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September Favorites

Last night was the first time in months where I woke up freezing.  In fact, around 3am I stumbled to the living room to grab another throw blanket to keep me warm until it was time to roll out of bed.  Even at 7am the chill was enough to send my searching for slippers.  In January, I would never let the house get so cold, but in September….I’m savoring every chilly bit of it! Today’s post is all about favorites.  Some new, some old, but all 100% drool worthy!  To start with, I am in love with this magazine cover from Good Housekeeping.  I have several print outs of from this publication that hang up in my sewing studio…and I may just have to add this one to the mix! A few weeks ago, my husband and I went on a little vacation and found a place with an amazing collection of fiestaware!  With these cheery dishes still on my mind, I came across this vintage ad where you can get a table setting for 8 for a …

Seaside Bungalows and Forest Retreats

I think everyone can agree that if you are looking for a place to relax, heading to the mountains or the ocean is a good idea.  I know those two locations tend to be my go to! 🙂  Many others who, perhaps, can’t escape the city life all that often, try to create a mini retreat right in their own home.  This is a wonderful idea for anyone looking for a calming and “vacation-y” space to come home to each night. Of course, heading away to a beautiful spot is not an unusual or brand new idea.  People for decades have been craving space to relax in, and many are fortunate enough to own a little piece of land right along the shore line or tree line.  This trend really began to build around the end of the 19th century with the rising middle class, and books were written specifically to help these new summer vacationers build their homes just right. Henry Saylor wrote Bungalows: Their Design, Construction, and Furnishing: With Suggestions for Camps, Summer Homes, and …

Finding the Perfect Fall Sweater

Gearing up for the cooler months of fall requires a wide variety of layers.  These are the days when you leave the house with a cardigan on and come home wearing just the blouse underneath.  Because of this, it is one of my favorite times of the year, and one of my favorite fashion looks of the year as well!  The upcoming long Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to begin switching out the summer wardrobe for the fall one.  To begin this eventual transition, I have found five wonderful “end of summer-into fall” sweaters to inspire the switch! I hope you enjoy! I adore this purple/teal plaid wrap from Modcloth.  Perfect to wear out or around the house! Plaid Sweater from ModCloth Not only is this a stunning color, but very appropriate for work or meeting friends for lunch. Cable Knit Cardigan from Talbots I absolutely adore this wrap!  I would pair it with a long sleeve black shirt, skinny jeans, and my knee high boots!  Or for a different look, a long black pencil …

“Lunching by the Roadside” by Amy W. Osgood, 1923

“Food for the inner man is just as important on a motor journey as agreeable traveling companions.  And stopping at a hotel for meals often consumes more time than one feels can be deducted from the journey.  Then it is that the roadside meal proves its worth.  It does not take long; it is satisfying, easy to eat, and attractive. Of course bacon cooked in the open air, coffee made while you wait, and corn roasted on the ear in the embers of a bonfire are alluring, but they are time consuming, and it you wish to appear neat at the end of the journey, are not always recommended.  But there are roadside meals which are easy to prepare and easier to serve than a meal at home, for they are what one might call “one-plate roadside meals” as the following menu will suggest: roast chicken, potato ships, jelly sandwiches, egg sandwiches, fruit or a combination salad, pickles, olives, cake or cookies, fruit, cheese and coffee.  The coffee comes from the thermos bottle who’s twin …

A Summer Vintage Tea Party

I am on the final countdown until all the construction on my house is finished!   ***cue fireworks, excited squeals, and sighs of relief** And I have decided that once it is all done and my house looks better than ever, I want to have my friends over for a little get together.  And while I am sure it will only be the first of many parties, I really want the first one to be extra special and true to who I am. So what is more me than a vintage tea party!?  And half the fun of the party is all the planning that goes into it…. along with the hours of finding and perfecting the perfect recipes.  Yum! Here are a few samples of ideas I have and plan to use! I love the idea of using vintage dishes to hold all of the accessories for the party.  This example from Martha Stewart reminds me of a 1930’s table setting. I don’t personally own a vintage cake pedestal, but here are two wonderful …

Visiting Your Local Farmers Market

There is a feeling of “coming home” emerging in many parts of the country.  What do I mean by that?  I mean that there is this overwhelming urge to go back to the simpler things in life, appreciate good, hard work, and try to make our environment a little bit healthier and happier.  I like to call this “coming home.”  I have noticed it expand where I live, as people begin shopping in more local stores, embracing small backyard subsistence farming, and doing their best to get everyone they know involved. An early 1900’s Farmers Market And one place where you will find a large population of such like-minded people is at the Farmers Market.  It is a joyous gathering of local crafters, farmers, florists, bakers, butchers, and other such folks who bring their preciously created wares to share with others.  Of course the idea of a farmers market has been around since Ancient Egypt, and has happily transplanted itself into other areas and cultures with growing enthusiasm. Two women in the 1940’s wheeling around …

The June Bride

One of my favorite songs from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (which also happens to be one of my favorite movies) is the song “June Bride.”  It is extremely catchy and can pop into my head at random times…even when I haven’t watched the movie  in months!  If you haven’t seen/heard of this musical before, than close out this post and go find yourself a copy!!!  You won’t regret it! 🙂 In the meantime, feel free to click the link below to watch the song! June Bride And while getting married in June is not as common today (as I am a May bride), I still thought it would be fun to take a little look back at the do’s and don’ts of bridal wear! One of my good friends is getting married, and watching her go through the fun of finding a wedding dress makes me feel just as excited as if it were for my own wedding (well, almost!)  She finally found a dress through Alfred Angelo after much debate and what seemed like …

What to Wear in the Morning…or Dream versus Reality

My morning routine…..well, I must say I am a creature of habit, but it isn’t exactly a pretty picture.  My alarm goes off at 5, and I stumble to take my shower.  Once clean, I shuffle off to the kitchen to brew a cup of coffee and turn on the Hallmark channel so I can listen to I Love Lucy as I try to get some blogging done.  Then I begin the 45 minute procedure of preparing myself to go out into the world.  And up until that moment of when I put on my street clothes, I am wearing a very warm, very comfortable, but not very flattering, purple flannel robe.  I have tried to switch to something a bit nicer, but after a few days of flying powder dust, wildly applied hairspray, and coffee dribbles, I end up back in something a bit more durable.  Of course, this doesn’t stop me from continuing to hunt for a robe thats both comfy and more attractive. I know I am not alone in this dilemma of comfort …