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Small Business Spotlight: Holiday & Event Lightning Cincinnati Gives Back!

Behind the scenes of Vintage Indie I also run a local homeschool community on Facebook with my husband. I post a lot of events, coordinate field trips, and various other things.

At times over the years, I'm privately messaged about some needs in the community. This time our local homeschool community really turned out and was offering to step up and fill a need in our local community so quickly. I'm so humbled when people truly give from the heart, and needs are met in such a quick turn around.

Holiday & Event Lighting Cincinnati, a local family owned business has stepped up to sponsor a large part of the need.

Christmas Lights Cincinnati Gives Back

It would be fantastic if you could visit their website, like their facebook page, and like and comment their videos. Small businesses need our support more now than ever!

If you're looking for some Christmas Lights to visit they have a fantastic list of lights that they have installed this year on their website. Please also keep them in mind for your lighting needs in the upcoming new year! 

Thanks so much Holiday & Event Lighting Cincinnati

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A Christmas Star & A Christmas Book Recommendation

If you're looking for a few stars to add to your tree this year, check out these beautiful stained glass stars. 

An Ornament_DianasStainedGlass
Today's Ornament comes from DianasStainedGlass on Etsy, a 5 point beveled glass ornament. Wouldn't that look beautiful with the lights flickering and bouncing off the points. 


Also, a book recommendation for  friends. (affiliate link) Bright Christmas An Angel Remembers by author Andrew Clements. I read this last night all bundled up and cozy with my family, it brought tears and smiles to our faces.     

Colorful Prize Ribbon Ornament

Prize Ribbon Ornament DIY



Ribbon can be used for more than wrapping your holiday packages! Collect ribbons in different colors for a fun and easy corsage or ornament!





  • Ribbon in different widths and colors.
  • Small buttons in your favorite colors.
  • Small star.
  • Fabric scrap.
  • Glue (I like Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive)
  • Flat pin back.
  • Needle and length of embroidery thread.


Make the backing first. Cut a wide length of ribbon in four pieces about 7 inches long, notch each end by snipping a small triangular piece off of the ends. Do the same with the narrower ribbon. Glue the pieces together into an asterisk shape (see photo). Allow to dry completely before moving to the next step.


Cut four pairs of coordinating ribbon (I used two shades of green, one with polka dots to look like snow) into the following lengths:

3-1/2 inches

4-1/2 inches

6 inches

8 inches

Cut these pieces in half.

Arrange the pieces, overlapping them, into a tree shape (see the photo) on the front of the “asterisk” you previously assembled. Glue (or you may want to sew down) your ribbon “tree.” Decorate the tree with a colorful assortment of small buttons and the star on top. Allow to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

 Tree Corsage 2

Cut a circle out of the fabric scrap. Sew the pin backing near the top of the circle. Glue the fabric with pin backing to the back of the ribbon corsage.

 Tree Corsage 3

You may either wear your corsage or string ribbon through the pin backing and hang on your tree!

Elizabeth Holcombe Fedorko, aka Bethsbagz, began her checkered crafting career when at four she realized using paste on paper was better than eating it. Inspired by vintage dime store treasures, vintage fabric, and a no-fear attitude toward color, Beth crafts totes, pin cushions, wreaths, and corsages into her Dime Store Chic creations. Beth would love you to take a peek into her whimsical world at her blog.

The Beautiful Nativity

Luke2  4-20 (KJV)

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:)

To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

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.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

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. 



Wooden Nativity Christmas

Beautiful olive wood, hand painted nativity from Orit Dotan


Stained Glass Nativity

An heriloom quality handmade stained glass nativity set from wearetheedge

17 piece Nativity Peg Doll Set -- (2")

Hand  Painted Peg Nativity from issymissy


Instant Pot® Cincinnati "Style" Vegan Chili Recipe

OK, so before I get any hate mail, let's not forget that the tite of this recipe is Cincinnati "Style" Vegan Chili. Obviously, this is not chili, but when I have a hankerin' for Cincinnati Style (style in taste) Chili, this is something I like to make. I also want to apologize if you came over from Instagram and were expecting a 20 minute recipe, this is actually closer to 40 minutes. I forgot the natural release time. Either way, it's a super easy, healthy and yummy way to cook that monsterous bag of lentils you bought at Costco six months ago. 

Affiliate links included below for your conveience. 


InstantPot® Vintage Indie Mag

Do you have one of these beautiful kitchen appliances yet? If not, you must hurry and get an InstantPot® It is a life changer. I waited over a year to get one, as I don't like to make spur of the moment decisions, especially on an appliances that's going to possibly take up counter space in my kitchen. Anyway, I've used it almost every day since it arrived, and it's spectacular. It made the most perfect brown rice the other day, saving me so much time. 

Sorry, let's get back to the recipe. You will need the following: 

Recipe Makes 4-6 servings. I ate three bowls for dinner, and had two big bowls left over which I just finished one for breakfast. Vegetarians sometimes eat lentils for breakfast. No, you're weird. 


1 cup Green Lentils (rinsed and picked through looking for any stones)

1 Small Onion Diced

2 Carrots Diced Small  

2 14.5oz Cans of Organic Diced Tomatoes with juice. 

2T Tomato Paste 

6-8 T of Chili Powder more if you like it dark and rich with less tomato flavor.

1T Cumin

2t Garlic Powder 

2 t Paprika 

Pinch of Cinnamon

Pinch of Dark Cocoa Powder 

1t Apple Cider Vinegar

2 Cups of Water 



1. Turn your InstantPot®  to Saute and saute the onion and carrot together until fragrant, and slightly soft.

2. Add all the spices, and tomato paste and saute for an additional minute stirring so that nothing burns.

3. Add the rest of the ingredients, and slowly pour the water into the pot. Make sure there is enough water to cover everything at least by half an inch. 

4. Hit the cancel button. Next hitting manual and setting it for HIGH pressure 20 minutes.

5. Make sure sure your vent is set properly to close so it can build pressure. 

6. Go read more Vintage Indie Blog posts, or check out our Facebook or Instagram, while your chili is cooking! 

7. Once the timer has gone off, let it naturally release all of the pressure. I let mine release for 25 minutes. (mostly because I forgot about it) 

8. Carefully remove the lid, and enjoy. I like to eat mine with Trade Joe's Chili Pepper Sauce 

Cincinnati Style Vegan Chili

YUM! So good. I also like to top mine with freshly diced onions. 





Christmas Home Tours Jody Anderson

Hi Friends!  Today I want to share a very special Christmas themed Home Tour. If you would like to be considered for a home, studio or business tour, please let me know by emailing

"Growing up I never wanted the latest and greatest for Christmas... I wanted something old for my room" jokes Jody Anderson. All gown up now with a place of her own, Jody's home glimmers and glows, a vision of festive holiday decor.

Jody Anderson Home Tour

Full of Christmas spirit, she gets her Kirkland, Washington home dressed up for the holidays right after Thanksgiving.

Vintage Home Tour Santa

Jody collects vintage Santas. This jolly trio greets you as you step into the living room.

Vintage Christmas Tree Style Jody Anderson

 It's always a "white" Christmas with this pretty tree, decorated in pinks and reds.

Jody Anderson Home Tour Christmas

This tree wears a skirt made of tulle.

Vintage Style Christmas Home Tour

Jody rescued this sweet watercolor painting from a dumpster.  

Swing Seat Vintage Style

In a former life, this magazine holder was the seat of a swing.

Vintage Style Christmas Home Tour  

The perfect centerpiece. Blue vintage Ball Jars encircle a small Christmas tree.

Vintage Dress Display Christmas Decor

 Vintage gowns and a dress from the 1980's make a striking display.

  Vintage Shelf Upcycled Christmas

This "shelf" is made out of a weathered piece of wood and sparkly heels from a pair of pumps. 

  Vintage Trunk Christmas Decorations Home Tour

 A painted trunk anchors this space, complete with a birdcage and a vintage costume fashioned from crepe paper.

Vintage Dress Jody Anderson

The dress is a stunner!

  Vintage Style Bedroom Home Tour

Don't you want to dive into this pile of comfy pillows?

Glittered birdcage

A very pretty glittered birdcage

Vintage Style Chandelier

A simply striking chandelier

  Vintage Lightning Home Tour

 This lamp is created from books and drawer pulls.

Vintage Gate Home Tour Jody Anderson

A piece of a metal fence becomes a perfect display piece.

 Thanks to Jody for letting us take a little tour of her lovely home.

Wishing all of you a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!