Owen and I spent this past weekend in Stowe, Vermont. On Saturday we babysat our cousins' son Lucca so they could go to a friend's party, and checked out their new property with a such a beautiful mountain view. Sunday we hung out with our friends Allie and Travis from back when we lived in California, and their new baby Hartley, who were visiting and staying in their aunt's condo (you may remember them from this post). Sorry for the picture overload, but the cuteness was too much not to share ; )
P.S. I swear I don't wear this flannel every day, but apparently every day that we take pictures I post here. Oh well.
I should have made the title of this post A Rainy Snowy Friday, but that would have just been too depressing, as I have been convincing myself it is springtime and warm. I spent the day working in my office and periodically taking hot tea / Gilmore Girls breaks, with the rain (and snow) quietly drizzling down outside. So cozy.
2. James has been taking weekly portraits of her four kids for some time now. I just love the idea of taking a moment each week from their lives and documenting it. Time goes by so fast and its easy to forget the small things. This is a great way to make sure you remember. Plus her kids are so darn cute.
3. Something about this home really makes me happy. Maybe its the fact that its the home of fellow vintage sellers : )
4. Owen and I were lucky enough to be given a super nice queen size mattress and box-spring from my parents recently, but have yet to find an affordable, stylish bed frame that we Iike for it yet.This simple DIY bed frame ideais really appealing for its minimalism. I also like thisfloor mirror idea, since ours is just resting against the wall at the moment.
5. I watched Begin Again last night for the first time, and for those of you who haven't seen it yet, drop what you're doing and watch it now. It was so great. I have had the soundtrack on repeat for the entire day today.
I have a soft spot for flowy peasant blouses, especially if they have embroidery on them. Yes, you may get a slight "preggers" look when you stand sideways (example 1- the first photo, yikes), but they are so breezy and feminine feeling, and you can pair them with pants or shorts and get a great bohemian vibe.
Lots of new spring items hitting the shop today, if you want to check them out ; )
This weekend involved a little waitressing, a walk with the hubby, some crafting, some successful thrifting at a new spot, and lots of relaxing with a glass of wine and Netflix. Hope yours was great : )
P.S. I know there are a ton of tutorials out there for macrame plant holders, but I used THIS one as inspiration and THIS one for directions. Super fun quick project, and it brought me back to my old hemp-necklace-making, Taking Back Sunday listening teenage days haha. Good times.
Last summer, Owen and I decided we wanted to get into re-doing furniture. I had bought this bench at the local thrift store in hopes of redoing it and putting it at the end of our bed. We bought sanding supplies, stain, polyurethane, and a staple gun and started sanding our little hearts away. After only sanding it halfway, Owen started his new job of student-teaching, and so the project got put to the wayside until we had more time.
So, when my sister moved into her apartment last week and mentioned painting some of the furniture she had gotten from my mom or bought from the thrift store (thrifting is a family addiction), I immediately remembered this bench and got the urge to finish it. Instead of staining it like I had originally planned, I decided to make use of the black paint Kelly bought and paint the wooden base, and then re-cover the cushion with this beautiful bright embroidered vintage fabric I had found.
So after getting all the pieces together (I wish I had a full "before" picture), we set up shop in her basement and got to painting. She had bought a satin latex paint that the shop owner had assured her did not need a priming coat before using. It went on really easily and smoothly, and covered the base with one coat only. (Not to future painting self : Do not dry newly painted items on top of newspaper, unless you want it to get stuck into said new paint and have to be scratched off and repainted)
Then, I checked out THIS tutorial before I attempted to reupholster the cushion with my fabric. The corners were a bit, well, feisty. And I by no means did it correctly, so please do not judge! But for my first try at it, I'm pretty happy with the results : )
After the base dried, I reattached the cushion to it with the screws I had saved, and voila!
My sister kicked my butt in painting, and painted a curtain rod, metal plant stand, and corner table base.
It's really amazing what a coat of paint can do for a piece of furniture, and now I have the painting bug! Hopefully this amateur little "how-to" will get you inspired to get working on that project you've been thinking about!
There are lots of ways to incorporate vintage into your wardrobe, but many times what first comes to mind are the vintage "statement pieces". A seventies prom gown, an oversized faux fur coat or a pair of eighties retro heels. While I love every one of those items, I instead consistently come back to the more "casual" vintage clothes I find for my everyday wardrobe. This could be a navy cable-knit sweater, a high-waisted floral skirt or a retro sweatshirt. The easy, every day pieces are what I like the best because it's a more mellow look that still holds that unique feel.
This nineties grunge-y style flannel is a perfect example. It's easy to throw on, and just different enough to set it apart from the flannel you might buy at TJ Maxx. Hope you're having a great day!