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Outdoor Wedding Series - All in a Nest

If you are planning an outdoor wedding, maybe it's time to think outside the box. That's what today's company does. They take you outdoors and create beautiful accessories that are truly unique. That's what I love most about independent companies, they dare to be different.

Mosey Handmade is a company formed around the ideas of reconstructed, recycled and re-loved.


If you are planning a garden wedding Mosey Handmade makes an adorable line of "nest accessories" These nesting birds in yellows would be a perfect adornment as a cake topper.

These Groom Boutonnières are so whimsical, I love that they are created with vintage millinery supplies, real acorns and acorn tops, wool roving and real moss.

Head over to Mosey for these delightful accessories "all in a nest".

- Gabreial Wyatt, Vintage Indie

Mother's Day Gift Ideas - For the "Techie" Mom

Today's Daily Swank is a fabulous find for the "Techie" mommas out there like me.
This swanky gift set features a lovely mouse pad and magnet combo from Poetic Reflection. This is their Be Original & Be Creative series from their Venetian Collection. "Inspired by the latest home interior trend,these print designs reflect the elaborate scrolling patterns of damask fabrics and wallpapers as found in many 17th century palaces."

Perfect for the mom who loves a little vintage style in her life!


Head over to Poetic Reflection for this richly colored line of desk accessories and more.


Mother's Day Picks - Vintage + Modern Mingle - Lockets


Top Left - Bianca (large vintage filigree locket with molded flower and vintage faux pearls)


Top Right Belle Necklace - vintage cameo locket



Middle Left - Spring Rose Locket


Middle Right - The Garden Necklace


Bottom Left -
Airloom Vintage Locket in Rosaline


Bottom Right - Heirloom Locket


Designer Profile - Cynthia Cioffi of Cync00 Gallery for MANO BELLO & GRAFFITI HAND

Vintage Indie would like to welcome you to our latest addition to our online magazine, Designer Profiles. We hope to share with you independent designers who specialize in dealing with vintage materials or an age old tradition of crafting

Victorian_camisoles_001 Today we would like to introduce you to Cynthia Cioffi, creator of and designer for the labels Mano Bello (Italian for Beautiful Hand) and Grafitti Hand wearable art.

I come from a long line of independent, creative and thrifty women. From my great grandmother who was an actress in England and the USA in the 1800’s, to my own mother, who taught me to sew as she refinished antique furniture, hunted down in thrift stores and church bazaars.

Gallery_pics_3 My favorite shops even as a child were those very ones. I collected antique clothing and turned then vintage pieces into cutting edge and couture fashion for my own enjoyment.
Back then, you didn’t advertise it too loudly, but, I’ve acquired my mother’s cherishing of old things, especially when it can be turned into wearable art and chic fashion!

My Italian grandmother tatted lace into beautiful bedspreads and tablecloths. Touching old lace or doilies always brings me back there, and I still love their daintiness and feminine aura. This is what led me to my love of hand stitching and embroidery. A lot of my clothes have hand stitching or embroidery and cut out work, including hand stitched labels.

Better_belt_photos_007 Victorian and Old West styles have always been my favorites, whether it’s furniture or fashion.

I had been raised around horses and loved the smell and feel of leathers well worn and softened with  use and care. In high school, my father helped me purchase my first “lot” of leather from Berman Leather Factory in Boston, MA, supporting my desire to begin sewing with leather, which I still especially love. Now, I try to only use recycled leathers, which usually end up being made into small accessories which are so beautiful, like my sculpted roses made into necklaces, and steampunky wrist cuffs! The softest and biggest pieces I love turning into beautiful totally hand stitched purses, like the peachy satchel shoulder bag in my shop, now.

Profile_pictures_012 My workshop was an attic bedroom in our old Victorian house with a tower wrapped with bay windows. I started selling to local boutiques in Cambridge and Harvard Square and later on, Portland and Kennebunkport. Later, it was the 35’ long basement below the Kennebunk Inn. Now it is my dining room table, which my grandfather imported from a museum in England in the early 1900’s. My antique Singer sits proudly displayed and working daily, on one end, my Pfaff and Adler collect dust back in my closet!

Throughout the years, my love of fashion, old textiles and creating has only grown stronger. After taking many years off of selling due to an almost deadly exposure to pesticides and the resulting illnesses it incurred, home schooling my only son, and caring for my elderly mother who suffered from Alzheimer’s, I have been fortunate enough to rediscover my craft with renewed support from the entire world for being eco conscious.

Casaguildi5 I love the female shape and make fashions that compliment it. Simplicity is expounded with detail. Contradictions are fused, like leather and lace, roses and leather, raw edges with structured fit, old textiles and newer finds. My clients must be confident and not followers, as I desire to create uniqueness and tickle courage for the wearer. Shout quietly. Demurely rule. Set an example chicly, through handmade, through recycled textiles, through unique fashion, through purchasing from hands, not corporations.

Visit Cynthia at her shop Cync00 for her gorgeous line of clothing and accessories.

Today's Vintage Wedding Gown - Recycle Reduce Reuse Shop Vintage

Finding the perfect wedding dress can be somewhat of a challenge but what you are looking for may be deep in the roots of vintage style and flair. Go back in time with me as I highlight vintage wedding gowns each week. You never know maybe "the one" you've been looking for will be featured here. Not to mention buying a vintage dress is another way to recycle, reuse and reduce!

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Today's vintage wedding gown comes from one of my favorite vintage shops Enigmavintage. It's a 1960's Dreamy White Satin and organza dress.
Shoulders: 16"(the width of the ruffle)
Bust: 16"
Waist: 12"
Hips: 16"
Length: 38"

Have an Indie Wedding Guide story? Share them with us!

- Gabreial, Vintage Indie

KT Jean Designs - Indie Alternative Wedding Dress

It is possible to find a dress that's not mass produced that has an even bigger "wow" factor. Today's Indie Alternative pick is from the ever so talented Katie Jean Walker of KT Jean Designs.

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I fell in love with the chic designs and luscious layers of fabrics used to create this stunning custom spaghetti strap wedding dress. The price 900.00 for this exact dress, (other fabrics, variations may reflect price).

Looking to go with a classic black and white theme? This Black Vintage Slip Dress would coordinate beautifully for your bridesmaids with the above dress and can be custom sized.

I spoke a little further with Katie Jean about her business and what it means to her to be an independent designer.

Being an independent designer means first of all, I get to be home with my little boy Caden. He is so fun and I am happy I get to be with him so much. It also means that I get to be creative, do what I love, and make my own rules! ( Well, I work with brides a lot so it is really their rules I go by ;-), but I have a say in what I create and I get to put my style into everything I make. That is so cool to me! I am getting paid to do my hobby and other people actually like what I make, so I think I found my niche!

What kinds of items and service do you offer that the larger companies don't?

The service that I think I offer is my time. I spend a lot of time with each person talking about details to get exactly what they want. We discuss styles, fabrics, lengths, colors, and the list just goes on! Each of these dresses is completely one-of-a-kind because I make it to each persons preferences. As well as me spending a lot of time with people to make their piece perfect, I save them a lot of time and money in the long run. Since I create each piece using their measurements, there should be no need for serious alterations. I know that many large companies fit everyone into their sizes, but I don't have sizes, I make your dress "you sized". I have been wanting to expand my collection, but I am so busy with custom orders of the dresses I already feature! New stuff will be coming soon though!

Here are a couple of other things about me: I try to use vintage and recycled fabrics as much as possible, The first wedding dress I made was in January and since then I have had close to 50 orders.

Be sure to catch KT Jean Designs at her newly launched website kt jean:: Couture Design

The Non-Essentials with Guest Author Anne Chertoff From "I Will to I Do"

The Indie Wedding Guide would like to welcome our guest author Anne Chertoff From " I will to I do".  She writes a fabulous column on iVillage full of fabulous tips from planning to etiquette and everything in between. We hope you enjoy her latest tips on The Non-Essentials of your wedding, things you can really live witout - a bathroom hospitality basket, seat covers, SUV/Hummer Limos etc.  

The dress, cake and flowers are some of the signature elements of a wedding, but there are a lot of details that while they're nice to have, they aren't necessary. And since they are not essential pieces, you can save yourself a lot of money by deciding not to have these elements early on. Here are some if the items I'm talking about:


Hospitality basket for the restrooms. You do not need to supply your guests with toiletries in the bathroom. Check with the location manager to make sure that there is a first-aid kit incase someone needs a band-aid. Your guests will come with their hair done, so they won't need a brush or hairspray, and in reality the items you put in a hospitality basket will more than likely end up being a favor your guests take home, than something they'll actually use during your wedding.

Folding_chair_2 Chair covers. Unless the chairs you are using, or renting, are really awful – broken, bent, etc… - you don't need to rent chair covers for them. No one will leave your wedding saying, "That was a lovely wedding, but I think they should have covered those chairs." I promise.


Town_car   Over the top transportation. You can arrive at your wedding in whatever type of vehicle you like, but there is no rule that says you must show up in a limo. You can order a town car or just arrive in your own car (like I did). If you want to arrive or leave in a limo, a classic black or white stretch is fine. Larger limos (Hummers) are not only bad for the environment, they cost a lot of money, and can be difficult to get in and out of in a wedding dress.


 Save-the-date cards. Originally sent to notify guests of destination wedding details, today, save-the-date cards are sent for weddings held anywhere. But you don't need to send save-the-date cards at all. But if you do send them, only mail cards to people you are definitely planning on inviting to the wedding. Remember that whoever receives a save-the-date card also receives a wedding invitation.

{All contributed content/photos in this feature © Anne Chertoff From I Will to I Do Please do not copy or redistribute without permission}.



Vintage + Modern Mingle - Vintage Hardware


ANASTASIA altered art choker necklace  @ JunqueRevival


Antiques brass hardware set of 3 Top Right @ Petitbrocante


2 ANTIQUE BRASS DRAWER PULLS 2nd Row Right @ JourneyAndLandscape


Painted Rusty Hinges 2nd Row Left @ Customeyes


Vintage Metal Drawer Fixture @ Sushipotparts


Vintage Copper Drawer Pulls - Set of 8 @ Dinglewear


Finding Your Way Artful Hardware Pendant Bottom Left @ COGnitivecreations


Vintage Keyhole Escutcheons Bottom Right @ PaperPerfect

Feel inspired? Share with us how today's board inspired you.


Vintage Indie - News Updates & More!

Wow, what a beautiful weekend we had here in Kentucky. It looked like rain early on Saturday, well it did rain and the temperature dropped so I didn't make it out to our local farmers market, but I still have plans to go. Did any of you make it out to your local markets? Mr. Vintage Indie and I also got a chance to take our boys fishing this weekend which is something we all enjoy including myself and we visited the lovely International Butterfly Show.
    Other than that, my husband and I opened our second vintage shop called Vintage Morning. What's a Vintage Morning anyway? You know, the beginning of "the perfect day", when the warm sun is rising & you slip on your favorite flats, grab your cup o' joe and head out to your favorite vintage and antique market. We hope to give you that same feeling while browsing our shop looking for your next fab vintage find. Below is a sneak peek at our shop,  we hope to have it filled to the brim for you very soon.

We've also been busy in our other vintage shop The Vintage Kitchen. Below is a little glimpse of what's new, and what's on it's way... don't you just love those new Salt and Pepper Shakers, I adore them.

Stay tuned for another fun week on Vintage Indie. I hope to annouce this month's giveaway so you can start entering to win some wonderful vintage and handmade items!

Make it a great week!

Designer View - Kristin of Sweeter Than Me Bridal

Recently I spoke with indie  jewelry designer Kristin Friesen of Sweeter Than Me Bridal to discuss  what it means to her to be an  independent business and designer.

What does it mean to you to be an independent jewelry designer?
To me, being an indie designer of any kind means self sufficiency. Sharing my work with others is a secondary (and equally wonderful) perk of making jewelry. For me, I love the fact that I can make virtually anything I see. If I see a necklace on a girl on the street and I want it, I go home and make one. I love being able to look in my closet and design the perfect pair of earrings to go with any given outfit. Jewelry is a luxury that many people cannot usually afford, myself included, and I love the fact that I can make a little something special for myself at a fraction of the cost. Another thing that is really special for me is seeing my pieces in real life. For example, I was at my in-law's house a week or so ago and I saw my mother-in-law wearing a pair of earrings I gave her. It means so much to me seeing people really use and appreciate the things I design, it makes me so happy. This is why I create.

What kinds of jewelry and service do you offer that the larger companies don't?

Well, the real difference between buying handmade and buying commercially produced items is the level of personal service you receive. There is a lot of competition in the world of handmade jewelry and I do my best to set myself apart, but the thing that sets me apart the most is my consistent excellent customer service. I really pride myself on my level of customer service, I am always 100% committed to the satisfaction of my customers and I think customer relationships are extremely important. (And I haven't had a single unhappy customer so far!)
    Another big difference is this ability to customize. Large companies offer certain styles and if you don't like them, well then tough. If you don't like my styles, well then we work together to create something you do like. I am always up for doing custom work because I know how hard it can be to find that thing that's "just right". This is especially true for brides. You have that very specific necklace in your mind but you just can't seem to find it anywhere! It can be overwhelming trying to shop for jewelry and intimidating to ask a seller directly for help. Keep in mind that indie designers are real people just like you, who would love to help solve your problem. I am always so honored when women ask me to design their jewelry, and I truly enjoy helping them to create their perfect piece.

All of the pieces at Sweeter Than Me Bridal can be customized and tailored to fit the needs of any bride. Many pieces are shown in white/pearl/silver as an example but can be made in gold, ivory, or any other color to match chosen wedding colors for brides or bridesmaids.

- Gabreial Wyatt, Vintage Indie

What You Make of It - Technique Cleaning Vintage Linens Part 2

Catherine of Crochet Bee has been kind enough to share with us some amazing "tricks of the trade" for cleaning vintage linens. Be sure to visit part one of this series for even more helpful tricks.


Lemon Juice and Salt
Usually if nothing else works, this will do it for me when cleaning white fabric. I first dampen the fabric and then wet the stain with fresh lemon juice, cover the area with table salt. Lay your fabric in the sun. You have to keep the lemon juice wet. The material will dry fast so be attentive. Sometimes you will see the salt take up the stain. This can be a long process, but it usually does the trick. Sometimes you will see yellow spots left from the lemon juice. Hand washing in your normal detergent will take care of that. Try and keep your items away from birds. I have had tiny doilies carried off into nests and then there are the droppings.

Linens Cleaning Formula.
Mix equal parts 20 Mule Team Borax, Biz and liquid detergent with color safe bleach. Use hot water and soak the fabric for five or six hours. Rinse well and repeat the soaking if necessary with fresh water. When the spots are gone, rinse well till the water is clear. Do not wring or twist. Lay flat or hang to dry. Use plastic clothes pins as wooden pins can stain your fabric. Heat in machine dryers will damage vintage linens. Doilies can be placed on a towel, shaped to the original size and air dried. I pin my doilies to the towel to help keep the shape.


Ironing and Starch
Iron your linens while they are damp. Buy the best iron you can afford. A heavy iron saves time and work. Usually I don`t get my linens off the clothes line while they are damp. I dampen them again, roll up, put them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator or the freezer. When it`s time to iron, I use steam on the cotton or linen setting. I don`t spray my linens as I iron because I tend to scorch them. Spray starch is a nice finishing touch. Spray sizing makes your linens look extra gorgeous. Don`t store starched linens because bugs love`em!

This cleaning business can be tedious, but it`s worth the time. These cleaning steps have worked for me, but there are the stains that will never come out. Just enjoy the linens anyway. You are most likely the only one who knows the stain is there.

That's it for this series of cleaning vintage linens. If you love the aprons featured and the information provided, head over to Catherine's shop Crochet Bee for a huge selection of vintage aprons and more.

What You Make of It - Technique - Cleaning Vintage Linens Part 1

Catherine of Crochet Bee has been kind enough to share with us some amazing "tricks of the trade" for cleaning vintage linens.

The Basics Of Cleaning Linens
My hope is that after you read these cleaning tips you will be more comfortable using your antique and vintage linens. I write from personal experience. My closets are bursting with vintage tablecloths, napkins, doilies and runners. It was a shame I didn't use and enjoy them. I have come a long way, finally getting enjoyment from those long stored beauties because I know how to keep them clean.

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Your vintage linens will more than likely be yellowed, show brown age spots and maybe have a stain or two. The folds in the fabric are sometimes yellowed. I have yet to find a product than will remove old blood stains. I do buy seemingly hopeless tablecloths and napkins. Usually they come clean. Sometimes I get the spots to a very pale yellow that I can see in natural light, but not on the table.

Make sure your fabric is colorfast before you use any of these cleaning methods. We will start with the gentlest method first.
(pictured left, Vintage Red Paisley Apron at Crochet Bee)

White Vinegar and Water.
I use vinegar and water on linens that look brown, tan, are stained and smelly with cigarette smoke or look like they need a brightening. Check to see if your fabrics are colorfast. Put the material on a white towel and dab the colors in an inconspicuous area with a white cloth and cool water. If the dyes run, you can see color on the towel, your item is not colorfast. If your water is rusty or has little particles in it, I recommend that you use bottled or distilled water to soak your linens. The minerals can stain your fabric. (pictured left Vintage Reversible Apron)

Soak your linens in about two gallons of cool water with one cup of white vinegar. You can soak more than one thing at a time as long as you can freely slosh it around. Usually the water will turn yellow in short order. Sometimes you have to let things sit for a few hours checking the progress every hour or so. When the discoloration is gone, rinse well in clear water and hand wash in your favorite detergent, rinse again and hang or lay flat to dry. If the discoloration persists you can move on to the next step.

Twenty Mule Team Borax.
I recommend using a dust mask when you use any cleaning powders. You can buy these little masks just about anywhere. The dust from Borax and Oxiclean (or any cleaning powder) can irritate your lungs. I recently added a cup of Borax to my wash and inhaled some of the dust. Turning your face away doesn`t work-get a mask! Had to go out to the fresh air to catch my breath. I use the Twenty Mule Team in my normal washing all the time. Borax will remove light discolorations and brighten and it`s a great water softener.

Put the items in a sink or clean bucket, add a quarter cup of Borax to two gallons of hot, not boiling water. If you think your fabric will shrink, don`t put it in hot water. You have to stir this till the Borax is all dissolved. Don`t put the powder directly on your fabric. I've had some linen come up with holes after I let the dry powder drop on it. Check every hour or so. When clean, wash as usual. If the spot is still there, rinse and we will move on to lemon juice and salt. (pictured Vintage tan and white gingham apron).

That's it for part one of this series of cleaning vintage linens. If you love the aprons featured and the information provided, head over to Catherine's shop Crochet Bee for a huge selection of vintage aprons and more.

Outdoor Wedding Series - Just the right touch

Sometimes simple is better. It's cost effective, it's easier on the environment and the little additions that you do add to your special day truly have more meaning. Today's feature is from Middleburg Folk Art Studio. I found the most lovely creations for your garden themed wedding that give it "just the right touch"
A wonderful keepsake and addition to your garden wedding are these adorable Love Birds in the Garden. Hand made of paper mache these darling birds can hold a special message like "i love you" or "just married" I think they would make a lovely addition to the bride and groom table.


I also fell in love with this Classic Couple Cake Topper. "Some customizability is availability on this piece, such as: hair color and style. Flower colors, her dress style, his tux style."

Head over to Middleburg and add just the right touches to your garden themed wedding.

Gabreial, Vintage Indie

A Toast to our Sponsor - Flying Needle

FlyingneedlegalleryThe Indie Wedding Guide would like to welcome Flying Needle Gallery back again this month as our sponsor.


Consider custom cloth napkins at your dinner party or reception. Washable, reusable, and good for the environment. You'll have plenty napkins from your reception to never have to buy paper towels or paper napkins again.

Take 20% off all orders (25.00 and up) through June 30, 2008. Use Code INDIEWED during checkout.

Be sure to check out their line of Baby Gifts, Robes and much more!

6 Reasons to Buy a Vintage Gown (2-6) by Jennifer Hollon of Cherished Bride


Nothing Could be Greener . . .    1930sgardenweddingadcolorized_2

As we become more conscious of our impact on the Earth, we are also becoming aware of how dependent we are on an infinitely complicated system of complex relationships, hidden waste, and obscured consequences. This can leave us infinitely confused - Which is better, paper or plastic? Stove or microwave? What’s the impact of the batteries in our iPhone - or the iPhone itself, for that matter?


Fortunately, there is one way we can be confident we are making as little environmental impact as possible; Re-use - anything and everything. And fortunately, we live in a culture with plenty of everything to re-use.


But most fortunate of all, the bride who chooses a vintage gown can be confident she has made the best possible choice for the environment. One of the few choices she may make that is all reward and no sacrifice.

Timeless and Classic . . .


30sdianahalter7jpg Ever notice how wedding pictures of even a decade or two ago often appear hopelessly dated?  Fashion changes so quickly that what seems fresh and new one moment quickly becomes stale. But as the saying goes “Everything old is new again.” Vintage gowns have survived their own phase of “hopelessly dated” to emerge afresh as classically elegant.


Season after season, designers turn to the fashions of yesterday for inspiration - and they are never disappointed. Far from becoming passé, a well-designed and beautifully made vintage gown will never be out of style.

Stunning Harlow Gown of Gleaming Satin







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Today’s bride has decade upon decade of fashion arrayed before her – truly an embarrassment of riches. She can choose the elongated curves of a 30’s bias-cut, a shapely gown from the 1940’s, or perhaps a full ball gown of the 1950’s or a Camelot-inspired dress from the Kennedy era. With such variety she is sure to find the gown that is uniquely her.


A vintage gown expresses the creativity and individuality of the bride in a way that a modern gown, however lovely, could never do. The bride who wears vintage creates her own style informed by her own personality - not the dictates of others.


Show-Stopping 60's Designer Gown

A Vintage Gown is History . . .

40sbridehopechest3 But it’s also the future. When you choose a vintage gown you are choosing an heirloom, perhaps the first, for your new family.


These gowns were made to last and have stood the test of time. With reasonable care, a vintage gown could be a treasure you’ll share with your own daughter - or even granddaughter, someday.


One Last Word . . .

In this modern age, where simple romance is conspicuously lacking, a vintage gown is simply romantic. And romance should never lose its place in the wedding celebration.

  - Jennifer Hollon, Cherished Bride

A special thanks to Jennifer Hollon of Cherished Bride for her insight on choosing and buying a vintage gown. We encourage you to head over to her site and browse the gorgeous gowns and accessories that she offers.

Earth Week in Kentucky

Goforthegreenlogo2x2_2 Speaking of Growing Something, I haven't even mentioned Earth Week this week! My son is celebrating it at school and we are planting our first garden as a family, I meant to mention it here earlier. So for all of you Kentuckians here's what's going on for the rest of Earth Week in our State.

Event: Salato Center Earth Day Celebration and National Wildlife Week
Date and Time: April 22-26, 2008; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: Salato Wildlife Education Center, 1 Sportsman's Lane, Frankfort
Description: The center will give away free trees to the first 500 families who visit the center on Earth Day (April 22). Numerous activities are scheduled in celebration of Earth Day and National Wildlife Week.
For more information: Visit the Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources Web site.

Kentucky Historical Society History Zone - "Tree-mendous Kentucky!"
Dates and Time: Saturdays in April: April 5, 12, 19 and 26; 1-4 p.m.
Location: Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 West Broadway, Frankfort
Description: The Kentucky Historical Society's weekly program, History Zone, is an educational program for children ages five through 10 and their families. In April, the program will focus on Arbor Day and Earth Day. Children can create and decorate a wooden toy from Kentucky's past, plant a tree seed and learn about the importance of trees.
For more information: Call Annette Parde at 502-564-1792, ext. 4461.

Event: Kentucky Green and Healthy Schools Recognition Ceremony
Date and Time: May 6, 2008; 2 p.m.
Location: Capitol Building Rotunda
Description: The Kentucky Environmental Education Council will recognize 46 schools that are successfully enrolled in the Kentucky Green and Healthy Schools program. The program encourages students to conduct environmental audits of their school environments and then, based on those audits, implement improvement projects.
For more information: Contact Jane Eller at 502-564-5937 or visit the green and healthy schools Web site.

From Kentucky businesses:

  • Thursday, April 24, Cane Run Creek Cleanup. Lexmark, the University of Kentucky and WLEX-TV are partnering to clean up Cane Run Creek. Volunteers are needed for two shifts during the day to help remove trash and debris from the creek.
  • Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., State Botanical Garden of Kentucky, 500 Alumni Drive, Lexington -- Trees for Tomorrow at The Arboretum. Free admission to over 40 exhibitors, hands-on children's activities and free tree and shrub seedlings.

Frankfort events:

Event: Changing Co2urse: A Discussion Course about Climate Change
Dates and Time: Five Consecutive Tuesdays beginning April 22, noon-1 p.m.
Upstairs Meeting Room at Completely Kentucky, 237 West Broadway, Downtown Frankfort
Description: Bring a lunch and join a five-week discussion exploring the history and science of global warming, personal values and habits as they relate to climate change, and personal actions to curb the effects of global warming. There will be a $25 charge for the class to cover the cost of the discussion guide and the room. This course is being organized by the Frankfort Climate Action Network and the EPPC Division for Air Quality.
For more information:
Contact Connie Lemley at 502-223-7936 or connie_lemley at yahoo.com

Event: Presentation by Art Williams of the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District -From Bali to Kentucky: An International and Local Political Perspective on Climate Change
Dates and Time: April 28; 6-8 p.m.
Location: Community Room, Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping Street, Downtown Frankfort
Description: This presentation will focus on the politics and policies around the effort to stop global warming and prevent the worst consequences of climate change. Art Williams has participated in the United Nations Climate Change Conferences, including the Kyoto Conference in 1997 and last year’s conference in Bali, Indonesia. Locally, his office chairs Louisville Metro Government’s Climate
Change Committee, which is working to meet the City’s commitment to the US Mayor’s Agreement on Climate Protection. The presentation is sponsored by the City of Franfort, the Frankfort Climate Action Network, the Frankfort Chapter of the United Nations Association, and Envision Franklin County.
For more information:
Contact Connie Lemley at 502-223-7936 or connie_lemley at yahoo.com.

Visit the official Earth Day Page for Kentucky here.

New Column - Designer Profiles - Julie Baumber of Donkey in the Goatshed

Vintage Indie would like to welcome you to our latest addition to our online magazine, Designer Profiles. We hope to share with you independent designers who specialize in dealing with vintage materials or an age old tradition of crafting.

Photo_of_julie_baumber Today, we would like to introduce you to Julie Baumber of Donkey In The Goatshed.

My work involves recycling unwanted textiles ( mainly clothing, curtains, tablecloths ) and making it into something more useful. I tend to make bags, corsages, bunting, purses and more recently mp3 player holders. I source my fabrics mainly through charity shops (which is great as my money goes towards a charity). In the summer I go to car boot sales which is a really fun way of tracking down vintage fabrics.

It can be quite a challenge working with recycled fabric as sometimes I have a piece that might need another colour or pattern to be teamed up with. Quite often a piece of fabric will sit on my shelf for a long time and then I will see a similar colour or pattern in a fashion article which will inspire me to work with that fabric.

I got started with my business whilst studying a degree in textile design at Falmouth College of Arts, Cornwall. I majored in recycling within the scope of textile design. My final piece was 3 6ft high lanterns completely knitted out of plastic bags! I experimented a bit with knitting handbags out of plastic carriers but found it far too time consuming. After I graduated I took a bit of time out and had my wonderful daughter ( who is now 4). Last year I decided to pick up my fascination with recycling and apply my knowledge in pattern making and sewing. I reformed 'Donkey in the Goatshed', made a few bags & accessories ,sold them at fairs, exhibitions and shops and had a successful year. This year saw the launch of my website which is still in its infancy but will hopefully have more stock added to in time.

It is a really hands on business as I design, make, market, photograph work, attend fairs to sell my work. In between I somehow find the time to be a mother and domestic goddess but I can really say I enjoy my work especially designing and meeting all the other wonderful people who are involved in the arts and crafts.

Be sure to visit Donkey In The Goatshed for some amazing handbags.                        

Special Guests & Features


Anu Karwa of Swirl Events

Lara Fishman of Designers Call

Alexandra Hunt of Our Little Haus

EllynAnne of Apron Memories

Casey of Casey's Elegant Musings

Sandra Mendoza-Daly of Debutante Clothing


Anne Chertoff - From I Do to I Will
Megy Karydes for WomenCraft Inc.
Bonzie for Bonzie
Jennifer Hollon for Cherished Bride
Sydney for Chicago Honey Co-op
Scott & Simone of Greenward Shop, Personal Wedding Story
Diana from Please Sir Blog  for Rosanna
Rachel Trigueiro from Events & Creative Design Planning, Personal Wedding Story
Katherine Field Rothschild of LadybugSF
EZ of Creature Comforts Blog
Anu Karwa of Swirl Events
Kate Harrison of The Green Bride's Guide" which will be released in December 2008
I Do Foundation

Spring Gardening with The Baby Gardener

Each year to celebrate spring, I have high hopes of a garden of some sort. I don't really care what it is, I would just love to grow something. My thumb isn't so green, but each year I try something. Last year my husband and I focused on landscaping and with the crazy weather here in Kentucky, it killed almost all of our new plants, bushes and one tree. So yesterday I ventured out to purchase some plants for my hopes of a small container garden and came home with one tomato plant and nine Brussel sprout plants. That's it, that's all I could find. So I decided I'll focus on these two and possibly add something else next week. I'm surrounded by trees so not many hours of full sun, but I'm holding out for the little sliver of land that gets the most sun, I'll keep you posted.

Qltylwroselg_babygardner In the meantime to celebrate spring gardening I'd like to introduce you to today's Daily Swank business The Baby Gardner. Too sweet to pass up, and full of adorable items, with vintage appeal this indie shop was right up my alley.

Talk about something precious for your little one this Yellow Chenille & Roses Throw         Quilt. It's hand made up of chenille, a vintage tablecloth and satin trimming. Perfect for picnicking in the garden.

We spoke with Deanna Gardner the owner and designer of The Baby Gardener and she was kind enough to share a little insight with us about her shop.

Vintage Indie - What was the idea behind starting The Baby Gardner?

TBG - I've been a designer for 13 years and an avid collector of 'vintage' for most of those. The Baby Gardner began as a collection of my own vintage-inspired creations for little ones shortly after the birth of my daughter. As the business grew and evolved, it seemed the perfect opportunity to showcase other talented artists while staying true to the 'vintage baby' niche we had created. We now have more than a dozen amazingly-talented indie artists featured at The Baby Gardner.
Vintage Indie - How does your store relate to vintage?
TBG - The Baby Gardner is a fresh approach to online shopping for little ones. Inspired by the nostalgia of times gone by, we specialize in design originals for baby that bloom from all things vintage. If you have a soft spot for vintage baby, we feel pretty certain you'll fall in love.

I couldn't agree more with The Baby Gardner what's not to love about these Vintage-Inspired Petit Bebe Soft Baby Rattles. Each one is one of a kind and adorned with vintage embroidery pieces and ready to snuggle.

Vintage Indie - What makes your store different than the "big box" children's stores?
TBG - Our products are hand-picked, handcrafted samplings from artists and designers across the country.  You won't find any mass-produced items here. Our artists have a passion for vintage and a love for little ones.  This is what makes our ‘garden’ unique — and we think that's a good thing.

Head over to The Baby Gardner today, and shop "outside the box" to see what small businesses like The Baby Gardner have to offer, we promise you won't be dissapointed. While you are there Vintage Indie readers receive 10% off any purchase with code BGINDIE through 5/1//08.

6 Reasons to Buy a Vintage Gown by Jennifer Hollon of Cherished Bride

Jennifer Hollon is the proprietress of Cherished Bride, a beautiful online vintage bridal salon. She's extremely educated in her gowns, and provides excellent customer service to each of her brides.She'll be with us this week and next for her Six Reasons to buy a vintage gown.

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The quality and workmanship exhibited in vintage gowns is far superior to all but the most expensive gowns available today – and even most of them can’t compare. Many of the richly lustrous slipper satins, delicate laces and dressmaker details are simply not available today at any price.


Modern gowns often imitate vintage styles but use inferior materials and construction techniques that result in an inferior product – though that doesn’t prevent a hefty price tag. Most gowns, whether shiny satin, duchesse, chiffon, or other fancy weave are made of just plain ole’ polyester and acetate. And modern silks are treated with so many “finishing” chemicals that their resistance to deterioration over time is in serious question.


Made in America . . .


In the not so distant past, American goods were recognized as the best in the world. Vintage gowns were Made in America by skilled artisans during the era of the country's greatest manufacturing achievements. Unionized craftspeople who earned a decent wage worked to the exacting standards of designers and producers whose clientele recognized - and required - quality.


Vintage gowns were not cranked out by the thousands in foreign sweatshops by manufacturers who care far more for profit than excellence. A vintage gown carries no taint of exploitation - just one more reason to revel in its beauty.

- Jennifer Hollon, Cherished Bride

The Daily Swanky - PSOriginals Earring Shrines

I love it when I come across something that is imaginative, recycled and useful like today's Daily Swank.
Simply clever these Earring Shrines are handcrafted by P.S.Original.

The designer behind these shrines says she likes to go to architectural salvage stores and find old molding, knobs, and handles to use for the earring shrines.

The Elegant Bird shrine has cool old molding and  the knobs came out of someone's kitchen.

I love this Black and White Shrine that has the  black and white vintage wall paper look.

The trim pieces are usually re-purposed and the body of the shrines are made from discarded wood scraps. The avian wire, brand new, wouldn't want to hang my earrings on anything else.

Head over to P.S. Original for a fun & decorative way to hang your jewelry.