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Introducing Vintage Indie Kids!

Good Monday to you! Do you like the new design? Once again the awesome Renee Thompson of Thompson Designs, out did herself. I love the new look and plan to keep it up for awhile. I'll have a new button for your to grab soon, but first. I'm so excited to tell you about Vintage Indie's newest sister site! Vintage Indie Kids!

Head over now to check it out!

Vintage Indie Kids

Happy Monday!

Gabreial, Editor in Chief

Welcome to Vintage Indie Kids

Hello and welcome to the newest sister site to Vintage Indie, Vintage Indie Kids! I am thrilled that you are here. As a parent of two sweet boys quality products, family business and beautiful items are all important to me. I hope to indulge some of my favorites with you including items that may not be 100 percent handmade but eco-friendly, organic, natural and sustainable for families.

As with any of our sites, we hope to also offer you exclusive discounts and savings as we all know raising a family can be expensive. Join us here a few times a week, even as early as this week to see some of those special offers I mentioned. 

We'd love for you to add our rss to your reader or bookmark us at vintageindiekids.com and as always, please feel free to contact me for product submissions for your products.

For information regarding RSS, you can find a helpful tutorial at Vintage Indie, accept the RSS for Vintage Indie Kids can be found under the subscribe link.


Feel free to grab our new button. (please remember to save it to your own server)

Have a great day & we'll see you back here really soon!

xoxo - Gabreial

Vintage Fashion Forward: "Oh Julia"

There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the new Julia & Julia movie. I myself haven't seen the film, but I am reading My Life in France by Julia Child. The book is charming and has me imagining myself in the depths of Pairs, really getting to know my inner chef. I thought it would be fun to publish a look inspired by Julia Child.


This entire look was created with pieces from Posies for Lulu

I have fond memories of Julia Child growing up. We never had cable, and public education channels always had lovely cooking shows on. I remember waking up early Saturday mornings so I could catch Julia and the Frugal Gourmet. 

Have you seen the movie? Don't spoil it, just let us know if you give it a thumbs up or down.

ART STORIES: Dave Lefner Interview & Studio Tour

Art Stories

Vintage Indie would like to welcome Dave Lefner as our featured artist, and creator this week. You won't want to miss a second of this interview. Dave's loft studio is a dream workplace with swanky style.


“The Palace”, 2008, reduction linocut, 7 colors, 20” x 36”, edition of 6

Can you tell us a little bit of background about yourself? Where are you from etc.?

 I am actually a native Angeleno, born and raised in Los Angeles.  I’ve lived in various areas, from the Valley to Burbank, Miracle Mile by LACMA to my current home in Downtown LA.  I earned my degree in Art at the California State University in Northridge.  I live/work in a loft at the world’s largest artist colony, the Brewery, for over ten years now.



What is your preferred medium?

 My chosen medium is reduction linoleum block prints.  It is a relatively lost art form invented in the 1950s by Picasso.  It is a process in which a multi-colored print is created by printing color stages from a single block of linoleum onto paper.  The block is carved then inked, and run through a press. Then that is repeated over and over until the final color is printed to complete the piece.  I wish there was an easy way to explain it, but there’s not!


Studio & Letterpress

How did you get started?

  I was always drawing my whole life, and people seemed to respond to what I did.  I always knew I would be an artist.  Always.  My mother definitely influenced me.  She’s a mother/housewife that does it all.  She is a watercolorist, a quilter, an interior designer, you name it & she can do it more creatively then you’ve ever seen before.


Who or what inspires you?

  The urban landscape of Los Angeles is my biggest muse; the shadows cast from rusted, broken neon signs in the day, mom&pop storefronts, the web of telephone wires above our heads.  Typography & fonts.  Shakespeare & Sinatra.  Pop Art.


“The Orpheum” (triptych),

2008, reduction linocut, 7 colors, 

 The Arcade

“The Arcade”, 2008, reduction linocut, 7 colors, 13” x 36”,  edition of 6

What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into this medium?

  You must be extremely patient.  You must be willing to give over to the mystery of the process.  There is no instant gratification in this medium.  You can have a basic idea of what you want in the end, but until you print your final color, your outcome is unknown.




Does vintage play a role in your art or life? If so, how?

  Being an “old soul”, vintage is all around me.  The loft is filled with vintage artifacts; from old steamer trunks & typewriters, to actual vintage neon signs.  My collection of classic fedora hats is proudly displayed.  And my Art is directly inspired by a time gone by, from the medium to the subject matter.=0D

Work & S 

Work & S

Kitchen 2 


What is important for your customer to know about your work?

 I try to convey to them how labor-intensive the process is.  There is no rushing a piece.  Every edition takes weeks to months to complete because each stage must be carved on the block, then printed with oil-based ink, which needs time to dry. And all that is only one color stage.  Generally, I use about 5-8 colors in a piece.  Also, the edition sizes are very, very limited.  My editions are rarely more than 5 or 6 prints, and each print is hand-carved & hand-inked by me personally.  It is my hope that people respond to the subject matter, but the process is very important to understand, as well.  The medium is the message.






A special thank you to Dave Lefner for sharing his awesome studio and work with us. You can see more of Dave's work at his website and inquire about purchasing there. Be sure to check out his upcoming events to see his work in person. Last but not least, my personal favorite below.

The Rialto

“The Rialto”, 2008, reduction linocut, 9 colors, 36” x 20”, edition of 6

The Daily Swank - Delicious Vintage Supplies

You knew I had an affection with vintage paperie and supplies, didn't you? With a Twist is full of delicious vintage supplies, that you'll adore.


French Market Vintage Journal Kit


Vintage Lace Trim


Pink Posies, Pink Cottage Flower Embellishments

Don't take my word for it though, head over to see for yourself!

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Tales from the Flea Market Episode 6 by Cindy Cooper: Lights & Bric-à-brac

With the intoxicating smell of Kettle Korn in the air, I practically run from my Row V parking space.  Once through the gates, I sense something is different.

All the typical vendors located in the front rows had been replaced leaving me totally discombobulated and lost.  It takes a moment to get my bearings and decide that this must be an opportunity for the lesser known vendors to move up the flea chain and be prominently featured in the gateway of traffic or perhaps the usual's are taking a summer vacation.

I ponder this for two seconds and decide it really doesn't matter as I had the pleasure of discovering many divine finds right up front including glorious light fixtures from lamps to sconces to chandeliers that were all out in full dazzling force.

I also noticed many well-priced side tables that would be over the top fantastic if painted an interesting color such as chartreuse.  I saw several for as little as $25.  Nice lines, spindle, turned or carved legs and in ready-to-paint condition.  Then there were the plank farm tables that went on for days and the galvanized metal topped dining table that exude cool rawness.

Big Daddy's Antiques has it going on with their dramatic ingenious set-up of upside down laundry basket lighting, alabaster lamps and a small railway-type cart presented as a coffee table and architectural elements woven in throughout to better define the finds.

Big Daddy upside down laundry basket lamp

Upside down laundry basket light

Railway coffee and alabaster lamps - Big Daddy

Railway coffee table and alabaster lamps

Located in row J, Don Hackler of Second Time Around is a vintage lighting aficionado and who also repairs with his expertise in vintage fixtures.  Don had  his own array of lighting options from the 1920-70's. Lots of looks to mix and mingle with current decor. Pop a glorious shade on any of his lovely lamp bases, and you have insta-style.  Plus and most importantly, Don was plain nice and interesting.

Don Hackler, Row J, Alameda

Don Hackler, Row J, Alameda

Love the metal work on this lamp

Love the metal work on this lamp image


Bric-à-brac, in flea-speak, refers to to a selection of items of low value.  Personally I think Bric-à-brac are those little nonsense trinkets that we all possess for one reason or another. Such is the case with bottle caps, beads, chandelier crystals, typeset letters and my personal pick on this particular flea visit - vintage shoe stands.   And.. what in the world would someone do with their new found Bric-à-brac?  The key word is filler!  Use in a favorite apothecary jar or combine several bric-a-brac elements in a bowl for an intriguing visual or set them out in plain view just because. That's right, use them for the kitch-y art form they are.

Crystal bricabrac
Crystal bricabrac

Bottlecap bricabrac

bottle cap bricabrac 

Vintage shoe display bricobrac

vintage shoe stands

Next month, Tales from the Flea Market is going on location to Ohio to get a taste of what a good mid-western flea market is all about.  The Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market EXTRAVAGANZA is happening September 18 & 19th then.. Imagine my surprise to find that the same weekend, Country Living will hosting its 4th Annual Country LIving Fair right in Ohio's Historical Center in Columbus.  Real excited about that too.  Stay tuned, I'm overwhelmed thinking about all I'm going to see.


Alameda Point Antiques and Collectibles Faire
The Main Runway at Alameda Point. Alameda, CA

A special thank you to Cindy Cooper, who brings us Tales from the Flea Market!

Handmade Crush: Jeana Marie Blackert - Textile Artist


Appearances can be deceiving, these are actually tiny art dresses. Small stitched by hand, and dyed with the skins of onions and coffee grounds. These spoke to my inner child, I would love one of these to hang on my wall.


Visit unbecominglily to see more by this artist and to acquire your own piece of textile art. 

The Daily Swank: Shirt Collar Aprons

As much as I love me some vintage, I love re-purposed and recycled. Check out today's Daily Swank from Mountain Ash Design.



If you look close enough you can see her trademark shirt collar in the waste line of the full apron. I love this idea and what a great way to recycle!


Visit Mountain Ash Designs on Etsy for these clever aprons, beautiful quilts and so much more!


save the thread

Angelia of the Red Thread Studio emailed me a couple of days ago with some sad news. (I'm sorry Angelia, I should have posted this sooner for you) The old building next to their studio burned down due to an electrical problem.

Red-thread-studio-fire-412x309 Angelia is having problems with the insurance company per her last blog post. She writes, " they do no consider hand craft to have much value".

I can understand her frustration, but most importantly the need for the community to help.

If you can donate or help in any way, there has been a site set up with full details save the thread.

Thank you.

Crushin on Vintage: I need your help!

Vintage Indie loves to show off some of your fabulous vintage finds for sale and I need your help. I'm looking for fall items, vintage of course and your photography must be top notch (this can also be interpreted as fall colors, warm colors) . If you'd like to show some of your vintage off, please email me your submissions.

As always, we take submissions daily and require that you are a small business and independently owned. If you have some seriously swanky fall fashions, we'd like to see those as well.

As for all other submissions, we love handmade, handmade with vintage, vintage and antiques of course. We ask if you do send us your submissions,  that your photos be of clear quality (no flash is best).

xoxo  - Gabreial

Special Guest Starr Keller: My Vintage Day

Now that my kids are in school, I tend to walk through my house mid-chores and think, 'why is it so quiet in here?' And yes, I have battled the blues since my little man went off to kindergarten last week. But today, while I was hustling to do a day's work of housework in my few spare minutes away from jewelry, I was given a new perspective on the welcoming calm around me..and I wanted to share!


This handmade quilt was found forgotten in an Indiana antique mall - a steal at $20. It is in beautiful condition, and brightens up the middle part of our house.


I love the look of wrought iron, and I have acquired and collected many a decorating piece. These little owls make my bathroom brighter!


This unique little flower pot hanger was a birthday gift from a dear friend...complete with my "name," it is such a good little piece for my house.


From Joshy's family business: This is a sign that will forever be in our home.

Congratulations to Indie Business Mew Paper Arts!

Congratulations to Alissa Harvey, owner of Mew Paper Arts for her spot on CBS News. I know Alissa quite well from our Indie Wedding Guide. We've featured her DIY & Budget Friendly wedding this past Indie Wedding's Month. Head over to the link above to see the CBS report for yourself, there is also a lovely mention of Etsy.

Special Guest Starr Keller: Vintage Green Packaging

My new favorite thing: Eco-friendly Vintage boxes

Since I started my little jewels business, I have been stuck in the rut of packaging nightmares. I am ashamed to admit that I did the usual buy online, click, click, get. Boring cardboard-ish boxes for shipping from my site and etsy, velour bags (I am gasping to type this) for customers at art shows and festivals. All this changed last Friday when I opened up a little pretty piece of mail: these adorable, handmade, Wacky Vintage Blossoms Gift Boxes from ecovintagevegan:



I added my labels and I have to tell you...they are so pretty I have them sitting on my work desk. They work perfect for the bigger upcycled pieces that I have - and I of course love that they are handmade. I love the shop's description: The premise of ecovintagevegan is to promote the understanding of being green and eco friendly to our environment. Encourage reusing, recycling, repurposing and embracing vintage.


Hooray for that!

Visit our Special Guest Starr Keller at her website Starr Strung Designs.

The Daily Swank: Custom Home Portraits

At Vintage Indie we pride ourselves on things that have meaning. Things with a history and often times things of heirloom quality. Do you have any fond memories of grandma's house and a sketch or drawing of her childhood home? Do you have photographs of relatives that you couldn't even begin to guess their names but you cherish dearly?  Today's Daily Swank is one of my favorite finds. Artist Renee Leone who creates custom watercolor home portraits.


If your home is a spectacular cottage or a family home lived in by generations you may want to peek into Renee's work a little further. The examples above and below are previous custom portraits copyright and not for sale but an example of what Renee can do for you.



This style home happens to be on my dream home list. I love it and I'm so impressed with the attention to detail in Renee's work.

Renee also creates other watercolor artworks and pieces from pen and ink that you simply cannot miss.

On the Road with Contributing Editor Elizabeth Young: Superman Museum in Metropolis, IL


As a child, I loved to watch the reruns of the old 1950s Superman TV show.  Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen were always getting into sticky situations and Clark Kent aka Superman somehow managed to arrive just in the nick of time to save them.  Superman stood tall and proud and was a true hero in the eyes of the American public.

  Superman billboard
Today, one can visit The Superman Museum in Metropolis, IL for a nostalgic look back at Superman history through the years.  Crossing from Paducah, KY into Metropolis, a huge Superman billboard greets travelers as well as murals and a giant statue of Superman that stands in front of the courthouse.  Photo ops abound and fans can have their picture taken by the over-sized statue, behind wooden cutouts of Superman and Supergirl or peering out of an old fashioned telephone booth.

Field Trip Ideas: Superman Museum in Metropolis, IL
The Superman Museum opened in 1993 by renowned collector Jim Hambrick.  Originally from Orange Co, CA, Hambrick brought Superman memorabilia to towns across the United States with his traveling museum for almost 10 years.  He eventually set up a permanent museum in Metropolis, the town with the perfect name.  Filled with over 20,000 items, this 15,000 sq. ft. museum contains everything from original costumes and props to licensed toys, games, clothing, dolls, promotional items and more.  Hambrick often rotates displays with items from his personal collection of over 100,000 pieces.  The Museum is divided into sections paying tribute to the Superman movies, TV shows and comic strips.  Other areas focus on the famous characters of Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, Perry White.  A gift shop at the entrance to the museum offers a large selection of Superman related memorabilia and merchandise.

Special events include the Metropolis Superman Celebration held the second full weekend in June.  Many celebrities with Superman ties attend, including Noel Neill who played Lois Lane.  The event is renowned and sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.  It will celebrate its 32 year in June 2010.  Over 30,000 fans visit Superman's hometown during this celebration.  www.supermancelebration.net

Superman Museum pic2
Hours:   9 - 6 daily, closed Thanksgiving and Christmas
Address:  517 Market St., Metropolis, IL 62960
Phone:  (618) 524-5518
Admission:  $5 which includes admission to the Americana Hollywood Museum, children 5 and under are
                   free, military personnel are free and senior discounts are offered
Website:  www.supermuseum.com   Online store:  www.SupermanSuperstore.com

Superman Museum

Superman Museum

Superman Museum pic6

Superman Museum pic4

Superman Museum pic5




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! 

Making the Most of Monday: School's in Session

Hey everyone!

I hope you enjoyed a lovely weekend. This week will be very limited here at Vintage Indie, as it is the first week of school. I'll still be posting sporadically as well as a few guest posts. We're excited for this school year and can't wait to dig in.

I hope you have a lovely and peaceful week. If you have any inspiring news to share or if would like to let us know how you are making the most of this Monday, please leave us a note we'd love to hear! 

xoxo Gabreial

ART STORIES: Nicola Fraser

Art Stories

Vintage Indie would like to welcome Nicola Fraser as our featured artist, and creator this week.


Hi Nicola welcome to Vintage Indie, can you tell us about  your preferred  medium?

My preferred medium is the art of bear making, amongst sewing of any other sort.  I have been stitching something for as long as I can remember, although, as a blogger, I constantly have my finger in many pies as I find the inspiration out there to hard to resist!  I also love to crochet (which has been a fairly recent learning curve), knit,  and sketch.


Frank and Edna, handmade bears made from 100% pure german mohair, german glass eyes, traditionally filled with wood excelsior, steel shot and pellets for weight and texture.  Distressed by hand for the 'time worn' appearance.


How did you get started?

My parents have been my greatest influence in my love of craft throughout my life, and I come from a very creative extended family.  My dad made one of my first toys, an enormous Andy Pandy, along with my first bed, and my mum was always knitting or sewing something in her spare time.  I can remember her teaching the children to knit at my primary school.  My brother is an artist, following in the footsteps of our grandfather.

I drifted from craft for a while, whilst working full time in London, but as soon as I was expecting our first child I picked up the knitting needles once more, and I have never looked back since!  I was never the biggest fan of the whole ‘internet’ thing and what it had to offer, considering it a great time waster, until I was given the book “Crafter’s Companion “ by Anna Torborg as a gift for Christmas, and a whole new world – the blogging world - instantly opened up to me.


My Studio

I began my bear making career ten years ago with a knitted bear for my first little girl, and it progressed steadily.  I researched my books I had collected over the years, studied the methods and began to make a bear, and then a rabbit and it went on from there.  I was never a ‘doll’ girl, always preferring my bears, and I wanted to create something special for my children.  With the blog as my showcase I was encouraged every step of the way by all the other lovely bloggers and readers alike, all of them thoroughly supportive of what I created, and my obsession began to grow!


Old painted dresser in studio.

Who or what inspires you?

I am inspired by anything vintage... anything with a past or a story to tell.  The cloths, the textures, patterns, and colours.  I love studying just what makes something ‘look’ old.   With my bears I am inspired by vintage toys, the story of the teddy bear and the love that people have for them.  Sometimes I am inspired by a vintage piece I have found like a brooch, piece of clothing, button, or millinery flower that I have found and I build the character of the bear around it.


What advice would you give someone wanting to get into this medium?

I would start by doing some research into the art of bearmaking, there are loads of books available and helpful websites, and then practice and develop your own style.  I think everyone brings their own creative style to a creation, that’s what makes them individual.


Does vintage play a role in your art or life? If so, how?

Vintage plays a very strong role in both my art and my  life.  As a child I was brought up around antiques.  My aunt was an antique dealer, with a shop, and we were constantly at antiques fairs at the weekends.  I think this is where my love of vintage started, and it has grown and stayed with me throughout my life – a love of things with a past, a story to tell. I like my possessions to have a sense of history. I find the smell of an old book intoxicating and the creak of an old piece of furniture endearing.  My house is furnished with second hand furniture most of which I have restored and restyled with a ‘shabby chic’ look.  Old things only get better which makes shopping second hand almost whimsical.   I think old things have a tipping point beyond which the marks of age only improve their appearance.  I love to thrift, charity shops being my guilty pleasure.  The excitement of not knowing what you are about to uncover, the anticipation of discovering a treasure and the bargain steal at the end of it is just too much to resist. Old stuff is far more likely to be unusual, unique to you.  I never go round to any of my friend’s houses and find we have the same crockery, furniture of curtains.  My home is built around individual pieces thrown together because I love them, not because they are the current trend, and I am adding one more chapter to them by using them in my home. My obsession with vintage crockery is outgrowing my house, reuseable textiles are bulging from the drawers but my appetite for a bargain is still ferocious.

In my art my main focus is to make my creations have a time worn vintage appeal, whimsical, like they have just been found in an attic.  I indulge my passion for vintage ribbons, buttons, lace and other paraphernalia that I have collected along the way, and mix it with my love of creating a character, an heirloom to be treasured forever.

What is the one thing you cannot live without in your studio?

My sewing machine... it was my mum’s, and is now very precious to me.  I think she would be very proud to know that I am making my living from it.  And my radio, I have to have the radio on whilst I am working!


What is most important for your customer to know about your work?

The most important aspect of my work that I hope to convey to my customers is the preciousness of having something unique in today’s world of mass production.  The importance of craftsmanship and love that goes into creating a unique piece that has a sense of history and can be treasured for years to come.  I love my work and I put a great deal of time, detail and love into each piece I create.


Thank you Nicola for this wonderful insight into your bear making. Visit Nicola at her web shop The Vintage Magpie as well as her blog.

VI Headliner: Speckled Egg

Vintage Indie would like to welcome our newest sponsor Speckled Egg. We truly appreciate the support of our sponsors! Thank you Speckled Egg!

Treasures, trinkets and pretty things for your to create, mold and enjoy. Speckled Egg is stocked with all the above including vintage and new embellishments. Many vintage items are limited in quantity, so don't wait before you purchase and visit often for their ever changing inventory.

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