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Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- August 24th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We spent a little time at the flea market and even fit in a date night at our favorite sushi place. We’ve been talking about taking a nice vacation next spring some time and have been thinking about some of the great national parks like Yellowstone or Yosemite or Sequoia. So, this week I thought I would share a few vintage nick nacks from our nations amazing national parks. Check em’ out:


Vintage Green1960s Chalkware Souvenir Piggy Bank, Paradise Valley, Mt. Rainier National Park from Planet Alissa


Yellowstone National Park Vintage Souvenir Travel Patch from Voyager – New In Original Package from Heyday Road Trip


Vintage 50s Wyoming State Souvenir Silver & Green Enamel Bracelet Charm from So Cal Jewel Box


1950s New Mexico Travel & Tourism Ad Vintage Advertising Carlsbad Canyons National Park Illustrated Print, Wall Art Decor from Ad Vintage Com


Great Smoky Mountains National Park Vintage Red Felt Pennant – Banner – Flag – Day-Glo from You Bet Your Glass Etc.


vintage souvenir plate – Yellowstone National Park from Forrestina Vintage


Yellowstone National Park Vintage 50s Souvenir Tablecloth Cactus Cloth Yucca Print DavisCo from Rare Rags and Treasures


Vintage Log Cabin Ceramic South Dakota Salt and Pepper Shaker Set Badlands National Park from Randall Johnson Blades


BADLANDS, North & South Dakota – 1950s postcard sets – Tichnor Quality Views, Photo souvenir folder: National Monument from Cammoo


Ruins Trail to Citadel-Nalakihu – Wupatki National Monument Brochure {1952} Vintage Paper Ephemera from Jessica Ann’s Emporium


Vintage Smoky Mountains Souvenir Plate – Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Tennessee North Carolina – 1950’s Kitchen Art Wall Decor Dish from Zippity Doodle



Moro Rock Sequoia National Park Bracelet Charm Vintage Bates & Klinke Sterling Silver from Sterling Revival

Aren’t they so cool! I love vintage travel souvenirs! Although I love them all, I think the piggy bank is my absolute favorite this week. What about you? Anything strike your fancy? I hope you enjoy browsing through these fantastic Etsy vintage shops as much as I did this week. I’ll be back soon with more vintage fun. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Etsy Favorite Fridays- July 10th

Happy Friday everyone! Got big plans this weekend? I am planning on taking it easy, maybe doing a little sewing and a little reading. Before I sign off for the weekend, I thought I would share some of my favorite goodies I’ve been crushing on from Etsy with you. Here they are:


 Treats please! Merlin the Italian greyhound sitting and waiting for treats! by June Allan Portraits


Custom needle felted dog Italian Greyhound portrait sculpture wool by Dreamwood Art Designs


Greyhound Necklace – Whippet Galgo Italian Greyhound Necklace by Sighthound Goodies


Italian Greyhound Dog Metal Garden Stake – Metal Yard Art – Metal Garden Art – Pet Memorial by Georgia Metal Art



Italian Greyhound 11 oz Coffee Mug Standard Diner Sized Ceramic Mug with Black Handle, Canine, Hound Dog, Iggy, Wippet, Domestic Animal, Pet by Caustic Threads

Aren’t they just so adorable! I love them all of course! Notice an Italian Greyhound theme going on here! I’ve got iggies on the brain, especially since our new puppy has been around. Be sure to check out these wonderful artists and their shops! I think you’ll love them too! I’ll be back soon with more awesome finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- March 2nd

Happy Monday everyone! Can you believe it’s March already? I am so looking forward to spring time, longer days, and warmer weather! It’s time to start seeing some lovely color again. One of my favorite things about spring is that it is when we see a change from the warm neutrals of fall and winter to the soft and bright shades of spring and summer. One of my favorite color hues ever has got to be minty greens and blues! I love mint! Vintage mint is even better! So, this week I thought I’d share some of my favorite minty green finds with you all from Etsy’s wonderful vintage shops. Enjoy:


Vintage Mint Green Rotary Telephone from The White Pepper


Shawnee Pottery Cameo Ware Ruffled Edge Splatter Mint Green Window Planter Atomic 1950’s from The Wild World


Vintage Mint Green Camera Imperial Savoy Bakelite Camera for 620 (120-620) Film with Wrist Strap from Brass Lens


French Vintage Mint Green Metal Enamelware Salt Box /Salt Canister from Souvenirs De Voyages


Vintage 1950’s 50’s NWT Deadstock Sleeveless Cotton Full Skirt Dress Mint Green Floral Appliques Button Front from Billy Kitten Vintage


Vintage mint green acrylic bead necklace, Mint green marble beads, Vintage marble beads, Light green bead necklace, Retro green necklace from Bixipix


Vintage Mint Green Dangling Earring 70 Kawaii Japanese White Polka Dot Light Pastel Green Ribbon Bow Lolita from Villa Collezione 


Vintage Sea Foam Green Woven Leather Flats / Ballet Flats / Size 6 from Little French Dress


Vintage 1950’s Sequin Beaded Clutch Evening Bag Wallet ATLANTICO Green Dye from The Velvet Firefly


Vintage Guilloche Enamel Hand Mirror Minty Green Russet from Rumplebin


vintage mint green wool blanket , rustic cream floral rose throw blanket from Experimental Vintage



Ansco baby doll bath, 1950s toy, vintage baby doll, mint green metal, doll collectible, vintage toy from Karen’s Chic and Shabby

Aren’t they luscious! I love them all! That dress is so amazing, and the children’s doll bath is too adorable! Do you all have a favorite this week? I hope you enjoy perusing through these lovely shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage goodies. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- January 12th

Happy Monday everybody! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! It has been pretty cold here the last week! I realize that cold for us southerners is like a tiny drop in a bucket for some of my northern friends, but for me it has been freezing! I have heard we may get snow this week sometime, which I would be quite excited about. If it’s going to be really cold, I’d at least like a nice pretty snow. Since my mind has been on snow, I thought I would share a little collection of some of my favorite wintery white finds with you inspired by snow queens. It was really hard to narrow it down this week! Here are just a few of my favorites:


Vintage Earrings Milk Glass Rhinestone Clip On Mid Century Circa 1960s Pear Teardrop Baguette Lozenge Cabochons Hand Prong Set Rhodium Plate from Patty’s Porcelain ETC


Vintage 1950s White Hand Crochet Lace Collar from Revival Vintage Boutique


1950’s Mr. Spencer Off White 3″ High Heels Pumps from Nora Barry’s


High End Vintage Necklace, White Glass Stones & Jonquil Yellow Chatons, Silver Tone Rhinestone Necklace Choker, Winter White Jewelry from Accessory Avenue Boutique


1950s Wool Waffle Sweater // Winter White // Vintage 1950s Cardigan // Medium from Thrifty Vintage Kitten


1950s White & black rhinestone butterfly cat eye sunglasses from Veramode


Silk Petal Beret. Vintage Wedding Hat. // ONE SIZE. // Off White. Knit Beanie, 50s Swim Cap. // Winter Bridal Headpiece. Hair Cover from Salvato Collection


Vintage 1950’s White Beaded Purse Filigree Frame from Salvage Life


1950s, Tacoma Washington / silky faux Persian lambswool / satin lined, gold rimmed buttons / Mid Century Winter / small medium from Artistry Vintage


1950s hat set/ 50s angora knit hat and scarf from Shop KLAD


Vintage 1950’s “SNOW QUEEN” Full Circle Skirt Sparkly Silver White Peter Pan Collar Dress XS / Small from It’s Darling Vintage



Vintage off-white gloves, mid-century, short, brushed nylon, hand stitched and embroidered, size medium, 6 1/2, wedding, bridal, lovely from Costume Consortium 

Aren’t they all so beautiful! I love winter whites! I love them all! Really loving the clothing! My favorites on Etsy are always public, so you can always see more of my favorite items in my profile. I hope you enjoy browsing through these wonderful Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage lovelies. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Holiday Gift Guides 2014- Gifts for Teens

Hey guys! The past few weeks have been a little of a whirlwind! I can’t belive this year is already almost over, I swear it has gone by so fast! I am knee-deep in making holiday gifts for my own crew this year. I did want to pop in and share a few of my favorite gift ideas for teens. Check em’ out:


Red Squirrel Serenade – Tote Bag / Book Bag – 16″ x 16″ by Iota Illustration


mermaid print 8 x 12 sea how cute I am by BoopsieDaisy


On Sale!!! LOLA’S SWEET DREAM Ooak Cameo Vintage Inspired Art Brooch by Odd Princess, Wearable Art by Odd Princess


Unicorn i phone Slim Case – i phone Case – i phone 5 Case – i phone 5s Case by Pai and Pear


Coastal Pillow Happy Girls are the Prettiest Pillow Audrey Hepburn Beach Decor Gift Girls Room Throw Pillow Cover Decorative Throw Retro Art by Vintage Beach


Hummingbirds Zipper Pouch Little Coin Purse ECO Friendly Padded NEW Hummers Delight by J Pat Purses


Goldie and the Bear Hugs – limited edition giclee print of an original illustration (8 x 10 in) by Helen Dardik


Crochet Ring – Tiny Landscape – House and Tree on a Hill – Mini Amigurumi Adjustable Ring – Statement Ring by Biribis


clutch – ipad case – minibag by Nuria Diaz Shop


Macbook Decal Sticker for Macbook Sticker Macbook Pro Decal Macbook Air Sticker Snoopy SN by The CJ Store


Harry Potter Dumbledore quote print – Happiness can be found – Typographic print, Inspirational Art poster, giclee print wall art by Simple Serene



2015 Calendar Printable INSTANT DOWNLOAD/ Illustrated magical travel wall/ desk calendar by BelsArt

Aren’t they so flippin’ cute! I realize that most of these finds are rather feminine, but check out these amazing shops and you could certainly find something for just about everyone on your list. There are so many talented artists on Etsy! I am in awe every week! I hope you have enjoyed my little gift guide. Hopefully it has given an idea or two for someone on your list. I’ll be back soon with another fun gift guide. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Holiday Gift Guides 2014- Gifts for Pets and Pet Lovers

Hey everyone! I’ve gotten a little behind on my gift guides this year with so much going on around here lately. So we will be playing catch up this week. The first guide I am going to share with you is a collection of gifts for pet lovers and our favorite furry friends. This is always one of my favorite guides to put together! We have quite a few pets in our family, and we are all definitely all animal lovers! It was hard to narrow down my list. Here are just a few of my favorites:


Personalize Your Pooch – Dog Art Block – 4″ x 5″- Personalized Gift Idea for Mom- Personalized Gifts for Pets- Dogs Gifts for Christmas by John W Golden


Pink Squirrel Dog Collar, Adjustable, Ribbon Collar, Woodland Pet Collar by Day Dog Designs


Silly porcelain dog earrings,kawaii,ceramic jewellery,porcelain earring,real gold plated on brass earring,small cute gift,for dog lovers by Silly Rice


My Favoritest Thing – Cute Art Print of a Pug with his Dog Toy; a Drawing for Dog Lovers by Inkpug


My cat is the coolest person I know mug,cup,coffee,funny,present,gift,cat lover by Knits Chic


Ceramic Tuxedo Cat Sculpture & Vase by Maid of Clay


Whimsical Cat and Dog Art Print – FoLLow YouR BliSS – Fun Aqua Teal Blue Green Artwork by 3 Crows


Gift for couple – Wooden Keychain – Personalized Anniversary Gift – Bridal Shower Gift – Cats print – Handmade Keyring by Good Mood Woods


Custom Dog Breed Necklace – Bronze or Antique Silver Cameo Pendant – Customized Dog Breed Necklace – Gift for Pet Lover, Dog Owner by Jersey Maids


Custom pet portrait tote bag.Custom pet portrait. For one or two pets. Personalized Tote bag. Gift for pet owners. Gift for animal lovers by Carol’s Atelier


Medium Dog Tag – Dog ID Tag – Pet Tag – Bull Terrier- Bully by Doggone Tags


Felt succulent planter / Kitty cat vase / Natural colors / Kawaii gift / cat lover gift /set of three – Choose your color by The Yarn Kitchen


Custom Dog Wine Stopper by Wolf’s Folk Art


Hedgehog Needle Minder / Keeper, Walnut, Laser Cut Wood by Tangerine 8


Feline Retribution Cat Toys – organic catnip filled, handmade — SciFi fans, feminists, progressives, vengeance is yours by 100 Ladies


Labrador dog embossing, laser engraved wooden rolling pin by Boon Homeware

I just love every one of them! Can’t pick a favorite this time, they are all fantastic! Do you have a favorite? I hope this little guide has given you a few gift ideas for someone you love. Be sure to check out all the fantastic shops that all of these wonderful items came from, you’ll love them! They are amazing! I’ll be back soon with another gift guide. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

DIY Vintage Christmas Brooch Necklace




07-IMG_1298Hey everyone! One of my favorite things to collect at the holidays is vintage brooches! I love the whimsy of them! I thought it would be fun to add in one of my newest vintage reindeer brooches to a statement necklace to wear for the holidays. It’s super simple to make a necklace with a brooch as a focal point, and all you need are a few supplies! The best part about this diy is that you can create a fabulous piece of jewelry in under an hour (plus drying time.) Check it out:

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Brooch

*Vintage or New Beads of Your Choice

*Eye Pins

*Jump Rings

*Lobster Clasp

*Bails or little Metal Tags (I bought mine at AC Moore)

*Jewelry Pliers

*Round Nose Jewelry Pliers







So the first step to making your necklace is to make your chain of beads. Take an eye pin, load a bead onto it. Snip the excess wire at about 1/2″ or so from the top of the bead. Take your round nose jewelry pliers and curl the wire around to make a loop in the top. So you should end up with a bead that has an eye at the bottom and at the top. Now, take another eye pin. Open up the bottom with your pliers. Hook the open loop onto the top loop in your first bead then close the loop. Load on another bead, snip the wire, make a loop and then load another eye pin. Continue making your chain of beads.


Make your chain as long as you want. I made mine so the the stripe bead and the brooch would hit right about my collar bone on each side. Make one side to be from the back of the neck where the clasp will go down and around to the other side of your collar bone where the brooch will go. Then make the other side from the back of the neck to the top of where the brooch will go. Connect the two chain pieces with a lobster clasp. Attach the clasp with jump rings.






Next, you need to prep your brooch for your necklace. Pull the pin part of the brooch off of the back with your pliers. My little deer brooch had antlers that I was able to hook a jump ring to. If your brooch doesn’t have a place at the top to hook a jump ring you will need a tag at the top as well as the bottom. Put a little E6000 onto the back of your tag(s) and glue them into place on the back side of your brooch. Let the glue dry thoroughly.


Once your glue is dry, attach your brooch to the ends of the beaded chain you made earlier with jump rings. Now you are ready to wear!




06-IMG_1300I just love my new Christmas necklace! How fabulous is this brooch, really! I am just head over heels for my little deer! I used vintage lucite beads from a broken vintage necklace I had, but you can use any kind of beads you like. Have fun with it and make it your own! I can’t wait to see what you guys do with this one! I hope you will give it a try! It is super easy and fun! I’ll be back tomorrow with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Fall Style Inspired by Julep Nail Polish


Today was the first little taste of fall weather around here. And although I am a little sad to see summer go, I am very much looking forward to cooler weather and snuggling up with lovely sweaters! Today I am teaming up with Julep Nail Polish to give you some style ideas for transitioning from summer to fall colors. I am not usually a fan of autumn’s earthy tones, but the softer colors still speak to me. I chose to create a look inspired by Julep’s beautiful polish color, Clara. This is such a luscious shade of pink. It has a little peachy undertone, and is soft, feminine, and modern! I love this shade of pink for fall as it tones down the brights of summer but still gives you a hint of color with your fall neutrals. My style tends to be pretty casual. I also have a serious obsession with sweaters in the fall! So, this ensemble is definitely on my fall wish list! I like pieces that are a little fun and quirky as well, and it’s no surprise the adorable deer sweater and amazing rose sneakers are right up my alley! Love love love them! I think that Julep’s Clara pink polish would be the perfect accompaniment to this fall outfit, don’t you! To see more amazing colors for your perfect fall manicure, check out the fabulous line of Julep Nail Polish. And here is a break down of my style inspiration and where to buy everything pictured in this post:


Deer, Far, Wherever You Are Sweater at Modcloth




The Cambridge Satchel Company Leather 13″ Top Handle Satchel Bag, Cream at John Lewis


Superga ‘Rose’ Sneaker at Nordstrom


Hand knitted eternity scarf-pastel rose by Sarigg at Etsy




I Am Happy Ring at The Iconic


kate spade new york faux pearl flower stud earrings at Cusp


And of Course Julep’s Clara Nail Polish at Julep

I also created a little look for the perfect evening out inspired by Clara as well. The dress from Anthropologie pairs beautifully with the Kate Spade jewelry! I am a total sucker for anything Kate!

An Evening With Clara


And here is a little chart from Julep to give you some color ideas for transitioning from summer to fall colors:


I hope you all have enjoyed my little style posts today! I always have so much fun putting outfits together!  Do you have a favorite color for fall this year? I am loving the softer tones! Hope you all are enjoying the Fall transition and the beautiful weather!

Happy Fall!


Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- September 15th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Daryl and I made tamales and it was so much fun! We also had some nice cool weather yesterday. I think fall is definitely starting to show here in NC. I am looking forward to the cooler temperatures and layering up! One of the things I think of when I think of fall is the woods and woodland animals and birds. So, this week I thought I’d share some of my favorite vintage owl finds with you all inspired by one of my most favorite woodland animals. Retro owls are so much fun! Here are some of my favorites this week:


Vintage Lofisa Large Art Pottery Owl Vase – Mid Century from House of Seance


Cute owl wooden salt and pepper shakers, cruet, serving condiment bird 1950s 50s pots from Trudy’s Store Vintage


Enid Collins Style OWL Purse Mid Century Modern Mad Men Era Ladies Mod 1950s-60s Wood Box Purse / Handbag Handpainted with Owl from Jack Jett Vintage


Vintage owl salt and pepper shakers ceramic, black red brown from Lititz Carriage House


Vintage Owl Light Table Lamp from High Point Farm 2010


Vintage Owl Perfume Sachet Locket Pin Brooch by Avon, Original Box from Love Lockets


Vintage Owl Bud Vase Kitsch Cute from Rebecca Hearts Vintage


1950s Vintage Owl Planter made by Norcrest in Japan Mother with Babies – Ceramic – Japan – Animal Bird Planter from Covenants


Vintage Owl Playing Cards , Collage Pack , Scrapbooking from 2 Vintage Gypsies


Vintage OWL Screw Back Earrings from Lavender Owl Vintage


Vintage 1950s porcelain owl teapot kitsch 50s from The Lucky Fox



VERY RARE Vintage Retro 1950’s Cartoon Owls Salt and Pepper Shakers Antique Collectibles or Cake Toppers from Moon Faces

Aren’t they all fantastic! I love vintage owl items! Of course I love them all! They are all so cute! I especially love the little purse, and shakers! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fabulous Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more fun vintage finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- August 18th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! We took Beau to the flea market in Raleigh, and had a wonderful time! Even though the weather is still hot here, I am starting to see fall items creeping in around the shops. Before you know it, pumpkin spice everything will be everywhere. Summer is on its last stretch for this year, but before I turn around and it’s gone, I wanted to share some of my favorite vintage summer florals with you all! Vintage florals make my world go round’! Maybe a bit dramatic, but you get the point. I really love them! Here are just a few of my favorite vintage summery florals from Etsy’s wonderful vintage shops this week:


Vintage 1950s Dress : 50s Peak Bloom Floral Day Dress from Raleigh Vintage


Vintage 1950’s Needlepoint Wooden Pill Box Handbag from Vintage Arm Candy


50% OFF Vintage 1950s Rose Bud Floral Motif Tank Top / 50s Pink Summer Shirt / small from Nosilla Vintage


Vintage Kitchen Cannister Set White Red Yellow Blue Green Flowers from RetroGroovie


RARE Vintage German Teacup and Saucer Trio Set- Ornate Yellow and Blue Floral- Romantic- Summer from Circe Collectables 


Vintage Tablecloth,Retro Tablcloth, 1950’s Tablecloth,Mid Century,Roses,Floral,Red Pink Blue,Glamping,Glamper,Cabin from Vintage Coco By The Lake


1950s Floral Drinking Glasses Vintage glasses in basket Libbey Glassware barware red Yellow Mid century cottage summer entertaining from Lemon Rose Studio


Vintage Handkerchief Hankie Floral Roses Daisies Coral Blue Green Set of Two from Cinful Oldies


Vintage Cake Pie Carrier / Yellow Floral from Urban Renewal Designs


SALE vintage 50s floral linen shift dress / 1950s floral linen dress / sleeveless printed shift dress / summer shift dress from Archetype Vintage


Vintage Twin sheet set in bold pastels from Very Lovely Life



Vintage Coro Daisy Rhinestone Necklace, Pink Floral Necklace, Daisy Flower Choker, Gold Tone Metal from Dewy Morning Vintage

Aren’t they all just amazing! I am head over heels for the vintage tablecloth and little purse, and the glasses! I really can’t pick a favorite this week as I adore them all! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these wonderful vintage shops as much as I did this week! I’ll be back next monday with some more vintage fun. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

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