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Start the Year off Right: Two Must See Documentaries

I know resolution this, resolution that. Welp, I'm not here to preach to you too much. Recently I've had some time to watch two documentaries that were recommended to me and I took so much from them, that I couldn't just stand by and not share them with you. 


If you're expecting or plan to have a baby anywhere in the future. I suggest

The Business of Being Born. 



If you'd like to learn more about our food, and why it is so important to know what you're putting in your body and your families bodies, I highly suggest you watch Food Matters


Both of these are at Netflix and I've seen them for free on various websites at different times of the year. You can also stream Food Matters at their website linked above, for a fee. 


I am not associated with these films in any way. 






The Daily Swank: Vintage Style Tea Towel Calendars for 2012

Did your grandma have one of those tea towel calendars hanging in her kitchen when you were a child? I love the nostalgia that these bring. 

New 2012 Tea Towel Calendar Hand Sewn by flytrap


Tea Towel Calendar 2012 Vintage Butterfly Collage by LittleRhodyDesignCo

Shop owner and creator Lori Craffey says, "  I use my tea towels daily and I assure you they wash and wear with grace. They seem to get better with age! " 

The Daily Swank: Vintage Style Calendars for the New Year.


2012 Vintage Bird Calendar by janesays

I love the concept behind this gift set. It includes an acrylic frame with a magnet so you could easily beautify your refrigerator with the darling embroidered vintage birds. 


2012 Letterpress Calendar featured vintage hankerchiefs by MinkLetterpress



Making the Most of Tuesday: It's almost New Years!

MMM_ButtonIf you are new to the magazine,Making the Most of Monday is a regular part of our features. Mondays  signify one important thing, a fresh start. It's like a new years resolution at the start of every week.

Hopefully by Monday you've taken some off time during the weekend to rejuvenate, spend quality time with loved ones and friends, which makes Monday your chance to really get to work and make the most of your week.

Do you feel overwhelmed on Mondays? Do you feel the weight of your week beginning to pull you down before you even have a chance to get started? I'm challenging you like I often do here at Vintage Indie, to Make the the Most of your Monday AND your week. You already know that Monday is the start and more often then not if Monday goes well, the rest of your week has a leg to stand on.


Are you crawling out of the piles of wrapping paper, sugary treats, and leftovers? I know we are. I mentioned yesterday on my Facebook that the Lego store puked on our living room. I wasn't kidding, but the joy and excitement of the build is something that brings joy to this mama's heart.

The VI family has been spending lots of time with daddy during his winter vacation and getting plenty of rest and days full of play before the new year begins. Speaking of the new year, can you believe it is ALMOST New Year's! I can hardly believe it. This year seem to have flown by as fast at the last one. Why does this happen the older I get? Either way there isn't anything I can do to change it, so my thought is enjoy it. Enjoy it to its fullest!

I've heard some some buzz of post Christmas "blues".  I've been thinking about that lately. I'm the kinda gal who's motto "it's over when it's over" and our tree is down the day after Christmas.  I like the feeling of cleaning up, organizing and starting OVER with the new year. This doesn't signify that I'm unhappy with the previous year, but New Year's is like spring  to me. A fresh start for new things to grow and develope but on a bigger level than Mondays. It is a fresh start to your LIFE!

You have the opportunity to not just "set goals" and the typical New Year's resolutions, but to change your life for whatever needs changing. I don't want to sound cliche though, which is why you're reading this now instead of January 1st. I want just want you to start thinking about that concept. Whether you're starting January 1st or giving yourself until February or just taking it one day at a time. The truth is you can do it.

Of course, I'd be lying if I said it was all you, you, you, you who can make it happen. For my life, I've learned that "3 I can do all things through Christ[b] who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13. Of course there is more to this scripture and I encourage you to read it below, but how amazing it is the God has placed in his Word for us, that through Him, I (we) can do all things. This next year, I'm encouraging you to " 33But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you" Matthew 6:33. 

These very tools are all of the power you need within "self" to change what needs changing, to fix what is broken, to feel refreshed and restored.  A new year is time to celebrate, to make memories to last a lifetime and to grow as a wife, mother, sister, daughter, son, father, husband or friend. 

I know in the depths of my heart that if you seek Him, you will find the fulfillment that you need to lay a solid foundation for a wonderful new year. 

Blessings to you and your family, 

Gabreial Wyatt


Editor's note: Whenever you read or see a scripture quoted in a book or article, I suggest looking up the whole chapter to read the quoted scripture in its entirety so that things are clear and not construed in a misguided light.   

Philippians 4 

Matthew 6


A Christmas Blessing to You and Yours

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! 

The Wyatt's  

WillowofwonderSubway 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.”



Deck the Halls 2011: The Joy of Snowflakes

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! 


Mosaic2594c25fece7e32c78c8dbb87f3c17ac3250198cWooden Snowflakes from Elisabeth White


Mosaic73fca1955f9975845fe93dfc4fde8f7d501da4a9Porcelain Snowflakes by LaNiqueHOME

Gingerbread Snowflakes by SeasonsOfJoy


What about you? Any accumulation in your part of the world?


Deck the Halls 2011: Vintage Glass Ornaments

As we prepare to decorate our tree, I can't help but think of my favorite ornaments to come, my vintage glass ornaments. I thought I'd find a few of them so that you could possibly add a few to your collections. 


Top Left: CashmereJellybean Top Right: BigBugVintage

Middle Left: TheVintageResource Middle Right: VintageSurplus

Bottom Left: goodygirlred Bottom Right: vintageer

Organic & Whole Living: Nutiva's New Formula Hemp Shake

Recently I had the pleasure of reviewing some new Nutiva products. In an effort to get more protein in my diet right before workouts, I've been looking for a protein shake, without all the unnecessary sugary ingredients. Up first came Nutiva's Newly Formulated Chocolate HempShake. 

Did you know that " Hemp is a great protein source; an easily digestible, high-quality plant protein with branched-chain amino acids that are vital for good health?" Nutiva HempShakes™ contain 12g of protein per serving for the Vanilla and SuperBerry, and 11g for the Chocolate flavor. I've been a fan of Hemp Seeds for a long time, I love their crunchy texture and their mild nutty flavor. They add even more of a protein boost when you're really trying to amp it up. 

Nutiva Hemp Shake

For an easy on the go Protein Shake, I simply use one of my recycled sauce jars add the HempShake powder according to the package directions, add almond milk and give it a shake! It really is that easy. 

If I'm really looking for a boost in nutrition, protein and something a little more substantial, I make the Chocolate Dream Recipe also printed on the package. 1-2 Tbsp. Nutiva Hempseed,1 oz of water, 3-4 Tbsp. of HempShake, 8 oz of Almond Milk, 1 Tbsp. of Coconut Manna, 1 cup frozen banana slices. Whiz up in the blender you have a yummy thick shake. 

Chocolate Dream

As for those of you looking information on the texture, well it is a Protein Superfood Drink Mix so it is not as completely smooth as you would expect from an ice cream shake. Honestly, I like the texture of the shake plain with almond milk and with the extra ingredients. I'm a little different though when it comes to health shakes and I tend to like them. The chocolate flavor was nice, not too overpowering and not sweet. I will definitely continue to use it. 

Organic Coconut Manna

Organic Coconut MannaOrganic Coconut Manna
I have to mention the Coconut Manna mentioned in the above Chocolate Dream Recipe, another great Nutiva product. I'm not really sure how to describe this product besides it is like a thick peanut-butter textured scoop of creamy goodness. It's choc full of fiber, 12% fiber and 9% protein and nourishing fats. It is also completely delicious. This will be a regular addition to my green smoothies as well as my Hemp Shake. 

A special thank you to the Nutiva company for providing these products for review. They truly fit in our Organic Whole Living way here at the VI homestead. Truth in Review: Nutiva.  provided me with these products.  I was not paid for the review or require any certain context within my review. All reviews posted by me are truthful in content and not bought. Gabreial Wyatt, Editor Visit our Disclaimer/Disclosure  for more info. 

Community Question: Getting Color Bleeding out of a Vintage Tablecloth

Hello friends!

I was hoping one of you may be able to help Vintage Indie reader Patti M. with her vintage tablecloth cleaning question. 

image from Etsy shop extrasprinkles

Patti writes, " I was wondering if you might be able to offer some advice or suggestions to remove bleeding stains that occurred after washing a vintage tablecloth.  This tablecloth is so precious to me and my sisters that I am very upset.  My parents are both deceased. When going through "the hope chest" we discovered a beautiful silk (I think) embroidered tablecloth that we are pretty sure my father brought home from WWII . We had never seen this gorgeous piece of linen. I suspect my Mom thought it was too nice to use.

I decided we need to enjoy this piece so used it for our Thanksgiving meal .  I washed it in cold water on delicate cycle only to have the wine color from the embroidery thread turn the beige background pink.  I immediately ran it through the delicate cycle again with no detergent this time. No improvement noted on the bleeding. I hung it outside and am searching for a solution."


Thanks everyone, I hope we can help Patti! 

xoxo Gabreial

I should have read a little more into this, it was fabric bleeding!