Ahh, papery. My true love, how I've missed thee. With children abound, I've cut back on my stationery hording, collecting. However, tis' the season, to be jolly and stationery makes me jolly! Here are a few fantastic indie businesses who deserve some attention for their gorgeous offerings.
A Chic Christmas from stationeryboutique
Mini Gift Wrap Kit from ThurstonPost
Gingerbread and Candy Cane Gift Wrapping Kits from paperandparcel
Gold & Glitter from 3girlsandagoat
I love this time of year! Have I mentioned that? Small businesses shine and work "magic" with their creations, their passion for providing you something special. Customer service is usually top notch and I can't help but feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Today, I'd like to share with you Elm Tree Studio.
Christmas Tree Bunting & Sweetie Cones
Do you have a favorite stocking?
Tis' the season! My favorite time of year. I love spreading good cheer. Let's kick off our 2013 Deck the Halls feature with these gorgeous vintage finds from Be Quirksy.
Shop these vintage ornament finds and more via bequirksy.
What about you? What are your favorite ornaments to bring out each year?
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I'm in the painstaiking process of reviewing a chocolate company for you. You won't want to settle for drug-store chocolate again this Valentine's Day. In the mean time, why not support local bakeries and small business owners for other special treats.
Specialty Cookies from SweetArtSweets
French Macarons from LeBonbonLA
French Jellies from ZukrBoutique
Vintage Indie reader Kathy P, of Galveston, Texas writes,
I started my collection in about 1995. It all started while visiting my sister-in-law in Chicago. She took me to, the now closed, Roman, Inc. Outlet Store. The store was filled with items from their distribution center. Items ranged from picture frames, to Easter decor, to Halloween, and more.
Thank you so much Kathy for sharing your collection with us!
If you would like to share your nativity or Christmas collections with us, please email me Gabreial. We'd also love to see your tree this year!
Luke2 4-20 (KJV)
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
This is the reason for Christmas, there is no Christmas, without Christ. Help me celebrate Him this week, adorning our homes with creations celebrating Him.
Beautiful olive wood, hand painted nativity from Orit Dotan
An heriloom quality handmade stained glass nativity set from wearetheedge
Hand Painted Peg Nativity from issymissy
Everyone that reads Vintage Indie on a regular basis knows that I love Christmas. The Deck the Halls category here at VI is one of my most favorite. I'm thrilled to be sharing some of my favorite picks with you for this year's Christmas decor!
Today's Deck the Halls feature are these fabulous handmade chalkboard art pieces from Lily & Val.
From the shop "My designs are first hand drawn in chalk then meticulously painted over using a technique that preserves the realistic look of chalk with the durability of acrylic paint. Since I draw and paint free hand, no two boards are exactly the same. You are guaranteed to receive a truly original piece of art."
I know things have been light here at Vintage Indie for the last couple of weeks. We recieved some rather exciting news recently and hope to share that with you over the new year. In the meantime, we want to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas & God Bless!
Subway Art by willowofwonder
Luke 2:11-14 (NIV)
11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
I recently had the opportunity to review Julep Maven and I was pretty excited about it, due to not wearing fingernail polish on my fingers for several years.
What exactly is Julep Maven you ask?
" As a Julep Maven, you will have access to the hottest trends in nail color and the latest Mani Care and Pedi Care products - delivered right to your doorstep, just like the beauty editors do. And you'll have access to these trends and products before anyone else."
You could probably guess that I don't wear a lot of polish due to the chemicals and the previous practice of formaldehyde (and current practice). So before I agreed to review the products I had to ask a few questions:
VI - I'm very conscience of the products I publish on Vintage Indie. Most are approved by the Environmental Working Group, Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. Do you have any products that fit into the green living, organic, eco-friendly or natural categories?
Julep Maven - I am want to inform you, that I think you’ll be happy to hear Julep products are free of DBP, toluene, formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin. We also do not test on animals, or use animal or animal by products in any of our formulas.
So with that, I gave Julep Maven a green light. I received in the mail a "Classic With a Twist" Maven Box. It included two polishes, a Facial for your Hands, SPF Hand Cream and Glow on Age Defying Hand Brightener.
The polish no doubt were beautiful colors. I'm one of those people who can hardly decide when there are so many to choose from, Julep Maven picked for me and I was completely pleased. I was truly hoping for a polish that was "scent" free. I'm not sure if that concept even exists, but these seem to carry the same strong scent as any other polishes I've used in years past.
How did they hold up? So glad you asked. As a momma with two kiddos, I'm always washing and cleaning something. I'm happy to report that my two layers of polish with no top coat lasted a few days. I feel if I would have had the top coat that they could have easily lasted longer. As far as removal, I used regular old nail polish remover. I'm not sure if a healthier one exists. Either way, taking off the polish was a breeze.
As far as the hand creams and facial for your hands, I didn't get around to sampling the hand brighteners, not sure if I need that as we just came back from a trip to the Caribbean and my hands are still sporting a tan. SPF isn't exactly needed at the moment, but when the sun shows itself I'll be glad to report back for you on the SPF hand cream. The Facial for your hands was wonderful, especially for me as I tend to dry out a lot in the winter. It sloughed away the dead skin and provided a lovely moisturizer. As far as the natural and organic nature of the products, I don't really have much to say about that. They aren't listed on the Skin Deep cosmetic database, but I've encouraged them to do so, as I really like the concept behind Julep Maven.
If you would like to give Julep Maven a try use code "vintageindie" at checkout, and you'll recieve your first Julep Maven Sneak Peek Box for just $9.99! $5.00! (valued over $40). Now that's a great last minute gift idea!
Want to WIN an intro box to Julep Maven? (valued over $40).
- Visit Julep Maven & tell me a product you'd like to see in your box. Leave a comment for your 1st entery.
- For additional entries, publish this giveaway on your Facebook, Twitter or Blog each for one additional entry. Please leave a comment for each one that you do.
That's it! Giveaway ends Midnight December 30th 2011 EST.
Thanks so much for visiting Vintage Indie! Good luck with your winning.
Good Monday morning to you loves!
The official countdown to Christmas Day begins today and we're kicking it off with a show & tell kind of week. Today, I would like to invite our readers to show off their Christmas Trees, indoor, outdoor or wherever you put your tree. Either way, we would love to see it!
All you need to do is send me an email stating your first name last initial and your State/City. That's it! I'll be sharing them throughout the day/week.
This isn't my tree, but a vintage Christmas Tree Photo by JessaMaePhoto. It reminds me of the little ceramic tree my mamaw had on her credenza growing up.
If you'd like a headstart on tomorrow's show & tell, we'll be showing off some of our favorite vintage ornaments. Feel free to start emailing those to me as well.
Merry Christmas to you!
I don't know about where you are, but here in Kentucky the weather has been unseasonably warm. Not nearly cold enough for even one snowflake. I thought for today's Deck the Halls, we'd go the non traditional route for snowflakes!
Wooden Snowflakes from Elisabeth White
Porcelain Snowflakes by LaNiqueHOME
Gingerbread Snowflakes by SeasonsOfJoy
What about you? Any accumulation in your part of the world?