Wednesday, June 17, 2015

special souvenirs

Some might consider these charming little treasures kitsch.
Maybe so...but I think beach themed vintage souvenirs are some of the most special summer inspired collectibles!
They can range from old postcards to bathing beauties to vintage swimming suits. They are all equally exciting to find and fun to display. This collection features pieces from the 1920's through the 1950's and the pink and green color palette is fabulously feminine. Enjoy...

 
old bathing suits and boat oars...

 
tiny bathing beauty figurines...

 
vintage tablecloths...

 
handkerchiefs...

 
metal toys...

 
postcards...

 
even broken bits are as charming as can be...

 
travel camper birdhouse...

 
and my favorite girl of all...

 
I think that there are times when collectors become too
focused on the value of a collection.
To me the thrill of the hunt and the joy each piece gives is priceless. Collecting anything...including vintage souvenirs...should put a smile on your face.
There is no better reason in the world
to  set out in search of treasure.
Happiness!
Now get out there in search of what makes you happy...

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

lace in the sunlight

I have recently been going through old photo files and have noticed a common thread. As soon as I see the sun streaming through tattered and worn lace I need to capture the moment. There is something special about the way light gets filtered through old linens.
I thought I would share a few...











 
I always have vintage linens available in my retail shop,
as well as at
 

 
It's amazing how sunlight appears to magically mend even the most worn fabric and make it look flawless through the lens of a camera. It's no secret that I adore all things vintage...the color white...sun-filled rooms and tattered worn linens.
I hope you will pull some of your torn treasures out of your cupboards and appreciate their beauty by the light of day...
 

Sunday, May 31, 2015

in the dirt

I've been really fortunate to have a number of gardening articles hitting newsstands lately. My love of gardening is not just something that I love to share with readers.
I really do love my time in the garden.
It is a place where I can get lost and find peace and comfort. Unfortunately, the island climate where I live doesn't allow for all of the cut flower gardens that I enjoyed in the North. But having extra room in the garden provides me with space to decorate with lots of vintage treasures.
Here's a look at part of my little vintage garden...
 








 
I sure hope you have a place where you can go to escape the world...a place where you find peace and comfort.
 
 
Thanks for visiting my little green space!
 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

a southern girl

This past March my article in Romantic Homes was about
what it is to be "Southern".
I spent my early years in Canada then lived the majority of my life in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. So how could I possibly know what it is to be a Southern gal? The more I wrote...the more I realized that the things that I identify as being "Southern" tend to be things that are associated with proper and polite living.
Things that allow us the time to slow down and appreciate life and all of those around us.
 
 
"Deeply Southern"
Romantic Homes Magazine March 2015 

 
Primping in front of a vanity filled with lovely essentials, dressing in style with hats and gloves and the undeniable need to be a lady at all times...

 
The ever present monograms on everything from handkerchiefs
to table linens.

 
Writing letters on stationary not sending impersonal emails.

 
Decorating with trophy cups.

 
Setting an elegant table...just because.

 
Loving sweet tea and lemon bars.

 
Spending warm summer days on a porch filled with wicker.

 
And searching for shade under a flower clad gazebo.

 
My conclusion is that being a Southern girl has nothing to do with where you live. It has to do with how you live.
 
Here's to being a Southern girl...no matter where you are!
 
Til later y'all.
 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

happy st. patrick's day

St. Patrick's Day is a special day for my family. My Irish grandmother actually passed on the St. Patrick's Day. For many years the day brought great sadness but now it is a happy reminder of family memories. I am a blend of many cultural heritages and I am proud of them all. On this day I am grateful for my Irish heritage, my mom and my grandmother. I have learned so much and have been granted so many blessings... 
 
Here are a few of my favorite vintage Irish treasures.
 




 
 

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
 
Thanks for letting me share a bit of my life with you.
I love my family and I am so very blessed!