Weddings: Simply Retro Inspired

The style of the 1950s was both sophisticated and simplistic. Strong lines and structured designs were all made a little softer by simplicity - which easily translates into the formality of a wedding, but the casualness of an outdoor party. Here are some retro-inspired pretties that are perfect for a summertime wedding. Break out the tea length dresses and bow ties!

1950s Style Short Wedding Dress from LizieNellie

1950s Style Short Wedding Dress from LizieNellie

The Classic Wedding Cake Topper from betteroffwed

The Classic Wedding Cake Topper from betteroffwed

Vintage Maroon Bowtie from bigyellowvintage

Vintage Maroon Bowtie from bigyellowvintage

Retro Style Paper Straws from tskdesignboutique

Retro Style Paper Straws from tskdesignboutique

Blue Mason Jars from MidwestFinds

Blue Mason Jars from MidwestFinds

Calligraphy Wedding Invitations from HermiasWishes

Calligraphy Wedding Invitations from HermiasWishes

Vintage Teal Blue Earrings from HandMadeBling

Vintage Teal Blue Earrings from HandMadeBling

Mens Mulled Wine Knit Tie from vKnit

Mens Mulled Wine Knit Tie from vKnit

Mini Jam Jar Party Favors from HuffyHen

Mini Jam Jar Party Favors from HuffyHen

1950s Wedding Reception Table Numbers from VintageScraps

1950s Wedding Reception Table Numbers from VintageScraps

Personalized Wedding Cake Forks from 2sistershandcrafted

Personalized Wedding Cake Forks from 2sistershandcrafted

No Sleep Til BKLYN - Paper Cut Troubles

So, this is what happens when you work on projects at 5 AM without being properly caffeinated: You make stupid, STUPID mistakes. Ugh. The text, which is composed of lines from various NYC themed songs, should have read “NO SLEEP TIL BKLYN” but no. No, I cut out BYKLN - and glued it down - and proceeded to finish the project all before seeing the typo. Being an extremely high strung and meticulous Virgo, this kind of STUPID stuff kills me. How did I miss it?! Did I do this piece blind folded?! Anyway - it is presently a clearance item in the shop if you don’t sweat the small stuff. Or maybe you’re from Brooklyn and you like the irony.

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Summer Favorites: Free Play

I am a school teacher, so I know how much students (and teachers!) look forward to the freedom of summer days. I am also painfully aware of how much time many kids spend watching t.v., playing on their cell phone, updating their statuses and fitting in as many video games as the days allow. It scares me to think about how much time they spend staring at a screen. I am afraid we will fully realize the implications of all that stationary, mindlessly entertained time in the near future. (*I apologize to my future children, because you might not see a t.v. until you are 12.)

Make More Forts - Graphic Art Print by YellowHeartArt

Make More Forts - Graphic Art Print by YellowHeartArt

I am a huge supporter of the notion of free play - the kind of creative, self-guided entertainment and exploration that can only come from unrestricted imagination. My parents raised me and my brother that way. We lived next to a field and a small patch of woods, so the fort building opportunities were endless. I spent my entire summer in those forts, reading books, playing hide and seek, making “cookies” from mud, catching and cataloging bugs, putting on spontaneous talent shows, selling painted rocks to my neighbors (entrepreneur!) Etc. Etc. Etc. My parents never had to entertain us - they simply said, “Go outside.” We listened and did not come back until we were filthy and tired, ushered indoors by the street lights (unless we had a killer game of night hide and seek going on.) It was a beautiful childhood, because we designed it to be exactly the way we pictured it in our imaginations. I approach my adult life in the same way - what an incredible gift my parents gave me.

Keep that in mind for yourself and your children - unplug and let yourself be free. Dig in the dirt. Have a race. Climb a tree. Sit quietly and listen to all that nature has to say. It is a right for children to experience the world through their imaginations. We shouldn’t insult them by assuming screens and flashing lights offer them more than their chosen adventures and explorations. (**Suggested Reading: Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv**)

Little Lion Costume Headband from ikahhandmade

Little Lion Costume Headband from ikahhandmade

Vintage Tiny Colored Wooden Blocks from CaityAshBadashery

Vintage Tiny Colored Wooden Blocks from CaityAshBadashery

Lemonade Stand Apron Skirt from SweetThreadsClothing

Lemonade Stand Apron Skirt from SweetThreadsClothing

Vintage Children's Book - The Tree House Mystery by Carol Beach York from theoldchest

Vintage Children's Book - The Tree House Mystery by Carol Beach York from theoldchest

Children's Playroom Art Print - Let's Catch Fireflies by pumpkinandbutterfly

Children's Playroom Art Print - Let's Catch Fireflies by pumpkinandbutterfly

Custom Playhouse Canopy Fort from lillipopsdesigns

Custom Playhouse Canopy Fort from lillipopsdesigns

Imagination Celebration Poster by Maurice Sendak (1989) from SurrenderDorothy

Imagination Celebration Poster by Maurice Sendak (1989) from SurrenderDorothy

Public Letter to Me, Tomorrow

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Dear Michelle,

You were most definitely nervous when you lined up at the start this morning, but I’m sure you did fine! Regardless of the outcome, you were prepared. The thousands (literally, thousands) of miles you logged for this race were not wasted; you learned a lot about yourself this past year. You learned that you are a crazy hard worker. You learned that you are extremely committed to the things that matter to you. You learned that you can change yourself for the better through diligent effort. You convinced people around you that they can also improve themselves. This all occurred in preparation for one event that most people have never even heard of. Regardless of the outcome, you had a pretty amazing year because of the race. Success!

I think you’re the coolest, fastest, smartest chick this side of the Mississippi.

Love, You - Yesterday

UPDATE: The race went pretty well - here is the (slightly mean) article about it. I will work on being “impressive” for next year’s race - God knows I won’t be publicly humiliated twice.

UPDATE: The race turned out pretty well.

UPDATE: The race turned out pretty well.

Summer Favorites: Camping

I love being able to turn off the computer, turn off the phone and take to the woods for a while every summer. When you’re camping, you have no choice but to be present in every moment. Whether you’re fishing, making s’mores or singing songs around a fire, a few days in the wild will do your soul some good. Be sure to accessorize accordingly.

Vintage Patriotic Plaid Shirt from marade83

Vintage Patriotic Plaid Shirt from marade83

Vintage Brooklure Thermos Jug from vintageseventyfive

Vintage Brooklure Thermos Jug from vintageseventyfive

Vintage Bronze Deer in the Forest Wall Art from vintspiration

Vintage Bronze Deer in the Forest Wall Art from vintspiration

Slugs Fleece Rain Boot Liners from WithTheRain

Slugs Fleece Rain Boot Liners from WithTheRain

All Good Things Are Wild and Free Print (Thoreau) from hairbrainedschemes

All Good Things Are Wild and Free Print (Thoreau) from hairbrainedschemes

Vintage Snap Shot Album from ivorybird

Vintage Snap Shot Album from ivorybird

Vintage Picnic Set from ArmoryArtandAntiques

Vintage Picnic Set from ArmoryArtandAntiques

Wool Camp Blanket from susantique

Wool Camp Blanket from susantique

Some More Smores Tee from dressingOnTheSide

Some More Smores Tee from dressingOnTheSide

Weddings: Summer Love and Lace

The arrival of summer means it is time for outdoor weddings! Here are some lacey Etsy finds that would compliment any outdoor ceremony and celebration.

Vintage Bohemian Wedding Dress from ellententen

Vintage Bohemian Wedding Dress from ellententen

Decorative Chocolate Lace Cookies from bnurse

Decorative Chocolate Lace Cookies from bnurse

Outdoor Wedding Bunting from BaloolahBunting

Outdoor Wedding Bunting from BaloolahBunting

Mini Lace Wedding Place Cards from BirdcageCards

Mini Lace Wedding Place Cards from BirdcageCards

Handpainted Lace Mason Jars from LITdecor

Handpainted Lace Mason Jars from LITdecor

Ivory Wedding Heel with Lace Applique from walkinonair

Ivory Wedding Heel with Lace Applique from walkinonair

Vintage Shabby Chic Wedding Centerpiece from mabelleamie1316

Vintage Shabby Chic Wedding Centerpiece from mabelleamie1316

Chromatics - “Back from the Grave”

Memories fade like a thief in the night…


via GORILLA vs. BEAR

Father’s Day Gift Guide

We are quickly approaching Father’s Day - the time of year when you need to celebrate your pops for all the rad things he did for you: “Dad, thanks for teaching me how to pee in the woods” or maybe, “Thanks for the time you gave me permission to hit that jerk down the block.” Here are some vintage finds that will say thank you in a very hip way, because dads are the coolest. Happy, happy Father’s Day!!

Vintage Sylvania Tune Riser Clock and Tube Radio from VintageLancaster

Vintage Sylvania Tune Riser Clock and Tube Radio from VintageLancaster

Vintage Corduroy Blazer from honeytalkvintage

Vintage Corduroy Blazer from honeytalkvintage

Vintage Fly Fishing Cufflinks from heresthething

Vintage Fly Fishing Cufflinks from heresthething

Vintage Neiman Marcus Liquor Decanters from ALovelyTimeAgo

Vintage Neiman Marcus Liquor Decanters from ALovelyTimeAgo

Vintage Redwood Eyeglasses from VintageOpticalShip

Vintage Redwood Eyeglasses from VintageOpticalShip

Vintage Record Holder from SummerHolidayVintage

Vintage Record Holder from SummerHolidayVintage

Vintage Marlin Bookends from BingoBox

Vintage Marlin Bookends from BingoBox

Vintage Brown Suede Chukka Boots from Ramenzombie

Vintage Brown Suede Chukka Boots from Ramenzombie

Vintage Shaving Mug and Brush from Vintagology

Vintage Shaving Mug and Brush from Vintagology

Mid Century Coral Arm Chair from charliesnest

Mid Century Coral Arm Chair from charliesnest

Summer Seafoam Shame

Today is the official start of summer for me, since I am a teacher and I am now on summer break - AMEN! Here are some soft, summery finds to kick off this two month party…err, two month recovery period. To the beach…

Summer - Vintage House Dress from BadJamesVintage

Summer - Vintage House Dress from BadJamesVintage

Summer - Vintage 60s Tortoise Sunglasses from BackThennishVintage

Summer - Vintage 60s Tortoise Sunglasses from BackThennishVintage

Summer - Mint Shirt Dress from lolanyevintage

Summer - Mint Shirt Dress from lolanyevintage

Summer - Gold Block Heart Necklace from diamentdesigns

Summer - Gold Block Heart Necklace from diamentdesigns

Summer - Vintage 40s Floral Cotton House Dress from MetricMod

Summer - Vintage 40s Floral Cotton House Dress from MetricMod

Summer - Vintage Stiletto Sandals from jessjamesjake

Summer - Vintage Stiletto Sandals from jessjamesjake

Summer - Vintage Ocean Painting from AmeliaBedeliaVintage

Summer - Vintage Ocean Painting from AmeliaBedeliaVintage