For my dear friend Barb, I gave her little christmas treasures wrapped with old sheet music and vintage newspaper clippings. They were finished with a sash of ribbon and bits of sparkly jewelry. So pretty…. Barb did not want to open them up!
I know that this post would be more appropriate for Valentine’s Day. But I just happened to sort through my button collection this weekend and discovered a beautiful way to keep and display all of my pink vintage buttons.
The heart shaped chocolate box was a treasure I saved from my mom when I was a little girl. When I was in Grade 6, I remember baking heart-shaped sugar cookies and decorating them with pink icing and presenting them to my school teachers in the staff lounge. I also distinctly remember lining the bottom of the box very carefully with wax paper. To this day, I am so grateful that my teachers returned the valentine’s box back to me once all of the cookies were gone.
I think I have an obsession for everything pink these days. It just simply makes me happy. And I am feeling a need for some major ‘happy’ right now.
Whenever I need a pick-me-up, I find that opening up my jewelry boxes and playing with my collection of vintage jewelry is a quick fix to distract me from my concerns. To be honest, I wear very little of any of the pieces, but I am happy I have the necklaces and earrings to admire and love. So sparkly and pretty. Just what a girl needs some days.
Of all the amazing stores I had the chance to shop at while in New York, I would have to say that browsing through the aisles in the Tinsel Trading Co. was my all-time favorite. Too bad I was not able to get a shot of the store from the outside. I was there later in the day and the street was already in shadow from the buildings across the street. But no matter. Inside, it was a crafters dream full of vintage flowers, buttons, ribbons, german glitter, trims and so much more. But I think I am more of a collector, because I have no intentions of using any of the bits and bobs that I brought home. I guess this is verging on hoarding now. Oh well, that’s me!
Just a few days before leaving for NYC, I discovered another book by Sibella Court called The Stylist’s Guide to NYC in Anthropologie. It was perfect timing because I found out about a lot of interesting places that I may have not stumbled across on my own. One of the stores I had the opportunity to check out was Olde Good Things (page 62 in the book). Lots of brass door knobs, metal letters, marble fireplaces and stuff galore — too much to mention!
One of the best times I had while in NYC was checking out the Antiques Garage Flea Market. During the week, it is a parking garage, and then on weekends it is turned into flea market heaven. I definitely came home with a few goodies!
Since getting engaged in New York, all I have on my mind now is everything about the wedding. Looking at my own parents wedding pictures, I have always loved the color scheme of my mom’s baby pink dress (her second marriage) and my dad’s chocolate brown suit. Since they have both passed away, I would like to incorporate the memory of them into my own wedding. So using this as an inspiration, I am going to bring the color scheme of earthy browns and pale pinks into the look and feel of the ceremony and reception. It is going to be vintage, rustic and elegant.