Wednesday, March 30, 2011



Vintage images to inspire and create.
*Printed on Iron-on transfer paper and used to create tea towels, pillows, and accessories; laquered on a pendant to create one of a kind jewelry; printed and framed for inspiration.

True Love

Monday, March 28, 2011

In Case You Didn't Know... Bonnie and Clyde

They're young. They're in Love.  They kill people.

Well said, well said.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

How To... Scratchy Chai

Drink to Simplicity and Relaxation

How to Make Your Own Chai:
Mix and boil
1 cup milk
1 cup water
1 large strip of orange peel
3 whole cloves
1 (3 inch) cinnamon stick
3 whole black peppercorns
1 shot vanilla flavoring
1 pinch ground nutmeg
4 teaspoons white sugar
2 teaspoons  tea leaves

OR you could cheat the flavor... equally delicious and 1/100 the time
Mix and Heat

Vanilla Almond Milk and Tazo Chai Concentrate


Friday, March 25, 2011

Out of Sight!!

Winner of this month's groovy giveaway = Breana from a Crafty Bre!

Breana won the 5 cuts of Sari Fabric, the Karma checkbook, and the funky Iron On of the Fab 4. 

Dear Breana, 
 I hope very much that you enjoy your new groovy gear...


How'd she win?? Simple! She left a comment on the original entry and it was randomly drawn from all the entries. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

With a basket in hand...

Reflecting upon my childhood, my fondest memories seem to be of my family eating out.  We weren't going to a favorite or fancy restaurant... we were eating out.  Many Sunday afternoons, the three of us (plus dog) would go sit on the shores of Lake Superior, roasting marshmallows, and enjoying the waves.  After church, I'd love to hear,  
"Its a lovely day for a picnic..."

nostalgic and romantic...
What is your favorite picnic memory?

Saturday, March 19, 2011


Its time to get psychadelic, fellow vintage-ophiles! 
Going back to my roots for March's giveaway (for those of you who don't know me, lets just say my parents were...erm...definite products of the sixties)...

This month's  giveaway :
  cuts of Sari fabric,

this Karma Checkbook,

and a groovy iron-on of these guys

To enter  Simply leave a comment telling me that you'd love these far out finds...

Winner will be selected at random and announced on March 25th.

Good Luck (really, I'm projecting good vibes your way)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Our mantles needed more drama and height
In the living room, reminiscient of antique church windows... 
(but its neither a window nor an antique-- I am in love;   the antique and used books soothe my soul )

... and In the bedroom, portal to nowhere.
(want the story?  sure you do.... there was a retro china cabinet on the side of the road with a FREE sign on it-- SCORE!  so, we carried the cabinet home (yes, I'm sure it was a sight) and decided to try it in the kitchen as a hutch of sorts-- well it looked cluttered and frumpy, so we took the doors and put the cabinet back out on our curb with a new FREE sign...  a bit of "antique look" silver paint and Voila!   mock mirrors= a bit of flair.)

You can turn any piece of glass into a  faux mirror... 
1. find something glass.
2. find some silvering mirror paint (most good and kitschy craft stores have it)
3. slap it on.
A bit of white and light  to the overly red cranberry walls...
(yeah, no, I didn't pick the color and I do think I may paint it... someday)
(estate sale find-- $4; white paint- leftover from another project)

and the loo.... oh, i re-did the plaster mirror
 so yes, to the untrained eye, this appears to be just a plain over the sink mirror (and a horrid photog job..) ... but if you only knew!  this mirror was a hideous slab stuck firmly to the wall... era-ambiguous and just plain ugly, this mirror needed a facelift...
4 pieces of moulding, some antique white paint, and a touch of liquid nail and
 tada!! a mirror that looks unspectacular,but so much better than blah!

A simple Saturday post.... Stay tuned for a psychadelic Spring giveaway soon!

And WOW!!!! 200 followers!!!!  I had 14 followers only 2 months ago... ridiculous!


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Small Wonder

Another store for the look book.... Built by Wendy

Sad that there's only two boutiques (both in NYC)...
but there's always online.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Simplified Sweets

A way to quickly satisfy the sweet tooth and not move up one notch on the belt??
Broiled Mango
1.Position rack in upper third of oven and preheat broiler. Line a broiler pan with foil.
2.Arrange mango slices in a single layer in the prepared pan. Broil until browned in spots, 8 to 10 minutes. Squeeze lime wedges over the broiled mango and serve.

Poached Pear in Red Wine
•3/4 cup water
•1/4 cup dry red wine
•1 stick (3 inches) cinnamon
•1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
•pinch salt
•2 teaspoons granulated sugar
•2 thin slices lemon
•4 ripe pears, halved lengthwise, peeled, cored

In a saucepan, combine water, wine, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, sugar, and lemon. Heat over medium low heat until mixture begins to boil. Add pears and cook, covered, over low heat for 15 to 30 minutes, or until pears are tender. Cool and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to chill thoroughly.
Baked Apple
* Wash and Core an apple. Sprinkle with Cinnamon Sugar and Brown Sugar.  Put in oven. Bake it.
Drizzle melted Brown sugar, walnuts, and soaked raisins/dried berries and enjoy. 

Friday, March 4, 2011

Random Recommendation...#5

Be original!
Seriously, try and generate some  ideas that are uniquely yours.  Life is much more fulfilling this way.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Its only Proper and Fitting

I'm lucky; I realize that....
We have dozens of marvelous vintage clothing boutiques nearby.  It seems every time we go exploring, we discover yet another marvelous boutique...
But, I definitely didn't have that where I was living before.  Sometimes I'd find something fabulous at a little antique store or thrifting, but really, I was stuck in a JC Penney world (not that I don't love me some JCP Sales)...
Luckily, there are some marvelous vintage clothing stores online.

Let me introduce to you something very proper and fitting:

so fresh.