Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!!

image via TheGraphicsFairy

Embrace whimsy. Laugh more. Score big at the thrifts. Spend time outdoors. Dress up more. Do random art projects without worrying how they will come out. Go ahead and do the things you want to do, even if the circumstances aren't perfect. Tell someone how much you appreciate them. Give extra love to your pets. Above all, be gentle on yourselves---its all hard enough as it is, and you must be your own best cheerleader.

Bonne Annee, dear blog friends, and best of luck in 2014!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Tree Hair

I was having some fun on Pinterest searching "Christmas Tree Hair", and thought I'd share some of the ones I found. All images are from my Pinterest board "Wild Headdresses" and the sources for these images can be found there. See my "follow me on Pinterest" button in the right column for a link. Happy Holidays and cheers to wild hairstyles!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Doilies and Sticks


 My friend said yesterday "Boy, things hanging off of sticks sure are popular these days!" It cracked me up, but its also very true. And I have to say it---things hanging off of sticks were popular decor in the 70s as well (and I know that because I was a kid in the 70s). I decided to tap that rustic retro vibe and hang some stuff off of sticks in my own home. Above you see a nice smooth piece of driftwood I found and three vintage ornaments I recently thrifted. At first glance they look like doilies---turns out they are clever knotwork:
I hung the whole thing on some vintage crochet trim.

I used the same trim to string another batch of thrift store doilies for a homespun garland:

I also took some pine boughs and a stick I cut from a tree in my yard and propped them in the corner. I hung some ornaments off of the stick---a mushroom, gnome and squirrel, all gifted to me by my mother-in-law. She knows me so well!

Even Tiger Baby got in on the decorating:

Doily cat coat! New in cat fashion, dontcha know :)

Monday, December 16, 2013

Mr. Scampers Interrupts a Photo Shoot

In this post I talked about how my other cat, Tiger Baby, likes to eat tinsel. The cat you see above, Mr Scampers, is less an eater of things than a hell-on-paws, "into everything" explorer. Having him around when I'm trying to take pictures is almost impossible! But, he is entertaining, nonetheless. As you can see, when I was trying to photograph this vintage Santa cookie jar:

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Shoe Shine---Mary Janes and Mushroom Socks

Time for another Shoe Shine over at The Citizen Rosebud! I was going to do a post about snow boots or rain boots since our weather has been a slushy mess, but Bella inspired me to bust out RED shoes :) So here are my red mary janes coupled with a pair of mushroom print socks. The basket with the plaid bow is a vintage Caro-Nan purse that I thrifted about a week ago. These purses appear to have been made in the 50s-60s, and were a cottage industry started by two women (Carolyn McDaniel and Nancy Steele)  in Jackson, Mississippi. Each purse was handmade, at first by the two women themselves, and then by a small group of other women they hired.

I'm also wearing a green tweed 70s Pendleton maxi skirt that I snagged for .99 at Value Village (during one of their 99cent sales---great bargains, but very trying shopping experience---crowded, rude patrons, etc). Under that I am wearing a vintage nightgown with several tiers of white lace that I picked up at the Salvation Army. I feel like if I popped a red hooded cloak over my ensemble, I would be channeling Little Red Riding Hood. Bring on the big, bad wolf, baby :)

Monday, December 9, 2013

The Snow Fairy

Snow, snow, snow!! We got at least 6 inches of it and the temp was -10 during the night. Not a usual occurrence in our temperate valley.

Tiger Baby insisted on going out for a bit, but she didn't last long. The deeper snow out in the yard came up to her kitty armpits! She left some cute little pawprints on the porch:

One of my vintage gnome ornaments got out for some skiing---and accordian playing?

The snow is lovely and powdery and sparkly---time to go snow shoeing again :)
How is the weather in your neck of the woods?

Monday, December 2, 2013

Holiday Decorating Pitfalls...

Tis the season to hang shiny tempting baubles from irresistible tree branches.  Do you find yourself having to decorate according to your pets? Do they eat tinsel?

Friday, November 29, 2013

What I Did on Black Friday

1. I stayed in my pajamas
2. I didn't leave the house.
3. I drank many cups of tea
4. I ate leftover pumpkin and chocolate pie
5. I played with my cats
6. I started a new-to-me book, "The Girl With No Shadow", by Joanne Harris, which is the sequel to "Chocolat".
7. I played video games with my husband.

What I Didn't Do On Black Friday

1. Shop. Not even in a thrift store. Not even online.
2. Fight traffic
3. Risk my life and limb at 4 am scrabbling for material goods in some crowded department store
4. Stress
5. Buy things I don't need or even really want just because its "cheap".

I realize there are some people who enjoy the rush and bustle of the season and find Black Friday challenging and fun. I don't like crowds much so that kinda takes me out of the situation for starters---also, I deplore this whole culture that thinks we should rush right out after Thanksgiving and shop madly until the after-Christmas sales. Frankly, I like it when things are closed. I was in a very small town for Thanksgiving and the entire town was closed. It was so peaceful. Just the holiday lights twinkling and people out for leisurely walks after their meals. People had the day off! I once worked a job where we were open every single day of the year. I worked Thanksgivings and Christmases. I feel for the people who have to work the holidays.

I do sell stuff online and I have a series of posts called Thrift Store Therapy, so I am obviously not opposed to shopping in general. In fact, I plan to visit the Salvation Army this very weekend. I have 10 free dollars to spend there from saving up my receipts. But Black Friday? I'll always pass. And anyways, as far as clothes and shoes go, I'll be seeing that stuff in the thrifts within 6 months, ha ha!

Mr Scampers says: "Go to the mall?"

"I'd much rather nap!"

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Welcome, Mr Scampers!

It's high time I introduced you to a new member of my family--- Mr Scampers!
This sweet little guy was found abandoned in a parking lot when he was just a teeny, tiny kitten.

Here are some pictures of him right after he was found:

Just a tiny little ball of fluff. Spirited though, and fearless! His home was my bathtub, lined with towels, for the first week he was here, while I figured out what to do with him.

Keep him, of course :)

Now I just have to get Tiger Baby to accept him...

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Thrift Store Therapy---Vintage Christmas Decor

I'm not the biggest Christmas fan---busy stores, crazy traffic and family drama cause me to approach the holidays gingerly. Except where the decorations are concerned! I love the lights of the Christmas season and I adore vintage decorations, like the 70s Santa cookie jar you see above. Here are some more of my recent  decoration finds (all of which are available here):

Satin Sheen Christmas ornaments

love these huge vintage Christmas bulbs!

vintage Dream Pets reindeer---can't believe I found a whole set!
adore the mid century "atomic" snowflakes :)

My Christmas decor is a mixture of vintage kitsch and natural decor---pinecones and the like. And I am crazy about Christmas gnomes! Especially vintage pinecone gnomes.

How do you decorate for the holidays?

Linking up with Thriftasaurus over at SirThriftALot

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Mori Fall Fashion---Pumpkin Print Dress Vintage Suede Boots

I'm really fond of the "mori girl" aesthetic, although I prefer to call it "mori lady" in my case, since I am not one of the ubiquitous 20 year old fashionistas. "Mori" means "forest" in Japanese, and its a Japanese street style that relies on layering, earthy colors and forest themes---as if you live in a little cottage in the woods. And drink a lot of tea and read a lot of books :) There are many variations on the style, but they all seem to rely on loose-fitting clothes and a layered effect.

Elements of this style may often include: braided hair, scarves and shawls, hats, large tote bags and book bags, petticoats and crochet/lace items.  Vintage pieces are often incorporated.

vintage suede ankle boots

pumpkin print dress!

I'm holding this lovely vintage photo album in the first picture, a piece that I rescued from a dumpster. Complete with vintage photos. Hard to believe what people throw away!

                                                          1970s pumpkin print dress, Etsy
                                                          70s suede Canadian ankle boots, Goodwill
                                                          Beige fishnet tights, Target
                                                          Chenille wrist warmers, Etsy
                                                          80s Gap Book Bag, Goodwill
                                                          40s photo album  dumpster score!

Linking up with Shoe Shine over at The Citizen Rosebud.

Friday, November 8, 2013

The Mushroom Show

Hello dear viewers, I made it out to the annual Mushroom Show again this year. This time around it was a challenge----it was pouring down rain, the show had a very high attendance and the tables the mushrooms were displayed on were almost impossible to get to because of the crowds. I'm not the most patient person in the world so I was unhappy that it was taking a good 30 min just to look at the mushrooms on one side of one table. And there were many, many tables. So instead of going through things methodically, I just kind of skipped around and took pics when I saw an opening. Here they are!

There was a display of lichens, too:

And a whole display of dyes that can be made from lichens and mushrooms:

The annual Scarecrow Contest was in full swing:

With one particularly creepy entry:
I don't know how many crows this thing would scare, but it definitely scared some humans :)

And I leave you with a classic fairytale mushroom, the amanita muscaria, or fly agaric:

Happy Fall!