Friday, December 2, 2016

Dec-Etsy: Our Monthly Etsy Edit

December is a time for making spirits bright, cozying up indoors and here in Virginia, a secret wish for the first snowfall as the holidays draw near.

By day, you'll find me scouring the depths of the Etsy marketplace discovering new shops and emerging trends — this time of year is a personal favorite, filled with unique gift ideas, cozy touches and a bit of classic vintage charm. In the spirit of sharing, every so often it's fun to round up a few of the finds that are catching our eyes — here's what we're digging this December!

  1. "Scarlett, I don't give a damn if we do not have a magnolia tree in our front yard — we can still get this magnolia wreath."
  2. Shouting out to all my Sagittarians — these zodiac ear climbers are subtle yet unique.
  3. For all my ladies that wear hair ties on their wrist, these simple bracelets help step it up a notch.
  4. Can we just go ahead and name this the year of the mermaid tail blanket? While we included a pint-sized version in last year's gift guide, this oversized version has me wanting one of my own.
  5. The New Year will be here before we know it! Toast in style with these heart shaped sugar cubes for champagne cocktails. Cheers!
  6. After the holidays put away the greeting cards and add vintage photos of family and friends to this wooden display rack. Or DIY your own!
  7. For your four-legged family member this season.
  8. If you can read this, please bring me wine. Enough said.
  9. Posideon only visits good little mermaids.
  10. We're such big fans of mulling spices we've brought them back this month — these little miniature packs are a great way to bring a little holiday cheer with you to any event.
  11. I wish this Christmas tree stand could talk. I would love to know the history and families that gathered around it — what charm!
We'd love to know — what are some of your favorite Etsy finds right now?

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Our Thanksgiving on the Farm

This past Thursday, we packed up the car and headed about 40 minutes outside of Richmond to spend Thanksgiving with family on my Aunt & Uncle's horse farm here in Virginia. The day coincided with my birthday this year so it ended up being an extra special way to celebrate — today I've rounded up a few of my favorite snaps from the day if you care to see...

Monday, November 21, 2016

Start Planning Your Trip: CJS Sales' Liquidation Sale

Right around 3 years ago Tim and I stumbled across what we can only describe as a hidden gem in the world of creatives and treasure hunters alike — CJS Sales, a warehouse of vintage jewelry supplies (and well-kept secret among designers) in the middle of Manhattan. While they have an online presence, you can only purchase onsite in wholesale formats — so it's quickly become one of our favorite regular destinations to stop in on when in the city.

We typically go for a special type of vintage necklace chain and locket stickpins to stock regular pieces in my Jewelry Shop and our Etsy Vintage shop, but never fail to spend hours carefully unearthing unique vintage jewelry supplies, and unique new-old-stock pieces of all kinds...

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Fish en Papillote

When it comes to fish, Mary and I are both a bit picky about anything outside of your typical tuna steak or salmon fillet — it's got to be fresh, the consistency steaky, and it absolutely can't have a hint of fishiness once cooked. I know, I know — we're a bit tough...

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Nov-Etsy: Our Monthly Etsy Edit

I have said it many times before and celebrate the chance to say it again — I am a November's girl. Winter seems inevitably close, we welcome home longtime friends, linger a bit longer with family over the extended weekends, and the Sagittarian traits in my blood prove just a bit stronger this time of year (hello hopeless optimism, wanderlust daydreams, honest to a fault & promising more than I can deliver).

By day, you'll find me in our front office behind the computer screen gladly exploring the depths of the Etsy marketplace and in the spirit of sharing, every so often it's fun to round up a few of our personal favorites — here's what we're digging this November!

1. I am pretty sure there is no other month that we are not more thankful for pie.

2. Nothing warms a home quite like the scent of mulling spices simmering over the stove. We like to make bundles of our own each season and love the compact feel of this little portable set.

3. A nod to the archer, this arrow bracelet is as versitile as it is adjustible.

4. Citrine, November's birthstone and a sunny hue that hints at brighter days ahead...

5. Our friend Lindsay is a small batch herbalist and makes an elderberry elixir we swear by whenever a little tickle in the throat creeps up.

6. Perfect for a housewarming, hostess or wedding gift — this copper spoon rest can be personalized with a family name in custom lettering.

7. A pinch here and a pinch there — these pinch of salt bowls are perfect for storing on the counter right next to the stovetop.

8. This wooden pie carrier is helpful if you are thankful for item #1.

9. These vintage-inspired ring boxes carry an old-world feel yet are completely handmade with new materials — I'm loving this idea for safely keeping a pair of heirlooms.

10. These printable menus are such a nice way to list out every last element to the meal and add a touch of decor for dinner gatherings this month.

11. After the dishes are done and family has settled in for the night take some you time and enjoy a cup of spiced cocoa.

We'd love to know — what are some of your favorite Etsy finds right now?

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Autumn Traditions: Off to the Pumpkin Patch!

This weekend we took our younger nieces and nephew to one of our favorite local pumpkin patches to spend some time together with family, let them pick out some pumpkins and perhaps a few for ourselves.

Over the past few years we've enjoyed rounding everyone up at Gallmeyer Farms — it's a big open space with a farmer's market, flower garden, ample play area, hay maze, hayrides and of course an expansive field filled with varying sized pumpkins and varieties of gourds. The kids have started referring to this location as "Aunt Mary & Uncle T's pumpkin patch" since they associate visiting this one with us...