Vegetarian Chili at Gold Star Chili? Yes! (Giveaway)

As I've recently chosen a vegetarian diet, as in the past year or so, I still long for the flavors of a good, meaty chili. Specifically, of course, the local flavors of Cincinnati Style Chili. I was thrilled when I found out that Gold Star Chili had unveiled a new VEGETARIAN chili.

All of my craving dreams came true when we visited the newly opened Gold Star Chili, located on Montgomery Road in Norwood, in the new University Station near Xavier's campus. With their new sleek finishes, modern decor, and friendly atmosphere, this is not the strip mall Gold Star of my childhood. The kids and I stepped into a new-to-us Gold Star Chili experience, and we were thrilled with the results. 

Gold Star Chili Kitchen

  Gold Star Chili Serves Burgers

Did you know that Gold Star Chili started out as a hamburger joint? I had no idea! With the piles and piles of noodles, chili, and cheese being slung out on plates, my son's eyes opened wide when he checked out the menu and spied their burger.  Chili and a burger, what more could you ask for, other than vegetarian chili cheese fries, of course?  (We'll come back to those fries in a minute).

Gold Star Chili got its start when four Daoud brothers, of Mount Washington, came together to create Hamburger Haven. Along with burgers, the brothers had a chili recipe that was starting to sell quicker than their burgers, so they changed the name.

Gold Star Chili Burger & Coney

And now, for the first time in Cincinnati, Gold Star Chili decided to hire a chef to create the perfect vegetarian, soy free and gluten free chili. When we spoke with the creative chef behind this new chili his excitement for nailing the taste and texture was contagious.

My middle love decided to take the taste test challenge. If you can't tell by the picture they are almost exactly the same in taste, texture, and flavor. They really hit the nail on the head with this creation. My little foodie was able to pick out the vegetarian one from the regular, and after the challenge my youngest love stole the bowl. She loved it!

Gold Star Chili Vegetarian Chili

Gold Star Chili Vegetarian Chili Cheese Fries


It was my turn to order, and I've been craving cheesy chili fries for so long. I was excited to be able to order exactly what I wanted in vegetarian style! Perfectly crispy fries, and that spicy Cincinnati chili with all the familiar flavors were there.  This new creation will be available for a limited time, beginning March 3rd, through the Lenten season.  Enjoy the local fish fries as always, but don't forget to get out to your neighborhood Gold Star Chili for this amazing new creation!


I'm so exited for you! You have the chance to win a $25.00 Gift Card courtesy of Gold Star Chili, just in time for you to taste their new Vegetarian Chili.




  1. Please leave a comment on this post and tell me what you have to try from Gold Star Chili. 
  2. BONUS ENTRY - Head over to our Facebook Page Vintage Indie and leave a comment on the Gold Star Chili Post.
  3. BONUS ENTRY - Head over to our Instagram Page VintageIndieMag and comment on any of our Gold Star Chili Photos there.

I'll be back here 3/12/2017 to choose a winner! Good luck!   


A special thank you to Gold Star Chili for hosting Vintage Indie at the tasting event, sponsoring this post and for providing a gift card for all of our wonderful readers. As usual, our opinions are our own, and never purchased. We want you to truly enjoy finding new things in our great Cincinnati city! 

Broadway in Cincinnati Something Rotten is Hilarious!

There is so much to see, and so much to do in Cincinnati these days! It's buzzing with theater, music, dance and Broadway! Something Rotten's national tour is making it's way downtown to our fabulous city! We were thrilled to have seen this show on opening night.

Something Rotten Cincinnati 2017

"Set in the ‘90s – the 1590s – this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom (Tony nominee Rob McClure and Broadway’s Josh Grisetti), two brothers who are desperate to write their own hit play while the "rock star" Shakespeare (Tony nominee Adam Pascal) keeps getting all the hits. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL!"

 Something Rotten

The touring company of Something Rotten!


  Opening Night Something Rotten Cincinnati

Something Rotten Cincinnati Broadway

I've never been in a room with that many people laughing that hard. Something Rotten is high energy and full of musical surprises. beerded.cincinnati and we enjoyed every minute of it.


It's not often you find an original musical not based on songs or books, but this one is fresh, and something different for the Broadway world. If it's your first time to see a Broadway show, you won't be disappointed, and quite possibly have found a new entertainment to love. Head down to the magical Aronoff Center for the Arts, and dig in to our wonderful city! This show won't be here forever, so visit the links below to score your seats. 



650 Walnut Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202


OPENING FEB 21, 2017
CLOSING MAR 05, 2017


Truth in Review: Cincinnati on Broadway provided us with tickets for our review. We were not paid for any contents of our review or required any certain text within the review.  All reviews posted by us are truthful in content and not bought. Gabe & Gabreial Wyatt 

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Jungle Jim's Has all the fun! Big Cheese Fest!

Jungle Jim's Big Cheese Festival Oscar Event Center
Jungle Jim's Big Cheese Festival Oscar Event Center

Junge Jim's was at it again with their SOLD OUT Big Cheese event! Tables of cheese were lined up for miles (well not really), but there was sooo much cheese at the Oscar Event Center. Beer cheese, craft cheese, specialty blends, local favorites like Ed-Mar Dairy and many international cheeses are just some of the things there to enjoy. Jungle Jim's is known for having the biggest selection of almost every kind of food you can imagine. They don't disappoint with their cheese, either. 

Ed-Mar Dairy
Ed-Mar Dairy NKY Local Dairy Farm
Big Cheese Fest Jungle Jim's
Crowds indulging in cheese!



Jungle Jim's Oscar Event Center
Beautiful Bar at the Oscar Event Center, they host weddings here too!

Meanwhile, the massive international market itself, next door to The Oscar Event Center, was buzzing with eager shoppers waiting to get their hands on craft beers, wine tastings, and freshly baked bread. Many were looking for authentic ingredients for their international feasts. 





If Jungle Jim's is new to you, this is Mr. "Jungle" himself. He started Jungle Jim's as a farm stand In 1971, where he set up his first semi-permanent produce stand in a parking lot, on the corner of Erie and High Street in Hamilton. Talk about indie entrepreneurship at its finest! His story is not only a great one, but inspiring to say the least. From humble beginnings as a six year old boy doing odd jobs around his neighborhood, to a teen washing and selling golf balls he picked up on a course nearby, he's managed to create a foodie empire! 

Fairfield is the flagship location for this mega store, but in September 2012 Jungle opened a second location in Eastgate;4450 Eastgate South Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45245. Just a short twenty minutes from downtown Cincinnati, this location is just a hop and a skip to all of your foodie wanting pleasures. 


Vintage Indie is happy to collaborate with Jungle Jim's giving you a heads up on the fantastic line up of family friendly, craft beer and wine enthusiast events. At times they'll have as many as 70 events happening in a given month! Gabe will be your source for everything craft beer, and the exciting times ahead for Cincinnati's beer community.


 Get out, discover good food, local flavors and experience a grocery store like no other! 



Vegan Garlic Sriracha Ranch Salad Dressing or Dip Recipe

You guys! I think I've found a new salad dressing! Vegan Garlic Sriracha Ranch. It is so delicious and so easy to make. I could see this used as a dip for celery, carrots, cucumbers and any other raw veggies you would normally use to dip in ranch. I'm digging it on everything right now. 

Vegan Garlic Sriracha Ranch Salad Dressing

 Affiliate Links included below for your convenience.

What You Will Need: 

1/2 Cup Hemp Seeds

1T Tahini or Cashew Butter

1 Garlic Clove 

1-2 t of Sriracha Hot Sauce

Juice of half a lemon ( I added a bit more for myself)

Pinch of sea salt


1. Pulse the garlic clove and hemp seeds together to create a fine mixture.

2. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Adjust seasoning to taste.


 Garlic Sriracha Ranch Salad Dip
Brussel Sprout, Broccoli & Kale Salad with Oil Free Roasted Potatoes




Printable Valentine's Card by Danielle Thompson of Tiny Bazaar & Kitchy Digitals!

Vintage Indie would like to welcome special guest Danielle Thompson of Tiny Bazaar and Kitchy Digitals. She joins us today to share a super adorable printable Valentine's Card with you. 

Of course, I couldn't just give you a freebie from Danielle without letting you get to know her a little. I asked her to share with us more about her and her businesses.

My name is Danielle Thompson and I have two small businesses: Tiny Bazaar (my Etsy Shop) and Kitschy Digitals. I have a background in Graphic Design and Fine Arts and I apply alot of what I've learned over the years to my small business. I still do freelance Graphic Design part-time, but I try to devote most of my "free" time to my personal businesses. (Free-time meaning when my boys are in school during the day. :-)

I have designed all sorts of things such as digital and printable kits, paper goods, clear polymer stamps, embroidery patterns, unique vinyl wall decals, accessories for Blythe and I also offer prints of my photography. I try to keep all sorts of people in mind when I'm designing: the crafter, the scrapbooker, the blogger, the embroidery fan, you name it. I try to make my products relate to a diverse group of people that dabble in all sorts of hobbies.

I LOVE what I do and I hope to one day devote all of my professional life to these businesses. It's a dream come true to get to push myself as an artist, create things that I love, and to hopefully inspire someone else in the process.



You can also find me blogging at Thompson Family-Life where I share what crafts I'm working on, my photography, products I'm developing, my vintage finds, DIY tutorials and general "family life" including 2 boys and a husband. ;-)



This is a high-resolution PDF that you are welcome to use for PERSONAL USE. (Please do not use this in any way for commercial use. Thank you!) Just print right at home, cut out, assemble and give to your loved one!


There are two envelope options: one for mailing and one for not mailing.


I included directions where needed in the PDF. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email me at


The download link to the printable PDF is here.


Thanks so much Danielle for sharing this printable with us! Be sure to visit Danielle at Tiny Bazaar and Kitchy Digitals it is right up vintage alley!

Valentine's Day: Sweets & Treats

I'm in the painstaiking process of reviewing a chocolate company for you. You won't want to settle for drug-store chocolate again this Valentine's Day. In the mean time, why not support local bakeries and small business owners for other special treats. 

Specialty Cookies from SweetArtSweets


French Macarons from LeBonbonLA


French Jellies from ZukrBoutique

Crafty Vintage Valentine Frame Tray


Tray supplies What You'll Need:

- a filigree metal 8X10 picture frame ~~two sheets of   scrapbook paper in pretty patterns of your choice
  - quick dry glue
  - a few vintage Valentines
  - white craft paint
  - craft paint in your choice of color
  - sponge brush
  - four wooden beads
  - steel wool


Tray painted

Step One:

If frame has an easel back remove it. Remove glass, clean, and set aside along with cardboard backing. Use steel wool to roughen the metal of the frame so the paint will adhere to the metal. First paint a layer of white craft paint as a “primer” onto the frame (you may paint the underside of the frame of you wish). Allow to dry completely. Then paint several layers of the color paint onto the frame. Keep your layers thin to retain the details of the frame. Allow to dry completely.





Tray valentines

Step Two:

Use the paper backing to trace your scrapbook papers and cut them to fit beneath the glass and on the back of the frame. Take the paper you want to use for the front (beneath the glass) and arrange the Valentines on the paper. Overlap them if you would like to. You may wish to put a tiny ring of tape on the back of the Valentines to hold them down to the paper. Sandwich your Valentine collage between glass and cardboard backing, and insert into frame.






Tray back

Step Three:

Turn frame over and glue the other piece of scrapbook paper along the edge of the frame. Allow to dry. Take the beads (you may paint them the same color as the frame) and glue to each corner on the back of the frame. Allow to dry.



Tray complete

Step Four:

Now your dime-store chic frame tray is complete! You may, of course, use this idea to create frame trays for birthdays and other holidays! Have fun!

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.


Daniel Tiger's Live (Giveaway)

Daniel Tiger Live in Cincinnati Enter to WIN!

Ugga mugga, ugga mugga, ugga mugga, we love, love, love Daniel Tiger around here! We love his soft spoken parents, and gentle parenting. We love the lessons on manners and respectful behavior, all around Daniel Tiger is a win in our home! We're so excited to take our littlest love to see him LIVE in Cincinnati, at the Aronoff Center - Procter & Gamble Hall Saturday, February 18, 2017.

Won’t you be our neighbor? The legacy of the beloved “Mister Rogers” lives on with the hit television series, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, from The Fred Rogers Company and airing daily on PBS KIDS. Now, Daniel and all of his friends are hopping aboard Trolley to delight live audiences with DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD LIVE! Donning his iconic red sweater, Daniel takes the audience on an interactive musical adventure as he and his friends explore the vibrant world of their much-loved Neighborhood of Make-Believe, sharing stories of friendship, helping others, and celebrating new experiences. This live theatrical production filled with singing, dancing, laughter, and “grr-ific” surprises will warm the hearts of multiple generations.


Want to save on tickets? Get $5.00 off by using this link. Discount tickets may also be purchased at (513) 621-ARTS [2787] and the Aronoff Center Ticket Office by mentioning promo code:  NEIGHBORHOOD


 Thanks to the CINCINNATI ARTS ASSOCIATION who is also giving YOU a chance to WIN a family four pack of tickets to the show! 

 Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!

Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 3:00 PM & 6:30 PM



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DISCLAIMER: Thank you to the Cincinnati Arts Association for sponsoring this giveaway. I was provided with tickets to the show to enjoy with my family, all opinions are mine!

Black Beans Slow Cooker or Oven Recipe

If you're wondering what to make for lunch or even dinner this week, why not get a pot or crock pot  delicious black beans going. Once you try these you'll never go back to the canned stuff, I promise! 
First enlist the help of a sweet son, if you have one of those like mine and wash 1lb of dried organic black beans. You'll also want to sort these for rocks or shriveled up beans. 
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Aren't black beans gorgeous! They look like little jewels! My son loves how they feel in his hands. 
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Next if you have a crock pot place the washed black beans in the pot. Add enough water to cover them by an inch. I just stick my finger in to get a measurement.  Cover and cook on high for 4.5 hours on high or low for 6-7 hours depending on the temperature of your crock pot. You may have to check for water if your beans soak all it up, but mine never do. Add salt afterwords to taste.  That's it for plain black beans, but we never have them this way.  If you like Chipotle style black beans keep reading for that recipe. 
To the pot add:
 - 2T of Cumin
 - 2 Bay Leaves
 - 2 T of Sherry
Cook the same as above. 
If you don't have a crockpot, cooking black beans in the oven is so easy and they turn out just as delicious and creamy as the crockpot version. Turn on the oven to 350 and bake for 90
minutes. Check for doneness after 90 minutes. 
See, that was easy, wasn't it? 
We love black beans in our house, we eat them on nachos, tacos, "burrito bowls", black beans and rice and any other way we can get them. 

The Wizard of Oz in Cincinnati Presented by The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati! GIVEAWAY

It's almost theatre time again! Time to head down to the historical Taft Theatre to see our LOCAL 12’s Bob Herzog as the Wizard in The Cincinnati Children's Theatre production of The Wizard of Oz. I hear he's pretty amazing in any shows that he's apart of, we're looking forward to this one! 




"Click your heels three times and follow the yellow brick road to the Taft Theatre this February to experience the magical adventures of Dorothy and her friends when The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati presents the classic musical THE WIZARD OF OZ this February (February 11 - 19, 2017). 

A cyclone transports Dorothy and her dog, Toto, from Kansas to the technicolor Munchkin Land.  Unfortunately, they land right on top of the Wicked Witch of the East -- not a good thing!  As Dorothy and Toto head down the Yellow Brick Road to find the Wizard and their way back home to Kansas, they meet new friends, each with a wish that they hope The Great Oz can grant for them.  A scrawny Scarecrow needs a brain, a rusty Tin Man needs a heart, and a Cowardly Lion needs courage."


THE WIZARD OF OZ presented by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati,

February 11-19, 2017.

Saturday February 11 at 2 PM;

Sunday February 12 at 2 PM and 5 PM;

Friday February 17 at 7:30 PM;

Saturday February 18 at 2 PM and 5 PM; and

Sunday February 19 at 2 PM 

Taft Theatre, 5th and Sycamore Streets in Downtown Cincinnati. Tickets $10-30.  

1-800-745-3000 and Tickets are selling fast!


I'm so lucky, because I get to give away a family 4 pack of tickets to the Sunday Feb. 12 at 5pm show OR Friday Feb. 17 t 7:30pm show! What a great way to get your family out of the house this winter and into our wonderful city! All you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopter form below! Good Luck! 



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Disney's The Little Mermaid Broadway in Cincinnati


Little Mermaid Cincinnati

A childhood classic, Disney's The Little Mermaid comes to life through Broadway Cincinnati. 


This show was anything but basic. Our first time ever to see a Broadway show, and I'm so glad it was Disney's The Little Mermaid. Our daughter, four years old, sat through the entire performance in awe of what was happening on stage. From the gorgeous costumes, to the enchanting lighting and sound effects, Cincinnati's Broadway whisks you away to a magical underwater world full of delight and wonder. The only thing she kept saying was wow mommy, this is so neat. My husband who has also never been to a Broadway show was also hooked. He enjoyed it very much, and is looking forward to future shows. 



Diana Huey as Ariel in The 5th Avenue Theatre's production of The Little Mermaid
Diana Huey as Ariel in The 5th Avenue Theatre's production of The Little Mermaid



The show's cast and creative team, knew what they were doing when the created this show. No attention to detail was left out and the most wonderful soothing voices were presented on stage. Ursula was simply amazing, her character is witty, and quite bold, with a After the show our daughter chatted our ears off the entire way home, she loved everything. 



Jennifer Allen as Ursula in The 5th Avenue Theatre's production of The Little Mermaid
Jennifer Allen as Ursula in The 5th Avenue Theatre's production of The Little Mermaid



If you haven't been to the Aronoff Center for the Arts, create a one of a kind child-hood memory this year and go see Disney's The Little Mermaid


Procter & Gamble Hall - Aronoff Center for the Arts
650 Walnut Street Cincinnati, OH

Tickets still available for the following shows. (subject to change)

TUESDAY 01/24 7:30PM  
WEDNESDAY 01/25 7:30PM  
THURSDAY 01/26 7:30PM  
FRIDAY 01/27 8:00PM  
SATURDAY 01/28 2:00PM  
SATURDAY 01/28 8:00PM  
SUNDAY 01/29 1:00PM  
SUNDAY 01/29 6:30PM

Mexican Country Style, The New Hacienda and Hacienda Style

MexicancountrystyleBooks abound for decorating country style, using vintage finds, making the old new again. There’s new country, French country, even Midwest Modern, coined in an Amy Butler book I’ll review soon. But for now, say “adios” to all those familiar trends and hola! to Mexican country/Hacienda style.

      Karen Witynski and Joe P. Carr, award-winning authors, designers and photographers and collaborators with Pittsburgh Paints® on The Hacienda Style Color Palette have published a thorough series of hard- and soft-cover tomes to help you get the Mexican abode – or Hacienda- of your dreams.

      Mexican Country Style, 1997, $24.95; The New Hacienda, 1999, $19.95 and Hacienda Style, 2007, $39.95, all published by Gibbs Smith, Utah, are but three of their eight volumes in the last decade depicting the deep southwestern and native style of Mexico.

     Hacienda_courtyards_2 If you live in the western half of the U.S., then Hacienda (a Mexican estate or plantation)style may not be such a new concept, as it is a familiar form of design in Texas, Arizona, California and the like. But, if you are in the Midwest, on the east coast or in the southeast, you may want to grab one or more of these books if you’d like to add some native New World style.

      Wytinski and Carr are owners of Joe P. Carr Design, a gallery in Austin, TX, where they spend their time when not in Mexico. Their quest for design treasures and their writings from the resultant travels have earned them La Pluma de Plata (The Silver Pen) from Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism, for The New Hacienda.

      The duo has been at the forefront of Mexican design for more than 25 years and have designed and renovated both homes and haciendas and commercial projects in the U.S. and Mexico. They have been featured in Architectural Digest, House Beautiful and on HGTV’s Takeover my Makeover.

      With all of these respected credentials and eight books under their belts, Wytinski and Carr don’t need a review from a Johnny-come-lately-to-the-style like me. I will say the books are a joy to look at whether you favor this style or not. The photography is beautiful, so that whether you are into design, travel, re-living your high school Spanish class or just appreciating the art of life, you can find something here to enjoy.

    Mailgooglecom_2   They are a satisfying size, at 130 to 200 pages each, and Hacienda Style easily makes for a coffee table selection. The only cuidado (caution) I would give is if you are looking to reform your NYC brownstone or your Indiana 3BR/2BT ranch into an adobe  abode, you won’t find a lot of practical photos- unless your ranch has 20- or 30-foot ceilings and your walk-up has an open-air kitchen.


But, as with so many design books and the resultant reviews, those who are quick to critique them as impractical must remember these books are for visual inspiration, suggestion and in this case, education and documentation of a style spanning four centuries: Mexican hacienda style.


- Guest Author, Gina Smith

{All contributed content Gina Smith © Lilly*s of London*ish}


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

#giving #cincinnati #christmaslights #lightning #christmas #community

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. 

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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! 


Make Meaningful Memories at An Old Kentucky Christmas 2016 Burlington, KY Free!

Is it just me, or has November completely just flown by? We were off part of the week last week, but I don't feel like we slowed down at all. Here at the VI house we truly enjoy making memories, and giving far more that any gift we could ever receive. Family time is super important to us, as well as creating traditions that have a meaningful and lasting impression on our children.  

If you are local to the Northern Kentucky, Greater Cincinnati area, you should check out Old Kentucky Christmas at First Church of Christ in Burlington, KY and make some memories of your own.

 old Kentucky Christmas

Old Kentucky Christmas at First Church of Christ!!  There’s so much to do and it’s all free!! Hay rides, photo ops, cookie decorating, candle light service, ornament making, carriage rides…and on and on and on! If you have never been…here’s a list of my top 5 things to know! Come Early, Stay Late! There is so much to do! From the hay rides, to candle making, to dipping pretzels in chocolate and sprinkles, to the candle light services! Make a day of it, so you can check out everything! And maybe hit a couple spots twice!

carriage rides

Say Cheese! Get your festive family picture snapped for FREE in our fantastic photo booth! Plus check out all our photo ops with our beautiful Christmas tree, in front of handmade quilts, or in our multiple cut out frames where you can be the farmer or the donkey, pioneers, and more!

Old Kentucky Christmas

Lots of ways for fun photos with friends and family throughout the village.  Wear Your Baby, not only is baby wearing adorable, but with the village ground covered in sawdust, it’s not the most stroller friendly – so do yourself a favor and wear your baby. Plus, that helps free up your hands for hot chocolate and cookies! Have dinner before and dessert is on us! 


 Need grandparents gifts? We’ve got those too! At OKC the kids will be decorating ornaments at the Woodworkers Shop, making candy canes, and “cheesing” it up throughout the village creating the perfect moments to frame and put on display! The grandparents will melt like chocolate!

Wood Working at Old Kentucky Christmas

Here is a list of the dates/times for 2016

December 8: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

December 9: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

December 10: 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

December 11: 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.



Candle light service at Old Kentucky Christmas

First Church really loves their community and they obviously love Christmas, so you can count on An Old Kentucky Christmas to provide memories that will last a lifetime. You will want to come back year after year! We will be here and look forward to seeing you again and again. So – MARK YOUR CALENDAR and join us in making An Old Kentucky Christmas a family tradition!

Show & Tell Christmas Trees - Show us your tree!

Good morning to you! I hope you're feeling rested after the Thanksgiving break. I know many of you have traditions of putting your tree up the day after Thanksgiving. We are headed out sometime soon to pick a perfect tree. 

The Countdown to Christmas Day is coming up, and we're kicking it off with a show & tell kind of week. Today, I would like to invite our readers to show off their Christmas Trees, indoor, outdoor or wherever you put your tree. Either way, we would love to see it!

All you need to do is send me an email stating your first name last initial and your State/City. That's it! I'll be sharing them throughout the day/week. 


This isn't my tree, but a vintage Christmas Tree Photo by JessaMaePhoto. It reminds me of the little ceramic tree my mamaw had on her credenza growing up.  


If you'd like a headstart on tomorrow's show & tell, we'll be showing off some of our favorite vintage ornaments. Feel free to start emailing those to me as well.


Merry Christmas to you!

xoxo Gabreial  

Christmas Around Town: Things to Do Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky

We like to do what I call Christmas School around here. That is try to fit in as many Christmas memories as we can as a family. Even if you don't home educate, you can start some family traditions by visiting any of these wonderful events (some ongoing) around the Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Area. 


The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Presents Elf The Musical JR. This December at the Taft Theatre! (Giveaway)

Winter Wonderland with Scuba Santa Newport, KY

Gingerbread House Display at the Warren County History Center Lebanon, OH

Family Games Deals & Specials Below

Everything posted below is Family Games or Educational Games. They were on sale at the time of posting, be sure to check to make sure as everything changes so fast on Amazon. (affiliate links included)


45% off 



This is one of our family's favorite games, and many of the different sets are on sale! 20% off or more. 


29% off! Another great game for 10 & up!


58% off! 

35% off (we love this one too, play with younger kids and don't worry about spelling so much. They'll love this game too.


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45% off (we have two decks and sometimes play with a large group)


Another family favorite 56% off

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The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Presents Elf The Musical JR. This December at the Taft Theatre! (Giveaway)

Ask anyone in my family what my favorite Christmas movie is, and you will be sure to hear them say Elf! What's not to love about a hilariously elf-dressed grown man, who loves to put syrup on everything? The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati is doing Elf their style presenting Elf The Musical Jr. If you're looking for a family fun time, be sure to purchase your tickets soon, as this is sure to be a sold out show. 

Buddy the Elf (1)

"Buddy, a young orphan mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list, and his stepbrother doesn't even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas."



Public Performances at the Taft Theatre December 10-11, 16-18, 2016


Saturday, December 10 at 2 PM*
Saturday, December 10 at 5 PM
Sunday, December 11 at 2 PM
Sunday, December 11 at 5 PM
Friday, December 16 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 17 at 2 PM
Saturday, December 17 at 5 PM
Sunday, December 18 at 2 PM


I'm so happy to be able to give away 4 tickets to your choice of Sunday, Dec. 11 at 5pm or Friday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 pm shows! Thank you The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati! 

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How to make Vintage Style White Bottle Brush Trees

Last year when the bottle brush trees were bursting the internet, I had trouble finding them! Get a head start this year with bottle brush tree projects with our lovely Contributing Editor Elizabeth Holcombe.

Bleached trees

You see them in craft stores, those pretty deep green bottle brush trees. Nice color but you may want to change them up to suit your winter holiday décor. It’s super simple. Here’s how:




You’ll need water, bleach, and a large (gallon or larger) container.




Mix one cup of bleach to one gallon of water. Stir.




Wet the bottle brush trees first. Carefully place the wet bottle brush trees into the beach water solution. Depending on the shade of green or white you desire, leave the trees in the solution until they turn the color you like best. After you remove the trees, rinse in clear water and set aside to dry. Experiment with different shades which look very nice in a group like a miniature forest!




If you desire trees in other colors, bleach them first, then use Rit dye (follow instructions on package) to dye your trees to your favorite colors!


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.


Experience the Symphony Orchestra with your Children at the Cincinnati Pops Lollipops Family Concerts

I can't speak for all home school families, but I know for us, the arts are something to be appreciated and to be involved in from an early age. Cincinnati Pops Lollipops Family Concert series, makes this educational goal, a reality. Exposing children to the symphony early on is a wonderful thing. Even if you aren't a home educating family, and a visit to the historical Taft Theater is an added artistic bonus. 


PeterandtheWolfCincinnati Pops

This coming Saturday November 19, 2016 kicks off the series with Peter and the Wolf. With a Pre-concert event starting at 9:30 where the whole family can get hands on with instruments and activities.


John Morris Russell conducts Prokofiev’s children’s classic Peter and the Wolf

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During the performance experience art by notable Cincinnati illustrator C.F. Payne: An American Illustrator. Who's goal is for you to "experience the Prokofiev's music in a grander way.”

You may have seen some of of C.F. Payne, Illustrations at the Cincinnati Art Museum, The Norman Rockwell Museum, numerous college and university galleries, as week as Time Magazine, Readers Digest, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times Book Review, Sunday magazine and more. He has also been commissioned to paint politicians, authors and entertainers. He's illustrated ten children's picture books, including The Remarkable Farkle McBride and Micawaber, written by John Lithgow.


Tickets are available to purchase now, for Peter and The Wolf and for the following performances. Green Eggs and Ham, Superheros Up Up, and Away, and Disney in Concert. 



Truth in Review Disclosure: Cincinnati Lollipops provided me with complimentary tickets for our write up. I was not paid for the piece or required any certain context within my article. All reviews posted by me are truthful in content and not bought. Gabreial Wyatt, Editor Visit our Disclaimer/Disclosure  for more info.