Apr 20, 2012

R.I.P., Levon

Levon Helm, drummer for The Band and brilliant musician, passed away yesterday afternoon. He leaves behind a grand musical legacy, and will be greatly missed.

RIP, Levon.

Marc Cohn performing "Listening to Levon".

photo via 4488:A Ridge Blog
photo via Free People
photo via We Write Lists

Apr 13, 2012

Coastal Style

The beautiful weather today made us yearn for the coast. We may not be headed to the beach this weekend (*sigh*), but there's nothing wrong with a little dreaming, coastal style.

Coastal-style cottage loft in weathered blues & white. via The Iron Fish.
Coastal-style DIY mason jar wall plaques. via Craftberry Bush
Beach house porch & vintage bicycles. via thegreedyseagull

Apr 5, 2012

Don't Grocery Shop on Thursday Morning if You're on Deadline and Other Small Business Tales

One of the great things about owning your own business is being responsible for your own schedule. (It's also one of the not-so-great things, because that business is your baby, and it's hard not to work during every waking hour. But that's another story for another time.) 

When you can set your own schedule, you can run out to the grocery store mid-day if you run out of coffee, or if you need some snacks to keep you going. So you can shop during "off peak" hours. 

Which is great - right?

Antique coffee mill. via CalloohCallay.

Not so fast....

Apr 3, 2012

DIY Business Card Holder

Ran across this idea on Pinterest earlier today: decorate a used mint tin (like an Altoids box) with pretty paper to create a unique business card holder.

This would also work brilliantly with a vintage photo or two as decoration, instead of (or in addition to) scrapbook paper.

DIY business card holder, via BHG.com

Apr 2, 2012

A Look Back in Time: 1916

Today, we take a look at the year 1916. 

What was happening in 1916? The Great War was being fought. Edwardian fashion was working its way out of style, and 1920s fashions were about to work their way in. Women were fighting for the right to vote. Rasputin was murdered by the Romanovs. The Easter Rising took place in Ireland. Margaret Higgins Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the U.S. and was arrested for distributing information about contraception. President Woodrow Wilson was reelected. And the Saturday Evening Post published its first Norman Rockwell cover

Even a small selection of photographs can tell us so much about  our history - about fashion, world events, how people used to live, and so much more. Here's a quick look back in pictures.

Florence, NY - 1916. A great example of women's casual fashion in the mid-1900s. 
Francis A. Nixon & Hannah Nixon with their children: L-R Harold, Donald, and Richard (later President) Nixon. via Our Presidents.
Feminist Charlotte Perkins Gilman addresses members of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, June 1916.
via The Guardian. Photograph (c) Bettmann/CORBIS. 

Apr 1, 2012

Sunshine & Sunday Brunch

Brunch is the best meal ever invented, don't you think?  Eggs, bacon (for the carnivores among us), warm muffins, fresh strawberries, fresh-squeezed orange juice ... makes us salivate just thinking about it.

This morning dawned rather dull and grey here in central Virginia, but we found some bright vintage kitchen goodness to bring sunshine into the house. We hope these lovelies make you smile, too.

If you like these, you'll find more sunshine-y vintage breakfast ideas in the Etsy treasury we curated this morning, called (unsurprisingly) Sunshine & Sunday Brunch -- a collection of items that are currently available for purchase in shops owned by certified members of the Etsy Vintage Team.

Vintage cold handle cowboy skillet and hammered cast iron pan. via Judygovintage.
Vintage kitchen chopper with yellow wood ball handle. via Dentwood.
Vintage Mikasa cups and creamer. via Mary & Grace