Vintage Things and Puppies

This past weekend I did maybe the most adorable thing ever. I went to doggy swim day. The day before they drain the pools for the season, some places have a doggy swim day. You bring your dog and everyone swims. I don’t have a dog, but my mom has a dog, Stella, who LOVES to swim. My mom takes her to a lake nearby and she will just swim for hours. She likes to chase the ducks too. Anyway, here is Stella at her doggy swim day.

The weekend before that I went to the Indie Arts Vintage and Marketplace. Apparently it’s been so popular, they added another one in October. I had a good time looking around and managed to only spend $4 on some vintage rubber stamps. I also picked up lunch from Groovy Guys Fries, an AWESOME food truck. Here are some of my favorite items I came across.

I also discovered that some of the shelving in my craft room was falling off of the wall, so this is the state of the room at the moment. Not exactly the project I wanted to work on.

As usual, Gus got into a predicament and Teeny got all up in my face.


Furniture Shopping

A while back I posted about finding something to display my quilts in. I didn’t find exactly that, but I did find something I couldn’t pass up. This lovely piece. I was in love the moment I saw it. Not to mention it was a steal especially since some of the IKEA pieces I had been looking at were $100-$200 more!

I love it even more with my cameras all set up in it at home! Swoon! I totally shoved my dining room table into the corner of the room so this could be center stage.


I also came across this. A giant Nixon. Any takers?

Cross Quilt

Next quilt is my first attempt at a modern style cross quilt. I sort of just made this up as I went along. I looked at the pattern I had in a book, but it was much more complicated. This one was just made by using a square in the center and using rectangles on the sides. I used Denyse Schmidt’s line of fabric for Joann’s. This quilt is also available in my shop.

I didn’t do much quilting on this one. I kept it really simple.

What do you think? Do you have any recent projects that you made with your own pattern?


*Also, today is my little sister’s 21st birthday! That’s insane. She is perpetually six years old in my head.*

Vintage Postage Illustrations

I’ve been doing a lot of random doodles and patterns and illustrations. Here is one inspired by vintage postage and a Santa Fe themed color palette. You can see other projects on my flickr. I really want to turn these into some sort of pattern. What do you think? Do you have any cute illustrations or patterns?



New Etsy Shop now open!

It’s been a little quiet on here recently, but that’s because I have been working on opening my new Etsy shop. It’s a mix of vintage books turned notebooks, vintage ephemera paper, and sewn accessories as well. Take a look, I hope you like it.

Vintage Flashcards

One of my favorite things ever is vintage school supplies. I love it. I recently found a vintage stapler and my boyfriend asked, what are you going to do with all of these staplers. Enjoy them! Duh!

One trend I am all over is vintage flash cards. I just ordered these last week and I CANNOT WAIT for them to arrive.

Design*Sponge recently wrote a post about the same thing. Here are a few of my favorite images.

Here are a few more I’m admiring.



Obsolete Things as Home Decor

I cannot explain my love for old type drawers and library card catalogs. Type drawers are a little easier to find and there are tons of different ways to repurpose them. I am still on the hunt for a card catalog. Those are not easy to find and they are usually pretty pricey. Here are some gorgeous examples. Swoon!

Card Catalogs:

I came across this one at a local antique market. Unfortunately, I did not have $700 to buy it. Sigh.

Type drawers:

Original Use:

Other uses:

Aren’t these all so awesome? I came across two type drawers recently. I am still working on turning one into the jewelry display like the one above. (I swear I really do finish some projects!) The other one, with help from my very handy father, got turned into a knick-knack display. We created a frame with plexi glass to protect my treasures from my curious kitties. Do you love it as much as I do? I’ve put a bunch more keepsakes in since this photo. I’ll take another one and share it soon.

What are your favorite decor items? Anything unusual? Do you have pictures? I want to see.

Vintage Finds

Today I made a trip to Midland Market, a great source for vintage items in Indianapolis. I only got there an hour before they closed, so I made a quick sweep though, but still managed to find a few gems.

I almost missed my first find. I love maps, so I was thrilled when I came across this bulletin board with the US map printed on it. It’s in good shape too. Not a lot of wear and tear. I only noticed two pin holes, one in Casper Wyoming, and the other in Moose Jaw, Saskatcchewan.

I was on my way out and spotted this in one of the cases. I’m completely obsessed with typography, typesetting, and printing in general, so there was no way this way not coming home with me. It’s a little toy for printing your own newspaper.

It even came with this “Idea Book” which I didn’t look through until I got it home, but I love almost as much as the printer itself.

I found  few things that, sadly, I had to leave behind. (Sorry for the cell phone pics.)

Is this not AMAZING?! Sadly, I did not have $750 to drop. Sigh.

I thought these health class posters were pretty cool. I decided I did not have the wall space and I knew my boyfriend would find them incredibly creepy. I don’t blame him. The vagina one is a little weird.

I hope you enjoyed my finds!

Shadowbox Love

I’ve always loved the idea of shadowboxes. Many of the ones I’ve seen weren’t quite my taste. However one day while making the daily blog rounds, I saw this one in the background of a Design*Sponge post.

I fell in love. I also realized that being a pack rat was paying off this time. I had a bunch of vintage sewing supplies and notions that had belonged to my grandmother that I couldn’t bear to use or get rid of. Why not put it on display?

What do you think? I was given the frame, but it’s from IKEA. I just used a piece of matt board for the background and attached the items using double sided tape.

This is a pretty easy project, but if you don’t have items just laying around the house (and have some money to burn), you can always get one of these gorgeous displays from Specimen Box Shop on Etsy.

(Bird Egg Shadow Box $250)

(Starfish Specimen Shadow Box $225)

Or these shadowboxes from colorstorydesigns made from recycled magazines (Burst of Brights $32).

I also love these butterfly displays from BugUnderGlass also on Etsy.

(Turquoise Emperor Butterfly $23)

(Monarch Butterfly in museum display $52)

dance with me vintage dance card pencil necklace range by baltica

I love these necklaces from baltica on etsy. I have a slight obsession for office supplies, especially vintage. I would want to wear several of these at once.

originated in the 18th century, dance cards were used by a woman to record the names of the gentlemen with whom she intended to dance each successive dance at a formal ball. dance cards were accompanied by a tiny pencil and attached to a lady’s wrist or ball gown by a decorative cord.

via dance with me vintage dance card pencil necklace range by baltica.