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For the Love of Old Things: Susan Duane

I'm very thankful for my lovely contributing editors. They have provided me with some wonderful things to share with you this week. I hope to be back to posting as soon as this house stuff is settled. We are hopefully only a day away from listing it on the market. Until then, I leave you with Susan Duane's love for vintage. xoxo - Gabreial

It's no secret I love old things. I love the history they carry. It's in their imperfections that I find beauty; the signs that they were once loved and cherished. When I peruse an estate sale or antique market and I find something I'm drawn to, I can't help but wonder where it had been before but I also try to look at it in a new way. Taking it from forgotten treasure to a reinvented piece that will be enjoyed for years to come. My taste is simple but feminine and romantic.


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For awhile I collected some beautiful vintage beaded collars and wanted to update them. With the addition of some handmade rosettes, some sparkle and a little added room at the back, these collars were given a new life. Since they were quite small in size I added pretty vintage pearl beading to one and the other a ribbon tie these simple modifications allow them to be worn by most any size.

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  So the next time you're out thrifting or antiquing take a look around you. See what you can do to update a piece from the past with a modern twist for today.
Happy hunting!


Featurebutton_05Susan Duane is a wife and mother of three young children. She is a home cook, aspiring photographer and lover of old things. She spends her days caring for her family, creating for Paperhill and in her free time chronicles her long list of interests on her blog Hometown Girl.

What vintage goodness have you picked up lately that you just couldn't live without?


The Design Confidential

Wow, you never cease to amaze me Susan...these are gorgeous!


What a wonderful idea! The little store in town here has one and my friend just can't sell it in the condition it is in. I should ask her if she wants me to make it over for her using your technique. I am sure it will fly off the shelf then!


Have you picked a winner for the homeschool planners from your 2/17 post? Will you post the winners or not?

Vintage Indie

Not yet, but we will be posting them soon. Yes. I will publish those here.


Shawna Stobaugh

Just came across your blog, just love it! I hope you don't mind me placing you as a fav blog link on my blog. I love sharing fun blogs. You have so many wonderful posts. Thanks!


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