Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Value of Knowledge and Experience

 photo by Greg Ruffing via Wired Raw File 
The other night Zach and I were discussing our greatest finds. I realized that we have learned and experienced so much in such a short time.

I remember the first time we went hunting for vintage and antiques for our Etsy shop.  We didn't know what to look for. We didn't know what would sell. We just bought stuff we liked and made a lot of guesses too. I remember telling Zach that I could not wait till we knew more about vintage...the history...the popular brand names...whether it was desirable.

Now, we know what we are looking for. We know what sells. Of course, we still take risks on things we don't know about. Risk is important when learning about new things. Zach likes to take more risks than I do, and I am thankful for that. He will buy a pricey item, and I will be very skeptical. I voice my opinion, but we always seem to come out great on his buys. I think he has kinda gotten a big head about it. lol 

It is so exhilarating to find an item at a yard sale for pennies-on-the-dollar and then to find out it is worth hundreds! For example: I bought a vintage item for $2 at a yard sale, brand new, never used. I sold it for almost $200. This is one of my favorite finds!

I encourage you - Go to yard sales and estate sales. Find old things you love and would use yourself. Buy used, instead of new.  Haggle! - Of course, there are bad yard/estate sale days, but it is soooo worth it when it is a good day! Ohh, it just makes my heart start thumping just thinking about it.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Lennon's Vintage Camping Nursery

So the theme for Lennon's room is "Vintage Camping". I love how it turned out. Unique and repurposed. My inspirational piece for this room was the rustic rocking chair and stool. I bought it in Florida long before Lennon was even thought of. Can you believe I got it at a thrift store in excellent condition for only 50 bucks? Score!

A lot of the items in the room I had around the house. And others items, Zach and I put together. Zach made me that wonderful bookshelf. I was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest, and Zach just whipped it up. He just knows exactly what I envision. I love that about him. Anyways, I painted some stripes on the paddles and the finishing touch was the map hung by some rope.

Almost everything in this room was used, except the curtains, rug, and a few decor items. The used items I bought from thrift stores, estate sales, and yard sales. It just came together so easily, with some help from Pinterest. :)

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Zach The Craftsman

I knew Zach was creative and talented when we got married, but the things he can do with wood are amazing! I am not being biased; this is fact!

He makes me all sorts of things. I know he loves me or maybe he just loves making things, both I think.'s a tip to get your significant other to make things for you:
1. Ask nicely, with maybe a kiss.
2. Show him pictures of your ideas. Really inspire and encourage him. Get him excited!
3. Ask him what ideas he has and how he would put it together. Show interest in the construction. Men love to show off their smarts and skills.

This is not manipulation, ladies. It is creatively inspiring your man to show off his manliness.

Anyways, here are the things Zach has made. I helped with the design parts and a little painting.

Oak Coffee Table to match my Farmhouse Table
Children's Bookshelf
Rustic Farmhouse Table and Matching Bench (He made this for someone, and I wanted to keep it soooo bad)

Measuring Cup Holder

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Long Time, No Read

Lennon Graham
Welp, It has been a crazy year. Had a new baby boy! Isn't he adorable?! I just think he is perfection.

Anyways, we went to an auction for the first time in forever the other week. It was great! I have missed it! The population was low, so the prices were low. Just how I like it. I bought some adorable, feminine hankies...vintage and never used! Love them! They would look so cute framed and put in a collage on a wall. Or you could make cute, little pillow out of them. Hmm...well I was going to sell them, but now I might want to keep them.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Inspired: 1950's Dress

I am starting this new blog series, called Inspired. VERY often I get inspired to try something new and fun. And when this happened, it is the only thing on my mind for days, until I get it done. I get kinda obsessed when I'm inspired, and needless to say, it can drive Zach a little nuts. BUT he is the same way! Anyways, this is my first "Inspired" post!
I have always wanted to make a dress. I did make a jumper in high school, but I don't count that. Fear and maybe a little bit of laziness are the reasons I have not made a dress. BUT! I am doing it now. I was inspired when one of my friends pinned a blog about making dresses out of vintage sheets. They are simply adorable! Look to the left. :)

So I checked out Hobby Lobby for patterns, and they did not have anything that I liked, so I went to Etsy. I knew I would find something there, and I did. YAY!

Looove! I am going to make the plaid one, but with a floral print fabric and probably without the bow. I looove bows, but I don't think I like the placement on the dress. Look at the back, isn't it adorbs (as my sis would put it)! Can't wait to get started. I will let you know how it turns out, and I will take pictures if it is good. Wish me luck!

Monday, January 21, 2013

The Lull of Winter

Zach and I have been aching for some good auctions, estate sales, and yard sales. We had forgotten what winter brings...nothing, a lull in vintage snagging. It is quite sad. Of course, we find things here and there at thrift shops and such, but it is not like the massive snagging we do in the spring and summer. Oh spring, how I love thee! I am dying for spring to get here for more reasons than one. Let me give you a list of reasons, if you are interested...
It's pretty and fun for about five minutes!

1. It's spring. Who doesn't like spring!
2. We are building a pergola and patio on the back of our house. YAYYY!
3. More, more vintage galore
4. Gardening. We love to make our yard b-e-a-u-tiful.
5. The warmer weather. I am from Florida. I love the heat.
6. No more winter downers. If you are like me, the winter just gets you down and lazy.

So those are the top reasons why I can't wait for spring to get here! What are your reasons?

Last year's Easter egg hunting

Thursday, December 13, 2012

My Favorite Earrings

I found these lovelies at a thrift store in Florida for $3 (with no missing stones)! I am in love with them, therefore, I will keep them till I die. And to beat all, I have never worn them. I just don't have an outfit worthy enough. I picture wearing them with a feminine white or cream a spring wedding or garden party (like I ever go to garden parties). Anyways, I keep them in this little box that I also found at...somewhere... I think it was Goodwill. I take them out once in a while to cherish them. Keep in mind that these earrings are only worth $15-$20, but they are worth so much more to me. I LOVE THEM!

When I was younger, I refused to where clip-ons. I don't know why, I guess it was a pride thing. But now, it doesn't bother me. I where vintage clip-ons and screw-backs more then anything. Read with a salesman voice: They are relatively cheaper, better quality, and cuter.

These earrings were made by a jewelry company called Leru. This company made a bunch of other dainty jewelry in the 50's and 60's. If you like dainty and feminine, keep your eye out for Leru.