I have come up with this brilliant plan to make an entire wall of art from vintage embroidered/needlepoint/crewel work pictures. Awesome, yes? I’ve been collecting framed gems the last few months and I’m hoping in a few more I will be able to put together a respectable obsession wall. I was originally inspired last year when I saw this totally amazing vintage Marushka wall on instagram.
I have been meaning to get into Polyvore for ages. It so appeals to my visual nature and the ability to create such professional looking layouts just spoke to me. But it still took me years. I gotta admit, I was intimidated. It looked kinda… hard. And I hate hard. I like easy. I like breezy. And Polyvore looked super technical and scary. Finally last week I decided to just jump in and try.
And it wasn’t hard. It wasn’t super duper easy, or fast, but it was definitely fun. It’s a goal to use it more and more effectively. I have so many ideas on how to use it, but baby steps for now. I present to you, my first Polyvore set! Featuring my vintage tropical brushstrokes scallop edge sundress currently for sale in my Etsy shop.
Then a couple of days later, another Polyvore user selected my dress to feature in one of their collections. I might’ve squealed with delight when I saw it. Soooo much cuter than mine. It’s just like that feeling when someone selects your item for an Etsy Treasury. It’s the little things. :)
Vintage Scandinavian designers are among my absolute favorite in housewares and furniture. Probably why I love Ikea so much. But if it were up to me, I’d be able to afford all the vintage, better made stuff. Kaj Franck was a Finnish designer particularly famous for his work with Arabia and Finel.
Simple vintage can bowls go for over $100 each, so keep your eyes peeled at your local yard sales and thrift shops – never know when you might hit the jackpot!
Cheap + Chic is a weekly feature showcasing vintage finds under $25. This week I’m hot for ikat, a dyeing technique that I’m seeing everywhere lately. From fashion to home decor, it’s a perfect fit in the ethnic style that’s in vogue right now.
Ok, technically this over $25, but for just $1 more, I couldn’t resist this one that’s on sale.
I’ve been using vintage kitchenware for years. Mismatched glasses, dishes, pots and pans, etc. Lately I’ve been looking to matching sets. I just know this is somehow related to me approaching 40… My recent purchase of the matching Otagiri tankards (coffee mugs, for me) and over the weekend I purchased my first full set of matching vintage drinking glasses. Simple clear highball glass with a beautiful white “lace” painted design.
Next on my list are a full set of vintage dishes. I’ve always loved the Acapulco line by Villeroy & Boch. Started in 1977, it has a distinct Mexican feel to it, hence the name. All that color! I’ve yet to ever spot any pieces in a thrift shop. The pieces are a collectors favorite so the prices are up there, especially for the older pieces. The pattern is still made, with changes over the years. Usually the newer they are the less busy they seem to be. Me? I love the older, full on, wild and crazy pattern. Perfect for display pieces. Amassing a full set would take years and/or a pretty penny but I can still swoon, can’t I?
According to the almighty Wikipedia, the fleur-de-lis is a “stylized lily (in French, fleur means flower, and lis means lily) or iris that is used as a decorative design or symbol.” I’ve always loved the symbol even though I’m definitely not a Saints fan.
A few of years ago I had a great little vintage black and gold fleur de lis sweater in my shop. It sold about 20 minutes after I listed it so I know I’m not alone in my admiration for the noble fleur de lis. Check out my little sis the glamorous model!