This is the time of year where the last minute dash for the hard-to-shop-for is in full effect. The gals over at Loyal Order of the Glamper, a group of extra-fabulous vintage camper enthusiasts were having a chat about what we'd like in our stockings this year. LED candles are always helpful, cute fake fireplaces, any sort of solar lighting, electric blankets or hot water bottles for those chilly spring and fall camp outs, and you can never go wrong with a sock monkey.
Amongst our scavenger hunt for great gift ide... read more
Over at Making it Lovely, Nicole has been helping a neighbor make over their master bedroom. It always goes this way, doesn't it? We fuss over the common areas, the childrens' rooms, even the pet's beds before we make a peaceful and beautiful place to rest at the end of the day.
Using only a $1500 budget and amending with items the homeowner already had, they created a clean, fresh, beautiful space that wasn't so feminine that a husband wouldn't feel like the space didn't co... read more
Everyone has folks on their list who are hard to shop for. I've rounded up a few of my favorite gift items from my shop in hopes that they may provide a little inspiration.
From left to right, starting at the top:
Vintage-style enamel thermometers: Birds, chickens, butterflies, angels...I've yet to meet a woman who doesn't love one of these things. And what a pretty touch to her garden or just outside a window to cheer up a gray winter morning.
The ultimate gardener's friend... read more
As you do your Christmas shopping this year, I hope you'll give some consideration not only to small business brick-and-mortars, but to small shop owners who have set up their business online.
My shop, Bluebird Goods, is made up of me, a few wire racks of stock in my basement, and my friend Spencer who does all of our stocking and shipping. Someday we'll have a big, fancy boutique, but for now we're having a blast with the website. I hope we can have the privilege of your patronage this holiday season. Thank you!
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I got to go pick up my new Kindle Fire last night. I was so excited that when I pulled into the store parking lot, I jumped out and started running into the store with the keys in the ignition and the car still running.
I haven't had that much screen time with my new lovely just yet, but I have spent a bit of time wondering what kind of case to get. If you're like me, you want something a little more special than the common black nylon case found at any office supply store. So I've dug up a few cases and covers fo... read more
My grandmother was a nurse and always wore a watch with a grosgrain ribbon band. I can't say for sure, but I bet it was a Timex, too. She was pragmatic and would have worn the best little machine for the job. So when I saw J. Crew selling a very similar watch, my heart swooned. If you've read my blog for any length of time, you know that my grandmother and I were incredibly close.
Anyway...so let's get grandma-style-pragmatic.
Here's the J. Crew watch that runs from $90-$150:
Here's the watch I... read more
Will, Dave, and I loaded up and headed out to an area flea market this morning. I've been nursing a bug to not just sell new stuff in my shop, but to find cool vintage stuff to re-purpose and craft into some new little thing. Today my laser beam focus was on silver plate. I want to make an assortment of flattened and stamped spoons for the spring gardening boom over the winter.
So Will and I got ready to go while Dave was in the shower. Will was feeling his Hemingway look today.
I brought home a h... read more
Vintage tackle and tool boxes make me sooooo happy. My attitude has always been that if you need a functional item, there's no sense in going with the bla-dee-dah. Why not find something that ads color, history, charm and function? I can think of a gazillion uses for an old enamel tackle box. Anything from a cash box at a county fair, first aid box for your kitchen, a tote for beading supplies, or how about just filling it with rainy day art and craft goodies for a child? SO much cuter than an old plastic shoe bo... read more