My Vintage Style

So how do we feel about posts on my personal style?  I thought it might be interesting for the whole wide world to see how I integrate vintage clothing and accessories into my personal every day look.   Everyday I have at least something vintage on, whether it be jewelry or clothes or both.  You will ALWAYS find me carrying a vintage purse.  I don’t own anything else!  I do think there is a fine line between embracing vintage fashion and looking like a walking caricature of the past.   Not that there’s anything wrong with dressing completely in period style.  It just doesn’t look right on me!  My style goal is to be unique and use pieces of the past to set my look apart from what every other mom at the playground is wearing.  So with that being said, here’s what I wore yesterday:

I have a real love of 70′s wrap skirts, y’all!  Especially if they have some cutesy applique or embroidery on them.  This adorable skirt was a gift from a friend.  She bought it thinking it was great and soon realized it was nowhere near her style but would be perfect for me.  Yay me!  I think it’s my new favorite.  I paired it with a black Urban Outfitters shirt I’ve had for 10 million years, $5 red flea market beads, and a chunky green bakelite ring.   I’m telling you right now friends, do not expect much out of me in the shoe department.  I am not a shoe person.  I’m usually wearing flip flops or ballet flats unless it’s winter and then I’ll wear boots.  Shoes are just not my thing.

How do you like to integrate vintage into your everyday style?

Thoughts about Mid Century Landscaping and Patio Decor

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Sunshine City Lassie

So, the Mister and I want to add a patio and garden.  We feel pretty confident that a patio is much more period correct than a deck, and less maintenance down the road.  But what kind?  Flagstone doesn’t feel very mid century to me.  My initial thoughts are square pavers.  I especially like the random varied color of the pavers in this example:

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Retro Betty

Um, and the furniture too please!  The furniture is from Plain Air – I’ll find out pricing and keep you posted.

I also love grass between the pavers and the idea of continuing a decreasing random paver pattern into the yard as suggested here:

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HGTV

Although I wonder if the space between the pavers would make it a pain to place furniture without chair legs being uneven and make it difficult for Little Betty to ride her bikes.

And then there’s the question of furniture.  Dinette or sofa/chairs/coffee table?  Vintage or repro?  We have these Russell Woodard Sculptura chairs on our front porch:

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1st Dibs

Those I managed to score CHEAP from an elderly lady who was downsizing (I got SO much great danish modern stuff from her!) A whole patio set, though, would be super expensive and hard to find which makes it out of the question, no matter how slick it would look:

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The Design Slice

Maybe some chairs and a low table would be a good compromise:

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Bohemian Vintage

Good for eating and just hanging, and could look great mismatched with whatever great vintage chairs I find here and there.

Or there’s this dinette with built-in cup holders at the antique mall that’s calling my name:

What are your thoughts about mid century patios and furniture?  What’s most aesthetically appropriate, family friendly, and comfortable?  Are there certain plants you feel are especially good for mid century landscaping?

A peek into the green bathroom…

Oh how I love my green tile bathroom.  I thought if I ever lived in a house with a pink bathroom and another of any other color, the pink would be my favorite, obviously.  But friends, my green bathroom makes me so happy.  Don’t get me wrong, the pink one is great too.  But there is just so much to love in this room!  For one, I have always been a huge fan of tiled-in sinks.  And all the fixtures are green too!  Even the walls and ceiling are painted a soft green.

And folks, there’s a built-in vanity.  Yay!

I haven’t found the right chair yet, but in time, I will.  I have found the perfect 50′s shower curtain on ebay but it hasn’t arrived yet, so please forgive the bare liner:

Please note the amazing vintage matching scale that came with the house.  Here’s a better look:

You can’t tell from the photo but it has embedded glitter.  Yes.  Glitter.  There were some other great little “easter eggs” left behind for us to enjoy.  Like this:

I don’t know why I find those old bottles of Old Spice so endearing, but I do.  And the matching cups for brushing your teeth!  Gah!

Inside each drawer is this lovely vintage flocked contact paper:

And inside the closet (yes, there is a full size closet in the bathroom!) is this groovy floor that I wish was in other parts of the house:

And no mid-century bathroom would be complete without a Nu-Tone heater!

Everything is in wonderful condition.  This bathroom makes me feel all warm and fuzzy every time I step in it. When I get the vintage shower curtain from ebay I’ll post an updated picture.

It’s a close race between the green bathroom and the turquoise kitchen for my favorite room of the house.  We’re still waiting on the hardwood floors for the rest of the house though, so maybe once we get fully moved in I’ll have a new favorite!

Glorious bounty

Ok, I promise not to just post about my estate sale hauls all the time, but GOOD LORD LOOK AT THIS ONE!

It was just too good to be true!  This proves my theory about hitting up sales and shops out of town.  I went to the sale specifically to buy a gorgeous 1930′s French handpainted bedroom set for Little Betty.  And, of course, I couldn’t get out of there without loading up on other great goodies!  Let’s take a look, shall we?

No, your eyes are not deceiving you.  That is indeed an Enid Collins bag sparkling at you from behind those totally 80′s totally awesome belts.  I NEVER find Enid at estate sales!  I was giddy with excitement.

But the fun didn’t stop there!  When I spied this chalet music/jewelry box complete with Alphorn player I snatched it up and clutched it so tightly with my greedy little hands I’m surprised I didn’t break it.  And who could pass up a vintage box of 36 gay birthday candles?  I do not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation when it comes to birthday candles, and neither should you.

Another thing I’m always on the lookout for at estate sales is anything vintage Christmas and boy howdy did I ever find it at this one!  Bulbs, ornaments, and those sweet celluloid elf children.  Perfection.

But friends and fellow rescuers of old junk, the real score of the day is yet to come.  Just feast your eyes upon this:

Words do not begin to describe how much I adore this.  This lovely little tin tea set is made by the Ohio Art company and I don’t think it will surprise you to hear that I feel a new collection coming on!  This particular set could not be more perfect with it’s acorns, leaves, and squirrel-skunks!  The colors are perfect for Little Betty’s playhouse and she is playing with it as we speak.

So thank you for indulging me another estate sale score post, and I promise to reward you with shots of my green bathroom next.  Meanwhile, if you’re interested, the Enid and the 80′s heart belt will be showing up in my etsy shop!

 

I said “Yes!” to Knotty Pine!

Hey!  Our kitchen is like on the internets and stuff!

 

 

My fav-o-rite blog in the whole world, Retro Renovation has featured our kitchen! Apparently I am not the only “naughty pine” lover out there and Pam from Retro Renovation seems to think a “Say Yes To Knotty Pine” campaign is in order, a-la “Save The Pink Bathrooms!”  Well sign me up.  The hubs and I are all about our naughty pine.  And, we’re definitely all about our yummy new kitchen!

 

 

Estate Sale Score!

It is truly one of the great pleasures of my life to go to estate sales.  I don’t know what it is – feeling like I’m giving a second life to the very personal possessions of someone who can no longer take care of them or the thrill of the hunt and fighting off other treasure-seekers.  Either way, this Betty is H-O-O-K-E-D!  This weekend I hit up a great estate sale of a departed professor who had some really lovely, old things.  I went in to momentary cardiac arrest when I saw the gleaming pink Atlas sewing machine.  But $100?  Not today thanks.  My shopping partner found some great jewelry, sewing notions, and farm dresses (lucky girl – good thing I didn’t see them first!) and another shopper made off with some frothy pastel nighties.  But I still left happy!

The Mister was giddy with happiness when I came home with that Brownie for him. (We have a burgeoning collection of obsolete yet beautiful old cameras)  I could not be more thrilled with those adorable recipe cards.  Every self-respecting granny needs cutsey recipe cards, right?  I totally heart the ones that say “Kissin wears out…cookin don’t!”  Not pictured are some turquoise and pink Tupperware containers.  Love me some vintage Tupperware!  I also got a pretty rockin olive green sharkskin 50′s dress that turned out to be a perfect fit.  It was languishing at the bottom of a box and is in bad need of a dry clean which is why I didn’t photograph it.  Did anyone else out there score anything great this weekend?

Chalkware and swimmin’ holes…

One of the drawbacks of living in an awesome town is competing with lots of other people with great taste for awesome finds.  It’s always a top priority anytime I’m out of town to check out thrift or vintage shops.  Especially small towns – seems they usually have low prices and aren’t as picked over as the one I live in.  So now that I’m enjoying the leisurely days of my hard-earned summer vacation, Mister Crafter, Baby Crafter and I all headed out of town for a swim and some shopping! This town has has some great shops, but one in particular is great.  As a dear friend put it, “Everything in that store is something I would buy!”  And let me tell you, Betties, it was hard not to.  Seriously, I almost bought this:

This is Texas after all, y’all.  I managed to resist Willie’s siren call (for now anyway – I’ve been thinking about going back for it) but I absolutely couldn’t turn down this amazing fish for the pink bathroom:

I love him!  He’s so darn cute, he just had to go home with me.  And since I’ve been on a bit of a chalkware tear lately, these little dudes had to go home with me as well:

They look like they were hand painted in Granny’s ceramics class.  The Mister thought I was nutballs when he saw them but once they were hanging over the kitchen sink even he had to admit they were perfect.  You can also see a peek of the crewel pillow and owl salt and pepper shakers scored at a shop we passed on the way home.  Big ups to the Mister for pointing it out and pulling over!  Swimming in the river, picnic on the banks, and chalkware?  Betty wins!