. I don't know about you other thrifters out there, but I miss the old grimy Goodwills that used to be around, where you knew as soon as you walked in that this was going to be a digging adventure. It's part of the thrill of the hunt, right? Now you walk in and everything is new and super organized and it's like shopping at a TJ Maxx or something. I don't know...maybe I'm just old and cranky in this my 30th year. :)

All this to say I did find a couple things for Holly during that stop in CoMo, but nothing for me. What I share today comes from a couple estate sales I managed to fit in over the past couple weekends (I think...sigh).

A pair of gold filigree-style earrings, and some pale purple ones.

Some Vera Neumann pink tulip fabric napkins.

A really large piece of this plaid fabric in one of my favorite color palettes. Picnic, anyone?

A little bag of fabric that I got for the faux quilted one...

And then I opened the navy one and saw this amazing vintage bathing suit pattern in the making...
Methinks I might try and finish it for myself. :)

A lovely old beat-up suitcase, great for storage and/or a display piece in the trailer.

Two white glass mugs with a delicate red rose pattern on them.

And a giant bag full of old yarn, which I am over the moon about.
I have lots in the works involving such craft supplies. :)

How about you lads and ladies out there? What goodies did you dig up this past weekend (or whenever...clearly I'm chronologically challenged!).

Also...just putting this out there: Would you all be interested in doing a thrifted finds link party here each week? I've often thought it would be fun for us all to see a photo grid of finds and be able to click through to read about it. What do you think? Should we start one up next week?
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