"Something opens our wings. Something makes boredom and hurt disappear. Someone fills the cup in front of us: We taste only sacredness. " ~ Rumi

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Hopping Down the Bunny Trail

Two of my friends & I got a bad case of "Spring Fever" on Tuesday & decided to GET OUT OF TOWN! We have all been cooped up way too long in our houses this winter.....and have all been screaming "Road Trip" lately!!!

So off to Madison we drove for a day of thrift shopping & antique treasure hunting. Oh what FUN! We discovered the darling town of Stoughton (WI) on our trip which is just a little bit south of Madison. Our first stop in Stoughton was the St. Vincent's Thrift Shop where I found these SWEET vintage bunny planters:

One thing I have noticed lately.....some of these thrift shops have LOST THEIR MINDS! They are marking some of their "collectible" merchandise at or above market (retail) value now. WOW. It really makes it hard for those of us who are dealers, who drive hundreds of miles to find these treasures, to "make a living" and continue to "follow our bliss". I could not resist these cuties ~ regardless of price.

All in all we visited 7 thrift shops, 2 antique malls & had a delicious lunch at the Koffee Kup in Stoughton. There was much more to see...but we ran out of time. A lovely day with lovely friends! Life is good.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Reduce Reuse Recyle Vintage~Inspired Fashion

Vintage inspired clutch available at "Remember Me" on Etsy.com
Long ago, someone had a pretty petticoat, or perhaps a sweet summer dress. It was well loved & often worn. It was "handed down" with love & care from one generation to the next. It became so stained & threadbare...someone cut it up for scraps. That is when I found it one day while digging through an old box of forlorn linens in a local antique mall. "This is so beautiful!" I exclaimed. I could only guess at it's history and wonder about all those girls who had shared this petticoat. 

I carefully snipped & sewed feeling the "spirit" of the petticoat ~ letting it tell me what it wanted to become...and now...my loving offerings to you.....
Vintage inspired tote purse available at "Remember Me" on Etsy.com

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Celebrate International Women's Day

International Women's Day (March 8th) celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women's Day is a national holiday.

Some of my personal heroes:

*   Florence Nightingale
*   Jane Austen
*   The Sufferagettes
*   Coco Chanel
*   Frida Kahlo
*   Mother Teresa
*   Eleanor Roosevelt  
 *  Rosa Parks
*   Audrey Hepburn
*   Rachel Carson

Take time today to honor the women who have made a difference in YOUR life.