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The Daily Swank - Jaw Dropping - Jennifer Morris Beads

If I could, I would create a list called " You made my jaw drop" and today's Daily Swank would be on it.  Gorgeous colors, unbelievable technique and talent.

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Jennifer Morris Beads are one of those things where I don't feel they need much of an explanation. I left the photos as is, and would just love for you to click on them to see them in their original size. Jennifer Morris is a free form polymer clay artist. As you can see she includes intricate details in each bead or pendent she creates. Some of them include vintage rhinestones. Above is Fall Regalia in French Blue Vintage Pendant.

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Above is Jennifer's Fall Came Sweetly Vintagey Retro Bauble Earrings.

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I think any one of the earrings, pendants, brooches or beads would make a great gift for someone special. Visit Jennifer Morris on Etsy. Above, In the Chocolate Garden, long luscious earrings.


Vintage Hot Spot - Gatherings Jeffersonville, IN

               

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If you love romantic décor and vintage style, stroll into Gatherings in Jeffersonville, IN for unique gift items and home accessories.  This delightful store is filled to the brim with all things beautiful.  Soft neutrals with accents of black and dark brown as well as floral patterns abound. 

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My favorite display is a vintage metal serving cart adorned with a coiled green garden house and framed bird prints tucked within.  Other delightful items include unique picture frames, candles, gifts for the new baby and a line of scrapbook items by Anna Griffin.  Among the vintage items, one will find rhinestone jewelry from the 1920s and 1930s, stemware, dishes, silverware and ice buckets.   



Owner Shannon Ross states that Gatherings has something for everyone in every price range.  She scours the market for quality items at a reasonable price and strives to pass that on to her customers.  Gatherings first opened in 2002 and has been in its current location in the historic downtown area since July 2006.   

            

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Hours:         Monday through Friday 10-5

                   Saturday 10-3

Address:      426 Spring St.

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Website:  Gatherings

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Do you hold any special events?
  Gatherings will be conducting several upcoming seminars.  One will be on tablescapes for the holidays during the Christmas season, another on how to host a tea party and a third seminar on paper crafting; specifically how to create vintage crafts from new scrapbooking supplies.  A Holiday Open House will be held on November 6th from 6-9pm.  An Open House is also held in the spring. Another event called Art on Spring is held three to four times a year.  Several downtown businesses participate and a local artist is featured at each participating location.  It is always an evening event and refreshments are served.

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Is shopping independent stores and businesses important to you?
  Shannon says that being an entrepreneur gives her the desire to support other small, independent businesses.  Furthermore, shopping independent establishments allows her the opportunity to find unique items that aren’t run of the mill.   

Not only does Gatherings offer items to decorate your home, but they will also provide design services, customized party décor and fresh floral arrangements.  It’s a one stop shop to meet all of your home interior and gift giving needs.

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Elizabeth Young is a wife and cat mom who spends many an hour hunting for vintage goodies at her favorite  thrift stores, antique shops and monthly flea markets!  A collector of vintage toys, holiday decor and general store items, many of the found treasures end up on display in her Victorian home.  She also looks for vintage ephemera, fun supplies and kitschy decor for her Etsy shop Grandmother's Attic !  When not doing this, she works two part time jobs, wearing different hats at each! 

 


Vintage Indie Life -Blog Carnival - Personal Favorite Vintage Find

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Welcome to a Vintage Indie Life! (if you are new visit this link for all the details on how you can participate) 

I know what you are going to say. Bad blogger bad, bad... bad. Well, I have a favorite vintage find! In fact it's wonderful and I love it. Actually, I have to confess I'm not sure how vintage it is. It looks vintage, I think it is. I may need to do some extra research.

Maybe this will help,  It's shiny blue, with the most perfect basket for holding kids snacks and backpacks for long trips. Can you guess what it is? I'll be back later to post a picture of it!

Do you have a favorite vintage find you'd like to share? It's easy to participate, post about it on your blog and come back here to post that entries url, a short description of your post, your name or blogs name in the box below.

 

Please  link to that weeks Vintage Indie Life post in your post somewhere. It can either be a link or use the picture provided above to link.

(This feature will close at 9:00pm EST on 10.3.08)


Business Series Part Three - Store Owner Business Advice

It's been a little while since we've visited our Business Series. Just to recap our Business Series started with your Vision. Part two we talked about What You Put Into It.

Unlike your ordinary business series, focusing on start up (which is important) we wanted to bring you another level to the table. We wanted you to hear first hand from business owners themselves about the "real world" of owning your own business and being your own boss.  While researching start up and business plans are all very important, we feel an inside look is invaluable information for you.

Thanks to Barb the designer and store owner behind Knack Studios for graciously sharing her experience with us.
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Hi Barb,

Thanks again for answering a few questions about opening up your own store.

We are excited to hear from a business owner first hand about the aspects of starting, running and operating your own store
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If you could share the top five most important things you suggest doing before opening a store, what would they be?

1. do your homework .... find out what your point of difference is
2. know your target market
3. brand yourself!! This is worth every penny!! Hire a graphic designer to come up with your logo, website and print.  Plaster it everywhere and in everything you do!! ( my husband happens to be a graphic designer and has done all my branding for me, but I did realize a dream this year and paid for a letterpress business package!)
4. come up with a business plan ........ know where you are going and how you plan to get there. Use cash if you can , and grow small and smart instead of strapping yourself with a big loan.
5. make sure you have a good support system .... you will need them in the days to come:)

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Many people may love the idea of being their own boss, but we want to know first hand the pro's and con's of being your own boss. Could you share some of those with us?

Pros for me , being able to schedule my work around my kids and their schedule is priceless. Freedom in direction and decision making and getting to do what you love everyday.

Cons,  Finding balance and keeping it,  You're it!! Lots of time involved !! The financial side of things ( non creative),taxes and discouragement

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If you could have known one thing before opening up your own store that you know now, what would it be?

I wish I had a better sales and marketing background!! You really have to sell yourself and your product and that is a little awkward for me at times:)

How important are goals for a store owner?

HUGE. That saying "if you aim at nothing you'll hit it every time" ..... so true. Your goals will help keep you motivated and focused during the hard days:)

A special thanks to Barb for sharing this insightful look on owning and running your own business. I highly encourage you to check out Knack studios.

In person at 1207 Pendleton St
Greenville, SC 29611
Online - http://www.knackstudios.com/

    

Vi Headliner - FEATURED SPONSOR - The Vintage Merchant

BestlisaadviVintage Indie would like to send a special thanks to our Featured Sponsor The Vintage Merchant for September. We enjoyed taking a deeper look into their store back in August.

Now is the time to prepare for your winter wardrobe and we can't think of a better way than include a little vintage in the mix. The Vintage Merchant store is ready to help, with some great new vintage recently listed.



Click to use the zoom feature Up first is this classic 1960's Ivory Mohair Coat. Perfect for autumn, this lightweight soft coat would be a great addition to your wardrobe.
Click to use the zoom feature Do you have a holiday party planned for your work this year? Why not go vintage with a swanky dress like this Vintage Body Hugging Black Crepe Dress with Rhinestone Studded Necklace. "cocktail dress dating from the late 1930's/early 40's. It is made of rayon crepe and features an incredibly detailed neckline of rhinestones and brass-toned rectangular studs."

Whatever the occasion or whatever the time of year consider a sustainable way to be fashionable with vintage. Visit The Vintage Merchant today for their selection of shoes, coats, dresses, accessories, menswear and more.


Monday News - Week of September 29th - October 3rd

Good Monday morning everyone!

I hope you had a nice weekend. It seems as if ours flew right by and I missed it somewhere along the way. This is an exciting week here on Vintage Indie as on Wednesday October 1st we'll be starting the beginning of a very special celebration here, something we've never done before on Vintage Indie. Keep your feeds ready, because you won't want to miss it!

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Did you miss the announcement for the Vintage Indie Market? If so follow this link over for details. You have until October 25th to sign up, and send your artwork and details to us.



Vintageindielife This week Vintage Indie Life will be TOMORROW! Yep, that's right. Tuesday September 30th. Come back here to share your most favorite personal vintage find with us.

If you've never participated visit this link for full details. It's pretty easy. If anyone has any questions, please don't hesitate to ask we would love more participation from you!


I love today's quote, I think it pretty much sums up how I feel.

I've never known anyone yet who doesn't suffer a certain restlessness when autumn rolls around... We're all eight years old again and anything is possible.
-- Sue Grafton

See you later today!
Have a great week everyone.


Editor's Links - What I'm Reading Friday

As the editor of Vintage Indie. I'm constantly scouring the web, magazines, book stores and labels of products. Not only to share with you, but to educate myself as well. I'm hoping to share with you "What I'm Reading" on Friday's. Hopefully you'll be inspired, educated and if all else fails, entertained!

On the web:

Extraordinary Health Dr. Jordan Rubin - Eating 101

Parenting Post - Crusty by Rocks In My Dryer

Nie Nie Benefit Sale - Preview Here.

Catching up on the Auction Wally Show -  ep 30 The Auctionwally Show -Selling Old Paper on eBay and Elsewhere

Scavenger Round Up via Re-Nest

Checking out the Wanted Ads on Vintage Pulse

Scouring Craig's List for swing sets.

Drooling over Anne Ruthmann's gorgeous photography. Also, check out her free desktop photos.

I'm sure there is a ton more I'm forgetting, I may update this later today!

Have a great weekend!


Ask Jerusalem - Reader Design & Style Questions - Window Treatments

Thanks for all the great response this feature has received! We have gotten several emails with great questions and we will make sure to get to all of them as we can! For now we are going to answer 1 question per week, so keep sending them in and will let you know when your question is being featured!

In this week’s Q&A we have a window treatment question from Dorothy.

Dorothy:
Thank you for your offer to answer some of our design questions!
I do have one.  I've lived in this house for 12 years and have never really "treated" my living room windows.  I had mini-blinds on the main window, but removed them when we recently painted. I have attached pictures, so maybe they can explain better what I will try to do in words.  The front wall of the living room (facing the front yard) has two small slanted walls with vertically long narrow windows in them.  What do I do with those smaller windows?  Privacy is not an issue. We live in the country and the neighbors we do have are hidden by trees. So, those little windows could be left alone, I guess.  But, then if I do something with the larger window, will it make it look strange to leave the  little windows untreated?  Everything just looks so "unfinished" the way it is now.
Any suggestions would be SO appreciated!  Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!!!!!
Love,
Dorothy
--from the Central Coast of California

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Jerusalem Greer: Dorothy, thank you so much for your great email! I am sure this is a design quandary many readers can sympathize with.

Here are my ideas from looking at your pictures:

•    Do something so wonderful on your main window that the other 2 sort of disappear becoming just part of the wall.
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•    Use indoor plantation style shutters to cover the windows. This would be an unusual but unique and stylish way to dress them without it looking “dinky and still let some light in. I like the bulk that a plantation style brings to a window- and the movable louvers allow you to control the amount of  light let in.

•    You could also do shutters on your larger window OR do a fabric window treatment and use a curtain rod that is stained the same as the shutters to tie the 2 window treatments together.

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•    Window film is another way to go. These thin sheets work very similarly to contact paper, and come in a huge variety of patterns. They are a great way to bring interest and privacy (if needed) to an odd shaped window. Simply order, cut and stick!












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•    The other option is to in fact dress your smaller windows very similarly to how you dress your large window. Here I have played around a bit with one of the images you sent me and you can see that I “drew” a covered cornice and a window panel on your large window, and on the smaller window I drew another covered cornice but added blinds under the cornice instead of a fabric panel.

•    The most radical of options would be construction. Don’t be afraid to think out side the box, at least during the dreaming state of any home project. Sometimes the best ideas come when you go the furthest with your ideal dream scenario and start to work your way back to what might be more realistic.  If these windows drive you absolutely crazy and you don’t need them for light they could always be sheet-rocked over and disappear completely. OR depending on where they fall and the architecture of the outside of your house they could be enlarged eventually to full size windows.

I hope that these ideas help you tackle your unique design dilemma- even if I didn’t provide the perfect solution, perhaps I triggered a thought or an idea that can bloom into something beautiful for your home!

Thanks so much!
Jerusalem

Links:
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Featurebutton_03_2 Jerusalem Greer is a mom, a wife and a modern vintage gal just trying to live the artsy life. Full of love, laughter with a grateful heart, she enjoys creating beautiful spaces and goodies, which bring joy to all who encounter them.When she's not filling the role of "style and design editor" for Vintage Indie Mag, she is busy working in her studio at Storia Divita. Please visit her new website Jerusalem Greer


My Vintage Pad - Home Tour - Catherine S. of Treasured Heirlooms Wilmington, MA

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I'll begin my tour outside in my garden since this where the "magic" begins.

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My house is a white house, black shutters with hearts cut out in them, a white picket fence and pergola covered with pink roses all summer long. We wind down a bluestone walkway which leads to the cobblestone path to the "Pink Fairy Cottage". Inside the cottage you will find a small space decorated with wonderful pretties, a bench to sit and read and a table for your tea.

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As you approach my front porch there are loads of flowers to greet you. You approach a glorious gingerbread Victorian style door which is white and painted with tiny rosebuds all around the edges.

As you open this door to a hot pink front door you enter my Sweet Kitchen. I must say, "I love my kitchen" as it truly reflects my love of all things sweet. Edible or visual. The walls are painted my favorites Ice Pink and Mint Green which gives it a playful air. Although the color palette stays the same, the look magically changes for each season. The Christmas season is the most fun since all my faux decorations are dripping with glitter and sugar. Everything is playful and is such eye candy. I love this room because it brings out the holiday spirit in me while I create my luscious gourmet chocolates for local businesses.

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(Pictured Above, Catherine's beautiful kitchen)

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You enter my pretty pink living room which is a wonderful extension of my kitchen. Icy pink and full of vintage treasures. My favorites being my collection of stunning Bavarian and Limoges rose china and the beautiful vintage pieces of furniture which I have painted white to accent the beauty of my collection. My favorite piece in the living room is my fireplace mantel which I purchased on Craigs List (it was originally Black). I love the way the Victorian scrollwork compliments the mirror and my beautiful display of treasures. A simple piece as a faux fireplace can completely change the entire look of a room from plain to elegant.

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Upstairs is my Studio and my Master Bedroom. My studio has a lovely clean white palette and two beautiful windows which has sun streaming in each morning. It is where I do my creative thinking, blogging, talking to friends and photographing my website treasures.

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My favorite item in the studio is the Green and Pink bureau (pictured left) which belonged to my Grandparents. It was quite worn, so it received a new life with my two favorite colors of paint and now has a lovely display of vintage Milkglass. The drawers are filled with tissue and packing supplies. A pretty way to keep odd necessities tucked away.


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Onto the Master Bedroom. My goodness this is my all time favorite room in the house. The windows overlook my English Garden and onto a small river which can be seen in winter when the leaves fall. The moment I walk into my bedroom my entire being changes. There is a peace and serenity like no other room in the house. This is where I spend my time relaxing my mind and thanking God for all I have been given.

My favorite items in my Master Bedroom are my Christi Repasy paintings. I stare at them for hours on end and enjoy the richness of her rose blossoms. It brings peace to my soul and allows my body to relax when I am not well.

You may have noticed that I have quite a love for flowers. Flowers bring me inspiration right down to my very being. Watching my seedlings grow is an amazement to me each spring after a long cold winter here in Massachusetts.

Pinkcottage Gabreial, since you asked, I would have to say I consider my look "Sweet Vintage Romantic". If you would like to obtain a look similar to mine. Begin by freshening up your walls with your favorite pastel colors. Bring in inexpensive floral cotton draperies. Use vintage items such as lots an lots of lace, doilies, teacups, plates, and whatever you love to create vignettes on end tables, mantels, coffee tables and walls.

Scour thrift stores and reasonably priced consignment shops for vintage pretties. Most of the items in my home came from yard sales or consignment shops. I then transformed them with a paint brush and a bucket of paint, added some pretty linens and pretties purchased over the years for a small price by being a smart shopper and very selective.

I hope you enjoyed your visit to my home in Wilmington, MA. I know I thoroughly enjoyed sharing it with you.

A special thanks to Catherine for giving us a grand tour of her beautiful home. Please take a moment to visit her web shop Treasured Heirlooms. Her store reflects her Sweet Vintage Romantic style that I think you will adore.

(All photographs copyright Catherine of Treasured Heirlooms, you may not copy or reproduce)


Vintage Fashion Forward - Fall Style by Tialey Vintage

There are some styles that are classics, looks that can go from era to era and still be sensational. These can be anything from the perfect little black dress to an avant garde couture piece. If you wear vintage clothing you are undoubtedly aware of this, however some people are still under the impression that vintage clothing can’t be modern looking, and can’t fit into this season’s fashions, unless the fashionable look is vintage inspired. However, Tialey Vintage wants everyone to know that you can do vintage without looking like June Cleaver.

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Here is a look straight off the runway from Michael Kors fall collection.

Vintage Fashion Forward - We recreated this look using all vintage items, from all different eras, can you tell the difference between the vintage and designer look? You will be a fashionista in every way if you can learn to mix vintage and modern pieces for a variety of looks.

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Tialey Vintage is here to inspire your style because the future of fashion is recycling the past.

written by Shawna Spettnagel,for Tialey Vintage.

You can find all of these pieces coming soon to Tialey Vintage online.

Our complete outfit - photographer: Carlos Arturo Velarde, model: Kelly Rakovich, stylist: Shawna Spettnagel. All other photos were taken by Tialey Vintage - photographer: Cathleen, model: Chantel Zales.


What You Make of It - New Baskets from Recycled Lampshades

Papier-mache has to be my all-time favorite medium for self-expression.  It’s easy, accessible and the materials are cheap.  That said, the final product can range from primitive to ethereal.  The pieces can be purely functional or be classed as fine art.  It has limitless potential.

For the average crafter, finding the right base to build on can be difficult.  Cardboard is great, but needs to be carefully measured and cut.  Wire and mesh can be difficult and a little dangerous to maneuver (always wear safety specs!).

For my money, nothing beats the lowly lampshade as a base for papier-mache baskets.  They come in all shapes and sizes, so you’ll be sure to find something that suits.
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Drop in at any thrift store and you’re sure to find a shelf or two of these shades, forever separated from their lamp-partners and ready to start a new life.  Strip off the fabric and you’ve got your basket base.

You’ll need to do a bit of cardboard cutting, to give your new basket a useable bottom.  Just trace around the outside of the shade.  Cut one piece that size and one a little smaller to go on the inside.  If the wires that hold the shade to the lamp are relatively flat, you can just encase them in the two layers of cardboard.  If they have a noticeable bend, you may want to cut them off.  Use heavy-duty snips for this.

Then, just tape the two pieces of cardboard in and start layering on the paper, inside and out.

How many layers you need to finish your basket will depend on its final use.  If you’re planning to store your knitting supplies, three layers will do.  If you want to keep something heavy in it, add more layers until it feels sturdy enough.
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How you finish your basket depends entirely on you.  Some people like to paint the final product.  I prefer to let the paper itself shine through.  Newsprint, tissue paper, ephemera of all kinds inspires design ideas.

After that, a final coat of varnish to make it easy to clean, and another sad lampshade has found new purpose.

Featurebutton_05 Barb McMahon writes the blog May December Home - home decor with a focus on environmentally friendly/handmade/re-used design.


Vintage Indie Life - Carnival - Fall Traditions & Memories

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Welcome to a Vintage Indie Life! (if you are new visit this link for all the details on how you can participate) 

Fall is my favorite time of year. Mostly because family seems so much closer this time of year. One of my favorite traditions every year is simmering cinnamon sticks, apple peel, orange peel and cloves on the stove. It's a comforting aroma that fills our home and everyone who comes in feels welcome.

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This time of year is about the harvest for us. We support local farmers all the way up until the end of October. We enjoy a trip to the pumpkin patch at Daniels Petting Farm that includes a fun filled hay ride to the pumpkin fields. Usually a purchase of local honey and a visit to the farm animals. 

Last year we started a new tradition with  my in-laws and my parents and had a caramel apple party. It was so much fun and a little messy, but so much fun! 

Start a new tradition this year with your family and throw a caramel apple party.

Here's what you'll need.

1. Apples - We usually go with apples that are tart and have a crunch. Apples that can withstand the toppings.

2. Short wooden candy skewers

3. Caramel Candy Squares for Melting (we purchased and unwrapped the individually wrapped kind)

4. Gourmet fix-ins - Chocolate (for drizzling), Crushed up candy bars, any kind of nuts (we like peanuts),toffee, coconut, dried fruits and whatever else your heart desires.

Directions

Cover 2 cookie sheets with wax or parchment paper. Have an adult melt the caramels and chocolate morsels over a double boiler. Skewer the apples and line up on a tray. Have an adult dip each apple in the caramel and set back on send tray ready for the first person to add on their fix-ins. If you like chocolate using a spoon to drizzle chocolate over the caramel is the best way. Once you have all of your toppings smooshed on, let it set up for a few minutes or place in the fridge overnight. Pull out about 15 minutes before eating and enjoy!

Your turn! Share your most favorite memories and traditions for this delightful time of year.

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Vintage Indie Market - Call for Vendors

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The holidays are approaching and what a better way to share the gift of giving than with a vintage, handmade or small business item. Vintage Indie is excited to announce we will be launching the first edition of the Vintage Indie Market on November 1st.

This exciting new marketplace will be a treasure trove full of top notch independent businesses featuring accessories, kids and babies, antiques & handmade collectibles, holiday decor, clothing, one of a kind, paperie, indie luxury and so much more.

Each market will be composed only a handful times a year. For two months of exclusive shopping each time including discounts, one of a kind items and more. The first edition will be our Holiday Edition. A perfect blend of products for everyone on your shopping list.

Vendors are being accepted on a limited first come first serve basis. If you are looking for a great new way to advertise your independent business, head over to information page. Vendors will be accepted until our deadline of October 25th when all of the information is due or sooner when space limits are met.


Vintage + Modern Mingle - Fall Flavors Series - Crisp Apples

Don't you just love the flavors of fall? I love apple time!  The harvest is delightful, all the different flavors and textures. I love very crunchy tart apples myself. Usually I go for a Granny Smith, Fuji a little more sweet or Jonagold. Although, we did pick up some Honey Crisp during our last trip to our local farmers market, those were a little too soft for my taste but the boys loved them. 

Fall is a great time to visit your local farmers. Have you visited Pick Your Own? Visit this great website to find pick your own farms in your state and support your local farmers this fall!

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Top Left from Jolly Polly Pickins 2 Apple Dessert Bowls, Top middle from Oldybutgoody Apples Pitcher and Juice Glasses, Middle Left from Modish Vintage Avocado Green serving tray, Middle right from luxedeluxe Red Delicious necklace, Bottom left from SeaUnicorn Just Picked Vintage Apple Necklace, Bottom Right from Koyani Vintage Canister Set.


The Daily Swank - Good Girl Studio - Warm Fall

"Ah" fall, it is finally here. The cooler weather isn't, but the sound of crinkling leaves is as they trickle down one by one. Fall clothing is soon on its way and beautiful accessories are in order. Today's Daily Swank with bring warmth and a sense of coziness to any wardrobe. Introducing you to Good Girl Studio.

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Spoonfullofsugar_googgirlstudio Top Left -  Finishing Touch elegant earrings, featuring vintage enamel flowers. Top Right - Tarnished Past a Victorian Cuff featuring vintage copper & antique filigree.
Left - Spoon Full of Sugar a spot of tea brooch, featuring a vintage miniature spoon & a vintage copper & brass etched tea cup.

Enjoy.


Designer Profile - Malphi Style

Welcome to another Designer Profile on Vintage Indie. Please help me in welcoming the designer herself Susannah, behind Maplhi Style.

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Can you tell us a little about what we see in your studio/workspace photo?

I first learned to sew using vintage hand-crank sewing machines (as seen in image left) but at the beginning of this year with my business growing I invested in a Bernina 950 industrial sewing machine. When I was using the non-electric hand-cranks I could take them into the garden to sew but now I have to sew inside with the new machine. Eventually I hope to have my own studio, perhaps over looking my garden with french windows so I can be close to working outside again!







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Can you tell us a little bit about how Malphi was started?

I originally trained as an Actress. My MALPHI business has been developing for the past couple of years.  I spent a lot of time out in India and worked with the local tailors there to develop the designs and then brought them back to England. I started selling on Etsy and now also have my own website www.malphistyle.com.










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What kinds of items do you create?

I started with one dress called the "Verity Hope Dress".  It's a wrap dress which is designed to suit curvy figures and wear on its own or simply slung over Jeans or Bloomers.  I started producing the dress and Bloomers as "pre-cut and ready to sew"  dressmaking kits.  They was overwhelmingly popular on Etsy and now I also produce a limited number of dresses as ready made and one-offs.  I also added aprons as kits and ready to wear as I have such a passion for the nostalgia and homliness of aprons




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What inspires you?

I get inspired by so many things especially when I'm in India amongst all the colourful fabrics all layed out in front of my eyes...it's heavenly!  I love the rustic country lifestyle and like to picture my designs out in the country as much as possible in the surrounding countryside where I live...I think that's the actress in me! There's a fine line between being inspired and being influenced so I try and focus on getting inspiration from within then I know it's from me.

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Do you use any vintage materials? If so, why do you like about creating with vintage components?

I love vintage materials!  There's a wonderful charity sale at a hospice near where I live.  It's on every three weeks and sells mountains of fabrics, linens and notions...it's truly a designer's dream!  I love finding an old reel of lace or a hand embroidered linen, there's a uniqueness to vintage items and they carry so much charm.

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Thanks so much to Susannah for sharing a behind the scenes look at Malphi Style. You can shop for the designs shown at Malphi Style.


New Feature - Design & Style "Ask Jerusalem"

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Fall is a great time for rearranging furniture or giving your rooms a fresh coat of paint. It is also a great time for a design and style change. Do you need a little direction on how to make everything work for you? Vintage Indie's Design & Style editor Jerusalem Greer is here to help!

Jerusalem owns her own business Storia Di Vita where they specialize in home styling, custom painting, sewing,  holiday decorating and more. She comes fully experienced and ready to help. Send all of your questions to us here at Vintage Indie and we'll do our best to get an answer for you. Including a photo will get your question answered faster!

Be sure to include your first name, where you are from and your full question along with your photo(s). Keep in mind photos sent to us may be used on Vintage Indie.

What are you waiting for! Go snap some shots!

(graphic credit Savvy Kit Journal1 Jackie Eckles)


Monday News - Week of September 22

Good Monday morning to you!

Where did the weekend go? This one was a busy one for us, a birthday party and a trip to Great American Ballpark. My family and I had a wonderful time. To bad those redlegs didn't win. (Click on Images to enlarge)
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Can you believe yesterday was the last day of summer? It was a warm one here, especially at the ball park in the sun. Any locals remember Riverfront Stadium, now gone?  We caught the news this weekend that players and former players for the New York Yankees bid a farewell to the famous Yankee Stadium. It's amazing to me how history is just torn down and replaced. I guess after 85 years it's time for change for the Yankees. Anyway, enough baseball talk after all Football is my sport of choice!

In other news, I'm happy to celebrate the first week of fall with you here on Vintage Indie. We have some really great features this week.

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This week's Vintage Indie Life will be held on Wednesday! If you are new to Vintage Indie Life you can follow this link for information on how you can participate.

This week we are enjoying life with fall. Share your most favorite memories and traditions for this delightful time of year.



Up next, a new feature announcement! Have a great week everyone and come back here all week to celebrate the start of fall with Vintage Indie!

No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one autumnal face.
-- John Donne


Shop Indie - Product Review - MBeze Natural Skin Care and Cosmetics

Many of you may already know this, but not only did I used to own my own bath and body business but I've previously written many bath and body reviews for Wickedly Chic. I hugely support independent businesses and that goes for Natural Skin Care and Cosmetics as well.

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Recently I had the pleasure of reviewing MBeze pronounced (embeez). From the very beginning this company's packaging grabbed my attention. Instantly I wanted to find out more.

My package arrived professionally packed, a personalized note and proper ingredient labels (very important).




I have to be honest, the fragrances that I thought would be my favorite ending up being something completely different and out of the norm for me.
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Up first was their Deodorette. This product was the main product behind their launch and beginning to the classy line of Natural Skin care and Cosmetics.

I'm not accustom to natural deodorants, but I gave this a try for a week and felt it was a really great product followed up by their Dabber Dust. The Once Bitten Deodorette kept me smelling fresh like apple blossoms all day while the Dabber Dust helped with wetness control. This dynamic duo is a great alternative to deodorants with harmful aluminum. I can safely say the Deodorette will be a new staple to my daily routine.


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An unexpected surprise was my love for their Ife (eeFEH) Collection. Usually, I'm more of a citrus fan, oranges, lemony and very lite. I however really took to this perfume. It's the essence of strawberry that was a subtle surprise. Very feminine and chic.







I feel it's really important to get to know the owner of an independent cosmetics company like MBeze. You want to be able feel comfortable with the ingredients they are using as well find out which products are going to fit you best.

Please help me to welcome the founder of MBeze to Vintage Indie, Mary Beth Worzella.

Hi Mary Beth, welcome to Vintage Indie. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how you got started in the bath and body industry?

I was living in San Francisco, working in film and commercials for two of the top Visual Effects companies in the industry.  Although it was an appealing career to have, I always wanted to be more independent and launch my own company.  I saw a need for a product that wasn't on the market and with a lot of research and determination, it was one I could create myself which meant lower start up costs.  Keeping my costs down also meant giving up the metropolitan lifestyle for awhile, so after living in San Francisco for 10 years, I moved back to my roots in Wisconsin so I could focus and found great resources here to get the job done at a lower cost.
The need for the Deodorette is the product that got me started.  Today's woman spends several hours away from home.  We work long days while fitting a workout in, have busy social lives, travel, take the kids to all of their activities, etc.  We take our necessary beauty essentials with us so we remain fresh through all of it.  The less we have to carry, the better.  I don't know how many times I've said to my friends, "I'm ready to go, I'm just packing my purse" as I'm shuving lip gloss, gum, keys, etc into a tiny clutch.  The one item I always wish I had was a tiny deodorant.  Others on the market don't fit into that clutch (not even the travel size) and I'd never want to be caught taking that out with me anyway.  Having someone see a giant stick of deodorant in your purse is about as appealing as dropping a tampon on the floor.  The Deodorette is small enough to fit anywhere and looks just like a cosmetic, so it's the perfect "freshen up" product to have on hand.  As I worked on developing the Deodorette, the other products and collections came to light.


Why is it important for you to offer Natural Skin Care and Cosmetics?
 
It's a lifestyle choice that has benefited me and therefore one I would like to share with others.  When I was in my mid twenties, I realized my skin wasn't going to stay young forever and I needed to start treating it better.  That meant gentler products with less chemicals in them and moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!  It also meant putting cleaner foods in my body that were less processed and preserved.  Over the years, I've been able to keep my skin vibrant and young, as well as naturally shedding weight, just by using more natural products on my skin and eating a less processed diet.  To me, products and foods with a lot of chemicals and preservatives in them is just gross.  I'm also very against animal testing, especially for cosmetic purposes.  When you put natural ingredients on your skin and in your body, there's no need to put animals through senseless, cruel testing for a product that's not necessary for survival and isn't good for you anyway.

What drives your company?
I love being creative and just about everything holds inspiration if you're willing to see it.

Thank you Mary Beth for letting us get to know you. Mary Beth has graciously offered Vintage Indie readers 25% off when you enter promo code vintage during check out over at MBeze.

I hoped you enjoyed the first product review here at Vintage Indie. Please let me know what you thought.

Thanks!
Gabreial


We interrupt....

We interrupt this regularly scheduled indie vintage blog post to ask you.

Did you know Martha Stewart had a blog?

Well, she does and she's been supporting bloggers!

Go see for yourself!

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Vintage Indie Life - Carnival - For the Love of Vintage

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Welcome to a Vintage Indie Life! (if you are new visit this link for all the details on how you can participate)

I'm excited to start off the first Vintage Indie Life with the topic of "For the Love of Vintage." You know it's my love for vintage that keeps me writing for you. It's that feeling of nostalgia that I get when I'm shopping. I find myself wondering in other time periods thinking about the slower and calmer days of life. Today's world is so fast paced that I like to be reminded when everyone enjoyed the smaller things in life for a little but longer than they do today.

Others may not understand, why there is such a connection with vintage enthusiasts all over the world, but there is. You'll find them at antique shows, thrift stores, antique malls, smaller mom and pop shops. Many times, you'll also find that we love to give. Sharing a love of vintage with others. My parents drug my brother and sister and I to antique shows when we were younger. I remember heading out early, packing a small carry cooler and browsing for hours... and hours... and hours. At the time, it seemed so boring to me, not to mention the blazing sun. It's funny thinking back on that, because today we are doing the very same thing with our children. I appreciate antiques, the quality of real wood furniture and pottery and pieces that are created by hand. I hope that my children will appreciate vintage just the same when they're older and have their own children and just maybe we can all go together. 

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(Photo, Antique Sign from 2008 Burlington Antique Show Burlington, KY)

What about you? Why do you love vintage?

Newbie Help

2. Write your post (at your own blog), come back here to this post  your direct url.
    A. Include your name and a short description of your post in parentheses afterwords into the Mr. Linky box at the bottom. Be sure it's interesting so viewers will want to visit.   
   

B. The url you include must be the permalink link to your blog post. There is a link to the Permalink on Typepad at the bottom. It's the specific link to that post. Not your blog's main page. If you make a mistake and link to your main page, your link will be deleted, without notice.(sorry, I'd love to be able to contact everyone, but I can't. Just come back here and try again)

3. You must link to that weeks Vintage Indie Life post in your post somewhere. It can either be a link or use the picture provided above to link. (if you don't include the link back to Vintage Indie, your link will be deleted. After all we are trying to help others make new connections.

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Vintage Indie Life Participants
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The Daily Swank - Shop Indie - Oiive

I can't help, but to fall in love with these pillows. They are stylish, adorable feel like home. Did I mention they so darn cute?

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I think these would make a great gift. Perfect for travel, the house pillows would be a perfect reminder of home. You can even have them personalized with your family's name.  You can find these and many more at Oiive.


Brimfield Teaser - Plan Ahead Brimfield Antique Show May 12th-17th 2009

You may have already missed the 2008 Brimfield Antique Show, but we have a few teasers and information so you can plan ahead for next years show. Today we'd like to welcome you to the beautiful booth of Antique Therapy and Thistlebees from this September 2-4th show.

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I asked Keri of Antique Therapy a few questions about their vintage style. I also wanted to know what vintage and antiques to expect at their booth in next years show.

I would describe my vintage style as being a mix of Shabby & Chic with French and European influences sprinkled in. My style is sophisticated yet simple at the same time. Next year we will have a lot of furniture, along with an eclectic array of antiques including, paintings, ephemera, transferware, and anything else that is to cool to live without!

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To Keri and Amy's surprise the lovely and talented Rachel Ashwell founder of Shabby Chic (R) paid a visit to their booth.

( Keri Seery, Rachel Ashwell, Amy Holwell, and Barbara Bacon.



Do you have any tips for newcomers of the show, for next year?

The biggest piece of advice I can give to newcomers visiting Brimfield would be to be prepared for viewing an overwhelming amount of antiques in one day. The show spans for more than a mile so make sure to wear comfortable shoes as well as dressing in layers. You may also want to bring some healthy snacks to keep your energy up while shopping. The most important thing is to have fun and take it all in


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Don't forget to plan ahead for the Brimfield shows in 2009. Visit the Brimfield website.


New Feature - Vintage Indie Life

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Welcome to a new feature here at Vintage Indie, called Vintage Indie Life.

What is it?
Vintage Indie Life is a Blog Carnival of sorts where we will write posts on specific subjects, that we want to share with each other and they will all be linked together on Vintage Indie. It's a great resource for connecting vintage enthusiasts all over the globe. Sharing our love for vintage, handmade and at times daily life.

What will I have to post about? Vintage Indie Life will be once a week possibly different days of the week. Some weeks we'll have a specific subject, other days it will be an open carnival.

Who can participate? Anyone, as long as you are linking correctly and following the guidelines (see below).

Guidelines:

1. Visit Vintage Indie on Monday to find out when that week's Vintage Indie Life Post will happen. (This week starts tomorrow Friday September 19th)

2. Write your post, come back to that weeks Vintage Indie Life post and include your url.
    a. Include your name and a short description of your post in parentheses afterwords into the Mr. Linky box at the bottom. Be sure it's interesting so viewers will want to visit.   
    b. The url you include must be the permalink link to your blog post. There is a link to the Permalink on Typepad at the bottom. It's the specific link to that post. Not your blog's main page.If you make a mistake and link to your main page, your link will be deleted, without notice.

3. You must link to that weeks Vintage Indie Life post in your post somewhere. It can either be a link or use the picture provided above to link. (if you don't include the link back to Vintage Indie, your link will be deleted. Afterall we are trying to help others make new connections.

1st Carnival Topic (come back here and post your link Friday September 19, 2008) If you could share one thing with the world about why you love vintage, what would it be?


Vintage Hot Spot - Cut-It-Up in Colfax California by Gina Smith

Our lovely and talented contributing editor Gina Smith has been on the road this summer. She's back and with a feature on a dreamy store in Colfax California! Be sure to check out Gina's shop link at the end of this article. (Be sure to click on the images to make larger)

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It might be located in a somewhat deserted gold rush town, but that only means fewer crowds for you to fight off in order to strike it rich at Miss Vicky’s Cut-It-Up in Colfax, California.

      Located in a late 1800s former apothecary at 30 North Main Street, the shop windows alone make you want to break in if you can’t get in. But don’t do that. Just call the inimitable Miss Vicky at 530-220-4103 as she is open by appointment, or usually in the a.m., except Mondays and some weekends.

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Miss Vicky is a familiar face to long-time scrap bookers, having published the widely-acclaimed series of how-to books with Lindsay Ostrom, including LMNOP More Creative Lettering, Rule-It-Up, Rule-It-Up Again, The 1-2-3s of Creative Doodling, XYZ Still More Creative Lettering and many more. Count Vicky Breslin among the scrap booking stars of the late 1990s as her books could be found everywhere. I bought mine at Target.


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So, I was already a fan when she showed me her shop, but I was completely star-struck and thunderstruck when I got inside. Her store goes for miles, as does her paper aisle. Many, if not most, of the paper designs are her original designs.


Like many of us, Vicky has joined the altered arts bandwagon, and everything you could ever want to alter can be found in her store. There is a gorgeous display of altered books already done plus old books to alter, along with all the new supplies you’ll need, such as Golden products, Shiva paint sticks, Twinkling H2Os, Pentel pens and much more.

      Her artist trading card carousel is like a colorful spinning top. Again, you can buy those or buy the stuff to make your own. Vicky will gladly do demos and make-and-takes, and she regularly offers classes.

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Her shadowboxes are to die for, with unique ideas using both antiques and new miniatures. And speaking of miniatures, she sells those also, by Re-Ment and Puchi/MegaHouse for use in shadow boxes, jewelry-making and of course, to set up any proper doll house- especially Blythe and Pullip which Vicky is also in to.


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The store is also a veritable museum with the original pharmacy flooring and shelving, which her carpenter/husband Tom worked lovingly to restore. If Tom is there, he’ll give you the colorful gold rush history of the area. The National Road (US 40) runs through the area, which is in the Sierra Nevada foothills. It’s a glorious spot to find a B & B so you can stay a few nights and hit all the many antiques shops in town.

      A short drive takes you to Dutch Flat, CA, where Tom and Vicky live in a beautiful house in the foothills. There’s not much to do in town (a mini mart), but there’s everything to see. To keep the gold rush period alive, Vicky and her family have purchased several buildings, and they are historic landmarks, including the “Hearse House” (as in undertaker) and the former Bakery. Check out the Dutch Flat Hotel-surely it was used for a scene in some cheesy Western.

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In her shop, Vicky open-heartedly displays the work of other artists throughout the shop. I spotted work by Lennea Truesdell of Sheltering Tree Studio.com and Karyn Gartel of The Altered Diva. I think if you look hard enough, there might be something by me in there somewhere! But Vicky has so many goodies it’s hard to tell!


Want to alter silverware? She’s done it, but she can sell you some to do yourself. Altered shoes? Yep, same story. Old furniture? No problem. Like the jewelry she’s wearing? Be careful what you wish for, because she’ll probably take it off.

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What I love about Vicky and her shop is that she has everything in massive quantities. There are shelves and shelves full of bins and bins of buttons, corks, keys, ruler bits, charms, glass baubles, beads, metal findings. The list just goes on. Her display of vintage scales doesn’t just have one or two; there are at least a dozen.


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One of my favorite spots to ogle is the jewelry cases. There’s vintage jewelry-dozens of drawers of rhinestone brooches, old earrings, bracelets and more. Then there’s newer, inexpensive jewelry you don’t mind cutting up (hence, Cut-It-Up) to alter. But tops on my list are Vicky’s enormous eye candy-full bracelets in every shade and theme imaginable, including Hello Kitty, Blythe, Bingo, Poker, Monopoly, Cakes, Tea and much more. It’s her unique combination of buttons that sets these apart from anything else you’ll see. I was lucky enough to be gifted with a white-theme bracelet.

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There’s also tons of paper ephemera. You can find German scrap, Dresden foil, collage sheets, vintage labels, postcards. If it’s paper, it’s at Cut-It-Up. If you can Cut-It-Up to re-purpose into something else, it’s there, too! Well worth the trip from just about anywhere, but definitely call first!

You can also go on-line at Cut-It-Up. And, you can see a couple of her Day-of-the-Dead necklaces on display until Sept. 22 at Worthington Gallery West in Pleasanton, CA, as part of the ZNE Mixed Media installation.

Featurebutton_06 - Contributing Editor Gina Smith aka Lilly*s of London*ish, started making jewelry about six years ago and has since tied this in with a love of vintage finds, Blythe, crochet and altered art in her etsy shop. Growing up in an antiquing family gives her a background and appreciation for all things vintage, especially dinnerware, jewelry and Americana advertising prints and products

{All contributed content Gina Smith © Lilly*s of London*ish}